2021 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 to all and bus to most of our travel events including Omaha, Kansas City, Denver, Orlando & Dallas.
  • 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.

$1000 is due as a deposit on tryout day if your daughter commits to Northern Lights.  Checks are preferred.  A convenience fee will be added to all credit card transactions.

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.

(The table below has been updated for 2021 club year)

Team# Practices
Deposit*Monthly Payment
(# Months)
Total Expenses
18-13$1500$660 (5)$4800
18-23$1500$660 (5)$4800
18-Black3$1500$660 (5)$4800
18-Red3$1500$660 (5)$4800
17-13$1000$935 (6)$6610
17-23$1000$780 (6)$5680
17-Black3$1000$600 (6)$4600
17-Red3$1000$600 (6)$4600
17-White3$1000$600 (6)$4600
16-13$1000$935 (6)$6610
16-23$1000$780 (6)$5680
16-Black3$1000$600 (6)$4600
16-Red3$1000$600 (6)$4600
16-White3$1000$600 (6)$4600
15-13$1000$935 (6)$6610
15-23$1000$780 (6)$5680
15-Red3$1000$535 (6)$4210
15-White3$1000$535 (6)$4210
15-Zinc3$1000$535 (6)$4210
14-13$1000$780 (6)$5680
14-23$1000$575 (6)$4450
14-Black2$1000$495 (6)$3970
14-Red2$1000$305 (6)$2830
14-White2$1000$305 (6)$2830
14-Zinc2$1000$305 (6)$2830
13-13$1000$575 (6)$4450
13-22$1000$495 (6)$3970
13-Black2$1000$305 (6)$2830
13-Red2$1000$305 (6)$2830
12-12$1000$495 (6)$3970
12-22$1000$250 (6)$2500
12-B2$1000$250 (6)$2500
11-12$1000$250 (6)$2500
11-22$1000$175 (6)$2050
10-12$1000$175 (6)$2050
YDT**2$500$150 (6)$1400

* A deposit of $1000 for most teams 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 2020-2021 club year.

** The Youth Development Team (YDT) is a new Northern Lights program that is entering its 3rd year.  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 2021, 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 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 (1-3 depending on your practice schedule)
  • Practice & Game Shorts (2-3 depending on your practice/game schedule)
  • Game Jerseys (1-3 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

(The schedules below are still being worked on for 2021 and are not final)

Molten Series/Power LeagueVariousVariousXXXXXXXX
Rochester Elite ScrimmageRochester1/9-1/10XX
Northern Lights Qualifier (Jan)Minneapolis1/29-1/31XXXXXXXX
Presidents’ Day ClassicOmaha2/13-2/15XXXXXX
Triple CrownKansas City2/13-2/15XX
Crossroads QualifierDenver3/5-3/7XXXXXXXX
Northern Lights ChallengeMVW3/6-3/7XXXXXXXX
NCR Regional QualifierMinneapolis3/20-3/21XX
Italy TournamentItaly3/28-4/6XXX
Show Me QualifierKansas City4/9-4/11X
Northern Lights Qualifier (Apr)Minneapolis4/30-5/2XXXXXXXX
AAU Super RegionalMVW5/9XXXXX
Stars & Stripes ClassicMinneapolis5/29-5/31XXXXXXXX
AAU NationalsOrlandoTBDXXXXX
US Junior NationalsIndianapolisTBDXX
Europe TripEurope12/25-1/6XX
Molten Series/Power LeagueVariousVarious XXXXXXXXXX
Rochester Elite ScrimmageRochester1/9-1/10XX
January ThawMinneapolis1/29-1/31XXXXXXXXXX
Presidents’ Day ClassicOmaha2/13-2/15XXXXXXXX
Triple CrownKansas City2/13-2/15XX
Crossroads QualifierDenver2/26-2/28XXX
Northern Lights ChallengeMVW3/6-3/7XXXXXXX
Crossroads QualifierDenver3/5-3/7XXXXX
Regional QualifierMinneapolis3/13-3/14XX
Regional QualifierMinneapolis3/20-3/21XX
Show Me QualifierKansas City4/9-4/11XX
Northern Lights QualifierMinneapolis4/30-5/2XXXXXXXXXX
AAU Super RegionalMVW5/8XXXXX
AAU Super RegionalMVW5/9XXXXX
Stars & Stripes ClassicMinneapolis5/29-5/31XXXXXXXXXX
US Junior NationalsIndianapolisTBDXXXX
Molten Series/Power LeagueVariousVariousXXXXXXXXX
January ThawMinneapolis1/29-1/31XXXXXXXXX
Presidents’ Day ClassicOmaha2/13-2/15XXXXXXXXX
Northern Lights ChallengeMVW3/7-3/8XXXXXXXXX
Regional QualifierMinneapolis3/13-3/14X
Show Me QualifierKansas City4/3-4/5X
Northern Lights QualifierMinneapolis4/23-4/25XXXXXXXXX
Spring FreebieMVW4/17-4/18XXXX
AAU Super RegionalMVW5/8XXXXX
Stars & Stripes ClassicMilwaukee5/29-5/31XXXXXXXXX
AAU NationalsOrlandoTBDXXXXX
US Junior NationalsIndianapolisTBDX
Molten Series/Power LeagueVariousVariousXXXX
Youth LeagueVariousVariousX
January ThawMinneapolis1/29-1/31X
Presidents’ Day ClassicOmaha2/13-2/15XXX
Northern Lights ChallengeMVW3/6-3/7X
12’s CupMVW3/27-3/28XXXX
Spring FreebieMVW4/17-4/18XXX
Northern Lights QualifierMinneapolis4/23-4/25XXX
AAU Super RegionalMVW5/8X
Stars & Stripes ClassicMilwaukee5/29-5/31X
AAU NationalsOrlandoTBDX