Stars and Stripes Beach Volleyball trains elite female athletes ages 18 and under.
Our goal is for Stars and Stripes Beach Volleyball athletes to develop their love of beach volleyball while focusing on their core skill development and decision making.
We challenge our athletes to grow as people and as players. Stars and Stripes aims to empower young athletes to become leaders on and off the court.
We believe the program we have established for this year will benefit all SAS athletes. We expect that all players will be challenged and given the space, tools and attention they need to improve their game.
The focus areas for the 2021-2022 SAS team include:
Who can try out?
SAS is open to evaluating elite female athletes ages 10-18 for the 2021-2022 team. Athletes should have indoor or beach volleyball experience and be performing at a high level for their age group.
What are you looking for in an athlete? How many players do you take for each age group?
We don't take a set number of athletes per age group. We take as many or as few athletes per grad year that fit the type of player we are looking for. Coaches will evaluate players based on their volleyball fundamentals and overall athleticism, but that is not the whole picture! SAS is proud of the culture we have cultivated and want athletes/families who will be a good fit. Coaches will also pay attention to:
Can I play indoor while playing SAS?
We don't recommend it, but we have had players do this in the past. Some things to consider include athlete burn out, cost, practice/tournament conflicts and how much volleyball your family can feasibly handle. It usually sounds like a great idea in October, but gets very challenging in February when travel tournaments start to pick up. There will be no discounts, fee reductions or refunds for missed practices.
What happens if I miss practice?
SAS is different from the indoor model. We focus on individual training, so the only athlete that is affected if you do not come is YOU. There will be no discounts, fee reductions or refunds for missed practices.
Do I have to play in the tournaments? When are they? How does it work?
Tournaments are optional, but recommended. Travel/entry fees are not included in the SAS fee. A tentative schedule, along with more details will be sent out to all athletes who are offered a spot on the 21-22 team.
What if I don't have a partner?
SAS practices are designed for individual training, so you do not need to tryout or join with a partner in mind.
Is it too late for me to switch to beach volleyball?
No! Let's have a conversation about your goals if you are new to the game!
How will I know if I make the team?
The last tryout date is 9/14. After that, the team will be announced by tryout number on the Tryout page. You will also receive an offer letter via email if we think you will be a good fit for SAS.
What if I don't make the team?
Athletes who need more experience are welcome to join the Beach Club practices at Highline Arena!
I have more questions!
The SAS 2021-2022 Parent/Player Handbook will be sent out to all athletes who make the team. This will answer a lot of your questions! You can also touch base with Meghan (email@example.com) to answer additional questions.