Club Season and Tryouts Information

ST7 is truly excited to announce our 2021 - 2022 Club Season. We learned a lot from the 2020 - 2021 season and will continue to do everything we can to keep our athletes, coaches, staff, and families safe, healthy, growing, and learning. Over the past few months, we have also worked to finalize as many details as possible to release to each of you prior to tryouts and team commitments. While some details are finalized, some are still pending. We are doing our best to be as transparent and detailed with our plans as possible but given the variability of the past year, we know that we will need to continue to update and respond to situations as they arise. We will continue to keep you all updated in a timely manner through email and will look to finalize other details as soon as possible. If after reading through the information found below, you have any further questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us at st7volleyball@gmail.com

ST7 is excited to announce our coaching staff for the 2021 - 2022 season! 

  • ST7 13U will be coached by Coach Bre Holder

  • ST7 14U will be coached by Coach Savannah Swenson

  • ST7 15U will be coached by Coach Jasmine Kimpel and Coach Macey McGinnis

  • ST7 17U will be coached by Coach Jorge Vales 

  • ST7 18U will be coached by Coach Savannah Hilde and Coach Sarah Dressner

Click here for more information about our coaching staff.

 

With these dedicated, professional coaches returning to ST7 again this season, we can't wait to see the athletic and leadership growth in our athletes and teams! 

2021 - 2022 Club Season Tryouts for 13U, 14U, 15U, 17U & 18U athletes. 

When: Saturday, July 17, 2021

What do I do if I can’t make it on the date of tryouts? 

If you can not make it to tryouts on July 17th, you will need to schedule an evaluation BEFORE tryouts. Please email us at st7volleyball@gmail.com to schedule a pre-tryout evaluation for your athlete(s).

ST7 Volleyball Club Season Tryout Update!

  • 15U Tryout Time has been moved! Registration 2:30pm - 3:00pm, Tryout 3:00pm - 5:00pm! 

  • 16U Age Division Added

13U & 14U

Registration: 8:30am - 9:00am

Tryouts: 9:00am - 11:00am

15U, 16U, 17U & 18U

Registration: 2:30pm - 3:00pm

Tryouts: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Fee: $50*

Walk-in fee : $65*

Location: Round Lake Charter School

Address: 31333 Round Lake Rd. Mount Dora, FL 32757

*Fee: We will be collecting the tryout fee at the door on the day of the tryout. Cash or check preferred but credit card will be accepted. If using a credit card, there will be a service charge of $2 added to your fee of $50. To secure your spot and pay the lower $50 tryout fee, you must register online and complete all of the registration steps prior to arrival at tryouts. 

 

* Walk-in fee: If there is space, we will accept walk-in registrations, however, the walk-in fee for tryouts is $65. Again, cash or check are preferred to pay your walk-in fee. Credit cards will be accepted but a service fee of $2.50 will be added. Please note that pre-registration is highly recommended as space is limited for the safety of our athletes, coaches, staff, and families. 

 

* Club Season Tryout Fee and Cancellation Policy: This fee covers all expenses related to tryouts for one athlete for the 2021-2022 club volleyball season with ST7; including coaches fee, court rental, and administrative fees. The tryout fee will be collected on the day of the tryout. To secure a space in tryouts and pay the reduced tryout fee of $50, athletes must complete all online registration requirements before registration closes. Online registration will close at 12pm on Thursday, July 15, 2021. All athletes who have not registered before registration closes will be considered a walk-in. Walk-in spots are not guaranteed as we are limiting our numbers for safety. If we have space, walk-ins will be accepted at an increased registration fee of $65, which will be collected at tryouts. Payment of the tryout fee does not guarantee placement on a club team for the 2021-2022 club season nor will the fee be refunded if an athlete is not placed on a team.

General Club Season Information

Club volleyball is an excellent place for athletes to perfect their skills, increase their leadership capabilities, and improve their teamwork. Club volleyball is vital for young athletes to work towards college team placement and scholarships. Playing club volleyball and competing in tournaments, exposes young athletes to a greater number of college scouts and recruiting opportunities. Athletes on 15U – 18U teams at ST7 are provided with a state-of-the-art recruiting profile through SportsRecruits and personalized recruiting guidance.

