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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What defines a Homeschool Student-Athlete?
    According to NCHC Member Organizations, a homeschool student's education is directed by parents and conducted primarily at home. This entails direct parental involvement in the child's education, akin to a headmaster's role, which includes selecting curriculum, approving course materials and study schedules, and choosing tutors, co-ops, teachers, dual enrollment options, and educational resources. It's essential to note that for legal purposes, a person of responsibility for the student can fill the parental role, subject to pre-approval by the NCHC. For more detailed information regarding the definition of a Homeschool Athlete, we encourage you to refer to the NCHC Eligibility Guidelines. Should you have further inquiries, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
  • Can non-homeschooled players join the Outlaw Volleyball Teams?
    Yes, we welcome private school athletes who attend a school without an athletic program, in addition to homeschooled athletes. We specialize in competitive homeschool volleyball and invite eligible players, including private school athletes meeting this criteria, to try-out for our teams. If you're interested and qualify, reach out to us to join our passionate volleyball community! Note: If you meet this criteria you will have to complete a Hardship Form with the NCHC before your athlete will be able to play with the team. We usually ask that this form be completed immediately after the athlete has been accepted on a Outlaws Team.
  • What ages do the Outlaws Volleyball Teams accept?
    At this moment Outlaws Volleyball welcomes high school-aged home-schooled girls at the 18U age level, which includes players aged 18 and under. Note: 18U teams can have players ranging from Freshman through Seniors, as long as they meet the age criteria of 18 and under. (This criteria can be found in the FAQ Section)
  • What age brackets do you compete in?
    The Outlaws typically compete in the following age brackets: 18U (High School - Varsity): This bracket includes players who are 18 years old and under. 16U (High School - Junior Varsity): This bracket comprises of players who are 16 years old and under. 14U (Junior High): Players in this bracket are 14 years old and under. Note: These are the general age brackets, and player eligibility is determined based on specific age cut-off dates and league regulations.
  • What are the age breakdowns?
    Here is a breakdown of ages and which bracket they would fall into: Age 11: This age group includes players who are currently 11 years old but will turn 12 on September 1st or later in the current year. Players who turn 12 before September 1st must compete in the 12U Age Bracket. (Eligible Teams: 14U Junior High) Age 12: This age group includes players who are currently 12 years old but will turn 13 on September 1st or later in the current year. Players who turn 13 before September 1st must compete in the 13U Age Bracket. (Eligible Teams: 14U Junior High) Age 13: Players in this category are currently 13 years old but will turn 14 on September 1st or later in the current year. If a player turns 14 before September 1st, they will compete in the 14U Age Bracket. (Eligible Teams: 16U Junior Varsity, 14U Junior High) Age 14: This group comprises players who are currently 14 years old but will turn 15 on September 1st or later in the current year. If a player turns 15 before September 1st, they will move to the 15U Age Bracket. (Eligible Teams: 18U Varsity, 16U Junior Varsity, 14U Junior High) Age 15: Players in this bracket are currently 15 years old but will turn 16 on September 1st or later in the current year. If a player turns 16 before September 1st, they will compete in the 16U Age Bracket. (Eligible Teams: 18U Varsity, 16U Junior Varsity) Age 16: This category includes players who are currently 16 years old but will turn 17 on September 1st or later in the current year. If a player turns 17 before September 1st, they will move to the 17U Age Bracket. (Eligible Teams: 18U Varsity, 16U Junior Varsity) Age 17: Players in this group are currently 17 years old but will turn 18 on September 1st or later in the current year. If a player turns 18 before September 1st, they will compete in the 18U Age Bracket. (Eligible Teams: 18U Varsity) Age 18: This age bracket is for players who are currently 18 years old but will turn 19 on September 1st or later in the current year. Unfortunately, if a player turns 19 before the September 1st deadline they would not be eligible to play based on league rules. (Eligible Teams: 18U Varsity) Note: Players are allowed to "play up" into older age brackets if they meet the age requirements for that bracket. However, players are not permitted to "play down" into younger age brackets, regardless of skill level or experience. This policy ensures fair competition and compliance with age group regulations.
  • How many players will be on the team?
