A successful volleyball season requires athletes to dedicate time to mastering the skills in practice that they will employ during competition. But none of that is possible if they can’t make it to the court because of an injury. While it’s impossible to eliminate all risk for injury from a sport, preventative measures before, during and after practices and matches can help keep athletes from experiencing some of the most common ailments throughout a season.
When I talk to Club Directors and ask them "What keeps you up a night?" The #1 response I hear most often is "Parents". I had the good fortune to meet and talk with an amazing woman, Ruth Nelson, this past December at the AVCA Convention. She has a program that may help you cope with the nightmares. It is her BYOP®, Bring Your Own Parent Program. Learn how this program can serve as a connector between your parents, players and coaches from an early age.
Indoor clubs are finding success growing participation and members from the grassroots level. However, beach clubs often have new players who have played years of indoor volleyball, but are new to the beach game. 692 Beach, a JVA member club in Dallas, and year-round beach club uses the first 8 practices of the season to break down each aspect of the game. This program has helped 692 ensure that each player develops the fundamental and philosophical training needed to excel in beach volleyball, and also learn 692's system.
Ostensibly, it would seem like there are dozens of potential strategies that can be employed at a volleyball club. In reality, though, at a fundamental level, there are really only three strategies that all clubs practice. They are a low cost strategy, a differentiation strategy or a combination of the two which we will call a hybrid strategy. Within each of these strategies, dozens of tactics are employed.
Find out why the volleyball club business would make for a fascinating board game, and how you move the chess pieces around the board will, ultimately, determine how successful you are at accomplishing this task while maintaining a viable club and business.
Tournament time has begun, which means club directors and coaches are beginning to identify the over-involved and over-bearing parents. It's easy to say that our focus needs to be on the kids and ignore the parents, but as we all know, the parents are as much our customers as the players are; in some cases, even more so. Here are some practices your club can apply to establish a healthy relationship between your club, coaches, and parents.
Developing an appraisal system may appear time consuming. It actually isn’t. You are directing meaningful conversation based on reflection and goal setting. The development of the documents is the time consuming part, so we've consulted an experienced High School Athletic Director, former Club Director and long time junior volleyball coach to help you.
Missing a flight on the way to a volleyball tournament can become a nightmare for coaches, players and parents. With all the hours spent on preparing for the trip, losing the chance to compete can kill a team’s morale. Here are some ways youth volleyball clubs can limit the stress associated with the challenges of travel.
Could your club survive after losing access to 12 courts during the club volleyball season? Somehow, in the winter of 2013 Husky Volleyball Club managed to survive. Our club had grown to 45 teams and had been using over 120 weekly court hours during our winter/spring club season. Suddenly, in a very short period of time, our club lost access to all of our courts and had to find other options. Here's the story of how we were able to find a building in August, have the town approve our use in October and be open to hold our first tryouts in November.
Facility owners often rent out their sports centers to volleyball clubs as a source of income or as a way to be engaged in community events. Likewise, many sports clubs who don't own their own facility, often need to lease facilities in order to conduct practices as well as other activities related to their club. Before signing a rental agreement, here are 9 items to check.
January is just around the corner. Your teams will be headed off to tournaments. Do you want better officiating at your matches? Here are some ways you can make a difference.
Growing up in the Midwest, one quickly learns there is no predicting the weather. Therefore, planning an outdoor business in the Midwest, or any other "seasonally-challenged" climate, is very risky and has caused several of us to adapt and move our sports programs indoor. Due to beach volleyball gaining more popularity, here's the million-dollar question several have asked themselves across the Midwest and the colder parts of the world, "Is an indoor beach volleyball facility the right move, or next necessary step, for me and my beach program?" Before ever getting to the design phase, business plan development stage, or considering a plan for site acquisition, one must first ask themselves 3 very simple, yet extremely important questions.
Athletic injuries, in most cases, can be treated and rehabilitated in a few weeks to a few months. The athlete returns to the team and life goes on. In the case of emotional harm due to harassment or abuse, the injury may not be apparent for weeks, months or years. The athlete may never be the same. This is a tragedy we want to eliminate from our sport. Here are three ways the JVA is committed to the protection of our athletes.
