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From the JVA Office: 3 Ways to Create a Balanced Competition Schedule

One way in which the JVA promotes the growth of junior volleyball is through high quality, well organized events. In 2017 2,107 teams from 327 clubs across the country participated in 6 JVA hosted events, which is more than double the number of teams the previous year. As more clubs continue to purchase or lease a facility, and clubs collaborate to co-host events together, the selection of tournaments grows. As you plan your tournament schedule for 2018, here are a few ways to create a balanced and ideal tournament schedule for your team.

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3 Solutions to Uncollected Funds

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.

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JVA Beach Beginner Series: Training the Approach

Jumping in the sand is difficult enough, adding a volleyball to attack over the net makes the feat a very challenging one for beginner beach players. Wisconsin Juniors shares a three part progression to train their Beach VolleyKids how to jump and attack the ball.

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3 Reasons Why Volleyball Players Need Strength and Conditioning

A volleyball-specific strength and conditioning program can optimize a player’s performance on the court. Whether athletes are still developing or competing at the highest level, spending time in the weight room building a strength foundation can be the difference between winning and losing a game. Here are three key reasons why volleyball coaches should incorporate strength training in their program.

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7 Steps to Landing a Sponsor for Your Volleyball Club

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.

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Beach Volleyball Recruiting Guidelines

Beach Volleyball is the NCAA's fastest-growing sport, starting with 15 Division I programs in 2012 and projected to top 100 collegiate programs by 2020, which means a huge influx of opportunities and scholarships for female student-athletes. Below is a brief explanation of and game plan to begin the recruiting process for girls interested in playing beach volleyball at the collegiate level. This is by no means comprehensive but should give you a good start to the process as well as some valuable information to guide your journey.

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Beach Volleyball Shines in Summer - and now Beyond

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.

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Dear Uncommitted Athletes

We are just a few short months away from the beginning of the 2017 Collegiate Volleyball season. Each high school recruiting class is going through it's range of emotions, concerns and stressors, especially the uncommitted athletes. For the purpose of calming all of your fears, to induce hope and clarify the reality of the recruiting landscape, I am going to address each graduating year.

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Ensure a Safe and Inclusive Club Environment

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.

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2017 Ultra Ankle JVA All-National Team Announced

To coincide with the game changing year reaching nearly 1,000 member clubs and establishing 3 new events, one of which is the first JVA hosted event on the west coast, the JVA is proud to announce the most decorated Ultra Ankle® JVA All-National Team to date. The JVA Awards Committee has selected 80 female student athletes from JVA members clubs across the country to represent the top JVA member club players in the 15s-18s age divisions.

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Is Summer Camp a Recruiting Opportunity?

The regular season of club volleyball has ended, and while many teams are still training in preparation for the national championships, summer is rapidly approaching. With summer, comes summer camps and unofficial visit opportunities. Here is some advice to help players and families decipher whether to attend a camp for the training opportunity and fun experience, or to attend the camp as a potential recruiting opportunity.

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From the JVA Office: Club Management Certification 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.

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Growing a Boys Program and Maintaining Quality During Growth

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.

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Video in the Recruiting Process: Simple and Significant

One of the KEY components in the recruiting process is getting a college coaches’ attention. With all of the correspondence college coaches and recruiting coordinators receive on a weekly basis (at all levels) it is mind boggling to figure out how they sort through it all. There is an abundance of talented athletes out there and from a practical standpoint, one must surmise that college coaches need a speedy and effective way to evaluate them. Hence the ‘highlight video’ or the ‘edited match’ video. What better way to find out if the athlete that is reaching out to program has what it takes or has the potential to be an athletic fit?

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4 Ideas to Help Your Team End the Season Strong

It’s the calm before the season-ending storm, when clubs have a chance to rest and regroup before AAU and USAV Nationals. After a lot of matches and tournaments, everyone wants to shine in the coming weeks. Two JVA Club Directors share their ideas on ways to give your teams a shot at peaking before the summer break.

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The Landing Paradox: Training Volleyball Players to Jump and Land

The first lesson coaches and athletes should understand is that most volleyball players do not land, they fall, and if the ground was not there they would just continue falling. Simplifying the task to allow for the athlete to learn to land safely and effectively is important, but doing so reduces the challenge and does not reflect the more complex demands of jumping and landing performance in volleyball. This is often a necessary first step, but there are more layers to this issue that must be addressed.

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Young Members Vital to Your Club’s Future

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.

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From the JVA Office: JVA World Challenge Delivers a Game Changing Event Once Again

2007 marked the first ever JVA National Championship. Until 2010 the event was a year-end championship in mid-June. Fast forward to 2017 and the JVA World Challenge championship is the largest and most competitive to date. There are many reasons why the JVA World Challenge is a game changing event for our sport, from the moment you arrive, until the last whistle, followed by the anticipation of next year.

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The Sacrifices of a College Walk-On Player

With the ever increasing number of talented high school age volleyball players, combined with the constant in college volleyball programs, it has created a situation where many families are considering 'walking on' to a college volleyball team. For many talented walk on players, who were the best on their high school or club team, this can be a tough transition.

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JVA Beach Beginner Series: Stance, Movement and Spacing

The beach beginner series is designed to teach basic movement and technique for excelling in beach volleyball. The beginner beach series is lead by Rob Long, Director of Ohio Valley Next Level Beach. Many coaches and directors interested in starting beach programs fear they lack the general understanding of the beach game and why certain skills are done differently than the indoor game. That general lack of understanding keeps many coaches and directors on the side lines. The JVA Beach Beginner Series is designed to help your club implement a beach program and for coaches to have the resources to teach the game to your players.

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In-Season Volleyball Strength and Conditioning

What happens to strength training as clubs get deep into competition season? How do athletes take advantage of the strength and endurance they have built up so far? Even mid-season, explosiveness and acceleration are traits that can be improved with proper training.

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Beach Volleyball Provides Perfect Compliment for Indoor Volleyball Clubs

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.

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Stress Wood and the Catalyst to Recruiting Process Victory

I am passionate about helping young women navigate their way through recruiting, and passionate about guiding parents through the very murky waters of releasing their daughters to the world to fend for themselves. But, what I am most passionate about is teaching student-athletes that there is a great need in their life to learn the skills to manage 'stress' and to understand why 'stress' can be the catalyst in propelling them to their greatest victories – especially in the recruiting process.

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Make Boys Volleyball Appealing

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.

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Volleyball Building Blocks: Power Circuit

The BridgeAthletic Building Block Series is a set of 5 exercises that can be performed by volleyball players of all levels with limited equipment needs. This building block is designed as a power circuit to mix in with your regular practice sessions.

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Beach Competition: How to Select Events for Your Players

As a coach and father of a dedicated and aspiring 15 year old beach volleyball player it can become confusing and overwhelming when deciding which tournaments to compete in. Below are a few variables to consider in order to have a better perspective on choosing beach tournaments that are best for your players.

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From the JVA Office: A Coach's Impact Can Last a Lifetime

When I was a freshman in high school, I (unknowingly) began the recruiting process. I had never really thought far enough ahead to even consider playing volleyball in college, but before we knew it I was getting contacted by schools from all over the country- some I had never even heard of!
Being a 15-year-old girl who's parents never went through the recruiting process, we had no idea where to even begin. That was where my club coach stepped in.

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Keep Your Team Engaged to Avoid the Mid-Season Slump

As the midpoint of the season nears and the weather starts to warm, club directors and coaches can find themselves facing the challenge of keeping athletes engaged. From setting new goals to re-evaluating coaches and players -- or even taking a break from competition and practice -- clubs use a variety of strategies to assist athletes in maintaining or regaining their focus. These actions also help coaches better connect with their players, aid a team in staying committed to its goals and keep everyone from suffering a "slump" when it matters most -- at the height of the club season. Two JVA member clubs share a few ways they keep their athletes engaged until the end of season.

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There's More to Collegiate Sports than Division I

This time of year, the sports media attention is focused on March Madness and NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships. A couple of months ago, it was the Bowl Season. NCAA Division I athletics have become synonymous with collegiate sports; so many student-athletes and families are raised upon DI sports and understandably feel DI is the best choice for being a collegiate athlete. Let's shine a light on why Division II, III and NAIA are also excellent options for junior volleyball athletes.