    Each team consists of ten players, creating a balanced mix of experienced and new talents. This deliberate team size allows for a focused and personalized approach to player development while fostering a strong sense of camaraderie among team members. We believe that smaller team sizes facilitate improved communication, individual attention, and overall player experience, leading to enhanced skill development and enjoyment of volleyball. Depending on unforeseen circumstances, such as player availability or special considerations, a team could have up to twelve players. However, we make every effort to adhere to the standard ten-player rule to ensure optimal playing conditions and maximize opportunities for each athlete's growth and development. Our goal is to create an environment where every player has the opportunity to thrive and contribute to the team's success.
  • Are boys allowed to play on girls teams or are girls allowed to play on boys teams?
    At Outlaw Athletic Foundation, we prioritize the safety and development of all our athletes by adhering to the principles of playing within their natural-born genders. We recognize the unique physical attributes and coaching needs of each gender, which is why we maintain separate teams for boys and girls. This approach allows us to tailor coaching strategies and training programs to suit the specific requirements of female and male athletes. Female athletes typically require additional time to build strength and often focus on refining skills and strategic play. On the other hand, male athletes may develop strength more rapidly and often rely on power and physical prowess. We believe that acknowledging these differences and providing specialized coaching for each gender enhances the overall player experience and fosters a competitive environment where athletes can thrive. It's important to note that according to our guidelines, a player is eligible to participate only in the gender division corresponding to their birth gender, as documented on their original birth certificate. This policy aligns with the standards set by organizations such as the National Christian Homeschool Championships (NCHC), which govern postseason events and do not permit co-ed teams. (The following text was taken from the NCHC Eligibility Guidelines website) A player is only eligible to play in the gender division that the player was born, as recorded on their original birth certificate. There are no co-ed teams at Nationals. &/or NCHC run postseason Events. No exceptions.
  • What is the commitment level required to join the Outlaws Volleyball Team?
    Attendance Expectations: Athletes are expected to attend every preseason June practice and regular season July practice. Absences during these months are acceptable with prior communication with the coach as we understand this is the time for family vacations, volleyball camps, as well as other commitments. All the following months practices, games & tournaments, regular attendance is required, with exceptions made for illnesses or family emergencies communicated before practice. Team Contribution: Outlaw Volleyball emphasizes dedication, teamwork, and personal growth on and off the court. Players are essential contributors to the team's success and are expected to support and uplift their teammates, fostering a positive and cohesive environment. These two points encapsulate the commitment level and expectations for joining the Outlaw Volleyball Teams.
  • What is the teams playing time policy?
    Outlaws Volleyball prioritizes fair playing time for all team members. However, playing time is merit-based and is earned through dedicated effort, commitment, and a positive team attitude. Our coaches assess various factors, including skill development, practice attendance, game performance, and overall conduct both on and off the court, to determine playing time. We understand that playing time is a significant concern for players and parents alike. While we strive for equal opportunities, the coach's decision regarding playing time is final and based on the best interest of the team. We encourage open communication between players and coaches to address any questions or concerns regarding playing time, fostering a transparent and supportive team environment. At Outlaws Volleyball, fairness and dedication are key principles governing our playing time policy.
  • How much does it cost?
    The costs can vary depending on whether a player is in Junior High, Junior Varsity, or Varsity, with Varsity being the most expensive level. Here's a breakdown of the costs associated with joining the Varsity Team: 1. First Payment (Preseason Meeting): At the preseason meeting, a payment of $200 is due. This payment covers the cost of facilities, provides one blue jersey & one white jersey for the player, and includes administration fees. 2. Final Payment (Beginning of first practice): When the first practice of the 2024 Fall Volleyball Season begins, a final payment of $350 is due for Varsity Team members. Additionally, if a player raised funds through the Fundrazer website, they will need to pay any remaining balance after deducting the raised funds. Detailed information about this process will be explained during the preseason meeting."
  • How do I register for tryouts?
    To register for tryouts for the Outlaw volleyball team, follow these steps: Visit the Outlaw Athletic Foundation LLC website at Look for the "Register Your Athlete Today" button and click on it. You will be redirected to the Athlete Registration Form on the website. Fill out the required information in the registration form, including personal details and contact information. Submit the form once you have completed all the necessary fields. You should receive a confirmation of your registration or further instructions via email or on the website. If you encounter any issues during the registration process or have specific questions, you can contact the Outlaw Athletic Foundation LLC directly for assistance.
