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2022-2023 Tryouts and Clinics!


Pre-Tryout Clinics

Our Pre-Tryout clinics provide an opportunity for junior girl athletes to brush up on their volleyball skillsets and to help prepare them for our Tryouts for the 2022-2023 season.

The clinics also give our coaches a preview of players’ skills, which combined with the tryouts, will help them to place players on teams that are best suited to their experience and skill levels.

The clinics will cover individual technical skills and position specific skills. Practice drills will help athletes become stronger, more accurate, and more knowledgeable in their volleyball skills and the game of volleyball.

All girls are welcome, including girls who are brand new to volleyball. You do not need to commit to trying out for Aftershock to attend these clinics. They are open to girls ages 10-18 regardless of intent to tryout or past volleyball experience.

When and Where? (All Ages)

Sundays, October 2 and 9.
Check-In: 12:30-1:00pm.
Clinic: 1:00-3:00pm.
Piner High School, 1700 Fulton Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

  • Players may attend one or both clinics.
  • Players should arrive appropriately dressed, with kneepads.
  • Parents who wish to attend to observe may want to bring their own folding chair. Seating may be limited.


$25.00 for each clinic. We accept only cash, checks, money orders or cashier’s checks. If planning to attend both clinics, you will need to pay separately for each clinic.

2022-2023 Season Tryouts

Aftershock tryouts are open to all junior girl athletes. No invitation or past experience is necessary.

Every effort is made to place players on teams that are in alignment with their experience and skill sets.

Please refer to the USA Volleyball Junior Player Age Definition Chart to determine which age group tryout to attend.

UPDATE: Please note that the tryout dates have been changed from our previous post.

14 Years and Under

October 15 and 16

10-13 Years Old
Registration: 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Tryouts: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

14 Years Old
Registration: 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Tryouts: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

15 Years and Above

October 22 and 23

15 Years Old
Registration: 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Tryouts: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

16-18 Years Old
Registration: 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Tryouts: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Piner High School, 1700 Fulton Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403

$50 for both days of tryouts. We accept cash, checks, money orders, or cashier’s checks. Participants are encouraged to attend both days of tryouts.

Tryout Registration Form
Please download and complete the Tryout Registration Form in advance of tryouts and bring it with your payment to your designated tryout. For those who are unable to download and print out the form in advance, we will have blank forms available at tryouts.


Other Information

  • An optional informational meeting with the Club Director will be provided at each tryout approximately 15 minutes after the start of the tryout. Parents new to Aftershock are encouraged to attend one informational meeting.
  • Member handbooks will also be available at tryouts, which includes the Fee Schedule, Competition Schedules, and information about the club and how we operate.
  • Parents/families who wish to stay to observe may wish to bring their own folding chairs.
  • We will follow CDC and CDPH COVID-19 guidance for indoor youth sports programs. We ask participants to self-monitor and to stay home if they are running a fever or have any other COVID-19 or other illness symptoms.
  • If you are unable to attend tryouts due to illness, please let the Club Director know so he can work with you on a possible solution. [email protected].
  • Since this is an indoor athletic activity, high quality masks are strongly recommended.
  • Visit our FAQ’s for more information about club volleyball in general and what to expect from tryouts.


First Team Practice/Parent Meeting and Member Sign-Ups

Sunday, October 30, 2022
Piner High School
1700 Fulton Rd, Santa Rosa

Following tryouts, the coaches will contact players/parents with team placement information. Upon acceptance, players/parents will be informed of next steps, including what time to show up on October 30th for the first team/parent meeting and club member sign-ups. So, please hold this date on your calendars so you don’t miss this mandatory team/parent meeting & practice.


We look forward to seeing you at clinics and tryouts!

If you have any questions please contact Club Director Craig Hardisty via email ([email protected]) or phone (707) 479-9645. Alternatively you may use our contact form.

Save the date! 2022-2023 Tryouts!

Save the date!

