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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Dodgeball is a sport known in many countries as just a kid's school game. But in actuality, the sport is played at the high school age, as well as adult, with many countries now fielding international teams. With 9.7 million players in the USA alone, this sport is on the rise, and if you're looking for other ways to book off peak court time at your volleyball facility, dodgeball can be a lucrative addition.Read More
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.
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.
As a facility owner making plans to host tournaments this year, are you happy with your options? Are you in a region that puts limits on your plans? Are you free to host the events that you need in order to support your facility? Can you charge admission fees and entry fees to meet your costs and provide a reasonable profit for your business? There are U.S. laws that support your right to host events of any affiliation.Read More
Husker Nation is a unique place. The entire city bleeds Red, that is, speaking to the passion that exists for the University of Nebraska Athletics. In a state without a team in one of the 5 major professional sports leagues, the "Gimme Red 'Til I'm Dead" Cornhusker fans are huge supporters of Husker Athletics, and women's volleyball is a prime example.
The success of the collegiate program has had a direct impact on the 'craze' of youth and junior volleyball in Lincoln. The sport has become popular enough that two junior volleyball clubs exist in one facility.
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?
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.
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 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.
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
By Emily Hawthorne, Executive Director, The Academy Volleyball Club
On September 22, 2014, the doors of The Academy Volleyball Club opened to the public for the first time. Hundreds of coaches, officials, friends, families, and players joined us for that very
My club name is KC Lady Jaguars VBC, we are under the umbrella of the KC Jaguars Youth Org, Inc.
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Regina - thanks for the comment. Hopefully you've found the articles in the blog helpful. What is the name of your club? JVA Club Directors are always sharing information among each other and we have great resources to help you find a facility, lease/own a
Hello I am a club director here in Kansas City , MO and looking for some assistance with building/operating our own practice facility. Regina Webb KC LADY JAGS
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 Alex Sing, Club Director, Grand Strand Juniors
In an earlier article I wrote about the space within a converted warehouse that we were able to use for a practice facility. We had our "own space", but the warehouse was shared by other groups from basketball
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
By John Sample, Club Director, Texas Advantage Volleyball
Texas Advantage Volleyball (TAV) is celebrating 30 years of volleyball this year in our new headquarters building. Three years ago we embarked on a mission to build a new building for our volleyball
Denys - are you a Club Director? The JVA has a lot of education for club directors looking to build a facility or purchase/ease a facility, so we encourage you to join our network of Club Directors, Coaches and Administrators all over the country. The reason
Thanks for insightful information. I am trying to find out what it would take to build a volleyball facility where I live. There's quite a bit of commercial land available and I think such a facility would be very useful. I'm not sure where to start,
You're a few weeks into your club season and you realize your teams have qualified for more tournaments than expected, but you don't have the funds to front the tournament fees. What can you do to generate the needed revenue without charging your players more?Read More
As Upward Stars enters our third year partnering with Junior Volleyball Association, it has become evident that the organization's expertise is crucial in reaching young athletes across the country. They continue to show a strong commitment to working withRead More
In the past two decades the junior season has been extended approximately three weeks and now goes into the second week of July. High school season begins immediately after, followed by club tryouts in early November. That leaves a very short break, if any,
Cecilia - thanks for the question. Here is an answer to help you, provided by Rick Butler, a long time JVA Club Director from Sports Performance Volleyball in Chicago, IL "40-45 parking spots for every competition court is a solid number. We have 500
What do you consider "Good Parking" for a 3 court facility
By Tim Vande Schraaf, President/CEO, Eastside Volleyball Club
In order to run a successful club volleyball program, do you need to own a building? Eastside Volleyball Club (Illinois) is going into its 19th year of running a successful program in Central
Danny - that's great that your club is growing and you are looking at a facility. There are many perks to having your own facility, however there are also additional responsibilities that are added to your plate.
Briana, We have been operating a vball club which consists of 14 girls teams and 6 boys teams. We spend so much on rental fees as we do not have our own facility. Practice times are limited and we tend to lose our better players to bigger clubs. We are in the
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
The Sanford Pentagon is host to the Pentagon Volleyball Club. With 14 teams in its first year, the club is off to a great start. Pentagon Volleyball Club is a proud member of the JVA and have organized the Northern Plains Power Leaguewith JVA host clubs OmahaRead More
Fabian, what is the ideal floor plan for a 12 court facility with the other things you have going on; pro shop, concessions, offices, etc
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?
Scott and Stacy, Hopefully you've gotten some ideas for your facility from the various posts on this blog. We are happy to help you. Sounds like a great opportunity you have there. We will have a webinar on building/starting a volleyball facility on March
Love this! I totally agree with this approach! We desperately have a need for a facility like this in our area. We belong to a home school competitive volleyball team, and a club team, currently practicing in schools, & church buildings. There is a church
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By Rick Butler, Club Director, Sports Performance Volleyball Club
The Great Lakes Volleyball Center in Aurora, Illinois home to the Sports Performance Volleyball Club, the Great Lakes Power League and several other junior tournaments has added four
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
OHIO VALLEY VOLLEYBALL CENTERLouisville, KentuckyBy Ron Kordes, Club Director of Kiva and Head Coach at Assumption High School
In 1993 I was fortunate enough to have a local contractor's daughter playing on my high school team. I coached and still coach at a
By John Brannon, Club Director, Carolina Union VBCI ended the last blog by asking, "Do I want to let the perfect be the enemy of the very good." For about a week after my first visit, I kept going back to the building at all hours with some of our coaches toRead More
By John Brannon, Club Director, Carolina Union VBC
Carolina Union Volleyball Club has been around since 2002. We began operating out of high schools as a purely regional level club that finished the season at the beginning of April. By 2009, all of this had
We have come a long way . . . Premier Volleyball Academy opened its doors in 1996 as a four team program practicing out of a local high school with nothing more than a bunch of eager players and a few dedicated coaches. We now house about 35 club teams (350Read More
By Alex Sing
Club Director, Grand Strand Juniors
Grand Strand Juniors started in the fall of 2007 with 3 teams. It was the first club experience for most of our athletes. Our high school teams were very weak and most of the female athletes were playing
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
By Ivan Dashkov
As construction was almost complete and MGA Sports was finalizing its partnership agreements, the time had come to start creating buzz about the facility. MGA launched a Facebook page and Twitter account as one of the first steps. Before doing
By Ivan Dashkov
As MGA was starting to become a reality, the owner, Fabian, reached out to the local volleyball community to start the process of securing rentals for the facility. One of the goals of MGA is to grow volleyball among all ages and skill levels
By Ivan Dashkov
After Fabian (MGA Sports Owner) and his investors picked the perfect location to house the 12 court facility, the process of alternating the former warehouse into a volleyball gym began. Before any new lights were hung or any sport court laid
By Ivan Dashkov Fabian Ardila is the man behind MGA Sports. Opening MGA Sports is a dream come true for the facility's owner and coach for SMASH Volleyball. His unending passion for volleyball, and his professional drive and vision have helped him navigate
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.