  • Do you ask for volunteers?
    We wholeheartedly welcome passionate volunteers who share our dedication to homeschool sports! Whether you're an experienced Coach, a supportive parent, or a student seeking to contribute, we have a role that aligns perfectly with your skills and interests. Volunteering with us provides a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with fellow enthusiasts, build new connections, and play a meaningful role in advancing homeschool sports in your community. Join our team today, and let's unite to craft unforgettable experiences for our athletes!
  • Where are tryouts and practices held for the Outlaws volleyball team?
    Q: Where are tryouts held for the Outlaws volleyball team? A: Tryouts for the Outlaws volleyball team are held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, located at 350 MO-150, Lee's Summit, MO 64082. Please check our website or contact us for specific dates and times for upcoming tryouts. Q: Where are practices held for the Outlaws volleyball team? A: Practices for the Outlaws volleyball team are also held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, our primary training facility. The address is 350 MO-150, Lee's Summit, MO 64082. Practice schedules may vary, so please refer to the team calendar or contact us for detailed practice times and locations.
  • Can you explain briefly the different positions in volleyball?
    In volleyball, each of the six positions on the court plays a crucial role in the team's success, relying on each player to excel in their responsibilities. The sport demands serious athletic ability due to its fast-paced nature. Players are assigned positions based on their skill sets and strengths within the game. Let's delve into the specifics of each volleyball position: 1. Setter: The setter is like the quarterback of the team, orchestrating the offense by setting up perfect passes for the hitters. They need exceptional hand-eye coordination and a soft touch to deliver accurate sets. Communication is paramount as they direct plays, call out strategies, and ensure everyone is in sync. Without a skilled setter, the team's attacking plays would lack precision and effectiveness. 2. Outside Hitter: The outside hitter, positioned on the left side of the court, is often the go-to attacker for the team. They must possess explosive jumping ability, quick reflexes, and the versatility to adapt to various hitting scenarios. An exceptional outside hitter can deliver powerful spikes from challenging angles, keeping the opposing team on their toes. 3. Opposite Hitter: The opposite hitter, or right-side hitter, brings a balance of offensive prowess and defensive skills to the team. They face the challenge of hitting from the opposite side of the setter, requiring strong hitting technique and agility. Additionally, they play a crucial role in blocking opposing hitters and contributing defensively to the team's success. 4. Middle Blocker: The middle blocker stands at the forefront of defense, using their height and anticipation to block incoming attacks from the opposing team. They must read the opponent's plays, time their jumps perfectly, and execute effective blocks to disrupt the opponent's offense. However, they are not solely focused on defense; middle blockers also contribute offensively with quick attacks and scoring opportunities. 5. Libero: The libero is a defensive specialist, primarily stationed in the back row to handle serve receive, digs, and defensive plays. Their primary responsibility is ball control, ensuring accurate passes to set up the team's offense. Liberos excel in reading hitters' intentions, diving for saves, and keeping the ball in play. Their unique jersey distinguishes them, and they provide a critical defensive backbone for the team. 6. Defensive Specialist: The defensive specialist shares similarities with the libero but also has the ability to substitute any player on the court. They focus on ball control, passing accuracy, and defensive plays, working in tandem with the libero to bolster the team's defensive strategies. Their role is crucial in maintaining rallies, facilitating transitions, and ensuring a strong defensive presence throughout the game.
  • What do the team fees pay for?
    Outlaws Volleyball team fees cover a range of essential expenses to ensure a fulfilling and competitive experience for our players. These fees are designed to keep costs reasonable for all participants, although certain essential items may need to be individually purchased by the athlete. The team fees include: Two practices per week Training expenses Tournament and game fees Administrative costs One blue & one white jersey (Varsity Players receive personalized team jerseys) Players will only incur additional jersey costs if they move up from a lower level and join the Varsity team, or experience damage to their jersey. We aim to maintain consistency in jersey use for players on the same team throughout their tenure unless replacements are necessary due to damage. Please note that individual player travel expenses (such as travel, accommodation, and meals) and spectator entry fees for tournaments are not covered by team fees. However, we strive to assist families in finding affordable options and welcome any inquiries regarding team fees or related concerns. Feel free to reach out to us for further clarification or assistance regarding team fees.
