2019 Northern Lights Schedule & Costs

Northern Lights teams practice more, play more, travel more, and pay less than any other club in Minnesota! Compare trips and you’ll see that even though other clubs charge the same fees we do, they don’t attend the same major events or pay the same expenses.

Our costs include:

  • Airfare (or bus) to our travel events including Omaha, Kansas City, Denver, Indianapolis & Orlando.
  • Hotels for all players & the chaperone at all travel events
  • All required gear and uniforms including shoes, kneepads, socks, and backpack (see below for full listing)

Other clubs require parents to purchase airfare independently and to pay for their daughters hotels at events they drive to.  That can add up to $2000 or more per player in costs for a team that travels to multiple events such as our top teams do.  With Northern Lights you don’t have that additional hidden cost.

Northern Lights is proud to say that we have not reduced our practice times like many other clubs have. Most of our teams will still practice 3 times per week.

$600 is due as a deposit on tryout day if your daughter commits to Northern Lights.  Checks are preferred.

Below is a table containing the costs for all teams. When you are spending $2910-$5900 to play volleyball, we believe you deserve to know where you are going.

Fundraising and grants are available.

Our costs are published by the end of August, well in advance of the tryouts, giving you all the information you need to make a decision. With Northern Lights you know what the costs is going to be well in advance.

Team # Practices
/Week
Deposit* Monthly Payment
(# Months)
Total Expenses
Paid
18-1 3 $1200 $935 (5) $ 5875
18-2 3 $1200 $935 (5) $ 5875
18-Black 3 $1200 $785 (5) $ 5125
18-Red 3 $1200 $785 (5) $ 5125
17-1 3-4 $600 $700 (7) $ 5500
17-2 3 $600 $690 (7) $ 5430
17-Black 3 $600 $570 (7) $ 4590
17-Red 3 $600 $570 (7) $ 4590
16-1 3-4 $600 $700 (7) $ 5500
16-2 3 $600 $690 (7) $ 5430
16-Black 3 $600 $570 (7) $ 4590
16-Red 3 $600 $570 (7) $ 4590
16-White 3 $600 $570 (7) $ 4590
15-1 3 $600 $700 (7) $ 5500
15-2 3 $600 $690 (7) $ 5430
15-Black 3 $600 $570 (7) $ 4590
15-Red 3 $600 $505 (7) $ 4135
15-White 3 $600 $505 (7) $ 4135
14-1 3 $600 $730 (7) $ 5710
14-2 3 $600 $565 (7) $ 4555
14-Black 2 $600 $540 (7) $ 4380
14-Red 2 $600 $390 (6) $ 2940
14-White 2 $600 $390 (6) $ 2940
13-1 3 $600 $565 (7) $ 4555
13-2 2 $600 $540 (7) $ 4380
13-Black 2 $600 $390 (6) $ 2940
13-Red 2 $600 $390 (6) $ 2940
12-1 2 $600 $540 (7) $ 4380
12-2 2 $600 $325 (6) $ 2550
11-1 2 $600 $325 (6) $ 2550
YDT** $300 $100 (6) $ 900

 

* A deposit of $600 is made on tryout day once the player has been selected to join the club. All Northern Lights players and their families will be required to assist the club on occasions that include (but are not limited to) set-up and takedown duties at Northern Lights events.  15-1, 16-1, 16-2, and 17-1 families may be asked to contribute more of their time to the club due to international travel and additional Qualifiers these teams have scheduled for the 2018-2019 club year.

** The Youth Development Team (YDT) is a new Northern Lights program that is being launched for the 2018-2019 season.  Please see the Youth Development (YDT) tab under tryouts for more information.

10’s, 11’s, and 12’s 

If we have a 10’s team in 2019, this team will be for players in 4th grade and younger. The goal for this age-level is to introduce the game of volleyball to the players and start teaching them the basic skills correctly at this young age.  If we do not get enough players registered that meet the age requirements, there may be an opportunity for players of this age to play at the 11’s level.

The 11’s team is primarily for 5th grade age players.  Like the 10’s age level, the goal for this age level is to introduce the game of volleyball to the players, and start teaching them the basic skills correctly at this young age.

Our 12-1 team will accept any player in our 11’s & 12’s program who is capable of playing on that team as what we consider to be an impact player. Final decisions on this will be made by the staff, usually after several weeks of practice.

Less Travel / Lower-Cost Teams

In the past few years we have had teams such as 16-Red & 16-White , 15-Red & 15-White, 14-Red, 14-White, 13-Black & 13-Red. These teams were highly successful and were trained and participated in the same local events as the rest of the club did. To keep the cost lower on these teams they are not traveling to as many “away” events. We will once again be offering these additional teams in age groups where player availability is sufficient.  If you are interested in only playing one of these lower traveling teams, please tell us at the tryouts and we will place you accordingly.

