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NC Elite Tryouts Update
1/7/2020   I   5:50pm

Good Evening,
We hope your New Year of off to a great start!

Yesterday, Governor Cooper announced the implementation of Executive Order 188 in response to the COVID status in NC.  This Executive Order extends the conditions of the current Executive Order which expires on January 8th.  Therefore, there are no significant changes at this time to NC Elite operations. 

We do continue to monitor the local, regional and national health status.  Currently, Wake County, Durham County and Orange County, where the majority of our players live, remain in the Orange and Yellow category according to the NC DHHS COVID-19 County Alert System.  Regionally and nationally, we have seen the cancellation of tournaments, an increase in state travel restrictions and quarantine requirements and changes in allowances for youth athletics.  As you are aware, we continue to defer external competition and tournaments until the health status permits safe competition and until competition sites implement safety requirements and protocols, such as mandatory masking for all participants, coaches and spectators at all times. 

As we move into the Winter months and continue to navigate through the pandemic, any disruption to training schedules, due to weather or new COVID restrictions, will be sent from SportsEngine via email.  Schedule changes will also be posted in the NC Elite Notification Center on the NC Elite Home Page, as well as on the NC Elite Calendar

We greatly appreciate the collaboration and openness demonstrated by all parents in notifying NC Elite of any potential player exposure.  This allows us to coordinate in a timely manner with the Wake County Department of Health and appropriately manage any potential exposure risk for our coaches and players, or operational safe guards we may need to implement.  While no activity comes without risk, we believe this collaboration will continue to play a key role in helping us to provide the safest and healthiest possible training environment for our players and coaches. 

Finally, we had a great 12U-14U tryout this week, and by this weekend (Saturday, January 9th), we will have completed our formal tryouts for our 15U, 16U and 17/18U players.  Next week we will begin training in assigned pods.  This is one step further in minimizing risk for our players and coaches.  All training sessions will continue to require parents to complete the Saint Mary’s School Health Screening and players to be able to inform their coach that they have passed the screening.  In the event a player does not pass the screening or if there is a question about player eligibility, parents should send a text with the player’s name and status or question to NC Elite’s main text line: (919) 473-6497.

Thank You!
NC Elite Volleyball Club


NC Elite Tryouts Update
12/21/2020   I   7:50pm

Dear NC Elite Players and Parents,

We hope you are all well and looking forward to some restful time over the next few weeks.  We have had another great month of training, and a successful December Food Drive!  Thank you to all of you for your participation and generosity!

We have just finalized tryout dates and times and opened registration.  Information regarding our programs, fees and registration can be found on our website (CLICK HERE!).  We continue to take a measured approach to the 2021 season, given the current status of the pandemic locally, regionally and nationally.  We have moved our training to Saint Mary's School, Raleigh where we can practice in a more controlled facility and in smaller groups and training pods.  As more and more tournaments in NC and across the country are being canceled or postponed (e.g. January Carolina Region tournaments, City of Oaks, multiple qualifiers and other multi-day tournaments), we will hold off on proposing tournament schedules.  Teams will be selected now to optimize age and skill-matched training, and we will provide in-house play days for competition.  Once we see the pandemic alleviate and tournament safety resume, we will propose tournaments to each team  and a separate fee will be assessed based on the schedule.  Please note that players who wish NOT to play in tournaments in 2021 are most welcome to be on our training squads and experience the full breadth of training and in-house competition.  

Finally, we have opened two additional JUST PLAY! sessions this month, December 29th (12-14U) and December 30th (15-18U), 7:00-8:30 at Saint Mary's School, for players wanting to get time on the court before tryouts.  You can CLICK HERE for registration and more details.  And please remember, we are accepting donations for The Food Bank of NC at all of our December training sessions!

Thank you!
NC Elite Volleyball Club


NC Elite Update
09/30/2020   I   4:00pm

Dear Players and Parents,

We hope you are well and enjoying the beautiful Fall weather!

Over the past few weeks, several announcements have been made with impact for the 2020-2021 club volleyball season, both training and competition:

  • Governor Cooper has moved NC into phase 3 of the State’s reopening plan.  Gyms continue to be allowed to operate under 30% occupancy, indoor gathering limits remain at 25 people.
  • The NCHSAA volleyball season is expected to officially begin on November 4th.  Playoffs begin January 12th.  State Championships are scheduled for January 23rd. We continue to be hopeful and optimistic about the start of the North Carolina High School season.
  • WCPSS has approved training for volleyball beginning October 1st, two sessions per week.  Beginning October 15th training sessions can increase to 5 sessions per week. 
  • NCISAA volleyball began official practices on September 1st and competition on September 14th.
  • The Music City National Qualifier (Nashville) has been canceled for 2021.
  • The Windy City National Qualifier (Chicago) has been indefinitely postponed for 2021.
  • JVA World Challenge moved to June 11-13th (previously scheduled in April).
  • NCAA recruiting dead period was extended through at least the end of 2020, with no clarity on possible further extension.   
  • NCAA has announced the Division I Women’s Volleyball season and championship dates.  The competitive season begins on January 22nd, with the NCAA Championships being held April 23-25.  Division II and Division III schedules still to be determined. 

