As tryouts are upon us we hear over and over again about the pressure tactics, deadlines, offer expirations and more that are being communicated to families as they make THEIR club decision.
Tryouts are stressful but we hear all to often that the stress is derived from pressure that is inconsistent with our governing body.
Ultimately, YOU have RIGHTS, but YOU must exercise them and YOU must report violators.
The primary rule is the Carolina Region signing date which you can find in the article recently posted on the Carolina region website, https://www.carolinaregionvb.org/dealingwithclubtryouts/. This is NOT a Triangle rule but a rule of the Carolina Region which is the North Carolina governing body for any club wishing to participate in USA Volleyball.
Excerpts are below that are very relevant...
Club Tryouts – Navigating these Stressful Weeks
- Early tryouts ARE allowed. The tryout period listed in our Tryout document indicates it is "recommended". Clubs may choose to have earlier tryouts based on their unique circumstances.
- The Signing Date IS REQUIRED. So, any offers received, even during early tryouts, must be left open until the Signing Date.
- Prepare yourself before tryouts with the information in these documents. We realize many clubs will try to get answers to offers quickly. It helps them with planning. There is nothing wrong with that and if you are ready to give an answer then you can. But, if you want to attend other tryouts and it is before the Signing date, then know your rights. If a club won't accept that, or states their offer in ways that are not clear or upfront, then you have gained valuable information about the type of club that is and how they may treat their players/families in the future. That may not be a club you want to participate with. Choose a club that fits with your values and treats you the way you want to be treated.
- Finally, COVID-19 is a concern for all during this time. The state is opening up cautiously and volleyball gyms are allowed to be open (currently with reduced capacity). If you are unsure of the safety precautions a club is taking for their tryouts, be sure to ask beforehand. If you are still fearful about trying out now but know you want to play for the 2021 season, reach out to the clubs you are interested to see if they have alternate plans in place to select players. Many clubs will be understanding in this time period and hopefully will make arrangements to allow as many players to participate as possible.
It has come to the Region’s attention that some clubs are scheduling, designing, and advertising their tryouts in a manner that attempts to limit players from attending the tryouts of other clubs. The Carolina Region still holds to an open and fair tryout policy, and players should be allowed to tryout with any club they choose on any certain day, limited only by the dates and times established by the clubs themselves. The Carolina Region Board and staff would like to inform our CR members that we neither support nor endorse any attempt by a club to manipulate players into believing or feeling that they do not have the right to tryout at multiple clubs, nor do we support any attempt by a club to coerce a commitment from a player prior to the Region’s official signing date Monday, October 26th at 6 PM.
Examples that "might" be manipulative tryout practices include but are not limited to the following:
- Requiring attendance for certain days/times of tryouts
- Preventing players from leaving a tryout early or refusing entry to a player who shows up late (but still within the advertised time frame of the tryout)
- Coercing players to verbally commit or to sign a letter of commitment prior to the Region official signing date (see date/time mentioned above).
- Making an offer to a player that is only good until the player leaves the gym or until the next day (or any time prior to the official signing date – see above date/time)
- Offering 10 spots to 12 players, and the first 10 to accept make the team
If you are not being treated within the rules or the spirit of the rules that govern this region, the region wants to know. You can write them at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no reprecussions on families for reporting violations and inappropriate conduct to the region. YOU are the consumer AND the Carolina Region Member. They are here to protect this experience for YOU.
Triangle is proud to join other Carolina Region clubs in signing the "Fair Tryout Pledge" which ensures student-athletes and their families that their tryout experience will be fair and free from pressure.
Those making the pledge thus far:
AIM | Alexander Aces | Carolina Evolution | Champion | CHAVC | East Coast | ECJVC | Foothills Phoenix | Gaston Galaxy | Lake Norman | Lee County | Onslow County | Providence Grove | Queen City | Sandhills | TRIANGLE | Twin City
The pledge states...
