USA Volleyball has designated the top Juniors teams “Open” and the remainder “Club” for a number of years. Whether a team plays in Open tournaments, however, is purely a matter of success during the playing season. If teams qualify for Open tournaments early in the season, they receive a higher starting rank. But then the playing record of the teams during the season is the only thing that matters. “Club” teams can and have played their way up into the Open tournaments. ‘Open’ teams can and have played their way down out of them.

CMASS Volleyball has a tiered Team system to avoid confusion. The top tiered Teams (EDGE) will practice more, play more, enter more tournaments, and have a better chance of playing in Open tournaments. But ranking within the New England Region Volleyball Association (NERVA) will still come down to season play.

PLEASE NOTE: Girls are encouraged to tryout for the highest tier in which they are willing to commit. If they are not chosen for a tier, they will automatically be considered for the next tier without having to pay an additional tryout fee or re-register. Coaches from all EDGE tiers will be present at each EDGE tryout to assess all players. The same is true of the EVOLVE tryouts. If a player would like to play in a tier that is not offered at their age level, they may try out for the next age level offering the desired tier; however, if they do not make that tier, they will be encouraged to go back to their appropriate age level.

Evolve White (Formerly Tier 1)Evolve Blue (Formerly Tier 1+)Evolve Black (Formerly Tier 2)Edge Blue (Formerly Tier 2+)Edge Black (Formerly Tier 3)
Ages Offered12s, 14s, 15s, 16s14s, 15s, 16s14s, 15s, 16s, 17s/18s*14s – 18s14s – 18s
Practices
  • 1 per week
  • About 17 Practices
  • Sat or Sun
  • 1 per week
  • About 17 Practices
  • Sat or Sun
  • 2 per week
  • About 34 Practices
  • Sat or Sun and Tues/Times TBD
    • 3 per week
    • Sports performance training

      Starting Sept.

      Sun, Tues, Wed (Session I)

      Sun, Mon, and Tues OR Wed (Session II)

      Sun and Tues OR Wed (Session III)

    3 per week

    Sports performance training

    Starting Sept.

    Sun, Tues, Wed (Session I)

    Sun, Mon, Wed (Sessions II and III)

    Tournaments5 NERVA tournaments
    • 5 NERVA tournaments
    • Mizuno Festival Boston (2 or 3 day tournament)
    • 5 NERVA tournaments
    • Winterfest (3 day tournament) Hartford, CT
    • Mizuno Festival Boston (3 day tournament)
    • Rhode Island Rumble (2 day tournament)
    • 5 NERVA tournaments
    • Winterfest (3 day tournament) Hartford, CT
    • Mizuno Festival Boston (2-3 day tournament)
    • Northeast Qualifier (3 day tournament) Philadelphia, PA (14-17s)
    • Capitol Hill Classic (3 day tournament) Washington, DC (18s only)
    • SpikeFest (3 day tournament) Providence or Springfield (14-17s)
    • Rhode Island Rumble (2 day tournament)
    • 5 NERVA tournaments
    • Winterfest (3 day tournament) Hartford, CT
    • Mizuno Festival Boston (3 day tournament)
    • Capital Classic (3 day tournament) Washington DC
    • RI Rumble (2 day tournament Providence, RI)
    • Big South Qualifier (3 day tournament) Atlanta, GA
    • **Post Season Tournament TBD (GJNC vs. AAU Nationals)

    Pricing Comparison (subject to change)