Given the above, NC Elite Volleyball Club will continue to operate as previously described (CLICK HERE for previous communications), and as can be found on the NC Elite website (CLICK HERE for additional information and open registrations).  In short, we will open indoor training on October 10th, continue training options through November and December as we monitor the pandemic and tournament status moving toward 2021.  NC Elite will hold tryouts for the 2021 season in January, when we have better sight on how the season may unfold.  In the meantime, we will open Registration-based Team Development on October 1st.  This is an option to be considered for teams we are building throughout October, November and December, heading into our January tryouts.  More information ca be found on our website (CLICK HERE for additional information and open registrations). 

In summary, we continue to see significant disruptions to the 2020-2021 season, due to the pandemic, tournament cancellations and postponements, impact from the NCAA schedules and recruiting dead periods.  We continue our commitment to measured approach to safe training and competition  as we move into the 2020-2021 season.  Despite the expected disruptions, we look forward to a great upcoming season!

Thank You,
NC Elite Volleyball Club


NC Elite Programming Update
09/11/2020   I   4:00pm

Dear NC Elite Players and Parents,

We hope you are well and looking forward to a great weekend! 

As most of you are likely aware, Governor Cooper opened gyms last week, transitioning North Carolina into Phase 2.5.  As such, NC Elite is opening registration today for indoor training beginning in October.  We are still taking a measured approach to our training and will be operating with strict limits on capacity and following the state’s capacity requirements as well as CDC and USAV guidelines for safe play.  Below, please find current NC Elite training opportunities that are open for registration.  Additional information on all of our current and upcoming programming can be found HERE.  We continue with our outdoor training sessions, and will continue to monitor the local health situation and make any schedule changes necessary to protect the health and safety of players and coaches to the best of our ability. 

Also announced last week by the NCHSAA was an updated schedule, now including playoff dates.  November 4th is the first practice date for volleyball, with regular season competition dates beginning on November 16th and ending January 8th.  Playoffs begin January 12th.  State Championships are scheduled for January 23rd. We continue to be hopeful and optimistic about the start of the North Carolina High School season!

Given the most recent announcements from Governor Cooper and the NCHSAA, the NC Elite training and tryout timeline is as follows (considering there may be necessary changes due to any change in the local health situation as we move into Fall and Winter):

Outdoor Training
(August - October 2020)


Indoor Training
(October - January 2020)
Fall Skills Training Block 1(registration now open)
Fall VolleyU Short Course (registration now open)
Fall Skills Training Block 2 (registration now open)
Middle School Prep Training (registration coming soon)
Winter Skills Training (registration coming soon)
Winter League (registration coming soon)
Winter VolleyU (registration coming soon)


Competitive Team Schedules and Coach Assignments
(December - January 2020)


Competitive Team Tryouts
(January - February 2020)

Registration now Open for the following Programs


Beginning 9/11/2020, all participants for NC Elite programming are required to have and register with a NEW 2021 USAV membership number.  CLICK  HERE to join or renew your USAV / Carolina Region junior registration.  (For any questions about your USAV / Carolina Region registration, or if you need assistance, please contact

Click Here for Program Information and Registration!


Fall 2020 Skills Training Block 1
Saturdays October 10, 17, 24
10:30am - 12:00pm
$75 (3 sessions)
Netsports;  3717 Davis Drive, Morrisville

Saturdays October 31, November 7, 14, 21
10:30am - 12:00pm
$100 (4 sessions)
Netsports;  3717 Davis Drive, Morrisville

Saturdays October 31, November 7, 14, 21
10:30am - 12:00pm
$100 (4 sessions)
Netsports;  3717 Davis Drive, Morrisville


Outdoor Summer Training
Location:  Baileywick Road Park
9501 Baileywick Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615
Time:  6:00 - 7:15 pm
Cost:  $25
Summer Training Session 11; Tuesday September 15 
Summer Training Session 12; Thursday September 17 
Summer Training Session 13; Tuesday September 22 
Summer Training Session 14; Thursday September 24 
Summer Training Session 15; Tuesday September 29 
(October Outdoor Training Sessions Coming Soon!)

Click Here for Program Information and Registration!