Players who are age-eligible for a 12’s team or younger are also eligible for our new Youth Development Team (YDT).  Please see the Youth Development Team page for more information.

Mizuno Uniforms & Equipment

Northern Lights is proud to be a Nationally Sponsored Mizuno Program. NL teams will be some of the best outfitted teams in the nation. Here’s what each player will get as part of their membership in the club:

  • Practice Shirts (2-4 depending on your practice schedule)
  • Practice & Game Shorts (2-3 depending on your practice/game schedule)
  • Game Jerseys (2-3 depending on your team’s schedule)
  • Complete Warm-ups
  • Travel Bag and/or Backpack
  • Kneepads
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Plus we usually have a few “surprises” for the players throughout the season.

Events Our Teams Will Attend

Event Location Dates 18-1 18-2 18-B 18-R 17-1 17-2 17-B 17-R
Molten Series Various Various X X X X X X X X
January Thaw/NLQ18’s Omaha 1/11-1/13 X X X X X X X X
NL Winter Freebie MVW 2/2-2/3 X X X X X X X X
Presidents’ Day Classic Omaha 2/16-2/18 X X X X X X X X
Crossroads Qualifier Denver 3/15-3/17 X X X X X X X X
Regional Qualifier Minneapolis 3/23-3/24 X X
JVA World Challenge Louisville 4/6-4/7 X X
Show Me Qualifier Kansas City 4/6-4/8 X
Northern Lights Challenge MVW 4/13-4/14 X X X
Italy Tournament Italy 4/14-4/23 X X X X
Northern Lights Qualifier Minneapolis 4/26-4/28 X X X X
AAU Super Regional MVW 5/11-5/12 X X X X
Stars & Stripes Classic Minneapolis 5/25-5/27 X X X X X X X X
AAU Nationals Orlando TBD X X X X
US Junior Nationals Indianapolis TBD X X
Event Location Dates 16-1 16-2 16-B 16-R 16-W 15-1 15-2 15-B 15-R 15-W
Amsterdam Trip MVW 12/25-1/6 X X
Molten Series Various Various  X X X X X X X X X X
January Thaw/NLQ18’s Omaha 1/11-1/13 X X X X X X X X X X
NL Winter Freebie MVW 2/2-2/3 X X X X X X X X X X
Presidents’ Day Classic Omaha 2/16-2/18 X X X X X X X X X X
Crossroads Qualifier Denver 3/9-3/11 X X X
Crossroads Qualifier Denver 3/15-3/17 X X X X X
Regional Qualifier Minneapolis 3/16-3/17 X X
Regional Qualifier Minneapolis 3/23-3/24 X X
Show Me Qualifier Kansas City 4/6-4/7 X X
Northern Lights Challenge MVW 4/13-4/14 X X X X
Northern Lights Qualifier Minneapolis 4/19-4/21 X X X X X
Northern Lights Qualifier Minneapolis 4/26-4/28 X X X X X
AAU Super Regional MVW 5/11-5/12 X X X X X X X X X X
Stars & Stripes Classic Minneapolis 5/25-5/27 X X X X X X X X X X
AAU Nationals Orlando TBD X X X X X X X X X X
US Junior Nationals Indianapolis TBD X X X X
Event Location Dates 14-1 14-2 14-B 14-R 14-W 13-1 13-2 13-B 13-R
NL Power League MVW Various X X X X X X
Molten Series Various Various X X X
January Thaw/NLQ18’s Omaha 1/11-1/13 X X X X X X X X X
NL Winter Freebie MVW 2/2-2/3 X X X
Presidents’ Day Minneapolis Minneapolis 2/16-2/17 X X X X
Presidents’ Day Classic Omaha 2/16-2/18 X X X X X
Crossroads Qualifier Denver 3/9-3/10 X
Regional Qualifier Minneapolis 3/16-3/17 X
Northern Lights Challenge MVW 4/13-4/14 X X X X X X
Northern Lights Qualifier Minneapolis 4/19-4/21 X X X X X X X X X
AAU Super Regional MVW 5/11-5/12 X X X X X
Stars & Stripes Classic Milwaukee 5/25-5/27 X X X X X X X X X
AAU Nationals Orlando TBD X X X X X
US Junior Nationals Indianapolis TBD X
Event Location Dates 12-1 12-2 11-1 YDT
NL Power League MVW Various X X X
Molten Series Various Various X
January Thaw/NLQ18’s Omaha 1/11-1/13 X
NL Winter Freebie MVW 2/2-2/3 X
Presidents’ Day Minneapolis Minneapolis 2/16-2/17 X X
Presidents’ Day Classic Omaha 2/16-2/18 X
12’s Cup MVW 3/30-3/31 X X X X
Northern Lights Qualifier Minneapolis 4/26-4/28 X X X
AAU Super Regional MVW 5/11-5/12 X
Stars & Stripes Classic Minneapolis 5/25-5/27 X X X
AAU Nationals Orlando TBD X