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Tryouts are held for all levels of Division Play and Power classes. Spring 2020 trouts begin on Thursday, January 9 and are held on the dates below.  REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2020 TRYOUTS OPENS ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 23.  For more information on how to register, click here.

How Division Play Tryouts Work

At Division Play tryouts, you are assigned to a tryout group.  For Divisions 1 and 2, you will try out by playing a short volleyball game with the rest of your volleyball group, using a 6-2 or 5-1 system of offense.  For Divisions 3 through 11, you will be doing some warmup drills (with the drills changing depending on the skill level of tryouts), and then play on the court rotating in and out with the rest of your group.  Then, teams are created by elected captains who watch all the tryouts using a draft system. Anyone who would like to be considered during the draft needs to register online during the tryout registration period.

You only need to try out one time for each tryout day.  For example, Divisions 6, 7 and 8 try out on January 12 and Divisions 9, 10 and 11 try out on January 25.  If you are trying out for Divisions 6 through 11, you’ll only need to try out once during the tryouts for Divisions 6, 7 and 8, and then if you don’t make a team in those divisions, once during the tryouts for Divisions 9, 10 and PowerPlay.

PowerPlay For Beginners: If you are new to Gotham and volleyball, and want to play in our PowerPlay division for beginners who want to learn the fundamentals, register for PowerPlay (you can also register for higher Divisions as well) you will have the opportunity to try out for higher Divisions and, if you do not make those Divisions, register for PowerPlay.  We also recommend that everyone considering PowerPlay also try out for Divisions 10, 11, and/or Power E as well, just to keep all options open.

If you are new to Gotham and want to know what level is right for you, click here.

How Power (Training) Tryouts Work

Power has two types of training classes — individual and team.  For individual Power classes (Power A-E and W), Players are selected by class coaches at tryouts.  For Team Power classes (Team Power A, BB, B1, and B2), you try out as a team and teams are selected by coaches at tryouts.  For both kinds of classes, tryouts consist of a mock Power Class, going through a series of skill-based drills.

Do I Have To Go To Tryouts To Participate In The Season

For Division Play:

  • If you never played in Division Play before or you last played more than 3 seasons ago, you have to come to tryouts in order to be selected for a Division Play team.  You must attend on the date indicated.  There are no “make up” days for tryouts.
  • If you played in Division Play within the past 3 seasons and would like to move to the higher division, you have to come to tryouts in order to be selected for a higher division.  You must attend on the date indicated.  There are no “make up” days for tryouts.
  • If you played in Division Play within the past 3 seasons and are interested in only being considered for your current division or lower, tryouts are optional but you still must register in order to be considered for a team.  As with every season, your name will be included on the list of eligible players we give to the captains, but we cannot guarantee anyone whether or not they will be picked.

For Power Classes:

  • Everyone must attend Power tryouts in order to be considered for a class unless you have played in that Power class sometime within the last two years.  Please note that Fall returners are no longer allowed to reserve their spot in the Spring class.  
  • Please see the PowerPlay class page for more information about PowerPlay.

Spring 2020 Tryouts for Divisions 1 and 2 are on Thursday, January 9

Division 1 - Plays Thursday 7 PM-11 PM- Advanced Level of Play (NAGVA Level BB or Higher)

Division 2 - Plays Thursday 7 PM-11 PM- Advanced Level of Play (Mostly NAGVA Level BB, some B)

TRYOUT TIMES: If you are trying out for Division 1 and/or 2, please arrive by 7:00 PM.  If you arrive later than 8:00 PM, you will not be able to try out for Division 1.

TRYOUT  LOCATION: Bayard Rustin Educational Complex (351 W. 18th Street, New York, New York 10011)

Important Note: You only try out once for any and all divisions that are selecting players on a particular day. If you arrive late, you may not be able to try out for a particular division. If you arrive earlier, you may have to wait.

 

Spring 2020 Tryouts for Divisions 3, 4 and 5 are on Saturday, January 11

Division 3 - Plays Wednesdays from 7:00-11:00 PM - High Intermediate Level of Play (NAGVA Level B, Some BB)

Division 4 - Plays Wednesdays from 7:00-11:00 PM - High Intermediate Level of Play (NAGVA Level B)

Division 5 - Plays Saturdays from 1:00 - 5:00 PM - High Intermediate Level of Play (NAGVA Level B, Some BB)

TRYOUT TIMES: If you are trying out for Division 3, arrive by 10:30 AM; for Division 4 and Division 5, by 12:00 PM.

