2018 Girls Elite Tryout Details (Be sure to find your age group):

Not looking for Elite? Click here for our Regional Program details.

PLEASE NOTE: We always work to be as informative as possible heading into our 17U tryouts since there are typically fewer spots open and we want to make sure you are able to find a club that has opportunities at your position before trying out. At this time, we are looking for a setter and a middle/rightside for our 17 Elite group. Due to the number of athletes returning, we do not have space at outside or libero.

17U (Typically Juniors)

  • Date: Sunday, October 28th

  • Time: 5:00-6:30pm

  • Location: Fairview South (7040 Laramie Ave, Skokie)

  • Tryout Registration: $25 - Click here to register

  • See below for season details and pricing

***If you are still on a High School roster at the time of tryouts you are not able to play during the tryout due to IHSA regulations. We require that you still register for your correct date based on your age and attend the tryout to meet with our staff. Please also email derek@division1vbc.com to let us know you’re interested in D1 but still on a High School roster. Please let us know if you have any questions!***

Division1 Elite Girls 2018/19 Season Details: 

Division1 Elite teams feature the highest level of training available and compete in regional and national tournaments. Our Elite program is available to 12U-18U girls (6th-12th Graders). Athletes in our Elite program are dedicated to the sport of volleyball and have a variety of goals including mastering their skills, making their school team, playing college volleyball, and competing for the highest level of success. For athletes looking for a different level of commitment, we also offer a Regional Program.

  • Season Length: December through Junior Nationals in June

  • Practice Schedule: Three practices per week in December, two practices per week in remaining months

  • Practice Length: 2-2.5 hours. Most practices will be two hours, but some will include 30 minute positional or conditioning training beforehand.

  • Practice Locations: Fairview South School (7040 Laramie Ave, Skokie) or Park View School (6200 Lake Street, Morton Grove

  • Tournaments: 2-3 per month

  • Price: Click here for High School Program Overview and here for Middle School Program Overview. At Division1, we believe in providing the most comprehensive and inclusive cost up front to our members - meaning no hidden fees! When comparing to other clubs, be sure to ask about summer training, tournament fees, uniforms, positional practices, total # of practices/weeks... and also feel free to ask us about our program! We believe in having a family atmosphere at Division1 and want you to feel comfortable before making this big decision. Please email our Director, Derek Jensen, at Derek@Division1VBC.com with questions.

The Division1 Advantage

  • Master Coaching System: We incorporate a master coaching system to ensure every player in our gym is receiving the highest quality training possible. Our master coaches plan practice ahead of time and provide additional feedback to players and coaches from every team during practice.

  • Elite Coaching Staff: Without a question, we employ the most accomplished coaches in club volleyball. Led by 2x NCAA National Champion Kris Berzins alongside D1 Owner Derek Jensen, we have several coaches that are either currently coaching collegiate volleyball or have done so in the past.

  • Positional Training: For the first 4 weeks of the season, we bring in specialized coaches to train our players by position. These will be bonus practices on top of the standard two practices per week and will allow players to improve quickly on the techniques necessary to excel at their position. Periodically throughout the season, players will also come in 30 minutes before practice to continue developing these position specific skills.

  • Strength, Conditioning and Plyometrics: Division1 is dedicated to "Training with a Purpose" and we know we can't accomplish this purpose without building the complete athlete. Being in volleyball shape is as important as knowing the skills of the game, and we don't take any part of the game for granted. Strength, conditioning and plyometrics will be built into our practices as well as focused on during pre-practice training sessions.

  • Collegiate Connections: Many clubs will claim to provide recruiting advice or support during the recruitment process, but we have the resources and experience to compete with any club in the Chicago area. Because our staff includes coaches from every level of collegiate volleyball, we know the names and faces of college coaches across the country. And more importantly we know the best way to get their attention!

  • Additional Offerings: Division1 members have access to the top trainers in the area. We know that many of our members are looking to receive additional training - over the course of the year we offer private/group lessons, sand volleyball, positional and all skills camps, recruiting seminars and much more. We know what it takes to succeed and make sure our athletes have the tools necessary to be the Division 1 version of themselves.

  • Professional Organization: We employ two full-time Directors, Kris Berzins and Derek Jensen, as well as an Assistant Director, Ben Jacobson, in order to provide the most comprehensive club experience possible. We are constantly praised by our members for our communication and attention to detail.

  • Family Atmosphere: We don't just say it, we live it. As a family company, we hold our values very close and treat every player's family as if they are our own. We know club sports aren't just a part of the athletes life, they involve all members of the family - and we work to provide an open, comfortable and rewarding club experience.