Elite Team Program

Available Location(s): Granite Street, Northlake


The CJV ELITE teams will provide an opportunity for girls ages 12 - 18 to try out for the most competitive volleyball teams in the Carolinas. Elite teams are made up of the very best volleyball players from a two hour radius from Charlotte. Elite teams will practice at least 2-3 times each week and compete in 10 or more tournaments on weekends outside the Charlotte area and usually outside of North Carolina. 

Mission Statement

The Travel Team Programs at Carolina Juniors Volleyball are designed to offer an opportunity for volleyball players in the greater Charlotte area to reach their full potential and to prepare for the next level of play. CJV provides a program of intensive skill and strategic volleyball training in a safe, positive environment. The experience will teach the values of teamwork, discipline, responsibility, motivation, and self-esteem.


Most Elite teams will practice and play in tournaments from November - June. Teams qualifying for end of season tournaments may choose to play into July. Tryouts for Elite Teams are at the end of July or early August.

Teams & Locations

CJV's goal is to form one Elite team at each age group for all of Charlotte. These Elite teams will be made up of the very best players from all over Charlotte and the surrounding cities and will practice at the CJV Volleyball Centers in South Charlotte (Sports Connection-Granite Street) AND in North Charlotte (Sports Connection-Northlake).  

Playing Age

The CJV Playing Ages are based on the USAV established Playing Ages. Players should try out for their age group.  Coaches may move players and combine age groups as needed.  The goal is 10-12 players per team.  

Tryouts & Registration - 2023 Season

Pre-registration is required for all Travel Team Tryouts. 

There is a $35 tryout fee for Travel Team tryouts. All tryout participants must be pre-registered. All players will receive a shirt to wear at tryouts and to keep. Tryout shirts and numbers must be picked up before the first day of tryouts. You can sign up for each level you are interested in trying out for including Elite, National, Semi-National and Regional. The level(s) you choose will not affect the coach's evaluations the day of tryouts. You will be placed on the most competitive level possible for your skill set. 

There are two consecutive days of tryouts for all ages. We understand that some players may have to miss part or all of one day of tryouts due to other commitments. Players should come to each tryout if they are able. Tryouts can prove to be a stressful time for parents and players, in an effort for each participant to have the best tryout possible, our tryouts will be closed to all spectators. If your player cannot attend tryouts, please send a highlight reel to Office@CarolinaJuniors.com, along with any other details coaches should know (school, position, jersey number, previous school or club awards, recruiting status, etc).

Players not making a CJV TRAVEL Level Team are encouraged to play on one of the many CJV LOCAL Gold and Silver Teams.

Tryouts for 2023 Season - TRAVEL TEAMS

Group Playing
Location First Tryout
Dates & Times
Second Tryout
Dates & Times
To Register
12U Born between 7/1/2010 - 6/30/2011
(Email Office@CarolinaJuniors.com
if player is younger)
Granite St. October 8, 2022
9:00-11:00 AM
October 9, 2022
2:30-4:00 PM
Click Here
Born between 7/1/2009 - 6/30/2010

Granite St.
October 8, 2022
9:00-11:00 AM

October 9, 2022
2:30-4:00 PM
Click Here
14U Born between 7/1/2008 - 6/30/2009 Granite St.
October 8, 2022
12:00-2:00 PM

October 9, 2022
12:00-1:30 PM
Click Here
15U Born between 7/1/2007 - 6/30//2008 Northlake

Coming in 2023 Closed
16U Born between 7/1/2006 - 6/30/2007 Northlake

Coming in 2023 Closed
17U Born between 7/1/2005 - 6/30/2006 Northlake

Coming in 2023 Closed
18U Born between 7/1/2004 - 6/30/2005 Northlake

Coming in 2023 Closed

*All tryouts will take place at the Granite St location. Holding tryouts at a central location will provide our coaches and staff a better opportunity to run a fair tryout.


Pre-Tryout Clinics - Travel Team Players

We have created over 20 Travel Team Pre-Tryout Clinics to help you prepare for the Travel Team Tryouts. Clinics are designed for higher level players who will be trying out for a Travel Level (Elite, National, Semi-National, Regional) Team with CJV. Clinics are open to current CJV players, as well as girls who have never played with CJV before. Clincs will be announced in the summer.

