Rejection comes in many shapes, scenarios and forms. The struggle that comes with rejection causes some to fear rejection and avoid the hard situations, and instead they remove themselves from the chance to fail. But playing it safe only limits one's ability to reach full potential. Here's why coaches, athletes, directors and parents should take risks and overcome fear.
This past summer, we posted an article about the various options that U-18’s have to finish their season. We also addressed feedback from some of the coaches who attended the various championships, and concluded with a survey to gather input from a larger audience. Here is a summary of the survey responses.
Once tournament play begins, it is apparent which clubs have done their due diligence to train and prepare the athletes for their work team responsibilities, and which ones have not spent the time. Every director should make it a priority to train your athletes to officiate and keep score/book. Here's how one JVA member club organizes their officiating and scorekeeper training to make sure every team is prepared for their role once tournaments begin.
For the fifth consecutive year the JVA will give $200,000 back to JVA member clubs through the JVA Sponsor Program. Applications are being accepted through October 14th. Learn how your club can be a part of the JVA Sponsor Program this season.
Sponsorships can apply to every volleyball club, but In many cases, the organization lacks the strategy to implement them. Let's examine four steps that can guide your strategy for club and event sponsorships.
As summer comes to an end, school volleyball is on the front burner of many minds. But for club directors, administrators and staff, club season is just around the corner. If you’re like me, you’re already devising practice plans and season expectations, staffing your teams, reviewing team budgets and preparing for the craziness that is tryouts (unless you have already gone through that madness!). In the short time that I have been a club director, I’ve come up with four simple and effective ways to help manage the stress of tryout season.
Every year Club Directors and Coaches are strategically planning for ways to better their tryout and player selection process. While there are many ways that tryouts can be run, it is important that Directors and Coaches are able to gather enough information about each athlete prior to making a decision and extending an offer to the athlete and her family. Here are some simple steps that will help your tryout selection process run smoothly and more efficiently this upcoming club season.
There are constant moving parts to running a volleyball club. Tournament schedules, coaching assignments, new programs, and new athletes are simply a few of the variables a club director juggles with every new season. However, it's important for a club director to be able to rely on a few constants. As you prepare for a new season, here are three signs that can dictate whether you are in control of your own business.
Club Directors understand the importance of providing great customer service to your members and their families. Not only does customer service paint a picture of your club and its values, but good customer service encourages loyalty, which in turn, may help retain existing players and attract new ones. So, if volleyball clubs understand the importance of excellent customer service, why do so many clubs accept less than satisfactory customer service when it comes to ordering uniforms? Here are 3 important things to look for when assessing customer service.
In ordinary fashion, JVA insurance is a hot topic this time of the year, especially when club directors learn about the cost savings. Last year, over 300 events were insured with JVA and 230 clubs used the Program Insurance. Based on the amount of questions thus far, we anticipate those numbers to increase immensely. So let's tackle the fun facts of JVA insurance and help your club save money this year!
Have you ever wondered if hosting your own volleyball tournament is something you should consider for your club? The answer is a resounding "maybe". Tournaments can run the gamut from a three day convention center mega event to a simple one day round robin scrimmage where the participating teams provide their own referees for free. The one common element that all tournaments hold in common is the need to attend to 100 little details, any one of which can sabotage your event if mishandled. Fortunately, you do not have to start from scratch as there are many wonderful resources available to you that can help you prepare your tournament checklist.
The JVA is pleased to announce the 2019 JVA Beach Watch List that recognizes the top female beach athletes from JVA member clubs across the country this season.Read More
The club season for the 18s teams has changed drastically over the past couple of years primarily with efforts to shorten the length of the club season, and a variety of season-ending championships to choose from. It is important that we identify the changes and continue to understand the needs of the club programs, as well as the athletes. After reaching out to several JVA Club Directors for feedback, here is a review of the current 18s championships, and some suggestions to improve the experience for the clubs and athletes.
When starting a beach club, it's important to do some business planning before you roll out the balls, especially if you'd like your club to be around for a while. To create a business plan there are seven important areas that affect the budget. Here's a checklist to get your club headed in the right direction.
As clubs continue to purchase, lease or rent facilities, and collaborate to co-host events together, the selection of tournaments will grow. Looking ahead to next season, here are 4 ways to create a balanced and ideal tournament schedule for your teams.
Navigating through the end of a season can be a daunting task for a Club Director. Preparation and planning for the following season has begun. Meanwhile you are trying to keep teams motivated through the first couple weeks of summer vacation and the last couple weeks of practice, you are evaluating coaches and gathering feedback from parents. Here's a few tips to make the end of the season an encouraging experience for Club Directors.
Choosing a uniform package for your volleyball club should be a fun decision. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to brand your club and provide your teams with great looking gear so your players feel on top of their game. However, the process of selecting a uniform provider is often convoluted and fraught with many obstacles in which to navigate. Here are 3 vital questions to ask your volleyball uniform provider to ensure you are getting the best deal possible.
Is your club passionate about starting a boys program? One misconception is that a boys program should field travel teams immediately. However, here's an example of a boys program that began simply as a development league, with very low overhead cost. Learn how KIVA's boys program went in year one, and some easy steps your club can mirror.
In 2013 two coaches saw a need to cater to the underserved African American players in Columbus, so they could play together for a lower price. 2 Girls Volleyball Club began with four teams and today the club fields 14 girls volleyball teams that compete at the regional and national level. Learn more about the impact this JVA club has on the local community of Columbus.
For many Club Directors, Fan Wear, or Spiritwear, has become an essential part of the club operations. Fan Wear can serve a club in many ways but one benefit of Fan Wear is often overlooked: Fan Wear is a fantastic way of fundraising. In fact, it can be the best way to fund raise. Here is some useful advice on utilizing Fan Wear as a revenue generator for your club.
No Billboard? No Problem! Billboards are great but aren’t in every marketing budget.
Marketing can be overwhelming because there is so much out there, but don’t let it intimidate you! A club director does not need years of experience or an infinite budget to attain your club's marketing goals. Here are three ways to successfully market your club within a small budget.
There are many opportunities for young athletes to compete through recreation leagues, school leagues and travel ball, but there are fewer opportunities for young athletes to receive quality training in the physical elements of performance. Jumping, hand-eye coordination and agility footwork are three physical elements that are critical when introducing volleyball to an athlete of any age. Let's take a look at how to develop each element in your club or at home.
Toward the finish line of the season, it is recommended that club directors run some checks and balances to evaluate if your club is running on all cylinders, and identify the changes that can be made before next season. Change can be something small and simple to execute, and in other cases, change can lead to more change. Here are five signs your club is ready for a significant change, along with steps to execute a plan.
A fast-growing beach volleyball tournament format is the “Club vs. Club” or “School vs. School” format, generally referred to as a dual tournament. This is the format that made it practical for the NCAA to adopt beach volleyball. The Club vs. Club format not only encourages a sense of team and club loyalty, it also offers matched competition and more match play experience at the junior level. Here is a breakdown of the formatting options to run your own Club. vs Club beach event.
As part of Crossfire Youth Sports, Crossfire Volleyball has 31 volleyball teams and 32 AAU basketball teams during the 2019 season and employs about 90 coaches between the two sports. Founded in 2003, the organization is based in Champlin, Minnesota, employs five staff members to serve approximately 650 team members in addition to those who participate in camps and programs in the spring, summer and fall. Learn more about the JVA club of the month here.
The size of the club will not break your success; a small mindset will. The increase in junior volleyball participation has led to growth in the number of junior volleyball clubs. New clubs are forming, large clubs are acquiring smaller ones, and on average a club is fielding 20-25 indoor teams easily. Here are 5 ways a small club can take advantage of it's size and thrive in a competitive market.
Richmond Volleyball Club was founded in 1981 to meet the demand for recreational volleyball in the Central Virginia area. Today, the club serves more than 1,800 adult members and over 1,000 junior players, ages 7-18. Learn more about how our JVA Club of the Month is going above and beyond to help grow and develop junior volleyball in their region.