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7 Player-Run Drills to Make Practice More Efficient and Effective

There are many philosophies and opinions out there about what makes practices efficient and effective, but in this instance, let's focus on removing the coaches from running the drill. That might sound crazy to some because the person running the drill, in many ways, controls its efficiency and effectiveness; but by placing the responsibility of controlling the pace, energy level, and the amount of effort on your players, you are accomplishing many things. To better understand, here are examples of player run drills.

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Engaging Your Team Through Communication

How many countless times have you yelled, “TALK!!!!” at your players after an error? Maybe your players aren’t communicating because they don’t know WHAT to say! Have you spent time teaching your players HOW to communicate? Communication is a skill just as much as serving and passing. It’s something that must be taught and practiced every day. Communication needs to be broken down part to whole just like you would do with any other skill of the game. To create great communicators in your program you must make communication a standard in your program.

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5 Mental Steps to Tournament Success

It’s that time of the season when teams have put in the hours building up strength and conditioning, perfecting skill sets, and running offensive and defensive schemes. The goal is to translate all that preparation into tournament-winning volleyball that is not compromised by nerves or mental errors. Let's break down some simple but effective mental skills-training principles to incorporate into your team’s practice before the next big tournament.

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Playing Time and Finding a Role for Each Player

As the club volleyball season moves into an ever increasingly competitive segment of the season, all involved (athletes, coaches, parents) get a sense of where the season could be headed. From the bleachers, some parents may be wondering why we aren’t winning the close ones, too many are acting as if the next point and ultimate outcome of the match are dependent on the volume of their cheers, and some are simply wanting the best experience possible for their child hoping they get an opportunity to contribute. Players are fighting for roles and hopefully, as one of our players told me recently, “I will play wherever the team needs me to play.” Coaches meanwhile are working to balance individual progress and opportunity with team success. My goal in writing this column is to establish that those two things are not mutually exclusive.

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Volleyball Stat Crash Course: The How and Why Behind Keeping Stats

"Some coaches believed they could judge a player’s performance simply by watching it. In this they were deeply mistaken. The naked eye was an inadequate tool for learning what you needed to know to evaluate baseball players and baseball games. Think about it. One absolutely cannot tell, by watching, the difference between a .300 hitter and a .275 hitter. The difference is one hit every two weeks. The difference between a good hitter and an average hitter is simply not visible—it is a matter of record."
- Michael Lewis

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What Parents Need to Hear

Over the past year, I have been leading 'Recruiting Sessions' for parents whose athletes attended various college showcases. As I was planning these sessions, my goal was to simplify the process and give parents 'real tools' to pass on to their athletes. Below is an outline that I use to begin each session, I like to call it 'Recruiting 101'.

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Prevent Common Injuries During the Long Club Season

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.

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From the JVA Office: Building Great Sports Parents

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.

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Beach Program Basics and the First 8 Practices

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.

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How Volleyball Players Can Strength Train With Minimal Equipment

No weight room? No problem. Many athletes and teams have limited or no access to a weight room or simply do not emphasize weight training due to athlete age, size, and any number of factors. How, then, do athletes get their strength training without the amenities of a typical weight room? Let’s discuss all the equipment and tools you may need to execute proper strength training outside of the gym.

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Teaching Rotations to Beginners

Have you received a few questions and comments about players just not “getting it” when it comes to rotations? It would be nice if there were a magic bullet, but the truth is, it’s something that probably won’t stick until after you spend several scrimmages doing little but putting kids in the right spots. That said, there are some ways to help the process along.

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Successful Business Strategies for Volleyball Clubs

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.

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Team Bonding and Cohesion Guides Teams to Success

Team bonding and cohesion can be one of the first challenges coaches tackle at the start of a new volleyball season. Often before the first practice, and throughout the season, athletes are brought together to build relationships that lead to better communication during matches and strengthen bonds that can hold teams together through the ups and downs of the club volleyball season.

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From the JVA Office: A Pro-Active Approach to Handling Over-Involved Parents

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.

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Proposed NCAA Legislation: A Call to Action for Volleyball Clubs

Recently, the AVCA published an article in its blog regarding proposed legislation that could directly affect how PSA’s are recruited. With over 85% of collegiate volleyball athletes being recruited at the club level, the proposed legislation is a call to action for clubs in the area of education. This article is not meant to incite, divide or propose that the legislation is detrimental to the PSA’s future in collegiate sports…but to propose that the systematic ‘education’ of parents, PSA’s, club directors and recruiting coordinators could be a starting point for change.

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5 Ways to Develop Strength and Skills for A Championship Season

January is an exciting time of year for volleyball players. The extensive hours spent at practice building your skills, and bonding with your teammates have led you to the first tournament of the year. To make the most out of January and February training, set realistic goals that will help you focus on one piece of the puzzle at a time.

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Developing a Meaningful Appraisal System for Your Coaching Staff

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.

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Limit the Stress of Travel for Youth Volleyball Teams

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.

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Finding a Volleyball Facility on Short Notice

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.

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The Four Rules of Defense

We’re all coming up on the first tournament of the year, which means we’re all starting to introduce and train defensive team concepts. There’s a lot of jumping up and down and yelling “Base!” “Go to the net!” “Ready. Ready!!” I think talking players through the play is a necessary part of the process at first, but we can help our players along and save our voices (a little) by giving some keys to help them figure out why they should be going where we want them to go.

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How to Maintain Health During the Holidays: An Athlete’s Guide

At this time every year, athletes add another important aspect to their lives that can impact their training and performance: celebrating the holidays. With more time dedicated to seeing friends and family, this can be a healthful and restorative period for athletes—a chance to mentally recharge. The holidays, however, bring several temptations that when left unchecked can lead to negative effects on training that outweigh the positive energy during this month. Let’s look into how people tend to overindulge and what strategies you can exercise to maintain fitness through the month. Respect your hard work and discipline during the rest of the year by following these tips!

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Serve Up a Winning Season through ACL Injury Prevention

Whether you're an athlete, coach, athletic trainer, or just an avid sports fan, you likely know someone who has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury or you may have been in the unfortunate situation to experience the injury firsthand. ACL injuries are a common sports-related injury with an annual incidence of 120,000, occurring primarily during the high school and college years. Even more shocking is that this rate is increasing, especially in females. Let's examine ACL injuries in the female athlete, specifically the science behind the injury, the debate on management options, and prevention strategies you can apply to your team.

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9 Items to Check Before Signing a Facility Rental Agreement

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.

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Why the NCAA Championships Are Critical to Growing the Sport of Volleyball

Sports fans and current or former athletes still have the MLB World Series fresh in our memory, the football bowl season upon us, and the NCAA Basketball "March Madness" around the corner. We all have the opportunity to show our pride and complete our brackets. Cinderella stories, top plays, unique athlete stories are featured to draw spectators in.

For the NCAA Women's Volleyball community, the "Road to the Final 4" is HERE! It's important that youth volleyball athletes have the experience of watching and analyzing the championships, and possibly detrimental to our athlete(s) if they do not, here's why.

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Running a Youth Volleyball Program and How to Find your Dragon

Perhaps you have listened to volleyball coaches complain they wish their current players would read the opponent better, or mention disappointment in a player's current form while performing a specific skill. I've heard numerous times a "next level" coach having to "fix" athletes when they get them, lamenting lack of volleyball IQ, lack of transition, or poor form. To this I say:

We didn't ask them "What color is your dragon" soon enough.

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Is It Time for My Own Indoor Beach Volleyball Facility?

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.

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The Impact of Training the Mind

Coaching volleyball at the collegiate level can be a very stressful occupation. My mind constantly jumps from training ideas to recruiting to our strength and condition program, etc. It got to the point where my mind wouldn’t shut off at night, which resulted in a lack of sleep. I began practicing mindfulness through guided meditation and my mind was able to turn off when it was time to sleep, putting me in a better frame of mind to coach our athletes. If mindfulness helped my mentality as a coach, I was eager to explore the impact it could have on our student athletes who also juggle a lot of responsibilities.

