Team Indiana FAQ

We are excited for our 13th season and want you to be a part of it! We have been training some of Indiana’s finest athletes since Team Indiana was founded in 2004, and can’t wait for another great year. Here a few things you should know about Team Indiana and why you should be a part of #TINation:

  • We have training & team opportunities for 10s-18s.
  • We have an 100% success rate with our recruiting assistance and 13 years of experience in assisting our families & athletes!
  • We have a focused coaching system to enhance the Team Indiana way of training and competing for all of our teams from top to bottom.
  • We work to create a balanced, yet challenging tournament schedule for all of our teams. Our teams routinely compete against some of the best teams in the country at events such as MEPL, MEQ, Bluegrass, JVA World Championships and AAU National Championships.
  • Combined tryouts allowing the opportunity for players to efficiently train at a level appropriate for their skill set, creating an environment for athletes to be with others with similar abilities and goals.
  • Positional training is included into all weekday practices
  • We make every effort to not cut and place each athlete on a viable and complete team
  • We support multi-sport athletes.  We have had multiple elite team members participate in basketball, track and softball.
  • Annually we have athletes that participate in CYO
  • We offer a Customer Referral Program and family & military discounts – contact us to see if you are eligible
  • Free Wi-Fi during practices

We are thankful for the last twelve years, and we will continue to grow into one of the top clubs in the country!  Below you will find a wide range of common questions that are asked regarding Team Indiana, our policies, tryouts and philosophy. Although we have made an effort to help identify some of the questions and concerns you may have, we understand that we have not covered all of them. If you need any additional information or have any further questions, we invite you to contact us at 317.354.0570 or webmaster@teamindianavolleyball.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

What is Team Indiana Volleyball?
Team Indiana is a volleyball club that is dedicated to the skill development of young female athletes ranging in ages from 10u-18u. We host our club season from January through the end of May or the end of June (depending on team placement). We also offer summer camps and fall clinics along with private lessons year round.
What is the mission of Team Indiana Volleyball Club?
“Team Indiana is dedicated to the cultivation of developmental skills in young players and providing opportunities for girls to grow as individuals as well as elite volleyball players.”
Does Team Indiana help with the college recruiting process?

ABSOLUTELY!  And no one does it like our dedicated Recruiting Coordinator. Michelle Coleman does!  She has been working hard and assisted over 140 Team Indiana athletes pursue their dreams of playing at the collegiate level for the last 13 years!. Team Indiana takes pride in providing one source for our athletes, our families and college coaches throughout the entire recruiting process. To date, every athlete that has wanted to play in college has been provided the opportunity to do so – a 100% success rate!  Our recruiting assistance is uncomparable.

Who are the coaches at Team Indiana?

 

Team Indiana has one of the most experienced coaching staffs in the state of Indiana. We recruit, hire, train and retain the most dedicated coaches available. We offer training to all of our coaches year-round. The most important aspect of our staff is that all of our Team Indiana coaches make a commitment to serve the mission of our organization. Our 2017 coaching line up is listed on our coaches page of the website. There may be some changes with the coaching staff based on the IHSAA rules.

How much are Team Indiana Club dues for the 2017 club season?

The club fee schedule Team Indiana Elite 15s/16s/17s/18s: (6 Installments)
Tryout Installment $150 (due at first tryout) – nonrefundable once teams are selected
December Installment $440 (due no later than 12/31/16)
January Installment $440 (due no later than 1/31/17)
February Installment $440 (due no later than 2/28/17)
March Installment $440 (due no later than 3/31/17)
April Installment $440 (due no later than 4/30/17)
May Installment $440 (due no later than 5/31/17)

The club fee schedule for Team Indiana 15s/16s/17s/18s:   (5 Installments)
Tryout Installment $150 (due at first tryout) – nonrefundable once teams are selected
December Installment $420 (due no later than 12/31/16)
January Installment $420 (due no later than 1/31/17)
February Installment $420 (due no later than 2/28/17)
March Installment $420 (due no later than 3/31/17)
April Installment $420 (due no later than 4/30/17)

