NorthShore Volleyball Programs and Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the 2024 Club Volleyball Season! 



We are excited to offer another year of instruction to athletes of all ages and ability. 

Welcome to the 2024 Club Volleyball Season! 

We are excited to offer another year of instruction to athletes of all ages and ability. 

There is a non-refundable $40 tryout fee.  You will be able to pay cash/check at tryouts, and there is also a Venmo link at the end of registration. 
Tryout Dates are: November 19th, November 26th, November 28th, and November 30th. For the full tryout schedule: Schedule.
All Tryouts are at the  YMCA South (3000 Racquet Club Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684).
Please fill out this form for each athlete trying out.

Best Practices for a Successful Registration and Season:

  1. Know your schedule ahead of time. Please review the season schedule for dates of activities (individual teams schedules may vary): Schedule
  2. New here? Check out our FAQ: 
  3. Remain up to date! Subscribe to our emails (if you haven’t already):
  4. Read the questions closely. 
  5. Show up to the tryouts at your scheduled time. We will email attendees with details.
All athletes must tryout even if they are looking for a developmental, or practice position. 

Questions: basic questions go to; big questions go to



Travel players participate in all practices and attend all tournaments as a member of competitive team. Each season consists of 4-6 tournaments/events. Some teams do a mix of 1-day and 2-day tournaments and some do only 2-day tournaments. Travel teams are very competitive and earning a spot on a top team is quite challenging.  We have travel teams for 12s (and under!), 13s, 14s (2 teams), 15s (2 teams), 16s (2 teams), 17s, and 18s (potentially 2 teams). 

Winter Travel Players
Our winter season starts in December, with possible training events during winter vacation. The season ends in early-to-mid March. The first tournament will be early January for most teams. Winter only costs – 850.  Some Winter only players may be invited to attend Nationals, but priority is given to spring only players with all other considerations being equal.  Winter plus National cost 1250. 
Spring NATIONAL Travel Players
Last year over half of our teams went to Nationals.  All teams are eligible to go to Nationals in June in Orlando, depending on interest and with Director approval. Each team is unique, but we expect all teams to work toward being a Nationals team. Spring season starts in early-to-mid March and finishes after Nationals in mid-to-late June. Spring National only cost: 1250. Winter travel plus Spring Nationals cost: 1900. Most teams do National Fundraising, so the cost is often reduced by 200-400. 
Spring non-national Travel Players
If Nationals is not your thing, we will have plenty of positions for athletes to play on a spring team! There will even be a few spots on some National teams for athletes not going to Nationals, so there are plenty of opportunities for athletes. Spring only cost: 850. Winter plus spring: 1500. 
Players are encouraged to participate in both Winter and Spring seasons (in some form) as this will help their placement on teams. 
Practices are most Tuesday and Thursday nights, and non-tournament Sundays.
Each travel team carries 4-6 practice players to reach an optimal team of 15-16 athletes. These players are a part of the team, but they don’t travel to tournaments unless a travel player has an injury or can’t come to a tournament for another reason. Practice players participate in all practices and drills and receive almost the same training as travel players. This is good for families that have other time commitments. It is also a valuable training opportunity without incurring the other costs of being a travel player. Practices are most Tuesday and Thursday nights, and non-tournament Sundays. Cost – 295 / season.


A group of 15-20 players is trained in fundamental skills through drills, team building, and game-like competitions. This program is great for newer-to-the-sport athletes, or athletes who need more fundamentals. They don’t participate in tournaments. The Developmental teams usually scrimmage other teams in-house toward the end of each season. Practices will be on Sundays. Cost – 245 / season.


Any athlete 15 years or older can join our Future Coaches program. Students are taught the fundamentals of practice planning, game strategy, volleyball rules, and much more. Most students also co-coach a 4th or 5th grade LEAP volleyball team! Class starts in January and meets about 6 times. Cost: 50. 
This season the the YMCA fees are rolled into the player costs in lieu of memberships for each player.

One season no Nationals – 850
Two seasons no Nationals – 1500
One season with Nationals – 1250
Two seasons with Nationals – 1900
Practice/Developmental – 295/season
Future Coaches Program – 50

Why NorthShore?

Our mission is to provide the best Club Volleyball experience in Northern Michigan! We have a united and experienced coaching staff. We offer clinics, private lessons, and camps for all skill levels. We have a culture of respect for each other as well as a love for the game of volleyball.

Season / Practices

What are the seasons?
Tryouts: End of November (Dates TBD)
Winter season: December 2021 – early March, 2022
Spring season: early March 2022 – mid June, 2022

When are practices?
We practice Tuesdays, Thursdays, and non-tournament Sundays at the YMCA South or another gym in TC. Weekday practices are 4:00-6:00, 5:30-7:30, or 7:00-9:00. Sunday practice times rotate, but will be between 10:00am-6:00pm. Times may change this season to reduce numbers in the gym at any one time. 

What’s covered by fees?
Fees cover coaching costs, gym space, equipment, uniform tops, tournament registrations, etc. They do not cover other travel fees including gas/food/lodging.

Are payment plans available?
Yes, the standard payment plans are monthly but we can be flexible in finding something that works for your family.

Where are tournaments?
Tournaments are in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit, Fort Wayne, and a few teams will be going to Cleveland for one tournament. Some teams may also be going to AAU Nationals in Orlando, Florida.


Trying Outs FAQ

When are tryouts?
We have one main tryout for Winter AND Spring season at the end of November. We often offer a spring tryout for our spring season. However, this is just to fill a few spaces for spring teams.

Do you have tryouts for beach volleyball?
At this point, tryouts are unnecessary, as we have plenty of space for players. 

What are you looking for in a player? Do I  need to be the best player on my middle school / high school team?
We are looking for any player who has a good attitude, a solid work ethic, and a commitment to teammates. We are here to provide the best possible volleyball experience for players of any skill level. We offer multiple programs for all skills levels.

Can we tryout for other clubs and still try out for NorthShore?

Yes. However, other clubs may set a deadline to commit to a team well before our tryouts even begin.

Can we travel/practice for another club and also travel/practice for NorthShore?
Not at this time. We want players to focus completely on the teams they are on.

Can you guarantee a spot for my child if she’s been offered a spot at another club? It depends. Each year we place over 98 percent of the players who try out and wish to be part of NorthShore. From travel players, to practice players, to developmental players, we have a lot to offer. If your player has been made an offer from another club and you would prefer to play for NorthShore, we suggest you email our director Travis Baker and discuss the details.

Can we play for another club and get private lessons from NorthShore coaches?
Yes. Please contact us for private volleyball lesson information.

Can I decline an offer?
Yes. Please respond as soon as possible so that position opens up for another player.