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Building Fearless Competitors

A critical aspect of coaching and teaching is creating the right environment for learning. How is the learning environment established in your gym? If we truly want to help young people become fearless competitors, we will spend time creating and cultivating a gym in which mistakes are welcome in order to cause growth. Let's explore practical applications for building confident leaders, competitive teams, and celebrated programs.

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How to Implement a Volleyball Dynamic Warm-Up to Your Practice

Whether you're looking for ways to help your athletes improve their performance or reduce injury, a full dynamic warmup before competition and training sessions is a simple way to start. It can be easy to skip this key step at the beginning of every practice because it takes time and sometimes seems less relevant to the rest of the training program. However, warming up can play a key role in priming the body for quicker reactions and giving joints a wider range of motion. Here's a deeper look at why daily warming up and cooling down are critical for sustained high performance.

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From the JVA Office: Preventing Injuries That Don't Heal

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.

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Recruiting Generation Z

As a recruiting coordinator that works with the youth of today (GEN Z), it is imperative that I understand who they are, how they operate and what motivates and drives them. This generation is highly unique for many reasons, so let's take a look at some interesting facts about GEN Z.

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14 Reasons Why the JVA is Excited for the AVCA Convention

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.

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6 Critical Components for Insuring Your Club

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.

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9 Steps to an Easier Accounting Process for Your Club

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.

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5 Exercises to Maximize Your Power This Season

Volleyball is a fast-paced, dynamic sport. Players execute complex movements in every plane of motion, reaching extreme positions on the court. In a sport that demands that kind of athleticism, a volleyball-specific strength and conditioning program is essential to maximizing power while building functional strength. Here are 5 exercises to help maximize your power for the upcoming club volleyball season.

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Valuing Your Volleyball Business

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.

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2017 JVA Sponsor Clubs Announced

From it's inception in 2006, the JVA has always been a member driven association focused on the prosperity of its members, along with the goal of unifying clubs. Without the support and success of our members, the JVA would not be where we are today, a thriving association about to reach 900 clubs nationwide, doubling the number of JVA run events, and growing our education and resources exponentially. The JVA Sponsorship Program is our way of saying "thank you" for the support, and for the third year in a row the JVA is giving a substantial amount of money back to our members. With that, we are honored to announce the 2017 JVA Sponsor Clubs.

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From the JVA Office: No Tricks Just Treats

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.

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Does Changing Clubs for a 1's Team Affect Your Recruiting Process?

As High School seasons start to wind down across the country, the excitement and buzz of the club season is all around us. In turn, the age old question from athletes (at least those competing in club volleyball) returns. Does changing clubs in order to play for a 1's team have an affect on a player's recruiting process?

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Making the Transition from High School to Club Volleyball

There are nearly 900 Junior Volleyball Association clubs across the country working each year to help players achieve their goals -- whether that is to improve their skill level, make a high school varsity team or get recruited by a college program. With club volleyball continuing to grow as a popular complement to the high school sport, players and their families often have questions about the differences between the two and what are the benefits of playing both.

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Strength in Partnerships Beyond Your Club

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?

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Adding Dodgeball to Your Volleyball Facility

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.

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Set Your Team up for Success by Fundraising

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.

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A Check List of Insurance Needs for Junior Volleyball Clubs

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?

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2017 JVA Challenge Series Features 12 Game Changing Volleyball Events

As the population of girls playing volleyball increases, so does the number of junior volleyball events. The JVA has identified 12 junior volleyball events that go above and beyond in delivering a great experience the players, clubs and spectators. We are proud to announce the 2017 JVA Challenge Series featuring 12 events nationwide that are among the best junior volleyball tournaments in the country. These events are another attribute to why 2017 is a game changing year for junior volleyball and for the JVA.

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Club Tryouts: Common Myths and Making the Best Decision

The anticipation of tryouts is filled with a lot of questions and concerns for players and parents. Deciding where to tryout and how many clubs to tryout for is just the start. Below are some family tryout tips for before, during and after tryouts to act as a guide in hopes of making the process easier.

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Is it Time to Build a Volleyball Facility?

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.

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From the JVA Office: A Decade of Advocacy and Change

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.

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Branding and Building Culture Key for Club Volleyball Success

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.

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The Value of a High-Level Club Recruiting Program

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.

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How to Stay Proactive When Your Recruiting Process Slows Down

The late summer and early fall can be a slower time for recruiting by the collegiate programs. College coaches are in their competitive season, focused on the success of their team and they are managing a thousand details during the early part of the season. While recruiting is always on the minds of coaches, it is not at the forefront now. Here are some ways you can stay pro-active and engaged in your recruiting process.

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Adding a Functional Strength Training Program for Your Volleyball Club

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.

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JVA Sponsorship Program Extended for 2016-2017 Season

The JVA is proud to announce that the JVA Sponsorship Program returns for the third consecutive year. After naming 46 JVA Sponsor Clubs last season, the JVA hopes to grow the program this season with new Beach Only Club sponsorship levels.

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Estimating the Cost of Club Volleyball

The time of year has come. The temperatures are falling; the sun is setting earlier. The leaves are beginning to change color and everyone's stress level is rising while trying to decide which volleyball clubs to try out and play for this season. In order to help families navigate through the decision process, here are some ways to estimate the cost of club volleyball.

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Agenda Items and Advice for Pre-Season Club Meetings

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.

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Classifying Your Coaches: Are They Independent Contractors or Employees?

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.

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From the JVA Office: An Invitation to Be the Change

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?

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JVA Announces 2017 Slate of Events

If the 2016 season was a "break through year for JVA events", the 2017 season is bound to be a game-changer! With that, here is our slate of JVA-hosted events for JVA's 10th Anniversary – the 2017 season.

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Yes, It's Okay to Wait in Recruiting

I say the 'W' word and the silence on the other end of the line is deafening. What?? You want me to do what? Wait? How can that be when thousands (slight exaggeration here) of athletes in my class are committing all around me?

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From Humble Beginnings to Building a Legacy

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.

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Utilizing a Multi-Colored Net Tape to Train Volleyball

Premier Volleyball Associate Club Director Chad Rutkowski explains the multi-colored net tape and how it is used for training the club's many players 18 and under.

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Olympic-Bound or Not, JVA Competition Develops High-Level Volleyball Players

The U.S. Women's National Volleyball team boasts five players with Junior Volleyball Association ties, but their presence provides only a snapshot of the junior club association's success in developing talent.

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Sponsorships: A Lucrative Opportunity for Volleyball Clubs

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.

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What's on a JVA Club Director's Plate in August?

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.

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2016 JVA Beach Watch List

As the historical season for the JVA concludes, we are excited to honor 114 female junior beach volleyball players from across the country on the 2016 JVA Beach Watch List. This award recognizes the top female junior beach volleyball players from JVA member clubs in the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 graduating class who competed in the 16U and 18U divisions.

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From the JVA Office: Know Your Rights for Open Market, Gun Laws and Minimum Wage

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.

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What's On a JVA Club Director's Plate in July?

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.

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What Are the Odds?

The odds of a female high school athlete playing at a DI school are 82:1, the odds of a female athlete playing in any Division at the collegiate level are 16:1. Now, let's see what that looks like in terms of overall participation and percentages. There are 5 keys of success to help you Beat the Odds.

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The Rise of Transfers and the Role of the Volleyball Clubs

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.

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Club Travel Tips and Tricks

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.

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The History of Beach Volleyball

Anna Collier was a sophomore on the University of Southern California track team when she watched her first women’s beach volleyball tournament. It was 1975 and she and her roommate made their way to a beach just southwest of Los Angeles to see the event live. It was a day that altered the course of her life.

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Tips to Battling Early Specialization in Junior Volleyball

If I told you that winning was not our top priority, most of you would probably give me an odd look or call me crazy. How could we not want to win at all costs? What are people going to think about us? It is an obsession that is infecting youth sports, and seems to be the #1 priority in junior volleyball. We may think that this is strengthening our children and players, however, the overwhelming question is... at what cost?

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The Business of Forming a Volleyball Club

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.

