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Thrive Volleyball Club in Santa Clarita, California

Frequently Asked Questions

This page was updated on 3/20/2024

TEAMS

How many teams will you have? And which age groups?

We intend to accommodate at least five teams in the 24-25 club season. We will be offering tryouts for 12U - 16U age groups. Teams will be formed based on the number of player commitments; this may mean we do not end up forming a team of a specific age group if there are not enough committed or if we decide to create a second team within 1 or 2 age groups due to several commitments. If your age group gets dropped, however, you could still play "up" into a higher age group.

How are the age groups divided?

The following breakdown outlines the SCVA age definition policy.

16s and under division: Players born on or after July 1, 2008
 

15s and under division: Players born on or after July 1, 2009

 

14s and under division: Players born on or after July 1, 2010

13s and under division: Players born on or after July 1, 2011

12s and under division: Players born on or after July 1, 2012

 

Who will your coaches be?

Our coaches will mostly be comprised of The Lab coaches who assist and lead The Lab's group clinics and league programs. 

Where will practices be held?

We will utilize two locations for our practices. Teams may be assigned at our home location (Thrive Gym) or Santa Clarita Sports Center. 

Thrive Gym: 15853 Monte St, Unit 104, Sylmar, CA 91342

Santa Clarita Sports Center: 25385 Rye Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91355

TRYOUTS

When and where are tryouts?

Location for all age groups: Newhall Church of the Nazarene, Gymnasium (23857 The Old Rd, Newhall, CA 91321)

 

If there are any scheduling conflicts with the above location, the alternate location will be: 15853 Monte St, Unit 104, Sylmar, CA 91342

Date/Time:

16U -- July 27, 5:00 - 7:00pm

15U -- July 27, 2:30 - 4:30pm

12U -- Sept 28, 11:00am - 12:30pm

13U -- Sept 28, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

14U -- Sept 28, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Do I have to commit to a club at tryouts?

No, you do not have to commit to any club at tryouts nor provide a verbal commitment. In fact, the earliest you may formally commit to a club is 8am the next morning. All commitments or verbal commitments prior to that are non-binding. It is common for some clubs to pressure players into a verbal commitment at tryouts but it is important for you to take the space to consider your decision should you need it. If the club threatens to fill your spot if you do not give them an answer right away, you should consider if they are seeking out their best interest or yours. 

TOURNAMENTS

Which tournaments will you attend?

All of our teams will attend all mandatory SCVA tournaments. 13U - 16U teams will attend Las Vegas Red Rock Rave and JVA’s West Coast Cup in Long Beach. 16U would also attend Volleyball Festival in Phoenix, AZ or AAU's in Orlando, FL.

 

PRACTICES

Where do you practice? And how often?

We will practice a minimum of 2 times per week. We will hold practices at Santa Clarita Sports Center. If utilizing weekends, we may occasionally work out of Newhall Church of the Nazarene, Gym, and/or outdoor local parks to work on multi-sport techniques and games that double as fun and unique team bonding activities.

 

SWITCHING CLUBS

My player would be switching clubs. If we ever decide to go back, will there be repercussions?

Again, if there were repercussions, you should consider if the club is seeking out their best interest or yours. Typically, there is no issue in switching clubs as long as you do not de-commit from a team after signing a Commitment Letter. We encourage you to seek out what is in your best interest. It is important to note, however, that in the older age groups, college coaches find it a red flag if a player is "club hopping". This is something they look out for because it could signal to them that the player could transfer from their school. It is important to find a program that you believe in rather than seeking name recognition or other similar factors. College coaches put in a lot of time and effort vetting athletes (including the athlete's parents) and the actions they make at the club level. 

COSTS

What is the cost for one season? Are uniforms included?

The costs break down as follows:

12U: $4,000 per season + $285 uniform package

13U, 14U, 15U: $4,500 per season + $285 uniform package

16U: Cost TBD 

Why are the 13U-15U fees the same and 12U differs?

The 12U team will not attend the Las Vegas Red Rock Rave or JVA West Coast Cup bringing the cost down for that age group. The 13U-15U teams will attend the same tournaments and equal length of season resulting in equal fees.

What does the uniform package cover?

The uniform package covers 2 jersey tops, 1 backpack, and 1 warm up top. 

What other costs are associated with club volleyball?

Club volleyball is very much a time and financial commitment. Extra costs include travel to/from weekend tournaments across Southern California. From Santa Clarita, venues could be 60-70 miles away or more. Local tournaments could also be 1 or 2 day events. There are tournament admission fees at most locations as well as parking fees; both can cost up to $20 per person for admission, and per car for parking. Other costs include travel and lodging when we have out-of-town or out-of-state tournaments that span 3 to 4 days.  With all costs combined, a club volleyball season can cost up to, or over, $6,000 per season per family.

If you have further questions, please contact us at info@thelabtrainingclub.com or 661-210-3306.

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