The 2019 Ultra Ankle® JVA Watch List features 1,429 girls indoor junior volleyball players from 110 JVA member clubs across 30 states plus Canada. The players nominated are among the best in the nation in their age division this season.Read More
GREAT coaches are leaving the coaching world. Not because they're ready to retire after a long, polished career. GREAT coaches are quitting. GREAT coaches are being pushed out. GREAT coaches are realizing it's unfortunately not all about the athletes. Let's dive into four ways to keep the GREAT coaches coaching, along with some advice for coaches who are facing a challenge.
There are so many aspects to managing a club that require a Director's attention. From managing a team of coaches to scheduling practices, the work never ends. As a result, it can be difficult to stay on top of things like uniforms and equipment, which is why so many orders are placed last minute and can lead to troubling consequences and many headaches! What if there was a solution to the uniform ordering dilemma that saved you time and gave you the space to focus on more important elements of your club?
The JVA is pleased to announce the annual JVA Boys Watch List to recognize the top JVA boys athletes for outstanding achievement on the volleyball court. Boys high school volleyball is growing at a 21% rate over the last five years, and this growth is also represented in the rapid growth of boys volleyball programs among JVA member clubs nationwide. Learn more about this award and how to nominate your athletes.Read More
Central Jersey Volleyball Academy (CJVA) was founded in 2005 out of the Somerville YMCA by Al Mottern. CJVA has grown significantly, from four teams in the first year to today, with 26 girls’ teams and 6 boys’ teams, as well as a very active youth development program across two facilities. Learn more about the JVA club of the month.
Parents can set the precedent for the athlete's mental toughness. How parents behave and communicate before an event, during an event and after an event is the precedent that is set. It's important for a club director and coach to foster a learning environment for the parents so they can develop positive sports parenting habits. Here's a good place to start.
With new recruiting legislation comes a host of adjustments for both the student-athletes, the clubs and the college coaches; and this isn’t a static thing. The challenge is to figure out how it affects the athletes' recruiting timelines and how coaches can put young athletes in a position to be successful and empowered given the current rules. Here is information on the most recent changes to NCAA Division I recruiting legislation as of August 2018, and the proposed changes that, if approved, could take effect in 2019, and some points of emphasis to communicate with the student-athletes in your club who are pursuing the opportunity to play at the collegiate level.
Tstreet's origin and name come from a popular, family-friendly beach in Southern California where the club's owner and founder, two-time Olympic gold medalist Troy Tanner, calls home. The #1 ranked club in California 3 of the last 4 years finds ways to give back to the local community, and the staff leadership care deeply about the culture they build from within. Learn more about the JVA Club of the Month.
At The Academy Volleyball Club, we have talked a lot about the ideal training versus competition cycle for the younger ages throughout the club season. We find that the most important part of youth training is keeping younger players engaged. A lot of youth development research has led us to explore training our youth in more random or game-like situations. Here are some simple solutions we have integrated into our training that has been effective in keeping younger athletes engaged, which has improved their effort in 6v6 play throughout the season.
Two iconic figures in the world of volleyball asked "why isn't there boys volleyball in Minnesota?" A few other passionate people got on board to help make it happen. What started as a VERY low key, casual meeting of like-minds quickly evolved into a mission, 501c3 organization, and a thriving league for boys volleyball. Learn about the rise of the Minnesota High School Boys Volleyball Association and, more importantly, how it can be replicated.
Over Thanksgiving of this year, A5 was fortunate to travel to Japan with a select group of 16 athletes from three different age groups. The trip to Japan marked the club's 9th international outing, and from a volleyball perspective, was in many ways the most impactful trip to date. Club Director Bob Westbrook shares the important takeaways from a coach's and club director's perspective.
Girls volleyball has become the #1 female team sport in America for girls, our NCAA National Championship Semis and Finals are on ESPN and we are filling arenas. Boys high school volleyball is growing at a 21% rate over the last five years! Over 60 universities have added varsity men's volleyball in the last 5 years, however it is still far behind the women's game. One of the strongest advocates for the growth of boys' and men's volleyball is MotorMVB Foundation, which is making a big impact. As such, JVA is investing $125,000 in the form of a grant to MotorMVB to grow boys' volleyball.
Club directors are crazy busy preparing for the upcoming club season. Days can be quickly filled with submitting uniform orders, registering teams for tournaments, creating practice schedules and organizing coaches. JVA Club Director Emily Hawthorne shares an important key to how she manages to grow her club while also taking on the day to day tasks as the Director of three locations, over 1,000 athletes and 100 club teams.
In most areas of the country this is the time of the year when club directors are in a constant state of delirium. You are immersed with tryouts, parent meetings, player meetings, uniforms, tournament entries, event housing, etc. But what actually keeps you awake during the few hours of sleep you can spare is concern over which athletes will walk in the doors for tryouts, which athletes will not and why not; who will accept your offers, who won’t and why not. Naturally, the JVA office receives numerous calls and emails in reference to clubs "stealing players", illegally recruiting and how to handle it. Let's dive in.
Every facility owner deals with utilizing court space during non-peak times. One way is to bring in alternative sports that do not conflict with the club volleyball season. Learn how the Orlando Sports Center solves the year-round challenge and which sport fills the void.
Yoga is becoming more common in training regiments for junior athletes. Coaches are finding that their athletes' overall mental, physical, and even inspirational well-being improve as a result of incorporating yoga and mindfulness into practice time. If you are not convinced yet, let's look at 5 reasons to integrate yoga into your club's wellness program this season.
The JVA staff always looks forward to attending the AVCA Convention. Meeting new members, catching up with long time members and attending and hosting educational sessions are among a few of the reasons this event is so special. Witnessing the semi-final and final matches with coaches and directors who are passionate about bettering our sport is icing on the cake. Here is the line-up of JVA hosted sessions in Minneapolis this December so you can make a note to attend!Read More
The JVA is pleased to announce a long-term partnership with The Art of Coaching Volleyball, a company that offers high-quality coaching education through clinics and a website that delivers drills, practice plans, courses, video tutorials and coaching certification programs as part of its daily content.
Safety of our youth is an extremely important focus in the news, in political discussions, among school meetings, and at the dinner table. The JVA is also prioritizing the safety of the junior volleyball athletes to provide the proper resources and have specific guidelines in place regarding this issue. Here is how the JVA is addressing the safety of the junior athletes participating, training, and competing in volleyball this season.Read More
Beginning (10/19/2019), 431 Sports will be offering FREE uniform-ordering websites to volleyball clubs as part of the partnership with the JVA. The company’s unparalleled playerPASS platform allows parents to order customized volleyball uniforms and gear year-round that’s shipped directly to their homes with no limited order windows or batching.
When it comes to running a volleyball club, volleyball is just the half of it. In order to field strong teams wherein players are developing their skills and parents are happy with the product, a club has to run efficiently as both an organization and a business. And these days, in order to run a business that’s firing on all cylinders, it's necessary to dip your feet into digital marketing. Websites, social media, email and other digital technology are all part of a strong sports marketing strategy and help elevate the profile of your club, maximize retention and boost income. Let's take a closer look at how clubs can maximize marketing opportunities through social media and digital technology.
It is the time of year most Club Directors dislike. You must position your club against other clubs and make a case for why an athlete should choose your club over all the others that are in your area. You may not have a degree in sales, but you're now competing with other clubs in the junior volleyball industry, and therefore you need to speak the sales language. Here's club volleyball sales 101.
Maylen Mitrovich loved volleyball, and she wanted better coaches and tougher tournaments than what her small, local club provided. So her mother, Monica, researched and identified a few other options. But Maylen Mitrovich didn’t have the best experience, and Monica, was inclined to switch her then 10-year-old daughter to another club. Except something surprising happened.
If you have reached the thirty team level at your club you are approaching the upper echelon and are starting to realize some of the benefits of scale. You might now be able to offer your older kids more advanced recruiting services, for example. You are attractive enough to apparel companies to negotiate for some free apparel for your coaches. You can afford a full time office manager which will provide your families with a higher level of customer service. Your reputation has likely reached a point where you are firmly entrenched in your market. Hopefully you have an active and pervasive social media presence. Here's a look at a financial plan for a club with 30 teams.
