Tryouts & Athlete ID Sessions

Athletes 14U (2011) and older

Athletes will have an opportunity to showcase their talent through athlete ID sessions during the month of June. Returning athletes have the opportiunity to be re-signed during these sessions while athletes who did not play with Rebels last season may be invited to join a team during the open commitment period (beginning July 1). If spots remain after the athlete ID and summer commitment period, details will be posted on our social media.

Athletes born 2012 and 2013

Tryouts for our youngest athletes (6v6 rallyball) will take place in September.

Make an informed decision. Understand what playing rep volleyball requires.

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!

2024/2025 OVA Tryout Policy

Re-Signing Period (June)

Returning athletes may be re-signed. A ‘returning athlete’ is defined as an athlete who was committed to that club for the previous season as either a recreational player or competitive team member in MRS. Athletes may be re-signed to that club during the June re-signing period.

4v4 and 6v6 (2024/2025) athletes may be resigned between June 1 – 15, 2024
TLS – 18U (2024/2025) athlete may be re-signed between June 1 – June 21, 2024

Open Commitment Period
(July 1-Aug 31)

The open commitment 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. Commitments and signing deposits may be made at anytime during this period. Official OVA offers may be signed beginning September 6, 2024.

Tryout 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
  • 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
  • Be competitive – show you have the drive to compete
  • Have fun!
  • Parents – don’t coach your child during tryouts!

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).