Q:  What is the difference between a National, Semi-National, and Regional Team?

A:  National Teams have the most demanding and intense travel schedule.  This includes multiple two and three-day tournaments.  U15, U16, U17, and U18 National teams will play from January through June, U14 and U13 National teams play through June.

Semi-National teams will play 3-4 tournaments that are single day tournaments within two hours of Charlotte, and 3-4 multi-day tournaments.  They will finish at the beginning of April at the Big South National Qualifier.  The past several years, several players from these teams have continued on with new teams that play through June!

Regional teams have a schedule that consists primarily of single day tournaments within the Western North Carolina Region, or in 2 day tournaments within the greater Charlotte region.  They finish at the end of March.

Q:  Will you have National, Semi-National, and Regional Level Teams?

A:  Yes, level of players permitting, we will carry each level team at ages 13 and up.  We will also have a 12’s team which will be a regional travel team.

Q:  Will you have more than one Regional Team or National Team at an age group?

A:   Level of players and number of travel-ready players permitting, yes.  Our goal is to have multiple National/Semi-National and multiple Regional teams at each age group through 15.  For 16’s – 18’s, we will have National and Semi-National Teams, and Travel Light Teams.  For more information on Travel Light, click here.

Q:   My daughter only wants to play at the Regional level.  If she is good enough to be on a National Team, can she play for a regional team instead?

A:  Yes.  We understand that some parents only want to play at a Regional level for a variety of reasons (multi-sport, expense, time commitment) and are happy to accommodate those needs as best we can.

Q:   Who is a part of the lifting program?

A:    All Premier teams, ages 16 and up will participate in the college prep weight lifting program that we have.  Other 16’s-18’s may end up participate for an additional cost.  Some 15’s, once they are physically ready, may also participate.

Q:  Are there separate tryouts for the National and Regional teams?

A:  No, we hold all of our tryouts together.  If your daughter only wants to play on a regional team, we will note that as we fill out our teams.  However, there are separate tryouts for Travel Light Teams.

Q:  What are the fees for each team?

A:   Projected Club and Uniform Fees:  Check out the Program Description  for ESTIMATED costs – this may change once a teams roster and schedule is finalized.

**13 National Teams seasons end at Big South, but there will be an option to continue through the AAU season that ends in June. 

Uniform Fees $200-$300

*Club fees cover coach’s pay, court fees for three practices per week, tournament entry fees, travel expenses for coaches, and unlimited open gym time (when courts are available).  Club fees do not cover USAV or AAU registrations or personal travel expenses.  Prices will vary based on tournament schedule.

+Uniform Fees include jerseys (three for National Teams), two pair of spandex, practice shirts, ball, jacket, backpack and ball bag; returning players will not have to purchase new uniforms, only practice shirts and spandex if needed.

Q:  When do teams practice?

A:  Teams will practice twice per week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday between 5 and 10:00.  Some teams, depending on availability for players and coaches, will practice as early as 4:00.  In addition all teams will practice on Sundays in our Sunday Skills sessions when we hold them.  These will occur roughly 10 times throughout the year based on schedules.

Q:  Will there be an opportunity for players on Semi-National Teams to compete during the AAU season (May and June)?

A:   Yes.  We will determine the age groups where there is enough interest for this and hold a tryout on Saturday, April 18th.  This will also be done for the U13 and U14 ages that are on National teams that want to continue playing.

Q:  How many teams and at what level do you anticipate having teams?

A:    12’s, 2 Regional Teams (the top team will compete at Big South)

13’s, 1 National, 2 Regional (Teams will be set at the end of tryouts)

14’s, 1 National, 1 Semi-National, 1-2 Regional (Teams will be set at the end of tryouts)

15’s, 1 National, 2 Semi-National, 1-2 Regional (Teams will be set at the end of tyrouts)

16’s, 2-3 National, 1-2 Semi-National (Teams will be set at the end of tryouts)

17’s, 2 National, 1 Semi-National (Teams will be set at the end of tryouts)

18’s, 1-2 National.  There will be a 1’s team with 10-12 players, and a 2’s team with 8-10 players. The
2’s team will finish at in April.

Q:  Why are the Apparel Fees separate from the club fees?

A:   In the past, we have purchased new uniforms every year and just included them in the club fees. We saw this as a huge waste of money, because some of the jerseys were only being worn six or seven times and never used again.  Individuals are now responsible to purchase their apparel from year to year so that they can take care of them and decide if they want to use the same jerseys, spandex, and jacket in the following years.  So, for example, if you are on a national team and you take care of all of your jerseys this year, you will not have to purchase a new set of jerseys the following year (you are free to do so if you want, or you can decide to save money).  We have made a deal with Mizuno so that we will have the same apparel for at least three years, and over time we will cycle in newer jerseys.  As a result of this policy, we select the numbers for players so that there is no (or limited) overlap from year to year.

Q: What is your policy on playing time?

A:   All decisions about playing time are left to the coach.  At younger age levels, we believe it is important for each player to have the opportunity to play in matches and will do our best to make sure this occurs (even at younger ages, however, equal playing time is not promised, and in truth, is not possible).  As players get older and start to play at a more competitive level, playing time decisions are geared toward putting the most competitive team on the court at any given time; players having the opportunity in practice to earn more playing time.

Q:  Will my daughter only work with her coach and her team, or will there be some crossover?

A:   We offer once-a-week all-club skills practices.  In these practices, all teams will work together on certain skills, and players will often be broken up by position (at older ages) to work on skills that are specific to her position.  These practices will be run by our Master Coaches to ensure that our instruction is consistent across all ages and ability levels.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact Director, John Brannon at john.brannon@carolinauvc.com.