We strive to make each club volleyball experience a positive one, and parents play a key role in ensuring that. In order to support and educate our volleyball parents, we've developed the ERVA Parent Guide and provided links to some other helpful resources. Club volleyball can be the most fun parents and kids have together in middle and high school years, so focus on the time spent together. It’s their road, but you can enjoy the ride!
This guide helps prepare you for the processes of tryouts, selecting a club and more. Selecting a club is a season long commitment so we encourage everyone to take their time when accepting an offer.
Each club operates under ERVA Policies but are able to operate as independent businesses. You will see clubs have different business models from one another.
You make a lot of decisions where to "shop or take your business" as a consumer, make sure you take the same level of consideration when selecting a club! You are the club's customers and you have the right to feel confident and comfortable with your decision.
If you have more questions don't hesitate to contact us!
Each club and team determines its own tournament and travel schedule; some travel a great deal, while others stay more local. Selecting a club is a family decision and takes some research. Although clubs must abide by general ERVA and USA Volleyball rules, each club is different in the way they run their organization and train their athletes. It is important to know these differences when selecting the right club for your family.
Spending time researching your options will help you have the best season possible. If you need assistance in the process, the ERVA Office is happy to help. Please keep in mind we do not endorse any one club over another, but can help you in thinking about what goes into the decision and other questions you may want to ask clubs.
While the Evergreen Region sets an allowable start date for tryouts, each club selects their own tryout schedule. We encourage you to contact each club directly to determine how their tryout process will work. View our Tryout Information Page for Additional Resources
9 Things Good Sports Parents Avoid: Sometimes it's not about what you do, but what you DON'T do.
Get More From Sport: avoiding early sport specialization in an effort to foster better atheltes and more positive experiences
Dear Parents: a letter by player, coach and parent Mike Schall
Teach Your Children to be Coachable
Changing the Game Project: resources on being a successful sports parent
The Best Gifts for a Volleyball Player: the intangible gifts parents can give their children
So You Want to be a Better Spectator?: five ways to improve your sideline parenting
Coach-Parent Partnership: guidelines for developing a healthy coach/parent relationship
Positive Coaching Alliance: valuable resources for sports parenting
Safe Athletes: what every parents should know about athlete abuse
Parents Association for Youth Sports: education and membership program
YESports: a mastery approach to parenting in sports
USAV Parent Resources: helpful resources on parenting in the volleyball world
What Parents Should Say: some guidelines on what parents should say as their children perform