Player Evaluations and Team Tryouts
Volleyball is a team sport where everyone works hard together. The goal of the coaching staff is to place players in the best situation for the success of the program first, then each team, and finally, the players’ individual development. Competition for a team uniform, playing time, and/or a starting position will be intense. We believe that selection to a high school team is an honor and privilege. If you’re at our level, then we would love to see you at the Volleyball Player Evaluations!
The official start date for high school volleyball this season is August 7, 2023
PRE-PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENT: ATHLETIC CLEARANCE
All prospective student-athletes must be cleared through the Ironwood Ridge Athletic Office before being permitted to tryout for any sport on campus. Once all paperwork and parent signatures are correctly turned in, the Athletic Office will issue a clearance slip. Please bring this slip to check-in at tryouts.
Athletes without proper clearance will not be allowed to participate - no exceptions.
Please be cleared by August 1, 2023 to avoid any unforeseen delays with the paperwork or requirements. Missing a significant number of sessions could adversely effect a student-athletes placement on a team.
PLAYER EVALUATION GROUPS
The Player Evaluation Sessions are split into group sessions. This allows the coaching staff to effectively evaluate all prospective players quickly and fairly prior to the Team Selections.
SENIORS/JUNIORS attend the Varsity Team tryout sessions.
SOPHOMORES/FRESHMEN attend the Junior Varsity/Novice Teams tryout sessions.
Please verify the tryout schedule and times for your class. Sophomores may participate in the Varsity Team Tryouts by invitation only; and Freshman may not tryout for the Varsity Team. Please contact the Head Coach if you have any questions.
All tryout sessions will begin on time – please plan on checking in at least 15 minutes prior to the start time.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT TRYOUTS
Expect to work hard. Volleyball is a team sport where everyone works hard together. The goal of the coaching staff is to place players in the best situation for the success of the program first, then each team, and finally, the players’ individual development. Competition for a team uniform, playing time, and/or a starting position will be intense.
Player Evaluations (at all levels) will include the following:
Attitude Evaluation: Each training session is designed to incorporate practice-like instruction and feedback from the volleyball coaching staff. Prospective student-athletes will be evaluated on their coachability, motivation, and maturity. Students with campus discipline issues may not be considered.
Athletic Testing: All prospective student-athletes will be put through a series of physical testing to measure each athletes overall athletic ability and level of conditioning.
Skill/Competition Evaluation: The final criteria will be a comprehensive evaluation of how well student-athletes respond in competitive situations. Skill and positional need is considered during this evaluation.
Player Interview: The staff will ask candidates what they believe their contribution to the program will be.
VOLLEYBALL PLAYER EXPECTATIONS
The standards and expectations are high for the Nighthawk Volleyball Program and the selection of student-athletes. Players must be willing to share our Commitment to Excellence on and off the volleyball court.
VARSITY TEAM CANDIDATES: Participating athletes must possess a working knowledge of offensive/defensive systems and terminology that is consistent with that of the Nighthawk Volleyball system. Athletes must also possess a level of athleticism, fitness, and technical ability consistent with that of a high level varsity players.
Team selections for the top players will be based on results from a Competitive Matrix that will score and rank each varsity candidate’s athletic ability and level of competitiveness. Further criteria will include the positional needs of the team as well as a Player Interview to discuss each candidate's character—meaning their conduct on and off the court, citizenship, commitment, and the varsity candidate’s academic performance.
Academically ineligible players will not be considered for the Varsity team.
JUNIOR VARSITY TEAM AND NOVICE TEAM CANDIDATES: Selection will be based mainly on the potential for improvement. The main criteria for each prospective player (in this order) will be:
Attitude (it must be positive and competitive; athletes must have a growth-mindset)
Athletic Ability (including quantitative athletic testing)
Positional skill and/or Potential
Junior Varsity athletes must possess a working knowledge of offensive/defensive systems consistent with that of a typical varsity program. Athletes must also possess a level of fitness and technical ability consistent with of a mid-level varsity player. Other criteria may include the candidate’s academic performance and conduct on and off the court on campus. Academically ineligible players may not be selected in most cases.
The main criteria for our Novice (Sophomores/Freshmen) Team will be coachable players that have a great work ethic and possess the ability to learn offensive/defensive systems. Prior volleyball experience may help, but is not required.
IRVB PLAYER EXPECTATIONS
Please review some of the expectations once an athlete makes the Ironwood Ridge Volleyball Team. These are obligations that are consistent with most high level high school teams. Volleyball is a team sport where everyone works hard together. The goal of the coaching staff is to place players in the best situation for the success of the program first, then each team, and finally, the players’ individual development. Competition is tough here as are the expectations. We believe that selection to a high school team is an honor and privilege.
If you do not believe that you can fully participate in the Volleyball Program, please discuss your concerns with the coaching staff or reconsider trying out for the team.
IRVB 2023 Calendar (subject to change)
The Ironwood Ridge Volleyball coaching staff will conduct all evaluations. Questions regarding the Player Evaluations or Team Selections should be directed to Head Coach Bill Lang at firstname.lastname@example.org