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Frequently Asked Questions regarding tryouts and registration for Carolina One Volleyball

1. What age group does my daughter fall in?
Please refer to the USAV Age Group Definitions chart [PDF]. Please note that the age definition cutoff month has changed for the 2020-21 season. 

2. Do I have to attend both tryout sessions for my age group?
Yes, we ask that all players attend all tryout sessions for their particular age group. We conduct different activities and drills at each practice session, and attending both lets players receive a more complete evaluation from our coaches.

3. What if I have a conflict with one of the tryout dates?
Contact  Us as soon as possible to let us know about your conflict. In most cases, you can try out with a different age group or in an alternate location, arranged between you and club administration. Keep in mind that we strongly suggest players attend their own tryout age sessions if at all possible, because it will help us more accurately assess them within their own age group.

4. How do I decide which team level to tryout for?
All players who attend tryouts will be evaluated for all available team levels. Please review our Team Levels carefully to understand the time and monetary commitment required for each level. Coaches and club administration will be happy to discuss team levels with you if you have further questions. Please be honest with yourself and club administration about the level of commitment you are willing and able to make. You will be asked to indicate which team levels you are willing to commit to during tryout registration. 

5. If I try out for a travel team and don't make it, can I play in the In-House program?
Yes! If you are interested in playing on a travel team, you must register for tryouts. After tryouts, if you decide that the In-house program would be a better fit, or you are not placed on a travel team, you will have the option to transfer your registration to the In-House program instead.

6. If I want to tryout in both Pickens and Greenville, do I have to pay the tryout fee twice?
Players wishing to tryout in both Pickens and Greenville will need to register in both locations and pay the $40 tryout fee in the first location. There will be a discounted tryout fee of $20 for the second location. This discount must be adjusted on your account manually AFTER you have registered for both locations, so if you are planning to tryout in both locations, you must contact us after registering so that we can adjust your tryout fee accordingly.

7. Are walk-ups accepted?
In 2020, we will NOT be able to accept any walk-up registrations for tryouts. You MUST be registered online with C1VB at least 24 hours prior to your age group's first scheduled tryout in order to participate. Please make sure you have registered through our Sports Connect system - if you have any questions or suspect that your registration has not gone through, please contact us as soon as possible.

8. If I'm trying out for multiple clubs, do I have to tell you which ones?
Yes, Palmetto Region rules require that all players trying out for multiple clubs notify all clubs involved of your tryout plans, including the names of clubs you are trying out for, by filling out the Multi-Club Tryout Disclosure form online. Players are not penalized for considering other clubs, but may be penalized by the region for failure to notify all clubs. Please note that once you commit to Carolina One or any other club, you are not permitted to attend tryouts for another club. Please also review the Palmetto Region Tryout Policy for more information on signing deadlines and your rights as a player.

9. Did you receive my registration?
If your registration for tryouts was successful, you will receive an automated system email acknowledging your registration and payment. You can also login to your player account at any time to view registrations and paid invoices. If you have reason to believe that your registration did not go through, please contact us

10. I'm having trouble registering with the Palmetto Region/USAV. How do I find my password, register, login to my account, etc.?
Renewing Players: USAV has moved its registration system from webpoint to SportsEngine this year - all members must create a new account with SportsEngine in order to complete USAV registration this season. Instructions can be found on the Palmetto Region website.  

New Players: You may not be able to register with the Palmetto Region if you were previously registered in another region. In that case, you need to contact the Palmetto Region with the player's full name and date of birth so they can transfer your membership to our region; you will then be able to renew.

All Players: New this year - you will sign up for a $15 "Tryout membership" through SportsEngine, even if you know what club you will be playing for. After you commit to a club, you will be able to upgrade to a full membership and associate your membership with the chosen club.

More information on USAV/Palmetto Region registration.

11. Does Carolina One cut players?
Yes. As a competitive club program, we do make player cuts in all age groups except for Juniors and In-House teams. Cuts are primarily made for 2 reasons. The first is that we are limited in the number of teams we can offer each year due to gym space and number of coaches. We also make cuts to maintain the quality and competitiveness of our teams. Carolina One carefully considers team composition to ensure that we do not have a huge gap in skill level on any one team. 

12. Do I have to tryout for the In-House Team (including Juniors)?
No, we do not have tryouts for our In-House teams. We will place players on the teams based on their age and skill level, evaluated during the first few practices. We do have an evaluation day for In-House program to help us assess the number and ages of players. The evaluation day is not mandatory.

