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About Surfside Volleyball Club

Mission

Surfside Volleyball Club believes in providing high level technical training in an environment where girls have fun and foster a true love of the sport. We take pride in a coaching staff that relates well to female players and understands how to prepare them for the next level of play.

History

Coming from a generation where girls did not have many opportunities in sports, Carolyn Lawson founded Surfside Volleyball Club in 2000 to provide female athletes a chance to learn and excel in a sport they love. After being a successful and well respected club at the middle school level for over ten years, Surfside expanded to high school age groups in 2013, and currently has 20+ teams in the greater South Bay area. Surfside has continuously had teams in Division 1 of every age group we compete in, and in 2017, we were one of only 3 clubs in all of Southern California to have teams qualify for Junior Nationals in EVERY age division they play.

Surfside Locations

Athletes from the following cities: Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Culver City

Athletes from the following cities: Torrance, Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Redondo Beach, Carson, Lomita

Athletes from the following cities: Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Beverly Hills, Toluca Lake, Van Nuys, Thousand Oaks, North Hollywood

Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN ARE TRYOUTS?

12’s – 14’s Tryouts – Saturday, October 7th

12’s MB 9:00am-10:30am at Hermosa Valley Middle School

12’s PV Time TBA at Palos Verdes High School

12’s SO 8:30am-10:00am at Harvard Westlake School

13’s & 14’s MB 11:00am-12:30pm at Hermosa Valley Middle School

13’s & 14’s PV Time TBA at Palos Verdes High School

13’s & 14’s SO 10:30am-12:00pm at Harvard Westlake School

WHICH AGE GROUP SHOULD I TRY-OUT FOR?

Here are the Age Definitions for the 2018 Season:

  • 18 and Under Division (Seniors): Players who were born on or after September 1, 1999 or Players who were born on or after September 1, 1998 and are a high school student during some part of the current academic year
  • 17 and Under Division (Juniors): Players who were born on or after September 1, 2000
  • 16 and Under Division (Sophomores): Players who were born on or after September 1, 2001
  • 15 and Under Division (Freshman): Players who were born on or after September 1, 2002
  • 14 and Under Division (8th Grade): Players who were born on or after September 1, 2003
  • 13 and Under Division (7th Grade): Players who were born on or after September 1, 2004
  • 12 and Under Division (6th Grade): Players who were born on or after September 1, 2005

11 and Under Division (4th/5th Grade): Players who were born on or after September 1, 2006

CAN I “PLAY UP” AN AGE GROUP TO PLAY WITH MY SISTER OR FRIEND?

We ask that players tryout according to their age. If you are able to play “up” or “down” based on your grade and would prefer that, please let your director know. Final roster decisions are made by Age Group Directors based on the ability of the player and best fit.

MY DAUGHTER WANTS TO PLAY WITH HER 3 FRIENDS, IS THAT POSSIBLE?

For our non-travel teams, we will try to honor such requests. But the request must be made by all parties requested for it to be valid. However, for our top teams it becomes more challenging to accommodate these team placement requests due to position requirements and varying skill level.

WHEN WILL I KNOW WHAT TEAM I MADE?

Surfside makes every effort to match every player with an appropriate team, but we are not able to accommodate everyone. Tryouts are a time for coaches to concentrate on the evaluation of players.

Individual placement information will be communicated by coaches during the day(s) following each tryout. Roster spots are offered beginning after the tryout, and given until the team is full. Surfside assumes that players who give a 100% YES to the coach will hold their verbal commitment and not attend other tryouts. If you are not able to give the coach a 100% yes, then the coach will let you know the time frame before your spot is given up. It is possible that a spot may not be able to be held. Adjustments to rosters can be made throughout the season.

Official paperwork and $1000-$1250 deposits are due Monday, August 14th. Instructions for how to complete this information will be emailed to players who have verbally committed.

HOW ARE PRACTICES DETERMINED? CAN I REQUEST SPECIFIC PRACTICE NIGHTS?

Due to gym schedules and the length of time between tryouts and the start of practices, Surfside cannot guarantee practice days/times for the season.  Practices days/times have been estimated based on past year gym permits and scheduling, but are subject to change.  If you have a pre-existing conflict for the season please communicate that to your age division head coach prior to tryouts.  Practice conflicts that affect multiple players on any team should be brought to your coaches attention ASAP in hopes of amending that specific day.  Gym schedules, coaches conflicts with work, and age group time considerations are prioritized first when making practice schedules.

WHEN WILL I KNOW MY SCHEDULE? WHAT ABOUT MY ROSTER?

Rosters will be on our website after all paperwork has been turned in.  

Finalized schedules will be announced via email and on our website in October.  Travel tournament schedules may be released sooner based on tournament registration dates.  Please do NOT book family travel/vacation from January – May until your travel tournaments have been assigned.  When booking Winter Break Vacation, please make sure you have checked the SCVA schedule.  Some age groups may have tournaments the final weekend of winter break, and girls will need to be at practice from Wednesday on that week.  