Over the past decade there has been a decline in girls basketball participation numbers, which has been partially accredited to the influx in girls volleyball athletes. Three years ago, for the first time, more high school girls played volleyball than basketball according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. A group of basketball club directors in the Northeast is recognizing an opportunity to utilize volleyball to their advantage, and form volleyball clubs to keep their athletes in-house. Read how this movement has created excitement and growth for girls volleyball in the Northeast.
Yes, boys volleyball can be a year-round sport. However, in most parts of the country, the participation numbers are not high enough to offer dedicated boys programs and travel teams. According to the NFHS.org the participation rates in boys high school volleyball has risen 12% in the last five years, which is the second highest among any sport. If you want to start or grow your boys program, take a look at this boys programming calendar from JVA clubs who started with small participations numbers and are now offering year round boys volleyball.
Club volleyball can sometimes present a challenging situation for parents and athletes. That’s because the head coach makes nearly all of the on-court decisions for the athletes involved, but unlike a high school or college team, the players (or, more accurately, their parents) pay fees in order to play. So, when a new player is about to join your club program, what should you do to ensure that they and their family have the proper expectations? Here are some suggestions.
5 years ago grassroots junior volleyball did not exist in Nigeria. The only sport kids knew or played was soccer. Through his playing experience Vincent UnogwuI realized the importance of teaching kids volleyball at an early age, and was inspired to start a youth program. Gradually the trend in the community started shifting from soccer to volleyball thanks to three basic factors. Learn how this Nigerian youth volleyball program is changing lives and how your school, club or organization can make a difference.
For the fourth consecutive year the JVA will give $200,000 back to JVA member clubs through the JVA Sponsor Program. Under the Sponsor Program the JVA unites its members by giving back to the clubs who support its mission and goals. Applications are being accepted through October 15th, and we invite all clubs to join now and be a part of the JVA.
It’s true. Banks and financial institutions definitely speak a different language. Unfortunately, they are not bilingual and they don’t speak yours so it’s very important you learn theirs when you are trying to get financing from them. Here is a high level overview of the 5 C's of Credit, and some insight into the language the banks speak.
Over the past few months there has been much conjecture regarding the decision to exclude Freshman/Sophomore volleyball recruits from taking unofficial visits to Division I programs until September 1 of their Junior year of High School. As a Recruiting Coordinator at Munciana VBC, we have kept it business as usual and continue to focus on simplifying the process for our prospective student athletes. Here are our 3 keys to success that you can apply to your program and players.
The concept began two years ago as a conversation between a few club directors with similar goals to grow their grassroots programs and to save a significant amount of money by working together. They knew what their community needed and saw the opportunity with JVA as a direct catalyst to provide more. Learn how NorthStar Volleyball United is increasing opportunities for all athletes, families, teams and clubs in the upper Midwest
As part of this three part series designed to provide guidance to club directors on how to obtain financing for their volleyball facility, I’d like to welcome you to “Getting Your House In Order.” As a former commercial banker, it is my hope that I can share actionable guidance with you that will help you ultimately obtain financing and do so in a much shorter period of time. There are many aspects to getting your house in order, but this should provide a good overview of the most important ones.
This is the time of year when clubs begin to plan next season's playing schedule. New volleyball tournaments bring options to the table, and your long standing event may see some competition. Rather than focus on the negative impact this may have on your tournament, take the opportunity to recognize ways to improve your event. And if you are hosting a new event, you need to make sure you are offering a quality product. Here are 12 tips to make sure your tournament rises above the rest.
The JVA is now accepting applications for the 2019 JVA Challenge Series, a series of elite tournaments hosted by JVA member clubs across the country. Learn how you can be a part of the nation's elite volleyball events.
Volleyball is a team sport, thus, "team building" is somewhat crucial. However, there are many more intangible rewards that people often overlook. Besides the fact that the activities themselves are fun, it's the on-the-court benefits that really make it worth it. Three JVA member clubs share the impact team building has had on their teams' performance and culture.
Is your club striving to be one of the top clubs in your region or nationwide? Building a successful youth volleyball club that contends for championships each year requires attracting top talent. To get the top players you need to market your club to put your name at top-of-mind for the elite athletes. Here are five tips to successfully market your team.
Nobody wants to call a time out. It almost always indicates your team is struggling or doing some things you certainly didn't train them to do! In terms of match impact, however, your time outs are your best opportunity to influence your team and players. Here are some ways for coaches to maximize the potential of a timeout by the delivery and content of communication to your team.
Boys volleyball isn’t one of the first, let alone tenth sports that comes to mind when discussing boys athletic programs in the south. But those that have played or watched men’s volleyball, have witnessed first hand the excitement, fast pace, and power that accompanies the sport. When we started our boys program at Carolina Union Volleyball Club we had no idea what to expect, however here are nine keys that we believe helped the growth of our program, as well as boys volleyball in the area.
Volleyball is still a minority sport in England, despite a respectable record for British athletes having played ball at North American universities and in European professional leagues. Host nation entitlement to enter a team in the 2012 Olympics created a spike of interest in the sport, though not enough for it to break out of its minority status. Nevertheless, recent years have seen a steady increase of interest in the sport by juniors, driven by commercial interests such as JVA member VbDC. Learn how this development training program for junior volleyball athletes is also training coaches, and providing assistance for high level athletes who wish to investigate their potential for playing at a US or Canadian university.
The saying, “if it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen,” certainly holds true in the sports club world as documents such as contracts and liability waivers play a big role in allowing athletes to play for your organization. Many clubs use recycled documents that are outdated and, essentially, unenforceable, which can result in a huge money loss or worse: the loss of the organization. Having updated, effective, and comprehensive documentation is critical to running a successful club. Below are some ideas on how to put good documentation into practice.
The JVA is pleased to announce the selections for the 2018 Ultra Ankle® JVA All-National Team. The award recognizes the top female indoor volleyball players competing for a JVA member club in the 15s-18s divisions. This year the JVA Awards committee has selected 78 athletes for outstanding achievement in their position this season. We are proud to announce the 2018 Ultra Ankle® JVA All-National Team.
In 2014, A4 Volley was just a vision by Club Director Joaquin Acosta and his wife Coral. In its first season, A4 launched with eight girls teams 13U-18U. The Puerto Rican native could not have predicted that in just four seasons, his club would grow to 20 teams, a Rec League with more than 200 participants, a #1 nationally ranked 18s team and ranked top 30 best clubs in the country. And that's not all... Find out more about this month's JVA Club of the Month.
The U.S. hotel industry has seen eight straight years in revenue growth, and forecasts point to the highest hotel occupancies in 2018 since the 1980’s. In general, hotel room rates seem higher than in the past – and they are! There are many factors that should be considered when booking a city for a volleyball event, and hotels are one of them. Let's look at these factors, as well as how the JVA manages to secure reasonable hotel rates without a "stay to play" policy.
Concussions in volleyball are an all too common occurrence. According to a 2015 study in PT in Motion News, volleyball players report a rate of 3.57 concussions per 10,000 exposures. An exposure is equivalent to one practice or one match. This number may seem small, but if your daughter or son plays both high school and club volleyball, your player will have a combined 200+ practices and matches per year; or an approximate 7% likelihood of receiving a concussion for each year played.
The NCAA Division I Council adopted new recruiting legislation on April 18, 2018. There has been a lot of conjecture out there over the past few days but it's best to adhere to the facts and support our athletes with the goal of educating and guiding them within the confines of the new legislation. Let's begin with the proposals that have been passed, the rationale, some side notes and practical applications of the rules.
It’s a recurring nightmare that plays out with many volleyball club directors. Midway through the season, you realize your organization has overspent and doesn’t have the money to cover the remaining costs. What happened? Chances are, you failed to adequately prepare a budget based on the club’s specific needs and expenses.
Boys volleyball is becoming increasingly popular, as many decide to leave the field and step onto the hard court. With the transition, male athletes are entering an entirely new competitive environment. In every sport male athletes are naturally driven to use their physicality to be the best at what they do. In volleyball, however, their physical strength and build alone will not win them games. It is up to the coaches to train male players to become more mentally and technically sound, to increase their volleyball IQ, and to use more than just their physical strength to dominate. But how? We reached out to a few successful JVA coaches in the boys’ community to give us some advice.
