Welcome to the Club Tryouts page for SMBC Boys Volleyball Club. Established in 1982, SMBC Boys is one of the longest-running, highly decorated, and most respected boys volleyball clubs in the country. SMBC Boys has won more than 50 medals in national competition — more than half of which have come at Junior Nationals — and has alumni scattered throughout the collegiate men’s volleyball ranks.
# - REGISTRATION FOR BOYS TRYOUTS FOR FALL 2019 IS OPEN - #
SMBC Boys is the official Boys Program of the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy (LAVA), an affiliation of youth and junior girls and boys volleyball clubs in Southern California. The five SMBC Boys locations are: SMBC South (Studio City), SMBC West (Thousand Oaks), SMBC VC (Camarillo), SMBC North (Santa Clarita), and SMBC Shack (West Los Angeles).
Click the boxes below for tryout info on each specific SMBC Boys location.
Further information on Club Tryouts for Boys is listed below. Click the text to expand the section for more information.
Yes! It is very beneficial to pre-register online and we highly recommend that all athletes pre-register. It provides a dollar discount, it saves you time when checking in at tryouts, and it helps our admins speed up the process, as well. It also lets us know you are coming! Here is the link to register: lavacademy.com/tryouts-boys-registration.
Each location has its own specific tryout dates and times. Click the location boxes above to access each location's specific tryouts page.
It is highly recommended that athletes attend the Primary (Main) Tryouts. There is no guarantee space will remain on our rosters by the time Make-Up Tryouts begin. If you cannot attend Primary Tryouts, but you know SMBC Boys is where you want to play, it is extremely important that you contact the Director of the location you are interested in.
The following age definitions for age divisions are mandated by USA Volleyball. 95% of athletes in a given age division will be with players from the same grade in school. However, a percentage will be 'young for their grade' and a percentage will be 'old for their grade' and thus fall outside the normal age range. Please contact our staff if you fall outside the normal age range for your grade, which are as follow: 18's-12th, 17's-11th, 16's-10th, 15's-9th, 14's-8th. 13's-7th, and 12's-6th-and-Below. Here are the age ranges by date of birth as mandated by USA Volleyball guidelines:
18's - Born After 9/1/00 ... 17's - Born After 9/1/02 ... 16's - Born After 9/1/03 ... 15's - Born After 9/1/04 ... 14's - Born After 9/1/05 ... 13's - Born After 9/1/06 ... 12's - Born After 9/1/06
For high school aged athletes (9th-12th graders, 15's-18's age divisions), the boys volleyball season is broken down into a Fall and Spring season. Fall Season is September-January. Spring is May-June. There is a break in the season to account for the boys high school volleyball season (February-April). More details are below:
# - Fall Season Details ... The Fall Season for boys volleyball runs September through mid-January for high school age teams (9th-12th graders, 15's-18's age divisions). It ends with the Boys Classic in January, a three-day tournament held in Orange County (usually Anaheim).
# - Spring Season Details ... The Spring Season for boys volleyball runs early May through end of June/early July for high school age teams (9th-12th graders, 15's-18's age divisions). It culminates with the Boys USA Volleyball Junior National Championships, a four-day out-of-state tournament that is an awesome experience.
For athletes who commit to play for teams in the fall, they remain with the team for the fall and spring seasons; the team forms, takes a break during high school, and resumes its competition for spring. It does not require separate commitments. The initial commitment is for the full duration.
For middle school aged athletes (8th graders and below, 12's-14's age divisions), the season runs from late September through end of June/early July for those teams who attend the Boys USA Volleyball Junior National Championships, a four-day out-of-state tournament that is an awesome experience. Not all younger teams will attend this tournament; for those who do not, the season will end with the West Coast Classic in June, a three-day tournament held in Orange County (usually Anaheim).
You choose to accept or decline the offer. Hopefully, attending tryouts means you have already discussed with your parents exactly what it means to play club volleyball - it can be a significant time commitment, as well as monetary. If your parents are on board and you want to accept the offer, you give your verbal commitment to play. The verbal commitment is very important to us; it is you giving us your word that you commit to play on our team and it is us giving you our word that we will hold a spot for you. Welcome to SMBC Boys!