• PO Box 23738 Knoxville, TN 37933
  • phoenixRisingVB@gmail.com

FAQ’s

CLUB VOLLEYBALL BASICS

1. What is junior club volleyball?

2. When does club volleyball take place?

3. What factors (other than cost) should one consider when selecting a club

volleyball program?

4. How do you determine the age-eligibility of a student athlete for the purposes of

team placement?

5. Are athletes required to play in the age-level specified by the USAV eligibility

standards?

6. My daughter is only 10 or 11 can she play in the 12’s division?

PHOENIX STAFF, COACHING PHILOSOPHY, AND TRAINING

1. Who coaches at Phoenix Volleyball Club?

2. Does Phoenix have a playing time philosophy?

3. Will my child have more than one coach?

4. Do teams practice together and/or compete against one another?

PHOENIX TEAM INFORMATION

1. Phoenix Rising Mission Statement

2. How many teams will Phoenix Volleyball Club field this year?

3. How many players will be on each team?

4. How often do teams practice?

5. Do teams have a fixed practice schedule?

6. Where do teams practice?

7. Where do the Phoenix teams travel?

8. Do Phoenix teams compete only at the highest level of regional play?

9. Will you field as many teams as you have players (i.e. do you form teams from all

players attending tryouts)?

10. Will we have a choice or say in our daughter’s team placement (i.e. Travel vs.

Rec., age-level)?

11. Can the multi-sport athlete play at Phoenix?

12. I/We have two daughters that would like to be on the same team. Can you

accommodate this request?

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION AND TRAVEL

1. What tournaments do Phoenix teams play in?

2. How often are tournaments?

3. For an “out-of-state” tournament, how far do you travel?

4. What if we have schedule conflicts during the club volleyball season (i.e.,

vacations, year-round school track junior/senior prom, etc.)?

TRYOUT INFORMATION

1. Are we able to watch the tryout process?

2. My daughter plays middle school volleyball that starts in the fall. Can she still

tryout for Phoenix?

3. Once I am selected to a team, when will I begin practice.

4. What is the Southern Region (SRVA) established ‘Signing

PARENT INVOLVEMENT AT PHOENIX

1. What is the role of parents in Phoenix Volleyball Club?

2. Do parents stay with the athletes/team for travel trips?

3. Other than volunteer opportunities, how does Phoenix include parents in the

Phoenix club experience?

PHOENIX FEES AND PAYMENT SCHEDULES

1. What does it cost to play on a Phoenix team?

2. How much are uniforms?

3. How do I pay for club?

4. Does Phoenix offer scholarships for student-athletes?

COLLEGIATE RECRUITING AT PHOENIX

1. Does Phoenix expect all its student-athletes to play in college?

2. What is Phoenix’s recruiting support program?

3. Does every Phoenix alumnae play in college?

4. Do most Phoenix student-athletes receive scholarships?

CLUB VOLLEYBALL BASICS

What is junior club volleyball?

 

Junior girls’ volleyball or club volleyball is a nationwide junior volleyball system

comprised of individual clubs organized under one of several parent organizations

[USA Volleyball, AAU, JVA, etc] for the primary purpose of growing and supporting

the sport. Generally, club volleyball offers participants the opportunity to continue

to compete and develop skills well beyond the relatively short middle school and

high school seasons.

 

Club volleyball programs, literally and figuratively, come in many different shapes

and sizes in terms of programming, administration, benefits provided, etc. Some

organizations serve a small niche (e.g., low commitment developmental, high

commitment competitive, and everything in-between). Some organizations, like

Phoenix, commit to providing a wide-range of opportunities for its participants.

Phoenix Rising Volleyball Club is a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU),

Southern Region of USA Volleyball (USAV), American Volleyball Coaches Association

(AVCA), and Junior Volleyball Association (JVA).

 

When does club volleyball take place?

 

Again, there is some variation between clubs. Phoenix teams begin training in late

November/early December.

 

Phoenix teams begin tournament competition in January. Phoenix Travel teams

compete through mid-April- late May depending on age-level. Phoenix National

teams compete through the AAU National Championships (Orlando, FL) in mid/late

June.

