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  • Please arrive 1/2 hour before try-outs are scheduled to start
  • No club volleyball shirts are to be worn to try-outs.  SMM or mustangs shirts are preferred.
  • Tryouts are closed to parents.
3rd and 4th graders 5th and 6th graders 7th and 8th graders
Tues July 26 6 - 7:30 pm Mon July 25 6 - 7:30 pm Mon July 25 7:30 - 9 pm
Wed July 27 6 - 7:30 pm Wed July 27 7:30 - 9 pm Tues July 26 7:30 - 9 pm


Session Agenda and Drill Description

Evaluation Criteria and Explanation

Participants will be evaluated on the following skills and skill sets:

Team Play – communication skills, understanding of positioning, effort, team spirit and attitude

Forearm Passing /Hand Passing – technique, accuracy, communication, foot movement, form and ability to control the ball

Serving – ability, technique, styles and strength

Defense – positioning, technique, ability to control a down ball 

Setting – positioning (feet, body, hands), technique, ability (front, back, outside, middle), strength

Hitting – technique (foot work, arm motion, timing), ability (jump, power, line, angle, middle)

Attitude, Mental Capacity & Coachability – Team Spirit, the ability to keep the ball in play and the ability to learn techniques, accept training and apply them.

A PANEL OF EVALUATORS and DRILL ADMINISTRATORS are chosen to run the tryouts with set instructions for consistency, fairness and organization.  For example, if there are enough participants for 5 teams, evaluators will score each skill according to the child’s ability from 1-5.

  • Head Coaches are allowed to evaluate or administrate during tryouts.  Administrators do not participate in team selection.

TEAM SELECTION:  A panel of coaches and unbiased personnel will evaluate players during tryouts.  No one on the Panel is allowed to disclose team results or discussions during the selection process to anyone.  Variables such as ability, position, size, maturity and coaching styles may be considered during the assignment process. Factors such as class and friend groups are helpful in assigning players to teams 4, 5 and 6 if applicable.  The SMMAM panel follows the guidelines set forth by CSAA.

A player’s inability to attend practices on given days or a parent's disagreement with a coach's philosophy may not be enough to place the child on another team.  In addition, it is SMMAM policy that a child is not allowed to practice with any other team.  It is also policy that players cannot play up from their present grade division.  All teams will be chosen so that every player and team has the best opportunity to be competitive in their respective leagues.

  • The SMMAM follows the CSAA guidelines stating team #1 shall be stronger than #2 and so on.   Teams that play in the same league will be divided with equal skill and talent.
  • Request for siblings to be placed together will be honored as long as the request is made to the Volleyball Coordinator or the Athletic Director prior to tryouts.  In this case, if one sibling is stronger than the other, they must play to the level of the weaker player.
  • Any parent who wishes to discuss placement must talk to the Athletic Director or the Volleyball Coordinator, not the coaches.

COACHES are selected by the Athletic Director and Volleyball Coordinator.  Coaches are VOLUNTEERS.  Coaches must sign a Code of Conduct, attend the Archdiocese of Louisville Safe Environment Workshop, complete a criminal background check and attend the coaches training for Play Like A Champion Today (PLACT).

PARENT VOLUNTEERS are extremely important to the success of St. Margaret Mary’s sports program.  Here are some ways for parents to get involved:

  • CONCESSION STAND DUTY:  Three parents per shift will be required from the 3rd-8th grade teams each Saturday during the season to work the concession stand.  Parents may sign up on the honor system for a convenient shift to their schedule instead of being assigned so they are able to attend their child’s games.
  • FISH FRY staffing is the responsibility of the SMMAM.  When a child plays a sport, the family is automatically a member of the SMMAM.  
  • TEAM PARENTS are crucial for the communication of parents and coaches.