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Club Tryout Roundup

As the high school and some middle school seasons come to a close, volleyball players are starting to think about club ball, or Junior Olympic volleyball, which occurs over the winter months.  For anyone wanting to further their skills as a player, playing club ball during the off-season of school ball is a must….not to mention, it can be loads of fun.

In the Winston area, we are fortunate to have many clubs to choose from.  Choosing the right club for the player is not always easy – we wrote an article last season about this, that may be helpful.

Most clubs field teams ranging from 12U to 18U, .  typically players in 5/6th through 12th grades.  Some clubs do not field teams at every age level, while. some field multiple teams at an age level.  Certain clubs have regional and travel teams.  Checking the Carolina Region website may be helpful for more details and explanations.

So here’s an overview of what’s available in our area:

Champion Volleyball Club

  • ChampionPlanning to field teams at all age levels, with multiple teams at some
  • Plays Carolina Region regional tournaments with one travel tournament
  • Tryouts for 12U-15U begin week of October 20; 16U+ week of November 4th.  Check website for specific details.
  • Practice locations:  Winston-Salem, Rural Hall, Walnut Cove

Setpoint Volleyball Club

  • SetpointPlanning to field teams at all age levels, with multiple teams at some
  • Regional teams play Carolina Region regional tournaments; travel teams play some Carolina Region regional tournament with 3-4 travel tournaments
  • Tryouts for 12U-15U begin week of October 20; 16U+ week of November 3rd.  Check website for specific details.
  • Practice locations:  Winston-Salem, Clemmons

Davie DazzleVolleyball Club

  • dazzle logoPlanning to field teams at 12U-15/16U
  • Plays Carolina Region regional tournaments with one travel tournament
  • Tryouts for 12U-14U begin week of October 20.  Combined 15/16U tryout dates TBD. Check website for specific details.
  • Practice locations:  Davie County

Yadkin Valley Volleyball Club

  • Volleyball_Girls_Logo_messagePlanning to field teams at 13U-18U
  • Plays Carolina Region regional tournaments
  • Tryouts for 13U-14U begin October 27.  Check website for specific details.
  • Practice locations:  Yadkinville

Salem Spirits

  • salem spirits logoPlanning to field teams at 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U
  • Development teams play local tournaments plus scrimmages; Regional Travel teams play local tournaments with two travel tournaments (16U and 18U only)
  • Tryouts have already begun.  Next tryout for all ages is October 15.  Check website for specific details.
  • Practice locations:  Winston-Salem

Wake Forest Deacon Volley Academy (DVA)

  • wf volleyballMore focused on development than tournament play
  • Planning to field teams at U11-U14 ages
  • Development teams play three tournaments
  • Tryouts are on October 21.  Check WAVE calendar page for more information.
  • Practice locations:  Winston-Salem

Beyond the Winston “area”, there are clubs that offer various levels of competitive play.  Check out their websites for details on tryouts:


The 2013 Beach Season in Review

This is the second installment of a three-part series by guest blogger, Mark Nalevanko, Director of the Carolina Region/USA Beach Volleyball. 

Can you name the 3 states that held the largest tournaments on the USA Beach Jr Tour in 2013?

Read to the bottom of the article – the answer may surprise you. Well, fall is pretty much here. School volleyball teams are in full swing, and memories of beach season may be starting to drift away.  Here’s a refresher on what our season looked like.

It quickly became apparent that the number of events and locations for the 2013 beach season would be more than ever, with 21 slated.  We got some great news early on:  USA Beach gave the Carolina Open “Grand Slam” status, enabling the top five finishers in each age division to get bids to nationals (previously only top three did).

Also leading up to the start of the tour season was the scheduling of the first Carolina Region hosted USA Beach High Performance Tryout. Finally, athletes in the Carolina Region looking for selection into the highest level of junior beach volleyball opportunities would not need to travel many hours to participate in a tryout.