The club fee schedule for Team Indiana Elite 14s:   (6 Installments)
Tryout Installment $150 (due at first tryout) – nonrefundable once teams are selected
December Installment $395 (due no later than 12/31/16)
January Installment $395 (due no later than 1/31/17)
February Installment $395 (due no later than 2/28/17)
March Installment $395 (due no later than 3/31/17)
April Installment $395 (due no later than 4/30/17)
May Installment $395 (due no later than 5/31/17)

The club fee schedule for Team Indiana Elite 13s:  (6 Installments)
Tryout Installment $150 (due at first tryout) – nonrefundable once teams are selected
December Installment $340 (due no later than 12/31/16)
January Installment $340 (due no later than 1/31/17)
February Installment $340 (due no later than 2/28/17)
March Installment $340 (due no later than 3/31/17)
April Installment $340 (due no later than 4/30/17)
May Installment $340 (due no later than 5/31/17)

The club fee schedule for Team Indiana 14s/13s:  (5 Installments)
Tryout Installment $150 (due at first tryout) – nonrefundable once teams are selected
December Installment $330 (due no later than 12/31/16)
January Installment $330 (due no later than 1/31/17)
February Installment $330 (due no later than 2/28/17)
March Installment $330 (due no later than 3/31/17)
April Installment $330 (due no later than 4/30/17)

The club fee schedule for Team Indiana Elite 12s/11s:  (6 Installments)
Tryout Installment $150 (due at first tryout) – nonrefundable once teams are selected
December Installment $250 (due no later than 12/31/16)
January Installment $250 (due no later than 1/31/17)
February Installment $250 (due no later than 2/28/17)
March Installment $250 (due no later than 3/31/17)
April Installment $250 (due no later than 4/30/17)
May Installment $250 (due no later than 5/31/17)

The club fee schedule for the Team Indiana 12s/11s: (5 Installments)
Tryout Installment $150 (due at first tryout) – nonrefundable once teams are selected
December Installment $220 (due no later than 12/31/16)
January Installment $220 (due no later than 1/31/17)
February Installment $220 (due no later than 2/28/17)
March Installment $220 (due no later than 3/31/17)
April Installment $220 (due no later than 4/30/17)

The club fee schedule for Team Indiana 10s:  (4 Installments)
Tryout Installment $150 (due at first tryout) – nonrefundable once teams are selected
December Installment $140 (due no later than 12/31/16)
January Installment $140 (due no later than 1/31/17)
February Installment $140 (due no later than 2/28/17)
March Installment $140 (due no later than 3/31/17)

* Some teams may experience a June or July installment depending upon individualized team tournaments and travel expenses.

 

What do these club dues cover?
Club dues cover practice and court time, insurance coverage, Asics player pack and on-court coaching. It does NOT cover  playing time. Of course, everyone wants to play as much as possible in competitive matches, but in terms of player development, time spent in practice is more valuable than match time.
What is not included in the club dues?
In addition to club dues, tournament fees (divided by all players on the team) & coaches travel (divided by all players on the team) will be added to your monthly installment.   These things will be in detail on your statement so that you know exactly where your money is going. Outside of your monthly installments, you will incur cost for your travel, AAU and/or USAV membership and any custom team spirit wear you choose to purchase.
How do we pay our dues?
Invoices will be emailed out on a monthly basis.  You can either pay your bill online with a credit card, via check, or cash.  The club installments can be paid up front with a 5% discount, but tournament fees and travel expenses will still be billed on each installment.
When are tryouts for the 2017 club season?
Sunday, October 23, 2016 will be the first date for the 10s/11s/12s/13s/14s.  The 15s/16s/17s/18s will begin Sunday, November 6, 2016.  The complete tryout schedule, including open houses and information night, can be found on the tryout information page.
What are tryouts like?
Tryouts will consist of physical testing, skill testing and game situations. Each age division tryout will be different based on needs and number of athletes trying out.  Team Indiana’s tryout process is different than several area clubs in the fact that we do not give out offers or bids.  We assume that every player going through tryouts wants to participate at Team Indiana.  Once teams are selected, each athlete will receive a phone call from the coach of their team. At that time the coach will inform the athlete of the team level and the date of the preseason team meeting.  If for some reason, we cannot place an athlete on a team, you will get a phone call from the office and at that time, the athlete can be put on our waiting list.  However, we will do everything in our power to place every player who tries out for Team Indiana.
Do you have anything prior to tryouts that players can attend?

