Northern Lights Tryouts

For the 2020-2021 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.

Tryout Dates 2021

Age GroupGrade / AgeTryout DateDoors OpenTryout BeginsApprox Selection Ends
YDTGrade 6 or below
Born on or after 7-1-2008
Oct 25, 202011:30 am12:00 pm1:00 pm
10’sGrade 4
Born on or after 7-1-2010
Oct 25, 20209:00 am9:45 am11:30 am
11’sGrade 5
Born on or after 7-1-2009
Oct 25, 20209:00 am9:45 am11:30 am
12’sGrade 6
Born on or after 7-1-2008
Oct 25, 20209:00 am9:45 am11:30 am
13’sGrade 7
Born on or after 7-1-2007
Oct 25, 20209:00 am9:45 am12:15 pm
14’sGrade 8
Born on or after 7-1-2006
Oct 25, 20209:00 am9:45 am12:15 pm
15’sGrade 9
Born on or after 7-1-2005
Nov 1, 20208:30 am9:00 am11:00 am
16’sGrade 10
Born on or after 7-1-2004
Nov 1, 2020ClosedClosedClosed
17’sGrade 11
Born on or after 7-1-2003
Nov 1, 2020ClosedClosedClosed
18’sGrade 12
Born on or before 6-30-2003
Nov 1, 2020ClosedClosedClosed


Check your age group in the chart above.  You can also click here to see a graphical version of the age groups. Players wishing to tryout for older teams should read our FAQ’s page.

Players should register for the age group their grade indicates so long as the birthday requirement is met.  If you do not meet the birthday requirement listed for your grade, please email the Northern Lights office (

The Youth Development Team (YDT) is entering its 3rd year as a Northern Lights program in 2021!  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 2020-2021 club year including cost to tryout and senior meeting date.  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 2021.


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 higher at the door (exact amount TBD).

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

Our open gym for the 2021 season has been cancelled.  Because of MSHSL restrictions, any player who is an active member of their Varsity, JV or 10th/B-/C-Squad teams may not attend an open house without risking their eligibility.  As such, Northern Lights will not be holding an open gym.

Any questions you may have can be directed to

First Practices

10’s – 14’s first practice will be November 3, 2020.

15’s – 18’s first practice will be on December 7, 2020.