Travel teams practice 2-3 times a week, regional teams practice 2 times a week.

WHERE DO YOU PRACTICE?

Our MB teams primarily practice at Hermosa Valley School, Dana Middle School, Adventureplex, El Camino College, Del Aire Park and Universal Sports Center

Our PV/South Teams primarily practice at South High School, PV High School, Stub Hub Center and St John Fisher.  

Our SO Teams primarily practice out of Harvard Westlake School

WHAT ARE THE CLUB DUES?

At Surfside, all fees are collected up front at the start of the season rather than before each travel tournament.  Fees include all club costs for travel tournaments except hotel/flight/food for the players.  Team parents will only collect money for player food before travel tournaments ($100-$175), no other fees will be collected at that time.  If a team requests to add a tournament (travel or local) after the start of the season, the team must split and collect the associated costs.

 

All players are required to submit their deposit of $1000/$1250 depending on their team on August 12th/October 7th.  Failure to do so will result in loss of your roster spot.  

 

Club fees for 2018 will be posted in early august.

WHAT ARE FINANCE AND PAYMENT OPTIONS?

Dues may be paid in full or on a payment schedule of 4-5 payments. There are no refunds for the deposit and payment is expected in full by the first tournament unless you have submitted a signed and executed payment plan agreement.  Players behind on payments will not be allowed to participate.  

DO YOU PROVIDE FINANCIAL AID?

If your family is in need of a work scholarship, please contact Hayley Blanchard. We have a limited amount of work scholarships available, which are awarded on an “as needed” basis.

ARE UNIFORMS INCLUDED?

Uniforms are a separate payment based on team and whether or not your are a returning player (some items may be reused year to year to save you money).  Uniform payments will be taken at the fittings in cash or check only.  

HOW ARE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS COORDINATED?

All travel, lodging and food expenses are the responsibility of the player/parent.  Families are expected to stay at club designated hotels assigned by the tournament travel agents (Stay and Play Policy).  Surfside players will stay WITH their parent(s) or the parent of a teammate.  Players do not stay in rooms with one another.

WHAT IS SURFSIDE'S POLICY ON PARENT INVOLVEMENT?

We have an open door policy with our parents and encourage them to communicate with our staff.   This policy does not exist during tournaments and practices; we ask that all parents observe a 24 hour rule during and after tournaments to allow for a “cooling off” period before approaching a coach with any staff/parent discussions/issues.  Please see the conduct agreement for specifics.

WHAT IS SURFSIDE'S PHILOSOPHY ON PLAYING TIME?

At Surfside, we believe playing time is earned, not given. Playing time is determined by the coach based on several criteria including attendance, practice, attitude, game performance and skill. Surfside is a competitive volleyball environment and the teams are administered that way.  The exception to this is for local level teams where all players will receive meaningful playing time.

*Playing time and related issues are encouraged to be resolved between player and coach. After such meetings, if the issue still remains then a formal meeting with the player, coach and age group director will be held.*

DOES SURFSIDE OFFER REFUNDS OR PRORATED AMOUNTS?

Surfside does not offer refunds on any team fees or deposits towards team fees. Many of our camps and clinics do offer prorated attendance fees with prior notification.  

Deposit & Tuition Payments

To assure the utmost in player development and a successful season for your daughter, many pre-season staffing, logistical and coaching commitments are made by Surfside in large part dependent upon pre-season enrollments. As such, the total amount of dues to be paid under the installment option described below are deemed earned in full as of the first installment due date, regardless of whether a player participates through the end of her/his respective season. If you are injured during the course of the season, a credit to future programs may be given. If you are removed from the club due to violation of policy or choose to quit, all fees are forfeited!

Click the registration link to the right to pay your deposit and tuition for the 2017 season. ALL PLAYERS MUST REGISTER ONLINE! Note that your tuition is NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE (see the refund policy within the registration and below). From there, you can choose to pay the remaining balance of your tuition a few different ways:

  • a) all at once today
  • b) using the “2-payment plan” (remaining balance taken out September 30th)
  • c) using the “4-payment plan” with equal payments being charged on the 15th of September, October, November, December (note a $15 administrative fee is added to each of these 4 payments)
  • or d) using the “5-payment plan” (available for travel teams only) with equal payments being charged on the 1st of September, October, November, December, January (note a $15 administrative fee is added to each of these 5 payments)

Checks will only be accepted if you pay up front with the full balance. If you prefer to pay in cash please contact the director.
You will also be prompted to sign our Player Commandments, Parent Payment Contract, fill out required membership for play (AAU, USAV, JVA).

Refunds & Credits

A player/family must pay a deposit to reserve a roster spot on a team at Surfside on August 14th for High School teams and October 9th for Middle/younger teams. Once a player/family has paid their deposit and reserved their roster spot on a team, the player/family has agreed to and is responsible to pay their full season tuition. The deposit and all additional tuition payments are NON-REFUNDABLE.

