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From the JVA Office: 4 Trends in Junior Volleyball

In just four short years, the landscape of junior volleyball has significantly evolved. In order to best serve the junior volleyball community, answer to the needs of our members, and to understand where our industry is going the JVA has collected data from junior volleyball clubs all over the country, as well as Canada. Here are four trends happening in junior volleyball.

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7 Steps to Implement a Code of Ethics in Your Volleyball Club

Having been the President of Eastside Volleyball Club for the last 22 years, having served on a High School Board of Education during the Columbine shooting, and having been affiliated in many community youth organizations for the previous 40 years, I am asked many times for an opinion on the difference in kids from 40 years ago versus today. I answer that kids have not changed as much as adults have. During my 8 years as a member of the Board of Education, disciplinary hearings in the early days were very productive with parents, compared to debating with parents on accountability with their child. In every facet of discipline a Code of Conduct was the primary remedy of grey area problems. Here are the steps our club took to establish and implement a code of conduct for Players, Parents and Coaches this season.

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Attracting the Multi-Sport Athletes to Your Club

There are many factors that multi-sport athletes look for when choosing a volleyball club. Many clubs have found ways to appeal to the multi-sport athlete, and VC Nebraska is one of them. Based on the club's demographics, VC Nebraska made some adjustments in order to attract multi-sport athletes to the club. Based on her experience, Club Director Maggie Griffin shares three ways to attract the multi-sport athletes to your club.

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JVA Highlights During 2017 AVCA Convention

Each year the JVA sponsors educational sessions at the AVCA Annual Convention, and holds it's Annual Meeting, featuring a nationally known key note speaker. This year the JVA will host one hard court session, one beach court session, one beach classroom session and two hard court classroom sessions. The topics are geared toward club management, indoor coaching, and beach coaching. In addition, we will have an excellent session focused on recruiting. The presenters all share a wealth of knowledge, expertise and respect in the junior volleyball and collegiate volleyball realms.

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JVA Announces 2018 JVA Sponsor Clubs

The JVA is proud to announce that in it's third consecutive year of the JVA Sponsorship Program, a record 59 indoor clubs are named JVA Sponsor Clubs. As a member driven and member centered organization, the JVA is giving $200,000 back to the JVA Sponsor Clubs this season.

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Building a Club Culture

Seng Chiu didn't plan to start his own volleyball club. Though he had a lifelong love for the sport, he was perfectly content spending most of his career career coaching at the high school and college level. But as volleyball exploded in popularity, Chiu recognized two problems: Young players were being systematically weeded out, as most clubs targeted elite-level athletes, and those who endured oftentimes burned out. Hear from three JVA Club Directors who make it a point to create a positive club culture for every skill level.

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JVA Announces Continued Partnership with PaidUp

The Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) and PaidUp have partnered to provide a thoughtful and successfully proven approach to managing club dues exclusively for JVA member clubs.

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3 Principles for Solid Statistics

Volleyball is one of the best team sports in the world because of its rules. Furthermore, at the high level it’s as explosive as any other sport and very fast paced with a fast moving ball that must fall in 900 ft² area. If you add the fact that every point matters, it becomes logical why reading and understanding the game are such important factors at all levels of play given how fast decision-making has to happen in order to predict what is coming next.

With the data collection always being the tough part of the job, here are three principles that will guarantee quality data to study over and over.

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JVA Announces 3 Year Partnership with VolleyMetrics

The Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) and VolleyMetrics have partnered to provide JVA member clubs with revolutionary data and video analysis specific to their team and opponents in order to assist coaches and directors with cutting edge player development tools that will provide a competitive advantage while saving time. This new three-year agreement comes as VolleyMetrics keeps proving itself as the gold standard in volleyball analytics for volleyball coaches, players and teams worldwide.

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JVA Extends Long Running Partnership with Next College Student Athlete (NCSA)

The Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) is pleased to announce that Next College Student Athlete, the largest NCAA-compliant collegiate athletic recruiting network that matches student-athletes with college coaches, will continue to supply much-needed recruiting education and resources to JVA members. This new 3-year agreement comes as NCSA enters its fifth year in helping JVA families and coaches find the best path to college for their student-athletes.