 

ST7 club coaches are professionals with immense knowledge of the game from both a player’s and coach’s perspective. All ST7 coaches are IMPACT certified. IMPACT stands for increased mastery and professional application of coaching theory; this certification ensures that our coaches continue to grow in the knowledge and mastery of best coaching practices. Our coaches are also SafeSport certified ensuring their abilities to support their athletes both on and off the court. ST7 holds its coaches to high standards of ethical and professional behavior and every coach has undergone a full background check. Our coaching staff is committed to excellence and their greatest reward is the success of your athlete. Coaches will be assigned to teams after tryouts. Athletes and parents will be aware of the coaching assignment prior to their commitment deadline.

 

This season ST7 will rent court space at Faith Lutheran in Eustis for our club team practices. Practices days for each team will be either Monday/Wednesday from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm or Tuesday/Thursday from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Based on last year's schedule, there may be a few months at the beginning of the season where teams will practice from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. The tentative/planned practice location and days will be communicated in the team placement information. Please note that these days and location(s) are subject to change this season based on gym availability. We will do our very best to provide a more definite calendar as soon as possible. 

Choosing a club for your young athlete is an important decision. It is vital that you consider all aspects of a club including its philosophy, quality of coaching, dedication to its players, recruiting platform, and financial value. ST7 club fees are set at the most reasonable level possible to cover the cost of your athlete's training and tournaments and are all-inclusive. All fees are presented upfront before your commitment deadline. You will find no hidden costs with ST7 Volleyball. We have worked harder than ever this season to give each of you as much information as possible regarding what you are paying for each month. We have also started our club payment schedule earlier in order to split the fees into 10 equal payments. It is our hope that this will make each payment more manageable for each of our families. Please note, that if for any unforeseen reason, the season is cut short as it was in 2020 due to COVID 19, ST7 Volleyball will once again refund any fees that were not already spent in the training of your athlete. It is our prayer and plans to complete another safe, robust, and full season of competitive volleyball and top-notch training for our athletes but we also want to be prepared and ensure that we are all on the same page when we commit to the season. 

 

Based on last season, we are able to set our club fees and payment schedule up front again this year. We hope this helps you to determine if you are able to commit to the season for your athlete. 

 

We stand committed to our mission to teach and serve through sports guided by God. For our coaches and staff, the ultimate reward is the success of each and every one of our athletes, both on and off the court. ST7 strives to work hand in hand with our athletes and their parents to help them achieve their goals; whether that is to make their high school volleyball team or to play at the college and professional level. ST7 is blessed with a team of committed and passionate coaches who are top-level athletes and accomplished club and school coaches themselves. Success at ST7 is measured not only in tournament wins but in superior sportsmanship in both triumph and loss. Our athletes leave our program as models of athleticism, leadership, and teamwork.

Tryout Guidelines for Current ST7 Members

Current ST7 members must complete all of the tryout requirements found below with the exception of providing a copy of the birth certificate. We have retained a copy of any 2020 - 2021 club member's birth certificates on file. ST7 reserves the right to refuse tryout registration to any athletes with poor discipline, attendance records, or conduct detrimental to the team. Tryout registration may also be refused for athletes or parents/legal guardians who have demonstrated disharmony regarding the purpose, objectives, standards, policies, rules, or regulations of the club. In addition, athletes will not be allowed to register for tryouts until all financial obligations for the athlete or any immediate family member of the athlete are brought current. Any athlete who left a previous season without completing their financial obligations or the financial obligations of an immediate family member will have to pay any outstanding balance and pay at least half of the upcoming club season’s fees in order to be re-signed.

