During tryouts, evaluators assess the athlete’s current ability to participate and be successful for the club season. This includes physical characteristics such as jumping ability, movement skills, speed, agility and co-ordination as well as height and arm mechanics.
The second critical component is Talent Identification, which is predicting an athlete’s future potential. We strive to identify physical, technical, tactical and psychological qualities that athletes will develop and contribute to individual and team excellence in the future. This talent identification component is an especially critical component at the younger ages and will override present skill level. By 16U-18U current ability becomes an increasingly stronger factor while considering character strengths and skills, including but not limited to; competitiveness in training and competition and supportive and respectful communication on, and off court.
“In-Catchment Policy” – As Thunder Volleyball Club’s mission is to stimulate the growth of the sport in Vancouver, we reserve the right to take residence/school location as a factor in selecting teams, especially at the 12U -15U levels. At the 16U-18U levels there will be limits to transfers based on competitive needs of the teams.