  • Are shoes included in the Team Fees?
    No, team fees do not cover volleyball shoes. Players are responsible for purchasing their own volleyball shoes. These shoes are specifically designed for volleyball, featuring gum soles for superior traction on the court, extra cushioning for shock absorption, and breathable materials to keep feet cool during practices and games. Investing in quality volleyball shoes is highly recommended for players. Volleyball is a demanding sport involving frequent jumping, running, and lateral movements, which can strain the feet, ankles, and knees. Wearing appropriate shoes can reduce the risk of injury and enhance performance on the court. We advise players to have their volleyball shoes ready before the start of practices. If you need guidance or recommendations on purchasing volleyball shoes, our coaches and staff are available to assist you. Ensuring that all players are properly equipped is crucial for a successful and safe season.
  • What equipment is my athlete required to buy?
    Your athlete is required to purchase the following items for team participation: 1 Personalized Team Hoodie (Available in the Team Store) Players are required to wear the team hoodie to, during, and after tournaments/games for team cohesion. 1 Personalized Team Backpack (Available in the Team Store) Players are required to bring the team backpack to tournaments/games for team cohesion. The color (Black, Gray, or Blue) will be determined by the coach. Volleyball Shorts and/or Leggings (Black) Shorts must adhere to the NCHC Uniform Policy . Leggings are permitted but must be approved by the coach. Volleyball Knee Pads The color (Black or White) will be determined by the coach. Volleyball Socks The color (Black, White, or Blue) will be determined by the coach. Volleyball Shoes The color (Black, White, or Blue) will be determined by the coach. Having the necessary equipment ensures that your athlete is fully prepared and contributes to team unity. If you have any questions or need assistance with purchasing these items, please reach out to our coaches or staff for guidance.
  • Why do you not provide shorts or spandex?
    While we prioritize following the uniform guidelines established by the National Christian Homeschool Championships (NCHC) during games and tournaments, it's essential to note that the Outlaws have no restrictions against wearing spandex during practices. Athletes and parents are free to decide based on their comfort levels. However, please note that for games and tournaments, players will be required to wear shorts that comply with the NCHC uniform guidelines. We encourage players and parents to choose appropriate attire that aligns with the NCHC uniform guidelines and respects personal beliefs. It's important to understand that each player may have different preferences regarding clothing, and we respect these individual choices within the team dynamic. Leggings are permitted as part of the uniform, providing players with an option for colder weather or enhanced comfort. Adhering to the NCHC uniform guidelines not only prepares our players for competition in a Christian environment but also fosters sportsmanship, respect for the game's rules, and camaraderie among team members and opponents. For any further queries or clarifications regarding this policy, please feel free to contact us directly.
  • My Athlete has Other Responsibilities During the Season
    Q: If my athlete cannot make all the practices and tournaments, will I need to pay full team fees? A: Yes, all team members are required to pay the full team fees, regardless of their attendance at practices or tournaments. The team fees are essential for covering various expenses such as tournament fees, uniforms, equipment, facilities, and other team-related costs incurred throughout the season. While we recognize that athletes may have other commitments outside of volleyball, the team fees are standardized for all members. Q: What if my athlete has conflicts during the June and July preseason training? A: Since our program starts earlier than most due to the Preseason Training, we do recognize that a player may not be able to commit to all of the practices in the June and July months. These practices are not mandatory as long as the player or parent has explained the reason for the absences to the coach before the missed practice. We understand that camps, clubs, and family vacations happen during this time, and all of those are acceptable reasons to miss a practice. Q: Why is regular attendance encouraged despite these allowances? A: We strongly encourage athletes to prioritize attending as many practices and tournaments as possible. Doing so not only maximizes their playing time but also contributes to their skill development and overall team cohesion. Regular attendance allows athletes to fully engage with the team's training and competitive opportunities, enhancing their experience and performance on the court.
  • Do you have a refund policy?
