Howell, Michigan

Elite Teams

Updated 6/22/21

Elite Team tryouts for the 2022 season will be held July 28 and 29, 2021. NEW THIS YEAR – pre-registration is highly recommended.

15U/16U – July 28 and 29; 6:00 – 8:00pm

17U/18U – July 28 and 29; 8:00 – 10:00pm

Tryouts will be held at the Howell High School Field House, 1200 W. Grand River, Parker Middle School, 411 Wright Road, Howell, MI 48843. Fee covers both days of tryouts. Attendance both days is recommended, however if an athlete attends one tryout day only, she will be evaluated on that day alone. Registration / Check-in begins ½ hour prior to tryout start time.

Needed for tryouts:
1)  Tryout Registration Form –  TopGunELITETeamTryoutForm2022
2) $40.00 tryout fee, if pre-registered*; $50.00 tryout fee at the door

*To pre-register, email topgunjen@yahoo.com your completed tryout registration form a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tryout date/time. All emails/forms received less than 24 hours prior to the tryout will not be considered pre-registration.

What is an Elite Team?

Top Gun Elite teams combine the quality programming that Top Gun has always provided with top-notch, advanced training and high level competition, all with practices in the Howell/Brighton area. Practices begin in early December, require a greater commitment with more play dates, higher-level training, tougher competition and a longer schedule than traditional Top Gun teams, culminating with AAU Nationals in mid/late June.

We recognize that there are many different offerings available in the club volleyball market and know that you could spend more and travel further, but why?  It is NOT our goal to spend all of your money on travel and hotels, nor all your weekends on volleyball tournaments but great opportunities are still available!  If you want quality competition and training in an environment built on positive reinforcement and growth, confidence and whole-person development for your daughter, this is for you!

Top Gun volleyball believes that the development of the athletes involved in our program is paramount.  You will not receive better teaching, training and development elsewhere!  Our top coaches have all competed and/or coached at the collegiate level.  As former high-level athletes, they understand the physical training, discipline, and mindset that is needed to help athletes reach their greatest potential.

While we understand the tryout date for these teams is early, Top Gun does not support the practice of holding tryouts during the high school volleyball season.  Any athletic activity comes with physical risks and tryouts come with an added mental strain, as well.  We firmly believe an athlete’s focus, both mental and physical, should be committed to her high school team during the high school season.  With many club teams running non-stop tryouts, creating immediate deadlines and pressuring athletes into decisions, along with some being worried about finding positions, we have found it necessary to run this early tryout in the best interest of all involved.  All traditional Top Gun teams will have their tryout in November at the conclusion of the school season, as in the past.  See the tryout page in October for all the information for the traditional teams.

TOP GUN ELITE TEAM INFORMATIONTopGunELITETeamTryoutForm2022

Sample Schedule: (20 Competition Dates) – Final schedule will be determined once team is formed.

-Power League – Grand Rapids Area – (4) Dates in January/February

-President’s Day Challenge (2) – Lansing/Detroit – mid-February

-Winter Blast or Great Lakes Festival (2) – Grand Rapids or East Side

-Motor City Madness or similar – East Side – mid-April

-VolleyFest (2) – Grand Rapids – mid-April

-Can-Am Classic or similar (2) – May

-AAU States (2) – Grand Rapids area – beginning of June

-Nationals (4) – Orlando Florida  – mid/late June

Training begins early December

Minimum of 4 hours training per week

All necessary uniforms are included; Cost is $2550.00.  Installment payments available.

***NEW FOR 18U*** Top Gun 18X:

12 tournament dates January through April and the season finished the end of April so all senior activities can be enjoyed! Cost is $1575.00.

Please contact Jen at topgunjen@yahoo.com, if you have any questions.