How long is the season?  Season typically runs from either Nov. or Dec- May with National Championship tournaments in June. The tryout cycle is in the fall prior to first practices.

Can I attend practice?  Yes, we appreciate parent involvement and support so long as all codes of conduct are followed and parents remain in designated area. 

What are some of the benefits?  The progress, growth, and skills development as well as experience are huge. The environment is highly conducive for more detailed and comprehensive learning and skills improvement as teams are full of like mindful folks those that are more serious about volleyball. Additionally, our area of the country is known for being more competitive and producing some of the best volleyball players making them more college bound. 

Can I stay with my child during tournament events? YES, we view tournament weekends as both a competitive and a family event. All rules of conduct and player timeliness still applies. We do offer player only events and player only tournament structured times that only players can attend, however, we do love family support. Our great families have built some of their best friendships and helpful communities in support of the players that last a life time. 

What if I cannot travel with my child? Not a problem, we do offer team and player chaperoning and additional arrangements so long as they are planned and coordinated well in advance. 

Are there payment plans? Yes, we offer flexible payment plans with a deposit up front and an informative balance system for convenience.

Are there fundraisers? Yes, we have seasonal and cyclical fundraisers that have proven to be helpful in creating opportunities and involvement for players. 

Can I volunteer? If so how do I?  Yes, simply fill out the volunteer options in registration or contact coaches and coordinators directly. 

How often are practices? Practices are 2-3 times per week depending upon the level of play and team your athlete participates on. 

Are there family discounts? Yes, families with more than 1 player participating in a season do receive a discount. This is set up with Directors directly. 

Do I coordinate my own travel? Yes and No. Some tournaments have rules and requirements that enable participation in more competitive tournaments in which case it is required to use one of the many options of host hotels via an online hotel booking system.  Additionally, many of our families take advantage of our club discount and savings as we have staff that coordinates and finds availability at tournaments annually. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the semi-closed practice policy?

The club maintains a policy of practices being semi-closed to parents. We believe this creates a much more professional and positive learning environment for your child as well as reduce the inevitable distractions. Parents are not permitted on the practice surfaces.  Parents creating disruptions at practice will be asked to sit in the concession area or private viewing room. 

The semi-closed practice policy applies to practices but does not apply to our typical special events or scrimmages in which parents are welcome.  

I emailed, texted, or left a message and did not get an immediate response?

Our goal at AUSA is to respond to all inquiries as soon as possible, however, 24 hours is a standard response time frame. Please do not contact us at midnight and expect a response.

When traveling, can we pack shoes and uniform gear in checked luggage?

 NO, no, no….if the bag is lost, she would not be able to play. Each player must carry their gear—PACK SHOES, ALL JERSEYS, SHORTS, AND ANY & ALL GEAR IN YOUR BACKPACK SO IT FITS UNDER THE SEAT. This eliminates the risk of a carry-on gate check when overhead space is filled. She should never be separated from this gear!!!

Are the athletes required to stay in the same hotel? Where do I find out about the hotel information?
Are players allowed to stay by themselves in hotel? N.  On the website it can be found and no players cannot stay by themselves. 

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My participant is running late or cannot make a practice—what should she do?What if I am unable travel to an out-of-town tournament?

We ask that you make arrangements for your daughter to stay with another family/parent. Players are not allowed to stay in a room by themselves. Please make sure that your daughter is either traveling with surrogate family or booked on the coaches’ flight. Also, please ensure your daughter takes enough money for meals, which could include breakfast, lunch and dinner and for any healthy snacks.

When does the season end?

All players are expected to complete the season which ends with the AAU Nationals in June. 

What is Volleyball Recruits?

Volleyball Recruits is offered to Red & Blue teams from ages 15-18. Players ages 16 and above on other teams may pay $25 and the club will pay the balance if they wish to join. Some of you already have Volleyball Recruits accounts, and you will keep all your information and activity as we enter a new season. If you are new to Volleyball Recruits, you’ll receive a welcome email with your login credentials once we send them this year’s rosters. To learn more about Volleyball Recruits, check out their homepage at sportsrecruits.com or contact their Customer Success Team at help@sportsrecruits.com.