 

What factors (other than cost) should one consider when selecting a club volleyball

program?

 

The three primary factors to consider are: training, competition and travel.

Phoenix’s formula for success on the court is the direct result of a consistent,

comprehensive, and progressive training program led by talented and experienced

coaches. Through appropriate competition we challenge and test our teams. The

history of our competition schedule (location, difficulty of field, quality) indicates

that commitment to seek the most cost effecition highest level of competition.

 

How do you determine the age-eligibility of a student-athlete for the purposes of

team placement?

 

2017/2018 Season: Eligibility/age level is determined by our governing body, USAV,

and simply stated it is based on the age your child will be on September 1, 2017.

• 18U Division/Seniors: Players who were born on or after September 1,

1999 or Players who were born on or after September 1, 1998 and are a high

school student during some part of the current academic year

• 17U Division/Juniors: Players who were born on or after September 1,

2000

• 16U Division/Sophomores: Players who were born on or after September

1, 2001

• 15U Division/Freshman: Players who were born on or after September 1,

2002

• 14U Division/8th Grade: Players who were born on or after September 1,

2003

• 13U Division/7th Grade: Players who were born on or after September 1,

2004

• 12UDivision/6th Grade: Players who were born on or after September 1,

2005

• 11U Division/5th Grade: Players who were born on or after September 1,

2006

• Boys 14 Under Division: Players Please see Director

 

Are athletes required to play in the age-level specified by the USAV eligibility

standards?

 

While student-athletes may not play at a lower age level than their eligibility

they may be able to play at an older age level. Phoenix Rising takes very seriously

keeping student-athletes in their age level, however, we will consider peer group

issues (i.e. a 9th grader whose USAV age level is 14’s] and advanced skills when

making final team placements. “Playing up” is not a common practice but Phoenix

will place kids and have placed kids who can play in a higher age bracket.

 

My daughter is only 10 or 11 can she play in the 12’s division?

 

Yes. Often times our 12’s teams are comprised of younger student-athletes as there

is a wide range of athletic ability and skill in this age group. In the past there have

been athletes as young as 9 years old on a Phoenix 12 & under teams.

PHOENIX STAFF, COACHING PHILOSOPHY, AND TRAINING

Who coaches at Phoenix Volleyball Club?

 

Phoenix Volleyball Club seeks quality people who share a passion for our mission

and a true care and concern for their colleagues and our student-athletes. With

that in mind we recruit, hire, train, and retain the most experienced and committed

coaches available. We offer training and mentorship for all coaches.

 

A truly talented, knowledgeable and dedicated staff is responsible for the guidance

of our student-athletes. Phoenix Volleyball Club continues to be fortunate to have a

coaching staff that rivals the staff of any other club in the area.

 

Please visit our website for more information on our coaching staff.

 

Does Phoenix have a playing time philosophy?

 

Our experience has shown that the concept of ‘fair’ playing time has a different

meaning for coaches, parents, and athletes. We also recognize that there are

different views on what constitutes ‘fair’ playing time are the most common source

of athlete and/or parent frustration in youth sports. At Phoenix, the playing time

philosophy employed by our coaching staff will depend on the age level of the team

and the competitive level. As such Phoenix has not adopted a club-wide playing

time philosophy. The positional nature of volleyball combined with the complexity

posed by attempting to balance the dual interests of distributing playing time fairly

Grade: Players who were born on or after September 1,

on the individual level and achieving the goals and objective of the team as a whole

requires understanding that ‘fair’ playing time does not necessarily mean ‘equal’

playing time.

 

Will my child have more than one coach?

 

YES! Every team has a head and assistant coach assigned specifically to that team.

In addition, we have lead position coaches and resource coaches who contribute to

the training of all teams allowing every athlete to interact with and benefit from the

collective experience of our coaching staff.

 

Do teams practice together and/or compete against one another?

 

Our gym practice schedule is designed to take advantage of our multi-team training

days, the expertise of our staff, and the depth of talent on our teams. Intra-club

competition training is an essential element of team training allowing coaches

to focus on specific aspects and strategies of the game. Competition training

days [typically planned by the individual coaches] provide opportunities for this

beneficial training.