High Performance tryouts, 2013

High Performance tryouts, 2013

The Carolina Region Jr. Beach Tour kicked off on April 13th at Capt’n Bill’s in Wilmington, NC with 40 teams participating. The rest of April gave a taste of the number of tournaments that would be available throughout the season with stops in the Triangle, hosted by Blue Sky Volleyball and Vh1vball, Claremont in Western NC, hosted by Bearfoot Juniors and a new site in Catawba, NC, hosted by Carolina Crush Volleyball.

16U finalists at Carolina Grand SlamParticipation levels kicked up to a new high in May. The Carolina Grand Slam in mid-May saw 143 teams from six states . The most popular divisions, Girls 14U and 16U, had 12 pools each. The depth of competition was the best seen in the area and even though five national bids were given out per age division, inevitably some well-deserving teams did not get a bid.

In June the focus event was the Carolina Challenge in Wilmington. Originally conceived with the intent to create a “Battle of NC vs. SC” theme, the event ended up not getting the participation levels desired from the SC side but it became a huge event nonetheless, the 2nd largest of the year with 97 teams.

July saw the culmination of the 2013 season. The ROX the Night event, an evening grass event in Claremont, NC saw the most junior teams participate in an event in that part of the state at 67. Emerald Isle hosted for the 2nd year in a row the tour championships. Under fantastic weather two locations about ½ mile apart on the beach hosted 90 teams.

The season came to a close with the USA Beach Jr. Tour Nationals in Milwaukee, WI over the last weekend of July. Of the 260+ teams participating, seven teams consisting of at least one NC player competed. The 16U teams of Kylie Grandy (Wake Forest)/Genna Simpkins (Cary) and Katie McCullough (Raleigh)/Kati Smith (Raleigh) had the best finishes, tied for 5th. The best 14U finish was an 11th by Sydney Rowan (High Point) and her partner from TX, Eliza Gallagher.

Aerial shot of 2013 Nationals

Aerial shot of 2013 Nationals

There you have it… a quick recap of 2013. What a season!? And now going back to the question, “Can you name the 3 states that hosted the largest events on the USA Beach Jr Beach Tour?” 1. Wisconsin (Nationals) – 268, 2. Texas – 160,  and 3. North Carolina – 143. Believe it or not, NC is up there with anyone in popularity of play by juniors.

(Stay tuned for Part III of this series of articles which will be looking ahead to 2014 and beyond.)

For Katy’s Sake: Spike Leukemia Volleyball Match Friday

Over the past four years, the Reagan High School volleyball teams have helped raised over $27,000 dollars to help the “For Katy’s Sake Foundation”.  The “For Katy’s Sake Foundation” helps families that have a child that is battling Leukemia. It’s a great cause – check out the photos from last year’s event.

Come out and join us Friday night (9/7/2012) in the 4th annual Spike Leukemia Volleyball match. Reagan is hosting Forsyth Country Day at 6:00pm. Spike Leukemia shirts are on sale at Reagan for $10.00. You can purchase shirts by contacting George Folger at Wear your shirt to the match to get in free. We will be selling T-shirts at the match as long as supplies last.

We will also have a silent auction to help raise money, so get to the match early to bid on some great items.

After the 2nd set, we will have a serve for a t-shirt contest. A $2 donation will give each participant multiple serves until a t-shirt is hit by a served ball.

I look forward to seeing you Friday night!

George Folger

Volleyball Coach @ Reagan High School

Highlights from the London Games – the Inside View

Here is the inside view and a great recap of the London Highlights from Doug Beal, Chief Executive Officer of USAV.  It’s a little bit of a lengthy read, but Doug does a great job of describing the highs and lows experienced by both the indoor and outdoor teams for men and women.  Doug also looks ahead to the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro and emphasizes all the great media attention the sport of volleyball has received in the London games.

It’s a great read if you’ve got 5-10 minutes….click on the link in the first sentence and enjoy!