What is the CMASS philosophy?
We started CMASS in 2004 to give young female players the opportunity to play club volleyball locally. Our philosophy is to focus on skill development both at the individual and team level, while providing a competitive environment.
Where is CMASS located?
We hold all our tryouts and practices at Forekicks II, located at 219 Forest St., Marlboro, MA 01752.
Who is the contact person at CMASS?
Pam Rose will field/redirect any questions or issues via our contact page.
What age group does my daughter belong in?
Please visit Tryout Page to locate the Age Definition chart determine what age group you qualify to play in.
Do you have to play in your age group or can you play up a level?
We encourage players to try out for their age group. Although you may try out for an older group, you should realize that the competition at the age is much stronger and the players generally have had more experience. Furthermore, college coaches recruiting for a certain class may miss the opportunity to view a player who decided to play up an age group. The exception would be if a player wishes to try out for a tier not offered by their age group (ex: a U13 eligible player who wishes to play 14 EDGE Blue) or a player who is young for their grade.
What is the difference between the team programs?
See our girls club program page to compare tabs.
How competitive are tryouts?
Team tryouts are very competitive. We have 16-18 teams, which means we typically have spots for about 160-180 athletes. We have averaged over 500 players for tryouts in recent years.
See out tryout page for more information.
If you do not make a team, or do not have the time to play on a team, we offer our Academy program that provides skill training, competition, and several mini-tournaments.
Can I miss a tryout date?
While it is highly recommended that a player attend all of the tryout dates scheduled for a full and complete evaluation by our coaching staff, it is not necessary to attend all of the sessions, but you will need to let the registration desk know which session you will be missing so we can note it.
How long and when are practices?
Practices are generally 1.5 – 2.5 hours long for all of our programs.
What are tournaments like?
The AAU Series for EDGE/APEX teams will be half-day events with either a morning or afternoon wave most likely within 90 minutes of Marlborough, MA.
Travel tournaments are typically 2-3 days long, with the first 1-2 days being a half day of pool play (either 8a-2p or 3p-9p) and the last day being single-elimination bracket playoffs. These tournaments are held in various sites on the East Coast. Parents provide all transportation and accommodations for and during these tournaments.
What is the CMASS policy on playing time?
At the EDGE/APEX Regional level we have a goal of equal playing time by position during pool play. “By position” means, for example, that setters might play more or less than outside hitters on a given day, based on the needs of the team.
If a team makes it out of pool play, we encourage our coaches to try and win the tournament, while still attempting to balance reasonable playing time.
EDGE National/North Atlantic levels are much more competitive and the coaches use their judgment regarding playing time based on skill, experience, practice attendance, and team needs.
Do you let boys play?
NEW FOR 2023-2024: CMASS Juniors is excited to announce our first ever Boys Team Program- CMASS APEX!!
We are looking to field one u16 and one u18 team at the Regional level. More information can be found on the APEX page.
What is your refund policy?
Refunds will be issued in the form of CMASS credit only (to be used toward clinics, camps, team programs, or gear).
What happens if I don’t make a team in the program that I registered for?
Due to the increasing number of players participating in tryouts, movement will be made both during and after each tryout. This will be done as soon as decisions are made in order to give the athlete opportunity to be evaluated appropriately for the next team.
ie: an athlete who registers for EDGE National will be evaluated for such during the tryouts. As soon as it is determined a player will not make that team, they will be moved to EDGE North Atlantic to be evaluated. This will be done both during and after each tryout in order for athletes to be appropriately evaluated for each level.
Athletes who do not make a National/North Atlantic team are encouraged to tryout for our Regional teams in September. Athletes who do not make a Regional team are invited to register for our Academy Program (no tryout required).
What is your tournament travel policy?
During travel tournaments, parents are responsible for all travel and accommodations. Athletes will stay with their families and parents are responsible for transportation to and from the tournament. Occasionally we do have an athlete travel/stay with another family, however this must be set up by the families and coaches may not be responsible for the athlete outside of the gym. We’ve found that this cuts back cost for families (1 hotel room vs. 1.25 hotel rooms if athletes share) and allows families to use points to book or stay with family when possible. Please note that any tournament stay-to-play criteria must be satisfied before this will be possible.