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Tryout Information for 2024 Club Season

Crossroads of America VBC 2024 Club Season Tryout Information

Welcome to the Crossroads of America Volleyball Club.  We are anxious to begin the 2024 club season. Volleyball club season is a time to develop skills, make new friends, learn to compete at a high level,  and develop as a better athlete. Our club is committed to training fundamental skills and putting our players in situations to take their game to a higher level.  Further details to our club and the tryout process is listed below:

When are tryouts?

Detailed Tryout dates for the 2024 club season will be coming soon! 

The first tryouts begin Sunday, November 12th.  Additional details on all session times (by age group) are coming soon.  Athletes should attend as many sessions as possible (ideally all sessions).

Register before Nov. 10th to avoid a $15 late registration fee (new this year to offset administrative overhead costs associated with planning for late registrants).

Uniform fitting for the 2024 club season will be on Nov. 5th - from Noon to 5 pm at Terre Haute South High School (before/after clinics for all ages on that day!)

 You must be registered through the club and have an AAU number prior to walking into the gym for tryouts. 

Can you give me more information about tryouts?

  • Players are expected to be at all tryout dates and times. If a conflict arises for other commitments, please let the age group coaches know before the missed day.
  • All players will be expected to pre-register through our website before she can tryout. This will include the initial payment of $375 which represents the first payment and is non-refundable.  All other payments will depend on the team each girl is placed on.  Payment will be made online.
  • NOTE:  All registration payments must be processed BEFORE tryouts begin.  Any athletes whose payments have not been received by COA Volleyball prior to Tryouts will be asked to submit payment during tryout sign-in before being eligible to participate in tryouts.
  • Register before Nov. 10th to avoid a $15 late registration fee (new this year to offset administrative overhead costs associated with planning for late registrants).
  • All players will be expected to complete their annual registration with AAU ($20) BEFORE she can tryout (for insurance purposes).   It is important when you register that you enter the CLUB CODE unique to our club:   CLUB CODE:   W374FB
    • Click here for a link to the AAU website (this is also prompted during the registration itself)
    • Depending on the team you are selected for, membership to USAV may also be required for some tournaments.  Additional instruction on this registration will be provided if applicable. 
  • All girls are expected to tryout in their own age group. The easiest way to determine your age group is asking, "How old will I be on July 1, 2024?"  If you answer '13', then you will tryout as a 13--even if you are 12 right now as tryouts begin.
  • Please come dressed and ready  for tryouts.  Each girl will receive one tryout shirt to be put on before tryouts begin .  Shirts will be distributed at check-in.
  • Please arrive early for tryouts. The check-in process should be quick, but we expect large numbers in some age groups.  We will have a staff and volunteers ready to assist as you arrive.
  • All players will be expected to be fitted for uniforms on the first day of try-outs. Be prepared that you may be at the tryout site a little over the scheduled time to be properly fitted for uniforms.
    • Uniform fitting is scheduled for November 5th around the time of the age specific clinics occurring that same day.  All uniform fittings will be at Terre Haute South High School between Noon and 5 pm.
  • Upon completion of tryouts, all girls will be called or emailed with a decision on their placement.  There may be cuts in certain age groups if numbers are large.  Our goal will be to place all girls on teams, but it may not work out that way in certain situations.  If a girl is cut, a full refund will be given.  Any girl and her parent who choose not to be on the team assigned at the completion of tryouts will not be given a refund.

What other expenses are there besides the club fees?

  • Each player/parent is responsible first to make club payments on time.  The amount will vary depending on the team and level of play.
  • Club fees will include tourney entry costs, insurance, coach's travel cost, coach's salary, uniform package, use of facilities, practice/tryout shirt, administrative fees, and equipment fees.
  • Not included in club costs will be AAU membership ($20), USAV membership (if necessary), and player/family travel expenses. Players and family members may also want to purchase additional COA fan gear. Player/family travel expenses will vary greatly depending on the age and travel level of team.  Families can plan carefully to account for costs as needed.
  • Late fees may be imposed on accounts with past due balances.  Those late fees will be handled the same as regular club dues with respect to expectations for payment to bring accounts current without impacting a players play/practice time.

