FAQs

What type of teams does Sláinte offer?

Sláinte offers several types of teams:

  • Competitive/Travel Power Teams for Girls and Boys
    • Sláinte Competitive/Travel Power Teams are recommended for players who have multiple years of experience, are fully committed to practices and tournaments, and are highly competitive. To keep teams competitive and to achieve team goals, playing time is not shared equally but based on performance at practices and tournaments. This evaluation is at the discretion of the coaching staff. 
    • Girls competitive/travel power teams will participate in NCVA Power League, California Kickoff, two to three National Qualifiers, and will practice 2-3 times a week.
    • Boys competitive power teams have tryouts in August and the season finishes in January, with the possibility of going to Junior Nationals in the summer.  They will participate in NCVA Power League, one to two national qualifiers, and will practice 2-3 times a week.  
  • Power Teams for Boy and Girls
    • Sláinte Power League Teams are recommended for players who have had previous club experience and are fully committed to practices and tournaments.  These teams are a balance between learning and succeeding. Players will be allowed to participate in every tournament, however, playing time is not equally distributed. 
    • Girls power teams will participate in NCVA Power League Power League, California Kickoff, one National Qualifier Tournament, and will practice 2-3 times a week.
    • Boys power teams will participate in NCVA Power League and will practice 2-3 times a week.
  • Premier (Area) Teams for Girls
    • Sláinte Premier Teams are recommended for players who have had some exposure to volleyball and are fully committed to practices and tournaments. The emphasis with these teams will be playing to learn. With that in mind, we believe that experience on the court is key to the player’s learning experience. Playing time will be somewhat more equally balanced.  Please note that these teams will be competing locally.
    • These teams will participate in NCVA Premier (Area) League for a total of 7 tournament days and will practice twice a week.  
  • Rising Youth Tournament Teams for Girls and Boys
    • Sláinte Rising Youth Tournament Teams introduce team play and builds current skills for intermediate players. This program is meant for beginner and intermediate girls and boys from 4th thru 8th grade (9-14 years old).  This program is offered from January to April.  The participants are taught the fundamentals of volleyball in a fun, encouraging and low pressure environment. 
    • This program is recommended for players who can commit to practices on the weekend and 2-3 local tournaments during the season.
  • Rising Youth Practice Teams for Boys and Girls
    • Sláinte Rising Youth Teams introduces volleyball to beginners, as well as builds on the current skills of intermediate players. This program is meant for boys and girls from 2nd thru 8th grade (7-13 years old).  The program is offered in the Fall (September to mid-November) and Winter/Spring (January to April).  The participants are taught the fundamentals of volleyball in a fun and encouraging environment.  Practices are on the weekend. No travel or competition is involved.

 

What is the time commitment for Sláinte Teams?

  • All Girls Power teams
    • Girls power teams have tryouts and team selection in early November and the season finishes early May with the possibility of going to USAV or AAU Junior Nationals Championships in the summer.  Practice begins in late November with tournaments starting in January.  Teams will participate in NCVA Power League, one to three National Qualifiers depending on the team, and will practice 2-3 times a week.  Depending on the team, total tournament days range from 10 to 16.
  • Girls Premier (Area) teams
    • The Girls Premier teams have tryouts and team selection in early November.  Practice begins in December and the season runs from January through mid-May.  Teams practice twice per week and participate in the NCVA Premier League for a total of 7 tournament days.
  • Boys Power teams
    • Boys power teams have tryouts and team selection in August.  Practice begins late in August with tournaments starting in late September through December or January, with the possibility of going to Boys Junior Nationals Championships in late June.  Teams participate in NCVA Power League and will practice 2-3 times a week.

Is playing time guaranteed for all players?

Playing time in tournaments is not guaranteed to be equal. The type of team a player is on will determine the philosophy on playing time.  See the types of teams Sláinte offers. (link to Teams)

What if I miss a practice or tournament?

Sláinte’s programs are designed to be as competitive as possible and we ask that players participating make volleyball a priority. We realize missing a practice for other activities or other sports might occur.  It is important that players and parents communicate this to our coaches and directors, so we can prepare for a practice or tournament when a player is missing. Please notify coaches as soon as possible if you are going to miss a practice or a tournament.

Where do Sláinte teams practice?

Sláinte contracts with several facilities in and around San Francisco. Our practice venues include:

  • Sacred Heart Cathedral – 1055 Ellis Street, San Francisco
  • Washington High School – 599 30th Ave, San Francisco (gym entrance 30th/Anza)
  • Immaculate Conception Academy – 3625 24th St, San Francisco (gym entrance on Fair Oaks)
  • John O’Connell High School – 2355 Folsom St, San Francisco (gym entrance Is around the block through pedestrian gate on Harrison Street)
  • Presidio Middle School – 450 30th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121 (gym entrance is through the pedestrian gate on 29th Avenue)

What is the cost to participate in Sláinte programs?

Sláinte full season programs range in cost from $500 to $3500 depending on the team/season.  In general:  

  • Boys Power League team fees include tournament fees, gym fees, coaching fees, equipment, uniforms, and administrative fees and is $1,000 – $1,300 depending on the team and number of tournaments the team attends. This price does not include travel, food or hotel costs if needed.
  • Girls Power League team fees include tournament fees, gym fees, coaching fees, equipment, uniforms, and administrative fees and is $1,800 – $3,200 depending on the team and number of tournaments the team attends. This price does not include travel, food or hotel costs if needed.  
  • The Girls Premier team fees cost $1,400 to – $1,700 depending on the team.  The fees include tournament fees, gym fees, coaching fees, equipment, uniforms, and administrative fees.  This price does not include travel, food or hotel costs if needed.  
  • The Rising Youth Developmental program costs $400 (fall), $500 (winter/spring) for a practice team, and $800 (winter/spring) for a tournament team.
  • Clinics and summer camps have a per session or per week cost, ranging from $40 to $350, depending on how many days or sessions.

 

When are Sláinte tryouts and teams formed?  

  • Sláinte Boy’s tryouts are held the first or second week in August.  Team selection starts immediately after tryouts.  Teams start practice the third week in August.
  • Sláinte Girl’s tryout for Power, Premier, and Rising youth Tournament teams is usually held the first weekend in November.  Team selection starts immediately after tryouts and may go as late as the following weekend.  See Sláinte Teams for more information re practice start dates.  
  • Sláinte Rising Youth Practice Team does not hold tryouts.  Please see our website for Rising Youth registration form and start date.

How many players are on a team?

The number of players on the official team roster is determined by the coaching staff of each team and is typically between 10-12 players. Rosters with 12 athletes allow for better training opportunities during practices as it allows teams to play 6 on 6 volleyball to prepare for competition.

What happens if my son or daughter doesn’t make a Sláinte team?

Skills can change from year to year. Not making a team this year doesn’t mean an athlete shouldn’t tryout for a team the following year.  Similarly, if an athlete chooses to play for a different club, they are always able to come tryout the following year and would be welcomed back.