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, Upstate South Carolina (Palmetto) Region, or in 1-2 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 playing volleyball year around. The club plays indoor USAV 6v6 and beach USAV 2v2. We play inside via gyms, outside via grass, outside via sand – basically whenever and wherever I can find a net, we are playing volleyball. Our practices, events and camps focus on players getting a quality number of game like ball touches, thus creating muscle memory and volleyball IQ (reading of the ball). The more you play, the more you learn, the more you grow.
Common myths when it comes to club volleyball:
- Bigger is better.
- A #1 team in any club is better than a #2 team in any club.
- More expensive is better.
- A paid coach is better than a volunteer coach.
- A coach who played DI is better than a coach who never played at a high level.
- If I play club volleyball, I will get a scholarship.
Questions to discuss as a family:
- What do I want out of my club experience: enjoy the game with friends and/or train to have an opportunity to play in middle school and high school.
- How much time do I have to dedicate to club volleyball: will it interfere with school, with other sports, hobbies?
- How much can we afford: dues, travel, family travel?
- How important is it that I am on the same team as my friend(s)?
Q: How many teams and at what level do you anticipate having teams for the 2017-2018 season?
A: U12 Regional, U13 Regional (Purple/Silver), U14 Regional (Purple/Silver)
Q: How large are the teams?
A: Gaston Galaxy will cap teams at 10 players. In order to form Silver teams for U13 and U14, we will need at least 9 players committed per those teams.
Q: How many coaches per team?
A: Each team will consist of at least 2 coaches. 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 sometimes not possible due to the randomness of the game and coach’s limitations on substitution logistics).
Q: When do teams practice?
A: 2017-2018 U12 U13 U14 will practice Tuesday and Thursday nights, with optional Saturday nights scheduled throughout the season.
Q: Do teams scrimmage other clubs?
A: Absolutely. We are always looking to setup scrimmages with clubs within our area. This season we are looking to possibly host a scrimmage utilizing the Bradley Center here in Gaston.
Q: What are the fees for each team?
A: Gaston Galaxy Volleyball is a 501(c)(3) 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 with teams consisting of at least 9 girls committed to each team. *Numbers subject to change.
2017-2018 U12 Regional: 2017-2018 $360
2017-2018 U13 Regional: 2017-2018 $310 – $360 (Silver – Purple)
2017-2018 U14 Regional: 2017-2018 $310 – $360 (Silver – Purple)
*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 try it’s best to provide fundraiser opportunities to help athletes pay for uniforms and club dues. We are always looking for company sponsors to cover team uniforms. The club pursues every outlet possible in order to keep club dues minimal.
Q: Is my child too old to play U12/U13/U14?
A: U12 age cap – girls must be under 12, or have turned 12 on or after September 1st, 2017. For example, if your junior turned 12 on September 5th, 2017 she is cleared to play U12 for the 2017-2018 season.
U13 age cap – girls must be under 13, or have turned 13 on or after September 1st, 2017. For example, if your junior turned 13 on September 5th, 2017 she is cleared to play U13 for the 2017-2018 season.
U14 age cap – girls must be under 14, or have turned 14 on or after September 1st, 2017. For example, if your junior turned 14 on September 5th, 2017 she is cleared to play U14 for the 2017-2018 season.
Q: When are Open Gyms and Tryouts?
A: We will be having Open Gyms starting in October. Open Gym is available for anyone to attend who is interested in trying out for the club – a coach (or coaches) will be there to answer parent questions, set up the nets, provide balls etc. for the girls to play. Open gyms are free and a great way to check the club out, play with friends, and see where your junior is – skill wise alongside other peers her age, before any sort of commitment.
Gaston Galaxy will have tryouts for 2017-2018, on Saturday October 28th.
Q: What do I need to do before coming to tryouts?
1.) Please register online for tryouts.
2.) Please print and complete the Player Medical Release Form, the Parent/Media Consent Form, and Gaston Galaxy Player Information sheet below. The forms must be turned in when you arrive to tryouts.
USAV Junior Player 2017-2018 Player Medical Release Form
Gaston Galaxy 2017-2018 Parent/Media Consent Form
Gaston Galaxy Player Information sheet (this information will be used by the club to facilitate communication with players and parents)