This page attempts to answer some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Advancement Academy, Tryouts, and Club Volleyball in general.  If you cannot find the answer to your question on this page, feel free to use the contact us link and someone will get back to you. 

  • How do I know what age group my son/daughter should register for?
    1. Our Tryout Information page has a table at the bottom of the page to help determine what age a child will be eligible for.  If you find the table confusing, you can use the following methodology to help determine the appropriate age group.  What age will the athlete be on August 31, 2019.  And then for the 2018-2019 club volleyball season, use that age for the appropriate age group.  For example, if Susie will be 14 on August 31, 2019, then based on her age she would be a 14U player.  Unfortunately, there are exceptions to every rule since players can also be grade eligible for a certain age group that might be different than their age.  See the next question for more on age vs. grade level eligibility.
  • What if my daughter/son is too old based on her age for a certain age group, but is eligible for that age group based on their grade in school.
    1. At A2, all Regional teams and most American teams can (and will) use Grade Level definition for teams where required since the OVR and most out-of-region tournaments that A2 attends allow the use of “grade level” players.  However, all National teams will use “traditional” or “true age” level definitions since this is required of all players during all USAV national tournaments. This would also be the case for any A2 American team that plans to compete in a bid play-in tournament.  Therefore, if you are only interested in playing on a National team, please use the “traditional/age” level definition when determining which age group you wish to tryout for.  For players that register at tryouts for an age group where the player is only eligible for that age group based on their grade, they will only be considered for American and Regional teams.  For further details on age level definitions for USAV and OVR, refer to the OVR age definition page.
  • What if my daughter/son is younger than most students in their grade and is eligible for a younger age group than most athletes in their grade?
    1. Since the “traditional/age” level definition is considered to be the most stringent criteria used by USAV for qualification of a player at a certain age level, a player in this situation could play with that “younger” age group based on their age or they could elect to “play up” with players that are in the same grade as they are.  Such a player would be eligible to play on any level team (including National teams) at either age group.  For further details, refer to the OVR age definition page.
  • What is the difference between an OVR Tryout Membership and Full Membership?
    1. All players that eventually commit to play for a club will be required to obtain a full OVR/USAV Full Junior Membership that covers the entire club season.  However, if a player wants to tryout and is not yet certain they are going to play the club season, they can elect to purchase a “Tryout only” membership for only $10.  This allows them to tryout at multiple clubs.  If they choose to accept an offer after tryouts, they would then need to convert this Tryout Membership to a Full Membership, including paying the price difference, and specify the club they are playing for.  OVR/USAV registration is a separate fee from the club dues and is paid directly to USA Volleyball.  More information on the membership options can be found on the OVR Membership Options page.  More information including links to complete the OVR registration can be found on the Female Junior Registration page or Male Junior Registration page.