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A Year in Review

As we approach the end of the 2015-2016 junior volleyball season, we are happy to report that this has been another year of growth and innovation for the JVA. Similar to any team, our organization set measurable goals last summer and have met each of those goals. Here is a year in review of the JVA, including the JVA Mid-Year Report and details of what we've accomplished this season.

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From the JVA Office: A Break Through Year for JVA Events

As the 2016 club season winds down, some teams have already ended their seasons at local/regional events, while others are in final preparations to "peak" for the national championships. For me, a self-proclaimed volleyball-nerd/junkie, it is an awesome time of the year. The 2016 season has been a break-thru year for JVA events. Whether it be JVA-hosted events or JVA-member-hosted events, together we are truly changing the landscape of junior volleyball.

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It's All About the Athletes

The culmination of recruiting during the club season reaches its pinnacle beginning June 19th, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. College coaches from around the country descend on the Orlando Convention Center and ESPN Wide World of Sports for the AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships, an event that parallels no other.

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8 Keys to a Great Homepage

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.

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Don't Play Volleyball This Summer

Now that I have your attention, let me clarify this seemingly crazy statement.

Junior high and high school volleyball players who participate in club volleyball can be training almost year round. The transition from school volleyball immediately to club volleyball, then into summer volleyball camps, clinics, high performance teams and then right back into school volleyball translates into thousands upon thousands of repetitive impacts upon the body. There are three important tips high school players and families should know.

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The Benefit of Two Clubs Existing in One Nebraska Facility

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.

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Why a Staff Handbook is Critical for a Volleyball Club and Where to Begin

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.

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What's On a JVA Club Director's Plate in June?

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.

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2016 JVA All-National Teams

This has been a historical year for the JVA. Surpassing 800 clubs and 2,000 members, the growth is not only evident in the number of clubs, but also the level of talent among JVA teams. 'Championship Day' during JVA hosted events has featured epic battles among every division, which increases anticipation of what's to come at the 2016 AAU National Championships in less than 2 weeks. Among those clubs who supported JVA events this season, we've selected the 2016 JVA All-National Teams, comprised of the top 75 players in the country graduating in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. See who was named the best in the nation.

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JVA SummerFest Arrives in Columbus: The City That Does Volleyball

Columbus, Ohio does volleyball. The popular hashtag #cbusdoesvb fills a Twitter feed with articles, photos, and volleyball moments captured in the heart of the Ohio Valley Region, one of the largest regions of USA Volleyball. The JVA is excited to be a part of the hype as JVA SummerFest kicks off this weekend as the fourth and final consecutive weekend of volleyball hosted by the Greater Columbus Convention Center. JVA SummerFest is a 2 day event bringing 230 girls volleyball teams from the Midwest, Mideast and Mid-South competing in age divisions 12U-18U.

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K2 Volleyball Wins JVA Club of the Month

K2 originates its name after the second highest mountain in the world. The mountain is 28,251 ft above sea level and is located on the China-Pakistan border. K2 Volleyball (Louisville, TN) Club Director Christine Hames is originally from Australia and set on the Indoor Australian National Team in 1993-94. She is also a former FIVB Beach Volleyball Tour player who represented Australia on the world tour. Together, Jason and Christine Hames both serve as the directors of K2 Volleyball since it's formation in 2009, and have 3 children who play for the club: Nicklin Hames a 2018 Nebraska Commit sets 18 JOTA, Kayleigh Hames is an OH for 15 Cory, and Eli Hames sets for 12 Cory. In a short period of time this JVA member club has made a name for itself not only in the Southern Region, but nationally as well.

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Running a Beach League: Where to Begin?

Beach volleyball is one of the largest growing sports in the world, and this holds true for any level, because it's fun. Adults have been competing in co-ed after work beach volleyball leagues for many years. As more volleyball clubs are owning and leasing facilities, Club Directors are realizing the demand for indoor and outdoor sand courts. During off-peak times when your teams are not practicing on the sand courts or your club is not hosting a beach tournament, running a beach league is the perfect way to increase the bottom line, while bringing new customers to your facility. Here are some ways to get started.

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Three Steps to Your Best Beach Season Yet

As the summer beach volleyball season ramps up, and so does the heat, hydration isn't always the first thing on our minds. Hydration is a vital part of staying in competitive shape as an athlete. I've seen too many players get injured because they lost focus as a result of dehydration. Maintaining appropriate levels of hydration, although we know it is important, isn't always a priority. Just like executing a play in volleyball, you have to start with a plan in order to stay properly hydrated. Here's a look at what your hydration routine should look like before, during, and after you play.

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Finding, Hiring and Keeping Good Coaches

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?"

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From the JVA Office: 3 Steps to Plan for Next Season

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.

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There is No Magic Formula to Recruiting

There is no pulling a commitment out of a hat...there is no amount of abra cadabras that will get you an offer from the college of your dreams. No concoction of # of calls + # of emails + # of times you hit, set or pass a ball that turns into the 'magic formula' that brings the magical commitment. So how does a college commitment happen? Here are a few ways.

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What's On Your Plate in May?

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.

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How Early is Too Early for a College Commitment?

As illustrated by a recent espnW article, early recruiting in women's sports is not limited to volleyball. For a variety of reasons, the recruiting cycle now begins as early as Junior High, and this trend will most likely continue until rules and regulations are adjusted for NCAA Division I volleyball programs, which is where the majority of early recruiting is noted. Many collegiate volleyball coaches are offering and receiving scholarship commitments from players who have yet to spend one day in high school.

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3 Tips to Help Indoor Volleyball Players Transition to Beach

The transition from indoor to beach volleyball is one that can be both exciting and challenging. Living in the Midwest offers its own set of hurdles as players do not have the same opportunities as those living on the coasts to get touches in the sand. There are 3 main focuses that help our players at Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Club transition from playing indoor to playing beach volleyball.

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2016 JVA AthLeaders Announced

Congratulations to the 20 student-athletes awarded as the 2016 JVA AthLeaders for outstanding academic achievement and leadership, as well as involvement in extra-curricular activities and community service.

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Adrenaline Volleyball Academy Wins JVA Club of the Month

Adrenaline Volleyball Academy is only in its second year of existence, but the club is already making a statement on the regional and national level. The club hosts 7 National Teams consisting of 70 players, 5 Regional Teams consisting of 50 players, a youth program and mutiple events at Northwestern Mutual Iowa Sports Academy in Hiawatha, Iowa. In only 2 years, Adrenaline Volleyball has achieved what takes most clubs a decade to accomplish.

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The JVA World Challenge Lands in Metropolis of Sports

For more than a hundred years, Kansas City, Missouri, has been known as the City of Fountains, and it is widely known for serving up some of the world's best barbecue. But in the last few decades, Kansas City has added a new nickname to its list: City of Fanatics—sports fanatics, that is. How fitting that the 2016 JVA World Challenge makes its debut in Kansas City, as the JVA embarks upon it's 10 year anniversary, a huge milestone for what once was a very small organization with a very large purpose.

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From the JVA Office: Fighting the Second Half Slump

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?

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3 Common Myths in the Volleyball Recruiting Process

Let's examine three myths that aim to detour the athletes from achieving maximum success in the recruiting process. The goal here is to uncover a few 'facts' that spur on not only athletes but also Club Directors and Recruiting Coordinators to heed the 'call to action'. Action that leads to results.

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Setting Realistic Expectations

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.

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The Academy Wins JVA Club of the Month

The Academy name originates from the club's tireless dedication to teaching the physical and mental skills needed to play volleyball at the highest possible level. The club motto is Train Your Game, encouraging players and coaches to focus on being technically sound and give full effort in their pursuit of development, not just winning.

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What's On Your Plate in April?

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.

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Benefits of a 3 Team Pool

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.

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Prevention of ACL Tears

A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can put an end to an athlete's season and even worse, their career. It's a twisting knee injury that progresses with swelling over a 24-hour period and is commonly associated with a distinctive "pop." It can be an extensive healing process with even more frustrating consequences. Too many ACL injuries are due to improper landings and quick changes in direction. In order to prevent this, athletes, especially volleyball players, need to be mindful of how they land on their feet after a jump and how quick they cut in to another direction. By learning proper form and techniques, athletes can prevent ACL injuries from occurring.

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From the JVA Office: Every New Question Opens Up a New Door

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.

