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TNT was founded by volleyball parents that believe that volleyball should be fun and affordable. Through years of coaching and playing club volleyball, we believe that we have created the full club experience, for a significantly lower price.


2 most important aspects that we believe in:

All Players should improve their skill level

Volleyball should be fun for the players (and parents).


We believe that improving players is our main purpose. 

Players should improve their game, and have fun in the process.


FAQ


How is TNT's philosophy different from everyone else's?

TNT views volleyball as a game, and not a way to make money.  We feel it is our duty to create lifelong volleyball players, and not to just focus on winning tournaments or volleyball milestone such as making a middle school, high school or college team.  We believe that players that are having fun are much more likely to be successful than those not having fun.  95% of our 2017-2018 players rated their TNT experience Positive or Overwhelmingly Positive.

TNT also believes that the volleyball club experience should be fun for parents.  We do everything possible to take the drama out of the game.  We offer hotel parties for parents and players in the attempt to bring the whole club together.  We believe that the club volleyball experience does not end when the tournament is over.

 

Why are you so much cheaper than everyone else?

TNT is the only volleyball club in the area that is a registered non-profit corporation.  This means that we don't mark up our club fees with the purpose of making a profit.  We don't employ an administrative staff.  We don't charge players for extra sessions that they don't use.  We don't hire full time coaches or trainers.  We don't force players to overpay for an extravagant uniform package.  We limit the amount of travel on each team to be mindful of parents time and money.  Our goal is to make volleyball affordable to all, while providing you with everything needed to grow as a player, and have fun playing volleyball.

How many players are on a team?

Our guideline is Minimum 9, Maximum 11, with the ideal being 10.  There are cases when a team may take additional players, but our desire is to never go to a tournament with more than 11 players on the bench.  While many volleyball clubs tell you that you are paying for practice time, we fully understand that players don't want to sit on the bench during tournaments because there are too many players on the team.

How long is the season?

Tryouts are usually the end of October/Early November.  Teams start practicing together around December 1.  Tournaments begin in January, and we try to end the season by April 15.

Why are your tryouts on a different date than all of the other clubs?

TNT does not register with USA Volleyball and only participates in tournaments that don't require USA Volleyball membership.  This allows us to conduct tryouts whenever we desire.  We are not tied to the tryout dates prescribed by USA Volleyball.  Simply put, we can make our own rules, which, in our opinion, is a major differentiator between TNT and other clubs.

 

Why do you register as AAU and not USA Volleyball?

There are a few reasons that TNT has not affiliated with USA Volleyball.  First is cost.  There is an additional cost on players and clubs that are part of USA Volleyball.  Second, the rules.  There are a considerable amount of rules that a club and player needs to follow when affiliated with USA Volleyball.  Third, we feel that the competition level we can experience by playing in AAU and JVA rivals what we would experience by playing USA Volleyball.  By not affiliating with USA Volleyball, TNT can reduce the costs to parents, and reduce the time and cost associated with club overhead, allowing TNT to focus on improving players and having fun.  If coaches, parents and players start believing that TNT needs to register with USA volleyball, we would be glad to revisit the decision.  Remember, we make our own rules.

Aren't AAU tournaments much weaker competition?

The only people that tell you that AAU tournaments are weak are those that have not been to an AAU tournament. In fact, most of the largest tournaments in the area have all started leaving USA Volleyball and joining AAU or JVA.  This means that TNT can now enter Irish Rumble or the MLK tournament in Lancaster.  These tournaments draw the best teams from the area.  As a matter of fact, many of the top teams in the area all attend the AAU National Championship tournament.  Why would they do that if AAU volleyball was inferior?  We at TNT consider ourselves pioneers in this area!  Other clubs have already started following our lead by offering AAU teams.

How much team travel should we expect?

Single day tournaments are generally within 60-90 minutes from home.  TNT teams will participate in 1-2 multi-day tournaments.  These tournaments may vary by team, but generally speaking, they are all within 2 hours from home. 

 

If the focus is on having fun, does that mean you don't care about winning?

We believe that having fun and winning are connected.  If a player is having fun, she wants to be there, and she is working hard.  When a player works hard, they improve their skill level.  When the entire team improves their collective skill level, the team wins.  The minute the team focus is shifted to winning, there is an added level of pressure placed on the players and coaches that takes away from having fun.  While we totally agree that winning is fun, we also believe that a team that has fun is far more likely to win.

What if my daughter has aspirations of playing in college?

TNT has 4 coaches that have coached or are currently coaching college teams.  In addition, there are multiple TNT coaches that have played college volleyball.  As a small club, TNT can offer the one on one help to build connections and navigate a player through the college process.  For the sake of cost, TNT does not enter large national tournaments that require airfare and expensive hotels.  However, TNT does attend large local tournaments that college coaches frequently attend.  If you develop a passion for the game, and want to continue playing in college, TNT can help you get there.

What if I want to try out for TNT as well as other clubs?

You will notice that TNT tryouts are a week before all of the other clubs.  That is because TNT is not registered with USA Volleyball and therefore does not have to follow USA Volleyball tryout rules (That is a good thing).  Our bid process will give players 48-72 hours to decide if they want to accept the TNT offer.  In fairness to those players that are committed to playing TNT, we have decided to not leave an offer open for a week to allow a girl to try out for USA Volleyball clubs and compare the other offers that they may receive.  We made this decision because our mission is to provide a no drama experience.  Families that want to be part of TNT are more likely to embrace that philosophy. We hope that this decision does not translate into talented girls leaving TNT to play for other clubs. However, if families feel the need to spend thousands of dollars more for the ability to fly to exotic locations like Raleigh, Columbus or Minnesota to play volleyball, we understand.  

Does TNT hand out offers before tryouts?

USA Volleyball (KRVA) has started allowing teams to make offers prior to tryouts.  TNT believes all players should have a fair chance to make the team, and does not hand out early offers.  When you try out at TNT, you will be evaluated by multiple coaches in order to get as many perspectives and opinions as possible.  We pride ourselves on being a family at TNT, but we also pride ourselves on being fair to all players.

What is your position on playing time?

The age old question that never has a clear cut answer because of so many factors.  Our position on playing time is that all players will play an important role on the team.  We will never bring a player to a tournament and make them sit on the bench all day long.  Coaches will do their best to ensure that a player does not sit in back to back games (sets).  However, there are certain factors that contribute to how much playing time a player receives:

  1. Position played - certain positions will carry more playing time than others, such as a setter.  Parents and players are instructed to not judge their value to the team based solely on time on the court.
  2. Skill set - As a general rule of thumb, strong hitters will play front row.  Strong passers will play back row.  Strong servers will get a chance to serve, and strong setters will set.  Players with a well-rounded skill set are more likely to see more court time than a player with a less rounded skill set.  Coaches will work on improving player skills in all areas of the game during practice.
  3. Players Attitude and willingness to try new positons - Players that are willing to work hard in practice, learn new positions, and do whatever is asked of them by the coach will be more likely to see more court time during a tournament than a player that refuses to play a different position than what they want. 
  1. Game situation - Coaches will have the discretion to change lineups in must-win situations, such as playoffs.  While we still try to allow all payers to contribute to the team success, there may be cases where a coach alters the lineup in a must-win situation in order to achieve team success.  Every match during a tournament will not be considered a must-win situation.
  1. Discipline reasons - Coaches may have a reason for limiting a players court time.  If so, this will be clearly communicated to the player. 

Clearly, playing time is the biggest contributor to a player/parents unhappiness.  We will do everything possible to ensure all players understand their role on the team as it pertains to playing time, and that all players feel that they contribute to the team's success.


 

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