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High School Elite Program Tryouts

Tryout Details

  • When:
    • 15-16U: 9:00-11:00am on Sunday, October 27th
    • 17-18U: 5:00-7:00pm on Sunday, November 3rd
  • Where: 15/16U will be at LoVerde Recreation Center in  Niles, while our 17/18U tryouts will be held at Fairview South in Skokie
  • Registration: Click here to sign up for tryouts!
  • What to Expect: Our tryout process will evaluate performance on a range of skills specific to the athlete's primary position, along with more general skills and concepts appropriate to their age group. Time will be split between skill work and scrimmage-based drills, and our full program staff will be on rotation between all courts to keep our training environment fast-paced and high energy.  We understand the pressure associated with a tryout, and do our best to help all athletes treat this process as if it were any other night of practice - nobody wants you to succeed on the court more than us!
  • What to Bring: Please have the following items prepared to help you on your way to a successful tryout!
    • USAV Registration. USA Volleyball requires each athlete to purchase a $10 tryout membership fee to cover the athlete at any USAV/Great Lakes Region tryout. Click here for registration instructions and to register online. Please bring proof of your USAV registration with you to the tryout. 
      • If you participated in a club volleyball season last year, you likely already have a USAV membership. A full season membership is valid until October 31st, which may cover you for our tryouts but you will need to renew your registration when it expires later this Fall. Proof of registration is still required during check-in at tryouts, so please come prepared. 
    • Court shoes, knee pads, braces, or any other necessary gear.
    • Lots of energy and a positive attitude!

Not looking for Elite? Click here to check out our Regional Program

Elite Program Information

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. 

  • 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: We believe in providing the most comprehensive and inclusive cost up front to our members - meaning no hidden fees! We feel it is important to maintain a family atmosphere and want you to feel comfortable before making this big decision. For a full breakdown of costs and comparison between programs click the link below, and feel free to email our Director, Derek Jensen, at with any questions.

Is This Program Right For Me?

Planning for a full club season and finding the right fit for your needs can be exhausting, but we want to help by providing as much information as possible! At Division1 VBC, our goal is that each family knows exactly what they are signing up for, what they will get out of their season, and what it will cost with 100% transparency. For detailed description of our Elite Program, list of advantages that being part of the D1 Family provides, and a cost breakdown between our Elite and Regional programs, check out the information on this page and our program comparison sheet in the link above!

Experience The D1fference

  • Master Coaching System:  We implement 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 have a list of the most accomplished coaches in club volleyball. Led by 2x NCAA National Champion Kris Berzins, we have several coaches that are either currently coaching collegiate volleyball or have done so in the past.
  • Positional Training: For the first month of the season, we bring in additional 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:  We are 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 more first-hand experience than 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:  Our 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, Derek Jensen, and Director of Boys Volleyball, Kris Berzins, 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.