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Recruiting is a Reward

Recently, I felt compelled to pen a letter to our athletes that are struggling to find perspective as they traverse the recruiting journey. It was meant to be a ‘call to persevere’ and a ‘call to be set free’ from the self-imposed pressures of recruiting. As well, my intention was to share candid feedback and refocus their perspective. These young student-athletes have such great potential and have amazing opportunities in front of them, but can occasionally be blinded by chasing the ‘offer’ and chasing ‘perfection’ which they deem equals success.

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What is the Role of the Coach?

Today's club volleyball world has grown to proportions which are staggering. Who knew 25 years ago that there would be clubs sponsoring 75+ teams, entire convention centers packed wall to wall with courts and hundreds of college coaches descending upon these events to recruit? With the professionalism of club volleyball and the amount of money families pay to participate, there can be certain spoken or unspoken expectations of the coach's role.

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Announcing the 2016 JVA Watch List

The 2016 JVA Watch List features nearly 700 girls indoor junior volleyball players from over 80 JVA member clubs across the country. The players nominated are being recognized for outstanding achievement on the volleyball court during the juniors club season. All players nominated will be eligible for selection to the JVA All-National Team in June.

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A Beach Club with a Walk-Up Program

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.

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Summit Volleyball Wins JVA Club of the Month

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.

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What's On Your Plate in March?

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.

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The Key to a Successful Outcome in the Recruiting Process

What differentiates high performers from the average? Now, I know all you coaches out there have spewed this question out to your athletes in many different forms with the goal of motivating them to ‘give it all they have’, because we all know ‘high performers’ never give up, work harder than anyone else and could never see themselves as ‘average’. So what is the key ingredient in a high performer?

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What Volleyball Players Can Learn from Gandhi

Competition brings out a full range of emotions and thoughts in a person: fear, confidence, anxiety, joy, pain, and so on. To be dominant and successful in the moment we MUST be "IN THE MOMENT". All sorts of variables during competition are trying to knock us off or out of our MOMENT and it is those individuals that are unshakable that dominate the mental game. They recover quickly, do not panic and are not stirred by the moment. Read how a simple change helped Gandhi overcome his fears and be the leader we know him as today.

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Realistic Expectations in the Recruiting Process

Back in the day, when I was a young, handsome Division I volleyball head coach, I would receive hundreds of emails a week from recruits. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of these emails were from players who did not have the ability to make my team better. It is important for high school players wanting to play at the collegiate level to have realistic expectations of what level they can play. Only one percent of high school volleyball players will go on to play NCAA Division I college volleyball. If a player does not have realistic expectations the recruiting process might pass by and the student athlete could miss out on a chance to find the right fit.

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What's On Your Plate in February?

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.

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Creating Competitive Game-Like Drills for Junior Volleyball

The best drill to learn to pass is to do a drill in which you PASS – set – hit; the best drill to learn to set is a drill in which you pass – SET – hit; and the best drill to learn to hit is to pass – set – HIT. What this quote, attributed to former national team coach Marv Dunphy, implies is that skills are best learned within the context of the game and not as isolated entities. How do we incorporate game-like drills into our practices and make them competitive?

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Beach Elite Wins JVA Club of the Month

Virginia Beach Volleyball Academy (Virginia Beach, VA) was founded 10 years ago this year. 6 years ago Beach Elite became the juniors program name and over the past few years this club has found ways to introduce the indoor and beach game to play of all levels. In addition, the club has found unique ways to bring value to the training their players receive. Find out why Beach Elite has earned our vote for JVA Club of the Month.

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A New Facility: Is the Risk Worth the Reward?

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?

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From the JVA Office: What's Your Why?

I wish it were possible for all JVA members to attend the AVCA Convention. It is such an energizer going into the club season. This year we were especially fortunate to have an amazing keynote speaker at our Annual Meeting in Rhonda Revelle. Rhonda is a passionate speaker and spoke from the heart and personal experience on how to develop a winning culture in our club programs: a culture that permeates your entire club from leadership, through coaches, players and families; a culture that builds trust, respect and unity. Rhonda spoke to us about "game changers": the things that will energize you and your program.

And she asked us: "What is your why?"

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What's On Your Plate in January?

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.

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Mental Resetting in Volleyball

Upon entering any competition most athletes are proficient in preparing their bodies; Right nutrition, warming up the body/muscles, pre-game skills, etc.; however the pre-game mental warm up and preparation is often lacking or not nearly paid attention to enough.

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Expose Your Players to College Volleyball

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.

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The 4 C's of Communication in the Recruiting Process

As a young athlete begins the 'Recruiting Journey' and begins to navigate the winding roads of the process, it becomes clear early on that 'communication' is the key factor in finding success. Communication channels between (1) the Athlete and the Club Recruiting Coordinator, (2) the Athlete and his/her Parent(s), (3) the College Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, (4) and the Club Coach and the College Coach are all essential to the process. Communication in regards to recruiting must be CLEAR, CONSISTENT, CANDID AND CONSTRUCTIVE – THE 4 C'S! Let's look at how the 4 C'S aid in negating 'telephone game' results and some candid feedback from athletes/parents that are currently engaged in the recruiting process.

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From the JVA Office: Setting Up For Success this Holiday Season

Every Club Director, coach or youth sports leader has an opinion or concern about the entitlement of our youth. It's easy to point fingers at the parents, but junior volleyball clubs and youth organizations have the opportunity to make an impact as they provide a platform for building character and selflessness. There are many ways in which a club and its coaches can positively build character and encourage excellence. Here are 4 examples of organizations who give back to others, helping them set up for success this holiday season.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Recruiting Services

When I was beginning my NCAA Division I head coaching career, about the time that Star Wars Episode I was released, many recruiting services left much to be desired. With the advances in technology and communication, volleyball recruiting services have become more professional and competent. As volleyball recruiting services have matured, there are 5 key points which all families must understand.

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Hosting a Volleyball Tournament

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.

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A 26 Year Rally for a Place to Call Home

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.

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What's On Your Plate in December?

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?

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A Free Coach’s Clinic Wrapped in Memories

An email pops into my inbox, it's the weekly fall/winter coed rec league I've volunteered to sub or play in for roughly 15 years. I've often described coed B as the place "old" setters go to hit, and as such, I eagerly volunteered when first asked by a neighbor to play 15 years ago. As has been custom the last few years, I have to respond that I'll be traveling for work or coaching a club or school team, and will miss the evening. You know it's been a while since you last played when you do show up, notice a brand new divider between the 4 courts, only to be told it was 3 years old now...

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From the JVA Office: Tackling Team Selection at Club Tryouts

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.

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The Journey Through 'RecruitingLand'

Travelling through the backroads of recruiting can be adventuresome, exciting, packed with twists and turns and can sometimes look like Candyland the board game. You start out by crossing your fingers hoping to draw a card that catapults you to the Rainbow Trail.

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Increase the Power of Your Armswing

Looking to increase the power of your swing? Check out this exercise!

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Vicarious vs. Supportive Parents

Your child is having a great season as the post-season approaches. He is worried. He asks you the question, “What if I lose?”

What is your response?

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The Recruiting Shake Up Approaches

The 'crazy' time of college volleyball is quickly coming upon us. It is not the playoffs and it is not the rapidly approaching recruiting season; it is the time frame from now until early February.

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The Cell Phone Policy: Where Do You Draw the Line?

Instead of running away from the reality of how today's society communicates, we want to be able to embrace the technology and give very specific guidelines as to how we want it used within our organization this season. Find out how Wisconsin Juniors stays transparent with electronic communication.

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What's On Your Plate in November?

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.

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Could Playing on a 2’s Team Be a Better Fit?

As club programs are selecting their players and families are trying to decide which club/team to join, there is a common concern of which team to choose, a 1’s team at one club or a 2’s team at another club, and whether or not this decision affects a player’s college volleyball recruiting process.

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5 Keys to a Positive Relationship Between Your Parents, Players and Coaches

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.

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From the JVA Office: The Scary Myths About the JVA

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!

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Taming the Recruiting Monster

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.

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5 Strengths of Japanese Volleyball

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.

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What's on Your Plate in October?

