OK Charge is a club dedicated to the success of its athletes. Our goal at Charge is to create the best opportunity possible for athletes to improve their volleyball skills while developing great court sense and knowledge of the game. The Charge family's goal is to help facilitate learning while encouraging friendships and growth in the volleyball community. For our younger athletes, we are committed to their development into better volleyball players. For our older athletes, we work to help them meet realistic recruiting goals while continually improving their skills and game abilities.
Tryouts...How do they work?
Charge will have one tryout this year. Whether you want to be on our top team or make a team that practices and plays close to home, we will do it one time only. At try-outs, the players are divided into individual age groups. Each and every athlete is evaluated by numerous coaches from all the different levels. Tryouts may consist of athletic testing, skill testing, and game play. The teams will be decided after the tryout has occurred and the athlete will receive a call from a coach offering a position. A player is not required to give a definite yes or no until a day after the players last tryout in that age group in the OKC area.
With the Charge and Edge merger 2 years ago here is how we will make teams for 2016-17:
* We will make one top team, called Under Armour, in each age division and one 2s team, called National, in each age division. We will then be splitting North and South. (North practices at our Santa Fe Family Life Center and/or Lighthouse facilities. South practices at our Newcastle Gym)
What are the age definitions for the 2015-16 tryouts?
Age group born on or after:
18 and Under Division:
Players who were born on or after September 1, 1998
Players who were born on or after September 1, 1997 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year
17 and Under Division:
Players who were born on or after September 1, 1999
16 and Under Division:
Players who were born on or after September 1, 2000
15 and Under Division:
Players who were born on or after September 1, 2001
14 and Under Division:
Players who were born on or after September 1, 2002
13 and Under Division:
Players who were born on or after September 1, 2003
12 and Under Division:
Players who were born on or after September 1, 2004
11 and Under Division:
Players who were born on or after September 1, 2005
What is the quality of coaching?
The coaches hired by Charge are proven coaches in the Oklahoma volleyball community. Our coaches have experience with many different age levels and have a true passion for the sport of volleyball. Many of our coaches have high school, club, college and even US National Team experience. The other key element to our coaching staff is their commitment to their athletes' success.
What fees are associated with being on a team?
The cost of playing for Charge varies depending on the type of team you are on. The prices range from $750 for a metro team and $1500- $2500 for our travel teams. We have many fundraising opportunities as well as payment methods. We also accept credit cards.
What do the players get out of participating on a club team?
The fees include all tournament entry fees, coaches' pay and travel, and practice t-shirts. Also included is a pair of spandex and two pairs of OK Charge socks. Jerseys are included but will vary according to the type of team you are on. Metro teams get a t-shirt jersey. Top level teams will receive three top-of-the-line jerseys.
At what age should my child start participating on a club team?
There is an opportunity to start playing with Charge as early as age 5. For ages 5-11 we do a Lightning Bolts league to get them exposed and loving the sport as much as we do! Club teams at Charge start at age 11, but many 8-10-year-olds participate on those teams as well.
What if my child wants to play collegiate volleyball?
If one of our athletes desires to play in college, we work with them and their parents to help find a great fit for them academically and athletically. We know there is incredible opportunity for collegiate volleyball, and we try to provide the best avenue for our athletes to meet their goals.
What colleges have recruited Charge players?
Charge has had hundreds of girls go on and play collegiate volleyball. The types of schools vary from TOP D1 universities such as OU to community colleges, NAIA, D2, and D3 universities.
What assistance do you provide for my child's recruiting?
Charge hosts an annual recruiting seminar, usually in January, for all Charge parents and players. Our Recruiting Coordinators will cover, among other things, information on recruiting rules between divisions, what you can do as both parents and players to maximize your recruitment and so much more! Keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page for more information.