PHOENIX RISING TEAM INFORMATION

 

Phoenix Rising Mission Statement

 

The Mission of Phoenix Rising Volleyball Club, Inc. is to develop and promote

the sport of volleyball in a family oriented environment. We challenge all

players from the entry level to the elite. With Sportsmanship and Teamwork

our athletes learn to compete and develop a life long passion for the game.

Organization

 

Phoenix Rising Club, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2007

 

How many teams will Phoenix Volleyball Club field this year?

 

The number of teams that Phoenix fields each season is mission-driven meaning

that we will only field the number of teams that we can fully support. For that

season we have sufficient facilities, administrative support, and staff in place to field

about 10 teams.

 

How many players will be on each team?

 

The majority of teams will have 10 players per team. Team size may fluctuate

slightly on a case-by-case basis. These differences occur according to team level,

make-up, positional needs, and other factors.

 

How often do teams practice?

 

We typically practice two (2) times per week with competition and specialized

training at least one additional time per month during the early months. We offer

additional practice times at request of teams before major tournament events.

Our 12’s teams primarily practice 6-8 times per month depending on competition

schedule.

 

Do teams have a fixed practice schedule?

 

Yes/ and No, Some of our Locations make this very easy to do and your days and

times will stay the same all year while other locations require us to move days

or locations of usually only one of the two practices days. Times can varies by

30minutes but we try to keep them as consistant as we can, with exceptions to

weather or other events in our locations. Every team’s practice schedule will be give

at least two weeks in advance.

 

Where do teams practice?

 

Phoenix is a unique club in that we operate out of large area’s from Morristown to

Madisonville. Therefore we practice at Knoxville Christian School as our home sites.

 

Where do the Phoenix teams travel?

 

Teams primarily compete in tournaments held weekends throughout the Southern

Region [This year Phoenix is hosting Five great Tournament events of our own)

One in Knoxville Convention Center , One in Kingsport Convention Center and one

Chattanooga Convention Center, TN . We also have two Tournaments at the Rocky

Top Sports World In Gatlinburg, TN. Many teams will get the additional experience

of competing in at least one to two travel tournament which may include Lexington

KY, Indiana IN, Birmingham Al, or Atlanta, GA where our Southern Region, Regional

Tournament will be held, just to name a few.

 

Are goal is to make sure all Tournaments are within driving distance with the

exception of our National teams.

(Note: ultimately, tournament location for regional tournaments is determined by

Southern Region and is beyond Phoenix’s control).

 

Rec League team complete in a 7 week program the play inter- team matches in a

tournament style play on Saturdays. With practice one a week.

 

Do Phoenix teams compete only at the highest level of regional play?

 

Historically, the Southern Region hosts multiple divisions/levels of play at nearly

every age group: Power and Club, etc. Whenever possible every Phoenix teams [Fire,

and Blaze ex.] will begin play at the Power (highest level) level and the (Flame and

Inferno ex.) at the Club Level. In the early phase of the regional club season a team’s

performance will establish their placement in one of these groups (teams move up

or down based on their performance).

 

Will you field as many teams as you have players (i.e. do you form teams from all

players attending tryouts)?

 

We are a mission-driven organization and believe it imperative that our efforts be

directed at fulfilling all aspects of our mission. With this in mind, we field as many

complete teams as gym space and staff capabilities allow. But will only place kids we

feel can and would contribute to a team. If we do not find they are a fit for either a

Travel teams we place them on our Developmental Rec league teams.

 

Will we have a choice or say in our daughter’s team placement (i.e. Travel vs. Rec

age-level)?

 

An athlete’s tryout will determine which team offer is extended. Be assured that we

work with families throughout the tryout process to determine the best fit.

 

Can the multi-sport athlete play at Phoenix?

 

Yes, some Phoenix student-athletes participate in more than one sport (or other

activity), especially in the younger age divisions. Typically, as teams advance to

higher levels of competition, we see fewer athletes participating in multiple sports.

 

At tryouts, we ask that prospective student-athletes notify us if they intend to

participate in additional sports or activities that may conflict with Phoenix. While

an athlete’s participation in other sports during the club season will not be a

determining factor on whether or not a student-athlete is made an offer to play on

a Phoenix team. It may, however, be a consideration for selection/placement on our

most competitive teams.