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.

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Choosing a Volleyball Club

You’ve figured out what age division you need to play in. You’ve identified a few clubs in your area. Now for the hard part: picking just ONE club to play for during the upcoming season.

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The 12 Month Timeline of a Club Director

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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Beach Tip: Improving the Explosiveness in Your First Step

Speed is of major importance to beach volleyball, and can determine whether or not you are a great defender. Chasing down a line shot or cut shot requires a quick and explovesive first step followed by either a crossover step or another fast running step. VBN shares a couple ways you can train this first step on your own.

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From the JVA Office September 2015

Summer in the JVA office was jam packed with preparations for the season about to begin. You will see some significant changes.
Plus, Kathy DeBoer, Executive Director of our partner AVCA, visited our offices in Milwaukee last month. I asked Kathy to share her thoughts on where JVA was in 2006 and where we are now.

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JVA to Host 8 Educational Sessions at 2015 AVCA Convention

Each year the JVA sponsors educational sessions at the AVCA Annual Convention, and this year we've doubled the number of sessions with 2 hard court sessions, 2 sand court sessions, and 4 classroom sessions. The topics are always geared toward the business of junior volleyball and training junior volleyball athletes. This year we are beyond excited for the sessions we will be hosting, as the presenters share a wealth of knowledge, expertise and respect in the national and international volleyball industry.

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Do You Have As Many Sponsors As Your Neighbors?

Imagine what your organization could accomplish with an extra $5,000 a year. Even better – an extra $10,000 a year!

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JVA Adds 3 New Indoor Tournaments in 2016

(July 23, 2015) As the 2015 indoor club season is officially behind us, I hope that everyone had a great experience in your season ending events. It was great seeing so many JVA-member clubs during my 2-week stay at the AAU National Championships in Orlando.

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Attract and Retain Your Coaching Staff

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.

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5 Ways to Make College Coaches Notice You

By Lina Taylor, 2x Olympian in Beach Volleyball

With transfer rates reaching epidemic proportions among student athletes in collegiate sports, a natural question arises: are coaches and athletes doing enough on the front end to ensure a good fit? To answer

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Develop a Business Plan and Be Ready to Change It

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

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Stay Focused on the People

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

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Mizuno Grand Prix Series

To encourage the growth and development of youth volleyball (ages 8-14) in the greater Chicagoland area, the Great Lakes Center Youth Academy, Chicago Elite Youth Academy, Energy VBC and Rolling Thunder VBC partnered together to form the Mizuno Youth Grand Prix Series.

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Adjust the Tempo of Your Recruiting Process

With school getting out across the country, and club volleyball seasons either in their last championship events or finished, high school volleyball families must adjust their recruiting tempo.

Except for a couple of weeks coinciding with the national

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3 Reasons Volleyball Players Should Lift

If you look at a pro volleyball player, you'll see some serious muscle. Strong quads, flexible and functional hamstrings, and powerful glutes--male and female players alike, good volleyball players are so strong, it shows. Volleyball is a tough sport,

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PickleBall: How it Can Benefit Your Facility

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

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Can a Parent Council Help Your Club?

By Sharon L. Galonski, Club Director, Next Level VBC

(This article is Part II. To read Part I click here.)

I did it!

After tryouts were completed, teams were selected, uniforms were ordered, and practices began, each competitive team within Next Level VBC

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Top Beach Volleyball Bag Must-Haves!


By Molly Menard - Pro Beach Volleyball Player and CFO of the National Volleyball League

Twitter: @menardbeachvb

1. Sunscreen

You want to be 100% focused on the court and I promise you'll be thinking about your aching skin and not the next point if you're

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The On-Going Struggle to Introduce Volleyball at an Early Age

By: Meg Davis, Youth Academy Director at Southern Performance Volleyball When I was first told I would be officially in charge of the "Youth Academy" at the club then known as Team Sting Volleyball Club, and now Southern Performance Volleyball, I was both

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5 Ways to Stay Cool in the Sand this Summer

Few things scream "summer" more than the start of the beach volleyball season. It is a time for soaking up some rays with the scent of salt water in the air and sand between your toes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans take about two

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Learning Toughness Abroad: SPVB Travels to Dominican Republic

By Rachael Fara, Player, Sports Performance 18 Elite

From March 27 to April 3, SportsPerformance Volleyball Club traveled to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. As a four year member of SPVB, and a two year member of 18 Elite, I have been provided with three

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Incorporating Learning Theory into Training

By Mark Britner, Coach, Team Indiana A major objective of any practice is for players to learn how to become better volleyball players. USA National Team coach Karch Kiraly emphasizes this learning aspect by asking his players "how good a learner are you?"

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Creating a Volleyball Tournament Schedule

By Mark McCloskey, Club Director, Pentagon Volleyball Club

Whether you are a long established club or a fledgling first year club, the process of putting together a tournament schedule that meets the needs of all your teams can be a daunting task. Here are

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Dig Pink at the JVA World Challenge in Louisville

By Julie Matthews, Special Projects Coordinator, The Side-Out Foundation

The JVA World Challenge was The Side-Out Foundation's last stop on the 2015 Dig Pink® Tour, and a weekend in Louisville was the perfect way to finish the season! We met wonderful people

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How Much Eligibility Does a Recruit Have?

By Matt Sonnichsen, NCSA Volleyball Director of Relations The rule of thumb is that each recruit has 5 years to play 4. However, the NAIA has less restricted rules and a transfer has more opportunities to use all 4 years at the NAIA level then they do at

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The Evolution of a Volleyball Facility

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

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Addressing Physical Competency In A Club Setting

By Jimmy Jarmuth, Club Director, Illini Elite

In the last few years there has been plenty of research and innovation going on in the sport of volleyball in terms of how we train. This can be partially attributed to the increased attention that is being given

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What's In a Name?

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

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A Happy Marriage for Volleyball and Futsal

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

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Build the Recruiting Pyramid

To empower the best opportunity for a Prospective Student Athlete's collegiate future, volleyball families can build a pyramid of outreach to college coaches. When families build this pyramid, it allows them the opportunity to say "no"; saying "no" or "no

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Volleyball For a Cure

What do you get when you mix an accessory line with youth volleyball teams? The VB 4 CURE SERIES! The newest Power League sponsored by JVA member clubs Premier Academy, Pineapple SportONE Volleyball and A2 Volleyball that brings teams together to compete not

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7 Steps to Landing A Sponsor For Your Volleyball Club

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?

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Fall in Love with Volleyball: How One Club is Growing the Game with Fun!

Memphis Metro Volleyball began their Youth Volleyball Academy one year ago with a mission to promote the sport of youth volleyball in a safe and fun environment. Many of their older players have younger siblings and they wanted to start learning to play as

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Parent Council: To Be or Not To Be

By Sharon L. Galonski, Club Director, Next Level Volleyball Club

At a pre-season regional meeting two years ago, a presentation was given on the implementation of a parent council by one of the Mid-Atlantic volleyball clubs. My initial reaction was, "No Way

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Behind the Scenes: The Making of "Court & Spark"

by Leslie Hamann and Jack Hamann Courtney Thompson pounded a chair. She was a high school sophomore. Her club team, Kent Juniors, was a national powerhouse. But in a regional Seattle qualifier, Courtney's team had dropped the first set to Washington

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Hello Recruiting Season!

This is a critical time in the recruiting process for all high school age volleyball players - Preparing for the start of the Recruiting Season! The MLK Weekend traditionally begins the current year's recruiting cycle. Per NCAA Rules, NCAA Division I

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A Beach Volleyball Club in Minnesota Eh?

You wouldn't think that beach volleyball and Minnesota would go hand in hand. Minnesota is known for snow, the cold, its numerous lakes, and possibly Paul Bunyan. But soon a new beach volleyball club for boys and girls will hit the market in the Twin Cities.

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Bigger than the Building: The Upward Star Center Aims To Play With Purpose

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 with

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What's On Your Court? A Key To Injury Prevention

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,

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Volleyball Recruiting Cliff Notes: November

November is the start of the National Letter of Intent season! Especially pay attention to the early signing periods. Read more about signing the NLI and scholarships.



