The ELITE Program (ages: U12 – U18)
Teams: 1-3 Elite teams in each age group (depending on athletes’ skill level & athleticism within the age group)
Players per team: 9-11 players on each team (goal is 10 to make practices competitive yet not too many to limit playtime)
Practices: 1 Competition Practice per week & 1 DTS Session per week + FREE summer training
Base Cost: $2,050 for U15-U17 | $1,750 for U14 | $1,500 for U13 & Under for the season (November 26th – April 2019)
Tournaments: 5 AAU Tournaments + 1 Junior National Qualifier (JNQ)
Uniforms: 2 Jerseys, 1 Spandex, warm up bottom, L/S tshirt, bag, 2 practice t’s
Travel Cost: $325 per JNQ
Team Names: Colossus, Rogue, Mystique
*Recommended for players who want to make their Junior High or High School Teams*
Elite teams are locally competitive and are created to prepare players to contribute on their school teams. They are designed to help players improve while having a fantastically fun time doing it. Players will learn how to practice to get better and then learn how to compete to win against other teams.
These teams are regionally competitive and operate according to the rules of Competition-based playing time. The “Competition-Based” coaching guideline requires that players be fully committed to attending all practices and tournaments while adhering to all team and club rules. Athletes’ will be given equal opportunities to play in each match but all playtime may not be equal. The evaluation of player performance for the determination of playing time, as well as team strategy decisions, is entirely up to the discretion of the coaching staff. These guidelines are used to keep teams locally competitive and to achieve team goals. Coaches will provide a fair and impartial environment for each player to earn playing time. Coaches will not discuss playing time as it relates to other players, and will not discuss strategy and techniques with any parent or player.
Each elite team will be required to travel to at least one National Tournament/Qualifier. Teams may decide to travel to more than they’re required, however, it must be decided at the beginning of the year and done by a unanimous vote. Elite Teams will be attending 1 of the following tournaments:
- Colorado Crossroads (Denver, CO) - Stay and Play
- Las Vegas Classic (Las Vegas, NV) – Stay and Play
- Southern California Qualifier (Las Vegas, NV) – Stay and Play
- Far Westerns National Qualifier (Reno, NV)
Teams will be finalized for the Elite Teams right after the tryout. Players trying out for Elite Teams who do not make an Elite Team can be placed on a Club Team. Team practices will begin on November 26th.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What if I don’t make an Elite Team?
You will be placed on a Club team, depending on skill, athleticism, and commitment.
2. I am not sure if I should try out for the Elite Program because I don’t know where I compare competitively.
Try out anyway! There is no harm in trying out and trying to make the most competitive team possible.
3. I want to play on an Elite Team but I don’t want to travel.
Unfortunately, ELITE TEAMS are required to travel to at least one out of state tournament. Thus, you will be placed on a club team to accommodate your needs.
4. Why do we have to travel?
By competing against different clubs from different states, it exposes athletes to an entirely new level of volleyball which helps them to develop faster and compete at higher, more competitive levels.
5. When would we practice?
Either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. You can always attend your DTS session any day of the week. However, we recommend you attend with your team.