Club Tryout Information

Players are required to attend at minimum one tryout date. During tryouts each player will be evaluated and rated for each of the different skills. Please arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the tryout start time to check-in.

Parents are encouraged to show up 15-30 minutes prior to the completion of tryouts in case athletes are released early.

Notes: The $40 tryout fee covers all days.

Dates, times, locations and general information.

Girls 10U - 14U Age Divisions

Wednesday July 31st 2024
12U | 8:00am-10:00am - Register
13U | 10:30am-12:30pm - Register
14U | 1:00pm-3:00pm - Register

Saturday October 19th 2024
12U | 8:00am-10:00am - Register
13U | 10:30am-12:30pm - Register
14U | 1:00pm-3:00pm - Register

Saturday October 26th 2024
13U | 8:00am-10:00am - Register
14U | 10:30am-12:30pm - Register

Saturday November 2nd 2024
13U | 10:00am-12:00pm - Register
14U | 10:00am-12:00pm - Register

Location: James Island Charter High School

Girls 15U - 18U Age Divisions

Wednesday July 31st 2024
15U | 3:30pm-5:30pm - Register
16U | 3:30pm-5:30pm - Register
17U | 3:30pm-5:30pm - Register
18U | 3:30pm-5:30pm - Register

Sunday October 20th 2024
15U | 9:00am-11:00am - Register
16U | 12:00pm-2:00pm - Register

Saturday October 26th 2024
16U | 1:00pm-3:00pm - Register
17U | 3:30pm-5:30pm - Register
18U | 3:30pm-5:30pm - Register

Saturday November 2nd 2024
15U | 12:30pm-2:30pm - Register
16U | 12:30pm-2:30pm - Register
17U | 3:00pm-5:00pm - Register
18U | 3:00pm-5:00pm - Register

Location: James Island Charter High School

Boys 12U - 18U Age Divisions

Sunday October 20th 2024
12U | 2:30pm-4:30pm - Register
13U | 2:30pm-4:30pm - Register
14U | 2:30pm-4:30pm - Register
15U | 2:30pm-4:30pm - Register
16U | 2:30pm-4:30pm - Register
17U | 2:30pm-4:30pm - Register
18U | 2:30pm-4:30pm - Register

Location: James Island Charter High School

2024-2025 Season

Programs and Pricing

We offer two main club programs. Each program is suited specifically with the athlete in mind. We have put a lot of thought in how to train every athlete at every age and every skill level. Every team will have a qualified adult coach throughout the season. Every team will be put in tournaments which are appropriate for their level of competition. Player pack will be included in each program cost. Player pack includes: ball, bag, 2 practice t-shirts, warm up top, and warm up bottom. Jersey is to be returned at the end of each season.

Questions for the
Volleyball Season

Q: Do I need to register for both tryouts? Do I need to attend both dates?

You need to register for tryouts which enables you to attend one or all of the dates listed. Although we only require athletes to attend one date we do encourage them to attend all of the dates. The tryout fee covers all of the dates.

Q: How will tryouts look this season?

Tryouts this season will have a check-in table in the foyer of the school so parents can ask questions. We will have staff available in the foyer during tryouts to answer any additional questions you may have after general information is explained. After check-in athletes will be given a shirt to change into and directed inside to start their tryouts. We will not be allowing spectators inside the gym during tryouts. At the conclusion of tryouts, athletes will be given an acceptance card with which team they have made so they can take a picture and share it with their family.

If you know you will be committing to Top Flight our staff will be available in the gym (at the conclusion of tryouts) to accept cash, checks, or Venmo for deposits. Deposits are $300 and will be applied as your first payment.

Q: How will the payment process work?

Top Flight has extended its standard contract to include additional months to pay for the season. We will have a 3 month payment option (Dec-Feb) and a 5 month payment option (Dec-Apr). Once you commit to Top Flight you will be sent an invoice detailing the plan you have chosen and the breakdown of payments.

Q: How is competition going to work?

As an AAU/JVA club we have the advantage of having a large number of tournaments to attend around us. Because of this we are able to stay within the guidelines of AAU/JVA competition. We will participate in AAU/JVA tournaments in state along with out of state as we did in the past. We may also set up scrimmages with other teams during practices throughout the season.

Q: How will travel teams look this season? Will we travel?