November is the start of the National Letter of Intent season! Especially pay attention to the early signing periods that start November 12th and end November 19th.



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What to Expect in the Sand Game

By Amanda Youell - NVL Pro & NVL Club Med Academy Coach



Junior players are fortunate to have the opportunity today to play both indoor and outdoor volleyball. Competitive sand volleyball wasn't an option when I was growing up so I transitioned into it

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Scholarships: Is It Too Late For Seniors?

By Matt Sonnichsen, Director of Volleyball Relations for NCSA On my collegevolleyballcoach.com website, I receive many questions this time of the year from panicked parents about the college volleyball recruiting process. The parents are panicked because they

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Club Tryout Tips for Athletes and Parents

The anticipation of tryouts is filled with a lot of questions and concerns for players and players. Deciding where to tryout and how many clubs to tryout for is just the start. Below are some tryout tips to act as a guide or check list in hopes of making the process easier so you feel good about your decision.

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The Player Coach Teammate Relationship

Coaching. At times it can be like parenting, at other times it is like being best friends, but the key to a successful player and coach relationship is succeeding at the fine line between the two. A coach has to know when to a) push a player and b) when to

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Beach Volleyball During the Colder Months

By Jeanette Simenson, Former AVP Pro and Beach Club Coach

Well it's that time of year again, fall festivals, pumpkins, and the changing of the leaves. It's a bittersweet time for beach volleyball coaches and players. We may still get a few days in the sand

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If the Shoe Fits: Finding the Right Pair

By Brad Gaither, Team Connection, Inc.If you are like me, whether it's walking, running, working or playing volleyball, it is vital to have a shoe that is the perfect mix of comfort, style and size. Without this, we might as well not spend the money. Nothing

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A Volley Dad, a Car Pool and a Great Club Experience

How a Few Families Saved Significant Dollars During the Club Season By Jenny Hahn, Executive Director of the JVA One of Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club's board members shared a spreadsheet that her husband had emailed out to the families in their car

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Is a Facility Required?

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

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Beach Club Beginnings: Training Your Coaches

By Jeanette Simenson, Former AVP Pro and Beach Club Coach Starting a beach club seemed like an easy idea after playing on the AVP tour, living in Southern California for many years, and being coached by some of the best coaches. I wanted to share my love

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Volleyball and Losing: It's Not So Bad Anymore

In my early years of playing and coaching, winning matches came easily. Back then I knew that if we worked hard, we were most likely going to win. During my college career we won at least 20 matches each season. In all my years as a Division I volleyball

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Volleyball Uniforms: The Evolution Continues

Much like the general world, sports are an evolving process of technique, rules, gamesmanship and of course, apparel. Jerseys change just as the leaves transform from season to season. Styles become "out" soon after they are "in" and young athletes always

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International Division Makes It's Debut at AAU Nationals

The 2014 AAU National Championships is once again making history by having over 2,100 teams among 29 divisions, one of those being an INTERNATIONAL DIVISION! 8 teams from across the world, including a few very talented junior national teams, have made their

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June - NCAA Volleyball Recruiting Update

June - NCAA Volleyball Recruiting UpdateBrought to you by NCSA Athletic Recruiting and the Junior Volleyball Association With recent changes in NCAA recruiting contact rules, the month of June has become important for families managing the Volleyball

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Team Managers: Spend Less Time Managing Your Team and More Time Smiling

Time is tight for everyone these days, and some weeks a parent's schedule can seem almost impossible. There's Sunday dinner at Grandma's, Billy has a soccer game, Shelly has a volleyball game, Rover needs to see the vet, Friday is date night and that work

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The Recruiting Process: a.k.a The Marathon

With the month of May upon the Club Volleyball world, the college volleyball recruiting tempo tends to slow down. NCAA Division I Volleyball is in a Quiet Period from May 1st to May 23rd; meaning DI coaches cannot go 'off campus' to recruit. Even though non-DI

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Ohio to Nicaragua to Houston in 10 days

This year Premier Volleyball Academy (Maumee, OH) was able to bring its 18-Onitsuka and 18-Antare teams on an overseas trip to Nicaragua. Here is a memoir of what was one of the most influential volleyball trips for everyone involved in making the trip, told

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A year in the life of the Southeast Alliance Volleyball League

Power Leagues are tournament series comprised of junior volleyball clubs located in a specific region of the U.S. that compete against one another for rankings. Power Leagues are structured to maintain a high level of competition for every team throughout the

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International Game Grows at the Junior Level

Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break. These are breaks, right? Yes. These are breaks from school. They are also the perfect time of the year to take a junior volleyball team to Europe, Asia or South America to train with and compete against

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Let's Vollis! A Fun Sand Volleyball Drill

By Laura Ratto, CEO, The Volleyball Network The Drill for this month is a fun drill that is near and dear to my heart - it's name is VOLLIS! There are several variations of this drill and it can be played with anywhere from 2-8 players/court. 2-Player

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The Tipping Point: Two Teams to 24 in One Year

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

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Jinx Takes Houston by Storm

It's Championship Eve...

Are you Ready?

Tell grandma, tell your neighbor, cousins, everybody - they can watch the Gold Medal matches tomorrow! Register for access to live webstreaming with the Volleyball Network. It's FREE!The schedule and results are

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Houston... We've Landed!

The JVA World Challenge Presented by Rox Volleyball is more than just a volleyball tournament; it's an event for the entire family. Teams travel from near and far, from our neighbors to the north and south, and the goal is for everyone to have a memorable

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Making a Volleyball Tournament an Event for the Entire Family

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,

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8 Helpful Coaching Tips to Transition Junior Indoor Players to Sand

As the sand game continues to grow, many junior players are transitioning from the indoor game to sand, and there is a big difference in how the two sports are played, as well as coached. Below are 8 tips for coaches who are working with indoor players and

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Making a Big Impact: The Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls

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 Omaha

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NCAA Will Allow Snapchat Use for Recruiting

Recruiting education brought to you by NCSA Athletic Recruiting,

official partner of the JVA



The landscape of social media is continuously changing, and it seems as though a new form of social media catches on every few months. The NCAA watches social

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The College Prep Combine: Know Where Your Players Stand

When a student and her parents start thinking about college there are lots of questions: how far from home? What size school? What to study? How much will it cost? What GPA and test scores are required? When you put volleyball in the mix the number of

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9 Tips to Jump Start Your College Volleyball Recruiting Process

By Matt Sonnichsen, NCSA Director of Volleyball Relations

I was an NCAA Division I Head Volleyball Coach for almost 15 years, and have coached NCAA volleyball for close to 20. In my experience, recruiting is the most important aspect of a college coach's

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Keys to a Successful International Trip for Junior Volleyball Clubs

2013 A5 China Thoughts and RuminationsBy Bob Westbrook, Club Director of A5 Volleyball Club This is a follow up to summary of Part I posted on December 4th. During the Thanksgiving Break, JVA member A5 Volleyball Club (Atlanta, GA) traveled to China on a

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A5 Chasing the Sun Volleyball Tour 2013

By Bob Westbrook, Club Director, A5 Volleyball Club During the Thanksgiving Break, JVA member A5 Volleyball Club (Atlanta, GA) traveled to China on a volleyball tour with a team of high school players and club coaching and administrative staff. Here is a

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Understanding True Love and Respect for the Game

By Julie Dailey, Club Director, Team Sting Volleyball Club(Birmingham, Alabama) As a partner club of Sports Performance Volleyball Club, I was given the unbelievable opportunity of traveling to Nagano and Tokyo, Japan with Rick Butler and the staff of the

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Fundamentals of Sand Volleyball Part 3: Blocking

By Shaun Catlin - Director 692 South, JVA Beach Committee Member In the previous articles we reviewed hitting, setting, passing but in this edition we are covering blocking in beach volleyball. But we shouldn't cover blocking without out the defensive

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It is Good to be Different: Rule Changes from Different Levels A discussion on the proposed FIVB rule changes

By Virginia Elite as a follow up to The Art of Coaching Volleyball's article "Volleyball Rules, Some Need Changing Some Don't" The 2014 club volleyball season is fast approaching. As is the case with most clubs, we at VA Elite are turning the page on the 2013

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10 Steps to Building a Powerful Volleyball Brand

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?