Yes, Team Indiana is hosting open gyms during the the two weeks prior to tryouts.  This is a free of charge opportunity for players to come in and participate in a few drill and scrimmage situations.  Each open gym will be run by Team Indiana staff.  Players will need to bring in a waiver to participate (download here).  Coaches and staff are always available to answer questions.   The complete tryout schedule, including open houses and information night, can be found on the tryout information page.

Are parents allowed to watch the tryout process?
Absolutely! Parents are welcomed to attend any and all tryout sessions. We do ask that you make every effort to not distract the participants or our coaching staff. Please note that at all times only tryout participants and our coaching staff are allowed on the courts.
Can a player who did not play at Team Indiana in the 2016 club season have a fair shot at making a top team?
Absolutely! Each girl has an equal opportunity to make a top team! While we like to keep core groups together, we are always looking to improve the overall talent. Bottom line…if your daughter deserves to make a top team, she will.
What is the age break down for the 2017 club season?

10 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 2006
11 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 2005
12 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 2004
13 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 2003
14 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 2002
15 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 2001
16 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 2000
17 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 1999
18 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 1998

Does my daughter have to play in the age division that she falls under?

No.  With the combined tryout process, we will allow the opportunity for athletes in odd numbered age groups (13/15/17s) to play “up”.  We are doing this to create an environment where athletes of like mind and skill can work together to increase their abilities faster and have a better experience.  To help ensure a great experience for all, we still have a full offering of teams in the odd age groups.

We are not allowed to let players play BELOW the required age group guidelines set below.
10 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 2006
11 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 2005
12 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 2004
13 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 2003
14 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 2002
15 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 2001
16 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 2000
17 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 1999
18 and under – Players born on or after Sept 1, 1998

What is the difference between Team Indiana teams and Team Indiana Elite teams?

Team Indiana teams are offered for 10s-16s.  These teams practice 4-6 hours a week (depending on age group) and stay more regionally focused for tournaments.

Team Indiana Elite teams are offered from 11-18s.  These teams practice 6-8 hours a week (depending on age group) and will travel to a few out of state tournaments (Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, etc). All Elite teams will finish at AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, FL.

How many teams will Team Indiana have per age division?
We will offer as many Team Indiana Elite and Team Indiana teams as appropriate in each age group based on the number of athletes trying out in each division.  We will do everything that we can to place every athlete who tries out for Team Indiana.
Will my daughter make a team if she participates in the tryouts?
Our goal is to place every single athlete who tries out on a team.   In order to ensure that all of our teams have a high quality product, we will not offer a product that is not to the standard of Team Indiana. We do not feel that putting teams together to just fill spots is a positive experience for the player, parents or the club.
How much is it to tryout at Team Indiana?
$150 is due at the time of tryouts. This payment is non-refundable at the time that teams are selected.
What if my daughter is chosen for a team, but we choose not to play for Team Indiana?

If your daughter is chosen for a team, you will forfeit your $150 if you decide not to play for Team Indiana. If you withdraw after individual team meetings (the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding), you will be responsible for all club dues and team costs for the 2017 club season.

What if we withdraw our daughter before teams are selected?
If you chose to withdraw from tryouts, you will receive $50 back from your initial $150.
Does Team Indiana offer anything for under 10?
Team Indiana offers teams for athletes 10 and under.  In the past few years we have had multiple 10u teams, one of which that is dedicated to athletes 8 years and younger.  We also offer clinics throughout the year geared towards younger athletes.  These clinics are designed for these young kids to learn about movement, understanding the basics skills of volleyball, and simple motor skills that are used in the sport.  Keep checking our website for future training dates.
Does Team Indiana offer private lessons?
Yes…Team Indiana does offer private and semi-private lessons throughout the year. If you are interested, please fill out the lesson request form. Please note that your current club coach is not allowed to give anyone lessons on his/her team during the season.
How much travel is involved with Team Indiana Volleyball Club?

