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New Member/Evaluation Clinic 5 (for members who want to play in Competitive or Advanced)

  • August 23, 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The Zone, 10371 Stella Link Rd, Houston, TX 77025
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Evaluation Clinic Format

Each Open Play season the Skills and Development Committee conducts Evaluation Clinics in order to rate/re-rate LSVA members into the correct division. Attendance to one of these clinics is mandatory for all new members. Each member will undergo a series of drills showcasing all of the major skill sets needed to play volleyball. Members will be assessed by no fewer than 3 Evaluators and will be rated and placed into a division by the end of the clinic. This season, the S&D Committee will include a very brief paper test portion in evaluations; an example will be posted on the Evaluation Policy page later this week and emailed to all registrants. Below is a brief outline of the New Member Clinic.

Pepper (10 Minutes)

Players will pair with another player and pepper (meaning to bump, set, and hit with each other) working on controlling the ball and keeping the rally going. Evaluators will be looking for each player’s ability to bump, set, and hit as well as skills like coordination, movement/agility, ball control, accuracy, etc.

Bumping/Passing (15 minutes)

Players will pass the ball to a setting target from both sides of the court. One line players will be tossed free balls which they must pass to the setting target. On the other side of the court, players will be served to and must receive serve and pass to the setting target. Evaluators will be assessing how well a player can pass the ball to the given target, taking into account things like form, footwork, accuracy, and consistency.

Setting (15 minutes)

Players will be asked to set three balls to the three most common hitting positions on the court: outside, middle and opposite (back). Players will be tossed balls by another player. Evaluators will be looking to see how well the setter can set the ball to the specified position taking into account ball handling, accuracy, consistency, placement, and overall setting quality.

Hitting/Spiking (15 minutes)

Players will form three hitting lines and will hit from the three most common hitting zones: outside, middle, and opposite. Each line will have a specified target for players to hit in order to evaluate how well the player can control the hit. Evaluators will be looking for how well the player can hit the ball taking into consideration the approach, arm swing, power, consistency, and accuracy of ball placement.

Serving (10 Minutes)

Players will serve to one of three targets on either side of the court with the goal being to serve the ball as close as possible to the assigned targets without hitting the serve out or into the net. Evaluators will assess how well the player can serve the ball over the net and to the assigned target, looking for serving accuracy, power, consistency, and versatility.

Scrimmage (40 minutes)

Each player will play a simulated game and will play all 6 rotations around the court. Players will then be asked to switch courts or teams based on skills and continue to play until Evaluators have had the chance to see them play in all 6 rotations. Evaluators will be assessing the combined skills of each player including volleyball IQ, defense/blocking, rotating, court spacing, reaction time, depth perception, speed, competitiveness, and all-around volleyball skill.

Each player is required to participate in all of the drills outlined and will be rated based on their overall performance in all of the categories. Failure or poor performance in one skill does not necessarily exclude someone from placing into a higher division or automatically include them in a lower division. A player's all-around performance will ultimately be the criteria by which the Committee will rate them into a division. At the end of each clinic, all players will receive their official rating for the upcoming season. All rating disputes must be communicated to the Committee Chair as soon as possible in order to officially protest the rating.

Join Before Getting Rated!

If I am not rated yet can I still register for the season? 

You're still eligible to register for the season prior to getting evaluated. You'll need to choose the division for Unrated Players. Once you attend a new member clinic your registration will automatically convert to the appropriate division the night you receive your rating (as long as there are still spots open). Registering early does not guarantee you a spot in the upcoming season though. We highly recommend you attend one of the early New Member Clinics to receive your rating. Joining LSVA is a two-step process – evaluation and registration. If you receive your rating after your division is full, you will not be placed on a team but your money will be refunded.


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