“In the spirit of fair play and collaboration with other like-minded clubs in the Carolina Region, we pledge to conduct open and fair tryouts that enable every athlete the opportunity to earn any spot on any team in our club. Stated another way, this means no players are offered spots in our club before our formal tryouts officially begin.
Additionally, we pledge to honor the Carolina Region Athlete’s Bill of Rights and will not subject any athlete or their family to coercive, manipulative or other such pressure tactics to secure a commitment. By making this pledge we proudly post the NC Fair Tryout Pledge badge on our website.”
We look forward to seeing you at tryouts. - Triangle
CLICK HERE for tryout information
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update | 9.1.20
Effective Friday, September 4 at 5pm Governor Cooper’s Executive Order #163 Phase 2.5 Extension will allow traditional fitness-type gyms to reopen and operate at 30% capacity. If that standard (which is one of the most conservative for businesses) is applied to Triangle Volleyball Club it would mean that 250+ people [ca. 32 people/court] would be allowed. We are providing this information for reference purposes only and plan to continue to operate below that capacity until the situation with the Coronavirus pandemic improves further.
For more information on Triangle's Pandemic Response and Return-to-Sport plan please click HERE.
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Additionally, in compliance with the CDC recommendation to not hold events for the next eight (8) weeks that will have more than 50 people in attendance, we have cancelled our final three Triangle-hosted events
- Carolina Power Events (#1 and #2)
- Triangle Spring Classic
Teams from other clubs entered in these events have already been sent a full refund via mail.
Stay safe and healthy and please continue to take every precaution to not progress this disease in our community.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update | 3.14.20
These are uncertain times and we have seen unprecedented and unimaginable actions taken to keep our community and nation from facing an epidemic that threatens to overwhelm our healthcare system. We feel very fortunate that we have not learned of any exposures to Coronavirus within our Triangle community. However, there have been several recent developments that impact our operations. Please read on...
- At 7pm Friday, USA Volleyball announced that “We are continuing to monitor the status of COVID-19 coronavirus. In the interest of welfare and safety of our membership, USA Volleyball is eliminating the sanctioning for all USA Volleyball activities (including but not limited to events, practices, individual training sessions or anything covered by USA Volleyball insurance) effective 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 13. This ban on all USA Volleyball sanctioned activities extends through March 31."
- The Carolina Region has reiterated USAV's statement and emphasized that it applies to both indoor and outdoor volleyball activities.
- The NCAA released the following statement at 130pm Friday – “The Council leadership put in place an immediate ban on in-person recruiting for Division I coaches. Additionally, the group advised schools to suspend any official and unofficial visits to campus from prospective student-athletes. This recruiting dead period will be in place until at least April 15, at which time the Division I Council Coordination Committee will evaluate. Telephone calls and written correspondence are allowed during dead periods.”
- We have also been informed of the following relating to national qualifying events
- Red Rock Rave (18s Qualifier) has not yet announced cancellation or postponement but should shortly as they are USAV sanctioned.
- Windy City Qualifier in Chicago scheduled for Easter weekend has been cancelled.
- Northeast Qualifier in Philadelphia is postponed. There is no information available at this time on possible rescheduling.
- Big South Qualifier has made no new announcements. The last communication stated they would be meeting on Monday and will release information after concluding their meeting..
What’s next for Triangle?
- We are extending our gym closure through Sunday, March 22nd and will evaluate extensions of our closure on a weekly basis. Athletes and families need to prepare themselves for the strong possibility that our closure will extend further into the future. It should be noted that some of the most successful and prominent clubs in the country are making a similar decision in the best interests of their local community and the nation.
- We have cancelled all open-to-the-public programming for the current session and cancelled all rental contracts for the near term.
- The administrative team is maintaining weekday office hours 10am-5pm.
- Appointments for Trinity Wellness Center full physical therapy services will be held on Thursday. To book contact Trinity Wellness Center at 919-875-1932.