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Turning a Pool into a Sand Volleyball Court

Team Sting in Birmingham, Alabama decided to do something about the empty pool that had been sitting in their facility (formerly a YMCA) for over a year. The club joined together with help from parents and players toThe pool is 9 feet deep and was very

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To Block or Not to Block?

By Mike Wall with Gold Medal Squared Volleyball Camps & Volleyball Clinics Blocking is an interesting skill to talk about. I've often times wondered why blocking, and specifically swing blocking is such a hot topic. There's no question that its popularity

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Fundamentals of Sand Volleyball Part 1: Philosophy, Passing & Setting

By Shaun Catlin, Club Director, Triple Crown Volleyball Let me give a brief back story to bring relevance to my approach to coaching and teaching sand volleyball. While growing up in the late 80's and early 90's, beach volleyball was a normal way of life for

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Sand Volleyball - What's Not to Love?

This past weekend Jenny Hahn, JVA Executive Director, and I traveled down to beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama for the 2013 AVCA Collegiate Sand Championships. Neither of us had ever been to Gulf Shores and it was our first trip to the national championships. It

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Junior Power Rankings Have Arrived! Now What?

No more guessing. No more what-ifs. No more complicated seedings or math. Finally, a comprehensive youth volleyball ranking system that's definitive, easy to use and nationwide reach. Below is a summary of the rankings, however the full article from the April/

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You've Been PINK'ed!

The energy was out of this world as the JVA World Challenge held Dig Pink day and the second day of competition in Louisville. The morning started off with a 79 court Harlem Shake among over 300 teams and let's just say we "ROX-ed" it AND made history! Thank

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Hit the Ball Running!

We played, we reffed, we danced, we played some more. And just when you least expected it, you saw a t-shirt launched 50 feet into the air from the JVA staff! Keep your eyes open when you enter the main doors because we will be launching a couple hundred t-

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What's Louisville Got to Do With It?

Welcome to the 2013 JVA World Challenge in Louisville! You've weathered the storms and it's time for a long, fun weekend of volleyball. Over the next 3 days, 650 teams from all over the U.S. and Canada will compete for a bid to the AAU National Championships.

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A Growing Club Meets a Growing Cause

JVA member Albuquerque Rebels has been a proud supporter of the Side-Out Foundation and Dig Pink for several years. This club's dedication and unification towards finding a cure for breast cancer has influenced us to share its story in hopes of inspiring other

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1,000 Strong

The JVA is a proud supporter and partner of the Side-Out Foundation's newest initiative 1,000 Strong. As part of the Dig Pink Tour, the 2nd day of the 2013 JVA World Challenge will once again be Dig Pink Day and participating teams are raising money to support

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Build Volleyball Skills During Warm Up

By Andor Gyulai, Volleyball1on1 and the JVA

Let's take a look at ways to warm up your team besides jogging, stretching and partner pepper. Every coach is looking for the secret to maximizing player improvement in limited gym time.

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Al Scates - His Mentors and Volleyball Coaching Philosophies

By Andor Gyulai, Volleyball1on1.com owner I have been around volleyball, sports and coaching long enough to know that no great coach figured it out alone. Usually they have mentors and people that step into their lives at times that influence and inspire

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When Is It Time to Expand?

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

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The Real Votes Show Up

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

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Louisville: OVVC Gets the Ball Rolling

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

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Is the Location Right?

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 to

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And the Search Begins! Finding the "Perfect" Facility

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

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Investing in Your Facility AND Your Culture

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 (350

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Setting Up For Success in South Carolina

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

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Finance and Sponsorship for a Sports Facility

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.

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Build Your Game AND Your Academics

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

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What's All the Hype About?

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

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A Look Back at the First Season of LUV

By Chris Beerman, LUV Club Director Year one of Lexington United is officially in the books and I couldn't be prouder of how our first year developed and progressed to a successful finish. Since my last blog we have had many highlights: Our 13 Black team won

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The Host with the Most

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

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The Renovation

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

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Small Victories

By Chris Beerman With every developmental process there are those moments where you acknowledge small victories; a momentary satisfaction and pride in what you are trying accomplish and knowing you are heading in the right direction. As Lexington United heads

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Building a Culture that Wants to Get Better

By Chris Beerman So here's a little background on the volleyball history in Lexington as a prelude to my post today: Lexington is a city comprised of great people and great kids and there is tremendous growing enthusiasm for volleyball. Over the past 10-12

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You Can't Please Everybody

By Chris Beerman I think the old saying "you can't please everybody" probably applies to directing a volleyball club as much or more than any other profession! As I've discussed with my coaching colleagues for 20 years, the ultimate team to coach would have 6

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Coaching the Parents Part II

By Chris Beerman Last blog I touched on parental involvement in club volleyball and my perspectives on that issue. Since that article, I've had a couple parent meetings regarding some team issues. The meeting started with a few very passionate comments about

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Coaching the Parents

By Chris BeermanAs a collegiate coach for 20 years, one of my strengths as a recruiter was building relationships and connections with the parents of the high school player I was recruiting. The relationship began with the recruiting process, which of course

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How To Train Winning and Competitiveness

By Chris BeermanI am a competitive person; always have been, always will be. I am one of those guys that while driving will pull slightly ahead of the guy next to me at the stoplight just to be ahead of him! I'm an awful loser and don't ever believe you accept

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Competition Time!

By Chris Beerman Our season is off and running and Lexington United teams are beginning their competitive seasons with tournaments all around the lower Midwest. Our 17's and 18's got an early start in mid-January at the Mideast Power League and our 13 Black

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LUV the Game - Establishing Your Club's Training Philosophy

By Chris BeermanHappy New Year! Now that the holidays are over, it's back to work for everyone, especially club directors. This is the exciting time of the year as teams kick off their official practice schedules, get to know their new teammates, and prepare

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Scheduling, Training and Why JVA Works

By Chris BeermanAs a newbie club director I am constantly amazed at the multitude of responsibilities that are a part of this job. As a former collegiate coach, scheduling was always a part of the job, but in comparison to making schedules for 23 different

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Great Start - Hindsight is 20/20

By Chris BeermanTryouts were very successful for us, but since hindsight is 20/20, it can be used as an evaluative tool to make the process better and more efficient in the future. I have a few thoughts on how I'll attack our tryout format in 2012. Number one

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Tryouts & Teams...Check!

By Chris BeermanIt's been a little longer than usual since my last blog but that's because this morning I'm literally taking my first breath in about two weeks! All Club Directors are probably feeling the same way, although some are still in the midst of

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Financing a Facility

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.

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It's The Final Countdown... da da da DAAA

By Chris BeermanHi everyone! Thanks for continuing to follow my blog describing my process of building a club from the ground up. The past few blogs have outlined my journey to the present, and going forward, the rest of the blog entries will be in real time;

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Face to Face Q & A

By Chris Beerman



After spending 4 months getting the club up and running and making the foundational decisions about how we would operate, it was time to present our club in person to the general public in the form of a parent informational meeting. In

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Coaches: The Lifeblood of a Successful Club

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.

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The House that LUV Built

By Chris Beerman In my case, the facility question was by far the most important issue that needed to be resolved before moving forward with Lexington United Volleyball. Reality is, basketball is the #1 sport in Lexington. When I began researching potential

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The Foundation

By Chris Beerman The organizational foundation was in place for Lexington United and now I needed to answer the bricks and mortar questions of what, where, who, and when as it related to the structure of the club. Number one on the list was determining what

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What's in a Name?

By Chris BeermanThe excitement of making the jump to the club world was quickly met with the task of figuring out my first moves and getting organized. The most interesting, and in some ways difficult aspect to this career change, was working out of a home

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From the beginning...

By Chris Beerman



My name is Chris Beerman and in late February of this year, I received a call from Tim Kuzma, the business manager with Munciana Volleyball Club inquiring if I'd be interested in a club expansion concept that their ownership group was

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A Prelude to the Blog

By Junior Volleyball Association This blog is entirely designed to share the personal experience of Chris Beerman in his first year as Club Director of Lexington United Volleyball. LUV (Lexington United Volleyball) is currently in it's first year of

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