Steve Sack is the owner of Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy, which includes 1,500 players across seven locations. Sack's entry into volleyball was as the father of three, and his motivating factor is instilling life lessons in his young athletes. But a new obstacle has emerged for Sack and others who lead organizations catering to young athletes: gun violence.
Revolution Volleyball Academy was founded in 2012 by Heather and Sean Curley, known then as Kettle Moraine Volleyball Academy. Both coaches in the Kettle Moraine, Heather and Sean noticed a need for a club in their area. After starting with seven teams the first season, Revolution has grown rapidly, and with that growth, has made an impact on the local community in more ways than one. Learn why Revolution Volleyball Academy has earned this month's JVA Club of the Month.
Technology is everywhere. Today, we use it to order food, do our banking, connect with friends and even to skip the line at Starbucks. And, it didn’t take long for it to begin altering the college recruiting process, either. Here are three ways clubs can utilize technology to manage their athletes' recruiting.
As a volleyball club, providing a well-executed recruiting program for athletes and families is within our wheelhouse and should be a key part of the services we offer to our clientele. The program can be adapted to a club at all levels, regardless of size and personnel. Here are the five keys to a successful recruiting program and a look at the first two in detail.
You have worked hard to establish a viable volleyball club consisting of eight teams. You are not yet large enough to benefit from all the advantages of (large) scale, however you have earned a loyal following and your emphasis on training is paying dividends as your kids are really improving. In fact, you are a big proponent of the importance of superior training and you drill your kids assiduously. Rigorous training has become the hallmark of your club and, through word of mouth, many kids have left other clubs to join yours. Here's a financial plan for an eight team club to guide you toward continued business success.
Club directors have a valuable opportunity to create a culture of learning among your staff. By educating your coaches you are investing in your club's culture and coaching staff, while also increasing your club's value. Offering coaching education to your coaches shows them that you are committed to their success, and in turn can be a great asset for retaining quality coaches. Here are some ideas to get you started in investing in your coaching staff.
Unless you are living under a rock, you have heard about the reported sexual abuses in our sport, at two major national governing bodies, at universities, in our government and in businesses. The mistake that all these groups made was to put the welfare of the institution above the welfare of the victims.
Two JVA member clubs in Minnesota have been running one of the most competitive and collaborate season-long competition series in the Midwest for ten years. The Molten Series is a joint effort between Club Directors Doug Bergman of Mizuno M-1 and Scott Jackson at MN Select. It's not only a fantastic competitive home state event, making it easier and more affordable for players lucky enough to grow up in the area, but one of the best examples of club directors working together on behalf of the players.
As the sport of volleyball continues to grow across the nation, the bar for excellence is constantly on the rise. There is more to "making it" than the skills learned in practice, watching videos, and completing drills. The addition of weight lifting, specifically Olympic-style weightlifting, is proving to elevate individual performance by increasing strength and speed of movements, boost athleticism, and lessen injuries. Here are three movements that have been proven to increase the speed, power and explosiveness of a volleyball attack.
In youth sports, about 10-12% of total revenue goes uncollected. Let’s put that into perspective: If a club anticipates $200k in gross revenue for a season, approximately $20k is never collected. That’s $20k for which you, the director, are still responsible.
Here are a few ways your club can reduce the sting of uncollected payments and better budget for unexpected events that could get in the way of you getting paid.
There have been some questions circulated this past week about the JVA. We would like to share a clear picture of who we are, what we are and why we are. We give credit to our member clubs who are truly the driving force behind the JVA. Here's a look at the faces of the JVA and why our organization is important for the growth of our sport.
Players and parents are starting to look for more than just games and victories. What a club provides, in terms of physical development, could be the determining factor in choosing one club over another. Here's a look at how a few JVA member clubs are emphasizing strength and conditioning for their volleyball athletes.
Running a successful volleyball tournament can be a great asset for a club, however it's important to make sure you do your homework prior to jumping into the tournament landscape. With the number of events being offered not every event is guaranteed to be successful. Here are a few tips to consider before starting your own volleyball tournament, along with a tournament checklist.
Planning your work and working your plan has become axiomatic for a reason- it works. As you sit down to plan out your club year it is essential that you construct an accurate pro forma income statement or budget. Preparing this document will cause you to think through your club year in meticulous detail. In the process you will preempt many potential problems and, even, better understand your cash flows.
Lets kick off the shoes, and toss those stinky knee pads. Lets hang up the jerseys and grab a tank top. Oh, and on your way out the door, don't forget your favorite hat, sunglasses and flip flops as we head to the beach! Let's look at 3 reasons beach volleyball is growing in popularity, because let's face it, everyone wants to head to the beach.
Clubs and teams at all levels realize the benefits of a power league with matched competition, a core tournament schedule, scheduling predictability, and lower cost of travel and participation. Not to mention, the collaboration of clubs, which is arguably the most challenging benefit to establish and maintain, but is essential to a power league's success over time. Since it's inception in 2010, the Mideast Power League has been one of the strongest, if not THE STRONGEST, junior volleyball power league in the country. At the core of the league's success lies the partnership of the host clubs.
In 2008, several parents approached four-time Gold Glove catcher Mike Matheny and asked him to coach a Little League team that included his 10-year-old son. Matheny outlined some "rules," which eventually became the "Matheny Manifesto," a candid, seven-page peek into his perspective on parents' role in youth sports.
In the summer of 2013, Janiece Wieschhaus decided she wanted to put her coaching experience to use running her own club, and St. Louis Crossfire Elite was born. Find out why Crossfire has earned JVA Club of the Month.
We have just returned from the AVCA Annual Convention. Here's a shout out to all of our members who were able to take time out from the busy club season to join us in Kansas City. This is our JVA staff's favorite time of the year. We are able to interact with so many of our members, partners and colleagues. Here is a re-cap of the events and updates from Convention, including the JVA Annual Meeting.Read More
The growth of our sport, along with the consistent success of the JVA would not exist without the dedication and loyalty of the coaches, club directors and administrators of JVA member clubs. This year the JVA is honoring 8 individuals from JVA member clubs with the JVA Junior Club Service Award for their service to junior volleyball for over 20 years.Read More
I think we can all agree that Social Media Platforms have taken over as the main mode of information dissemination for both business and personal use. We have discovered over the past few years how extremely important our social media platforms have become to our athletes, families, alumni, high school and college programs, associations and our competition. In 2017, Munciana VBC became the most followed club on twitter with over 5,300 followers. Now in the vast expanse of these platforms, that number seems extremely small, but that number can be deceptive. Social Media giant, Brandwatch (the world's leading social intelligence company) tells us that number is not indicative of the actual number of people who see your post, only the number of people who have chosen to follow you. Depending on your social media privacy settings, that number could literally be 10x greater.
The JVA Annual Meeting is fast approaching and this year, the JVA is hosting nationally known keynote speaker Dr. Gregory Dale who will present "Strategies to Develop More Confident,Consistent and Coachable Athletes." If you are attending the AVCA Annual Convention in Kansas City, you do not want to miss the Annual Meeting Saturday, December 16th.
The JVA is proud to announce the five beach clubs named 2018 JVA Sponsor Clubs. In it's third consecutive year of the JVA Sponsorship Program, these five beach clubs join the 59 indoor clubs to set a new record for JVA Sponsor Clubs. As a member driven and member centered organization, the JVA is giving $200,000 back to the JVA Sponsor Clubs this season.
In just four short years, the landscape of junior volleyball has significantly evolved. In order to best serve the junior volleyball community, answer to the needs of our members, and to understand where our industry is going the JVA has collected data from junior volleyball clubs all over the country, as well as Canada. Here are four trends happening in junior volleyball.
Having been the President of Eastside Volleyball Club for the last 22 years, having served on a High School Board of Education during the Columbine shooting, and having been affiliated in many community youth organizations for the previous 40 years, I am asked many times for an opinion on the difference in kids from 40 years ago versus today. I answer that kids have not changed as much as adults have. During my 8 years as a member of the Board of Education, disciplinary hearings in the early days were very productive with parents, compared to debating with parents on accountability with their child. In every facet of discipline a Code of Conduct was the primary remedy of grey area problems. Here are the steps our club took to establish and implement a code of conduct for Players, Parents and Coaches this season.