When mid-November hits, junior volleyball club directors and coaches have passed the tryout season and are now amped up for the upcoming indoor and beach season with their designated teams. Line-ups, partner pairings, drills, club management, and practice planning are on the forefront of everyone's minds. As for the JVA, we are receiving numerous calls and emails from club directors planning their tournament schedule, prepping for the first week of practice, marketing their tournaments, and tackling parent communication. The AVCA Annual Convention arrives at just the right time for volleyball coaches and professionals to meet in one place for a week of education, networking, and charging our batteries for the season. Here are 14 reasons why the JVA is excited for this year's Convention in Columbus, Ohio.Read More
You've just purchased a volleyball club with 4 courts and a large concession area. You know you need Accident and General Liability Insurance, but where do you start? Don't assume that having your participants sign a waiver or that by requiring your trainers and coaches to carry their own insurance, you will be excluded from liability in case of injury.
The financial side of running a volleyball club can be very different from a traditional business, depending on the size, scope of business, and type of entity. Over the past 6 years, VCN has gone from a sole proprietorship, to an LLC, to an S-Corporation, all with the advice of my accountant. These all require different regulations from a legal perspective, and my accountant has been very helpful along the way. However, I wish I had had better resources early on to figure out the easiest and most cost-efficient way to handle my accounting. Here are the stages of what we experienced from an accounting perspective and what I learned along the way.
The JVA is pleased to announce TeamSnap as the repeating title sponsor of The 2017 JVA Challenge Series featuring 12 events nationwide that are among the best junior volleyball tournaments in the country. In addition, TeamSnap, the leading tool for organizing and communicating every aspect of active sports life, is the title sponsor of the new JVA Club Director video series scheduled to launch in January that is centered on managing a junior volleyball club.
You have invested a lot of sweat equity and money into building your volleyball club to reach the point where you are today. It is important, at some point, to take the time and expense to estimate just what your company is worth. Here's are some guidelines and where to get started.
The JVA and BridgeAthletic are excited to announce a partnership to bring volleyball-specific strength and skill training programs and athlete performance management to JVA member clubs.
Let's be honest, nobody wants to be tricked. But everyone undeniably craves the treats. As a society we have become accustomed to turning a blind eye at the trick because we absolutely can't wait for the treat. 30 day trials, money back guarantees, zero money down, short term deals with a long term commitment. The tricks can often times leave us, well... a bit deflated, so much that we are not able to enjoy the treat. Junior volleyball, although fun and innocent in many ways, can have it's share of tricks. Here is a case where there are no tricks, just treats.
Volleyball is unique in the world of sports. Participation in our sport has continued to grow despite a lack of major corporate sponsorships, mainstream TV coverage or huge financial incentives for professional athletes. Regardless of the source you site, volleyball ranks among the highest participation sports in the United States, behind only baseball, basketball and soccer. Now can you imagine the explosion in volleyball if our athletes, coaches and clubs had access to the financial resources and capabilities similar to other top-tier sports like baseball, basketball or football?
Club volleyball can be considered a double-edged sword financially. The higher the level your daughter competes at, the more experience and college exposure she'll get, but the more expensive it's going to be. Surprisingly, it's not the club dues and fees that have increased. Rather, it's the cost of traveling so frequently to play high-level competition. Here's something to put your mind (and wallet) at ease.
Compared to many competitive sports, volleyball seems relatively safe. However, there is still the potential for recurring or even serious injury to players and spectators. Is your sports facility prepared for the risk of potential injuries?
In five short years you have grown your club from five teams to twenty five teams and have put together a youth program fifty strong! You are contemplating whether you should take your club to the next level and build a facility where you can control your own schedule, save $100,000 a year in rent and add a complete menu of camps, tournaments, fall programs, lessons, pro shop and restaurant. You realize it is a huge step and want to make sure that you are considering everything you need to know because you have never taken this big a risk in your life.
