2022 Tryout Dates: Day 1: August 8th from 4:00 - 5: 30pm (Incoming Freshman only) Day 1: August 8th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm (Sophomore - Senior) Day 2: August 9th from 4:30 - 7:00 pm Day 3: August 10th from 4:30 - 7:00 pm (Athletics Registration information is below as well.)
Tryouts: Tryouts are a very important part of the Cherokee Trail Girls Volleyball program. Players work hard to attain their goal of making a team and are evaluated as coaches try to make decisions that will best benefit the CT volleyball program and our four teams. Tryouts are hard work and can be very emotional. Few athletes will be selected to a team, and most will, unfortunately, fall short of that goal. We will apply a rigorous set of tests, drills, and other assessments to make the decisions that will benefit our program and teams the most. We will treat all of our athletes with respect and let them know our decisions as quickly as possible. At the end of the process, athletes will know they have earned their spot on the team.
Tryouts for CT Girls Volleyball start Monday, August 8th @ 4:00 PM for incoming Freshmen and @ 5:30 PM for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. All tryout sessions will be held in the Main and Aux gyms at Cherokee Trail High School. In order to be eligible to try out, students MUST HAVE REGISTERED for athletics with the school. Details for how to complete this process can be found below.
Tryouts will be held over three days - Monday, August 8th, Tuesday, August 9th, and Wednesday, August 10th.
Last season, we had more than 115 athletes compete for roughly 40-45 total roster spots across four teams. Each night of tryouts, the coaching staff will trim down the number of athletes in the tryout based on test results and assessments. On the first night, we will trim the number of candidates down to somewhere between 70 and 85 athletes by designating "call backs" (players asked to return the next night to continue the tryout process). On the second night, we will only designate call backs for approximately 50 to 65 athletes. All teams will be decided by the end of the third night.
At the start of tryouts, each athlete will be assigned a tryout number. After each night of tryouts, we will post "Call Backs" which are a list of tryout numbers that should attend the next night of tryouts. Any athlete not on that "Call Back" list should not attend any additional sessions. The coaching staff will send out declination letters via email to the email address on file for any player not on the call back list each night.
Monday, August 8th: - Incoming Freshman Testing 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors Testing 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - 1st round of cuts - "Call Backs" posted before 10 PM on website
Tuesday, August 9th: - All "Call Backs" report (regardless of grade) for tryout session from 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Tryout session will focus on game-like drills and actual gameplay - 2nd round of cuts - "Call Backs" for Sophomore and Freshman teams posted on website before 10 PM - Varsity and Junior Varsity final selections will be made and rosters posted by 10 PM on website
Wednesday, August 10th: - Varsity reports @ 3:30 PM for uniform assignment and announcements - Junior Varsity reports @ 4:15 for uniform assignment and announcements - All remaining "Call Backs" report for the final tryout session from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM - Tryout session will focus on game-like drills and actual gameplay - Final round of cuts - Freshman and Sophomore final selections will be made and rosters posted by 10 PM on website
If declined players have any questions or concerns they would like to address with me or any of the coaching staff, they should WAIT 24 HOURS then reach out to me or any of the coaching staff via email and schedule a short meeting before any upcoming practice to have a discussion. These meetings MUST be with the player and the coach and will NOT include parents. We want to help athletes learn and grow from this experience, and self-advocacy, accountability, and mature communication are all benefits athletes can take from this process. Waiting 24 hours is very important. As discussed earlier, tryouts can be emotional, and we want players and parents to have some time to settle emotions, think about the experience and what they really need answered, then be prepared to have a constructive conversation with the coaches.
Players not making a cut or ultimately not making a team will get a declination letter emailed to them as decisions are made. If a player is NOT on a "Call Back" list and DOES NOT receive a declination letter, please reach out to me (Coach Hendon) for clarification.
Declined players may still have an opportunity to participate during the season - each team typically relies on the assistance of one or more Team Managers. Interested players should contact any team coach and express their interest anytime after tryouts has completed. Only responsible, enthusiastic, team-players need apply.
Players selected to a team are expected to report with a parent to a mandatory player / parent meeting on Thursday, August 11th at 4:30 PM in the main gym. The meeting should only last an hour or so as we share ground rules, expectations, and answer questions.
Athletics Registration (Fall): Athletic Registration opens online July 1, 2022 for all fall sports. Fall sports include girls volleyball, football, cheer, poms, unified cheer, cross country (boys and girls), boys tennis, boys golf, field hockey, gymnastics, softball and boys soccer. Winter and Spring sports will be open for registration later in the school year. All athletes must complete all components of the online registration before they will be cleared through the Cherokee Trail Athletic Department.
Completed registration must consist of the following:
The attached Athletic Physical (Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation) form linked below and linked here. (Physicals are good for one year. Pages 1-3 of the form will provide a history of the athlete’s health. Pages 4 and 5 MUST be signed and dated by a physician. If you are having trouble getting in for a physical before the deadline of registration, see the information and file linked below for physicals through UC Health.)
Payment of $90 athletic fee.
UCHealth is offering $30 sports physicals for HS athletes this summer! Athletes can receive their physical at any of the participating UCHealth urgent care locations —same day, with no appointment needed for $30. You can also reserve a spot for a same day visit and avoid wait times. Visit https://www.uchealth.org/treatments-procedures/sports-physicals/ to learn more. Minors must be accompanied by an adult chaperone or guardian and have parental/guardian permission. Be sure to bring the attached CT physical form with you! Girls’ Volleyball will begin their season with tryouts on August 8, 2022. To ensure the timely review of the athletic registration for each athlete, online registration must be completed and cleared through the Cherokee Trail Athletic Department by the end of the day on August 1, 2022.
Directions to Complete Online Athletic Registration: If NEW to Cherokee Trail (ALL FRESHMEN), please follow these steps:
It will ask you for your student’s last name exactly how it is in PowerSchool (if your student is a “Jr” or the “III” this will need to be added or the system will not accept the last name) and Student ID.
Next will ask for an email and password. The system will send an email notification to activate your account. Once activated, you will then go back and log in with your credentials.
The registration will take about 10 minutes.
At the physical section, please add a new physical.
The last step is to pay $90.
Click Submit and this will link your student to your family account.