There are many factors that multi-sport athletes look for when choosing a volleyball club. Many clubs have found ways to appeal to the multi-sport athlete, and VC Nebraska is one of them. Based on the club's demographics, VC Nebraska made some adjustments in order to attract multi-sport athletes to the club. Based on her experience, Club Director Maggie Griffin shares three ways to attract the multi-sport athletes to your club.
Each year the JVA sponsors educational sessions at the AVCA Annual Convention, and holds it's Annual Meeting, featuring a nationally known key note speaker. This year the JVA will host one hard court session, one beach court session, one beach classroom session and two hard court classroom sessions. The topics are geared toward club management, indoor coaching, and beach coaching. In addition, we will have an excellent session focused on recruiting. The presenters all share a wealth of knowledge, expertise and respect in the junior volleyball and collegiate volleyball realms.
The JVA is proud to announce that in it's third consecutive year of the JVA Sponsorship Program, a record 59 indoor clubs are named JVA Sponsor Clubs. As a member driven and member centered organization, the JVA is giving $200,000 back to the JVA Sponsor Clubs this season.
Seng Chiu didn't plan to start his own volleyball club. Though he had a lifelong love for the sport, he was perfectly content spending most of his career career coaching at the high school and college level. But as volleyball exploded in popularity, Chiu recognized two problems: Young players were being systematically weeded out, as most clubs targeted elite-level athletes, and those who endured oftentimes burned out. Hear from three JVA Club Directors who make it a point to create a positive club culture for every skill level.
The Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) and PaidUp have partnered to provide a thoughtful and successfully proven approach to managing club dues exclusively for JVA member clubs.
Volleyball is one of the best team sports in the world because of its rules. Furthermore, at the high level it’s as explosive as any other sport and very fast paced with a fast moving ball that must fall in 900 ft² area. If you add the fact that every point matters, it becomes logical why reading and understanding the game are such important factors at all levels of play given how fast decision-making has to happen in order to predict what is coming next.
With the data collection always being the tough part of the job, here are three principles that will guarantee quality data to study over and over.
The Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) and VolleyMetrics have partnered to provide JVA member clubs with revolutionary data and video analysis specific to their team and opponents in order to assist coaches and directors with cutting edge player development tools that will provide a competitive advantage while saving time. This new three-year agreement comes as VolleyMetrics keeps proving itself as the gold standard in volleyball analytics for volleyball coaches, players and teams worldwide.
The Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) is pleased to announce that Next College Student Athlete, the largest NCAA-compliant collegiate athletic recruiting network that matches student-athletes with college coaches, will continue to supply much-needed recruiting education and resources to JVA members. This new 3-year agreement comes as NCSA enters its fifth year in helping JVA families and coaches find the best path to college for their student-athletes.
Your tryout participation numbers are through the roof. The marketing and recruiting efforts by your Director and Coaches have paid off. Now it is essential that you organize the 2-3 hours of your tryout as efficiently as possible to guarantee a fair evaluation of each player. KIVA, located in one of the largest junior volleyball hotbeds in the country shares how the club structures it's tryouts to ensure that each player has the opportunity to adequately display her skills and coaches can efficiently evaluate every player in order to make confident decisions when selecting their teams. View KIVA's tryout plan, a breakdown of the schedule and find out how they make the tough decisions.
Now that club season has arrived, most club directors know that they’ll be facing some issues with the timely collection of club dues, travel fees, camp fees, etc. during some course of the season. There are no easy solutions and most of us want to avoid a formal collection using the court system. Here are some steps you can take to collect unpaid club dues this season.
Depending on your location, there could be several clubs within a driving distance of 20 to 60 minutes of your club, and for the right product, parents will drive their child even father if it means he or she will have a positive experience. Prior to tryouts, clubs are essentially performing in a tryout of their own as they try to attract players to their club. Is your club targeting the right kind of player for your program? Here's a look at what some clubs are doing to enhance their pool of tryout attendees.
Success breeds success. It's a common phenomenon known as "The Winner Effect". Over the past few years and even decade the dominance of certain clubs raises the question, what are these top clubs in the country doing in their gyms? And what changes did they make that resulted in their success?
The 2017 JVA Fall Webinar Series features six webinars related to the business of running a junior volleyball club and training your athletes to be the best they can be on and off the court. Webinars are free for JVA members as part of their member benefit. Two of the webinars are also free to AAU members. Learn more and register today.
For the third consecutive year the JVA will give $200,000 back to our member clubs through the JVA Sponsorship Program. The program is designed to reward JVA member clubs for promoting the JVA brand, supporting the JVA mission, and growing JVA at the regional and national level.
Just 10 years ago, college coaches were watching the top recruits in the country during their sophomore year. The players spent their junior year visiting campuses, attending college camps and looking for the best fit. That calendar, at least for the top and mid-major tier student athletes, has all but disappeared. The shift in the recruiting timeline has had some unfavorable effects on the junior volleyball club directors, coaches, players and even college coaches. Let's examine some of those concerns and suggestions that have been discussed.
If we understand how we got to where we are today as a sport and business then we can make predictions about where we are going in the future. Since we are a young industry we can learn from how other businesses in other industries evolved to forecast the path we might take.
There are junior volleyball clubs popping up all over the place, and it's a direct reflection of the growth and success of men's and women's volleyball. A positive of having good competition is that it makes the competitors strive to be better, otherwise your doors will close fairly quickly. As you're striving to improve your club every year, it is important to determine who you are trying to attract to your club, what type of player, what type of parents and their realistic expectations. In other words, what is your competitive niche? Here are some steps to help you determine your club's niche so that you can rise above your competition.
Uncollected funds are a significant problem for youth sports organizations across the United States. It does not seem to matter what sport we're talking about, what part of the country we're talking about or whether we're talking about major sports or fringe sports. The industry average with respect to uncollected funds is 8-12%. Here are a few solutions for club directors to consider when budgeting and figuring out how to address this problem.
You’re starting to plan for next club season and have a long wish list of ways to improve your club. Many of these improvements require additional cash flow to move from wish list to fruition. What can you do to generate the needed revenue without charging your players more? Sell Sponsorships! Don’t know the first thing about selling sponsorships? Well, here are 7 steps to guide you.
The boom of beach volleyball is hardly set, with new clubs and tournaments constantly cropping up. But the sport's culture remains pure and party-centric. As NCAA's fastest-growing sport, starting with 15 Division I programs in 2012 and growing to 53 next season, beach volleyball is projected to top 100 collegiate programs by 2020. This huge influx of opportunities and scholarships for female student-athletes is having a big impact on the landscape of junior beach volleyball.
As your club is about to write the final chapter for the '17-'18 club season, club directors are already planning a new one. While you lay down the blueprint for next season, it's common to reflect, evaluate and raise some questions for next season. Here are some ways to turn the chapter.
Volleyball is for everyone. Many believe volleyball to be an especially accepting and inclusive community, and it begins when players are first introduced to the sport at a young age. There are helpful ways that Club Directors and Coaches can ensure a safe environment for all participants and members of your club.
WAVE Volleyball Club formed in 2000 and began with only two teams. The teams trained out of the Encinitas YMCA. In 2012, Club Director Brennan Dean and his wife and co-Director Kristen Dean bought the club it was up to 22 indoor teams. Today, WAVE supports more than 700 athletes annually with 50 coaches who share years of competitive experience to train 38 indoor teams plus a beach program and an agility and strength program.
One of the biggest changes in club volleyball over the last 20 years has been the development of club volleyball from small volunteer-run groups training in school gyms into businesses that support families, pay mortgages, pay taxes, and add, not only to our sport but, to the growth of our country’s economy. The growth and value of youth sports to the economy has been well documented.
Division1 VBC started as a boys only volleyball club, working to develop and adjust its club model before adding girls in the 6th year. During the decade of the club's existence, D1 has averaged 25-30% growth per year. With 12% more boys participating in high school boys volleyball than four years ago, let's examine the business factors that are critical to the growth and maintenance of a boys volleyball program.