Here are important points to consider when deciding to build or own a facility. If you do decide to go ahead with this venture, there are recommended steps to take to ensure the success of your business.
In October of 2005 when 33 Club Directors from all over the country met to talk about the state of junior volleyball, we had no idea that those discussions would lead to where we are today. Our goal coming out of that meeting was simply to form a voice for club directors to advocate for change in junior volleyball programming. What came out of that is the JVA that you see today, a strong, vibrant, evolving organization that has changed the dynamics of junior volleyball.
To excel in club volleyball, directors and coaches can't just think of X's and O's.
Organizations must have a strong brand and culture to attract athletes, and emphasizing these attributes can be important to giving clubs and the players the best possible opportunity to succeed. It's a game plan many Junior Volleyball Association club directors around the country have followed with great results.
Perceived value is the worth that a product or service has in the mind of the consumer. In regards to Recruiting Programs at volleyball clubs, perceived value is currently a hot topic. A plethora of questions, discussions and reassessment of current services are trending topics. Let's take a look some key components of a high-level Recruiting Program.
Like any club in the country, when budgeting time comes at the beginning of each year, it means hard choices sometimes have to be made. Do we add the new program we have been discussing for a couple years? Do we expand on what we are already doing? Do we invest more in equipment and training tools? Can we finally hire that new full or part time staff member? For us, one program that we have sought to have in place over the last couple of years is a functional strength training program for our older National teams.
As September arrives, so does the important informational club meetings, followed by tryouts and parent meetings. It's a critical time to share your club's brand and identity, as well as emphasize the culture that you've established. Mintonette Sports shares how they structure their parent meetings and the goals they look to accomplish.
The vast majority of clubs classify their coaches as Independent Contractors. In some ways it would seem to make sense. Club Coaches are most often working on a part time and seasonal basis. As some clubs have found out, the various State Departments of Labor are questioning and, in some cases, disallowing the independent classification for youth coaches for tax purposes. They are also requiring that Worker's Compensation Insurance be provided for the club coaches.
It is the month of August, and the life of a junior volleyball club director has geared up, or for some it never stopped. You are sitting in your office, looking at your to-do-list, and cannot believe club season preparation has already begun... but have you even given yourself a chance to reflect on last season?
Legacy Volleyball Club in Michigan found it's first home in 2008. The first lease coincided with the first year that high school volleyball in Michigan was played in the fall. Club season used to start in March at the time MHSAA district championships would begin. For Club Director Bryan Lindstrom, it's so crazy to think back and realize that the first tournament of the year used to be a qualifier.
Volleyball clubs are a very attractive sponsorship opportunity for local businesses. They are highly visible entities that can galvanize an entire community. Clubs typically cater to a desirable demographic and embody the values and persona that businesses covet. What business wouldn't want to associate itself with a wholesome, family based activity that impassions its patrons? Below are several ways a volleyball club can capitalize on its sponsorship opportunities.
High School season is underway and so is the planning process for the upcoming junior volleyball indoor season. JVA Club Director and Board Member Sherry Fadool (Triangle Volleyball Club) shares what is on her to-do-list this month.
Most indoor junior volleyball clubs are running camps in July or taking a little time off after the long season. However, beach clubs are still training and competing. WAVE Beach Volleyball Executive Director and Matt Olson shares what his staff and players are up to this month.
Transferring in college volleyball is becoming more of a common practice. While roster changes from injury, change of academic interests, relationships, burn out, etc. are common, we are seeing a noticeable rise in the number of players who are transferring for volleyball reasons.
A junior volleyball club director and coach can have a great impact on a student athlete's recruiting process and ultimate commitment. Here are ways in which junior volleyball clubs can help players truly find the right college fit.
Let’s face it, club travel can feel somewhat like herding cats at times. After being at the helm of Virginia Elite travel for over 5 years, I have learned a few shortcuts and tricks to make my life easier when trying to move a team or an entire club in symphony.
There are many important decisions to make in forming your volleyball club. From partners to business structure, here are important considerations and tips when forming a volleyball club.
