NorthShore Program Options
Travel Players attend all practices and travel to tournaments for competition. Playing time is not guaranteed for any player. The number of travel players on a team may vary, depending on offensive/defensive systems. Teams will be capped at 15 players, including travel and practice players. Teams will typically consist of 8-12 travel players.
Practice players are trained as part of the travel team, but do not participate in tournaments. Each travel team will have 3-6 practice players. Practice players may be asked to participate in a tournament if a travel player is injured, sick, or otherwise unable to participate. This is a great option for families that can’t commit to a full tournament schedule, and is a valuable alternative to individual/group lessons and camps.
Developmental players are trained as a team but do not travel to tournaments. Players are trained in teams with positions and learn serving/passing, setting/attacking, offensive/defensive strategies. Developmental teams will scrimmage in-house and potentially with other area teams. Developmental teams will be capped at 15 players to ensure efficient practices and maximize opportunities for improvement.
NorthShore traditionally runs a Winter season from mid-December until early March and a Spring season from early March until the beginning of June. That will continue to be an option, but we may also offer a hybrid season if there are enough players interested in traveling to larger tournaments and committing to more intense coaching and competition.
Teams will typically participate in four to six 2-day events during the Winter and Spring seasons. Locations usually include Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit, and Northern Indiana. A hybrid season would consist of 8-10 larger events, possibly including Cleveland, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Chicago.