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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. What is Junior Olympic Volleyball?
A. Junior Olympic 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 Cincy East, commit to providing a wide-range of opportunities for its participants.

Cincy East Volleyball Club is a member of the Ohio Valley Region (OVR) under the guidance of USAV.

Q. What is a Regional, American, or National team?

A. At most age levels, the OVR supports 3 increasing levels of play — Regional, American, and National.  Regional and American teams typically play OVR sanctioned tournaments in Ohio, with American team occasionally traveling to larger tournaments that might be outside of the OVR region.  American teams may also play a few more events than a Regional squad along with an extended practice season. National teams typically play in some OVR sanctioned tournaments, but will typically travel to larger tournaments and/or National qualifier tournaments that are generally outside of Ohio. National teams will also have an extended practice season as well and in some cases and additional position night during the week.

With American and National can come an increase in competitive cost. Tournaments as mentioned above can be larger and last a number of days. This comes with higher entry fees adding to the expense of the season along with travel cost. As a warning to parents, some American and National events may interfere with school. Our organization does have a policy of family first, school second and then volleyball.

Please, do not treat the various levels as a status symbol. The athletes at all levels work extremely hard. We are one team here at Cincy East.


Q. How do I find out my athletes correct age to tryout for?
A.
 Age Definition


Q. How do the coaches evaluate the athlete’s during the tryout?
A. 
Our staff is looking for ATHLETICISM, GOOD ATTITUDE and a strong WORK ETHIC. Height and skill are certainly a plus but not required. At tryouts all athletes will be ranked in the following skills; serving, serve receive, setting, approach, blocking, defense, communication, leadership, and hustle. 
                                       
Q. How many athletes will the club select?
A.
Cincy East VBC would love to take all athletes but we are limited to space and a certain number of coaches. The number of teams per age group is based on the number of athletes attending the tryout and talent pool available. Our coaches also have a role with deciding total numbers per team. Most average about 9-10 athletes.  

Q. Do you guarantee all athletes to play? 
A. 
There is never a guarantee. You are paying Cincy East VBC to train your athlete. Your athlete’s court time during tournaments is typically determined by attitude, dependability,  work ethic and skill level. We are NOT a pay to play club.

Q. Do we invite athletes back?
A. Occasionally... Much goes into this decision from an organization standpoint. Honestly, its really the last thing your athlete should be concerned about.

Q. How are team rules handled?
A. The club handbook covers all of our rules. Coaches are given discretion on individual team rules. An example of this would be how missing a practice is handled or a late arrival. Most importantly please keep an open line of communication with your coach. We are with your athletes 4-6 hours per week and sometimes 12 hour days for tournaments. It is only common courtesy to notify coaches of any scheduling or health issues.