When will practices begin and what is a typical week during club season?

  • Practices will begin right after tryouts. Practice schedules will be posted for December in late November. December practices will be 2-3 per week and MAY run through Christmas break.
  • Once practices begin in January, practices will be 2-3 times per week depending on the age and level of team.
  • All monthly practice schedules will be posted on this website. 

How are practices designed and prepared for the players?

  • COA will continue modeling the formula that has made Mintonette VBC out of Columbus, OH a national power--'TIER  Practices'.  In other words, teams will be placed in groups that may shift from practice to practice. In these 'tiers' one veteran coach  is responsible for developing the practice plan for all the teams in the Tier (group) for that practice.  All coaches within that Tier will be expected to provide feedback to all girls in the gym.  This will create a community feel program and create cohesion for all of the players--trained in the same manner.
  • Club teams will have practices, at times, with just their team to work on the line-up, team needs, and concentrate on rotation weaknesses and defensive systems.
  • Positional sessions will be developed as well. These sessions may be built into part of the tier training as the season progresses.

During the tryout process, how are teams formed and girls evaluated?

  • Athleticism--Players will go through athletic testing.
  • By position--girls will be looked at by need at positions. The older the team and higher the skill level, the more important the skill at positions is necessary.
  • By school--once in high school, all Indiana girls are limited to 3 from the same school on the same team. This is an Indiana (IHSAA) rule that we must follow.  Illinois does not have this rule.
  • Coordination--all players that have/are multi-sport athletes will have advantages during tryouts because their coordination has been further developed.
  • Potential development--depending on the team and age, girls may be evaluated by the potential growth ('ceiling'). In other words, each girl may be evaluated on how good she may be by the end of club season--not necessarily what she can/cannot do during tryouts.
  • Experience/skill--It is important to have skill going into tryouts; especially at the older ages into high school.  To make competitive teams, skill will be very important in determining team placement. For younger ages (8-11s),  we understand many will be beginners so we take that factor in to account to be fair.
  • Effort--simply put, how hard does the girl play and does she play with purpose?

What are my total cost for club dues? depends on the team each player is placed on. 

2024 Fees.

2024 Club Fees
Team 1st pay-Nov. 12 Jan. 2 Feb. 2 Mar. 2 Apr. 2 May 2 TOTAL
18-1  (National) $375 $315 $315 $315 $315 $315 $1950
18-2  (National) $375 $315 $315 $315 $315 $315


16-1  (National)

$375 $315 $315 $315 $315 $315 $1950
16-2   (National) $375 $315 $315 $315 $315 $315 $1950
16-3   (Regional) $375 $315 $315 $315     $1320
16-4 (Regional) $375 $275 $275       $925
15-1 (National) $375 $315 $315 $315 $315 $315 $1950
15-2 (National) $375 $315 $315 $315 $315 $315 $1950
14-1  (National) $375 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $1875
14-2  (National) $375 $275 $275 $275 $275 $275 $1750
14-3  (Regional) $375 $285 $285 $285     $1230
14-4 (Regional) $375 $275 $275       $925
14-Prep (Local) $375 $75 $75       $525
13-1   (National) $375 $270 $270 $270 $270 $270 $1725
13-2   (Regional) $375 $285 $285 $285     $1230
13-3 (Regional) $375 $275 $275       $925
12-1   (National) $375 $265 $265 $265 $265 $265 $1700
12-2   (Regional) $375 $275 $275 $275     $1200
12-3   (Regional) $375 $275 $275       $925
12-4 (Regional) $375 $275 $275       $925
11-1   (National) $375 $265 $265 $265 $265 $265 $1700
11-2 (Regional) $375 $275 $275       $925
10-1   (Regional) $375 $275 $275       $925
10-12 Training (Local) $375 $50 $50       $475

Please note that we will be targeting 10 players per team as a maximum this year (with minimal exceptions) and overall team number of teams for the club will be more limited than in the past.  This will likely lead to some cuts after tryouts, but will improve the overall competitiveness of the teams and the experience for the players.  This will not apply to the training team.


