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What is club volleyball?

Club volleyball offers athletes the opportunity to learn the game of volleyball beyond their short school season.  In east Texas, we play under the North Texas Region governed by USA Volleyball.  In this arena, club teams practice and participate in sanctioned events.  Currently, the North Texas Region has over 100 clubs and more than 10,000 registered athletes!  With the addition of college beach volleyball, club has grown to include both indoor and beach activities.

Who is East Texas Alliance 1?

ETA1 is entering its 7th season!  It is our desire to share the sport of volleyball with in Tyler and the surrounding communities.  We offer both indoor and beach training with clinics, lessons, and club teams.  ETA1 is not a start up, satellite, or an extension of another club hours away.  We started from the ground up and built our program to focus on the needs, desires, and ambitions of the athletes right here in our own community.  

ETA1 has had tremendous success in just a few years since our inception.  We have consistently qualified for regionals, Tour of Texas, and have ranked higher than any other club in all of East Texas.  Most recently, we brought an AAU National Championship to East Texas winning the Classic division for 17's!

Why play club?

Let's face it, club sports can have a huge impact on players.  In addition to learning skills,  we want players to learn life lessons that go beyond the court.  Hard work, determination, teamwork, navigating both success and failures are all part of sports and valuable life skills.  Whether you want to improve for your school team or have aspirations to play in college, club volleyball reaches beyond the gym.

How long is the season?

Due to the new requirements set forth by our region, tryouts will be held in July.  Please click on our calendar for dates and locations.  You must register for tryouts, just click on the big red button! Please contact us if you have summer plans that conflict with our tryouts.

Our competition season runs from January-April with the exception of post season participation in regional bid tournaments and Nationals.  A few teams may choose to have a tournament in the month of December to accommodate their season schedule.  We typically add a few warm up practices in October, November and December.

How often and where do you practice?

Teams will practice two times a week.  Our typical practices run Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings in Tyler and Lindale.   Practices are mandatory.

How many tournaments do you play in?

Our tournament schedule varies for different age groups.  Younger teams will play in 5-6 while our older teams will play in 8-9 with the option of adding post season tournaments.  The younger teams (13 & Under) will play both in both 1 & 2 day tournaments while our older teams (15 & up) will play in 2 day tournaments.  Two day tournaments start on a Saturday with either a morning OR  afternoon pool.  Sunday play times depend on what bracket the team qualified to play in (gold plays in the morning while silver and bronze will typically start around noon).  The majority of our tournaments are in the DFW area.  

What does it cost to play on a team?

Cost vary from 1,000-1950 depending on the age and level of commitment.  Once you have made a team and paid your down payment, ETA1 offers a monthly payment plan for your convenience.  Payments will be drafted from your account on the 20th unless other arrangements have been made.

Fees cover gyms, tournament entry fees, coaches, uniform, equipment, etc.

Dues do not cover tournament entry fees for spectators, or travel (including transportation, lodging or meals).

2020 fees will be posted soon!

What age group am I?

12 & Under: Born on or after September 1, 2007

13 & Under: Born on or after September 1, 2006

14 & Under: Born on or after September 1, 2005

15 & Under: Born on or after September 1, 2004

16 & Under: Born on or after September 1, 2003

17 & Under: Born on or after September 1, 2002

18 & Under: Born on or after September 1, 2001 or born on or after 2000 and a high school student in the 12th grade during some part of the academic year.

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