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2022/23 Club Season Info:

Thank you for stopping by to look into EVA Tryout info! 
2022/23 Tryout Information has been updated and you are able to register for the tryouts. 

Plan ahead: CHECK AGE DEFINITION CHART for 2022/23 season TO DETERMINE THE PLAYING AGE GROUP

To make sure you are attending the correct age group tryout please check the Age Definition chart that determines your child's playing age group (month and year of birth). Player can always play in age group UP, but can't play in age group DOWN from their defined age group. 

EVA 2022/23 Tryout Schedule

AGE GROUP DATE TIME
11s / 12s Friday 10/21 5:30 - 7:30 pm
13s Saturday 10/22 4:30 - 7:30 pm
14s Saturday 10/22 11 am - 2 pm
15s Sunday 10/30 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
16s Sunday 10/30 8 am - 10:30 am
17/18s Sunday 10/30 11:30 am - 2 pm

2022-23 Tryout Location:

For ALL age groups

Agape Church Gym
701 Napa Valley Dr. 
Little Rock, AR 72211

Teams that EVA plans to form for 2022/23 season

updated 9/13/22
11's: 1 Regional, 2 Local Plus (Navy & White)
12's: 1 National, 1 Regional (Navy), 2 Local Plus (White & Grey)
13's: 1 National, 1 Regional Plus (Navy), 2 Regional (White & Grey)
14's: 1 Elite, 1 National, 1 Regional Plus (Navy), 1 Regional (White)
15's: 1 Elite, 1 National, 2 Regional Plus (Navy & White)
16's: 1 Elite, 2 Regional Plus (Navy & White)
17's: 1 Elite, 1 Regional Plus (Navy)
18's: 1 Elite

Elite teams - on the path for qualification for USA Nationals
National teams - will play at AAU Nationals in Orlando (will not participate in the qualifiers where bids are awarded for the USA Nationals)

Questions regarding tryouts:
Tanja Eckart, EVA Club Director
eckartvolleyball@gmail.com
call/text 501-940-0608

How to Purchase 2022/23 USAV Volleyball Membership

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A SPORTSENGINE ACCOUNT:  To Purchase a Membership, click on this  "MEMBERSHIP LINK". ​​​​​​All individuals that already have a SportsEngine account will use the same link. 

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A SPORTSENGINE ACCOUNT:  First you will need to create an account before you can purchase a membership. Below are instructions on how to obtain FREE SportsEngine account.

Tryout Protocol

  • Arrive to registration 30-45 min prior to the tryout time
  • Have your USAV membership card with you 
  • At registration we will check you in, assign you a registration number that will be written on your leg, and we will take your pic holding a white board with your name, tryout age group, and tryout number. 
  • Players will be evaluated by EVA Coaches in variety of skill drills and game situations (based on the age group).  We will have in each tryout 6-10 evaluators (depending on the number of players trying out).
  • We will evaluate skill level of passing, setting, hitting, serving, serve receiving in several skill drills as well as in game situations.  Furthermore, through playing we will make notes and evaluate your overall game understanding/knowledge (age appropriate level), transition, court awareness, decision making, communication skills, interaction with players around you and the level of effort that you show. 

Everyone who wishes to be evaluated and considered for one of EVA teams for the upcoming season HAS to register for the tryouts.
Mistakes are part of the game so don't stress making mistakes - what we are interested in seeing is how you react to mistakes!  We understand that tryouts are stressful environment for players so just do your best and know that in addition to showing us your skills, we want to see your personality and work ethic!

2022/23 Important Items

Welcome to Elite Volleyball Academy. We are excited for the upcoming season and are working hard to prepare all the details for the tryout and the season itself. 

  • USAV Membership Purchase - you have to purchase membership PRIOR to attending tryouts. 
  • If you are pretty certain that you will end up on a club team go ahead a purchase/renew the full membership. If you are unsure if you will end up having a team placement on a team, purchase $10 and upon the team placement and acceptance you would pay the remainder of the fee ($46) of the USAV membership (info on how to purchase is listed below in the info)
  • Updates to USA VB Age Definition Chart - check for correct playing age (you can play up,  but not down from your age group)
  • How to create SportsEngine account (everyone has to have one) - info listed below
  • Invitation to Participate - to be in club's directory (if you are receiving EVA emails you are already in directory)
  • Club Assignment Request - that binds you to the club for 2022/23 season (you can get multiple requests from clubs but can accept ONLY ONE)

Partial USAV Memberships -$10 that would cover Tryout

As a rule, the Delta Region will not refund USAV membership purchases if you do not end up playing club season 2022/23. 