Please stay safe and healthy by adhering to government and public health official policies and recommendations. Practice social distancing* whenever possible and wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. - Triangle Volleyball Club
*Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible. [CDC website]
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update | 3.12.20
As evidenced by multiple news reports and various announcements by other sport organizations, the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spread is causing an ever-increasing public health concern.
After thoughtful consideration of the potential health impact on our Triangle community and the greater community at large, we are suspending all volleyball activities (practices, clinics, private lessons, etc.) and closing our gym through Sunday, March 15th minimally. During our closure we will continue to monitor developments and make a final decision as to when we will return to the gym.
As for our gym, we have invested considerable effort in the sanitizing of our gym and are confident that when we re-open we will be welcoming our athletes back to a safe space.
We know removing volleyball activity from our athletes will be an additional challenge in already difficult times. Our thoughts are with all of you and please remain safe.
EARLIER TODAY: At 1230am EST USA Volleyball announced that all USAV sanctioned events be postponed or cancelled through March 22nd. We wholly support that decision as an abundance of caution to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community by avoiding large gatherings.
As such Triangle will not serve as a Carolina Region one-day event host for the next two weekends (Saturday, March 14th and 21st). Please stay tuned as the suspension of events may continue beyond March 22nd.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update | 3.11.20
We are carefully monitoring the emerging information surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the United States, North Carolina and Wake County in particular.
I [Sherry Fadool] have spoken to officials at the Wake County Public Health Department. They have stressed the following:
- 80% of those who contract coronavirus have mild illness with recovery possible with no medical intervention. As such they are not recommending that travel be suspended due to the current state of or threat of coronavirus exposure.
- It has been primarily individuals in the high-risk category (over 65 years of age and/or with compromised health conditions) that have suffered more serious illness upon exposure. Therefore, the only recommendations to cancel events or restrict travel are directed to this compromised population.
The bottom line is as of today, at this moment, we are continuing our plans to continue all planned activities at Triangle including team practices, camps and clinics, and tournaments.
I feel compelled to share that our decisions are not being guided by economics in any fashion. Our primary focus has been and will continue to be directed solely towards the health and safety of our staff, athletes, officials and visitors. We are committed to respecting the science which is evolving daily and the recommendations of public health officials who are charged with overseeing the containment of COVID-19.
We recognize that the risk of infection exists in all venues and activities in our community. We also believe that we will remain in a heightened posture toward the possibility of community spread for quite some time. With that said, there are intangible and tangible benefits of going on with our lives, with heightened awareness and armed with conservative hygiene protocols, as normally as possible.
I know and understand that some individuals will have differing opinions on participation in sports or attending sports events at this time. I also understand that any athlete absences in a team setting will likely impact team viability. I hope each of us can be thoughtful and appreciate that people have different comfort levels with illness and the associated risk of disease spread. Also, some of our members have family members in high risk populations that they live with or interact with on a daily basis.
Below is additional specific information on how we are managing our facility and minimizing risk of exposure.
TRIANGLE’S RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS
- Our cleaning efforts have been ramped up since early February as the flu virus was in the area. We sanitize our courts weekly as part of those efforts.
- We frequently and regularly sanitize high contact areas including counters, hand rails, door knobs, etc.
- We regularly sanitize the athletic floor and equipment in the PACT room.
- We are spraying volleyballs regularly with disinfectant.
- We have made hand sanitizer more readily available in the gym including on court.
- We are suspending the practice of high-fiving and hand shaking in the gym for either practice or competition.
- The region has also instructed all facilities hosting CR tournaments to place hand sanitizer on the scorer’s table at each court and refrain from pre and post-match handshakes/high fives.
EXPOSURE INFORMATION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
- Anyone who is sick or not feeling well should refrain from attending any gym activities including tournaments. This includes both athletes and spectators.