As stewards over our most precious possessions, our children, we must strive to represent their best interests at all times. This requires a different emphasis for different ages. Built on that foundation of personal development, it is important for club owners to make savvy business decisions that ensure your club's financial health. Let's take a look at some key components and financial decisions to ensuring your club's long term success.
As beach volleyball grows in popularity, clubs with indoor instruction are expanding programming to meet the interests of their athletes. In turn, clubs are finding competing on sand has given their players improved mental stamina, physical endurance and a deeper love for the game when they return to the hard courts in the fall.
The 2017 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeader Award selects 20 girls indoor junior volleyball players who exemplify outstanding volleyball performance, academic excellence, leadership, responsibility, and selflessness.
In Nebraska, the sport of volleyball sells itself. After all, it's the home of Cornhusker volleyball, the 2015 Division I National Champions. However, in Lincoln volleyball is only viewed as a women's sport. VCNebraska is looking to change this perception.
A successful volleyball season requires athletes to dedicate time to mastering the skills in practice that they will employ during competition. But none of that is possible if they can’t make it to the court because of an injury. While it’s impossible to eliminate all risk for injury from a sport, preventative measures before, during and after practices and matches can help keep athletes from experiencing some of the most common ailments throughout a season.
When I talk to Club Directors and ask them "What keeps you up a night?" The #1 response I hear most often is "Parents". I had the good fortune to meet and talk with an amazing woman, Ruth Nelson, this past December at the AVCA Convention. She has a program that may help you cope with the nightmares. It is her BYOP®, Bring Your Own Parent Program. Learn how this program can serve as a connector between your parents, players and coaches from an early age.
Indoor clubs are finding success growing participation and members from the grassroots level. However, beach clubs often have new players who have played years of indoor volleyball, but are new to the beach game. 692 Beach, a JVA member club in Dallas, and year-round beach club uses the first 8 practices of the season to break down each aspect of the game. This program has helped 692 ensure that each player develops the fundamental and philosophical training needed to excel in beach volleyball, and also learn 692's system.
Ostensibly, it would seem like there are dozens of potential strategies that can be employed at a volleyball club. In reality, though, at a fundamental level, there are really only three strategies that all clubs practice. They are a low cost strategy, a differentiation strategy or a combination of the two which we will call a hybrid strategy. Within each of these strategies, dozens of tactics are employed.
Find out why the volleyball club business would make for a fascinating board game, and how you move the chess pieces around the board will, ultimately, determine how successful you are at accomplishing this task while maintaining a viable club and business.
Tournament time has begun, which means club directors and coaches are beginning to identify the over-involved and over-bearing parents. It's easy to say that our focus needs to be on the kids and ignore the parents, but as we all know, the parents are as much our customers as the players are; in some cases, even more so. Here are some practices your club can apply to establish a healthy relationship between your club, coaches, and parents.
Developing an appraisal system may appear time consuming. It actually isn’t. You are directing meaningful conversation based on reflection and goal setting. The development of the documents is the time consuming part, so we've consulted an experienced High School Athletic Director, former Club Director and long time junior volleyball coach to help you.
Missing a flight on the way to a volleyball tournament can become a nightmare for coaches, players and parents. With all the hours spent on preparing for the trip, losing the chance to compete can kill a team’s morale. Here are some ways youth volleyball clubs can limit the stress associated with the challenges of travel.
Could your club survive after losing access to 12 courts during the club volleyball season? Somehow, in the winter of 2013 Husky Volleyball Club managed to survive. Our club had grown to 45 teams and had been using over 120 weekly court hours during our winter/spring club season. Suddenly, in a very short period of time, our club lost access to all of our courts and had to find other options. Here's the story of how we were able to find a building in August, have the town approve our use in October and be open to hold our first tryouts in November.
Facility owners often rent out their sports centers to volleyball clubs as a source of income or as a way to be engaged in community events. Likewise, many sports clubs who don't own their own facility, often need to lease facilities in order to conduct practices as well as other activities related to their club. Before signing a rental agreement, here are 9 items to check.
January is just around the corner. Your teams will be headed off to tournaments. Do you want better officiating at your matches? Here are some ways you can make a difference.
Growing up in the Midwest, one quickly learns there is no predicting the weather. Therefore, planning an outdoor business in the Midwest, or any other "seasonally-challenged" climate, is very risky and has caused several of us to adapt and move our sports programs indoor. Due to beach volleyball gaining more popularity, here's the million-dollar question several have asked themselves across the Midwest and the colder parts of the world, "Is an indoor beach volleyball facility the right move, or next necessary step, for me and my beach program?" Before ever getting to the design phase, business plan development stage, or considering a plan for site acquisition, one must first ask themselves 3 very simple, yet extremely important questions.
Athletic injuries, in most cases, can be treated and rehabilitated in a few weeks to a few months. The athlete returns to the team and life goes on. In the case of emotional harm due to harassment or abuse, the injury may not be apparent for weeks, months or years. The athlete may never be the same. This is a tragedy we want to eliminate from our sport. Here are three ways the JVA is committed to the protection of our athletes.
When mid-November hits, junior volleyball club directors and coaches have passed the tryout season and are now amped up for the upcoming indoor and beach season with their designated teams. Line-ups, partner pairings, drills, club management, and practice planning are on the forefront of everyone's minds. As for the JVA, we are receiving numerous calls and emails from club directors planning their tournament schedule, prepping for the first week of practice, marketing their tournaments, and tackling parent communication. The AVCA Annual Convention arrives at just the right time for volleyball coaches and professionals to meet in one place for a week of education, networking, and charging our batteries for the season. Here are 14 reasons why the JVA is excited for this year's Convention in Columbus, Ohio.Read More
You've just purchased a volleyball club with 4 courts and a large concession area. You know you need Accident and General Liability Insurance, but where do you start? Don't assume that having your participants sign a waiver or that by requiring your trainers and coaches to carry their own insurance, you will be excluded from liability in case of injury.
The financial side of running a volleyball club can be very different from a traditional business, depending on the size, scope of business, and type of entity. Over the past 6 years, VCN has gone from a sole proprietorship, to an LLC, to an S-Corporation, all with the advice of my accountant. These all require different regulations from a legal perspective, and my accountant has been very helpful along the way. However, I wish I had had better resources early on to figure out the easiest and most cost-efficient way to handle my accounting. Here are the stages of what we experienced from an accounting perspective and what I learned along the way.
The JVA is pleased to announce TeamSnap as the repeating title sponsor of The 2017 JVA Challenge Series featuring 12 events nationwide that are among the best junior volleyball tournaments in the country. In addition, TeamSnap, the leading tool for organizing and communicating every aspect of active sports life, is the title sponsor of the new JVA Club Director video series scheduled to launch in January that is centered on managing a junior volleyball club.
You have invested a lot of sweat equity and money into building your volleyball club to reach the point where you are today. It is important, at some point, to take the time and expense to estimate just what your company is worth. Here's are some guidelines and where to get started.
The JVA and BridgeAthletic are excited to announce a partnership to bring volleyball-specific strength and skill training programs and athlete performance management to JVA member clubs.
Let's be honest, nobody wants to be tricked. But everyone undeniably craves the treats. As a society we have become accustomed to turning a blind eye at the trick because we absolutely can't wait for the treat. 30 day trials, money back guarantees, zero money down, short term deals with a long term commitment. The tricks can often times leave us, well... a bit deflated, so much that we are not able to enjoy the treat. Junior volleyball, although fun and innocent in many ways, can have it's share of tricks. Here is a case where there are no tricks, just treats.
Volleyball is unique in the world of sports. Participation in our sport has continued to grow despite a lack of major corporate sponsorships, mainstream TV coverage or huge financial incentives for professional athletes. Regardless of the source you site, volleyball ranks among the highest participation sports in the United States, behind only baseball, basketball and soccer. Now can you imagine the explosion in volleyball if our athletes, coaches and clubs had access to the financial resources and capabilities similar to other top-tier sports like baseball, basketball or football?
Club volleyball can be considered a double-edged sword financially. The higher the level your daughter competes at, the more experience and college exposure she'll get, but the more expensive it's going to be. Surprisingly, it's not the club dues and fees that have increased. Rather, it's the cost of traveling so frequently to play high-level competition. Here's something to put your mind (and wallet) at ease.
