Empower Volleyball Club Season 22-23

Program Overview

Empower Volleyball is committed to training the whole athlete and providing high quality training and playing experiences for all youth.

Any player who enters a volleyball program has the right to expect quality coaching and instruction. Empower Volleyball's coaches are certified via USA Volleyball's CAP program. This program is built on an on-going, progressive format in which coaches at all levels receive the most current information available on volleyball. USAV CAP instruction is based on sound principles in the areas of skills development, tactical systems, physical training, motor learning, sports psychology and administration.

Why Empower Club Volleyball?

  • No Hidden Fees
  • Crossfit Training & Conditioning
  • ConnectVolleyball Recruiting Platform included
  • Recruiting Guidance and Assistance included
  • Exclusive Nike Uniforms and Training Gear
  • Practice Gear Package Included
  • USA Volleyball and AAU Tournaments and Competitions
  • USAV Certified Coaches
  • USAV High Performance Training Philosophies
  • MORE competition days
  • Fundraising, Scholarships, and Payment Plans

2022-2023 CLUB SEASON INFORMATION

CLUB TRYOUT INFORMATION

10U - 14U GIRLS (4th - 8th grade)

Monday August 15, 2022

Dellwood Park Community Center

1811 S Lawrence Ave, Lockport, IL

5:00 PM CHECK IN

5:30 PM TRYOUTS

Season begins September 2022

15U - 18U GIRLS (9th-12th grade)

Monday August 15, 2022

Dellwood Park Community Center

1811 S Lawrence Ave, Lockport, IL

6:30 PM CHECK IN

7:00 PM TRYOUTS

Season begins November 2022

12U - 18U BOYS

Sunday August 28, 2022 

Dellwood Park Community Center

1811 S Lawrence Ave, Lockport, IL

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Season begins September 2022

Tryouts FAQ

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If you are unable to participate in tryouts on the date indicated, please let us know that you will be attending our MAKEUP date. If you are not available on this date either, please let us know and we can schedule a private tryout at a later time. 

We typically place 9-12 players on a club team. Factors that affect this determination include but are not limited to: age group, skill level, and the positional needs of any particular team.

Empower is a small club who strives to give proper attention to every player in the program. In order to do this well, we only carry 1-2 teams per division. 

No, you do not. We will compete in age groups from 12U to 18U, but athletes can start playing volleyball with our club as young as 9 years old.

  1. Bring the right attitude
    • Skill is important but a player with a positive attitude will always be chosen over a talented player with a poor attitude.
    • Be coachable and ready to accept feedback. A simple "Yes Coach" will go much farther than arguing with a coach or making excuses on why the mistake was made. 
    • Be aggressive and fierce on the court but don't forget to show respect, encouragement, and courtesy to other players. Volleyball is a team sport and your willingness and ability to work with other players will make a huge difference in the selection process.
  2. Come prepared
    • Be early. Show the coaching staff that you are a dependable and committed volleyball player. 
    • Wear the proper attire. Kneepads and gym friendly comfortable clothes are a must. Hair should be pulled back and not interfere with play. Tryouts are not a time to be fashionable or cute. Always bring a water bottle.
  3. Give it your all
    • Work hard. Coaches can always tell when players are not giving their all or are cutting corners. 
    • Call every ball, chase every ball, and communicate with your teammates. Show the coaches that you are a hard working individual and also a team player. 

You will check in when you arrive. There may be a line, so please be patient and courteous. During check in, all players will receive a tryout number and have their photo taken.

Once tryouts begin, all players go through several rounds of general volleyball skills testing, where they will rotate through stations designed to evaluate their skills in passing, setting, attacking, and serving.

Towards the second half of tryouts, players may be evaluated based on their primary position, as well as participate in more game-like drills and scrimmages. 

Tryouts allow us to observe knowledge and skill, but we strongly consider players' attitudes, willingness to work hard, communication, ability to adapt to new drills/situations, general athletic ability, willingness to learn, and primary position. Keep in mind that we must form teams based not only on talent, but also considering players' positions and what they can bring to the team. 

Please note that under no circumstances are parents or other spectators allowed in the gym during tryouts. 

Approximately 2-3 hours after the completion of tryouts, you will receive an email with information as to which players are being offered a spot on one of our club teams. 

Results will be listed by number, so please make sure that you remember your tryout number from earlier in the day. A list of alternates will also be provided in the event we feel that we would like to see your athlete on the court again. 

Athlete that are not offered a club team spot are recommended for private instruction or in-house league training. We encourage athletes to continue to train and improve in order to try out for club again in the fall or for the following season.

  • If you choose to join our Summer In House League to train for the next round of tryouts in September, Empower will apply your $25 tryout fee to your league tuition dues. 
  • If you would like more specific information on what skills to work on, please see one of our club directors and we'll be happy to provide additional feedback. 

 

Full Club 22-23 Season details 

now available.

 

Contact our club director for more information at eric@empowervolleyball.com

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AAU

Membership Registration

Go to AAU WEBSITE and either renew membership or create account to purchase new one.

Use club code: WYEWFW

Print Membership Card (NOT the receipt) and turn it in.

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USAV

Membership Registration

Junior Membership - For juniors ages 18 or younger

Adult Membership - For adults ages 18 or older

Once you have completed your registration, you will receive another email from SPORTSENGINE requesting you accept CLUB ASSIGNMENT. This is very important as this will link your athlete to Empower Volleyball. Please accept this "assignment" per the email instructions as soon as possible.

(League teams don't need these memberships in order to participate in our in house programs)

NOT SURE WHAT AGE GROUP YOU BELONG IN? SEE CHART BELOW.

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