Great Bay Volleyball is a Junior Olympic Volleyball Club for players 8 - 18 years old. We are located in the Dover - Hampton - Portsmouth - Rochester area of New Hampshire. We are a registered New England Region Volleyball Association (NERVA) club under

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Frequently Asked Questions



 

 


What is Great Bay Volleyball?

Great Bay Volleyball is a Registered 501 C 3 non-profit organization training volleyball players from age 8-18 for Junior's Competition . We are part of the New England Regional Volleyball Association (NERVA), a sub-region of USA Volleyball. We compete throughout New England and Beyond. Great Bay was founded on the belief that volleyball should be fun, competitive and rewarding. Please take a moment to browse this site and learn more about us. We pride ourselves on communication and we are constantly adding information to this website.  Please visit the Files & Documents Page for our Great Bay philosophyCoaches Creed and Policies and Procedures Manual along with many other helpful documents.

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Where and when are practices?

Practices will be held at The Rim in Hampton, NH (311 Winnacunnet Road, Hampton, NH 03842) and various other locations including Portsmouth Christian Academy, Spaulding High School, New Heights Gym in Portsmouth and other similar places to be announced  on this website once they are finalized. Most Teams will practice once on the weekend and once during the week (twice a week unless otherwise advertised).

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When are tryouts and is there a fee?

Tryouts are normally held directly after the New Hampshire High School season ends in early to mid November. The fee is determined each year and will be published on the website. The typical fee for tryouts is $35.00 (non-refundable) which covers the cost of gym space, a numbered T-shirt, coaches and supplies. Membership with USAV Volleyball is paid directly to USAV and has typically cost $65 (2018)

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How much does it cost to play at Great Bay and when is the first payment due?

The estimated prices for teams will be posted here.

Payments (Master Card, Visa) can be made online using your account access.  If you would prefer to mail a payment, all checks made out to:

 

“Great Bay Volleyball Club, Inc.”
P.O. Box 186
Seabrook, NH 03874


Payments are due on the following dates (a $200.00 deposit will be due at tryouts for all Travel team players).
 

First Payment Due: January  1st
Second Payment Due: February 1st
Final Payment Due: March 1st


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Which teams play on which dates (read the next 5 entries including this one)?

Locations will be announced as they are made available by the region and posted on the schedule page.  NERVA has two designations: Club and Open. Generally both divisions play on the same dates (other than open qualifiers or designated Travel Team tournaments). These are generally single day tournaments on Sundays.  Please checck the schedule page for your team for updates, cancellations and changes.

 

2019 Girls Club Division Dates:

(all dates subject to court availability)
 
  • March 3: NERVA 1
  • March 17: NERVA 2
  • March 31: NERVA 3
  • April 7: NERVA 4
  • May 5: Championships
 
2018 Girls Open Division:
 
(all dates subject to court availability)
 
  • Feb 1-3: 18’s Qualifier
  • Feb 8-10: 16’s, 17's 14's Qualifier (only if entered)
  • March 3: NERVA 1
  • March 17: NERVA 2
  • March 31: NERVA 3
  • April 7: NERVA 4
  • May 5: Championships

 

2018 Other Potential tournaments within New England

(All dates subject to court availability - Not all Open Teams will play in all tournaments listed below. This is a list of potential tournaments in New England.  All tournaments [other than regular NERVA tournaments] are subject to entry criteria and acceptance by others.  Please see our detailed FAQ below.)

  • Winterfest #1 – January 12-13, 2019

    • Girl’s: 18 Club, 16 Club, 15’s, 14’s, 12’s
      Boy’s: 18’s, 17’s, 16’s, 15’s

  • Winterfest #2 – January 19-21, 2019

    • Girl’s: 18 Open, 18 USA, 17 Open, 17 Club, 17 USA, 16 Open, 16 USA

  • Boston Pre Qualifier - February 22-24 2019:
  • Rhode Island Rumble Rhode Island Convention Center
    • ​Club Level – April 12-14, 2019
    • Open level – April 26 – 28, 2019
  • Others to be announced


Movement between levels:

NERVA allows for the movement between levels of top and bottom finishers at each tournament. They will determine how many teams to move from each level based on the number of teams in each division or flight. Therefore, a Club team can conceivably become an Open team and vice versa. Teams moving up from Club to Open are required to pay for tournaments (Officials are added at most open levels) and may realize an increase in fee structure. That possibility will be discussed with players and parents whenever practical.


Our Travel Teams:

Our Travel Teams will play in tournaments other than NERVA tournaments. These tournaments generally last 2 days or more and teams will stay overnight thus making them “travel teams”. Examples of such tournaments are the Great Nor'Easter (NY), AAU Nationals (FL), and  the Winterfest tournament in Hartford CT. (Run by NERVA!). Yet another possibility is a trip to Baltimore for the Northeast National Qualifier. These are not NERVA events (except for Winterfest) and there are entry fees, hotel costs and travel expenses associated with these tournaments (ranging in price anywhere from $150.00 - $1,000.00 per player).  All travel teams generally apply to play in the NERVA Open Division. Open division teams generally participate in the Open Qualifiers and are charged a fee for the qualifier. Lastly, Travel teams generally require 2 uniform tops as they play in multi-day tournaments. This is partly why the cost is more for these teams.

