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The Williamsburg Volleyball Club will be holding tryouts for the 2016 season Sunday at Walsingham Academy.
Aspiring players from ages 8 to 18 can try out with their respective age groups during the first tryout Sunday, or during a second tryout date of Aug. 9.
There are four age groups, which are broken into ages 8 to 12, 13 to 14, 15 to 16 and 17 to 18.
The youngest age group will take the court from 9 to 10 a.m., the 13 to 14 age group will tryout from 10 a.m. to noon, the 15 to 16 age group will run from 1 to 3 p.m. and the oldest age group will take place from 3 to 5 p.m.
The Williamsburg Volleyball Club, which was founded more than 20 years ago, strives to provide players with an avenue to pursue playing volleyball in college.
While the club has seen regional and national success, the tryouts, which drew more than 100 girls last year, are inclusive and strive to provide an opportunity for every player to see the court in the upcoming season.
“We try not to cut anybody 14 and younger,” Ortiz said. “These are more placement tryouts. We try to provide enough coaches for the kids that tryout, and in the past we’ve been able to accommodate that.”
In the past, the Williamsburg Volleyball Club has fielded multiple teams in the older age groups in order to provide more opportunities for less experienced players to see playing time against similarly skilled opponents at a local or regional level.
For Ortiz, creating a comfortable tryout environment and providing opportunities for as many players as possible is the top priority.
“It’s a relaxed environment. Our goal is to help them achieve any goals they have related to volleyball,” he said. “The tryouts aren’t something to be afraid of. Come out and do your best. Just don’t worry.”
Players interested in trying out for the team should come dressed appropriately and ready to play volleyball. There is a one-time $20 registration fee for the tryout, which can be paid by cash or check 30 minutes before a player’s tryout time.
For more information about the Williamsburg Volleyball Club, click here.