Northern Lights Youth Development Team


The Northern Lights Youth Development Team (YDT) will be in its 3rd season for 2020-2021.  The YDT is for players who would ordinarily be trying out for the 12’s age level or younger, ages 9 – 12, but new to elite club volleyball.  The program will focus on learning the basic skills and fundamentals of volleyball.

A parent or guardian must accompany the player at the tryout.  This may be updated/changed depending on the COVID-19 guidelines for the state of Minnesota at the time of the tryout.


  • Register for tryouts and pay the $30 tryout fee on SignUpToPlay.
  • Make sure to select “YDT” when registering for the tryout.
  • YDT tryouts will take place on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 12:00 pm.
  • Tryouts include a Northern Lights t-shirt, evaluation, and possible team placement.
  • We will accept as many YDT players as possible.

To access more information please visit the Tryout Registration webpage.


The season cost for YDT can be found here.  A non-refundable down payment of $500 is due at tryouts on October 25. The remaining balance will be equally divided and paid over the next 6 months.

Uniforms and Gear

To keep costs at a minimum, there is a small gear package for the YDT teams. You will do a simple sizing post tryouts for 2 practice shirts, 1 competition shirt, 1 pair of socks, and 1 spandex  You will also receive a backpack. Additional (optional) gear will be available for purchase at tryouts.


Northern Lights YDT teams will practice twice per week.

November & December:  Tuesday & Thursday 4:30 – 6:00 PM

January through May:  Tuesday 4:30 – 6:00 PM and Friday 4:30 – 6:00 PM or 7:30 – 9:00 PM

All practice schedules will be posted on the Northern Lights website on the 2021 Schedules page.


All Youth Development Teams will participate in several events over the course of the season.

Expected tournaments for the 12-YDT teams:

  • Northern Lights Power League and/or Youth League
  • Northern Lights 12’s Cup or Youth Cup

Once available, full YDT schedules (with exact dates) will be available on the 2021 Schedules page.