Club Fee Packages

ST7 Volleyball strives to give the best value to our club members. This season our teams will have two possible packages. The packages are not a choice. The package is assigned to the team by the director at tryouts based upon the needs of the team and its athletes. We work hard to match each team's needs with the correct package in order to see maximum growth in a season. The package assigned to the team will be communicated with athletes and their families on our website with the team placement information. This will be published 24 hours after the tryout and will allow the athlete and their family 24 hours to look over the team placement, coaching assignment, and assigned package before committing to the season. ST7 strives to be as up front and transparent with our pricing as possible. Our packages are all-inclusive and include everything that will be required of an athlete to successfully complete their club season. The only costs that are not included in any of our packages are the athlete's AAU and USAV memberships and USAV Nationals. The athlete's annual AAU membership typically costs around $14 and USAV annual membership typically costs around $55. Completing the membership application and paying this fee will be the responsibility of the athlete. In order to compete in the USAV Nationals, teams must qualify and receive a bid from USAV. If an ST7 team qualifies, it will be up to the team and its members to decide whether to accept the bid and incur additional fees related to this tournament. 

This season you will note that the payment schedule has been restructured to include a commitment fee in July and 10 regular payments starting in August.  You will also note in the chart that the commitment fee and August's payment are non-refundable as they cover the cost of the uniform package and annual fees.

 

The two packages listed in the chart are for all ST7 club teams. Each team will be assigned either package S which is $3,700 or package T which is  2,850. ​While the packages are chosen at tryouts based upon the needs of each team, typically 14U and under are placed in package T ($2,850) and 15U - 18U are typically placed in package S ($3,700).  Each package’s total cost is divided into monthly payments. 

 

Here are the differences between the packages:

Package S - Travel teams that play in both AAU and USAV tournaments (including national qualifiers for USAV Nationals Jr. Olympics)

Package T - Non-travel teams that play both AAU and USAV tournaments.

ST7 offers many other training opportunities to our club members at a special ST7 member price. Unfortunately, due to our desire to keep the costs of club volleyball as low as possible for all of our athletes, we simply do not have the funds to offer scholarships. We do try to help athletes fundraise through offering fundraising letters and allowing athletes to sell ads in our annual magazine. We hope that this guide to our packages offers a glimpse at the fantastic experience awaiting you and your athlete at ST7 Volleyball. If you have any further questions regarding ST7 club fees, do not hesitate to contact us at st7volleyball@gmail.com

 

Please click here to see more details for each of the packages.

Complete Tryouts Requirement

In order to participate in ST7 Tryouts, please complete all the forms listed below and turn in at the tryouts day.

1. Download athlete registration packet. Download Now

2. AAU Medical Release Form - Fill out the Florida AAU Volleyball Program Medical History and Release form. This form needs to be notarized before the Tryout day. You will find this document inside of the "athlete registration packet".

3. Age Definition - It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian and athlete to check and know their athlete's age division.

4. Mandatory Online Waiver - All athletes and guests must complete the online waiver prior to arrival for tryouts. If you have already filled out the online waiver for training with ST7 from August 2020 - now, that waiver will not need to be completed again. It is valid for one year.  Click here to sign the waiver

5. Bring a Copy of the Athlete's birth of Certificate. *2020-2021 ST7 Club Members may disregard this requirement. 

New Age Definition Guideline

New Age Divisions for both AAU Volleyball and USA Volleyball

 

13 & Under – Must be born on or after July 1, 2008

 

14 & Under – Must be born on or after July 1, 2007

 

15 & Under – Must be born on or after July 1, 2006

 

17 & Under – Must be born on or after July 1, 2004, OR players who were born on or after July 1, 2003 and are in the 11th grade during the current academic year.

 

18 & Under – Must be born on or after July 1, 2003, OR players who were born on or after July 1, 2002 and be high school students during some part of the current academic year.

 

Once a player participates in a club or varsity program for any university, college, community college or junior college, he or she is ineligible to play in the National Championships.

Tryouts Format

Registration

  • At tryouts or any ST7 event, masks are highly recommended for individuals who have not been vaccinated. We ask that you continue to exercise COVID and health safety precautions in order to protect our athletes, coaches, staff, and families. 

 

  • In order to keep our numbers down in the gym for safety, we ask that only one guest per athlete attend the tryout. 