 

My school offers a Middle school program that start in March. How does that impact

club at Phoenix?

 

We recognize that some area Middle school program run in the Spring. It is

important to note that there is considerable overlap between club and those middle

school season [early March through Late-May] and that of Phoenix’s national teams.

While we will not discourage athletes from participating in their middle school

program we will have to place you on a team with kids in like situations. Although

we can not know how many kids will tryout with like situations we try to place you

with kids in your area in the same boat. We will finish all there tournaments before

the middle school season starts.

 

I/We have two daughters that would like to be on the same team. Can you

accommodate this request?

 

Possibly, it depends on a variety of factors. If this is your situation we suggest you

bring this to our attention early in the tryout process. Additionally, we do offer a 5%

discount on dues for siblings in the Club.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION AND TRAVEL

 

What tournaments do Phoenix teams play in?

 

There are two basic types of tournaments, regional and travel. Regional

tournaments all occur in the Southern Region (entire southern seven state

boarders) and are against other Tennessee Region teams. Travel tournaments are

those events, for the most part, located outside of the Southern Region and are

against a broader field of competition including teams from other regions.

 

Phoenix typically participates in the following types of travel tournaments:

 

1. Inter-Regional Tournaments (2 and 3-day events) like the Battleground Explosion in Chattanooga, Georgia hosted events, Shamrock in Richmond, Virginia, for example.

 

2. Phoenix is a member of the AAU who organizes events for elite level teams

along the eastern seaboard. Phoenix will hosts The AAU Grand Prix at the

Meadowview Resort and Convention Center, Kingsport TN and Big Bear AAU

District Championships at Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg, TN.

 

3. National Pre-Qualifiers and Qualifiers-These are 2 and 3-day USAV events

located throughout the country at which teams can earn bids to the Junior National

Championships. The Pre-Qualifier will be hosted by Phoenix for the Southeast

Region at the Knoxville TN Convention Center.

 

4. National Championships- Qualifying teams will attend a national championship

event. It will either be the AAU Jr. Nationals in Orlando. If your team or child is

selected for one of these teams, there will be a extra cost to attend.

School schedule impact: Teams which travel to 3-day events can expect to miss up

to 1/2 days of school for each of these events (most teams will only travel to one or

two such events). Most of these follow national holidays.

 

How often are tournaments?

 

This depends on the team and program level. Regional tournaments are scheduled

by the Southern Region basically every weekend from January until late-April. The

great thing to know is out of the 5-7 tournaments 5 are our own convention center

events. “Home” less travel.

 

Travel tournaments outside the Southern region, are an essential component of our

teams’ competitive experience. Scheduling for travel tournaments can vary year to

year and is done by independent organizations-we have no control over the travel

schedule and must simply select the best tournaments to attend by team based on

schedule, anticipated costs and competitiveness. As a general guideline, Phoenix

travel teams compete in one in-state and one out-of-state tournament each month.

 

For an “out-of-state” tournament, how far do you travel?

 

Most of our Travel teams will travel in the southeast. For example, in 2014 our

teams attended tournaments in such cities as Atlanta, Kentucky, Virginia, Alabama,

Indiana, North and South Carolina. The great thing is we boarder seven states.

 

What if we have schedule conflicts during the club volleyball season (i.e., vacations,

year-round school track-outs, junior/senior prom, etc.)?

 

We strongly believe in the concept of TEAM…all team members have a role to play

on the team and therefore the team is strongest only when all members are present.

That being said, our philosophy is achieve an appropriate balance between family,

academic, and athletic activities. Unavoidable scheduling conflicts are addressed on

a case-by-case basis. It is imperative that student-athletes inform the Club of such

conflicts well in advance if alternative arrangements are to be made.

TRYOUT INFORMATION

 

Are we able to watch the tryout process?

 

You are welcome to watch tryouts but we ask that you not distract student-athletes

or coaching staff. Note that sitting is limited and we have areas in which we don’t

allow chairs to facilitate athlete movement amongst courts. As a reminder, only

participants are allowed on the playing surface at any time.

