What is HVC? We are a parent and volunteer-operated youth volleyball club. Our goal is to provide girls with a quality, competitive volleyball experience at a reasonable cost. We emphasize the importance of effort and ethics: "Doing your best and being your best".
What is the HVC season? Tryouts are in November. Limited practices start shortly after tryouts and run through December. Twice a week practice and twice a month tournaments begin in January and run through April.
What is the practice schedule? Teams practice week nights for 1.5 to 2 hours at a time. We don't have practices that start right after school or run past 9:30 pm. We avoid weekend practices because they are frequently preempted by tournaments.
Is practice important? Practice is critical to each player’s skill development and to the overall success of the team. In fact, the primary benefit you “buy” through club volleyball is access to practice. This is where girls are instructed and have the most opportunity to learn.
What are tournaments like? Tournaments are on weekends and are held throughout the Willamette Valley. These are long days! Girls usually arrive around 7:00 am and often don’t finish playing until 6:00 pm. Families tend to carpool and parents generally sit together to cheer for each match. Most facilities allow us to set up team “camps” and tables of food, which we stock in an organized potluck fashion.
Is playing time guaranteed? Playing time is at the discretion of each coach. Every player will play during each tournament, but equal playing time is not guaranteed.
What if we have other weekend commitments that would interfere with tournaments – can my daughter still play for HVC? It is best for the entire team if all players can be at each practice and at each tournament. That said, if your daughter will miss one tournament during the season due to another commitment, most coaches are wiling to work that out. If your daughter would miss more than that (such as being unavailable every Sunday), it would be more problematic. This would be important to discuss with the coach directly before accepting a position on a team.
Can I play for HVC while I play another sport? This is tricky. Depending on the schedule of the other sport, it is possible to juggle both. If, however, the other sport involves practice, games, or tournaments that would conflict with HVC practices or tournaments, it is generally better to choose one or the other.