Please click on the specific team pages for more details on teams, practices, and game times.
The uniform link is ready go! You must place your uniform order by end of day FRIDAY 8/27. After that, the jerseys will be taken off the site because CA Gear needs time to make them before our first games. Please check the Jersey Number documents below and use the assigned number for their uniform. Put their last name for "Player Name" so that can go on the back of the shirt. You can choose to just order the jersey, or the package with shorts, and you can also order extra shorts and fan gear. Choose "Local Pickup" for shipping, as we will be picking them up and delivering to players at practice.
Please see FAQ's below. If you still have questions regarding the Travel program, please contact:
Leah Bulver, Travel Director
When and where do the Traveling teams practice?
All grades will practice on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Hidden Oaks Middle School . Practice times will be determined after tryouts. The official calendar will be published when the season is about to begin.
When and where do Traveling teams play?
Our traveling teams participate in leagues on Saturdays at Midwest Volleyball Warehouse, located in Burnsville. Teams play two matches; you will not know the courts and times until the week of scheduled league play. Schedule information for the league can be found here: https://www.northernlightsjuniors.org/events/northern-lights-fall-league/
Are there any tournaments for traveling teams?
Traveling teams do not participate in any tournaments outside of the league games in which they play. Outside of the High School season, Junior Olympic Volleyball (JOs) is played under the umbrella of the United States Association of Volleyball (USAV). Their season begins in November and can run as late as July. P.L.A.Y offers volleyball in the fall to give kids a chance to try volleyball without making the time and cost commitment necessary to play JO volleyball. Prior Lake has a JO (Junior Olympic) club that is called Prior Lake Extreme. http://www.priorlakevolleyball.com
What are the fees for the PLAY Traveling Volleyball Program?
The 2021 fee for all traveling teams is $185.00. There will be an additional cost for uniform that will be around $50 after tryouts.
Any player that does not make a Traveling team through the tryout process can be automatically enrolled in the In House or Middle School program for their appropriate age group. The difference in cost between the two programs will be returned to the participant in the form of a check by mail.
If a player does not make the traveling team and then chooses not to participate in the In-House program, the registration fee would be returned minus a PLAY Administrative fee and tryout fee. Again, this amount will be returned in the form of check by mail.
How many traveling teams will there be?
The number of Traveling teams is determined by the number of participants, volunteer coaches and available gym space for practices. Teams will have 8-to-10 players and must have two volunteer coaches. A tryout will be held to place players on the teams. Any child not placed on a team is allowed to join the In-House program, with the difference in fees being refunded.
What do volunteer coaches need to know?
Volunteers need to complete a coach’s application and background check form found on the web site. Also, please email the Director of Traveling Volleyball about your desire to coach, assist or if you want to co-coach. This is the best way to ensure we know of your intentions to coach your child.
How are the teams selected?
A tryout is held to evaluate player’s skills, coachability, attitude, work ethic and abilities. An independent qualified volleyball coach performs the evaluations and the Traveling Director then places the players on their respective teams. Team rosters will be posted on the PLAY website in the days following the tryouts.
What are the playing time expectations?
Playing time may not be equal. The coach will always try to balance playing time by putting players in a position to be successful as well as trying to win. A match consists of two 25 point games and one 15 point game (if needed). Every player is guaranteed of playing one 25 point game in each match.
What is the format of the league?
5th and 6th grade teams are combined into a 12-and-under league, while 7th and 8th grade teams are combined into a 14-and-under league.
Can parents watch the tryouts?
Parents will NOT be allowed to watch the tryouts. The players are nervous enough and we have found that having to look over at mom or dad during the tryouts seems to hinder their concentration.
Are uniforms included in the registration cost?
No. Starting with the 2021 season, the registration fees will not include a uniform. Once a player makes a travel team, they will be expected to order a uniform online (estimate of $50 for a top quality shirt and shorts).
P.L.A.Y. Travel Volleyball Director
P.L.A.Y. VP of Volleyball