How Division Play tryouts work

We create all Division Play teams using a tryout and draft process. This makes Division Play accessible to everyone and ensures our levels of play are consistent.

It can be a complex process but, don’t worry, we will help you throughout!


The first step is to register. At the beginning of each season, all available tryouts will be listed here. We have several programs, each with its own tryout process, so make sure you choose the right one!

Registering for tryouts is free but you are committing to pay to secure your spot if you are drafted. Dropping out after being drafted is extremely disruptive and can make you ineligible in the future.

Fill out your registration form accurately, especially the list of Divisions you are willing to play in, as you cannot be drafted for a Division you did not select. You can edit your registration at anytime from your dashboard. In particular, you can uncheck all Divisions as a way to effectively cancel your registration.

This page is a good resource if you are new to Gotham and need help understanding our levels of play.

At the time of registration, you should know the date of your tryouts. If you are trying out for several divisions, you may have to come to tryouts on multiple dates.

Attendance requirement

Those who haven’t played in the last three Fall/Spring seasons, including players new to Gotham, must attend tryouts. The same applies if you’re looking to play at higher Division than the one(s) you played in the last three Fall/Spring seasons.

Returners looking to play the same Division(s) they played in the last three Fall/Spring seasons (or lower), do not have to attend tryouts.

Court assignment

To reduce crowds, we will assign you a court time in advance of your upcoming tryout date. We do our best to send email notifications and reminders but the best source of truth is your personal schedule.

Note that we need to wait for a given tryout day to be over in order to assign courts for the next tryout day. That usually means that Sunday court assignments are made late on Saturday night.

The actual tryout day

You’ll show up at the time and place indicated on your schedule, bringing your volleyball gear and water. Your assignment includes time to check in, warm up, receive instructions, and tryout. Avoid being too early as we may not be able to let you into the building!

Our volunteers will check you in and give you a tryout bib based on your registration form. This is a great opportunity to get help and make last minute corrections to your registration.

If we have space available, you will then go to a warm-up gym, where our volunteers will help your tryout group get organized and make good use of the time. And, when we’re ready to start, a volunteer will explain the tryout process and lead you into the tryout gym.

Divisions 1 and 2 follow a scrimmage format: twelve players line up as opposing teams and play 24 points, with each player serving twice in a row. All other Divisions use a skills-based format, where coaches run basic drills that culminate with a facilitated scrimmage. Captains for one or more Divisions will observe, take notes, and occasionally ask players questions.

Once tryouts end, you will receive some additional information and will be asked to leave promptly so that the next group can come in.

After tryouts

Captains will gather to draft teams. After each Division is drafted, those selected receive an email with instructions to confirm their spot and get ready for the season. At the end of each day of tryouts, those not selected for any of the Divisions drafting that day also get notified.

If you don’t get selected, don’t worry. You can update your registration to add any lower Divisions with upcoming tryouts or you can consider other Gotham programming. If you’re a beginner who did not make Division 11, you should consider PowerPlay, which combines training with league play and does not have tryouts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My old login isn’t working. What should I do? If you played with us up to 2019, that login does not work anymore. With our move to a new registration system, most members need to create a new account here. You should use the same email you previously used with Gotham so we can track the Divisions you played in the past

Q: I am new to Gotham (or to volleyball) and I have no idea what Divisions to register for. Can you help me? Welcome! There is some useful info here. And, if you’re new to the sport you should also consider PowerPlay, which is a hybrid of training with playing on a league team.

Q: How many Divisions should I register for? As many as you feel comfortable playing in. You should be realistic about your level of play and volleyball experience. Other than that, we encourage you to be open-minded and willing to play in multiple Divisions. The more Divisions you choose, the more likely it is that we will be able to find you a spot.

Q: Can I add/remove Divisions from my registration? Yes. In your dashboard, you should see your tryout registration and a link to edit it. Note that removing all Divisions amounts to canceling your registration. Also, changes are only considered up to the point where we print draft lists for Captains.

Q: When and where are tryouts? The most up to date answer is in your schedule. Once you’re assigned to a tryout court, you will see it there, including time and location. If it’s the day of tryouts and you don’t have a court but believe you should have, email us.

Q: I forgot to register online. Can I still come to tryouts? Unfortunately, no. To ensure a safe tryout process and reduce crowds, we are conducting registration and court assignments in advance. If you walk in, we cannot guarantee we will be able to accommodate you.

Q: I am new to Gotham but can’t make the tryout date for the Division(s) I am interested in. Is there anything I can do? Given how the process works, with one Division drafting as soon as the previous one concludes, we can’t offer make up dates. We need all Captains to see you play in order for drafts to be equitable. If Division Play doesn’t work out this season, you should consider Training, Tournaments, and Open Play as well!

Q: I am a returner but can’t make tryouts. Is there anything I can do? If you played in the last three seasons, e.g., in Division 3, you can be considered for Divisions 3-11 without attending tryouts. You still must register online by the deadline and choose the appropriate divisions to be considered!

Q: I am still very confused. Can someone help me? Of course! You can email us at [email protected]. Keep in mind we’re volunteer run and get tons of emails during tryout season so make sure to look around the website first!

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