TRYOUT  LOCATION: Bayard Rustin Educational Complex (351 W. 18th Street, New York, New York 10011)

Important Note: You only try out once for any and all divisions that are selecting players on a particular day. Arrive by the time listed for the highest division you are trying out for. If you arrive later, you may not be able to try out for a particular division. If you arrive earlier, you may have to wait.

For example, if you are trying out for Division 3 (including if you are also trying out for 4 and/or 5), arrive by 10:30 AM; If you are not trying out for Division 3 at all but are only trying out for Divisions 4 and 5, or 5 only, arrive by 12:00 PM.

Spring 2020 Tryouts for Divisions 6, 7 and 8 are on Sunday, January 12

Division 6 - Plays Saturdays from 1:00 - 5:00 PM - Intermediate Level of Play

Division 7 - Plays Saturdays from 5:00 - 9:00 PM - Low Intermediate Level of Play

Division 8 - Plays Saturdays from 5:00 - 9:00 PM - Advanced Beginner Level of Play

TRYOUT TIMES:  9:30 AM — If you are registered for Division 6 only, Division 7 only, and Divisions 6 and 7 (do not come at 9:30 AM if you are registered for Division 8).

10:30 AM — If you are registered for all three Divisions (Division 6, 7 and 8).

12:30 PM — If you are registered for Division 7 and 8 or Division 8 only.

TRYOUT  LOCATION: Bayard Rustin Educational Complex (351 W. 18th Street, New York, New York 10011)

Be sure to register for tryouts early!  If so, you will get to sign up for your court and get the specific time of your tryout in advance of tryouts.

Spring 2020 Division 9, 10 and 11 tryouts will be on Saturday, January 25

Division 9 - Plays Saturdays from 1:00 - 5:00 PM - Advanced Beginner Level of Play

Division 10 - Plays Saturdays from 5:00 - 9:00 PM - Advanced Beginner Level of Play

Division 11 - Plays Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Beginner Level of Play

TRYOUT TIMES: Divisions 9, 10 and 11 will be using Advance Court Assignments.  Be sure to register early so you will have the opportunity to sign up for court assignments in advance!  If you do not receive an advance court assignment, please show up at 12:30 to check in and register.  Registration will close at 1:30 PM.

TRYOUT  LOCATION: Bayard Rustin Educational Complex (351 W. 18th Street, New York, New York 10011)

Important Note: You only try out once for any and all divisions that are selecting players on a particular day.

 

Spring 2020 Tryouts for individual Power A, B, C, D & E will be on Sunday, January 26

Power A & B - Train on Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Power C & D - Train on Sundays from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Power E - Trains on Sundays from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

TRYOUT TIMES:  Tryouts for Power A and B tryouts will be from 12:00 – 3:00 PM. Power C, D and E tryouts will be from 3:00 – 6:00 PM.

TRYOUT LOCATION:  Bayard Rustin Educational Complex (351 W. 18th Street, New York, New York 10011)​

Important Note: You should attend the tryout for the highest Power class you will be trying out for, and you only need to try out once.

Those who do not make Power D or E can consider registering for our PowerPlay program, which is program designed for beginners that is similar to Division Play but with elements of our Power training program.  For more information about our PowerPlay program, click here.

 

Spring 2020 Power W Tryouts will be held on January 28

Power W - Trains on Tuesday Nights from 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Power W is our Power class for intermediate and advanced women players and is the only Power class using the women’s height net.

TRYOUT TIMES: The tryout will take place at 7:30 PM, January 28, 2020

TRYOUT  LOCATION: O.Henry Lab School (333 West 17th Street, New York, New York 10011)

Spring 2020 Team Power

Team Power B1, B2 and A - Trains on Monday Evenings

Team Power BB -- Trains on Tuesday Evenings

Team Power Team Tryouts

If you have a team that is interested in training in our Team Power program this season, please contact [email protected] for more information.

Tryout Time and Location:

Team Power A: Monday, February 3 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM at the Elias Howe School (44th Street between 10th and 11th Ave) 3rd Floor Gym

Team Power BB: Tuesday, February 4 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM at the Elias Howe School (44th Street between 10th and 11th Ave) 3rd Floor Gym

Team Power B1/B2: Monday, February 3 from 7:15 PM – 10:15 PM at the Rustin Campus (18th Street between 8th and 9th Ave) Seventh Floor Gyms

Contact [email protected] for more information about Team Power tryouts.