- Anyone in a high-risk population (over age 65 and/or with a chronic health condition) should strongly consider not coming to practices and events at Triangle due to the risk of exposure to numerous communicable diseases.
HOW TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF VIRUSES LIKE COVID-19
Prevention lies in large measure with each individual’s personal hygiene practices. In the end, every person’s hygiene will play a primary role in whether or not they contract any communicable disease.
Health officials are stressing businesses and schools minimize the risk of spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the same manner as that recommended for controlling the spread of influenza. The CDC and health departments emphasize the importance of good hygiene practices and maintaining normal cleaning routines to fight germs and prevent the spread of illnesses like:
- Frequent, thorough hand washing with soap and water. When soap and water are not readily available an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used. REMINDER: hand washing with soap and water is vastly more effective than using hand sanitizer.
- Individuals should stay home and not be in our gym if they have had any fever (with or without having taken fever-reducing medication) or experienced symptoms of illness within the past 24 hours.
- Avoid contact/exposure to anyone who is ill. Be ‘hygiene vigilant’ if someone in your home is sick.
- Any sneeze or cough should be covered. If tissues are used, they should be disposed of properly and hands should be washed.
- Drinks and personal hygiene items like lip balm should not be shared.
- People should clean their phones frequently (front back…all around).
- Athletes should clean their water bottle after each use (inside and out with soap and water).
- Athletes should clean/sanitize their whistles and not share with teammates.
- Given the nature of the game of volleyball (platform passing) athletes should wash their hands to their elbows with soap and water.
- Be conscious and vigilant about avoiding touching your face, nose, mouth or eyes. Having accountability partners in your family or among your team can help everyone become better at this.
- ADDITIONAL MEASURES for athletes:
- All volleyball gear should be washed frequently.
- Bleach/Sanitize kneepads, arm sleeves, ankle braces, etc.
- Wash athlete’s backpacks regularly.
- Athletes should also carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer for personal use
If you have further questions or concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we suggest you seek information from reputable sources. Several we recommend are:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]
- NC Department of Health and Human Services
- Wake County Public Health Division
- USA Volleyball
Without question, COVID-19 is a global disease much like the flu and considerable resources are being directed to better understand transmission pathways and treatment. We recognize that the uncertainty and intense media coverage of COVID-19 has led many to be fearful and hesitant to go about their normal routines and activities without interruption. As it relates to our activities at Triangle Volleyball Club please be assured that our leadership team is firmly focused on the health and safety of all of you. We appreciate your efforts to support better hygiene overall and to educate our athletes on how they can best protect themselves.
Sherry Fadool, Executive Director
Triangle Volleyball Club
Triangle is pleased to announce training and competition for 4th-9th graders who had the intention of playing on their middle school team. Level 1.0 and 2.0 options are available - visit the FALL BALL page for more information and requirements. Training will occur in a safe setting with Triangle's experienced staff.
For more information on FALL BALL visit HERE.
Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of Triangle's Class of 2020!!!
Not Shown in picture: Alexis Engelbrecht^, Sydney Dowler^, Colton Fox, Priscilla Jones^, Kaya Merkler^, Matt Miller, Jakya Moore (SA Apprentice Coach), Vimal Pulikkiyil, Mandy Schiltz, Rachel Stroot,Taylor Thomason [^graduated early to attend university]
These 30 athletes have a combined 92 years in a Triangle jersey and have left a lasting legacy on our club.
