CLUB CACTUS JUNIORS YOUTH VOLLEYBALL ACADEMY
TRANSITION TO CLUB VOLLEYBALL
The following information and timeline are for young athletes that have participated in the Youth Academy program and are ready to transition to playing on of CCJ's competitive teams. Please check out our website and social media for current information as it becomes available.
The following timeline assumes an athlete interested in our 12U or 13U/14U programs:
DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR
CCJ Youth Academy Sessions are available for 14U, 13U, 12U, 11U, 10U athletes that want to practice, but not compete on a competitive team yet. These practice sessions are held during the current club volleyball season.
DURING THE SUMMER (JUNE-JULY)
During the summer, our competitive teams are practicing for National Tournaments. If you are in town during the summer, our Youth Academy's summer session is available in June and the YA Summer Camp is in July.
In addition, many of our club coaches are working at the following camps:
DURING THE FALL BEFORE THE CLUB SEASON (ENTERING 5TH/6TH OR 7TH/8TH GRADE)
Most of our club's 11U/12U or 13U/14U athletes are in the Fall Session of the Youth Academy or the Advanced Academy, which is provided as a prep for the upcoming club season.
There's not much going on for club volleyball at this time since there is no competitive teams training during the high school season (August-November) so we're busy in the Youth Academy with those athletes in the 8th grade or younger.
Check our website for current information for the upcoming season. We'll host an Informational Meeting in October and the website will be updated with new information regarding our competitive teams, player evaluations and tryouts, USA Volleyball memberships, tournament schedules, and tuition fees.
In the meantime, please check out About Us, Why CCJ, and review the information listed under Member Resources for the polices, procedures, expectations, etc of athletes and families participating in our competitive team programs.
NOVEMBER (CLUB TRYOUTS!)
As soon as the high school season is completed, the Arizona Region will allow volleyball clubs to hold their tryouts. There is an official Tryout Date that will be announced in September. CCJ will host a number of Open Houses (Player Evaluations) before each Team Selection weekend to prepare athletes for the tryouts.
DECEMBER-MAY (CLUB VOLLEYBALL SEASON)
Now that you've transitioned from the Youth Academy to a competitive club team, get ready to work! Once you've accepted a roster position for the season, you will be a part of the team for the season.
Practices. Training begins in December with a short break for the Holidays and practices are now three times a week.
Tournaments. Competition begins in January and will go until mid-May. Except at least 2 tournaments a month in the Phoenix area. Unfortunately, most of the club teams are in Phoenix, so we have to travel... a lot.
For reference, here is the current Team Tournament Schedules for our competitive programs
Cactus Classic Invitational. All of our CCJ teams participate in our own three-day tournament during MLK Weekend. This event attracts teams from Phoenix, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Hermosillo, Mexico!