 

Once I am selected to a team, when will I begin practice?

 

November 9- November 24 Clinics ( Dates will be posted)

November 29- December 19 Once per week

December 20- January 4th Holiday Break

January 5th Resume twice weekly

March 16-20 Spring Break Knoxville

A complete practice schedule will be given through your team coaches.

 

My school offers a Middle school program that start in March. How does that impact

club at Phoenix?

 

We recognize that some area Middle school program run in the Spring. It is

important to note that there is considerable overlap between club and those middle

school season [early March through Late-May] and that of Phoenix’s national teams.

While we will not discourage athletes from participating in their middle school

program we will have to place you on a team with kids in like situations. Although

we can not know how many kids will tryout with like situations we try to place you

with kids in your area in the same boat. We will finish all there tournaments before

the middle school season starts.

 

What is the Southern Region (SRVA) established ‘Signing Dates’?

 

Every year the Southern region establishes signing dates for each age group. The

intent of the signing dates is to give clubs and student-athletes an appropriate and

fair time-frame to attend tryouts and make an informed club decision. It is unfair

and contrary to Southern Region guidelines for any club to pressure and/or require

that a student-athlete commit prior to the established signing dates.

2015-2016 SEASON SIGNING DATES:

 

October 28, 2015: 13’s, and 12’s age groups

November 3, 2015: 14’s, 15’s*, 16’s 17’s, and 18’s age groups.

 

*NOTE: while the Southern Region allows 14’s to tryout out during October their

official signing date is not until November along with all other high school aged

players.

 

Southern Region guideline: Clubs should commit to hold an offer open to a player

to join a particular team in the club or the club in general until the respective age

group signing date.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT AT PHOENIX

 

What is the role of parents in Phoenix Volleyball Club?

 

As coaches, administrators, and parents, we are committed to the creation of a

positive athletic experience for all members of our Club. Phoenix Rising Volleyball

Club recognizes the vital role that parents play in their daughter’s growth as a

student-athlete. Phoenix cannot be successful without the support of our student-
athletes’ families. Parents actively support our mission and contribute to our

success in roles as chaperones and volunteers.

 

Do parents stay with the athletes/team for travel trips?

 

YES. The athlete travel and stay with their families, however we request that they

stay in the hotel where their coaching staff is housed. There may be tournaments

that require overnight hotel accommodations. We will be working with Hotels to

secure a required club hotel for each tournament. A lot of consideration goes into

choosing the hotels that we stay at. We will book hotels with a reasonable rate, free

parking and continental breakfast whenever possible. Since some of the convention

centers are located in the heart of larger metropolitan areas, the closer to downtown

a hotel is, usually means a higher cost and charges for parking. Some people like the

convenience of being able to walk to the tournament, while others would prefer to

stay outside of the city for a cheaper option. When necessary, we will provide both

options to our families. This year, at tournaments with multiple playing locations

Legacy will also have more than 1 hotel location to choose from. Parents are free to

reserve hotels that suit their family. However, your coach may hold team meetings

at the team/club hotel. Please be prepared to attend these meetings.

 

Other than volunteer opportunities, how does Phoenix include parents in the

Phoenix club experience?

 

Parents play an important role in our many

club events. We offer a Parent’s Informational session prior to the start of the club

season to help parents better understand the sport of volleyball and how this travel

thing works. Parents attend and are included in the Score Keeping Clinics and End

of Season Celebration. We also host social events when possible on the road and

parent informational sessions on recruiting, etc.

PHOENIX FEES AND PAYMENT SCHEDULES

 

What does it cost to play on a Phoenix team?

 

There are three cost components to playing club volleyball at Phoenix:

 

1. Dues are a fixed cost (established October 3 and payable over the course of

Four Months, November, December, January and February). Dues cover all costs

associated with team training, member services, and tournament entries for your

team. Costs covered by dues include but are not limited to coach salaries, Coaches

travel, court time, tournament entry fees, administrative costs, etc. In its seven-year

history Phoenix has NEVER had a dues increase during the course of the season.

