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Additional Guidelines due to COVID-19
Additional Guidelines due to COVID-19

Please make sure to read the following articles so we are all prepared to remain safe during this time:

  1.  NH Self Isolation Guide
  2.  NH Self Quarantine Guide

For additional information please visit the CDC's web page on Playing Sports.

 

18-Open Tryouts on Tuesday Nov. 10th 7-9pm
First up for tryouts tomorrow is 18 open from 7-9 pm at Concord Christian Academy. 
These 18 Open tryouts are for all 17 and 18 year olds that feel they can compete at the higher level.
 
A few notes on protocol:
 
- Masks are mandatory from the time you leave your car until you get back into it. Please wear a mask you are comfortable playing in and it's a great idea to have a backup.
 
- Check-in will start 15 minutes (6:45 tomorrow) before the tryout time outside of the building. Please maintain social distance while waiting.
 
- You will be asked the standard screening questions we have all become so familiar with. If you aren't well, have been outside of New England, or have come into contact with someone with covid, please stay home. 
 
- Once you have been checked in you may enter the gym, find a cone, put your gear on, use some hand sanitizer, and wait at the cone until we are all ready to roll. 
 
What if I'm quarantined during tryouts?
 
If you are quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure during all current tryout dates for your age/level, we understand that is not your fault and will consider you for teams. 
 
If you find yourself in this situation, please reach out to us at info@capitalregionvolleyball.com prior to the tryout date and as soon as you know it will impact your ability to try out.  Include what you are trying out for open, club, in-house league, training academy, or if you would like to be considered for both open and club.  If you have questions about this reach out to a coach or send an email. The most important thing for you to do is communicate clearly with us.
 
We are going to handle this on a case by case basis and it could involve any or all of the following:
 
-          A physical tryout at a later date
-          A request for recent match film (if you have it) for us to review
-          A discussion with your high school/middle school coach
 
We can't wait to see your smiling faces......eyes very soon.
Junior Olympic Age Definitions for 2020-2021 Season

The age definitions for the 2020-2021 Junior Olympic season have been updated by USA Volleyball. Please click the above link to see your JO age to determine which tryout sessions you should be attending.

If your age is 16, 15, or 14 and think you may be able to compete at the highest level in our region, then you may want to attend the 16-Open tryouts (please note that the season cost for the Open level teams is more than for the Club level teams; visit our Fees page for more information).

If your age is 18 or 17 and think you may be able to compete at the highest level in our region, then you may want to attend the 18-Open tryouts (please note that the season cost for the Open level teams is more than for the Club level teams; visit our Fees page for more information).

Tryouts for 2020

Registration opened on Monday Sept. 28th. YEAH!

The Tryout Schedule has been posted.

CRVBC Calendar

Tryouts this year will look a bit different than the past years.

There will be multiple days of tryouts to accommodate the social distancing needs and gym rentals.
Please note that the days/times for tryouts might change depending on the number and ages of players registering. You can check out our calendar in the right hand column of the web page to see the current/proposed tryout schedule.

Instead of selecting entire teams after the final day of tryouts, players will be invited to play for a CRVBC team as we go through the tryouts. If a player is selected for a team, then an invitation to play with our club will be sent to the player/parent. A response will be required within 72 hours. An acceptance of the invitation to play for our club will mean you are committing to play for CRVBC for the entire season. If you decline the invitation to play, then your name will be taken off the potential players list for CRVBC and if you wish to play JO's this season you will have to play for a different club. A failure to respond to an invitation to play is equivalent to declining an invitation.
Once you have been invited to play for CRVBC you will not be attending any additional tryout dates/times. This will help us narrow down and concentrate on the players that have not been invited yet, and help with our social distancing needs as this method will mean the invited players will not be in the gym.
One side effect of this new invitation methodology is that you will definitely want to show up at the first tryout date for the Age/Level you want to tryout for to get your best opportunity to be invited to that team/level.
Once you have accepted an invititation to play for CRVBC your CRVBC Registration will be updated and you will be able to pay (online) for the Season/Team Membership fee.

 

2020-21 JO Season

We are planning on starting our JO season just following the NHIAA tournament finals (as usual).

With the social distancing rules we will obviously be altering much of how things will be working (tryout, practices, tournaments, ...).

Please see other posts on this Home page and our FAQs page.

Due to gym restrictions we may have to schedule some team practices on Saturdays.

Stay safe, stay healthy.

Basic Guidelines due to COVID-19
Basic Guidelines due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 we will be requiring:

  1. All players and coaches are required wear a mask at all times, including during play, from the time they get out of their car when they arrive until such time as they get back in their car to leave.
  2. Players will have their own water bottle. Use of water bubblers is not allowed. The use of water bottle refill stations is allowed.
  3. All players will take their temperature not more than 30 minutes prior to each CRVBC event (practice, team building, tournament). Anyone whose temperature is 100.0 or higher will NOT be allowed to attend the event. If a player's temperature is ever about 100.0, then the person must wait until their temperature has been below 100.0 (without fever reducing medication) for at least 72 hours prior to returning to a CRVBC event.
  4. All players will be required to answer the COVID-19 symptom questionnaire. If any response is in the affirmative, then the player will NOT be allow to participate in the event.