***Please read all registrations carefully for important COVID-19 information and pre-session symptom checks required.  Player health check and reporting are required prior to each clinic. ***

Due to limited capacity, no refunds will be awarded following registration, except in the event of cancellation by NC Elite Volleyball Club, including cancellation due to inclement weather.  Please read registration information carefully for important operational information.  NC Elite Volleyball Club will follow the USAV Return to Play Guidelines.  Please review these guidelines prior to your session.  

We look forward to seeing you on the courts!
NC Elite Volleyball Club


2020-2021 NC Elite Update
08/25/2020   I   10:00pm

Dear NC Elite Community,

We hope you all are well and off to a great start of the new school year!  There have been many announcements and developments over the past few weeks.  Below, please find relevant updates regarding NC Elite as well as the status of volleyball across NCAA, Club and High School Volleyball. 

First, as most are likely aware, North Carolina is still in Phase 2 of the Governor’s reopening plan.  The next announcement about any change in phase is expected in the coming week or two as the current Executive Order expires on September 11.  NC Elite continues to offer outdoor training, working in alignment with the State of NC, DHHS, USAV and the Carolina Region.  We, along with our advisors, continue to monitor the state of the pandemic in NC.  Cases and community spread have remained high as we continue our “wait and see” approach to expanded training.  In light of new information regarding community infection rate and potential long-term health effects in young people (even mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic), as well as the reported shut down of volleyball and other indoor sports facilities in the local area, across NC and across the country due to clusters, and the widespread closure of schools and college campuses, we will continue with our current cautious approach to resuming play.

The following are some of the announcements that have been made since our last communication that impact our planning:
-  Governor Cooper maintained the State of NC in Phase 2 of reopening until at least September 11, keeping gyms, including volleyball and basketball courts closed
-  USAV and Carolina Region have continued their ban on indoor sanctioned activities, in alignment with the Executive Order
-  NCHSAA has moved high school volleyball to a November start date, extending through January (anticipated February for those making playoffs)
-  Middle school athletics have been moved to spring 2021 in most areas, actual dates still to be determined
-  Carolina Region / USAV recommended tryout dates have been scheduled beginning Saturday, October 3 (U12-U18), with a signing date of October 26th (note this is the earliest signing date for USAV, not limiting to building teams after the signing date, and not relevant for AAU or JVA teams and events)
-  NCAA Divisions I, II and III fall sports championships have been moved to spring 2021, actual dates yet to be announced (all Division II and III conferences have moved their seasons accordingly, as have all but a handful of Division I conferences who are still monitoring for fall)

What is NC Elite’s Current Status?  NC Elite is fully operationally, organizationally and financially stable, allowing us to make decisions based on what we feel is the safest and most responsible for the current health situation.  While all activity has associated risk, we remain committed to, and financially positioned to, make our decisions on training and competing based on what we feel is in the best interest of players, families, coaches, staff and the broader community, not leading with financially-based or pressured decisions.  We are diversifying our training facilities to de-risk against sole source access during the pandemic, and to expand our access to indoor and outdoor training facilities, as well as fitness and weight training facilities.  Currently, we are running outdoor activities and will continue to do so through at least September or until the beginning of high school training. 

What does NC Elite See Going Forward?  Going forward, we see a highly disrupted fall, winter and spring for safe operations of youth athletics.  It is currently unknown whether COVID-19 conditions will improve to allow for significant training and competition in a safe environment, particularly in combination with flu season.  And, given the examples of repeated interruptions of play in professional and college athletics programs due to viral transmission, despite the significant measures being taken to control transmission, youth programs with fewer resources and less control over the environments in which athletes will engage should expect interruptions. Many programs, locally and across the country, have already encountered these interruptions due to clusters. 

NCHSAA have indicated that they will require progress in the phased re-opening to allow for competition due to the current limit of 10 people for indoor gatherings, too low to even field teams for competition.  Thus, uncertainty still remains as to whether high school sports will proceed.  This limit for indoor gatherings applies as well for club training and activities that will be allowable when facilities are opened (as well as those already running, choosing to not follow the Executive Order).  In order to increase the likelihood of running competitions, we expect many national and regional tournaments to adjust original or traditional dates to later in the spring and summer, and we have already seen evidence of this occurring.  Finally, we expect continued uncertainty and ongoing changes to the college recruiting dead periods.  This, combined with a spring college season, currently without disclosed training or competition dates, will have an impact on college coach attendance at tournaments.

