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12U/11U/10U Tryouts

Description of Team Levels

Division Teams Tournaments Number of Events* Season Length* Practices Per Week* Season Fee*
Regional 12U Girls Navy and Red Competition locally and within region (e.g., Rochester, Erie) 5-6 per season January – May 2 $1075
Local 12U Girls 12 White, 11U, Boys Gold Competition in Buffalo only 4-5 per season January – May 2 $900

*Number of Events: Events can be classified as Scrimmages or Tournaments and are usually one or two-day events. Events will be noted on each team page after rosters are posted.  Since the nature and quantity of girls and boys events is different, the club may need to equate the total number of "tournament days" in order to remain within each teams allotted budget.  Actual team schedules will be adjusted accordingly to remain within budget. Single day events are usually 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

*Season Length: The time spans listed above do not account for a break in the club season in the event that the high school volleyball season occurs in March and April. If the high school season does occur, the club will not hold weekday practices but may choose to practice on Sundays for those two months.

*Practices Per Week: 12U teams will practice twice per week on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

*Season Fees: The fees for our 12U program participants are different than those of older teams at similar levels (ex: National, Regional or Local)
If any pre-scheduled tournaments or practices need to be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, related fees will be refunded at the end of the season.

2020/2021 Season Tryout Dates

  • To be considered for an NFVB Girls or Boys team, you must attend one of the appropriate tryout dates listed below. Tryouts are $40.
  • Parents are not allowed in the building during the tryout sessions

Girls and Boys Tryouts

Grade Level Date #1 Time
Girls 5th Grade and younger Monday 12/14 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Boys 6th Grade and younger Monday 12/14 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Girls 6th Grade Wednesday 12/16 5:00 - 7:00 pm


STEP 1: Check NFVB Grade and USA Volleyball Age Level Table

Niagara Frontier feels that participating at your grade level allows more of our players to participate on teams with their peer groups. This also places players on teams with similar "years" of experience and maturity levels. The following Grade/Age table defines the relationships between Grade Levels, USA Volleyball Age Definitions and Team Age levels. For example: an 18U team will be comprised of a majority of high school seniors, 17U would be juniors and so on. This season, all players must tryout at their academic GRADE LEVEL. The staff will notify any players who fall into an alternate (older) division based on USA Volleyball restrictions.  The USA Volleyball Age Definition Chart can be used as a reference to verify your USAV age in the event that any player has been held back a grade and must participate at an older age group.

Rocco Lucci - Girls Director

Dan Johnson - Boys Director

Grade and Age Level Descriptions

Grade Level H.S. Grad Year Team Age NFVB "Grade-Level" Definition "Traditional" USAV Definition
6th Graders 2027 12U Teams with players who are in the 6th grade or below during the current academic year Teams with players born on or after July 1, 2008
5th Graders & Under 2028 and beyond 11U Teams with players who are in the 5th grade or below during the current academic year Teams with players born on or after July 1, 2009


GIRLS Tryouts

Please contact the Girls Club Director - Rocco Lucci - if you have any questions.

BOYS Tryouts

Please contact the Boys Club Director - Dan Johnson - if you have any questions.

FUTURE STEP: REGISTER WITH WEVA (Western Empire Volleyball Association)

WEVA is the club's sanctioning body which governs our policies and provides insurance for practices and events.  WEVA registration will be required for all participants playing in sanctioned tournaments. The club will contact NFVB team members when a WEVA membership must be obtained.

What Should I Expect at Tryouts?

NOTE: The info in the document below will be altered due to COVID regulations and social distancing practices as the tryout dates get closer.

How Do We Select Players?

Selection for Niagara Frontier Teams will be based upon the following criteria:

1. Player performance during tryouts (skill level, effort, interaction with coaches and other players, athleticism)

2. Athletic potential and development

3. Attitude, Attitude, Attitude

4. Level preference

5. Player evaluations from last year or previous club

6. Past history of parental involvement or behavior

We typically post final rosters one week after tryouts.  Exceptions will be made and noted on the website.