Yes, we will attend out of state tournaments and follow their protocols and guidelines. Some out of state tournaments are Stay to Play tournaments and therefore will require us to stay in certain hotels. Information regarding travel plans for each tournament will be communicated effectively to parents.

Locations included but not limited to the following:

  • Illinois
  • Tennessee
  • Florida
  • Kentucky
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Alabama
Q: Is Top Flight taking any additional precautions or safety protocols for its athletes?

A full list of the safety procedures is listed here (click here to read procedures Click Here. In addition, we have increased sanitation throughout the gym before, during and after play.

Q: Will we have a parent meeting? How will I get my questions answered?

Top Flight will be hosting a parent meeting night shortly following tryouts and athletes committing. At this time, coaches will meet with their athletes and parents. During this time coaches will discuss expectations for the season. Athletes and parents can also use this time to ask and answer questions about the season. We will also be looking for a team mom to help with season responsibilities at this time. Spirit wear will also be sold.

Q: Are parents allowed into practices?

Parents, siblings, and other spectators are not allowed in the gym during practice time.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question about our club program then look no further. We have compiled a list of almost every question we’ve ever been asked. Read through below and see if you can find what you’re looking for. If not do not hesitate to call or email us.

Club Volleyball

Q: What is club volleyball?

Club volleyball is an organized formation of volleyball teams for the purposes of practice and competition. Almost all club volleyball programs associate with one or more governing organizations (AAU, JVA, USA Volleyball and etc.). Club volleyball programs, such as Top Flight Volleyball club offer a wide array of teams and programs to develop their athletes. Club volleyball offers the ability to play the sport of volleyball year round for fun and competition.

Q: What is Top Flight’s Mission?

Top Flight VBC is dedicated to providing young athletes with a better understanding of the game of volleyball. Our staff will teach the skills and key ingredients to better our athletes both on and off the court. We feel that instilling hard work, confidence and commitment is something everyone can carry forward in all aspects of life. Training athletes to develop their skill set and challenge themselves in competition will facilitate their long term volleyball success. Our coaches are both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about all aspects of the game and strive to pass this on to each athlete.

Our coaching staff is experienced and unified in the teaching of basic skills, including the more advanced techniques of the game. With the philosophy of training athletes in an intense controlled environment, Top Flight strives to be one of the top competitors in the volleyball community.

Top Flight is intent on competing with the top volleyball programs in the country. We will focus on training our athletes to do just that. Our unique training methods, strength and conditioning, individual position training and attention to detail are what we feel sets us apart from the competition. We focus on training each individual player to reach their potential. Every athlete is different and will require training that fits their needs. Our program also caters to the needs of the multi-sport athlete.

We will assist our athletes in their pursuit of college opportunities, meeting with parents and college coaches to provide each athlete with their possibilities for the future. We feel with the right amount of exposure and elite competition this will give our athletes a wonderful opportunity to continue their volleyball careers at the collegiate level.

Q: What programs do we offer? How much do they cost? What's included?

A full list of all of our club programs, costs and included membership benefits can be found on our website.

Check above to see our Club Programs and Pricing sheets.

Management & Coaches

Q: Who are the coaches?

Our coaching staff is one of the best. Most of our coaches have played college volleyball, with two having played in a professional setting. Currently our staff coaches middle school and high school programs during their “off season” from club volleyball. We have coaches accredited with winning national championships, all-american awards, and being top recruited players from their college playing days. Most of our staff continues to play at the adult level and have brought home open level national championships. We strive to improve our staff and their knowledge year over year. We feel all teams need a competent devoted coach that will bring out the most in each of their athletes.

Click Here to view bios and coaching philosophies of all of our directors and managers as well as contact information for our coaching staff.

Q: Who are the directors?

We have an open door policy and encourage you to get to know the directors of Top flight.

Cindy Gritzman – Club Director (Illinois & Georgia)

Sean Gritzman – Club Director (Illinois & Georgia)

Kortney Kurtz – Club Director – (Georgia)

Jason Yeates – Club Director – (South Carolina)

Click Here to view bios and coaching philosophies of all of our directors and managers.

Teams & Tryouts

Q: What programs do we offer? How much do they cost? What's included?

A full list of all of our club programs, costs and included membership benefits can be found on our Club Info & Pricing sheet located near the top of this page.

