|Gender||Age Group||Teams Offered|
|Female||10U - 12U||4|
|Female||17U - 18U||4|
On the day of tryouts, athletes are required to check in 20 minutes prior to their tryout session and will be assigned a number. Following a brief introduction of expectations and selection criteria, our experienced coaching staff will run the athletes through various drills. Athletes will be evaluated on skills such as passing, setting, serving, blocking, defending, and attacking. Tactical and behavioral skills will also be evaluated. Athletes 15U and older, will also be assessed position specifically (setters, middles, outside attackers). Our assessment system then ranks players based on all graded elements. The Selection Committee reviews each athlete to determine athlete ranking and placement on a team.
The Ducks Volleyball Club has delegated the Selection Committee the authority for all decision making during the tryout process.
Ducks Selection Criteria
While we recognize that families may face unexpected, or an extenuating circumstance, attendance at tryouts is mandatory for athletes wanting to be a Duck. In the rare case that it is not possible to attend a tryout, an exemption must be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Athletes will need request and exemption, and send a write-up and/or athletic resume highlighting their volleyball playing experience and achievements. Athletes are also required to provide either game film and/or a reference letter from a previous coach to provide support when requesting a tryout exemption. Athletes may also request to attend a different tryout other than their own age group, as long as the requested tryout is on the same day as their official age level or before, and the tryout they are attending is similar in age and ability to their official age level.
The number of positions available on each team will vary between age groups and competition levels. Exact details will be provided at the tryout. Exact allocations will not be known until all tryouts have been completed. Each Ducks team will carry between 10-14 athletes
Athletes will be offered a position on a team personally at tryouts or be contacted via email and/or phone within 48-72 hours. At this point, coaches will email athletes and parents using Team Snap to provide specific information about training schedules, payment, registration night etc. Team lists will also be posted on the Ducks homepage as soon as teams are finalized.
We ask that you do not contact us until 72 hours after the last tryout has passed. We understand this may be difficult, however we do our best to expedite the process to the best of our ability.
Delays in confirming teams are a result of having to wait for athletes commitment and signing dates, there is often movement with athlete placement and it allows the selection committee some flexibility when selecting athletes.
No, you may accept right away, but you don’t have to. If you need time to make some determinations, talk things through, then take that time. VBC rules indicate that you have until the end of the Signing Period to accept your position. All athletes can formally accept a position with a club on or after the “Signing Dates” identified below:
12U, 13U & 14U – November 26, 2018
15U – December 3, 2018
16U, 17U & 18U – December 10, 2018
Early Signing Date – November 1, 2018-November 15, 2018
Each season the Ducks use the Early Signing Date to pre-sign between 4-6 athletes for our 15-1, 16-1, 17-1 and 18-1 teams. Volleyball BC put the Early Signing Date in place to accommodate and promote loyalty between athletes and clubs, returning athletes are permitted to sign with their previous club during the Early Signing Date. Athletes that choose not to sign early still can attend the tryout out as if they had not previously played for that club. Athletes that utilize the Early Signing Date may not be required to attend tryouts. Athletes that sign with their previous club season cannot attend selection camps for other clubs.
Yes, athletes may “play up” an age level. In order to “play up”, athletes must register, pay and attend both tryouts (correct age level and higher age level). It is essential for athletes to attend both tryouts in order to ensure athletes are appropriately evaluated, as well as to provide athletes greater opportunity to be placed on a team. Please email email@example.com to communicate with the Selection Committee about your desire to “play up”.
Yes, athletes born September 1 – December 31 of the previous year are permitted to “play down” one age category. Athletes that “play down” may only compete at one Regional Championship, Provincial Championship, and National Championship (all in the same age category). In order to “play down”, athletes must register, pay and attend both tryouts (correct age level and lower age level). It is essential for athletes to attend both tryouts in order to ensure athletes are appropriately evaluated, as well as to provide athletes greater opportunity to be placed on a team. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to communicate with the Selection Committee about your desire to “play down”.
Ducks teams are NOT pre-selected! Our coaches have been watching players and making lists of players who they think have potential to play for Ducks. Our selection process is transparent, and provides all athletes and opportunity to demonstrate their abilities. Until we know who actually tries out for Ducks, and if offered, who chooses to play for Ducks, we don’t know which players are on teams. All athletes will receive an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities, to be selected to a Ducks team.