    The Outlaws Volleyball Club adheres to a strict no-refund policy. Once a player accepts an offer to join the team, they are responsible for fulfilling the financial obligations associated with the entire team fee for that season. These fees are utilized for various essential expenses, including purchasing uniforms, clothing, tournament entry fees, court rentals, and other necessary costs. As a result, we are unable to provide refunds under any circumstances, including conflicts in playing time, injuries, or other unforeseen situations. We recognize that unexpected events may occur, but we urge all players to carefully consider these factors before committing to join our team. If you have any inquiries or require clarification about our refund policy, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to offer further details and address any concerns you may have. Thank you for considering the Outlaws Volleyball Club, and we look forward to welcoming you to our team!
  • What is the Outlaws Regular Season travel like?
    The Outlaws Regular Season travel involves tournaments that may require travel to cities like Lincoln, NE, Springfield, MO, Manhattan, KS, and St. Louis, within a few hours of Kansas City. While the team covers the entry fees for these tournaments, it's important to note that extra expenses like lodging and meals for overnight stays are not included. Parents are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the tournaments for their athletes. Some families choose to have their athlete ride with another responsible parent they trust, while others make their own transportation arrangements. We aim to assist families in finding affordable travel options and welcome any inquiries regarding travel fees or related concerns. If you have questions or need further clarification about travel arrangements, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
  • Are there rules for interacting with the coaches during practices, games, and tournaments? If so, what are they?
    Yes, there are guidelines for interacting with the coaching staff during practices, games, and tournaments. We kindly request that all interactions with the coaching staff be brief and courteous. Coaches need to maintain their focus on the players and the team throughout these sessions. Therefore, we ask that you refrain from offering coaching advice, suggesting strategies, or discussing player substitutions before, during, or after competitive play. Our coaching staff relies on their knowledge and expertise to make decisions for the team, and it's important to respect their judgments. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the team or individual players, we encourage you to contact the coaching staff to schedule a meeting at designated times outside of practice, games, or tournament hours. This allows for a more comprehensive discussion and ensures that the coaching staff can provide the necessary attention and support. We value your support and understanding in fostering a positive and productive environment for our players and coaching staff. Thank you for adhering to these guidelines and helping us maintain a respectful and focused atmosphere during our volleyball activities.
  • Is there a strength and conditioning program held for the players outside of weekly practices?
    Yes, our coaching staff at Outlaws Volleyball recognizes the significance of physical fitness and injury prevention for our players. Our weekly practices already encompass a range of activities including strength and conditioning exercises, speed and agility drills, injury prevention techniques, and skills training. Additionally, we may occasionally provide supplementary drills for players to practice at home. We strongly believe in a comprehensive training approach, both on and off the court, as it is essential for success in volleyball. Therefore, we aim to offer our players every opportunity to enhance their physical capabilities and performance. In some cases, coaches may organize team sessions with a personal trainer external to the organization. However, please note that any additional training sessions may incur extra costs, which will be communicated and approved on a team and parent level beforehand.
  • How are conflicts or disputes resolved within the team?
    Conflicts or disputes within the team are best resolved through a structured process that promotes open communication and respect among athletes, coaches, and parents. When an athlete has a complaint or concern, the first step is to address it with the coach in private. It's crucial not to let issues fester or spread rumors among teammates or parents. Parents or guardians play a vital role in encouraging student athletes to communicate directly with coaches and resolve issues promptly. If the athlete does not receive closure or resolution after discussing the matter with the coach privately, they should involve their parent or guardian. The parent or guardian can then mediate and schedule a meeting with the coach at a designated time and place to address the concern. If the problem persists even after involving the parent or guardian, the athlete or parent can contact the Sport Athletic Director. The Athletic Director will facilitate a meeting involving all parties to work towards resolving the issue and achieving closure. If, despite these efforts, the conflict remains unresolved, the Lead Athletic Director can be contacted for further assistance and intervention. This structured approach ensures that conflicts are addressed promptly, transparently, and with the goal of maintaining a positive and respectful team environment.
  • What is your academic policy?
    The Outlaw Organization upholds a higher academic standard with a GPA requirement of 2.5, compared to the NCHC's cutoff at 2.0. Athletes falling below this threshold will enter a probationary period, suspending their participation in games and tournaments until their GPA meets the requirement. We emphasize the importance of academic excellence alongside athletic achievement, prioritizing our players' success both on and off the court. At the Outlaws, we prioritize our players' long-term success in life over immediate wins on the court. Should an athlete's GPA fall below 2.5, it's crucial for a parent/guardian to promptly contact the coach.