Compared to many competitive sports, volleyball seems relatively safe. However, there is still the potential for recurring or even serious injury to players and spectators. Is your sports facility prepared for the risk of potential injuries?
In five short years you have grown your club from five teams to twenty five teams and have put together a youth program fifty strong! You are contemplating whether you should take your club to the next level and build a facility where you can control your own schedule, save $100,000 a year in rent and add a complete menu of camps, tournaments, fall programs, lessons, pro shop and restaurant. You realize it is a huge step and want to make sure that you are considering everything you need to know because you have never taken this big a risk in your life.
Here are important points to consider when deciding to build or own a facility. If you do decide to go ahead with this venture, there are recommended steps to take to ensure the success of your business.
In October of 2005 when 33 Club Directors from all over the country met to talk about the state of junior volleyball, we had no idea that those discussions would lead to where we are today. Our goal coming out of that meeting was simply to form a voice for club directors to advocate for change in junior volleyball programming. What came out of that is the JVA that you see today, a strong, vibrant, evolving organization that has changed the dynamics of junior volleyball.
To excel in club volleyball, directors and coaches can't just think of X's and O's.
Organizations must have a strong brand and culture to attract athletes, and emphasizing these attributes can be important to giving clubs and the players the best possible opportunity to succeed. It's a game plan many Junior Volleyball Association club directors around the country have followed with great results.
Perceived value is the worth that a product or service has in the mind of the consumer. In regards to Recruiting Programs at volleyball clubs, perceived value is currently a hot topic. A plethora of questions, discussions and reassessment of current services are trending topics. Let's take a look some key components of a high-level Recruiting Program.
Like any club in the country, when budgeting time comes at the beginning of each year, it means hard choices sometimes have to be made. Do we add the new program we have been discussing for a couple years? Do we expand on what we are already doing? Do we invest more in equipment and training tools? Can we finally hire that new full or part time staff member? For us, one program that we have sought to have in place over the last couple of years is a functional strength training program for our older National teams.
As September arrives, so does the important informational club meetings, followed by tryouts and parent meetings. It's a critical time to share your club's brand and identity, as well as emphasize the culture that you've established. Mintonette Sports shares how they structure their parent meetings and the goals they look to accomplish.
The vast majority of clubs classify their coaches as Independent Contractors. In some ways it would seem to make sense. Club Coaches are most often working on a part time and seasonal basis. As some clubs have found out, the various State Departments of Labor are questioning and, in some cases, disallowing the independent classification for youth coaches for tax purposes. They are also requiring that Worker's Compensation Insurance be provided for the club coaches.
It is the month of August, and the life of a junior volleyball club director has geared up, or for some it never stopped. You are sitting in your office, looking at your to-do-list, and cannot believe club season preparation has already begun... but have you even given yourself a chance to reflect on last season?
Legacy Volleyball Club in Michigan found it's first home in 2008. The first lease coincided with the first year that high school volleyball in Michigan was played in the fall. Club season used to start in March at the time MHSAA district championships would begin. For Club Director Bryan Lindstrom, it's so crazy to think back and realize that the first tournament of the year used to be a qualifier.
Volleyball clubs are a very attractive sponsorship opportunity for local businesses. They are highly visible entities that can galvanize an entire community. Clubs typically cater to a desirable demographic and embody the values and persona that businesses covet. What business wouldn't want to associate itself with a wholesome, family based activity that impassions its patrons? Below are several ways a volleyball club can capitalize on its sponsorship opportunities.
High School season is underway and so is the planning process for the upcoming junior volleyball indoor season. JVA Club Director and Board Member Sherry Fadool (Triangle Volleyball Club) shares what is on her to-do-list this month.
Most indoor junior volleyball clubs are running camps in July or taking a little time off after the long season. However, beach clubs are still training and competing. WAVE Beach Volleyball Executive Director and Matt Olson shares what his staff and players are up to this month.
Transferring in college volleyball is becoming more of a common practice. While roster changes from injury, change of academic interests, relationships, burn out, etc. are common, we are seeing a noticeable rise in the number of players who are transferring for volleyball reasons.
A junior volleyball club director and coach can have a great impact on a student athlete's recruiting process and ultimate commitment. Here are ways in which junior volleyball clubs can help players truly find the right college fit.
Let’s face it, club travel can feel somewhat like herding cats at times. After being at the helm of Virginia Elite travel for over 5 years, I have learned a few shortcuts and tricks to make my life easier when trying to move a team or an entire club in symphony.
There are many important decisions to make in forming your volleyball club. From partners to business structure, here are important considerations and tips when forming a volleyball club.
If you are considering a site redesign or just want to freshen up your look, start with your home page. Most of your visitors will land here and research has shown that if they can't find what they are looking for in 2-3 seconds, they will leave. In order to help them navigate all of the information available, considering working these eight ideas into your design.
Managing a large club with over 70 coaches is quite a task. Among the many challenges are the recruitment, retention, performance management, and on-boarding of staff. With a direct and measurable impact on young people it is essential that your staff understand their responsibilities, your expectations, and abide by the organizational vision and policies set forth by your club. An employee handbook provides them with the essential information to be an effective and compliant staff member. It also serves as an invaluable tool in managing employee performance when behaviors are inconsistent with stated policies and expectations.
Ah, summer is here. The end of the Junior Volleyball Season is around the corner and many JVA teams are preparing for competition at AAU or USAV Nationals in a couple weeks. Hear how JVA Club Director Dave Weitl from Washington Volleyball Academy is preparing his teams for the end of the season, and what else is on his plate this month.
In the fall of 2015, I attended my region's mandatory club directors' meeting. I typically try to sit with different club directors each year in an effort to get to know more directors and get a sense of what's happening in other areas of my region. This year I made a change. I sat with two club directors I knew.
During a break, one director next to me asked, "How do I find good volleyball coaches? What criteria do I use when interviewing?"
May is the last leg of the season for clubs competing at the AAU or USAV National Volleyball Championships. While coaches and teams are focusing on the finish, Club Directors are already laying plans for the start of the next season. Here are a few ways to get started.
May is a quiet time for recruiting, however JVA Club Directors still have a lot on their plate as the planning for next season has already begun. KIVA Junior Program Director (Louisville, KY), Courtney Robison shares what is keeping her and the leadership staff at KIVA busy this month.
Spring Break, prom, graduation, ACT's, homework... it's that time of the year where many distractions creep in for athletes and it's easy for coaches to become frustrated. It's difficult to have an efficient practice when many players are missing, and when they are at practice, they're thinking about what dress to wear that weekend. How can we as coaches keep our players focused, especially with Nationals right around the corner?
In 2015, there were 432,000 high school girls participating in high school volleyball. If every NCAA/NAIA school was fully funded, there'd be less than 6,000 athletic scholarships available. We all know that a large portion of our parents/players are hopeful to obtain one of those, but the demand exceeds the supply. As club directors, we serve as some of the first mentors for families that are new to youth sports. No one wants to be the bearer of bad news and tell families that the odds are stacked against getting an athletic scholarship. However, it's important to set realistic expectations for your families.
On the forefront of every junior volleyball club director's mind right now is preparing your teams to play their best volleyball over the next couple months. In this month's What's On Your Plate, JVA Club Director and member of the JVA Education Committee Joseph Ziegler shares what's on his plate as he oversees the club's training structure, while also coaching the 16s team.
t's been almost 30 years since I began coaching volleyball and running the Fort Wayne Volleyball Club, which was formed in 1987. Tournaments back then had entry fees of $50 dollars per team. Multi-day tournaments were unheard of except for the national championships run by USAV or AAU. We played in small gyms off the beaten path. Most had low ceilings and very little space in between courts. It was rare to find two courts side by side because most auxiliary gyms were found downstairs in a basement or in a non-joining building with no air conditioning. We always played for something. Ribbon, metal, certificate. Something to walk away with to prove we played and maybe won or maybe didn't.
Let's fast forward to present day.
