Tryout and Rep Team FAQ’s – updated Aug 2017
Q: Why should I try out for Milton Edge?
A: If you love volleyball and wish to take your game to a higher level of competition, while enjoying and contributing to a team, then Milton Edge is your Club to do so in Milton. Our vision is to offer the best training for our athletes and set a high standard of work and dedication.
Q: When will Milton Edge tryouts take place?
A: Tryouts take place annually in September according to the OVA regulations. Our tryouts for the season are complete for 16U girls, 15u girls, 14u girls, 13u girls (2 teams), 14u boys (1st team), and 13u boys. (There is space available for our 17u girls and 14u boys (2nd team)) Email us for details if interested firstname.lastname@example.org
For the 2017-18 season, we are introducing 11u/12u girls and 12u boys teams starting practice in December.
11u/12u Girls & 12u Boys tryout date: Sat Nov 18th @ E.C. Drury School
Q: What are the age ranges for the teams?
11U – Born between September 1st, 2006 and December 31, 2007 (or later)
12U – Born between September 1st, 2005 and December 31st 2006 (or later)
13U – Born between September 1st 2004 and December 31st 2005
14U – Born between September 1st 2003 and December 31st 2004
15U – Born between September 1st 2002 and December 31st 2003
16U – Born between September 1st 2001 and December 31st 2002
17U – Born between September 1st 2000 and December 31st 2001
Q: Is there a fee for tryouts?
A: Yes. The cost is $30 per player. This fees covers all tryout sessions the athlete wishes to attend. Tryout fees are non-refundable and payable by cash or cheque (Milton Youth Volleyball Club). (Note: On-line pre-registration is now closed, however, athletes can register prior to the first tryout session they attend)
Q: How many tryout sessions do I have to attend?
A: Ideally you should come to every session, so that you have the best opportunity to showcase your skills. However, we want to encourage athletes to maximize the opportunities afforded to them by the OVA Tryout Window Policy, and “test-drive” as many clubs as they wish. If you must miss an Edge tryout session, just let us know in advance that you will not be able to attend. (email@example.com)
Q: What do I need to bring to tryouts?
A: Bring your registration fee, volleyball gear (knee pads for sure!) and water. You don’t need to bring a ball. At your first tryout, you will receive a Milton Edge tryout t-shirt that you must wear and bring to subsequent sessions you attend.
Q: I’m not sure I’m good enough – should I try out?
A: Yes! Don’t cut yourself – force the coaches make those difficult decisions. Coaches – particularly with the younger teams – look for more than just pure volleyball skill (they are confident that they can teach their players what they need to know). You may actually find that you’re as good as any other player trying out – and better than others. Even if you are not selected this year, you will have a chance to learn at tryouts and find out what you need to work on for next year.
Q: How will I know if I make a team?
Per the OVA Tryout Window policy, athletes will receive either a hard copy or electronic letter, with the details of your offer. Offers received during the first week of tryouts are valid until Monday, Sept 18th.
Q. How long is the season?
A: The club volleyball season for Milton Edge starts with the tryouts in early September, with practices starting when the Velodrome and school gyms become available, in late September. (Except the 12u girls and boys teams that start practice in early December) The regular OVA season ends with the Provincials, typically in April. Some teams may also opt to attend Nationals in May.
Q: How much does it cost to play on the Milton Edge?
A: We are an incorporated not-for-profit organization. As such, the club runs on a break even basis. Club fees will be determined by the by the number of teams and athletes as well as the number of tournaments a team is scheduled to enter during the season. Each athlete’s fees will go toward covering tournament registrations, practice space rentals, uniforms, coaches stipends, strength and conditioning or skills development training, etc.
Q: If I make the team, how many tournaments can I expect to play in?
A: 13u and older teams play on average 6-8 tournaments during a season that include both OVA regular season tournaments, provincials and invitational tournaments. Teams are ranked based on their results in OVA tournaments. Most OVA tournaments are one day events, taking place on Saturdays. Provincial tournaments usually take place over three days.