DaKine’s National Travel Teams are named Surf One & Surf Two. Surf teams practice at DaKine Sports Center; these teams compete in the local power league, with many of the Surf teams competing in national qualifiers across the country, training through late June, early July when USAV National Championships take place.
DaKine’s Regional Teams are Shaka, Tiki & Aloha. The Aloha & Tiki Teams participate in regional tournaments (all driving distance, along the I5 corridor) and practice at DaKine Sports Center. U12 Shaka team is introductory club programs, built for first time club players. U12 Shaka teams have only one practice a week, and only participate in the local power league tournaments.
Indoor club season practices for ages 14 & younger begin the first week in November and for ages 15-18, practices begin the first week of December.
Competition season officially starts in January for all the teams. Competition season runs through the end of May for most teams, with the exception of the U12 Shaka Teams and Tiki Teams, which will wrap up the end of April.
The Surf Travel teams that earn bids to Nationals will continue to train and compete until Nationals the end of June, early July.
Be sure to review the AGE DEFINITIONS, to ensure you’re registering your athlete for the appropriate age group. At DaKine, we encourage athletes to play in their age groups (exception are up to coaches discretion).
Players will run through a variety of drills and some scrimmage play to evaluate their current skill set. These will be very common drills, with straight forward objectives. Players should arrive wearing athletic attire, with appropriate court, gym shoes. Please arrive 15-20 minutes early to get checked in.
The USAV Puget Sound Region determines the dates we are allowed to have tryouts; no tryouts can be held prior to the date given, and no offers or letters of commitment can be made until that specific date.
If you are unable to attend our tryouts, but would like to be considered for the team, you’ll still want to register and complete the necessary paperwork to be eligible to be selected. Registering will ensure you’re on our list of possible candidates; be sure to leave a registration note indicating you will not be in physical attendance. You may be contacted later in the week with an offer.
In order for us to consider your athlete for the team, we need to get some court time with them to evaluate them. Please consider attending one of our open gym scrimmages or club prep clinics so we can get to know you, and you can meet some of our coaching staff.
Following the tryout assessments, we will contact every player via email with placements. We will also contact you if you did not make a team, and communicate alternative training options for the winter. Some offers will be sent the day of tryouts, as soon as we can get them out; we ask for your patience as we understand this can be stressful for the athletes, so we want to take our time to make sure no errors are made in communication. But we will work hard to get this information out as soon as possible, the day of tryouts.
Tuition for each team will vary based on the number of tournaments and length of season. Tuition can be broken down into month payments, but requires having a credit card on file for monthly billing. Uniform packages will not be issued until deposits are processed.
We would love to have a roster spot for every athlete that comes through our gym, but unfortunately we are limited to how many athletes we can have join our teams this season. If your athlete does not make the team they hoped to, we do have a wonderful alternative for the winter- hit the beach!
Check out our Winter Beach Academy– there is no better way to develop your volleyball skills than training on the beach! With less players on the court, each athlete gets more reps per practice, allowing them to develop and improve their skills faster. Don’t get bogged down learning rotations, or stuck in one role or position on the team- learn how to do every skill with proficiency.
There are no cuts to join our Beach Academy, but rather a seeding day to evaluate your athlete’s current skill set and place them in the perfect training group for their optimal development and improvement.