If you are considering a site redesign or just want to freshen up your look, start with your home page. Most of your visitors will land here and research has shown that if they can't find what they are looking for in 2-3 seconds, they will leave. In order to help them navigate all of the information available, considering working these eight ideas into your design.
Managing a large club with over 70 coaches is quite a task. Among the many challenges are the recruitment, retention, performance management, and on-boarding of staff. With a direct and measurable impact on young people it is essential that your staff understand their responsibilities, your expectations, and abide by the organizational vision and policies set forth by your club. An employee handbook provides them with the essential information to be an effective and compliant staff member. It also serves as an invaluable tool in managing employee performance when behaviors are inconsistent with stated policies and expectations.
Ah, summer is here. The end of the Junior Volleyball Season is around the corner and many JVA teams are preparing for competition at AAU or USAV Nationals in a couple weeks. Hear how JVA Club Director Dave Weitl from Washington Volleyball Academy is preparing his teams for the end of the season, and what else is on his plate this month.
In the fall of 2015, I attended my region's mandatory club directors' meeting. I typically try to sit with different club directors each year in an effort to get to know more directors and get a sense of what's happening in other areas of my region. This year I made a change. I sat with two club directors I knew.
During a break, one director next to me asked, "How do I find good volleyball coaches? What criteria do I use when interviewing?"
May is the last leg of the season for clubs competing at the AAU or USAV National Volleyball Championships. While coaches and teams are focusing on the finish, Club Directors are already laying plans for the start of the next season. Here are a few ways to get started.
May is a quiet time for recruiting, however JVA Club Directors still have a lot on their plate as the planning for next season has already begun. KIVA Junior Program Director (Louisville, KY), Courtney Robison shares what is keeping her and the leadership staff at KIVA busy this month.
Spring Break, prom, graduation, ACT's, homework... it's that time of the year where many distractions creep in for athletes and it's easy for coaches to become frustrated. It's difficult to have an efficient practice when many players are missing, and when they are at practice, they're thinking about what dress to wear that weekend. How can we as coaches keep our players focused, especially with Nationals right around the corner?
In 2015, there were 432,000 high school girls participating in high school volleyball. If every NCAA/NAIA school was fully funded, there'd be less than 6,000 athletic scholarships available. We all know that a large portion of our parents/players are hopeful to obtain one of those, but the demand exceeds the supply. As club directors, we serve as some of the first mentors for families that are new to youth sports. No one wants to be the bearer of bad news and tell families that the odds are stacked against getting an athletic scholarship. However, it's important to set realistic expectations for your families.
On the forefront of every junior volleyball club director's mind right now is preparing your teams to play their best volleyball over the next couple months. In this month's What's On Your Plate, JVA Club Director and member of the JVA Education Committee Joseph Ziegler shares what's on his plate as he oversees the club's training structure, while also coaching the 16s team.
t's been almost 30 years since I began coaching volleyball and running the Fort Wayne Volleyball Club, which was formed in 1987. Tournaments back then had entry fees of $50 dollars per team. Multi-day tournaments were unheard of except for the national championships run by USAV or AAU. We played in small gyms off the beaten path. Most had low ceilings and very little space in between courts. It was rare to find two courts side by side because most auxiliary gyms were found downstairs in a basement or in a non-joining building with no air conditioning. We always played for something. Ribbon, metal, certificate. Something to walk away with to prove we played and maybe won or maybe didn't.
Let's fast forward to present day.
I am really happy that Club Directors are turning to us, JVA, for help running your volleyball club. It is rewarding to know that we are accomplishing our mission of providing resources for club directors and our members are reaching out to us.
Most often when we get a call or an email we are able to provide a link to the information in our resource library. However, there are times where the question sends us on a search for information. This situation arose on three occasions this last month.
Valley Sand Volleyball Academy is in it's third season as a beach only club. The academy is the brain child of local passionate sand/beach volleyball players wanting to bring the sport into a saturated indoor volleyball market where many of them coach. A small group of coaches and college athletes gathered at a coffee shop upon the upcoming opening of a three court complex on campus at CSU-Bakersfield in February 2014. Since then the club has seen consistent growth each season and attributes much of that growth to its "walk-up" option.