  • What is the team's philosophy or approach to the game?
    The team's philosophy at Outlaws Volleyball revolves around a commitment to hard work, high energy, and strong core values. Players can expect to be part of a team that is deeply passionate about volleyball and values teamwork, communication, and unity. Our approach to the game is characterized by giving our best effort at every game and tournament we participate in. We embrace fast-paced, intense, and challenging competition, pushing our physical limits to excel on the court. Our team is well-prepared to handle pressure and meet the expectations set for us to deliver a high level of performance consistently. We prioritize skill development, physical fitness, and injury prevention, ensuring that our players are not only competitive but also healthy and prepared for the demands of the game. Overall, our dedication to excellence shines through in every aspect of our play, both on and off the court. We are committed to playing with intensity, focusing on continuous improvement, and upholding the values of sportsmanship and teamwork that define our team's philosophy.
  • How is the Team Captain chosen?
    The Team Captain is chosen based on a combination of experience, skill, grit, and leadership qualities during the Preseason and the first month of practices. This selection process involves input from the coaching staff, senior players, and team advisors, considering observations of players' performance, dedication, and ability to lead both on and off the court. The Team Captain plays a pivotal role in representing the team, fostering unity, communicating with coaches, and motivating teammates. Additionally, the Captain is responsible for ensuring the team is gathered before games and tournament matches, stretched properly, and ready to compete, further emphasizing their crucial role in leading the team to success.
  • What is a Libero and how is the Libero chosen?
    Q: What is a Libero in volleyball? A: A Libero is a specialized defensive player who wears a different jersey and has specific roles and responsibilities on the court. The Libero is always on the court unless it's her one play she is required to sit out. She is known as the spark plug of the team, providing energy, leadership, and support to teammates. Q: How is the Libero chosen? A: The Libero is typically chosen before the season begins due to her unique role and attire. Coaches look for qualities such as energy, work ethic, hustle, and consistency when selecting the Libero. She needs to be the spark plug of the team, constantly motivating and inspiring her teammates on defense and in every aspect of the game. Q: What qualities are important for a Libero? A: Energy and work ethic are crucial for a Libero, as they set the tone for the team. Hustle is another key quality, involving covering hitters, chasing shanked passes, and consistently making good defensive plays. Consistency in positioning and passing skills is also essential for a Libero to manipulate the ball effectively and contribute to the team's success. Q: Can the Libero be changed during the season? A: While the Libero is typically chosen before the season starts, another player who proves themselves and outplays the current Libero can be chosen at any time throughout the season. The Libero plays a vital role in the team's success, and coaches may make changes if necessary to improve the team's performance.
  • How are the Athletes supposed to behave at tournaments and games?
    As members of the Outlaws, unity is our strength! During games and tournaments, it's crucial for our players to stick together as a cohesive team both on and off the court. Off-court moments, especially during tournaments, are invaluable for team bonding and building a strong team spirit. Additionally, staying together is essential because tournament schedules can be fluid, with games starting earlier than planned. This requires players to be close by so coaches can guide them promptly to the right place at the right time. We value a blend of individual skills that contribute to a unified team dynamic. While each athlete brings unique strengths, it's equally important for them to act and function as part of a team.
  • Are there any team rules or codes of conduct that players must follow?
    The Outlaw Volleyball Team has established a comprehensive code of conduct consisting of 10 points. These guidelines are designed to uphold the values of respect, integrity, and sportsmanship within the team. Adhering to this code ensures that athletes represent the Outlaw Athletic Foundation in a professional manner and take their commitment to the team seriously. This code of conduct plays a crucial role in fostering a culture of excellence within our team. Commitment to Improvement: Players must strive to enhance their skills, support teammates and coaches, and maintain a positive attitude both on and off the court. Embrace Core Values: Athletes are expected to embody the team's core values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. Accept Instruction: Players must be open to receiving instruction and constructive criticism while maintaining humility. Punctuality and Preparation: Showing up to practices and games on time and prepared to give maximum effort is essential. Healthy Living Habits: Athletes are encouraged to maintain healthy habits such as proper nutrition, hydration, rest, regular exercise, and stretching. Emotional Control: Players must manage their emotions, facial expressions, words, and gestures both during play and in other situations. Respect for All: Treating teammates, coaches, opponents, officials, and fans with respect and dignity is non-negotiable. Zero Tolerance for Bullying: Any form of bullying, taunting, foul language, or rude behavior is strictly prohibited. Avoid Inappropriate Behavior: Public displays of affection, consumption of alcohol, use of performance-enhancing drugs, or any illegal substances are not tolerated. Uphold Integrity: Athletes must represent the Outlaw Athletic Foundation with the highest level of integrity at all times. These rules and expectations are foundational to maintaining a positive team environment and ensuring that all players contribute positively to the team's success.
