Who is eligible to play JO?
What experience is needed?
When are practices?
When and where are tournaments?
How much does it cost?
How long has the Portland area had a JO team?
What is NERVA?
What is the the 12U Program?
How do I know if I should tryout for the Gold (15, 16s, 17s and 18s) team
How do I know if practice is cancelled due to inclement weather?
Until 2011, Our Club has only had girls’ volleyball teams. We are now offering exposure to the sport for boys ages 10 through 16 as well. There are girls’ divisions: 18U – 12U. We welcome girls 9 years old to high school seniors. See the age chart for eligibility.
You do not need to have any prior volleyball experience for either the boys or girls 14 and under or 12 and under teams, just a willingness to learn. Experience is necessary for the older teams. We avoid “cuts” at the 12U and 14U ages. Most of our teams are chosen by ability and there are some teams that are very competitive. See “How do I know if I should tryout for a Gold team?” below.
When are practices?
Practices for the bulk of our teams are every Sunday from early December through the end of April, except holidays and tournament weekends. Individual teams may practice during the week as time and facilities allow. The practice times have not been determined for this season.
There are two tournaments scheduled for March, two in April and one (the “championship”) in May. Some teams may compete at additional tournaments. The dates for this season are on the calendar.
The locations of tournaments are not determined until the week before the tournament date. Our Club hosts two tournaments each of the weekends (5). This gives the possibility of a home tourney during the season. However, most tournaments are in southern New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts. The “Club” level schedule typically has a maximum drive of two hours. The “Open” teams may travel up to four hours. The teams are all “travel teams”. Travel costs vary and are not included in the registration fee. We do not provide buses.
Costs vary depending on the age group and level of play during the JO season. Many factors come into play when calculating the costs for each group, such as number of practice days/week, tournaments (higher levels attend 2-3 day tournaments), gym costs, etc. A breakdown of costs for each level are found in the “Costs” section of this website.
The Portland North JO club was started by John Razsa in 1991 as a boys Club and existed through 1998 as such. In 2001 it was begun again, but as a girl’s club. That year there were 22 players on two teams, 14’s and 16’s. The number of players and teams has grown since 2001 as well as the level of play. Last season we served about over 200 players. This includes our Northeast teams based in Ellsworth. For this reason, and due to our general growth, our name has been changed to Maine Juniors in Oct. 2010.
NERVA stands for New England Regional Volleyball Association. This is the region of Junior Olympic volleyball of which Maine is a member. Each player becomes a member of NERVA when joining Portland North. NERVA schedules the tournament dates and locations. It also provides training for the JO coaches. NERVA is a division of USA Volleyball.
Maine Juniors is proud to offer opportunities for girls in Maine to begin playing volleyball at a young age. Students between ages 8-10 are encouraged to join the 10U program, while those between 9-12 may join the 12U program. Read more about our programs for 10U and 12U.
The Gold teams are normally for girls with more experience and talent. First year players will not have much chance of making the Gold team, with the possible exception of 14 Gold or perhaps 15 Gold. There are exceptions to that, though. If you are quite tall or fast or good at sports in general, for example, maybe you should give it a try. If you’re not sure, you can ask your coach their opinion or have them contact me. You should know that Gold teams also require more commitment, attend more tourneys- which are at a higher level, practice twice a week rather than just Sundays and have higher costs associated with them for those reasons.
Feel free to call John at 657-3966 if you have other questions about Gold or just want to chat about any of this.
Weather cancellations will be announced by the Portland Radio Group which includes: WGAN (560 AM), WMGX (93.1 FM), WPO (101.9 FM), and WYNZ (100.9 FM). They will also be posted here on our website.