Welcome to the NEW TO CLUB PARENT PAGE
All information regarding our club season can be found under the CLUB TEAMS tab.
Here are some common questions that we receive from New to Club Parents:
When are tryouts?
U12-U14 tryouts are usually the last weekend in October or first weekend in November and run for a full week. Clubs from all around the region hold tryouts scattered throughout the week. Cascade generally hold tryouts on the first weekend, but many clubs will also have weeknight tryouts. Check out our Tryouts Tab to see exact date/times.
Can my daughter try out for more than one club team?
Yes, we encourage all players to tryout for multiple teams. The tryout process can be very intense and overwhelming and it's best to give your player a lot of options.
Can my daughter try out for tryout for (2) age groups within Cascade?
Yes, players are welcome to tryout for U13 and U14 or U12 and U13. We do not recommend players tryout for U15 as a U14 eligible player because tryouts are two weeks apart. When tryouts are at the same time, i.e. U12&U13 or U15&U16 - please only register for (1) tryout - you do not need to pay for both. You may email us to let us know you are interested in being considered for the older age group.
Where can I find a list of teams in Puget Sound Region?
The PSR website (http://www.psrvb.org/clubs---tryouts) has a great map showing the location of all of the clubs in the area. Be warned! Just because a club lists itself at a location, DOES NOT mean the practice are at that location. Please be sure to go to their specific website to find practice locations. Cascade, for instance, has its main address in Wallingford, but we practice at some Shoreline gyms.
What can my daughter expect at Cascade Tryouts?
Cascade tryouts are generally larger than many clubs in the region and can be overwhelming if players don't know what to expect. We can have as many as 60 girls trying out for 2 teams (24 girls total). Our U12 numbers are usually lower - 30 to 40 girls trying out for two teams.
With larger tryouts, there is usually a "cut" about half way through and we highly recommend all parents be present at the mid-point of the tryout in case their child is cut.
The tryouts are not just about your current volleyball skills: coaches are also looking for qualities such as positive attitude, communication skills, athleticism, helpfulness, ability to be a team player and coach-ability (or how well a player can understand and execute what the instructor has just demonstrated). See our Tips for Tryouts tab.
Its important to remember that not all players that tryout for Cascade will choose Cascade. They may attend several and some players will get several offers - so we always recommend players stay positive and if they don't get an offer the first day - come to our make-up tryout at the end of the week and try again.
How will my daughter find out if she has made a team?
Players are assigned numbers at the tryouts. All communication is based on this number so that names are not listed. During the first cut, players that are invited to STAY for the remaining time have their numbers put on a white board. At the end of the tryouts, players that make a team have their numbers listed on a whiteboard next to that team's name. Players must stay after the tryout ends to meet with the coaches if they receive an offer. Players that leave the building without their contract are assumed to decline and their spot will be offered to the next person on the list.
Do you have an alternate list and how are they contacted?
All players that make it past the the first cut are considered an alternate. We encourage all alternates to come back to our Make-Up tryouts on the following Sunday so the coaches can have another look at them. By the make-up tryout - coaches will know how many spots they have available to offer to alternates. It's very important that you make sure you contact information is up to date in our system. Go to EDIT MY ACCOUNT to login and make sure - as this is how we will contact you.
If selected, when do we need to commit?
As mentioned above, players must stay after the tryout ends to meet with the coaches if they receive an offer. Players that leave the building without their contract are assumed to decline and their spot will be offered to the next person on the list.
Incumbents must commit and sign their contract immediately. Non-incumbents cannot sign until signing day... see our Signing Policy. Non-incumbents can make a verbal commitment (non-binding) and we only ask that you not verbally commit unless you are absolutely sure and that you let us know as soon as possible if you plan to decline the offer. Please remember that the longer you take to inform us or any club that you decline, the longer other players have to anxiously wait to see if they will get a spot. Some players receive multiple offers, while some may only get an offer after spots are declined.
If my daughter makes a Cascade team at U12 or U13, is she guaranteed a spot the following year on a Cascade team?
No. Each year every player must compete at tryouts to win a spot. It is very important that your player understand that because they played on a "1" or "2" team the prior year, they are NOT GUARANTEED a spot on that team or necessarily any Cascade team. Incumbents get the benefit of the coaches knowing them and if there is a "tie" as players are being evaluated, the tie goes to the incumbent. Please note that our tryout registration numbers get bigger each year from U12 to U13 and then U13 to U14. Not only are your players competing against other Cascade Incumbents but also with other club players as well as players that have attended many clinics and camps and have worked to build their skills all year in hopes of making a team. All players develop at different rates. Each coach has their own criteria they set when they are looking to build a team.
What is the time commitment (how long is the season)?
Club volleyball can be overwhelming in terms of time. Most teams will have two 2-hour practices a week from November through the end of May and generally 2-4 weekend tournament days per month. Cascade also offers a once-a-week In-House Skills no-cut program option starting in January for those not ready to make a full commitment. New this year is also our Cascade Summit Team - please follow link to read about this team.
Where are the practice locations?
There are very few club volleyball options in the city of Seattle. Our core practices are located in north Seattle or south Shoreline; Hamilton Middle School and or North Seattle Church in Seattle and Shoreline Christian School in Shoreline. See our Practices & Tournaments tab.
Where are the tournament locations?
The tournaments will be mostly in Tacoma, Puyallup or Lynnwood/Everett, sometimes in Seattle, Bellevue, Olympia and Kitsap, except for the Pacific Northwest Qualifier in Spokane or Yakima Tournament in March. Tournament locations are NOT POSTED until 2 or 3 days before the tournament. This is not in our control.
What can I expect of a typical tournament day?
Tournament days are LONG - and usually an hour or so away. Players cannot expect to do multiple events in 1 day (i.e., play tournament and run to another school event or sport and then come back to the tournament). They typically start at 8:00 am and can run as late as 8:00 pm although goal is usually 6pm. Some tournaments are run better than others.
Do you need parent volunteers? Do I need to do anything special to be able to Volunteer?
Coaches always appreciate when parents coordinate food tables and carpooling. We have a great website that allows everyone on the team to contact each other. Phone numbers and emails can be found for all team members and their parents on our website once you are logged in and assigned to a team.
Assisting players at the scorekeeping table is also very helpful. We will be holding scorekeeping classes for the younger players after the season starts and encourage parents to attend.
All teams need one certified chaperone in order to travel to away tournaments.
IMPORTANT: In order to help players at the score table or act as a chaperone, all parents MUST join USAV and take a 90 minute online SafeSport Course. Teams that do not have a chaperone meet this requirement by Jan 15th will not be allowed to travel.