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New Retention Period

By Admin, 08/06/19, 11:45PM CDT


MWP issues statement on new retention period

The Badger Region has implemented an optional “Retention Period” for the upcoming 2019/2020 club season.  Below is a little information about the new rule.  Additional information can be found at

”The Badger Region will allow an optional “Retention Period” of Aug. 1-Aug. 10 for clubs to be able to offer a spot in their club for the previous season’s players for the coming season. After 7 p.m. CT on Aug. 10, this window closes until the applicable tryout period.”

The change allows clubs to offer an athlete a position on a specific team, a position in a specific age group or even just a position in the club and not necessarily in any specific age group or team. The definition of “the offer” will be left up to the individual clubs’ discretion. 

If an athlete accepts any offer given within the retention period (Aug 1st-Aug 10th), this offer will be binding for the 2019/2020 club season.

Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club’s stance on this new rule:
“As we enter our 23rd season, we continue to strive to create the most competitive teams through a Fair and Equal tryout process.  We believe that in the Fall season ahead, the athletes will continue to grow in their skills and leadership.  

The tryout process continues to be an important step for the Penguins to create competitive teams for the new club season.  We have outstanding coaches that strive to coach motivated athletes to the next level.

Two of the core values of our club are Integrity and Competitive Fairness. We feel to have a club with Integrity, we need to offer Fair and Equal competition for our potential athletes each season. It is our belief that to offer positions on teams for the next season to only athletes that have played for us the year before, eliminates a Fair and Equal process to both our returning athletes and to any other athletes that wish to play for us.

Therefore, Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club will NOT be offering positions to our returners during this early retention period.

Please know that we love all our Penguin athletes and we want them all to return. We do, however, also believe in the integrity of the tryout process. We invite our returning athletes, as well as any new potential athletes, to join us during our club tryouts this Fall.  

We want to make a fair decision about each athlete and place each athlete on a team for the season through a competitive process that will evaluate their athletic potential, work ethic, and overall teammate skills against ALL potential athletes. 

In doing so, when an athlete’s family makes a decision, 

  1. They will have accurate information on season costs

  2. They will have a clear picture of the practice & tournament schedule 

  3. They will know who will be coaching their team & other levels

  4. They will also have a vision of their potential teammates

This will benefit each athlete and their families so they are able to make the most informed decision possible. 

Keep in mind, that if you played for another club last year and want an opportunity to tryout and be offered a position onto one of our teams, do NOT accept an early retention period offer from your current club, as you will essentially be forfeiting the right to tryout anywhere else. We would love to see you this fall at the Penguin tune ups and tryouts. 


Janice & Anne