Aftershock Tryouts will be…

October 15 and 16 for the 11-14 age divisions.

October 22 and 23 for the 15-18 age divisions.

Age groups are per USA Volleyball Age Definitions.

NCVA and other volleyball organizations have authorized tryouts for girls in the 15-18 age divisions beginning July 29.

We have always taken pride in our belief that our focus should be on what’s best for players and their families. We truly care and believe that all aspects of well-being should be considered when preparing for our volleyball season.

Though we recognize the potential conflict for players who wish to tryout for multiple clubs with varying tryout schedules, we have decided that our tryouts for this age group will take place following the high school volleyball season.

Delaying club tryouts allows prospective players to focus on their high school season team tryouts and families to enjoy their planned summer vacations before the start of the school year. This lessens any anxiety with players participating in simultaneous tryouts (club and school) and allows families to not stress about returning from vacation early.

In addition, we expect players to improve during their high school season. Holding tryouts near the end of the high school season will lead to more appropriate team placement for the player.

Finally, it doesn’t make sense to us to form teams in July but not be able to begin practicing until November, as per NCVA regulations.

Thus, tryouts for girls in the 15–18 age divisions will take place on October 22 and 23.

One final thought: If the trend in club volleyball is toward becoming a year-round sport, we must be very conscientious about overuse and injury prevention in order to keep everyone healthy, excited and inspired all year long.

Tryouts for Girls in the 11-14 Age Divisions

NCVA has authorized tryouts for girls in the 11-14 age divisions to begin October 15.

Therefore, tryouts for girls in the 10-14 age divisions will take place on October 15 and 16.

Times and Locations

We will be posting the tryouts schedules and locations soon. If you have signed up for club notifications, you will get an automatic notice. Otherwise, please check back here in mid-September for more details.

Once the schedule is finalized and posted, let us know if you are unable to attend tryouts for your age group so we can work with you on a possible solution. Contact Craig Hardisty at (707) 479-9645 or email [email protected].

Pre-Tryout Clinics

We will have pre-tryout clinics in October. Details will be posted in September. Be sure to subscribe to receive club news by email so you don’t miss clinics and tryouts information!

Enjoy the rest of your summer, everyone! We’ll see you in October!

Why choose Aftershock?

There are other clubs within the local area that will continue with their early tryout schedule for the older age groups. We ask you to remember why you previously chose or are considering Aftershock Volleyball Club.

  • We strive to produce accomplished athletes while promoting a life-long love for the sport.
  • Skill development, confidence, and teamwork are emphasized in a competitive, yet supportive, environment.
  • We do our best to place players on a team that is in alignment with their skill level and where they have the best chance to build upon their skills and achieve their goals.
  • Our coaches are committed to all-around player development and well-being, and as NCVA members, have access to a multitude of coaching resources and training materials.
  • We respect and follow the rules and regulations as a model of good sportsmanship.
  • Our governing organization, NCVA, provides more varied and high-level competition opportunities and has years of experience with organizing tournaments.
  • Our primary focus is on the players and their developmental experience. We do this in concert with the support of players’ parents and families who we regard as our partners in this endeavor.

2020-2021 Club Season Update

11/17/20 Update – View our Covid Updates section for the latest club news regarding COVID-19.

We would like to update you on the current status of youth volleyball for the 2020-2021 season and our current plans for proceeding. Without a doubt, the current pandemic has caused a drastic change to things we once considered normal. We, NCVA, and USA Volleyball are all making the necessary adjustments to coincide with these changes. Here at Aftershock our primary focus is to provide a quality volleyball experience while keeping everyone safe. We are and will continue to abide by all guidelines set forth by the Sonoma County Health Order as well as by the state of California.

