Northern Lights Tryouts

For the 2019-2020 season, Northern Lights will be sanctioned JVA, AAU and USAV.  You do not need to be North Country Region (NCR) or USA Volleyball (USAV)-registered to participate in the Northern Lights tryout.

For information on how Northern Lights will be conducting tryouts for 7th/8th graders who are playing high school volleyball, please refer to this document.  This affects only the 13’s and 14’s age divisions.

Tryout Dates 2020

Age GroupBorn BetweenTryout DateDoors OpenTryout BeginsApprox Tryout End
YDTBorn on or after 9-1-2007Oct 6, 20199:00 am12:00 pm1:00 pm
11’sBorn on or after 9-1-2008Oct 6, 20199:00 am9:45 am11:30 am
12’s9-1-2007 to 8-31-2008Oct 6, 20199:00 am9:45 am11:30 am
13’s9-1-2006 to 8-31-2007Oct 6, 20199:00 am9:45 am12:15 pm
14’s9-1-2005 to 8-31-2006Oct 6, 20199:00 am9:45 am12:15 pm
15’s9-1-2004 to 8-31-2005Nov 10, 20198:30 am9:15 am1:00 pm
16’s9-1-2003 to 8-31-2004Nov 10, 20198:30 am9:15 am1:00 pm
17’s9-1-2002 to 8-31-2003Nov 10, 20198:30 am9:15 am1:00 pm
18’sBorn on or before 8-31-2002
(or a senior in High School)
Nov 10, 20198:30 am9:15 am10:00 am


Check your age group in the chart above.  You can also click here to see a graphical version of the age groups.  Under no circumstances may a player tryout for a team that is younger than their birthday indicates.  Players wishing to tryout for older teams should read our FAQ’s page.  The team you try out for is by birthday not by grade in school.

The Youth Development Team (YDT) is entering its 2nd year as a Northern Lights program in 2020!  Please see the Youth Development Team webpage for more information.  Players who tryout for the YDT may do so outright, or may still tryout for a Northern Lights club team at the 9:00am tryout first.


 Midwest Volleyball Warehouse (click here for a map)
14050 Judicial Road
Burnsville, MN 55337

Cost to Tryout

$30 for players (17’s and younger) who pre-register and pay on-line before the day of the tryout.

This fee may change as the tryout date gets closer.  Register early!

Potential 18’s players should e-mail us at  We can then e-mail you with information about the 2019-2020 club year including cost to tryout and senior meeting date.  Beginning this year, commitment forms can be signed as early at August 1.  The amount due is 100% refundable if not selected to join the club for 2020.


All Players must pre-register online and printout the Tryout Registration Form.  Bring the form with you to the tryout.

To Pre-Register, please do the following:

  1. Go to
  2. Login or create a new account (PARENTS: make sure to create a Junior Member account for your child, NOT an adult account for yourself)
  3. Click on the ‘Tryouts’ link on the left hand side of your screen
  4. Click ‘Register for Tryout’
  5. Tryout Location:  select ‘Minnesota’
  6. Club Name:  select ‘Northern Lights Juniors’
  7. Tryout Description:  select the appropriate age division for yourself
  8. Click the ‘Save’ button
  9. Click the ‘Payment’ button and pay online
  10. When you have finished registering and paying, print out the Tryout Registration Form and bring it with you. If you do not prepay, your tryout fee will be $30 at the door.

Tryout Process

The tryout process will take approximately 2 – 3 hours and will consist of:

  • Registration
  • Physical Testing
  • Skill Evaluation
  • Team Play
  • Player Selections

By the conclusion of the tryouts we will have selected all players for each age division. At the time of selection each player & their parent will be required to sign a binding USA Volleyball letter of commitment and submit a non-refundable down payment.

Pre Tryout Skills Sessions

For those players wishing to brush up on their skills Northern Lights is offering single day skill sessions on each Sunday starting September 15, and going through tryouts. This is a great way for you to get to know some of our staff and see exactly how we train our players to be the best in Minnesota! For more information on these skills sessions, you can click here.

If you have not played in Northern Lights before we strongly urge you to attend at least one of the skills sessions. This gives the staff a chance to get to know you and your skills prior to tryouts.

Please read the details on the Fall Skills Sessions page to ensure you can attend the Fall Skills sessions per the MSHSL rules before registering.

Pre Tryout Open Gym

Northern Lights will host a free Open Gym for 15 thru 18 year old players on Wednesday, November 6 from 6-7:30 pm.   Our staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.

Questions can also be directed to

First Practices

11’s – 14’s first practice will be October 28, 2019.

15’s – 18’s first practice will be on November 12 or 13, 2019.