(507) 477-3235 9 Sixth Ave SE, Hayfield, MN 55940


Head Coach Jeremy Struck

Team Selection Process

Team Selection Process


The purpose of these guidelines is to document the tryout process to the Hayfield volleyball community. The hope is that by making everyone familiar with the process, a general understanding is gained, misunderstandings are avoided, and doubts concerning fairness are removed.

Suggested Pre-Camp Work-out

The Hayfield Volleyball program is dedicted to help you reach your full potential as a volleyball athlete. Therefore, it is important that you come the first week already in good shape. Your coaches will expect maximum effort at all of your practices and this will be difficult if your muscles are sore and you are overtired by the second day of practice. Please begin your workouts at least twenty days before camp. Plan to work out for 5 days and rest for 2 each week. 


DAYS 1, 3, 5

2 sets of 10 push-ups

2 sets of 25 curl-ups/crunches

2 sets of 10 blocking jumps

1.5 mile run in 12 minutes or less

DAYS 2, 4

Same, but insert 8 fifty meter sprints for 1.5 mile run. Sprint 50 meters, walk 50 meters until completed. Sprints are for maximum speed.


DAYS 1, 3, 5

3 sets of 10 push-ups

3 sets of 25 curl-ups

3 sets of 10 blocking jumps

1.5 mile run in 11 minutes or less

DAYS 2, 4

Same, but insert 8 sixty meter sprints for 1.5 mile run.


DAYS 1, 2, 3

3 sets of 15 push-ups

3 sets of 30 curl-ups

3 sets of 10 blocking jumps

Run 1 mile under 9 minutes

DAYS 4, 5 (2 days before camp) No workout- rest!


Volleyball Tryout Schedule:

Tryouts for the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams during the first two weeks of practice.  You must attend every preseason practice, unless you have made specific arrangements—in advance—with the coaching staff.


Tryout Criteria:

The coaching staff will be looking for coachable athletes who have a great work ethic, love to compete, and want to learn to become better players and teammates. Prior volleyball experience or skill helps, but is not required. (Great volleyball players are not made just made better!) Prospective student-athletes will be tested and evaluated for their overall athletic ability and level of volleyball skill. Coaches will apply the following criteria (in this order):

  1. ATTITUDE: Players who are positive, competitive and eager to learn. More consideration will be given to those who demonstrate strong leadership skills, ability work/communicate as a team (volleyball games do not last long with a team of one person!) and to those who are willing to take risks and are unafraid to learn from mistakes. Athletes must be willing to promote the teams’ philosophy of togetherness and make others around them better.
  1. ATHLETIC ABILITY: Players with the ability to learn and perform complex skills. Volleyball puts a premium on explosiveness and rewards those who are unafraid to attack the ball.
  1. POSITION: Players whose skills fit a specific need for the team’s overall balance

What to expect at tryouts:

  • Expect to work hard. You will be asked to perform all physical testing and drills at full speed. You should run when shagging balls, when moving from drill to drill and when going to and from water breaks. You will not sit down during tryouts, except during the daily snack break.
  • Expect to improve your volleyball skills. At tryouts, coaches will both teach and evaluate. Even if you are not selected to the team, you will become a better volleyball player by the end of the tryouts.
  • Expect to enjoy yourself: Tryouts will be the new normal part of the Hayfield Volleyball experience. Whether you are competing for a seat in the band, or for a role in the school play or musical, or for a spot on the basketball or baseball team, you will have plenty of opportunities to show your stuff and try your best. We suggest you stay loose, make new friends, and decide that you will have a good time, no matter what the end result.

Skill / Competition Evaluation:

Prospective student-athletes will be taught the basics of the Viking Volleyball system, including passing, serving, attacking, setting, blocking and defense. Evaluators will be situated and players rotated through stations such that the evaluators get a chance to see all the girls participate in all types of drills and competitions. Players’ skills will be rated on the numerical scale below through various drills, competitive activities, and games.

Attitude Evaluation:

Prospective Vikings should be willing to try hard, make mistakes, learn from those mistakes and keep trying. Coaches will take note of those players who listen, follow directions, and ask questions when necessary. Athletes who are COACHABLE COMPETITORS stand the best chance of making the team. We will be looking for individuals who are high speed and low drag.

Players must be able to lead, follow, or get out of the way!

How to Impress the Coaches:

  1. Be among the first to arrive in the gym and among the first to help set up nets and equipment.
  2. Be among the first to line up for drills.
  3. Look the coach in the eye when she/he speaks to you or to the team.
  4. Be loud.
  5. Be a champion ball shagger.
  6. Be among the first to help take down the nets and put away equipment.


The head coach will identify “qualified” evaluators – those with the experience and expertise necessary to judge volleyball talent. The goal is to have more than just the head coaches’ evaluation for determining a player’s tangible and intangible skills.

Team Selection Process

  1. Individuals will be evaluated in the following areas:
  2. Acceptance of coaching philosophy: coachable
  3. Game skills: passing, setting, hitting, serving, digging, blocking & game knowledge.
  4. Athletic ability: quickness, endurance, strength, jumping ability.
  5. Attitude: reliable, energetic, never gives up, and a team player.
  6. Once the tryout is complete, the evaluators/coaches will meet to discuss each player individually and complete subjective assessments.
  7. Athletes will know if they have acquired a position on the team (JV or V) by being notified by their coach. The Varsity team may include up to 12-13 players.

“Swing Players”

A ‘swing player’ is a player chosen by the coaches to play a role on both the JV & Varsity teams. Generally, players chosen for this role will participate full time in practices and games with the JV team, and will occasionally participate in practices with the Varsity team. Generally, playing time for these players on the Varsity level will be extremely rare, but could occur under the right circumstances. The general thought process is to develop players to play at the Varsity level, thus ensuring that the program remains strong year after year.

The commitment level for these players is also raised as they will be asked to participate in both JV & Varsity practices. They will be expected to maintain their level of play and participation during both, and meet the level of skill during both as well. All of this is in addition to maintaining their educational commitments, and any outside commitments they may have. All in all, this is an extremely important, and serious, commitment.

Any player given this opportunity must take all of this into consideration before accepting the offer and conversations between parents, players, and coaches are strongly recommended before making a decision to accept.

These offers can be made at any time in the season. Players selected can also be asked to return to their normal roles at any point. This decision, should it occur, should not be viewed as a negative reflection on the player’s abilities. Also, because a player is not selected at the beginning of the season does not mean that the offer cannot be made later in the season. All decisions are based on the needs of the coaches and the Varsity team, and can change as the season progresses.

Alternative Options:

The Hayfield Volleyball coaching staff strives to make all decisions fairly, without bias, and after extended deliberation and evaluation of each prospective student-athlete. During the tryout process, it is not unusual for some girls to decide they would rather not continue trying out. If you think you’d like to withdraw from consideration for a spot on the team, please talk it over first with one of the coaches. It is possible you may be underestimating your chances. We are also always looking for managers to help out with practices, statistics, and video recording. Value to the volleyball program comes in many different forms, please consider this alternative before walking away completely.