  • Do you have a view on Social Media and Private Text Groups?
    Athlete Social Media Accounts: We value our athletes' right to use social media but emphasize responsible usage. As representatives of our organization, it's vital to maintain a professional and respectful presence on social platforms. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of bullying, derogatory comments, or baseless accusations aimed at fellow athletes or affiliated entities. We encourage athletes to use their social media influence positively, showcasing support for teammates and competitors alike. Private DMs and Team Chats: Our team operates through a single team chat determined by the Outlaws organization, accessible to every player, coach, and parent. Coaches and staff are not permitted to privately message individual players. While players may create private text groups, we urge parents to monitor these to ensure conversations remain respectful. Athletes should remember that their messages can (and most likely will) reach coaches, emphasizing accountability and responsible communication. It's crucial to understand that behavior on social media reflects both personal and organizational values. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in disciplinary actions, such as reduced playing time or removal from the team roster.
  • What is a practice squad player?
    A practice squad player is an individual identified by coaches as having potential but did not make it onto the team's official roster. These players are integral to the team, participating in practices to enhance skills and assist teammates in preparation for competitive events.
  • Can practice squad players participate in games or tournaments?
    Initially, practice squad players may not participate in official games or tournaments. However, they may be called upon to substitute for unavailable players due to reasons like being out of town, illness, or injury, providing valuable playing experience and contributing when needed.
  • What are the benefits of being a practice squad player?
    Being a practice squad player offers the chance to learn from experienced coaches and players, develop volleyball skills, and contribute to the team's success when called upon. Additionally, it comes at a lower cost compared to being part of the main roster, fostering growth within the team environment.
  • What do the practice squad fees pay for?
    The practice squad fees for Outlaws Volleyball cover various expenses essential for our players to excel on the court. These fees include: 2 practices per week Training fees Administration fees 1 Team Jersey (Junior High, Junior Varsity Only) 1 Blue & 1 White Personalized Team Jersey (Varsity Only) Please note that if your player is selected to substitute for another player in a game or tournament, individual player travel expenses (such as travel, hotel, meals) and spectator entry fees are not covered by the team fees. These costs will be the responsibility of the player's family. Nonetheless, we strive to minimize these expenses and collaborate with families to explore the most economical options. If you have any inquiries or concerns regarding team fees, feel free to contact us for further details.
  • What equipment is a practice squad player required to buy?
    Practice squad players may be called up to substitute for full-time players in case of injuries or absences. Therefore, practice squad players are required to purchase the equipment outlined in the provided guidelines. Your athlete is required to purchase the following items for team participation: 1 Personalized Team Hoodie (Available in the Team Store) Players are required to wear the team hoodie to, during, and after tournaments/games for team cohesion. 1 Personalized Team Backpack (Available in the Team Store) Players are required to bring the team backpack to tournaments/games for team cohesion. The color (Black, Gray, or Blue) will be determined by the coach. Volleyball Shorts and/or Leggings (Black) Shorts must adhere to the NCHC Uniform Policy . Leggings are permitted but must be approved by the coach. Volleyball Knee Pads The color (Black or White) will be determined by the coach. Volleyball Socks The color (Black, White, or Blue) will be determined by the coach. Volleyball Shoes The color (Black, White, or Blue) will be determined by the coach. Having the necessary equipment ensures that your athlete is fully prepared and contributes to team unity. If you have any questions or need assistance with purchasing these items, please reach out to our coaches or staff for guidance.
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