13. What do I need to bring to tryouts?
Be sure to register online before tryouts, and bring with you proof of paid USAV Membership for 2020-21. Please note that this year, tryout fee and USAV Medical Release must be submitted online prior to tryouts. Players should come ready to work hard, wearing shorts/spandex, a t-shirt, and athletic shoes. Tryout numbers will be provided.

14. When will teams be announced?
Teams will be announced approximately 2-3 days following the last tryout for each age group. More information on team announcements and commitment expectations will be available at tryouts. The Palmetto Region has enacted an "Open Tryout Period" policy. During the Open Tryout Period, clubs can make offers to players, but cannot require a commitment before the end of the Open Tryout Period. Players are free to commit before the end of the Open Tryout Period if they wish to, and we encourage you to do so if you have all the information available to you to make an informed decision.

All offers must be made in writing and accepted in writing to be valid. For more information about the PVA Tryout Policy, visit the PVA website. The Open Tryout Period for 14U and younger age groups ends on November 3, 2020. The Open Tryout Period for 15U and older age groups ends on November 16, 2020.

15. How much does it cost to play for Carolina One/are there any fundraising options?
Costs can be found on our Club Fees page and fundraising program information can be found on our Fundraising page. Please review this information carefully before tryouts. If you have any additional fundraising suggestions, please feel free to contact us.

16. How many teams will you have? / What levels of teams will you have in my age group?
All of our team decisions are based on player interest, coaching availability, and gym space. In general, if we have enough qualified players to make a team, and a qualified coach available to coach them, we will field a team in that age group. In 2019-20, we had 25 teams ranging from 12U-18U. In 2020-21, we plan to field multiple teams in each age group, from 12U-18U, however, we will have limited gym space this year, and may have to limit teams accordingly.

17. How many players will make the team?
Depending on team age and skill level, we will place anywhere from 8-12 players on a team.  

18. Do you ever move players to an older age group?
This is rarely done, and when it is, it is on an individual basis. The most likely reasons to move a player to an older age group would be: (1) not having a team in her age group, (2) specific position needs on a team in an older age group that the player would fill, or (3) allowing a player to play with their grade level. Please note that we require a player to attend at least one tryout in her age group before being moved to an older age group.

19. How are tryouts conducted?
All players go through several rounds of general volleyball skills testing, where they will rotate through stations designed to evaluate their skills in passing, setting, attacking, and serving. During the second session of tryouts, players will be evaluated based on their primary position, as well as participate in more game-like drills and scrimmages. 

All evaluations are made by qualified Carolina One and outside coaches. All players receive tryout numbers, and all players with a tryout number receive evaluations. Evaluations also consider players' attitudes, willingness to work hard, communication, ability to adapt to new drills/situations, general athletic ability, willingness to learn, and primary position. Keep in mind that we must form teams based not only on raw talent, but also considering players' positions. We will not form a team with 5 setters and 5 libero/DS. Generally we take 2-3 players per position on each team. If you are willing to play more than one position, please be sure to let us know.

Beginning in 2018-19, C1 has partnered with TeamGenius, a state-of-the-art online evaluation system for tryouts. When you see coaches on their phones or tablets during tryouts, don't worry! They are evaluating athletes. This system makes us more efficient, allows for greater input of comments and notes, and decreases errors and typos.

20. When I register, can I indicate the gym I would prefer for practices?
The only location option on the registration form is to choose between Pickens and Greenville. All Pickens teams practice at the Pickens Rec Center. Greenville teams practice at locations throughout Greenville County.

21.  What days of the week will the team practice?
We do not finalize practice plans until after tryouts. Pickens teams can expect practices to be on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, as those are the only days we have gym time. Greenville teams can expect to practice twice a week, generally a weekend day and a weeknight day. We do not have any more details on practice locations or times at this point. 

22. When will practices begin?
Team meetings will take place in mid-November. Regular team practice schedules will begin after tryouts for all age groups have been completed. Team meeting dates will be announced soon.

23. Can my team from last year stay together? Can I request to be on the same team with my best friend? Can I request a specific coach? 
Please note that we cannot guarantee any requests for specific coaches or teammates. Our team decisions are based primarily on skill level, evaluated at tryouts. We are occasionally able to honor requests for players to be on the same team in younger age groups and lower level teams.

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