It is recommended that athletes purchase the partial USAV Membership that would cover Tryout participation $10.00 

If you are new to Junior Volleyball or you are not sure you want to play this season, the Delta Region now offers a $10 tryout fee which is cost-effective. If you are chosen for a team the $10 will be applied toward the remaining cost of off the total cost of a ‘Regular Junior Membership’ (USAV membership is in total $56).  USAV tryout Membership also is not refundable.

Player notification

  1. Arrive to EVA tryouts prepared! Have the knowledge of each team's tournament schedule, requirements for each playing level (financial and time obligations)
  2. Have an idea of what is your #1 choice for the team, #2...so that you can navigate timely the team offers with prior knowledge of what each playing level entails. 
  3. During the tryouts coaches are working on evaluating and ranking players. In the tryouts coaches are already communicating about the evals and for the top team in the age group we might get the team offers out quickly from the tryouts already.
  4. As we rank players during and after tryouts we will get the team offers sent out as quickly as possible (text, phone call). Please make sure you enter the correct cell phone number that will be contacted for team assignment (this person needs to be available for communication in the team selection process). 
  5. We will make team selection based on skill level unless you specified level you want to be considered for only (ex/Regional Plus only).
  6. On tryout day and following days during the team forming - please answer to unknown numbers and respond to messages (we at least need to know that you are receiving our team placement messages)
  7. You will be notified via text or a call of your team offer. Once you give us the verbal/text reply commitment we will send you CLUB ASSIGNMENT REQUEST. Once this is accepted you are bound to EVA for the remainder of the season.
    You can get multiple Club Assignment Requests but can only accept ONE
    Once you accept EVA Club Assignment Request you are officially on EVA team 2022/23 season that you accepted an offer for. 
  8. We are working as fast as we can to get the team offers out, but when you are making multiple teams in an age group that process sometimes gets dragged out. Be patient to receive your placement. This process sometimes takes some time and if you really want to be on EVA team don't rush into accepting other offers. Most of the time even the 2nd team making goes into the second day.  There is a chance for a team placement until it's announced on the EVA social media that  certain age group teams are formed "At this time all (age group) EVA teams have been formed..."

Club Assignment Request

As you can see Club Assignment Request email is automatically generated besides the space in the 2nd paragraph where we will say something like this: "EVA is excited to offer you a spot on _________(insert team name). If you accept this team placement for the season 2022/23 please click accept at the bottom of the email. By doing so, you will become EVA player for the remainder of the club season and your USAV membership will automatically fall in our database to be able to roster you for the season's events.  We are excited to welcome you to Elite Volleyball Academy." 

More info on the tryout process

  • Tryout day is too hectic so we will do uniform fitting for those who make the 2022/23 team in the days or the week following the tryouts. You will be notified of exact times. Following the fitting you will be provided the link to the EVA Team store where you will purchase the team gear (the store is opened for 1 week before all orders are placed)
  • Age Definition chart moved cut off date from Sept 1 to July 1  last fall so all those summer babies could play with their grades instead of an age group up. Check out the chart (located below)
  • USA/Delta Region have new protocols for team acceptance that will bind you to selected club for the season whose invitation you accept (you could receive multiple invitations, make sure you only click accept for the team placement that you chose for that season). 
  • ALL changes are listed in detail and explained below. For more info please refer to Delta Region Website as well 

No Age Waivered Players on EVA teams

No Age Waivered Players - we typically don't allow age waivers in in any age group due to these couple reasons:
1) holding player down didn't help them learn the speed of the game where they actually needed to play
2) In many tournaments outside of Delta Region did not allow age waivered player to compete. These players are also not allowed participate in bid awarding tournaments as well as in Junior National Championship so we feel that at younger ages players should compete within their age group based on the
USA 2021/22 Age Definition chart. 

