Note added Sept 15th – Parking at Durham College
At Durham College Sept 15/16 the gates of Founders 2&3 lot will be lifted for your participants & staff to park in. Parking elsewhere on campus is paid parking. Click this link to a parking map
Welcome to our information page for 2014-2015 competitive season tryouts. If you are new to our club, welcome to Durham Attack; please take a few moments to explore our site and see what our teams enjoyed last season. We were again one of the most successful clubs in the country with two National and three Provincial championships. We’re looking forward to another great season and our expanded competitive program.
A summary of our programs is here. We look forward to seeing you at tryouts!
We have made changes on Sept 4th to accommodate coach’s conflicts. Please see the changes on our schedule that are marked in red. Durham Attack 2014-2015 Tryout Schedule. Continue to keep an eye on this page as changes may be posted throughout tryouts.
When we posted there were no conflicts with Region 4 clubs’ published tryout schedules, but as usual some clubs created conflicts; this is par for the course. Please communicate with us and we will help your athlete attend multiple tryouts.
- Online registration is closed, so that we can organize the list of athletes. No worries, instead please fill out our paper Tryout Form and bring it to your first tryout. Its all the same.
- Cost of tryouts is $30 per athlete. Bring cash or cheque made out to “Durham Attack Volleyball Club” to the first tryout. Please write the athlete’s name and age group on the back of the cheque.
- Arrive at the gym 20-30 minutes before your first tryout, to allow time for registration.
- Wear volleyball attire and bring water. Each tryout session is 2 hours in duration, and we anticipate there will be three tryouts per gender/age group.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How do the age groups work? What does ’15U’ mean?
Answer: ’15U’ means age 15 and under; an athlete must be no older than 15. It does not mean that the athlete must be 15, as it is possible for a younger athlete to play in an older age group. The age group is defined by an athlete’s age in the year in which the season ends, which is 2015. If an athlete will turn 15 in 2015, for example, then they would normally complete in the 15U age group, but could be allowed to play in an older age group, based on coaches’ assessment of various factors.
Question: I cannot attend one of the tryouts due to a conflict. Can I still tryout?
Answer: Yes, absolutely. It is common for athletes to have conflicts in the first half of September, with soccer playoffs and other club tryouts competing for your time. We ask that you email us at ‘email@example.com’ providing your name and age group to make us aware of the conflict, we will pass it along to coaches so they are aware of when you can and cannot attend. Missing a single tryout does not jeopardize your ability to make a team.
Question: How many teams are you planning to run at age X?
Answer: Our plan is to run the same number of teams as last year, and possibly more if additional coaches are identified at tryouts. This year we expect:
Girls: 13U (3), 14U (3), 15U (2), 16U (2), 17U (2), 18U (2)
Boys: 13U (1), 14U (2), 15U (2), 16U (1), 17U (2), 18U (1)
For a total of 23 teams.
Question: My son/daughter is younger than 13U? Is there a team for this age?
Answer: Yes. There are two alternatives. First is that our entry level teams – Girls 13U and Boys 14U – always carry underage athletes. Second, we assemble ‘Select’ 12U Girls and 12-13U Boys teams from our boys and girls house league programs, provide extra training for them, and compete in OVA tournaments. Last year these Select teams were very successful.
Question: I have heard about a new ‘Tryout Window’ policy? What is it?
Answer: This is a new policy instituted by the Ontario Volleyball Association to protect athletes rights to freely choose where they wish to play. You can find more information here.
Question: I’m new to competitive volleyball. What does the season entail and what does it cost?
Answer: As usual we will provide a handout at tryouts that outlines our programs, what a season typically looks like, and our forecast of costs for the season. We will post this as soon as it is available.
We’re looking for club volunteers to help register athletes at tryouts. If you can assist please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with details.
We are also seeking additional coaches to help us expand our programs. if you are interested please email email@example.com.
If you have any other questions please email us at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ or ask us at tryouts.
Durham Attack Volleyball Club