What are the Age Group Classifications?

The following age groups shall be in effect for athletes for the 2023-24 season.

  • 18 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2005 or were high school students in the 12th grade or below during the current academic year and are 19 years of age or younger (born on or after July 1, 2004).
  • 16 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2007. (Cannot turn 17 before July 1st, 2024).
  • 15 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2008. (Cannot turn 16 before July 1st, 2024).
  • 14 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2009. (Cannot turn 15 before July 1st, 2024).
  • 13 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2010. (Cannot turn 14 before July 1st, 2024).
  • 12 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2011. (Cannot turn 13 before July 1st, 2024).
  • 11 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2012. (Cannot turn 12 before July 1st, 2024).
  • 10 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2013.  (Cannot turn 11 before July 1st, 2024).

Club Dues Payment Information


Bills are due on the 2nd of the month, starting in January according to the fee schedule for each team as listed above.  Please remit payment before the due date either through the “make a payment” button in the email or through your sports engine account at the link below.


Please note, you must be logged in to the same sportsengine account you created when you registered your daughter in order to see your invoice when you follow the link.  

If you’d like to discuss anything in these invoices or have any other questions, please reach out to us at

Another OPTION for young girls— if you do not want to travel

For girls 11 and younger, we will form team-in-training / non-travel teams that will practice 2 times per week. These teams will train primarily along with a chance to compete in two local COA tourneys. This is the first step towards being on a club team, but without travel at a cheaper price.  Girls interested in this program will need to still register for tryouts and pay the initial tryout fee. The total for this team will be $475.  If interested in this team, please notified club staff during check in on the first tryout day. 

What are the expectations for Parents/Players Once Selected for a Team?

Player Expectations:

1. Be at practices/tourneys at the expected time.

2. Display good sportsmanship and respect for all. Period.

3. Be positive towards your teammates, the coaches, parents, officials, and support staff.

4. Prepare oneself before all competition, both mentally and physically. Rely on coaches, parents, and teammates when you need them. We are all family.

5. Be open with your coach on schedule conflicts, frustrations, and when you do not understand something.  Try to take ownership of these discussions yourself, rather than relying on parent intervention.  This will help your personal growth and development and better prepare you for the future.

6. Be careful of what you post on ALL social media posts; or texts.  (see social media policy for more info)

7. Players are expected to give full effort, both mentally and physically, at all practices and tourneys.  Improvement is not always easy.  It is a challenge all COA players must face. Welcome adversity when it comes your way; it builds great character for your future!

8.  Clean up after yourselves, both at practices and and tournaments. Don't leave water bottles, food wrappers, or clothing/gear for someone else to take care of.  Be responsible for your own stuff!

9.  All players are expected to take their turn line judging, down-reffing, keeping the books/score, etc. during tournaments.  Be a good team mate, and improve your depth of knowledge of volleyball at the same time!


Parent Tourney expectations:

1. Try to be on time based on when the coach wants the girls at the playing site.

2. Stay positive at tourneys. Be a supportive parent for your daughter and the team.  Avoid the negatives towards the players, the team, and the coach.  Do not yell or argue with Refs or the working ref team.

3. Playing time is up to the coach.  All players should see playing time each day of tourney, but it does not have to be equal. Parents need to understand this. There are many factors in determining where and how much each girl plays.

4. Parents are to use the '24 hour' policy for discussing any issues over the coaches' decisions at tourneys.  This policy allows time for emotions to decrease before a discussion can happen.  Parents are not to question or challenge a coach in any way during a tourney or at the tourney site.

5. Parents need to communicate with the coach ahead of time if she cannot attend a tourney for other commitments. Coaches will need time to adjust the team based on an absence.

6. Understand that if your daughter's team is reffing, the entire team is expected to stay for the working match whether your daughter is actually working or not.  All teammates need to stay for each other to be fair.

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Ali Fell

Ali Fell

Assistant Director / Fundraising Director

Phone: 812-243-8356