Q: What is open enrollment and how does it affect my child?

Open enrollment allows for an athlete to be guaranteed a place on one of our teams.

Q: What exactly is an extended season?

This option is intended for any athlete who would like to continue their club experience through June. Final tournament of the year would be a multi-day national event. Cost for this program is listed above in our pricing sheet.

Q: Is there a fee for tryouts?

Each season every athlete must pay a one-time $40 fee to tryout. The fee includes participation in all tryout dates for that season.

Q: What do we need to bring?

Athletes should wear attire similar to what they would for gym class. If they want they can bring water or sports drink however concessions will be open to purchase if need be. All other equipment is provided during the tryout.

Q: Can I pre-register for tryouts? What paperwork can I fill out prior to the tryout?

Yes, pre-registration is REQUIRED and can be found on our Club page of our website. Even with pre-registration, some forms may be required at check-in for your tryout.

Q: What to expect during tryouts?

Athletes should arrive at least 15 min before tryouts begin. Athletes should be prepared for tryouts to last approximately 2.5-3 hours. They will check-in outside of the gym and receive their tryout t-shirt. They will go inside, change, and begin warm-ups. During tryouts all athletes will be rated on their passing, setting, hitting, and serving skills. At the end of tryouts, athletes will then participate in gameplay. When tryouts conclude, athletes will be given a card indicating which team they have been placed on. At that time, they can verbally commit to Top Flight Georgia.

Q: When will I know if I was accepted into Top Flight's club program?

During tryouts one of the Top Flight coaches may tell you that you are accepted into the club. If they have not been told, they will be sent an email with acceptance.

Q: How many athletes are on a team roster?

Top Flight will have rosters of 10-12 athletes for teams.

Q: Are athletes allowed to “play up” an age division?

Yes, in some instances we may ask an athlete to “play up” in a different age division. These changes will be left to the discretion of the Top Flight staff.

Q: Do boys play on the girl teams too?

Although the younger ages (10U-14U) allow the boys to play on a girls team we do not mix them in our club. Girls will be on a girl only team as boys will be on a boy only team.

Q: When will I know what team I made?

The majority of the team rosters will be finalized at commitment night. However, adjustments to rosters may be made during the first two weeks of practice. We reserve the right to make roster adjustments throughout the season as needed.

Q: When is the commitment date?

Many athletes choose to commit once they have been offered a spot in one of our programs. This assures that the spot that you have been offered is yours to keep and will not be given to another athlete that has tried out. To commit we require a $300 non-refundable deposit. For those athletes that do not commit at tryouts we ask that they make their commitment within 24 hours of the date they have first tried out.  We do not feel that the pressure tactic of having someone commit immediately is necessary however spots especially in our travel programs do fill up very quickly.

Q: I was selected to a team what do I do now? When is the Parent Meeting?

Parent Night dates are posted on our website. All parents and athletes are expected to come to the Parent Night. During this time we will ensure all contracts have been signed, a $300 deposit has been collected, athletes have been sized for jerseys and warm-ups, spirit wear can be purchased or ordered, and parent communication systems will be set up. Athletes will also meet their coach on this night! December practice schedules will be distributed however, tournament schedules will not be finalized until December practices begin. During this time coaches will discuss expectations for the season. Athletes and parents can also use this time to ask and answer questions about the season. We will also be looking for a team mom to help with season responsibilities at this time.


Q: What are finance and payment options?

Dues may be paid in full or on one of two payment schedules – a 3 month payment option (Dec-Feb) or a 5 month payment option (Dec-Apr). There are no refunds and payment is expected in full after you commit for the season.

Q: Are sibling discounts available?

We offer a $100 discount for each additional sibling participating in our club program during the same season.

Q: Are fundraising options or work programs available?

Fundraising options will be set up within each team based on needs.

Q: Is equipment returned at the end of the season?

Yes, uniform tops will be returned at the conclusion of the athlete’s final tournament of the season. All other equipment given to the athlete is theirs to keep.

Q: Are there additional travel fees which will need to be paid?

There are additional travel fees that will be incurred on a personal basis. These are travel-related fees such as transportation to and from the destination, food, hotels, etc. Top Flight will not collect these fees.

Q: Does Top Flight offer refunds or prorated amounts?