  • If experiencing any COVID symptoms please do not attend the tryout. Please contact us if you have any questions. 

  • Before an athlete may be permitted to try out, they must submit the completed Athlete Registration Packet. This packet MUST be printed and completed in ADVANCE and simply handed in at registration. There will NOT be extra packets available at registration and athletes can NOT try out with an incomplete registration packet.

  • Athletes must submit a copy of their birth certificate. *unless athletes are a current ST7 member from the 2020 - 2021 season

  • Athletes who were not an ST7 club team member for the 2020 - 2021 season will need to try on sample uniform pieces during the try out registration process. If your athlete is placed on a team for the 2021 - 2022 season, these sizes will be used to order their uniform once commitment has been made. 

  • Current ST7 athletes who were a  member of ST7 during the 2020 - 2021 season do not have a mandatory uniform sizing. We will not be changing the style or fit of the uniform pieces from last season, only the design. Current members may note the sizes that they would like on their registration packet. Please check and try on your current uniform so that you can be accurate with the sizing ordered. Please note that if you need to try a sample on you may also try on sample pieces during tryout registration.  

  • Athletes will need to bring their own water bottle. Touchless refilling stations will be available. 

Evaluation

  • ST7 coaching staff will be evaluating skills, fundamentals, teamwork, communication, attitude, discipline, leadership, positions, and other skills and attributes. All of these factors will be taken into consideration in the placement of an athlete on a team. 

What will Happen after Tryouts

Team Assignments

  • ST7 will be posting the names of the athletes who were placed on an ST7 club team 24 hours after the tryout ends. You must visit our website www.st7volleyball.com to verify if your athlete was placed. 

  • If your athlete has been placed on a team and you wish to confirm your commitment to that team, you must complete reading the handbook and sign the letter of commitment electronically within 24 hours of the posting in order to confirm your commitment to ST7 and your team for the 2021-2022 season. By signing the letter of commitment, you are acknowledging that you have read the handbook and are agreeing to abide by the policies found within.  Please be aware, if we do not receive the signed letter of commitment within 24 hours of placement, we will assume that you are not committing for the season and may offer your spot to another athlete. Click here to read the Handbook

  • If you have chosen to not commit to ST7 and your team for the 2021-2022 season, please email us at st7volleyball@gmail.com to let us know that you will not be committing to the season. 

First Steps: Commitment and First Payment

  • In order to accept an athlete's commitment the first payment of $500, must be paid by Tuesday, July 20th. This commitment payment will cover the cost of the athlete’s uniform package. In order to allow for touchless payment, ST7 will email an electronic Quickbooks invoice for the commitment payment. This invoice can be paid with an electronic bank transfer for free. You may also pay the commitment payment through the Quickbooks invoice with a credit card. If paying with a credit card, there is a service fee of $16 for this payment. 

  • On Wednesday, July 21st, ST7 will publish the names of the committed athletes for each team. A committed athlete is defined as an athlete who has both signed their letter of commitment within 24 hours after the team posting and paid their commitment payment by Tuesday, July 20th.

  • Upon commitment, athletes will need to complete more documents and obtain the appropriate memberships for their team. We will provide a list of documents and memberships necessary for each team and athlete. AAU memberships are approximately $14 and USAV memberships are approximately $55. * All committed athletes will need the AAU membership and USAV membership, as well.

Mandatory Parent and Athlete Meeting

  • We are working on the plan for the most effective way to meet with all of our parents and athletes regarding our club's policies and rules this season. This will be mandatory. Please be on the lookout for more information to come about this closer to the beginning of the season at the end of October/beginning of November. 

Practices

  • Practices are planned to begin at the beginning of November. The season is planned to run from November through June.

  • Practices will be held at Faith Lutheran in Eustis. 

  • Practices are currently planned to be on Monday/Wednesday from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (13U & 14U) Tuesday/Thursday from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (15U, 17U, & 18U)

  • Some practices at the beginning of the season may begin and end 30 minutes later due to gym availability.