Our Club Teams:

Club teams play in reciprocal tournaments and the cost of each team is directly related to the amount of practice time, equipment and uniforms, and price of tournament facilities associated with each tournament. The Reciprocal system used by NERVA mandates that each club in New England have court space available equal to the number of teams they have. In other words, for every group of 4 teams Great Bay has, we must have 1 court available for each tournament date (note that if we had only 5 teams, we would still need two courts). Those courts are available to the NERVA scheduler for any level. The Scheduler attempts to place Club teams closer to home when possible but the entire Northeast Region is considered “Local”.

Club teams are the heart of the NERVA region; the largest segment. Our goal is for most teams at Great Bay to practice at least 2 times a week. The Cost for Club teams is generally lower than travel teams.

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Clarification of levels at each age group:

Club/Local Teams:

Teams will Practice twice a week, unless otherwise noted (check with Director or Coach for details), at locations to be announced on the Schedule page.

All teams will be provided uniforms (numbered jersey and spandex)

Entry into all local tournaments is provided. Travel to and from tournaments is the responsibility of the player and their family. No player should drive themselves to or from a tournament.

All U16′s teams will receive a Great Bay Outer Garment to be determined (Hooded Sweatshirts or Jackets for instance).

Open – Option Teams:

Teams will practice at least twice a week at locations to be announced on the schedule page.

All teams will be provided uniforms (numbered jersey and spandex)

Entry into all NERVA, regular season Open tournaments is provided.  All Teams must qualify with NERVA to be eligible for the Open Level. Travel to and from regular NERVA tournaments is the responsibility of the player and their family. No player should drive themselves to or from a tournament.

Open – Option teams will be offered the option of traveling to out-of-region Tournaments in or outside of the New England area. The Club will determine the potential of a team to travel and if the team (parents and players) is willing and able to pay for such a tournament the Club will make good faith efforts to enter that team. Costs for such tournaments are additional to the team fee and must be paid in advance of the tournament.?

Open-Option teams will receive a Great Bay Outer Garment to be determined (Hooded Sweatshirts or Jackets for instance).

Open – Travel Teams:

Teams will Practice at least twice a week at locations to be announced on the schedule page.

All Open-Travel teams will be provided home and away uniforms provided they play in multi-day tournaments (numbered jersey and 1 pair of Black spandex). Open Travel teams will receive a Great Bay Outer Garment to be determined (Hooded Sweatshirts or Jackets for instance).

Entry into all NERVA Open (formerly Power League) tournaments is provided. All Teams must qualify with NERVA to be eligible for the Open Level. Travel to and from regular NERVA tournaments is the responsibility of the player and their family. No player should drive themselves to or from a tournament.

These teams will enter one "Travel" Tournament. Travel to and from the tournament is not included in the price. Lodging for the players is included however parents are responsible for their own lodging.

Open – Travel teams will be offered the option of traveling to other tournaments in or outside of the New England area. The Club will determine the potential of a team to travel and if the teams (parents and players) are willing and able to pay for such a tournament the Club will make good faith efforts to enter those teams. A list of potential tournaments will be announced on this website and may or may not include THE BOSTON PRE-QUAL, THE HARTFORD NEJC, THE GREAT NOR’ EASTER, AAU NATIONALS or the NORTH EAST QUALIFIER (a qualifier for USA Nationals). Costs for such tournaments are additional to the team fee and must be paid in advance of the tournament.

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Training Academy

The Training Academy meets once a week.  Recently we have experienced a high demand for the Academy and we are considering expanding opportunities to participate.  For details please see the Training Academy Page.

When will we know about tournament locations?

During the season, the NERVA coordinator has to place more that 300 teams at facilities throughout New England. Clubs are responsible for providing one court for every group of 4 teams they have (reciprocal system). On any given tournament date, there are teams that withdraw for various reason including travel out side the region, school vacations and sickness. The schedule goes out first to Club directors, is corrected for errors and then sent out to the general public. It is a process unique to New England. Most regions operate on a first come first served basis meaning NOT EVERY TEAM GETS TO PLAY ON EVERY TOURNAMENT DATE! Our best suggestion is to be patient. We promise you will know when we know.

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Is there an official NERVA web site:

Official information about NERVA tournaments is posted on the NERVA website

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What does the Gold Medal Certification mean?

80% of the coaches in the club have attended a GMS Coaching Clinic
The 12 and under, 17s, and 18s coaches MUST have attended a GMS Coaching Clinic
The club designates a representative to oversee training and to ensure proper teaching methods and training philosophy
The club makes a general commitment to train all their players using GMS methods
For More information about the Gold Medal certification please visit Gold Medal Squared

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That’s it for now. We will keep you up to date as information becomes available. We hope for our players and parents to be the most knowledgeable club around!