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HEALTH & SAFETY

 

WHAT ARE ENCORE’S HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS?

ENCORE is committed to the continued health and well-being of our athletes, families and coaches. New policies and protocols that meet or exceed CDC and the State of California health recommendations are in place. Please see below for our current health & safety measures and all pertinent information.

GENERAL HEALTH & SAFETY REMINDERS

- Use hand sanitizer when entering, exiting and during water breaks.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. 

- Stay home if sick. 

ENCORE MASK POLICY

 

Masks are not required. 

DO YOU HAVE A VENTILATION SYSTEM?

Yes, we have a ventilation system that continually exchanges internal air with external air.  

 

PROGRAMS

 

HOW DO I GET ON AN EMAIL LIST?

Email recruiting@encorevolleyball.com to be added to our email list.

DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE LESSONS?

Yes. Please contact leadership@encorevolleyball.com to set up a private lesson with the coach directly.

DO ALL TEAMS ATTEND A POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT?

Yes, by committing to Encore for the club season you are committing to a post-season tournament event at the end of June for most power teams and age-levels. 

 

WHAT AGE GROUP SHOULD MY CHILD TRY OUT FOR?

USAV Age Group Definitions for the upcoming season can be viewed HERE.

 

WHAT KIND OF A TIME COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED FOR THE CLUB SEASON?

Power 1 & Power 2 Teams

  • Practice 3x per week, practice duration is 2 hours 

    • Practice days & times are consistent and hosted at our facility in Redwood City: 2575 E Bayshore Rd., Redwood City, CA 

    • Practice time blocks are typically 3:45 - 5:45pm, 5:45-7:45pm & 7:45 - 9:45pm (11u-14u are typically in the earliest 2 time blocks)

  • Sports Performance is included in some of our 1's team packages and for all others we offer an a la carte option. We have an in-house Director of Sports Performance Director - Ali Karver

  • 1 local pre-season tournament  

  • 2-3 traveling tournaments (USAV Qualifiers) *depends on age, younger age groups travel less

  • Play in league (3 weekends) *league is played in the Bay Area & Roseville at the Grounds

  • Nike uniform and practice gear included 

  • Mindset Coach: we are partnered with Courtney Thompson

  • MVPCAST is included in some of our 1's team packages and for all others we offer an a la carte option. MVPCAST is used to livestream and record practices & matches

Power 3 & 4 Teams  

  • Power 3 & 4 teams are geared toward families that are seeking less of a time & travel commitment 

  • Practice 2x per week, practice duration is 2 hours 

    • Practice days & times are consistent and hosted at our facility in Redwood City: 2575 E Bayshore Rd., Redwood City, CA 

    • Practice time blocks are typically 3:45 - 5:45pm, 5:45-7:45pm & 7:45 - 9:45pm (11u-14u are typically in the earliest 2 time blocks)

  • Sports Performance is offered as an a la carte option. We have an in-house Director of Sports Performance Director - Ali Karver

  • 1 local pre-season tournament 

  • 1 travel tournament (USAV Qualifier)

  • Play in league (3 weekends) *league is played in the Bay Area & Roseville at the Grounds

  • Nike uniform and practice gear included 

  • Mindset Coach: we are partnered with Courtney Thompson

  • MVPCAST is offered as an a la carte option to livestream and record practices & matches

WHAT IS THE COST OF THE INDOOR CLUB SEASON?

ENCORE’s cost is consistent and competitive with high-caliber elite volleyball clubs in the Northern California region. Cost varies by age group and team, with our younger teams costing less than our older teams. All cost information is readily available at tryouts. Club dues cover league tournaments, travel tournaments, practices, uniforms, registration/membership fees, administrative costs, coaching expenses, and equipment costs. Families are separately responsible for travel tournament costs which are paid a la carte throughout the season plus any travel expenses and room and board.

HOW LONG IS THE INDOOR SEASON?

Girls indoor season runs from November through May for teams 11 and under, and from November through the end of June for our teams 12 and older. 

 

HOW MANY INDOOR TEAMS DO YOU TAKE?

ENCORE typically fields four teams per age group with approximately 12 players on each team. Many age groups will offer 4 or more teams per age group. It is our goal to offer a roster spot to all student-athletes that want to play at Encore.

 

WHEN ARE INDOOR TRYOUTS?

For Girls: 14 and under team tryouts are  in early October. For girls 15 and older, tryouts are taking place in late July. Click here for tryout information and registration. All cost information, coaching information, practice days/times, and schedules are released the weekend of each tryout.

 

HOW YOUNG CAN MY DAUGHTER BE TO PARTICIPATE?

Our youngest age group offered for girls is our indoor K-6th grade Juniors Program. Our youngest age group offered for year-round competitive club competition is our 11 and under team program for Girls. Please click to view Encore Juniors.

 

WHAT PROGRAMS DO YOU OFFER?

ENCORE offers several year-round indoor volleyball camp and clinic opportunities for Girls (open registration). We also offer a comprehensive Agility & Strength program. Our college-preparatory indoor club team program for Girls has seasonal tryouts every year and is highly competitive.

TRYOUT PROCESS

WHO ARE YOUR COACHES FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON?

Please click here to meet the team.

HOW MANY TEAMS DO YOU HAVE?

Please click here to view how many teams we plan to have for the upcoming season.

WHAT IS THE TRYOUT PROCESS? 

Our goal is to provide a home for all student-athletes that want to play at Encore and we do our best to facilitate as many teams as necessary to do so. The day of tryouts our age group coaches, lead evaluators and leadership team will run all athletes through a series of skill specific drills and team play; during this time we are working diligently to assess where each athlete should be in order to optimize their growth. You can expect communication from our leadership team & coaches within 24-48 hours of the conclusion of tryouts. Please keep your ringer on so that we can get a hold of you.  

HOW DOES THE OFFER PROCESS WORK? 

- We have a leadership committee that is dedicated to overseeing the offer process. 

- Once your tryout session closes we will address all athletes together in order to talk about next steps and how our offer process works. We will then dismiss them. 

- Our age group coaches meet with the leadership committee immediately after tryouts and will start calling athletes and their parents directly to make official offers.

- PLEASE KEEP YOU RINGER ON

- Everyone can expect a call and/or email within 24-48 hours. 

- Please don't get discouraged if you don't talk to a coach at the tryout. Our coaches are asked to meet with leadership immediately following the session and will not be available to talk in person. 

It is our goal that the tryout process is run professionally in order to create an optimal experience for all athletes. If you have any immediate questions you can text the Director, Ali Magner, at 503-686-4117. Please note that response times might be delayed due to high volume during tryouts

DUES & PAYMENT

I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MY BALANCE - WHO DO I CONTACT?

Please email leadership@encorevolleyball.com for any questions regarding finance or balance information.   

Our EIN is 35-2604565. Please consult with your tax professional.

REFUND POLICY

REFUND POLICY - INDOOR SEASON 

Required initial payments for registration are non-refundable. Full program fees are expected and will not be refunded for any reason after completing participation in 25% of the program schedule. If you leave the program voluntarily, the remainder of the program fees will be collected on the date we are notified of your departure. Particular circumstances, such as significant injury, that limit the continued participation in the program, will be considered for an exception on a case-by-case basis. 

REFUND POLICY - CAMPS & CLINICS

No refunds will be given for cancellations after specified program cut-off date. There is a $75 administration fee (per camp/clinic) for ALL cancellations prior to specified program cut-off date.