Competitive Teams FAQ's 

Tryouts

Tryouts are generally held mid to late September and some teams may have additional tryouts in October.  The Ballhawks club follow the Ontario Volleyball Association's (OVA) policy for tryout windows.   Please refer to the OVA's website for further information.   

Practices

Competitive teams practice 2-3 times per week, from October to April. Practices are typically 90 minutes in length, and run weekday evenings but due to gym availability, may have some Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Tournaments

Tournaments are run by the Ontario Volleyball Association, and teams generally compete in one age-group event per month, culminating in the Provincial Championships in April.  The standard season has five tournaments (incl Provincials). These events are held throughout Southwestern Ontario, however older-age teams may have to travel to more distant locations, occasionally requiring an overnight stay.

Note:  Coaches will often elect to compete in additional events.  Some teams may compete in tournaments in the United States.  The cost for AAU registration for players and tournament costs are not included in the base registration.  Some teams may also go on to compete in the Canadian National Championships in May.  These costs are not included in the base registration unless specifically noted at the beginning of the season. 

Cost

Registration fees for recent seasons for full competitive teams [U13-U18] have been between $600-$950. The fee covers such costs, not all, as:

        –OVA player, team, coach registration fees, coach and club costs

        –Uniforms

        –Practice gym times

        –Equipment

        –Tournament entry fees to all provincial age-division tournaments (4) and  Provincials

Teams may fundraise to offset costs associated with competing in additional events.

Practice Player Fee:  Any athlete registered as a practice player for a specific team, the fee is $175 which includes OVA Player registration, practice T-shirt, gym times and equipment.

For the upcoming 2022-23 season, the Ballhawks VC will be holding tryouts for:

                      Competitive Teams

      Girls                                            Boys

U13 (born 2010/11) *                     U14 (born 2009/10)   

U14 (born 2009) *                        U15 (born 2008) 

U15 (born 2008) *                        U16 (born 2007) 

U16 (born 2007) *                        U17 (born 2006)  

U17 (born 2006)                          U18 (born 2005/4)

U18 (born 2005/4)

                                                                               

* multiple teams at each of these levels is planned to be offered if sufficient interest and as determined by the club during tryouts.

                      Development Teams

Following Mini/Jr Ballhawks program:

Girls U12 and U11 (born 2011 and 2012) - starting late Nov