The name Summit Volleyball is derived from two different meanings. A summit is the highest attainable point, which is what the Summit program reaches towards every day. Secondly, the club is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, whose nickname is the “Summit City” because when the Wabash and Erie Canal were built here, it was the highest point above sea level along the entire canal. Trish and Allie Miller, Summit’s two JVA Club Directors, are a mother and daughter coaching duo who had a vision of building an elite volleyball club in the Fort Wayne area.
We're halfway through the indoor club volleyball season and in the midst of hosting tournaments and running youth programs, it's also time to plan for the summer! Find out what's on the to-do-list for a JVA Club Director in the busy month of March.
I spent this past weekend in greater Chicago at the Sports Performance President’s Day Challenge. It is one of my favorite weekends of the year; by now clubs have had a couple months of practice under their belts, my college coaching friends are out on the recruiting grind, and there are multiple, high-level events around the country to compete in. It is a weekend when the club and college volleyball communities show up in full-force. However, this weekend I looked at this community, this group with the common interest of volleyball, a bit differently.
Even though it's the middle of winter and feels like club season just began, most Club Directors are already planning summer programs. Ethos Volleyball Club Director Troy Helton (Nashville, TN) shares what's keeping him busy in this month's "What's On Your Plate" feature.
Indy Juniors Volleyball Club (Indianapolis, IN ) went through a major change this off-season, moving across town into the newly constructed Jonathan Byrd's Fieldhouse located in the Grand Park Sports Complex of Westfield, Indiana.
But let's backtrack... why the change?
And was the risk worth the reward?
The first tournament of the season is around the corner and your gym is filled afternoon and evening with the sound of kids yelling "Mine!" The emails pour in, lessons are scheduled, apparel is handed out and team pictures are taken. Find out what else is on the plate of a JVA Club Director in January.
I got my start coaching middle school, high school, and club. I still remember the excitement of helping to pick my 14-2 team my second year of coaching. And even when I began coaching the 16-under age group, the time between tryouts at the beginning of December to when we began practicing at the beginning of January seemed like a lifetime. I couldn't wait to get started!! However, I have a gentle request that will hopefully tie all of this together.
Have you ever wondered if hosting your own volleyball tournament is something you should consider for your club? The answer is a resounding "maybe". Tournaments can run the gamut from a three day convention center mega event to a simple one day round robin scrimmage where the participating teams provide their own referees for free. The one common element that all tournaments hold in common is the need to attend to 100 little details, any one of which can sabotage your event if mishandled. Fortunately, you do not have to start from scratch as there are many wonderful resources available to you that can help you prepare your tournament checklist.
Milwaukee Sting has been renting courts since our club began in 1989. Like every other club, we dreamt of having a place of our own with full control over the training schedule along with the ability to host tournaments. 26 years later we found the perfect fit.
The holiday season has arrived! Don't feel the holiday spirit quite yet? Maybe it's because 'tis the season for club directors to be knee deep in paperwork, excel spreadsheets, tournament registrations and practice scheduling. Find out what else is keeping these JVA Club Directors busy this month, can you relate?
Club tryout procedure is a hot topic during this time of year as the club season gets underway. Every club has its own unique way of running a tryout and selecting teams, so we took a closer look. JVA reached out to several club directors and asked what their team selection procedures are and why.
The to-do-list seems endless for junior volleyball club directors, but why? Long time JVA Club Director Jodi Schramm with Premier Academy (Maumee, Ohio) shares why, and let's us in on how her staff stays on top of things.
Now more than ever, parents are very involved (some would say "over-involved") with their sons and daughters club careers that you must be ready for just about anything. But in order to maintain a positive club culture a positive relationship needs to exist between your coaches and your players and their parents. Here are steps you can take to build and maintain that healthy relationship this season.
Sometimes the truth can be scary. And in honor of Halloween, we thought we'd try to frighten you with some scary myths, as well as facts about our organization. There are many assumptions and misunderstandings about the JVA, so we hope this article helps clear some of them up, while getting you in the Halloween spirit!