 

2. Uniforms are used two seasons with only one or two pieces changing each year.

The cost of a student athlete’s uniform package in any given year will depend on

age, team level, and whether or not the athlete is returning Phoenix athlete. Most

returning student-athletes will have a small cost associated with uniforms. For the

2015-2016 season all uniforms will be new.

3. AAU memberships Fee’s which must be paid by you directly to AAU. Cost $16.00

(if you already play and AAU sport and have paid this fee this season you may use

that number, example in Basketball)

 

4. Our fee’s are below any clubs in your area. Some of the factors that help keep

cost down are hosting Five of our own Tournaments, Parents like yourself willing

to help with the events. No gym rental fee’s in some of our practice sites just a Love

gifts to the schools and churches and Great coaches willing to take lower salaries to

bring great volleyball to their areas. This is in keeping with our mission statement.

Phoenix has price our locations according to the above criteria.

Price range 1700.00-2,650.00

 

5. Fees include all tournament entry fees, equipment, coaching salaries, court rental,

coaches’ travel, and administration fees for the entire regular season. Additional

fees will be assessed to those teams that qualify and attend the Junior Olympic

National Championship Tournament. Please note that uniforms are not included in

your club fees. Fees that are not covered: personal travel costs, AAU membership,

Uniforms.

 

How much are uniforms?

 

The cost of uniforms varies depending on the program and team placement for each

student-athlete to include manufacture of the uniforms selection for that season.

Uniform items include jerseys, spandex, warm up jacket and pants, and team

backpack. With that said the average is between 250-390. Although shoes are not

a part of the package we do require Volleyball shoes be worn. Phoenix makes every

effort to minimize changes year to year in their uniform package. We specify certain

color/style of socks and color of kneepads to be worn with uniform (brand is not

specified). We offer Spirit Wear that can be purchased through the club. Spirit Wear

is Phoenix logo merchandise for players and their families. The purchase of these

Spirit Wear items is strictly optional.

This season uniforms package is posted on the website under resources tab

 

How do I pay for club?

 

Our payment plan allows families to spread costs over four monthly payments. Nov,

Dec, Jan and Feb. Payment plan information will be available via email once selected

for a team. Club membership fees may be paid using cash, check, or credit card if

paying in full or by Credit Card if making monthly payments.

 

Does Phoenix offer scholarships for student-athletes?

 

Phoenix’s ability to provide financial assistance to athletes is limited and is only

awarded in cases where financial need is demonstrated. Most typically, scholarship

aid is awarded to athletes with previous membership in the club and is never used

as a ‘recruiting’ tool. If an athlete requires financial assistance it is imperative that

this be discussed with club administration prior to tryouts so as not to impair the

tryout and team selection process.

COLLEGIATE RECRUITING AT Phoenix

 

Does Phoenix expect all its student-athletes to play in college?

 

Playing collegiately is a serious commitment to be evaluated on an individual

basis by the student-athlete and their family. Phoenix very actively and personally

supports the recruiting effort of every student-athlete that is committed to playing

in college.

 

What is Phoenix’s recruiting support program?

 

Recruiting support varies with age, skill level and the aspirations of the

student-athlete. Initially this effort involves recruiting seminars, and personal

discussions. Some of these sessions are for parents, others for student athletes.

NCAA regulations, appropriate and effective communication strategies and

the development of a recruiting strategy are all topics of these sessions. As the

recruiting process progresses there are one-on-one meetings with the student-
athlete and their family. Phoenix has established and maintains strong relationships

with collegiate recruiters and actively utilizes their nationwide network to the

benefit of every student-athlete throughout their entire recruiting process.

 

Does every Phoenix alumnae play in college?

 

Not every Phoenix student-athlete chooses to play in college for a wide-variety of

reasons. Phoenix is proud to claim that, since its founding, every single Phoenix

alumnae has been given the opportunity to play in college. Great news, 91% of our alumnae have embarked on a collegiate playing experience.

 

Do most Phoenix student-athletes receive scholarships?

 

Phoenix student-athletes have been awarded millions of dollars in scholarship

monies. For some athletes this is a combination of both athletic and academic

awards. Each situation is unique and depends on the particular university or college

and the student-athletes athletic and academic performance. To date, Phoenix

alumnae have earned in excess of $3 million dollars in academic and athletic aid.