 

How to set up a SportsEngine account

If a family has multiple players, they can all have their membership information in the same master account, using one set of login credentials (called a "family account").  This is different than past seasons.  In the old system, all individuals had to have their own login. *NOTE: Primary account holder MUST be a parent/guardian. Your athlete will have a profile added to your “household” once they have a membership.

NOTE: If you are the parent/guardian of a participating athlete, please create the account under your name and email address. You will add your athlete to your SportsEngine account as a sub profile later during the registration and/or rostering process. 

How to Create a SportsEngine Account

  1. Navigate to your organization's website or go to sportsengine.com (EVA uses SportsEngine)
  2. In the upper right-hand corner of your screen, click Sign In.
  3. Enter your email address and click Next.
  4. Fill out all the requested information.
    • NOTE: Ensure the information entered belongs to the primary account holder (parent/guardian). 
  5. Once complete, click Sign Up

Verify Your SportsEngine Account

  1. Navigate to your email inbox.
  2. Open the "Activate Your SportsEngine Account" email.
    • NOTE: If you do not receive this email within 5 minutes, be sure to check your junk/spam folder.
  3. Click Activate My Account.

Helpful Tip! If you are experiencing issues when trying to create a SportsEngine account, please reach out to accounthelp@sportsengine.com.

This is different than past seasons.  In the old system, all individuals had to have their own login. *NOTE: Primary account holder MUST be a parent/guardian. Your athlete will have a profile added to your “household” once they have a membership.

QUIZZARD WILL HELP YOU FIND THE RIGHT MEMBERSHIP

SportEngine will use Quizzard to allow members to find the right membership for them based on how they plan to participate. 
Once the Member has logged in, they will be prompted to choose "WHO" they are buying the Membership For. This will pull up all of the profiles within their account and give them an Option to add a Child to purchase a Membership for.

Once they select who they are buying the Membership for they will be prompted to add/update their required information. 

This will be pre-filled from their SportsEngine account profile.  The following information is required to purchase a Membership:

  • First Name, Last Name, Gender

  • Date of Birth, Email

  • Address 1, City, State, ZIP, Country

Invitation to Participate

This invitation from a club is to be placed in that club's directory.

Invitations to Participate will look like this:

"PLAYER NAME's Invitation to Participate
PLAYER NAME is invited to join Elite Volleyball Academy. Sign in or create an account to join the Elite Volleyball Academy on SportsEngine. You'll get access to everything you need for the season"

THIS invitation does not bind you to anything, only places you in the club's directory.
See below about the Club Assignment Request that will bind you to the club for duration of the season!!!

CLUB SELECTION & PLAYER AFFILIATION

When a membership is purchased, you will not have the option of associating yourself with a club. This is different than past seasons. 

At team selection you will receive "Club Assignment Request" that you could receive from multiple clubs, but you need to click "Accept" to invitation to a club you selected to play for in 2022/23 season. This acceptance will put your USAV membership in that club's database and you will be bind with that club for duration of the season.  This process must happen before a player or coach can be placed on a roster.  

A player may be asked to join several clubs, but you need to click "Accept" ONLY to a club you are accepting team placement for. 

 A player can not change to another club once they have been added to a club roster until the end of their club season.  

PLAYER TRANSFER POLICY

Once a player commits to the club, the club will then be able to put that player on the roster of a team. The player is then officially committed to that club. Any financial commitments made to a club are between the individual and the club. 

Once he/she accepts a Club's Invitation that player is committed to a club for the entire USA Volleyball season which concludes at the end of the Junior National Championships in July. 

NOTE:  Only a change in geographical location of the family due to a change in job, military, scholastic or inner-collegiate status may receive special consideration. Application for a waiver to the Transfer Policy must be made by the parent of the player to the Delta Region Commissioner using the same said form below. 

What if the team has disbanded and no longer intends to participate? A player can be reassigned to a different club in the Delta Region if the team the player is currently affiliated with has disbanded and no longer intends to participate in any USA Volleyball sanctioned event, whether in or outside the Delta Region. This must be confirmed by the Club Director before any contact can be made with the player. Players from a disbanded team may request a transfer using the same said form below. A disbanded team may withhold such authorization if the player(s) is/are not in good standing with the club. Any financial commitments to a club are between the individual and the club~ Clubs are private enterprises.

If a player on a disbanded team transfers without filing the proper written authorizations, then the player and the new team/club may be sanctioned.