Coaches For 2023

Each of the Elite teams will have one Head Coach and one Assistant Coach. Visit the COACHES page to see details on our incredibly talented and successful coaching staff. Visit the TEAMS page to see all Teams and Coaches. Coaching assignments below may change based on the number and level of girls at tryouts and the total number of teams formed.

Playing Age: Coaches:
12 and under Emily Horn, Kim Jackson
13 and under Ben Wilkinson, Sheila Walsh
14 and under Kim Jackson, Taylor Henry
15 and under Alexander Schinzing, Jackie Buchanan
16 and under Zoe Bell, Alli Fleagle
17 and under Ed McGarr, Vanessa James
18 and under Ralph Veigelmann, Melissa Maxwell

*NOTE: The coaching assignment listed above are for North and South locations.

Invitation To Play

After tryouts are completed, all players making a team will be notified and have an option to accept the invitation to play with CJV. When selected for a team you will have 48 hours to pay at least 1/4 of your team fee. To withdraw from being selected for a Travel Team, please submit your request IN WRITING prior to the end of the second tryout.


Elite teams will practice 2-3 times per week. Elite teams may practice at the Sports Connection-Granite Street AND the Sports Connection-Northlake CJV Volleyball Centers based on the coach's discretion. Click on TEAMS for more specific practice information once you are selected to a team.  Practices could be any day of the week from 4:00 - 10:00 PM. Practices could be on any weekend from 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM. More information on practices will be available at tryouts.


A Tournament Schedule will be posted on the Team's page when available. All Elite teams will play in at least 10 tournaments throughout the season. Tournaments will be decided on by the coach with input from the CJV club and parents and players. The tentative schedules will be available at tryouts along with the estimated team fee. Each team will have the option to try and qualify for the National Championships. The cost to enter the National Championships and the coaches expenses are already budgeted for in the CJV Elite Fee. If teams and coaches choose not to attend Nationals, or if the team fails to qualify for Nationals, a refund will be issued at the end of the season to each girl.

Playing Time

Playing time in tournaments is totally at the coaches' discretion at the Elite team level.

College Recruitment and Player Training

Carolina Juniors has a long success record of graduating our youth athletes to the collegiate volleyball level. We have an in-house recruitment coordinator and we also utilize ConnectVolley for our online recruiting platform. For more information on college recruiting, check out our Player Resources tab.

CJV is associated with the training program called Gold Medal Squared. Coaches and CJV Staff are trained on Gold Medal Squared techniques and skill development through various coach development sessions as well as through our Master Coach Practice Module enforced throughout the season. For more information on Gold Medal Squared, Click Here.


The Elite team fee is determined by how many and which tournaments your coach chooses for the team to attend. Total fees range from $3495 - $4195 per girl, with 1/4 of the team fee due within 48 hours of when teams are posted.

Any player with a credit balance on their account can apply the credit toward their team fee to reduce the total amount owed for the new season. Players choosing the payment plan option will be setup on an automatic credit card or debit card for the remaining three payments due (dates TBA). There is no additonal charge for the payment plan option or to use a credit card like many other clubs charge.

The Elite team fee Includes: Tournament Entry Fees, Practices, Coaches Salaries and Expenses for Practices and All Tournaments, Equipment (Volleyballs, Courts, Nets, Practice Equipment, etc.), Overhead (Administration, Websites, Insurance, Credit Cards, Accounting, Staff), etc.
Additional costs may include:  Uniforms*, USAV and/or AAU Membership ($45-55/player), Individual Player's Travel Expenses, Possible Extra Tournaments and Other Optional Team Expenses. Some teams may choose to do fundraisers during the season.

*All uniforms this season will be decided on and ordered at the team meetings. A representative will be present at the team meeting with a run of uniform sizes for players to view. Additional apparel and equipment can be ordered by players and parents on the new CJV Online Team Store.

CLICK HERE For Frequently Asked Questions

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