Club Team Tryouts

Tryouts for our 2023/24 competitive teams are now complete.

2023/2024 Available Positions

All teams are now fully rostered for the 2023/2024 season.

It’s important that families understand their commitment when choosing to play for our Club. Please view the Frequently Asked Questions section on our Club (Rep) Volleyball page for important information about playing for Durham Rebels. And don’t forget to view the Tryout Tips below!

Tryout Tips

As a competitive club, it is our goal to form teams with the highest caliber of athletes, but coaches are looking for more than just skill. Team dynamics are extremely important so remember to be an energetic, encouraging, and positive athlete who is coachable and brings value to the team beyond your court skills. Here’s some helpful tips:

  • Show that you’re ready to work hard
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Stay focused on volleyball during the tryout – socialize with friends later
  • Acknowledge when a coach provides you with feedback
  • Accept feedback positively – our coaches are trying to help you improve
  • Hustle! Hustle! Hustle!
  • Everyone makes mistakes – stay positive and keep trying!
  • Be respectful of coaches, other players, and volunteers
  • Arrive dressed and prepared with your water bottle and indoor running shoes (knee pads are optional but recommended)
  • Be versatile – some coaches are looking to fill specific positions, be ready to adapt
  • Be confident
  • Be competitive – show you have the drive to compete
  • Don’t be distracted by your phone during breaks
  • Help with equipment set up and take down without being asked; shag (retrieve) your ball, if needed
  • Have fun!
  • Parents – don’t coach your child during tryouts!

DivisionWhen Offers Can Be Made
Early Re-signing Period*July 1 – 31, 2023
Summer Offer Period**August 11-13, 2023
18U/19USeptember 18, 2023
17USeptember 19, 2023
16USeptember 20, 2023
15USeptember 21, 2023
14U (TLS)September 22, 2022
11U-13U (Early Contact)September 22, 2022
* Athletes were registered with DRVC this past season as either a competitive or recreational program athlete.

** Athlete is playing 16U or older and attended athlete ID sessions and indicated an interest in playing for DRVC this season

Extended Age Divisions and Playing “Up” or Playing “Down”

The OVA allows athletes born between Sept. 1 – Dec. 31 (extended age class) to “play down” on a younger team. While we recognize that this may benefit an athlete who starts competitive volleyball later than most, it is not a general practice we follow beyond an athlete’s first year of competitive volleyball and only if that athlete would benefit from a year at early development (and there is not a spot on a tier 2 or tier 3 team). We strive to have athletes play in the age division that coincides with their school year (i.e. grade 9 athletes playing 15U). Experience has taught us that allowing athletes to play down jeopardizes the long-term development and composition of a team either when that older athlete eventually moves to their regular age division, or graduates. In addition, allowing older athletes to play in younger divisions lessens opportunities for the younger athletes who are denied a spot due to having older athletes occupy a team. We will not purposely create teams with extended age-class athletes simply to ‘stack’ teams eligible to compete in a younger age class.

Athletes who believe they have the ability to “play up” must be assessed and approved by the club President and Technical Director. These athletes will display the traits to play with older athletes long-term (i.e. emotional maturity, physical attributes, higher than average skill level, etc).

Early Re-Signing Offer Period
(July 1-31)

For the 2023/24 season, a ‘returning athlete’ is defined as an athlete who was committed to our club for the previous season as either a recreational player or competitive team member. This includes those in a Club houseleague (Learn to Play) program, clinics, or summer volleyball camp (July session).

Summer Offer Period (Aug 11-13)

The 2023/24 summer offer period is for athletes actively training with a new club, attending clinics and camps through the new club and have chosen to commit to the new club’s program. Athletes must have taken part in these programs prior to August 10 and must indicate, in writing, that they would like to receive a summer offer.