Graduate | Tri Team | Hometown | High School | College/University
Alli Grant Avery | 18 Black | Greenville | Arendell Parrott Academy | College of Charleston
Lauren Bissette | 18 Black | Fuquay Varina | Fuquay Varina HS | Meredith College
Kaeli Braswell | 18 Blue | Cary | Grace Christian | Furman
Holly Cornelius | 18 Blue | Apex | Apex Friendship HS | UNC Wilimington
Abbey Curtis | 18 Black | Fuquay Varina | Wake Christian Academy | TBD
Sydney Dowler | graduated early | Cary | Green Hope HS | University of Maryland
Alexis Engelbrecht | graduated early | Cary | Green Hope HS | Iowa State University
Colton Fox | 18 Boys - Black | Timberlake | Person HS | Liberty University
Taylor Gwynne | 18 Blue | Chapel Hill | Carrboro HS | Oberlin College
Autumn Hines | 18 Blue | Apex | Summit Academy (homeschooled) | TBD
Payton Jones | 18 Black | Wake Forest | North Raleigh Christian Academy | Lees-McRae
Priscilla Jones | graduated early | Cary | Green Hope HS | East Carolina University
Olivia Leshnock | 18 Blue | Raleigh | St. David's | TBD
Millie Loehr | 18 Black | Durham | Durham Academy | Wofford
Kaya Merkler | graduated early | Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill HS | UNC Chapel Hill
Matt Miller | 18 Boys - Black | Apex | Apex Friendship HS | Florida Institute of Technology
JaKya Moore | SA Apprentice Coach | Knightdale | Enloe HS | University of Tennessee
Maya Mrus | 18 Black | Cary | Cardinal Gibbons HS | Furman
Jordan Nguyen | 18 Boys - Blue | Cary | Wake Early College/Health & Sciences | TBD
Kaiah Parker | 18 Blue | Fayetteville | Jack Britt HS | Western Carolina
Sydney Pearce | 18 Blue | Durham | Riverside | Cumberland University
Vimal Pulikkiyil | 18 Boys - Blue | Cary | Panther Creek HS | TBD
Ryan Rebne | 18 Boys - Black | Raleigh | Millbrook HS | Dartmouth
Belle Schall | 18 Black | Apex | Apex HS | UNC Wilimington
Mandy Schiltz | 18 Blue | Durham | Cardinal Gibbons HS | Caldwell University
Rachael Stroot | 18 Black | Wake Forest | Wake Forest HS | South Carolina Upstate
Taylor Thomason | 18 Black | Wake Forest | North Raleigh Christian Academy | Coastal Carolina
Andy Wang | 18 Boys - Black | Cary | North Carolina School of Science and Math | Columbia
Sarah Wilson | 18 Blue | Raleigh | Wakefield HS | Belmont Abbey College
Courtney Zwikker | 18 Black | Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill HS | Barry University
We are excited for their future and have plans to celebrate with them soon. In the meantime we shared this VIDeoHUG with them
4.3.2020 | On March 12th it became exceedingly clear that the world would never quite be the same as the evolving spread of COVID-19 affected nearly every facet of life in the United States and much of the world. In an effort to provide normalcy for Triangle athletes, to advance their training, and to provide a mechanism for them to remain connected to sport, team and club Triangle F.I.T.T. was created. Released the week of March 16th and consistently since that time, F.I.T.T. has continued with regularity the normal practice schedule and comprehensive elements of Triangle's nationally recognized training program.
On March 18th, PrepVolleyball.com described Triangle F.I.T.T. as the "most extensive approach" in at-home training. The acronym stands for Fitness, IQ, Team, and Technique. Each module is tailored to address the specific needs and level of Triangle's five different training groups. Keep checking that 'inbox' and Stay Safe...Work Hard!
Triangle saw twenty-six  teams competing at three-day events during Presidents' Day Weekend in both Kansas City and Washington DC. Over the holiday weekend Triangle teams competed in nearly 200 matches.
Five (5) teams were invited to compete at the Triple Crown Sports National Invitational Tournament in Kansas City. The event is a premier competitive event bringing together many of the top clubs in the nation to battle it out in an early-season tournament. Among the highlights in KC was 18 Black compiling a 6-2 record, on their way to a 3rd place finish in the 18u Select Championship Bracket. Triangle 14 Black finished 34th overall in 14u and finished 2nd in the Open Championship Bracket despite playing with a compromised roster consisting of eight healthy players.