AUSA To-Do List

Turn in all paperwork to your facility; this should have been completed at tryouts

A. Player Registration Packet (Info Sheet and Code of Conduct)
B. Credit Card Authorization form
C. USAV Medical Form (signed & notarized)
D. A copy of your daughter’s birth certificate
E. Signed Participation Agreement & Release
Purchase (or renew) your daughter’s AAU membership
A. Make sure to add our club code: 
Purchase (or renew) your AAU membership and select AUSA as your club
We will import you if necessary into the system. 
A. Parents must sign for their daughters unless the player is 18 or older.
Make sure your daughter completes the Junior Officiating requirements tests online. 
2018-2019 clinics and training will be available in October 2018 at
http://www.floridavolleyball.org/instructions-for-online-clinics–exams.html (Training will be available in October)

Being on time is required; however, if your child is going to be late (for a valid reason) he/she contact her coach, (and assistant coach) as soon as possible. If she is unable to make a practice, she, again, must let the coach know in advance  24 hours is preferred as their practice plan may have to be adjusted. It is important for players to be at all their practices for the team to develop competitively.

Are the players required to wear specific practice uniforms?

A specified color (red, navy, or white) AUSA t-shirt is the only required item for practices. NO TANKS TOPS.  Each player is responsible for having the correct colored shirt. In the event the proper colored shirt is not worn, it can be purchased for $8.00 at the facility.

Does my daughter have to take all her jerseys to all matches?

Yes, yes, yes…She will have three (2-3) jerseys and MUST TAKE ALL TO EVERY MATCH EVERY DAY, even if they are dirty!! At away tournaments jerseys can be washed by hand or laundered if hotel has laundry facilities. Teams have had to expectantly change their jersey during a match and may be forced to forfeit if a player doesn’t have all her jerseys.

What are the travel days for the out-of-town tournaments?

We travel the day before tournament play begins and in some cases for close locations the day of. The teams will generally gather for a pre-tournament team meeting. Returned flights for long distance or out of state trips should be booked any time after 6:00 pm on the final day of the tournament to avoid having to forfeit in the finals or incur change fees/missed flights.

Is there a curfew?

Yes, yes, yes….10pm curfew for all teams. We want them to be safe, accounted for and well-rested!!

How should play-time issues be handled?

Playing time is determined at the discretion of the AUSA coaching staff and is partially guaranteed. It is based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, a lineup for each competition that will lead to success on the court. Playtime is a very complex determination. It includes the coach’s opinion, the athlete’s ability, the athlete’s potential, the team’s needs/game strategy at the moment, the momentum of the game, the number of subs remaining, and the team’s needs for the future. The coach will not be required to defend his/her thought process or conclusions in these determinations, and it is improper for a parent to make such a request. Additional, playing time questions can be directed to your assitant director, club parent liason, or club directors. 

When does the season begin?

Each location will coordinate their own schedule and your coach will inform you about the practice schedule. Schedules are often found on our member page of the website. 

Are travel expenses included in the club dues?

Travel is not included in the dues and must be booked by parents individually. That includes airfare, lodging, transportation to/from the facility and meals. We will provide  hotel information to our travel parent. They will then share with the team. Please book ASAP as hotels fill up quickly. Travel Tip: Many of our parents share rooms to help keep their costs down. 

How do club payments work?

Auto pay is mandatory and will start once the deposit has been made using the credit card authorization form or recurring payments via the website. Alternative payment methods must be authorized by your  director.

How do I order apparel?

You may order all AUSA apparel and any special orders by clicking on the link to The shopping tab on our website.

What are the Travel and Food Parent Responsibilities?

Travel Parent Responsibilities – The Travel Parent has the responsibility of paying for the players rooms and collecting the amount due from each parent. All team members must be responsible for immediately paying the Travel Parent so the Travel Parent does not have to pay “out of pocket” for these costs. If any parent ultimately does not pay the Travel Parent, the club will reimburse the Travel Parent. The Travel Parent will work directly with our travel agent, Donna Banks. Only the Travel Parent should contact Donna. Since Donna is located on the west coast, please do not contact her before noon.

Food Parent Responsibilities – The Food Parent has the important responsibility of organizing all meals and will also collect monies from the other parents for their share.

1. Breakfast is a critical meal and there are limited options. If it is a suite hotel that provides breakfast, that is the best option. If not, then the Food Parent will generally stay at the team hotel and have breakfast items in their room i.e. cereal, fruit, bagels, etc.

2. Lunch is generally available at the playing facility or close by. 

3. Dinner is determined by whether you play in the AM or PM wave. If you play in the AM wave, dinner should generally be arranged at a restaurant from 5:00-6:30pm but not later. Sometime during a 3-day tournament, players will prefer to just remain at the hotel and relax. PM waves are much trickier as players “return time” to the hotel is unknown. The Food Parent should try to coordinate bringing food back to the hotel or ordering (generally pizza and pasta) so that the players can eat as soon after returning as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions