How to Join Dunes
Director: Rick Ashmore
Fall Ball Camp, Pre-season series and Team Selections
New Players are always welcome and encouraged!!
Tryouts and Team Placements
You still may join a Dunes Volleyball team. Contact Rick Ashmore at email@example.com for a tryout.
You may attend as many tryouts as you like. Elite players usually attend at least two tryouts.
If you try out for a elite team and are not chosen you will automatically be placed on a local team.
Local team players may go to any of the local sites for their tryouts. It is our policy to place everyone on a team.
They will be placed on a team where you have requested when possible according to IHSAA regulations and team numbers
To join a Dunes Volleyball Team or to sign up up for the
REQUIRED - ALL PLAYERS MUST BECOME AAU MEMBERS!!!
In order to play on a Dunes Volleyball Club team, all players must first become an AAU member as follows:
1. Sign-in online to AAU sports - http://aausports.org
2. Click on red Join AAU, then click purchase ‘Athlete Membership’
3. Click on ‘I’m signing up my child’
4. Enter Membership Details: ‘Youth’, ‘Volleyball’ and ‘Extended Coverage $16’
5. Enter Club Association Code: XTFCTC
6. Select ‘Continue as Guest User’ and complete the billing information
Print and save the receipt/membership card. Bring a copy of your membership card to the Dunes Operation Center office.
If you do not want to pay by credit card online, email Rick Ashmore at firstname.lastname@example.org and request a manual AAU form. Fee for manual submission will be $17.
What is the Dunes Volleyball Club?
The Dunes Volleyball Club is a non-profit organization founded to improve youth volleyball players. The Dunes Volleyball Club has established itself as a strong junior volleyball club. To maintain this reputation we will need continued hard work and innovation from athletes, coaches, parents and friends of the program. Athletes are expected to be committed to their team.
Age Definitions for 2013 season
18 and under division:
Players who were born on or after Sept. 1st, 1994 or were high school students in the 12th grade or below.
17 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 1995
16 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 1996
15 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 1997.
14 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 1998
13 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 1999
12 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2000
11 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2001
10 and under division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2002
Type of teams?
The Elite travel season is established to cater to the athlete that wants to train, develop and play a committed season with athletes around them that share their goals. They practice 2 days a week with their team and train in a position training environment one day a week. Coaches at this level take their commitment very seriously and players at this level are expected to as well. The Elite Travel teams sets their goal to attend AAU Nationals
The Local teams is for athletes that are not ready to make a 6 month commitment to volleyball, and often play other sports that keep them from 6 month participation. These teams play 5 play dates and practice once a week and then either practice or play on Sunday. We offer two local seasons. January - March and April - May. Players may sign up for both sessions. After tryouts girls will be placed on teams and those teams will begin to practice in January. The first local competition is at the middle January. Usually each team will enter one or two local competitions each month through beginning of April. Local teams practice once during the week and either play or practice on Sundays.
We do not make cuts in our program and do our best to place friends on the same teams at the Local Level
Dunes teams practice in the Dunes Operation Center, Merrillville Pierce, Hammond, Griffith, Argos, Lowell, and Morgan Township
Who does your daughter play?
We play teams within our club and other volleyball clubs.
We will play in a tournament like situation and play several matches in a day on Sunday.
Later on in the season some teams may look to go to out of town weekend tournaments.
Girls from 1st grade through 12th grade participates in a variety of age groups.
Last year, we had 70 teams playing in 8 age groups.
When and where do you practice?
Dunes teams practice in the DOC Volleyball Center, Merrillville Pierce, Argos, Hammond, and Griffith School Team's practice are scheduled so teams should practice at one location. Players can request to be on teams at one location or another. Most practices are from 90 minutes to 2 hours. The times are set by are access to gyms. Weekday practices range from 5:15 to 9:15 PM.
How do I sign up?
The cost of the tryouts is $40.00. The $40.00 is applied to your participation fee. The $40.00 is non-refundable. We will accept same day registration on a limited basis. It is much more convenient if you pre register.
2013 Dunes Participation Fees
10, 12, 13, 14's $275.00
15, 16, 17, 18's $400.00
Participation fees include your Dunes jersey, all practices, Dunes Power League tournaments (approximately 5), club's insurance,
coaching expenses, gym rental fees, and custodial fees.
Traveling team members have an additional fee of $200.00
What if a Club activity conflicts with a school activity?
We feel that school activities should come first. For instance, there is no penalty for missing a practice for a track meet. However, a player that gets out of track then attends her volleyball practice will get much more out of the program than one that doesn't practice at all. The higher the level of play an athlete wishes to achieve is directly related to the dedication, effort and commitment that athlete makes to the program.
Players leaving the program are not entitled to any form of a refund.
Participation fees do not cover fees for those teams who decide to enter out of town tournaments.
Many teams try to fund raise any additional fees.
Mail the forms and fees payable to Dunes Volleyball Club to:
Dunes Volleyball Club
PO Box 684
Michigan City, IN 46361
Send email to Rick Ashmore
or call him at 219-861-7122 it is better to email