Teams may begin discussion on the AAU National Tournament. This is a 3 1/2 day tournament in Orlando Florida. Teams do not have to qualify or win a tournament to participate. Teams "may" win an AAU bid tournament giving them a FREE entry into the AAU National Tournament. Teams are encouraged to sign up in a division they may feel competitive in. The AAU offers between 4-6 divisions per age much different than the tournaments we are experiencing now which offer only 3 - Club, Power, Open.
Club Unite will allow already forms teams to register and play in the AAU Nationals and / also if there is interest from individual players we can take a newly formed team to the AAU Nationals. Club Unite players who desire to play in the AAU tournament but have heard their entire team is not interested may tryout. Newly formed team tryouts for AAU will be
THURSDAY April 19th from 5pm-6pm at Club Unite. Coaches taking a team to AAU may need to pick up a player or a particular position. This will be a decision for Coach Mincey to discuss with the coach.
Club Unite coaches are not to "recruit" players without first stepping through the proper process. Club Unite parents are discouraged from doing so as well without first talking with Coach Mincey. CU coaches taking teams to AAU are encouraged to attend tryouts if in fact they do need to "pick-up" a player. All pick up players will be asked to go through the tryout process.
Teams will try to practice 8 times before their tournament. If players are going to Costa Rica, players will be training every morning in Costa Rica through reps and skills.
Please visit the AAU Volleyball page for specific dates (link on CU homepage). The cost per player is around $500.00 this cost may be less however we must assure the # of players going first.
What does this cover:
Practice Fees, Coach Salary/Food/Housing/Gas Per Diem, 3 training shirts, AAU Entry Fee
What does this fee NOT cover:
Travel Expenses, Parent/Player Housing, Parent/Player Food
Players who are interested in the AAU should first ask the coach if their particular team is going. Players should then express to Coach Mincey their desire to be picked up. Players should attend the April tryout.
Teams who have discussed the tournament event within their squad and have decided to go to the AAU National Tournament are asked to provide a
$125 non-refundable fee to Club Unite. Club Unite will send in the entry fee to AAU (which is also non-refundable). The entry fee is close to $900.00 unless you enter before March 1st which offers a $100.00 savings. I do not suggest making a rush decision to save ($10.00 per player).