2014 F.A.Q.’s

 

Freshmen FAQ (6)

When is the EHS Volleyball Camp

The Camp will be posted here and on the EHS website.  Please check back later for information.

The camp generally runs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm each day.

We will be running a half day Camp for Middle school and incoming freshmen players..  It is not mandatory but it is a great way to get some instruction and development from the High School Coaching staff.   There is a reasonable fee (generally around $65.00) which, after expenses, goes to support the Volleyball Booster’s Club.  The Flyer and registration information for the camp will be available on this site.

When are the dates for preseason and tryouts?

Preseason for all sports (except Football) generally begins on a Monday in Mid August (including incoming freshmen).  Players are expected to attend all preseason activities including tryouts.   Important information about tryouts is posted here.  Tryouts generally last for 3-4 days and practices begin thereafter.

What do I need for Tryouts?

You must have completed the forms and instructions found here: http://ehs.sau16.org/ehs/athletics/forms.cfm

Forms include:

1.    Mandatory Items

a.    Medical form (you must have a physical exam from your doctor that is less than a year old upon attending tryouts.

b.    Emergency Form and Release (signed by player and parent)

c.     Player’s Code of Ethics (Contract) (signed by player and parent)

d.    Confirmation that you have seen the sports video offered by the Athletic Department

2.    Other Things to consider or bring

a.    Sneakers (preferably Volleyball Sneakers or non marring cross trainers) (Please do not wear your sneakers to the gym, players typically carry sneakers and wear sandals, flip-flops, etc.).

b.    Knee pads (optional but recommended, especially for Freshmen players)

c.     A T-shirt and spandex or shorts.

d.    A water bottle

e.    A great attitude and a the ability to have fun and try hard!

3.    What not to wear!

a.    Jewelry or piercings of any kind (hair ties and flat barrettes are OK.  Medical or Religious medals must be taped to the skin)

b.    Ripped clothing of any kind.

c.     T-Shirts with inappropriate logos or sayings (We’ll know it when we see it).

How do I find the schedule?

The Schedule will be posted here  as it becomes available.  It is strongly recommended that you check with your coach Directly or check the schedule before you leave your house for any scheduled event as changes to happen.  Typically, during preseason, Freshmen will practice at night during the first week and may move to the mornings on the second week.  Once School begins, they will practice every day directly after school and play an 16-18 match schedule.  Transportation to and from Away matches is provided by the school.  Late buses at Exeter have been discontinued so players will need to be picked up from practice.

Will there be cuts?

While we wish we had the resources to take all players, volleyball is very popular in Exeter and unfortunately there will likely be cuts and they could happen at all grades.  We ask all parents to prepare their daughters for that possibility and let them know that giving their best effort should never be looked upon as a failure.  We like to remind players that many a great player was initially cut from their high school team.   Try hard and regret nothing!

Often times we have parents and players come out for volleyball because they perceive it to be the “easiest” of the sports.  It is my experience that those players are shocked at what is required of them when they arrive.  Tryouts will be rigorous and volleyball is a demanding sport that requires fine motor skills, physicality and stamina.  We strongly recommend players come to tryouts fit and having practiced over the summer to reduce the risk of injury and  improve their chances.

What is the time commitment for freshmen volleyball players?

Generally the Freshmen team will practice every school day (directly after school) for approximately 2 hours.  They will play a minimum of 12 matches and as many as 18.  The Freshmen schedule does not run concurrently with JV and Varsity unless there are “triple headers” planned (days when all three teams play the same opponent).  The freshmen team does not usually practice on weekends but there could be times when the coach may call an extra practice on a Saturday or Sunday.  All players are expected to be at all practices.

General FAQ (3)

When are the dates for preseason and tryouts?

Preseason for all sports (except Football) generally begins on a Monday in Mid August (including incoming freshmen).  Players are expected to attend all preseason activities including tryouts.   Important information about tryouts is posted here.  Tryouts generally last for 3-4 days and practices begin thereafter.

What is the NHIAA rule regarding club sports (i.e. AAU or USA)?

Student athletes may not miss a high school athletic event (game, practice, tournament, etc) for club sports.  The Penalty for doing so is a four-match suspension or 3 weeks, whichever is greater.  An excerpt from the NHIAA Handbook:

Sect. 7 Non-School Competition, Paragraph A:

“…Whenever a conflict arises between the high school team practice/competition and an out-of-school
practice/competition on the same day, the high school team practice/competition must be honored by
the student athlete. Priority must be given at all times to the high school team, its practices, and its
contests unless a waiver has been granted by the principal and athletic director. It is expressly
understood that waivers shall not be granted on a regular basis and shall only be granted in
extraordinary circumstances.

Penalties: Any student athlete who violates this rule, unless a waiver has been granted as stated above,
for the first time shall be declared ineligible for the next four (4) consecutive interscholastic events or
three (3) weeks of a season in which the student athlete is a participant, whichever is greater. This
Penalty is effective from the date of his or her last participation in a high school sport. Any student
athlete who violates this rule a second time or subsequent time shall be declared ineligible for
participation in any high school sport for the balance of the school year.”