Meanwhile in Washington DC, Triangle showcased its competitive depth across the board as eight total teams played themselves into the Gold Bracket (aka Championship bracket)on Day 3 across four different age groups. 18 Blue continued their strong start to the season by posting a T9 finish out of 64 teams in 18 Open, while 15 Blue finished T5 in 15 Open for their fourth Top-10 finish out of five tournaments this season.
Triangle's 14s teams showcased their age group's strong potential, with 14 Navy placing 2nd in the 14 Club division and 14 Silver [T5] and 14 Steel [T9] both posting Top 10 finishes in 14 Club. 14 Blue reached the Gold Bracket in 14 Open, finishing T9 with a 5-2 weekend record, while 14 White posted a 5-3 record and were the Silver B Champions for 14 Open. 13 White also placed into the Gold Bracket in 13 Club with a T5 finish, while 13 Black had a podium finish with a T3 final standing in 13 Open.
Triangle athletes also received a myriad of individual awards and recognitions on the weekend, including:
Capitol Hill Classic
- Grace Agusta, 13 White - Best Digger [13 Club]
- Bre McMillan, 13 Black - Best Attacker [13 Open]
- Susan Migdal, 14 Navy - Best Receiver[14 Club]
- Katie Raymer, 13 Black - Best Digger [13 Open]
- Kaeli Braswell, 18 Blue - PrepVolleyball.com "Others Who Shined"
- Autumn Hines, 18 Blue - PrepVolleyball.com "Others Who Shined"
- Amelia Hammond, 17 Blue - PrepVolleyball.com "Others Who Shined"
- Avery Mullins, 15 Blue - PrepVolleyball.com "Supernova"
Triple Crown NIT
- Kaya Monrose, 16 Black - PrepVolleyball.com "Others Who Shined"
- Olivia Kohn, 16 Black - PrepVolleyball.com "Others Who Shined"
The complete results and finishes for the weekend are below.
|Capitol Hill Classic|
|12 Black||13 Club||4-3||T37/64|
|12 Blue||12 Club||3-4||T13/32|
|13 Black||13 Open||6-1||T3/24|
|13 Blue||13 Open||1-6||T17/24|
|13 White||13 Club||6-2||T5/64|
|13 Silver||13 Club||5-3||T17/64|
|13 Steel||13 Club||2-5||T45/64|
|14 Blue||14 Open||5-2||T9/64|
|14 White||14 Open||5-3||T17/64|
|14 Navy||14 Club||9-1||2/64|
|14 Silver||14 Club||7-1||T5/64|
|14 Steel||14 Club||4-3||T9/64|
|15 Blue||15 Open||6-2||T5/64|
|15 White||15 Open||4-4||T35/64|
|15 Silver||15 Patriot||4-3||T21/64|
|15 Steel||15 Club||4-3||T21/96|
|16 Blue||16 Open||4-4||T27/64|
|16 White||16 Open||1-6||T53/64|
|17 Blue||17 Open||3-5||T27/64|
|17 White||17 Open||2-6||T51/64|
|18 Blue||18 Open||5-2||T9/48|
Triple Crown Sports NIT
|TEAM||WIN-LOSS RECORD||FINISH/FIELD SIZE|
Syd Dowler (Class of 2020), Setter (Green Hope High School) was named PrepVolleyball.com's Andi Collins Award winner for the nation's top setter. Dowler hails from a volleyball family and moved to North Carolina after her eighth-grade year. She led the Green Hope Falcons to four-straight NCHSAA titles and was named MVP for all four championships. She led Triangle teams to Open-level qualifications each year while competing with the club. Dowler graduated from high school early, following her senior volleyball season, and is enrolled at the University of Maryland as a member of their team. For the complete story on Dowler's exceptional prep career as a setter, visit PrepVolleyball.com (subscription required).