NCVA has established the Girls Program Advisory Committee (GPAC) – comprised of Club Directors and NCVA staff. This committee has been meeting for the last 6 weeks to discuss and establish plans for the re-opening of youth volleyball, once it is safe and permissible to do so. Here are the two plans that were established by NCVA and GPAC:


Currently the NCVA plans to start the 2020-2021 season as regularly scheduled with competitions beginning at the end of January. Please understand that this is the schedule as of today. Any changes or developments with the current pandemic may create changes to our season, but we have an optimistic plan to return.


The NCVA and GPAC Committee are currently discussing plans for a tentative start date later in the season, if need be. We will update you on these options once we know further details.


Since traditional tryouts are not allowed, or safe, the NCVA in conjunction with the Girls Program Advisory Committee (GPAC) has determined that all clubs within the NCVA may offer roster spots to all returning and new players, beginning August 29, 2020 without a traditional tryout. It is felt that this change will ease the many pressures families and clubs are feeling during this turbulent time.

If your player would like to be considered for a position on a team with Aftershock for the 2020-2021 season, we invite you to complete our AVC Interest Form.

We will use the information we receive from your submission to gauge interest for the 2020-2021 season and if there is enough interest, we may begin formulating teams so that if and when we are given the green light from the county and state health authorities, we will be ready to get started!

Just as with tryouts there are no guarantees of placement on a team, however, we will do our best to place all interested players on teams most suitable for their position and skill level.

If you have not played for Aftershock before, we may arrange for a mini-tryout session (if we can do so safely) so we can assess your skill level for proper placement.

As always, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our members during our decision making and will keep each of you informed along the way.

While these past few months have been wrought with fears about the pandemic and wildfires, uncertainty about the future of America, unexpected job losses, and anxiety over sending our children back to school and figuring out new ways to learn, socialize, and work, we hope you are taking care of yourselves and are getting support where you need it.

Check back often for updates or subscribe to receive club news by email.

Feel free to contact Craig Hardisty, Club Director at (707) 479-9645 if you have any questions.

Tryout Update

Hi Everyone

We wanted to give you all an update tonight on tryouts, as promised.

It has certainly been one crazy week with this fire, the evacuations and families being displaced, the seemingly never-ending power outages, and the stress, fear, and anxiety that comes with the all too familiar Fire Season in Sonoma County.

In light of all that has happened this week and considering what we have all been through as a community, we have decided to cancel tryouts for this weekend, November 2nd and 3rd to give families the extra time to settle back into their homes and their routines.

In addition, Piner High School is currently cleaning their gym of all the smoke and ash, and we want to ensure that is concluded before we hold tryouts for everyone’s health and safety.

Tryouts for November 9th and 10th will be held as scheduled.

If you are unable to attend tryouts on the 9th and 10th, please contact our Club Director Craig Hardisty at (707) 479-9645, or our Director of Player Development Rich Schwarz at (707) 478-5593.

We are trying to reach as many people as we can with this information. If you all could help us do so by sharing with your friends, we would greatly appreciate it! Thank you.

Please enjoy your time with your family and friends this weekend, and we will see you next week!

2019-2020 Tryouts!


Tryouts are open to all junior (youth) girl athletes. No invitation or past experience is necessary. All skill levels and ages are welcome!

This year tryouts will be held by age groups. Your age group is determined by what age you will be on September 1 2020. Please refer to the USA Volleyball age definition chart for confirmation.
Tryouts for November 2nd and 3rd have been canceled. Tryouts for November 9th and 10th will be held as scheduled.

When: November 9, 10

Where: Piner High School
1700 Fulton Rd
Santa Rosa
CA 95403

13’s, 14’s, 17’s, 18’s
Registration: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tryouts: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

10’s, 11’s, 12’s, 15’s, 16’s
Registration: 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Tryouts: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Tryout Fee: $50.00 covers all four days, plus receive a free t-shirt while supplies last.

The registration form and additional information can be found on our tryouts page.

If you have any questions please contact Club Director Craig Hardisty via email ([email protected]) or phone (707) 479-9645. Alternatively you may use our contact form.