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Tryout Policy Overview

The Iowa Region in support of IGHSAU regulations and to help protect high school athlete eligibility, the Iowa Region will not sanction club tryouts that take place while an athlete's high school is still in season.

  • The IA Girl's HS Athletic Union does not allow high school players to attend a club volleyball tryout while their high school is still "in season" (competing in State Regionals or the State Tournament), and that individual school boards can set stricter standards.  
  • Players and Club Directors should check with the IGHSAU and their High School board for their tryout restrictions.
  1. A club or team may offer a player a position in their club or team at anytime. Coaches or club directors may not force players to give a verbal commitment before the commitment dates listed in this policy.
    1. Clubs who extend offers must keep the offered position open until the same deadlines listed below.
    2. A club or team should use the Player/ Club Commitment letter. Only a signed letter will be accepted as proof of commitment.
    3. The Commitment Letter should be sent to players that are invited verbally or by email. A Player accepting an invitation by phone, in-person or via email must sign a commitment letter.
    4. All commitment letters are kept with the club to present in case of a dispute.
  2. Players who are invited to play on a team/club may sign a commitment letter at anytime. Coaches or club directors may not force players to give a verbal commitment before the commitment dates listed in this policy.
    1. Once they sign the commitment letter they cannot attend any other club’s tryouts.
    2. A Player is committed to the team/club they signed with for the entire season.
    3. If a player has received more than one commitment letter or offer, any non-selected clubs must be informed within 24 hours of final acceptance.
    4. Players should also keep a copy of the Commitment Letter to present in case of a dispute.
    5. If a club extends a verbal offer and does not include a Commitment letter, it is recommended that the player’s parents or guardians fill out the information of the offer on the Commitment letter and send to the club to get a signature on the offer. This is for the protection of the player and to prevent Clubs from forcing a commitment before the deadline.
  3. Offer Periods: A player can not be forced to sign or commit to the club or team before the following deadlines. Clubs who extend verbaloffers must keep the offered position open until the same deadlines listed below.
    1. 15U and older offer period.
      •  A club cannot force a player 15U and older to make a commitment until
        4 PM on the Wednesday, following the State of Iowa Girls High School Volleyball Tournament 
      •   For tryouts which occur after that date, a player 15U and older has until
        4 PM on the Wednesday following the tryout to inform the club if they accept or decline the offer.
      • The club will have to hold that position available for me, once the offer is made, until the above named deadlines.
      •  If a player has received more than one commitment letter, the non-selected clubs must be informed within 24 hours.
    2. 14U and younger offer period.
      •  A club cannot force a player 14U and younger to make a commitment until 4PM on the Wednesday, following the first Sunday in November.
      •  For tryouts which occur after that date, a player has until 4 PM on the Wednesday following the tryout to inform the club if they accept or decline the offer.
      •  The club will have to hold that position available for me, once the offer is made, until the above named deadlines.
      •  If a player has received more than one commitment letter, the non-selected clubs must be informed within 24 hours.
  4.  Player Violation of Tryout Policies
    1. Common violations:
      •  Only one (1) Letter of Commitment Permitted.
      •  Backing out of this commitment, or attending another tryout.
      •  Falsification of Letter of Commitment: If a player falsifies any part of this Letter of Commitment, including the date.
    2. Player Penalty: All the listed violations result in player suspension for the entire season.
  5. Coaches or Club Directors Violation of Tryout Policies
    1. Forcing Commitment: Coaches or club directors forcing a player to give a verbal or written commitment before the dates listed above.
    2. Not Holding Position: Coaches or club directors not holding the offered position.
    3. Club Penalties for above violations.
      1. Release all team membersfor that particular team. These players will then have the option to play on the team that is reformed or tryout or play for other club teams.
      2. Qualifier Restrictions: Furthermore, the team or age division in which the violation occurred will not be allowed to play in any Qualifying event in the Iowa Region or Nationally.
      3. Out of Region Events: Banned from out of region events held after the Iowa Regionals.
Preparations Before Tryouts

Every person trying out for a club team, as well as all staff working at a tryout, must have a current USA Volleyball Membership.  For membership option and to sign up for a membership, please visit our registration page.

13/14 memberships won't lapse until 10/31. Current 13/14 members will be able to attend tryouts through 10/31 without renewing. New or lapsed members will be able to register starting September 2nd. If doing tryouts use one of the options described below.

2014/15 Registration begins September 2nd.

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When signing up to attend tryouts, you can choose the Oct/Nov Tryout membership at $15 (limited to 5 dates between 10/8 and 11/26), a One Day membership at $10 (may attend multiple tryouts on that date) or a full membership. (No refunds are given if the full membership is used and player isn't selected for any club.) Full membership fee explanations will be posted soon on the Iowa Region Membership Fees page. Both the Oct/Nov Tryout and One Day memberships are upgradeable to a full membership by paying the remaining fee. If the $10 one day membership is used multiple times, only $10 goes towards upgrade to full member. 

  • 2014-15 Iowa Region Membership Fees
  • You can choose "Undecided" as your club prior to tryouts, and then update that to your currect club after you make a team.
  • You should print out your membership card or confirmation page showing membership is Pending (one day members' card won't be printable until date of participation) and take a copy to your tryouts to prove that you have a current membership. Take a copy of your Medical Release to each tryout also.
  • Junior Medical Release Form without Notary
     *used by Iowa Region
  • Contact the club you are trying out for to see if they have any additional requirements.
2014-2015 TRYOUT DATES

The junior teams' Tryout season generally begins in mid October for our Middle School/Jr. High and younger age divisions, and late October for most HS athletes, and after the HS Championships for those athletes who are participaing on State-bound varsity volleyball teams.

Tryouts are posted for each club as soon as the new tryout applications are received. 

Tryouts by Area - None Yet, 8/30/14

 After A Tryout
  • Those that used the $15 Oct/Nov Tryout membership need to upgrade to the correct full membership before participating in practices or events. Login as a Returning Member and renew your membership ($15 applies to full fee). You will be able to select your club as you upgrade.
  • If you used a $10 One Day membership for tryouts, you can use the one membership unlimited times or upgrade to a full membership once a club has been chosen. If used for multiple dates only $10 applies to upgrade. Login as a Returning Member and renew your membership. You will be able to select your club as you upgrade to a full member.
  • 11 & younger members upgrading to a full membership should use the upgrade to 11 & younger even if only playing in a league. It is the same fee & the player is allowed to play in tournaments if the opportunity would present. 11 & younger players are allowed to play at an older age level.
  • If you registered with a full membership but selected "Undecided" as your club, you can login and select the club that you will be playing with. After logging into your membership, expand the Member Area, click on Member Profile, click on the correct club name from the drop down list (don't scroll) and then click the "Edit Contact Info" button at the bottom of the screen.