I'm new to club volleyball! Where should I start?
Club volleyball is a great experience for junior players. Please visit the link below for common FAQs of families new to the club volleyball experience.
Payments can also be mailed. Please do not mail us cash or money orders.
Checks or cashier's checks should be made payable to Arsenal Volleyball Academy and can be mailed to the following address:
Arsenal Volleyball Academy
Attn: Kellie Schumacher
6242 Green Knoll Circle
Hamilton, OH 45011
When will early contract offers go out?
The following 2021-22 teams' early contract offers have been sent:
10U teams, 14R Alexander, 15R Danenhauer, 16R Chambers: Via email on June 1.
11U teams, 12U teams, 13R Miner: Via email on June 9.
All American and National teams: Via email on July 2.
When is the deadline?
You have until July 31st to accept the offer on the response form and pay the deposit.
Are there any other guidelines or rights as it relates to offers?
Arsenal Volleyball Academy has traditionally been an OVR (Ohio Valley Region) club under USA Volleyball. In addition to our offer terms, you can see OVR signing guidelines and rights as follows:
We received an early offer. Who will the coach be?
If a specific coach is not listed on the offer letter (for example, AVA 10U Schutte), then we either haven't named a coach yet, or placed your daughter to a specific team yet. We're strategic where we place our coaches. We find both the teams and coaches have the most success if we wait until tryouts to match the teams with the most appropriate coaches.
We received an early club offer. What level is being offered?
Club offers guarantee placement to an Arsenal team and level to be determined at tryouts. This means she could receive Regional, American, or National placement to a specific team at tryouts. When we give our early offers, we don't offer any American level offers or all of our intended National offers. The majority of our early offers are club. If you have a preference to the highest level which you'd like her to be considered, you can indicate this preference on the tryout registration form which will be made available after tryout dates are announced.
We received a National offer, but we want to play a lower level.
We understand a national commitment is more costly and time consuming, and may not be for everyone. It is okay if your daughter would like to get placement on an American or Regional level if she received a National offer. In this case, do not accept the National offer, and email email@example.com so we can send you a new offer and void the old. The new offer would be a club offer at which the level will be determined at tryouts. You can distinguish the highest level you'd like to be considered on the tryout registration form which will be made available after tryout dates are announced.
Does the deposit go towards our fees?
Yes, the deposit you pay with your early acceptance contract goes towards the total club fees. Online processing fees.
If we accepted an early contract, do we still need to come to tryouts?
Yes. General national or club offers will need to register and pay the tryout fee on. If you signed to a team-specific offer (for example, AVA 10U Schutte), you are required to attend at least one tryout date. You do not need to register or pay, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the tryout date you'd like to attend once they're posted.
If we did not accept an early contract, are we still able to tryout for a team?
Yes. We welcome everyone to tryouts. We may extend a new offer after tryouts. Your new offer at tryouts is not guaranteed to match the early offer. For example, declining a national offer doesn't mean you will be offered national again at tryouts. Many older age national teams are determined before tryouts.
Why didn't I receive an offer?
Early contract offers for the 2022-2023 season will be sent as scheduled above. A player is not eligible to receive an offer if there is an outstanding balance. Please email Kellie at email@example.com to pay or clear up any discrepancies over outstanding fees. We may choose to extend an offer if the balance is paid a week prior to the July 31 deadline. There are various other reasons why an offer may not have been sent if payment wasn't an issue. You may verify if an offer should've been sent. We are not required to explain early contract offer decisions, including team placement.
If we didn't get an offer, can we come to tryouts?
Yes. We welcome everyone to tryouts. We may extend an offer after tryouts, provided any outstanding dues are paid.
Can I schedule an early evaluation?
We're actively taking evaluation requests for specific ages and positions. You can get more on our Open Positions page.
I scheduled an early evaluation. Can we get an early contract offer at that time?
OVR rules prohibit us from executing written contract offers prior to tryouts for players not with Arsenal this past 21-22 season. While we may do an early evaluation, we can't extend a written contract offer yet. Early contract offers are specific to Arsenal players from the 21-22 season.
When are tryouts?
Tryout dates will be announced in the summer. You can find the general timeframe for tryouts on the OVR website here: Sanctioned Tryouts in the Ohio Valley Region (ovr.org)
Is there anything we can do at home?
Our favorite trainers at The Academy of Sports Performance can help you with everything from Speed & Agility training to Strength & Conditioning. Call (513) 407-8809 to get on the schedule.
Can we do private lessons?
Yes. We strongly encourage all of our players to take advantage of private lessons with their coach, or any of our other coaches on staff. The decision to take on a private lesson will be at the discretion of the coach you're requesting. When our coaches instruct, they do so on their own time and operate as an individual. If your own coach is unable or unwilling to do private lessons, or if you'd just prefer to try another coach, we can help pair you with a coach to assist in your goals on our private lessons request page.
Will you have camps or clinics over the summer?
Yes. We will announce camps and clinics over TeamApp.
How do I get on Team App?
Team App is required for every team at Arsenal. It is the best way to receive Club information and team-specific communication from your coach and Directors. Click on the Team App icon below to sign up.
How can I increase my chances of getting recruited by college coaches?
We're proud to offer an on-site Assistant Director that is dedicated to all your recruiting needs and questions. Please visit our recruiting page for more information.
How much are club and travel fees?
Travel fees can vary depending on tournament locations and hotel rates. Club fees are based on age and level of competition as follows for the 21-22 Season (22-23 Season rates are TBD):
What if we can't afford the club and/or travel fees?
We exhaust every resource and option possible to provide an opportunity to join a team. Some teams travel less, and to closer destinations, than other teams, such as a Regional team versus a National team. This will cut down on travel expenses. There are other options that we offer that we would be happy to discuss. Just send us an email to CincyArsenal@gmail.com, and we will be happy to explore all possible options with you.
For any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us by sending an email to: CincyArsenal@gmail.com.
Will we receive a refund if a tournament is cancelled due to COVID-19?
Any tournaments that are cancelled due to COVID-19 may have all, some, or no entry fees returning to Arsenal from the hosting tournament director. Any refunds we receive back from the host for cancellations, we will pass along to the teams/players entered. Any partial or total refunds not returned to Arsenal will be forfeited by both Arsenal and therefore its players. We may find a replacement tournament for a cancelled tournament.
Will we be refunded if we personally miss a tournament or practice time due to COVID-19?
Personal sickness or quarantine status including, but not limited to, COVID-19 is not refunded based on practice hours or tournaments missed. Everyone is entering 2021 at risk of being quarantined, becoming ill, or having their team forfeit due to lack of players able to attend and play. We must maintain fees due and enforce payment to ensure expenses still incurred are covered.
Where can I get the latest Arsenal COVID-19 updates?
Any updates that are important to the club as a whole are sent out in the news section of Team App. That information is also copied into our COVID-19 Updates page below. You can find a history of our official communications within the link as well. Team-specific information regarding tournaments are addressed by the team's coach.