We all know her! That wide-eyed little girl with the covers pulled up to her chin. She closes her eyes hoping when she reopens them, the MONSTERS in the closet are gone. She hears them rumbling around, moving her well organized life into disarray. “Okay” she tells herself, “I am tough, I am a strong athlete, and I can do this, what is there to be afraid of?” This is what I see in the eyes of the young athlete when I ask the somewhat misleading question “what is your role in the recruiting process?”. The silence is quite loud, the wheels are turning, the search for the right answer is populating in her mind.
A few JVA members recently traveled to Tokyo, Japan to observe and learn from different volleyball groups. After more than 20 hours of watching elementary to high school players train, there were 5 aspects of the game that differetiated Japanese volleyball and U.S. volleyball. Below are the 5 things Japan volleyball does that we can do better.
What's keeping a junior volleyball club director busy in the month of October? Hear from 3 JVA Club Directors who all have plenty on their plate this time of year.
Junior Volleyball Club Directors wear many hats, as most have a full-time job on top of running a volleyball club. Add a facility and 20+ club teams to the mix and the Club Director's plate gets full pretty quickly.
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It’s that time of year when Club Director’s are preparing for the upcoming season. You are getting budgets and schedules together, and renewing all of your memberships.
By Steve Lenderman, Delaware Juniors Club Director
When I restarted Delaware Juniors Volleyball Club in 2006 we had a Five Year Plan in place to help guide us. One of these goals was to open our own facility in year 5. To accomplish this we set up yearly
PickleBall - this rapidly growing game with the funny name may help you fill daytime hours in your facility.
PickleBall is a paddle ball game played with a whiffle ball. The court is 20' x 44' divided by a net, 36" high. Retirees were the first wave of
By John Brannon, Club Diretor, Carolina Union Volleyball Club
One of the goals that we set forth for our club every year is that we want it to be a Great Big Family. We want older players to care about younger players, we want families to feel connected from
The word Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment, the supreme moment. Club Director Mitch Lunning started Kairos Elite Volleyball Club in 2012 as a part-time job. The club only had one 18u team that first year. Last season the
It doesn't take long to get hooked on volleyball. Indoor volleyball continues to grow at the juniors level and it's not surprising when 2 and 3 day tournaments can become fun-filled events for the entire family. Everyone wants to come home with a gold medal,
Colleges, high schools and clubs everywhere are pumping money into new facilities to attract talent. How can programs with old facilities and low budgets compete?
By John Brannon, Club Director, Carolina Union VBC
In the last blog we had found the location for our facility and next it was only a matter of start-up funding coming together. Initially, we had been working with a couple of capital investment companies, as
Whether you want to set up a small gym just for your team, a large indoor sports area for various programs, or a fully fitted facility for 10,000 private members, you'll need some help getting started. Commonly, those who establish a sports facility, gym or indoor training area find that, while they have plenty of expertise regarding their sport, they are less equipped to deal with the financial and business end of things. This article will remedy that by looking at the most pressing and troublesome areas of financing your new venture, with special attention given to sponsorship, legal regulations and budgeting.
By Matt Krebs, Founder of The Foundry, Redwood City, California
The Foundry is my brainchild. I have been involved in volleyball since 1993, when I assisted Fred Lin with the Hillsdale College Women's Volleyball team from 1993-1996. A few years upon returning
The Munciana Volleyball Club has a long and proud history dating back to 1977 when Steve Shondell formed the first club team comprised of girls from Muncie Northside High School. Presently, the club is comprised of over 300 young ladies ranging in age from 8 to 18. The club is located in Muncie, Indiana, a town of 65,000 located in East Central Indiana betweenIndianapolis and Fort Wayne. With such a small population base it is surprising to most people in the volleyball community to learn that Munciana has won seventeen national championships competing in the USAV and, most recently, the JVA national tournaments.
Another important aspect of a new club is who will comprise your coaching staff. The personnel helps determine how big your club can be and what kind of programs you can offer. Quality, caring coaches are the lifeblood of a successful club.