Unfortunately we are not able to offer any type of prorated amount for any of our classes. If you register for a class and realize you are unable to attend you may cancel your registration PRIOR to the first date for a full refund. However once the date of the class arrives there are no refunds given for cancelation.


Q: When are practices? How often and where do they practice?

Practice schedule including dates, times and locations can be found with the “team information” at the top of this page.

Q: Where are Top Flight's practice facilities?

All practice facilities can be found on the Facilities page of our website.

Click Here to visit the facilities page.

Q: Do we offer positional training during practices?

Yes, one practice each week will have skill specific training included. The amount of time spent for this will vary depending on the practice.

Q: Do teams practice together or separately?

Teams will practice in time slots with teams of similar age and skill level. Some practices will consist of teams combining players together for skill specific (positional) training. Other practices will consist of team related training where teams will either practice on their own court or share with another team of a similar age and skill.

Q: What happens if there is a conflict for a practice or tournament?

Athletes are allowed up to two missed practices per season without consequence. Athletes missing more are required to make up their practices with another team within a 10 day period of the missed practice. Athletes missing a tournament will count against their two allowed missed dates and will be required to attend and sit their first set of the following tournament. There is also a $60/day fee for missed tournaments. 

Q: How does Top Flight handle multi-sport athletes?

Multi-sport athletes are welcome to join any of our programs. We do require athletes to attend all tournaments.

Q: What is Top Flight's philosophy on playing time?

At Top Flight 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. Top Flight is a competitive volleyball environment and the teams are administered that way.

*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 director will be held.*

Tournament & Travel

Q: When and where are matches and tournaments played? How long do they run?

Regional tournaments are held on Saturdays and/or Sundays around the Atlanta and surrounding areas. Out of town tournaments may be 3 days long in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, etc. Each tournament lasts between 6-8 hours long. Teams play roughly 3-5 matches.

Q: What are the out of state travel policies?

Each athlete is responsible for their own method of travel and hotel unless otherwise stated as a Stay to Play tournament. If we attend a Stay to Play tournament, we will have specific hotels we must stay in.

Q: What is the Cell Phone Policy?

Cell phones will not be permitted during practice or on tournament days. Cell phones must stay in bags on practice days for the entire practice. On tournament days, cell phones can be turned in to coaches or parents. They can be used again at the conclusion of the tournament day.

Parent Involvement

Q: What is Top Flight'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 feel a neutral time is the best for staff/parent discussions.

Q: What is the role of the parent?

We encourage parents to be a positive role model not only for their child but for the rest of the players on their team. Team practices are completely organized and run by our staff and as such there is no need for parental involvement. Tournaments are sometimes lengthy all day events and parents might be asked to help assist with coordinating snacks, meals, activities and etc.

 Parents are instructed to not coach their kids at any point during a practice nor tournament. We ask they not distract their children from their tasks at hand nor require their attention during Top Flight related events. Parents are more than welcome to give their children feedback regarding what they see however we ask this be done in a private setting with their own child and not in front of their peers.

College Recruiting

Q: Do we offer college recruiting assistance?

We have full-time staff members to help assist the families with their college recruiting needs. Individual meetings are available throughout the season as well as our semi-annual recruiting seminars. This service is included with your club membership at no additional cost.

Q: How does Top Flight help with the recruiting process?

All club members are welcome to take advantage of this service. We have two full time staff members who will help educate you on the process of college recruiting. We will then help assist you in finding the right school for you. We don’t over promise and under deliver! We walk you through the steps and give realistic options which fit what you are looking for.

At Top Flight VBC we take pride in assisting our club athletes during their college recruiting process. We understand it can be a stressful time, but we want to walk you through the process. If our athletes want to play in college then we will help to assist them in finding the right fit academically and athletically. If they are undecided, we walk them through the process to help them to understand what they should be doing and what they should be looking for during their college selection. We believe there is a fit for each and every athlete in our program.

Q: Where do I learn more about the recruiting process?

Our full time college recruiting liaisons are available for one on one meetings to help educate and inform families on all aspects of the process. We recommend our club athletes set up these meetings when needed.

Q: Will all Top Flight athletes play in college?

Not everyone will play in college. Some of the factors can be as simple as the desire for a specific major that is not at a “volleyball” school. For those athletes that are looking to continue being a student athlete and are open to all levels of college volleyball we will find a spot for you to continue playing.