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The Virginia Venom will be holding volleyball tryouts for its 2015-16 season Aug. 1 and 2 at Warhill High School.
Tryouts are split into four age groups that include 12-and-under, 13 to 14, 15 to 16 and 17 to 18.
The two younger age groups will try out at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1, while the older age groups will hit the courts at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 2.
The tryouts, which are free of charge, will last roughly two hours and will be a full assessment of skill levels and athleticism.
Virginia Venom volleyball is for “girls who want to play collegiately,” said Venom and Warhill head coach Greg Koon. “We try to get them exposed to all available opportunities to them.”
While the tryouts are going to be competitive, with players competing for 10 spots on each first team, Venom offers second teams for players who still need development.
Played by girls at the varsity level locally, Virginia Venom will attempt to field a boys volleyball team this year.
Koon expects the boys team to consist of players 14-and-under, but hopes more male players of all age groups come to try out.
“We’ve been working with eight boys during our Summer Grassroots Program and we expect at least eight coming out, which is good for a boys team,” he said.
While players work through the tryouts, parents will have the opportunity to meet with coaches to get more information about the financial and time obligations of playing Venom volleyball.
One of Koon’s biggest selling points for Venom volleyball is the coaching staff he has assembled, which he referred to as “second to none.”
“[Venom players] are going to have a prime opportunity to play for a coach that will make them better next year,” he said.
And while the tryouts will take place in a competitive setting, Koon wants to make sure all players get at least one thing out of the tryouts: fun.
“Come out and have fun, do your best and enjoy the experience,” he said. “It’s a game. It’s designed to be fun, so that should be the number one goal. Winning will be a result of them having fun and getting better.”
For more information about the Virginia Venom volleyball tryouts or to register, click here.