No player is allowed in the gym or facility until a CRVBC Coach or Staff member has checked you in. The check-in process will only be complete when all COVID-19 questions have been answered in accordance with the CDC, New Hampshire, USAV, and CRVBC standards (please refer to the question outlined below).

Players may not use any volleyballs until so authorized by their coach. The coach will know which balls have been properly sanitized since their most recent use.

Standard COVID Symptom Questions (covidguidance.nh.gov)

  1. Do you have any of the following?
    Fever (100.0 or above), Shortness of breath or difficultly breathing, Cough, Chills, Headache, Sore Throat, loss of sense of smell or taste. If you have had any of these symptoms, you should contact you health care provider.
  2. Have you, or anyone in your household travelled overnight to any State outside of New England in the past 14 days? If you have, then you must self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of your return.
  3. Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case or COVID-19?
    If you have, then you must self-quaratine for 14 days from the date of the most recent close contact.
  4. Have you had a fever or felt feverish in the last 72 hours?
    CRVBC staff will take your temperature prior to players entering the facility.

Cleaning

All Players will be required to wash/sanitize their hands:

  1. Upon arrival.
  2. After any bathroom visit.
  3. Upon departure.

CRVBC will provide, and have readily available, hand sanitizer (minumum of 60 percent alcohol content) for coaches, staff, and players.

All players will carry their own personal hand sanitizer.

All volleyballs will be sanitized between each practice session.

Social Distancing

All players will be assigned a specific location ('personal space') within the gym where they can place their gear and water bottle. 'Personal Spaces' will be maintained with spacing at least 6 feet apart. During breaks the players are to go to their own 'personal space'. Water bottles are not to leave a player's 'personal space'.
Except during play, all players are to maintain a minimum of 3 feet between themselves and others. This includes team meetings, huddles, and the like.

There will be NO high fives, handshakes, fist bumps or hugs. Each team should be inventive and come up with a way to congratulate their teammates from a distance.

Only players and coaches will be allow in the facility or gymnasium.

Common areas are off limits. No congregating in the lobbies.

Players should warm-up only with players from their own team; not with players from another team that happens to be in the gym at the same time.

No CRVBC teams will travel outside of New England per NH State directives and the 14 day quarantine required upon return.

During matches (tournament play) all spectators will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Spectators will remain outside of all playable areas and will maintain a distance of 6 feet from anyone from another household.

An isolation area will be designated in our gyms where any player that does not feel well during practice should go to isolate themselves from the others in the gym.

For additional information please visit the CDC's web page on Playing Sports.

Please make sure to read the following articles so we are all prepared to remain safe during this time:

  1.  NH Self Isolation Guide
  2.  NH Self Quarantine Guide

 

Banner Day for the Birds of Prey!

NERVA 1 results are in...

The Ospreys,  Owls,  Screech Owls and Blackhawks made it to the finals.  Screech Owls won silver in a close one:26‐28,  Ospreys,  Owls and Blackhawks Won Gold!

The Eagles, Hawks and Falcons crushed the Consolation Bracket!

Player rights

Harassment Policy: "We are a member club of New England Region of USA Volleyball. As a player you may stop any unwanted contact from a club representative by simply asking (either verbally or in writing) that all contact cease. Any player believing a club representative of any New England Region volleyball club has been intimidating, harassing or acted inappropriately in any manner of contact or recruiting should contact the New England Region office at (508-868-5316)."

Refereeing Instruction
Refereeing Instruction

For all CRVBC tournament team members:
PLEASE make sure to take the following refereeing instructional courses online:

https://nevolleyball.org/junior-officiating-and-scoring-modules

Talk with you coach to ensure your team will be well informed about all work-team jobs that will need to be done while your team is playing at a tournament. Not everyone must take all courses, but at least two people on each team should be well versed in how to do each of the following jobs: Scorekeeper, Libero Tracker, R1 (referee on the stand), R2 (referee on the floor), and Line Judge.

 

SafeSport
SafeSport

Due to a law passed by the US Congress, any player that is, or turns, chronologically 18 years old must have taken the SafeSport course to play in a Tournament once they are 18 years old. Therefore, if you are 18 now, your must take SafeSport to play in a Tournament. If you turn 18 prior to a Tournament, then you must take SafeSport prior to the Tournament to be able to play in the Tournament. You only need to take SafeSport once this season.

Please check with your coach to make sure this requirement is met.

Inclement Weather Policy

In the case of inclement weather, the decision as to whether your team will have practice is made by your coach and also by you.  When in doubt contact your coach.

In the case of a big weather event, CRVBC as a Club may make the decision. Please check our home page for such possible situations.