I am really happy that Club Directors are turning to us, JVA, for help running your volleyball club. It is rewarding to know that we are accomplishing our mission of providing resources for club directors and our members are reaching out to us.
Most often when we get a call or an email we are able to provide a link to the information in our resource library. However, there are times where the question sends us on a search for information. This situation arose on three occasions this last month.
Valley Sand Volleyball Academy is in it's third season as a beach only club. The academy is the brain child of local passionate sand/beach volleyball players wanting to bring the sport into a saturated indoor volleyball market where many of them coach. A small group of coaches and college athletes gathered at a coffee shop upon the upcoming opening of a three court complex on campus at CSU-Bakersfield in February 2014. Since then the club has seen consistent growth each season and attributes much of that growth to its "walk-up" option.
The name Summit Volleyball is derived from two different meanings. A summit is the highest attainable point, which is what the Summit program reaches towards every day. Secondly, the club is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, whose nickname is the “Summit City” because when the Wabash and Erie Canal were built here, it was the highest point above sea level along the entire canal. Trish and Allie Miller, Summit’s two JVA Club Directors, are a mother and daughter coaching duo who had a vision of building an elite volleyball club in the Fort Wayne area.
We're halfway through the indoor club volleyball season and in the midst of hosting tournaments and running youth programs, it's also time to plan for the summer! Find out what's on the to-do-list for a JVA Club Director in the busy month of March.
I spent this past weekend in greater Chicago at the Sports Performance President’s Day Challenge. It is one of my favorite weekends of the year; by now clubs have had a couple months of practice under their belts, my college coaching friends are out on the recruiting grind, and there are multiple, high-level events around the country to compete in. It is a weekend when the club and college volleyball communities show up in full-force. However, this weekend I looked at this community, this group with the common interest of volleyball, a bit differently.
Even though it's the middle of winter and feels like club season just began, most Club Directors are already planning summer programs. Ethos Volleyball Club Director Troy Helton (Nashville, TN) shares what's keeping him busy in this month's "What's On Your Plate" feature.
Indy Juniors Volleyball Club (Indianapolis, IN ) went through a major change this off-season, moving across town into the newly constructed Jonathan Byrd's Fieldhouse located in the Grand Park Sports Complex of Westfield, Indiana.
But let's backtrack... why the change?
And was the risk worth the reward?
The first tournament of the season is around the corner and your gym is filled afternoon and evening with the sound of kids yelling "Mine!" The emails pour in, lessons are scheduled, apparel is handed out and team pictures are taken. Find out what else is on the plate of a JVA Club Director in January.
I got my start coaching middle school, high school, and club. I still remember the excitement of helping to pick my 14-2 team my second year of coaching. And even when I began coaching the 16-under age group, the time between tryouts at the beginning of December to when we began practicing at the beginning of January seemed like a lifetime. I couldn't wait to get started!! However, I have a gentle request that will hopefully tie all of this together.
Milwaukee Sting has been renting courts since our club began in 1989. Like every other club, we dreamt of having a place of our own with full control over the training schedule along with the ability to host tournaments. 26 years later we found the perfect fit.
The holiday season has arrived! Don't feel the holiday spirit quite yet? Maybe it's because 'tis the season for club directors to be knee deep in paperwork, excel spreadsheets, tournament registrations and practice scheduling. Find out what else is keeping these JVA Club Directors busy this month, can you relate?
Club tryout procedure is a hot topic during this time of year as the club season gets underway. Every club has its own unique way of running a tryout and selecting teams, so we took a closer look. JVA reached out to several club directors and asked what their team selection procedures are and why.
The to-do-list seems endless for junior volleyball club directors, but why? Long time JVA Club Director Jodi Schramm with Premier Academy (Maumee, Ohio) shares why, and let's us in on how her staff stays on top of things.
Now more than ever, parents are very involved (some would say "over-involved") with their sons and daughters club careers that you must be ready for just about anything. But in order to maintain a positive club culture a positive relationship needs to exist between your coaches and your players and their parents. Here are steps you can take to build and maintain that healthy relationship this season.
Sometimes the truth can be scary. And in honor of Halloween, we thought we'd try to frighten you with some scary myths, as well as facts about our organization. There are many assumptions and misunderstandings about the JVA, so we hope this article helps clear some of them up, while getting you in the Halloween spirit!
We all know her! That wide-eyed little girl with the covers pulled up to her chin. She closes her eyes hoping when she reopens them, the MONSTERS in the closet are gone. She hears them rumbling around, moving her well organized life into disarray. “Okay” she tells herself, “I am tough, I am a strong athlete, and I can do this, what is there to be afraid of?” This is what I see in the eyes of the young athlete when I ask the somewhat misleading question “what is your role in the recruiting process?”. The silence is quite loud, the wheels are turning, the search for the right answer is populating in her mind.
A few JVA members recently traveled to Tokyo, Japan to observe and learn from different volleyball groups. After more than 20 hours of watching elementary to high school players train, there were 5 aspects of the game that differetiated Japanese volleyball and U.S. volleyball. Below are the 5 things Japan volleyball does that we can do better.
What's keeping a junior volleyball club director busy in the month of October? Hear from 3 JVA Club Directors who all have plenty on their plate this time of year.
Junior Volleyball Club Directors wear many hats, as most have a full-time job on top of running a volleyball club. Add a facility and 20+ club teams to the mix and the Club Director's plate gets full pretty quickly.
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It’s that time of year when Club Director’s are preparing for the upcoming season. You are getting budgets and schedules together, and renewing all of your memberships.
By Steve Lenderman, Delaware Juniors Club Director
When I restarted Delaware Juniors Volleyball Club in 2006 we had a Five Year Plan in place to help guide us. One of these goals was to open our own facility in year 5. To accomplish this we set up yearly
PickleBall - this rapidly growing game with the funny name may help you fill daytime hours in your facility.
PickleBall is a paddle ball game played with a whiffle ball. The court is 20' x 44' divided by a net, 36" high. Retirees were the first wave of
By John Brannon, Club Diretor, Carolina Union Volleyball Club
One of the goals that we set forth for our club every year is that we want it to be a Great Big Family. We want older players to care about younger players, we want families to feel connected from
The word Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment, the supreme moment. Club Director Mitch Lunning started Kairos Elite Volleyball Club in 2012 as a part-time job. The club only had one 18u team that first year. Last season the
It doesn't take long to get hooked on volleyball. Indoor volleyball continues to grow at the juniors level and it's not surprising when 2 and 3 day tournaments can become fun-filled events for the entire family. Everyone wants to come home with a gold medal,
Colleges, high schools and clubs everywhere are pumping money into new facilities to attract talent. How can programs with old facilities and low budgets compete?
By John Brannon, Club Director, Carolina Union VBC
In the last blog we had found the location for our facility and next it was only a matter of start-up funding coming together. Initially, we had been working with a couple of capital investment companies, as
Whether you want to set up a small gym just for your team, a large indoor sports area for various programs, or a fully fitted facility for 10,000 private members, you'll need some help getting started. Commonly, those who establish a sports facility, gym or indoor training area find that, while they have plenty of expertise regarding their sport, they are less equipped to deal with the financial and business end of things. This article will remedy that by looking at the most pressing and troublesome areas of financing your new venture, with special attention given to sponsorship, legal regulations and budgeting.
By Matt Krebs, Founder of The Foundry, Redwood City, California
The Foundry is my brainchild. I have been involved in volleyball since 1993, when I assisted Fred Lin with the Hillsdale College Women's Volleyball team from 1993-1996. A few years upon returning
The Munciana Volleyball Club has a long and proud history dating back to 1977 when Steve Shondell formed the first club team comprised of girls from Muncie Northside High School. Presently, the club is comprised of over 300 young ladies ranging in age from 8 to 18. The club is located in Muncie, Indiana, a town of 65,000 located in East Central Indiana betweenIndianapolis and Fort Wayne. With such a small population base it is surprising to most people in the volleyball community to learn that Munciana has won seventeen national championships competing in the USAV and, most recently, the JVA national tournaments.
Another important aspect of a new club is who will comprise your coaching staff. The personnel helps determine how big your club can be and what kind of programs you can offer. Quality, caring coaches are the lifeblood of a successful club.