Hi Volleyballers! Welcome to our tryout page and welcome to Season5@Forza1West!
Tryouts for 14 and Under
- October 6th and 7th-
Middle School Age Division Tryouts (14U, 13U, 12U, 11U, 10U)
14 & Under
Saturday - October 6, 2018 - 11:00 am- 12:30 pm
Sunday - October 7, 2018 - 10:30 am- 12:00 pm
13 & Under
Saturday - October 6, 2018 - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sunday - October 7, 2018 - 10:30 - 12:00 pm
12/11/10 & Under
Saturday - October 6, 2018 - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunday - October 7, 2018 - 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Cost for Tryouts: $25.00 pre registration/ $30.00 walk in
All tryouts are held at Glendale Community College
1500 North Verdugo Road
*Park in upper lot off of Mountain and follow the balloons!
Forza1 West fields teams of all ages and levels. We accept players as young as 8 ( 2nd grade) and as old as 18 (12th grade). We accept players who are beginners as well as intermediate, advanced and elite. Our goal at Forza1 is to provide players of all ages and levels the opportunity to participate in a way that suits their experience, helps them develop as a player and person, and meets their commitment level. Players from everywhere are welcome and new players are welcome too!
If you have any questions
please contact us
Director of Girls
Glendale Community College
1500 North Verdugo Road
Glendale, Ca 91208
Class of 2018
Sara Camarena- Manhattanville College
Tamia Cephus- Lawrence University
Arianna Fotoohi- Pasadena City College
Sierra Hernandez-Hardy- Cerritos College
Taurie Magee- Virginia Union University
Caroline Mulvihill- Earlham University
Class of 2017
Emily Ahedo- Pasadena City College
Grace Crawford- Pasadena City College
Madi Mayoralgo- UC Merced
Adeline Pagan-Sanchez- U of St. Mary
Ravin Rhodes- Central Arkansas
Tehya Topalian- Pasadena City College
Emily Wasson- Hunter College
Class of 2016
Nina Kasputis- Catholic University
Kendall Schmedes- Pasadena City College
Lauren Stiles- Willamette University
Class of 2015
Lauren Carpenter- Ohio Wesleyan
Ruby Dyson- Ithaca College
Ann McCall- University of Dallas
Ali Peterson- Point Park University
Rayleen Rivera- PCC/W. Woods University
Welcome to our on-line pre-registration. When you are ready to register, look for the age group that you are trying out for and then click "register". Please note, your age is determined by the age you will be through the 2018-2019 season not your grade. For example you have to be the age you are trying out for or younger until August 31, 2019. So if you are 15 right now but you turn 16 before August 31, 2019, you have to play 16s. It doesn't matter what grade you are in. The idea is for your age and grade to match your division but that is not always the case. If you're not sure, contact our office.
* If you already have an account with Forza1, login to your Portal register for the tryout. The links below create NEW accounts. If you have problems registering, please email Teri DeSales at Teri@forza1volleyball.com.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NATIONAL AND REGIONAL
National - this level is meant for experienced players who want to compete at the highest level locally and nationally. Intermediate and advanced level athletes often play "National" as well if they are making a bigger commitment and are looking to become college prospects. What separates National from the others levels is that these teams may travel to Junior National qualifiers and Championships during the season. We have two teams at this level: Under Armour and National.
Practices = 2 to 3x per week
Tournaments = approx 10 per season
*Note: National and Regional players will tryout on the same day and we will place your daughter according to her skill level and evaluation at tryouts.
Regional- this level is meant for players who are looking to compete at a high level regionally (Southern California) and build their technical skills and understanding of the game. Regional is very similar to "National" in that they compete in the same league (SCVA). The main difference is that these teams do not attend qualifiers and their end of the year tournament is held locally rather than out of state
Practices = 2x per week
Tournaments = approx 9 per season
Tryouts are new to some families so here is an explanation of how they work!
Step 1: Register on-line for the tryout that matches your age using the "registration" links below. On-line registration is not mandatory, however, it is highly suggested.
Step 2: Save all the dates and times for your tryout. All levels have two tryouts and attendance at all tryouts for your level is suggested but not mandatory.
Step 3: Prepare for tryouts by practicing, going to open gyms or clinics, playing pepper, doing privates, whatever you can!
Step 4: Attend the tryouts you signed up for with at least 1 parent.
Step 5: At tryouts we will have a parent meeting where we hand out information about the club season, pricing and structure.
Step 6: Go through the tryout giving your best and the coaches will evaluate you and the other participants***
Step 7: Either during the tryout or by phone call afterwards you will may be offered a spot* on a team and asked to accept it (*please note that there are circumstances where not everyone will make a team. We work to find a spot for every player but this can not always be achieved)
Step 8: If you accept the spot it will be reserved for you until the paperwork process is complete.
Step 9: Complete the paperwork and payment procedures and secure your position on the team.
Step 10: The club will communicate next steps (when season begins, your practice schedule, meeting dates and so forth).
Step 11: Practices begin approximately November 1, 2018 for 14 and under players and approximately December 1, 2018 for 15 and older players.
Step 12: Return all paperwork to Forza1 West on Commitment Day, Stay Tuned for location and times.
*** the tryout process is both exhilarating and challenging. Everyone wants to make the best team and we understand that. Our job as evaluators is to find the best fit for each player and to build well-balanced teams that will succeed and give each player the opportunity to thrive. Some keys to remember:
1. Sometimes a players placement is really obvious and sometimes it is not. This means that you could be offered a spot on the first day of the tryout or on the last day. It all depends on the tryout and the pace at which the teams are formed and put together.
2. We evaluate all players equally. We will do testing in the beginning of the tryout to get a general sense of athleticism, speed and skill level. Then we will break out onto courts and do position and team play evaluations. During this period players may start on the top court or the bottom court, they may move to all different courts or they may stay on the same court.
3. There are stationary evaluators on every court and there are moving evaluators on multiple courts and they all work together to properly place the players and build good teams.
4. Depending on your height, skill set, potential, athleticism, and most importantly your position (and depth of players trying out in your position) you will be placed accordingly.
5. Volleyball is a skill specific sport so creating a well-balanced team means you need approximately: 2 setters, 3 outsides, 3 middles, 2 rightsides, and 2 liberos for a total of 12 players. Some teams will carry this exactly and some will carry something close to this so the # of players on the roster may vary from 9-13.
6. Our philosophy on number of players is simple - do what makes the most sense. If there are 12 girls around the same skill level that create a well-balanced team then the team will have 12. If there are 11 or 10 girls that make the best team then we will put that number of girls on the team. There are advantages to every number because some provide more security and depth, or competitiveness and different practice opportunities. The most important thing is that its a well-balanced team position and skill wise.
7. Players may be added to a team roster for many reasons. Outside of their skill set they may be added for their work ethic, their attitude, their competitiveness, their potential, their height, their speed, or even a specialty like "a really good server" or "a big blocker". The reverse of this is also true so make sure to put your best on the court. In general, there is a lot at a tryout for the Coaches to consider, so this is why we suggest just giving your VERY best and letting us see what you can do on the court!