If any payments are late or in default, the player will not be allowed to attend any practices or tournaments until payments are up to date. The player/family will be held liable for any costs associated with the collection of unpaid fees.

If a player is unable to participate during the season due to injury, illness, violation of Surfside policies or relocation, the player/family is still responsible to pay their full season tuition. The deposit and additional tuition are NON-REFUNDABLE.

If a player decides to end her participation with Surfside at any point in the season, the player/family is still responsible to pay their full season tuition. The deposit and additional tuition are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Any decision to offer a credit towards Surfside training opportunities to players who suffer a season ending injury or medical condition is at the sole discretion of Surfside.

Accomplishments

2017

20 teams in the SCVA
Teams in Division 1 of every age group Surfside plays
Team from EVERY age group Surfside plays with a bid to Girls Junior National Championships!

Surfside 16 Legends
National Bid to GJNC; top 50 in Country by Prep Volleyball
Prep Volleyball Watch list: Emily Mitter, Abrielle Bross, Memphis Glasgow, Caroline McQuiggan

Surfside 15 Legends Gold
American bid to GJNC
Prep Volleyball Watch list: Kate Lane, Finley Shannon

Surfside 15 Legends Silver
5th Place finish SCVA JNQ

Surfside 14 Legends
American bid to GJNC
5th Place finish SCVA JNQ

Surfside 14 Gold
9th place finish SCVA JNQ

Surfside 13 Legends
Open Bid to GJNC
4th Place finish SCVA JNQ
1st Place Finish SCVA Mandatory
Top 2 in SCVA

Surfside 12 Legends
American bid to GJNC
2nd place finish SCVA Mandatory x 2
5th place finish SCVA JNQ
Top 5 in SCVA

2016

18 Teams
Teams in Division 1 12s, 13s, 14s, and 15s
Four teams qualifying for Girls Junior National Championships

Surfside 15 Legends
Open bid to GJNC
Prep Volleyball #37 in nation
5th place SCVA JNQ

Surfside 14 Legends PV
National bid to GJNC
2nd place SCVA JNQ

Surfside 14 Legends MB
4th place Far Western JNQ

Surfside 13 Legends
American bid to GJNC

Surfside 12 Legends
American bid to GJNC
Top 5 in SCVA
5th Place GJNC

2015

Surfside 14-1
National bid to GJNC
1st place Far Western JNQ
Top 5 in SCVA

Surfside 13 PV
American bid to GJNC

2014

Surfside 16-1
USA bid to GJNC
2nd place Far East JNQ

Surfside 15-1
2nd place Pacific Northwest JNQ

Surfside 13-1
1st place SCVA JNQ
American bid to GJNC
Top 5 SCVA

Surfside Alumni

Hayley Lawson Davidson College
Shelby Avol USC
Amy Mosebar Biola
Nancy Shrodes Tufts University
Ashley Clark Cal State Dominguez
Ashlee Herbst University of Hartford
Jessica Kalama Cal Baptist
Jackie Gardner Endicott
Sheridan Taylor UC San Diego
Ella Rosenfeld UC Irvine
Jace Pardon Florida State
Lan Nguyen Tulane
Gabby Rosenfeld Middlebury College
Katie Warshaw Amherst
Carley Muller Penn St
Sarah Lucenti Brown
Carly Wagenbach Brown
Kelsey McIntire Sonoma State
Lexi Millington Marist
Gracie Chavers Lehigh
Corie Bain Harvard
Sammy Furlan. Cal
Kenedy McGrath VA Tech
Brooke Feld Alabama
Sara Feld Georgetown
Natalie Anselmo UofA
Payton Chang Stanford
Mia Mason UofA
Ashlie Williams Georgetown
Megan Rice LMU
Kaity Edwards Univ of San Diego
Katie Rethmeyer Lafayette
Katrina Kernochan USC
Skylar Caputo Pepperdine
Erin McCarthy Harvard
Sam Snyder American, Maryland
Emma Smith. Hawaii; Cal
Katie Barkley Hawaii Pacific
Kelly Geiser UCLA
Alex Newton Williams
Sophia Loiola Sacramento State
Lauren Gurbach Columbia
Corinne Hemmersbach Washington & Lee
Nikki Lane LMU
Tori Jasuta Williams
Clare Olivares Brown
Cameron Longyear Tufts
Zoe Hamilton. Occidental
Taylor Rudeen Fairfield
Mary Frances Hock Boston College
Kathleen Harris. Colgate
Bryana Kekauoha Hawaii Hilo
Meaghan Truman Yale
Nicole Kerkhof Claremont Makena
Lea Ungar Cal Poly SLO

Still Have Questions?

Main Contact

Surfside MB & Surfside SO
310.702.6900

Surfside PV
310.404.5169