The Team Indiana Elite teams will travel to a few tournaments that our out of state (Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, etc).  It is our goal for all  of our Elite teams to finish at a National competition, Junior Olympics or AAUs.  All Team Indiana teams may travel to a few out of town tournaments for the club season.   Team schedules will be handed out during tryouts, so you will be aware of the travel before being placed on a team.

Do all teams travel?

Our Team Indiana Elite teams travel to at least 3-4 out of town tournaments while the Team Indiana teams will only go to one or two that are out of town.  Team Indiana Elite teams will finish the season at national competition, either AAUs in Orlando or Junior Olympics.

How many players will be on each team?
The amount of players for each team will be set during the tryout process and will be determined based on the makeup of each individual team.  For example, if a team were to run a 5-1, a 10 player roster would be suitable for the makeup of that team.  If a team is going to run a 6-2, the roster may have either 11 or 12 players.  On average we like to keep the number close to 10, so we can reduce playing time issues.  Once again, we will do everything possible to place every athlete on a viable team for the 2017 club season.
How often are practices?

Practice times and frequency will vary based off of age group and training level during the 2017 season.
Team Indiana level teams practice 4-6 hours a week (depending on age group). Team Indiana Elite level teams practice 6-8 hours a week (depending on age group). The full practice schedule for the season will be posted by the middle of December to aid in planning.  Please note, weekend practices may be on Saturdays or Sundays.

Where are practices held?

Practices will be held at Team Indiana.

How often do teams play in tournaments?
It is our belief that there are positive benefits to our athletes’ participation in tournaments. Dependent upon the age and competitive level of each team, the number of tournaments in which we participate will vary from team to team. Each team will play in 8 or more tournaments throughout the season. Each coach will discuss each team’s goals with respect to the season and participation in tournaments further at a team meeting held by the head coach.
How long is the club season?

Tryouts are held in October and November, and full team practices will begin the week of Monday, November 28th.  The Team Indiana Elite teams will finish at a national competition at the end of June, whereas Team Indiana teams will finish in May.

Is playing time guaranteed?
Playing time is not guaranteed for anyone. Playing time is earned during practices and is left to the discretion of the coach. Club dues only cover practice times and not playing time. Of course, everyone wants to play as much as possible in competitive matches, but in terms of player development, time spent in practice is more valuable than match time.
Can the multi-sport athlete play for Team Indiana?

Yes, many of our student-athletes participate in more than one sport, especially in our younger age groups. Naturally, as the teams advance to a higher level of competition, we see less of the multi-sport athlete.  The most important thing that a multi-sport athlete has to do is communicate with her coach regarding her other sport. Our coaches are willing to work around the athletes schedule if they are up front about conflicts.

Can I work off or fundraise my fees?

We allow families to work in the pro shop or concession stand to help pay for their club dues. Those dates that are available for athletes and parents to work will be sent out to all who sign up at the beginning of the year.

In 2016 our customer referral program was such a success we will offer it again for the 2017 club season.  This program is available for all TI families that participated during the 2016 season.  For every athlete that lists the TI family in their tryout registration and competes on a TI team the family will receive a $100 credit on their balance.  The referring TI family will also receive another $100 if their referral is in good standing at the completion of the the 2017 season.

Are there any IHSAA rules that will affect us for Team Indiana?
  1. No staff members from a particular high school may coach roster players from that high school while school is in session.  High school staff may coach players from other schools at any time, and their own players after the school year has ended.
  2. No more than three players from one high school may play for a single team.
  3. The above rule (number 2) does not apply to seniors, to grade school students or to students who are not on the school’s team.
  4. Athletes may play an outside sport at the same time as they play another sport for their high school.  (You may play Team Indiana Volleyball and school basketball at the same time.)
  5. You may not play Team Indiana Volleyball and high school volleyball at the same time.
Will you have any Information Nights?

All dates and times are posted on the tryout information page as they are confirmed. We do suggest that anyone who is new to club volleyball or Team Indiana that you attend one of these so that you can get all of your questions answered prior to tryouts. On the nights open gyms are being offered coaches will also be available to answer questions.