Academic Eligibility

High School Sports are intended to enhance the academic process and provide opportunities for students to remain active throughout their high school years.  The NHIAA provides standards by which every participating school and athlete must abide.  An excerpt from the NHIAA handbook follows:

Sect. 2: Scholastic Standing

Rationale for the Scholastic Standing Rule: The primary purpose of high schools is to academically
prepare students for productive contributions in their future lives. Interscholastic activity programs are an
extension of the classroom, and academic standards help ensure the balance between participation in the
activity and appropriate academic performance. In addition, interscholastic activity programs assist in the
educational development of all participants. Academic standards also promote the objective of graduation
from the institution and that student participants are truly representing their academic institution. Overall,
academic standards promote educational standards, underscore the education values of participating in
activities, encourage appropriate academic performance and allow the use of interscholastic participation
as a motivator for classroom performance.

Paragraph A. No pupil who has failed to pass four (4) units of work* during the school’s previous grading period**
shall represent the school in any interscholastic contest. A minimum of four (4) units of work per
grading period is required for participation in interscholastic athletics. Schools utilizing alternative
scheduling formats like block scheduling or trimesters should calculate and equate their system to
meet the intent of passing four (4) units of work in a traditional format (i.e. in a 4 x 4 block program
the student would need to pass a minimum of two (2) subjects to meet the standard). Recognizing that
schools are increasingly moving away from the Carnegie Unit/seat time hours for instruction and
grading, it is expected that the school principal will follow the intent of the By-Law when certifying
academic eligibility for student athletes. For example, a student could meet this requirement through
a virtual school, off site real world learning, on-line classes, etc. as long as the school officially
recognizes and certifies the activities to be academically legitimate and part of the school’s
educational program.

What Parents want to know... (3)

When are the dates for preseason and tryouts?

Preseason for all sports (except Football) generally begins on a Monday in Mid August (including incoming freshmen).  Players are expected to attend all preseason activities including tryouts.   Important information about tryouts is posted here.  Tryouts generally last for 3-4 days and practices begin thereafter.

Will there be cuts?

While we wish we had the resources to take all players, volleyball is very popular in Exeter and unfortunately there will likely be cuts and they could happen at all grades.  We ask all parents to prepare their daughters for that possibility and let them know that giving their best effort should never be looked upon as a failure.  We like to remind players that many a great player was initially cut from their high school team.   Try hard and regret nothing!

Often times we have parents and players come out for volleyball because they perceive it to be the “easiest” of the sports.  It is my experience that those players are shocked at what is required of them when they arrive.  Tryouts will be rigorous and volleyball is a demanding sport that requires fine motor skills, physicality and stamina.  We strongly recommend players come to tryouts fit and having practiced over the summer to reduce the risk of injury and  improve their chances.

Playing Time

Always an interesting topic of discussion.  Decisions about playing time will vary with each coach.  Attitude, ability, effort, loyalty and dedication are all factors that can affect playing time.   We also take into account the age level at which they are coaching when making playing time decisions (i.e. the younger the age group, the more consideration for playing time).  Remember too that players will enter and exit the game during a set or match based on their position (some players play back row only, and some play front row only).  We consider this PLAYING TIME!!  🙂 .

Playing time is not guaranteed at any level however we (the current coaching staff) have a general guideline.

  • Freshmen Level
    • Generally, all players should expect to play during matches and playing time is distributed on a fairly equal basis.  There are circumstances (especially at the Freshmen level) when players are not ready to play yet and a coach may choose to preserve confidence over playing time.
    • By the end of the season (the last few matches) Coaches will begin to play more competitively in hopes of preparing players for the next level (JV or Varsity).
  • JV
    • Players should generally expect time equal to their peers for the first 1/2 of the season except as noted above (players being ready and/or eligible to play).  In the third quarter of the season, the Head Coach will likely look to be more competitive while still attempting to get play time for everyone.  In the last quarter of the season the coach may choose to play competitively throughout (some players may not play in matches).
    • We believe this is a good way to prepare players for the Varsity Level and life in general.
  • Varsity
    • Playing time is simply not guaranteed at the varsity level.  With that said; We believe players participate in High School sports to learn and to compete.  Everyone is deserving of opportunity and every effort will be made to provide opportunity whenever prudent or possible.  There will be times when players do not get in matches.  In fact there may be several matches in a row where players do not play.   Players and parents should know that a team is the sum of its parts and whether you play in a match or not, the effort each individual gives to the team at practice or at matches is valued and contributes directly to the success of the team.

All decisions are made on a case by case basis and at the sole discretion of the coaching staff.   We promise to commit to the best possible combination of fairness and education while honoring the competitive nature of the sport.  Please do not discuss playing time with coaches on match days but rather wait 24 hours to contact the coach and set up a meeting.  Please also understand that based on our philosophy, conversations about playing time will be short.  Based on our experience and compared to our counterparts in the league, we believe this to be an extremely reasonable philosophy.  Thanks for your support.