Please remember that even if your team has decided to practice, the final decision is up to you.
Stay safe.

 

How to pay your Season Fees

Team fees are due by the 1st day of practices.

To pay them:

1) Login to your CRVBC Account.
2) Visit the 'CRVBC Registration' page.
3) If you have not signed the 'Commitment Letter', then click on the 'Commitment Letter' link and do so now. And, then refresh the web page.
4) Click on the 'Pay...' button. This will take you to PayPal where you can pay the fees.

Thank you!

We could use some help

There is a common theme that underscores this time of the year for the Capital Region Volleyball Club and other volleyball clubs. After tryouts we hear via emails, texts, phone calls and word of mouth that those players that did not make a team are upset and disappointed. 
At the Capital Region Volleyball Club we try extremely hard every year to give as many players as possible the opportunity to play, learn and enjoy the sport of volleyball.  Over the years we have added additional programs to our travel teams because we understand our limitations and want to provide that opportunity.

The limiting factor as to why not everyone is selected for a team is not playing ability!  Our coaches have very difficult choices to make because of the skill level of the players in the gym.   In the Concord area there are so many good volleyball players, combined with limitations on both gym space and quality coaches who are able to commit to high school/college seasons then club while balancing being present for their families, that we just aren’t able to place all players on travel teams.  We are so proud of the coaches we have and are very thankful for all they do for the players and the Club.  Last year we had the coaches, and scraped together the gym space, to field 10 teams for the 170 players who tried out.  This year, we only have the coaching staff and gym availability for 7 teams for the 160 players who tried out. Each year is different and brings its challenges and opportunities.

Basically, if you want to help give more players the opportunity to play, help us find reasonably priced gym space and some experienced, quality coaches. If you can help, let us know by calling or emailing us (info@capitalregionvolleyball.com).

We created the In-House League for two main reasons:
1) To give players who do not make a travel team the opportunity to continue to learn, grow and play the sport.
2) To provide a place to play volleyball for those families that either cannot afford a travel team, or do not want to travel.

Thank for you listening and our biggest hope is everyone can continue to play somewhere, if not here at CRVBC.

KBP: Kyle Brown Performance
Kyle Brown Performance

CRVBC has connected with KBP (Kyle Brown Performance). CRVBC Members can get a one time discount of $50 off their initial fee.
Kyle, a world-class Olympic athlete and functional training specialist, has created a fantastic training program for athletes of all ages.
KBP will be hosting an Open-House at their facility on Manchester Street in Concord, NH soon after this JO Season tryouts have been completed.

Stay tuned for more information.

What is the Training Academy?

The CRVBC 'Training Academy' is a great opportunity to learn and improve your volleyball skills using the same techniques as our national teams.  The format consists of going through skill building drills followed by playing time.  You will be coached by members of the coaching staff on a rotating basis.  Practice runs for 2 hours each week except for Easter and Tournament days.  In addition you will learn how to referee and keep score during a game.

How do I tryout for CRVBC?

To tryout for a Team, Shuttle Squad  or the Training Academy at CRVBC you need to do the following:

  1. Register online with USA Volleyball. (click on the 'USAV REGISTRATION' menu item on our home page) Pay the USA Volleyball fee. Print your Membership card. bring it to tryouts (or you may not be able to step on the court)
  2. Register online on our website (use the 'CRVBC REGISTRATION' menu item on our home page). Pay the CRVBC Tryout Fee.
  3. Check out our calendar for tryout dates/times and locations
  4. Come to tryouts, play hard and have fun.

NOTE: The USAV Membership fee and the CRVBC Tryout fee are separate fees and go to separate places. Once tryouts are over there are additional fees you must pay according to the program in which you will be participating. Please refer to our 'Fees' page for additional information.

CRVBC is a competetive volleyball club. That being said, we do not require any prior experience and we do our best to help everyone learn and improve. Many aspects are considered when putting together a Team or a Shuttle Squad and we do have to make cuts. Not everyone makes a Team or a Shuttle Squad. We have limits to our gym space and the number of available coaches. We have a Training Academy and an In-House League specifically designed to help players to continue to learn and have fun with the sport of volleyball.

What is the In-House League?

The In-House League will practice on for 2 hours each week (except for Easter and Tournament days) and play matches against some of the other players in the In-House League. The purpose of this team is to get these players an opportunity to continue to learn and grow in their volleyball knowledge and volleyball skills. The cost for playing in the In-House League can be found on the 'Fees' page.
This is a fairly new program at CRVBC whose intent is to allow us to include as many opportunities as possible for as many players as possible. If we have enough players at that level, we will be able to set up fixed teams who will play together throughout the season.  If we do not have quite enough players, we will create teams every week based on who attends. Either way they will experience the competition aspect of volleyball. In addition you will learn how to referee and keep score during a game.

We have contacted some of the other area Clubs and will be trying to set up a match schedule in the near future.