TRYOUTS FOR THE BOYS 2021-22 SEASON WILL BE ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 29th in LIBERTYVILLE
Q. Does my athlete have to attend all tryout dates?
A. There is one tryout on Sunday, August 29th. Exact times and open registration for all divisions will be on our website in July. If you are unable to attend the tryout, please contact Miguel De La Rosa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. How do coaches evaluate each athlete?
A. The Sky High coaching staff will be evaluating each player’s athleticism, work ethic and attitude in the youth age groups (14/13/12). Athletes in the (18/17/16/15) age groups will be evaluated for their skill and all of the above.
Q. How many athletes will Sky High select?
A. Sky High would love to take all athletes however, we are limited to space and number of coaches. Typically we select ten to eleven athletes per team depending on the talent pool.
Q. Where does Sky High find their coaches?
A. Sky High prides itself on having one of the best coaching staffs in the Chicagoland area. Many coaches have been associated with Sky High for several years. Some coaches have coached at the collegiate and/or high school level. Many players benefit from the strengths of different coaches. While each coach is assigned a team, players may receive feedback from other coaches during practice or tournament. All coaches are Impact certified by USA Volleyball and some are ASEP and/or CAP certified.
Q. How often and where do teams practice?
A. 14/13 JO and Regional teams will practice twice per week and 15 – 18 JO teams will practice three days per week. All practices will be in our Libertyville location.
Q. How long is the season?
A. All 14-18 JOs teams will begin the week of September 27th and continue through mid to late June/early July. Note: The 14 JO teams will break from mid-March through mid-April. All Regional teams will run September 27th through February 28th. All teams will be off for winter break from December 17th thru January 2nd and spring break, March 26th thru April 3rd. All 15 - 18 JO teams will be off during the boys IHSA season and return in early June.
Q. How much travel is involved?
A. 14 – 18 JO and Regional teams will attend the Boys Winter Volleyball Championships at McCormick Place in Chicago, January 14 -16 and the 15 - 18 JO teams will attend the Dennis Lafata Gateway Festival in St. Louis February 12-14. All other events will be in the Chicagoland area. All HIGH SCHOOL (15 - 18 JO) teams will attend the USA Jr. Nationals in Reno, Nevada in early July. All travel (Bid Events, Nationals and any added events) will be invoiced separately from your dues.
Q. What do fees (Dues) include?
A. The fees cover much of the fixed costs of playing. court rental, equipment, coaches, local tournament entry fees including Asics Nationals at Navy Pier (14/13's only) and strength and conditioning for 15 - 18 JO. Uniform costs are additional. In an effort to make the sport available to as many athletes as possible, Sky High works very hard to keep costs to a minimum. Note: The Winter Championships in Chicago, Dennis Lafata Championships in St. Louis, USA Nationals and any added bid events are additional. These ground fees will be invoiced separately from your dues.
Q. How will I know if my athlete was selected to compete with Sky High?
A. After the tryout Sky High will post results and instructions will be handed out to those players selected. The handout will instruct how to access the required paperwork at home online. A general parent meeting TBA.
Q. Is a deposit required?
A. Sky High will ask for a $30 fee in order to create, and/or move your SportsEngine Account into our system. This fee is non-refundable. If the athlete is chosen to a program, the athlete's parent will receive an email after tryouts with a link to a contract, and a request for payment of $400. The $400 deposit is to secure your spot on a roster. This $400 is non-refundable. Further, upon payment of the $400 and signature of the contract, each individual athlete is committing to the club for the season, and to fulfil the contractual obligations there in contained. Uniform fittings will also occur at/after tryouts.
Q. What paperwork is involved and when is it due?
A. All necessary paperwork including a contract will be included in the link you will be directed to online once the tryout is complete. You will need to complete the documents including dates, electronic signatures, etc. no later than September 3rd. You will receive via email a Parent/Player Handbook a couple weeks following the tryout, which will include important information you will need throughout the season.
Q. How much will the uniforms cost?
A. Each JO athlete is required to purchase three jerseys, two practice t’s, one pair of shorts, a full warm-up and Molten Flistatec volleyball. There will be other accessories available for purchase such as knee pads, ultra ankles, back packs, etc. All REGIONAL players are required to purchase two jerseys, two practice t's, one pair of shorts and the Molten Flistatec volleyball. Players are required to wear black socks, black kneepads (kneepads are required for 14u and recommended for all age groups) and black, grey or red shoes at all practices and competitions. Accessory items are available in our pro shop in Crystal Lake. Please note all players must wear ADIDAS brand socks, kneepads and shorts for all competitions. Estimated costs for all NEW JO players is $350 and Regional players is $210.
Q. What if my athlete plays another sport?
A. Sky High does not want to turn away good athletes simply because they play another sport. We ask you turn in your practice and competition schedule to your coach. As a courtesy, throughout your season, please remind your coach when you have a conflict.
Q. Is the second half of the Season (June/early July) optional?
A. All 15-18 JO teams will return in June through Nationals in early July.
Below you will find a link to our current protocol for Covid-19. Sky High's first priority is to keep our athletes and staff safe. Please review the protocol and let us know if you have any questions. As you know the protocol is subject to change based on the requirements and recommendations handed down by the CDC, Gov. Pritzker's Office and the local health departments.