What is NC Elite’s Path Forward?  Because of the stability of our organization, and our commitment to focus on health and safety for players, families, coaches, staff and the broader community, we are able to continue to take a “wait and see” approach to the 2020-2021 Club season.  Given the litany of uncertainties going forward, we have chosen to delay the formation of teams, and therefore any significant financial commitment by our families, until we can see a path forward with some certainty on deliverables in return for financial commitment.  While we continue to monitor the situation, we will also continue with our current activities and expand to larger in-house training, team building and competition as we see the pandemic allows.  The following are the considerations that have led to our path forward:

-   We recommend that players who are able, compete for their school and fully commit to doing so.  If high school moves forward as scheduled, this will mean that players will have training and competition opportunities available to them.  However, if there are interruptions to high school training and competition, there will also be limitations on club training and competition.  Interruptions to high school training will not have significant financial impact for families.   

-  Given that any contract entered into this year with travel partners and tournament hosts is done so knowingly and aware of the current risks, we do not anticipate refunds to be available from those partners should there be a necessary change in schedules.  This may result in potential financial loss for families. 

-  Tournaments will likely not allow spectators.  However, parents will need to travel with players due to the challenges of team travel and the ability to effectively manage a minor who becomes ill and whose parents are not present (housing an ill minor on the road, managing health care, providing transport, extending stay, etc.).  This may add to family costs and create schedule issues.   

-  The quarantine requirements for states are changing regularly, and many states have a required up to a 14 day quarantine requirement for NC residents, limiting travel destinations and imparting significant risk for tournament participation should NC residents be imposed with quarantine requirements in additional states.

-  The financial status of many of our families has changed, and may still change going forward.  We do not want to add to any of the financial pressures facing families by requesting early season payments, or limiting a players’ ability to play because of early payments with so much uncertainty going forward. We also do not want teams to be at risk of losing players due to a family’s unexpected financial change

-  NCAA recruiting schedules and competition schedules are not yet set, prohibiting informed tournament selection.    

 What’s Next?  At this time, we will continue with our current approach to reopening, making training available as we monitor the situation.  We project fielding teams following the high school season or in late winter/early spring, or as the pandemic allows to do so safely and in compliance with local laws.  We do recognize that we have and continue to take a path not shared by several of the other organizations in the area.  However, we have and will remain committed to making decisions we see in the best interests of players, families, coaches, staff and the greater community.  We feel incredibly fortunate to be in a position to do so without competing financial pressures. 

Coming soon will be an update about NC’s Executive Order expiring on September 11, and what impact the Governor’s decisions will have on our activities.  We will also be making announcements about our location expansion activities, our updated director and coaching staff, as well as further status updates.    

Thank you!
NC Elite Volleyball Club


NC Elite Welcomes Assistant Director Haley Price
08/27/2020   I   5:00pm

Haley Price, Assistant Director

Haley Price currently serves as head women's volleyball coach at Louisburg College also supporting roles of strength and conditioning, sports performance, academic advising, and Sports Information. 

Price joins NC Elite's staff with this in mind, "I am excited to bring a heavy focus on technical skill and elevation of character philosophies to my new positions in North Carolina. I look forward to sharing a love for the game that has been so instrumental in preparing me for life beyond the court and building up strong young women throughout our program. It is truly an honor to serve as part of NC Elite's volleyball club."

Price comes to NC Elite by way of Kingsport, Tennessee and Dobyns-Bennett High School where she was the youngest head coach in the state of Tennessee. There she successfully established and managed a code of conduct for three teams on their way to compiling a 38-10 record, placing 3rd in TSSAA AAA State Championship, and winning Conference/Region Championships. In her first season Price won Big 6 District 1 AAA Coach of the Year honors, as she placed 100% of goal driven players in collegiate programs through recruiting strategy and college readiness character building.

From 2017-2019 Price was also Assistant Club Director and Head Volleyball Coach for TriCities Extreme Volleyball Club where she coordinated special event youth clinics and skilled lessons for high school, club, and college levels to improve and advance all skill levels. Under her leadership the club program grew from 10 teams to 19 teams.

Prior to her coaching experience Price was a NCAA Division I Athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference for Virginia Tech Volleyball. She was a libero there from 2015-2018 and served as defensive captain and lettered as a true freshman. Price's playing career was cut short due to injury, but according to Price, "I love the perspective, the life lessons, the victories, and even the losses and injury as it challenges each person in every role of the team to level up, learn, and become a warrior in the face of adversity."

Price went on to graduate from Virginia Tech in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Neuroscience to better understand the physio-dynamics of the game, injury prevention, and sports psychology. She will also receive her Master of Special Education from Liberty University in the Fall of 2020.

"I love the bonds, friendships, and family that the sport has given me," said Price, "[Volleyball] has challenged me in ways I never expected, and it has taught me to be fully committed, passionate, to work harder, and be more determined, to control what I can control, and to embrace the chaos."