Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between a National, Semi-National, and Regional Team?

A:  National Teams have the most demanding and intense travel schedule.  This includes multiple two and three-day tournaments.  U15, U16, U17 and U18 National teams will play from January through June. U14 and U13 National teams play through June.

Semi-National teams will play 3-4 tournaments that are single day tournaments within two hours of Charlotte, and 3-4 multi-day tournaments.  They will finish at the beginning of April at the Big South National Qualifier.

Regional teams have a schedule that consists primarily of single day tournaments within the Western North Carolina Region, or in 2 day tournaments within the greater Charlotte region.  They finish at the end of March.

At this time Gaston Galaxy programs only consists of Regional Teams.

Q: How is club volleyball different from recreational volleyball?

A: While we believe there is a place for recreation style programs, we are passionate about training each individual. Our practices focus on players getting a quality number of ball touches, thus creating muscle memory and volleyball IQ. Our coaches will enhance each players’ volleyball IQ through specially designed game like drills and situational instruction, both stemmed from each coach’s philosophy and coaching experience.

Q:  How many teams and at what level do you anticipate having teams?

A: U12 Regional,  U13 Regional

Q:  How large are the teams?

A: Gaston Galaxy caps our teams at 11 players.

Q:  How many coaches per team?

A: Each team will consist of at least 1 coach. A head coach, and an assistant (or multiple) assistant coaches.

Q: What is your policy on playing time?

A:   All decisions about playing time are left to the coach.  At younger age levels, we believe it is important for each player to have the opportunity to play in matches and will do our best to make sure this occurs (even at younger ages, however, equal playing time is not promised, and in truth, is not possible).  As players get older and start to play at a more competitive level, playing time decisions are geared toward putting the most competitive team on the court at any given time; players having the opportunity in practice to earn more playing time.

Q:  Why do you only offer U12 and U13?

A: 2016-2017 will be our first season in operation. Gaston Galaxy wants to create a solid foundation.

If we start small, we can construct a clean and fluid logistical path for club operation. Therefore we feel it the wisest to start U12 (the first level of club play) and U13, and build up from there. If successful, we can offer more age groups in the 2017-2018 season.

Q:  When do teams practice?

A:  U12 and U13 teams will practice twice per week. Thursday nights and Sunday nights.

Q: Do teams scrimmage other clubs?

A:  Absolutely. We are most definitely looking to setup some scrimmages with LKN and Excell Storm.

Q:  What are the fees for each team?

A:   Gaston Galaxy Volleyball is non-profit. Each season, the club’s monetary objective is simply to break even. Equipment, coaching salary, business/legal fees, tournament entry fees, practice facility rentals etc. require money. Below are estimates prior to the season starting. These numbers were budgeted on 2 teams consisting of 8 girls committed to each team. *Numbers subject to change, but not increase.

U13 Regional:  $285, payable all at once or in 4 monthly payments of $71.

U12 Regional:  $285, payable all at once or in 4 monthly payments of $71.

*Club fees do not cover USAV junior membership and personal travel expenses.

If money is an issue, please do not let that be a determining factor in your junior trying out for the club. Gaston Galaxy will provide fundraiser opportunities to help athletes pay for equipment and club dues. We are also looking for company sponsors to cover team uniforms. The club is doing everything in it’s power to keep dues minimal as possible this season.

Q:  Is my child too old to play U12/U13?

A: U12 age cap – girls must be under 12, or have turned 12 on or after September 1st, 2016. For example, if your junior turned 12 on September 5th, 2016 she is cleared to play U12 for the 2016-2017 season.

U13 age cap – girls must be under 13, or have turned 13 on or after September 1st, 2016. For example, if your junior turned 13 on September 5th, 2016 she is cleared to play U13 for the 2016-2017 season.

Q:  When are tryouts?

A: We will be having Open Gym October 13th and 20th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, and October 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, at our practice facility (Bethlehem  Recreation Center). Open Gym is available for anyone to attend who is interested in trying out for the club – a coach will be there to answer questions, and work the girls out through a few drills that resemble the same drills ran during tryouts. There will be fun warm ups, mini games, and lots of emphasis on passing, setting and hitting. Open gyms are free and a great way to check the club out, and see where your junior is – skill wise alongside other peers her age, before any sort of commitment.

Gaston Galaxy will have tryouts Sunday October 23rd from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at our practice facility (Bethlehem  Recreation Center).

Q:  What do I need to do before coming to tryouts?

A: Please follow the directions below to ensure you are prepared for club volleyball tryouts. In order to tryout for Junior Club Volleyball you must register online with the Carolina Region and print a copy of your receipt.  Print and complete the Medical Release Form, and print and complete a Gaston Galaxy Player Information Sheet. All of this information is located below:

New and Returning Players must 1st register or renew their Junior Club Volleyball Membership with the Carolina Region of USAVolleyball. The Links below will take you to the Carolina Region website allowing you to complete your membership registration with Carolina Region. Please Print and retain a copy of your receipt once your registration is complete. You will need to bring this receipt to tryouts. The Carolina Region Membership fee is $45 and is required by all Players and Coaches in order to participate in Junior Club Volleyball.

All Players must complete a USAV Junior Player 2016-2017 Player Medical Release and turn it in when you arrive to tryouts.

All Players must also complete a Gaston Galaxy Information sheet. This information will be used by the club to facilitate communication with players and parents.