FAQ

How many teams will Rain City Volleyball Club offer in 2020?

We will have 2 teams this year.

  • U16 Hail
  • U18 Eclipse

Each team is looking for about 10 committed players for the season. All returning players at any age level, must come and try-out again to earn a position on the team.

How long does the season last for a typical Rain City club team?

Practices for the U16 thru U18 teams will start November 27:

Both U16 and U18s will participate in Power League plus 1 other tournament a month from January to May.

Post season play is not included in the original team dues but if there are enough players interested in post season travel that option can be addressed in season.

Can I try out for an older age group?

YES. While we always recommend players stay within their age range, both these age groups have had a mix of 15/16 and 17/18 on the team. We form teams based on what is best for team and individual player development.

Where, when, and how often are practices held?

Currently the practice schedule is as follows.

All teams:
Monday & Wednesday
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Cedar Valley Gym

How many tournaments do teams play and where are they?

U16 and U18 teams will play in approximately 2 tournaments a month, some may be 1, 2, or 3 day events.

Tournaments this year are located in the Puget Sound Region as well as the Evergreen Region, and the Columbia Empire Region. Tournaments can start as early as 7 am and last as late as 8 pm at night. Teams can play from 8-18 sets (6 or more matches) in a single day depending on the format.

How much does it cost to play for Rain City?

Rain City Volleyball Club costs vary depending on the travel schedule and tournament participation. Costs for each individual team will be provided upon request. Below is what is covered by our fees. These fees do not guarantee your child playing time, but does guarantee them a spot on the team and the right to earn playing time through practices and hard work.

What is covered in the cost to play?
  • USAV Registration for Coaches and Chaperones
  • AAU Registration (when necessary) for Players, Coaches and Chaperones
  • Background Checks for all Club Staff and Chaperones
  • Safesport training for Club Staff, Coaches and Chaperones
  • Secondary Insurance associated with USA Volleyball
  • Facility Rental
  • Tournament Entry
  • Stipend for Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches
  • Officiating Clinic for all players and coaches
  • Additional training clinics for coaches and players
  • Administrative Fees
  • Lodging and food for MLK (if competing)
  • Lodging and food for Yakima Jamboree (if competing).
  • Lodging and food for PNQ (if competing)
  • Uniforms (Required jerseys)
What is not covered by the fees?
  • USA Volleyball Registration Fee for Players
  • Transportation to tournaments within Washington and Oregon
  • Hotel and transportation for parents at the tournaments
  • Primary medical insurance for the player, coach, or chaperone

Please note that Rain City will provide parents with a payment schedule. Parents may also pay all fees up front if they wish. We take cash or check; paypal accepted by request only.

What happens at Tryouts?

All players must obtain a $5.00 a USA Volleyball Tryout Membership which can be found at www.psrvb.org in order to participate in any tryouts in the Puget Sound Region. This is in addition to completing the Rain City try-out forms and returning them per instructions with a check for $20.00. Rain City Coaches will run players through drills, skills testing, etc. during the try-out session. Coaches will talk with players and parents during try-outs in no particular order. Some players will be offered a spot on the team they are trying out for and some will be placed on a call back list; some could be asked to come to a try-out for another age level. Not everyone offered a spot will accept that position. Also know that you might be called and offered a position if someone else turns their offer down.

What is PGS?

Promise for Good Sports is a program that works with teams to provide training for parents, athletes and coaches to receive the skills required to create Mutually Supportive Team Communities, to become Savvy Sports Parents, Resourceful Athletes and Expansive Coaches. By developing the skills to establish mutually supportive team communities, parents, athletes and coaches are able to experience contentious-free and opportunity expanding sports that inspire, empower and unify individuals, teams, families and networks of volleyball families.

Rain City Volleyball Club is committed to building supportive team communities through parent, athlete and coach planned activities meant to enhance the team community.

What is Safesport?

From the USA Volleyball website: The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Volleyball. USA Volleyball has a ZERO TOLERANCE for abuse and misconduct. This includes not only on-court safety, but also off-court safety in any part of USA Volleyball’s programs. USA Volleyball is committed to creating safe and fun environments for youth. This includes but is not limited to, providing training, educational materials and resources for our regions, clubs, coaches, and parents.

This is the website with links to trainings for coaches and parents.

Rain City Volleyball Club will have all coaches, not only impact certified and background checked, but they will have completed the Safesport clinics. Many of our coaches have also gone through CAP clinics, Art of Coaching clinics and Proactive Coaching clinics.

This year all of our chaperones will take the Safesport clinic upon registering with USA Volleyball. There are free courses for parents to complete and is strongly encouraged that parents complete the courses so they understand more about the policies and practices of Safesport.