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Tackling the Tough Decisions at Tryouts with an Efficient Tryout Process

Your tryout participation numbers are through the roof. The marketing and recruiting efforts by your Director and Coaches have paid off. Now it is essential that you organize the 2-3 hours of your tryout as efficiently as possible to guarantee a fair evaluation of each player. KIVA, located in one of the largest junior volleyball hotbeds in the country shares how the club structures it's tryouts to ensure that each player has the opportunity to adequately display her skills and coaches can efficiently evaluate every player in order to make confident decisions when selecting their teams. View KIVA's tryout plan, a breakdown of the schedule and find out how they make the tough decisions.

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5 Methods for Collecting Unpaid Club Dues

Now that club season has arrived, most club directors know that they’ll be facing some issues with the timely collection of club dues, travel fees, camp fees, etc. during some course of the season. There are no easy solutions and most of us want to avoid a formal collection using the court system. Here are some steps you can take to collect unpaid club dues this season.

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From the JVA Office: 4 Ways to Attract the Right Players to Your Club

Depending on your location, there could be several clubs within a driving distance of 20 to 60 minutes of your club, and for the right product, parents will drive their child even father if it means he or she will have a positive experience. Prior to tryouts, clubs are essentially performing in a tryout of their own as they try to attract players to their club. Is your club targeting the right kind of player for your program? Here's a look at what some clubs are doing to enhance their pool of tryout attendees.

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Identifying the Factors That Differentiate the Good from the Great

Success breeds success. It's a common phenomenon known as "The Winner Effect". Over the past few years and even decade the dominance of certain clubs raises the question, what are these top clubs in the country doing in their gyms? And what changes did they make that resulted in their success?

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JVA Fall Webinar Series Revealed

The 2017 JVA Fall Webinar Series features six webinars related to the business of running a junior volleyball club and training your athletes to be the best they can be on and off the court. Webinars are free for JVA members as part of their member benefit. Two of the webinars are also free to AAU members. Learn more and register today.

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JVA Sponsor Program Will Give $200,000 Back to JVA Member Clubs

For the third consecutive year the JVA will give $200,000 back to our member clubs through the JVA Sponsorship Program. The program is designed to reward JVA member clubs for promoting the JVA brand, supporting the JVA mission, and growing JVA at the regional and national level.

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The Current State of Recruiting

Just 10 years ago, college coaches were watching the top recruits in the country during their sophomore year. The players spent their junior year visiting campuses, attending college camps and looking for the best fit. That calendar, at least for the top and mid-major tier student athletes, has all but disappeared. The shift in the recruiting timeline has had some unfavorable effects on the junior volleyball club directors, coaches, players and even college coaches. Let's examine some of those concerns and suggestions that have been discussed.

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Dusting off the Crystal Ball: Predicting the Future of Volleyball

If we understand how we got to where we are today as a sport and business then we can make predictions about where we are going in the future. Since we are a young industry we can learn from how other businesses in other industries evolved to forecast the path we might take.

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Finding a Niche for Your Club

There are junior volleyball clubs popping up all over the place, and it's a direct reflection of the growth and success of men's and women's volleyball. A positive of having good competition is that it makes the competitors strive to be better, otherwise your doors will close fairly quickly. As you're striving to improve your club every year, it is important to determine who you are trying to attract to your club, what type of player, what type of parents and their realistic expectations. In other words, what is your competitive niche? Here are some steps to help you determine your club's niche so that you can rise above your competition.

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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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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 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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From the JVA Office: 3 Ways to Turn the Chapter on this Season

As your club is about to write the final chapter for the '16-'17 club season, club directors are already planning a new one. While you lay down the blueprint for next season, it's common to reflect, evaluate and raise some questions for next season. Here are some ways to turn the chapter.

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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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WAVE Volleyball Club Wins JVA Club of the Month

WAVE Volleyball Club formed in 2000 and began with only two teams. The teams trained out of the Encinitas YMCA. In 2012, Club Director Brennan Dean and his wife and co-Director Kristen Dean bought the club it was up to 22 indoor teams. Today, WAVE supports more than 700 athletes annually with 50 coaches who share years of competitive experience to train 38 indoor teams plus a beach program and an agility and strength program.

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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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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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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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JVA is Accepting Nominations for 2017 JVA AthLeader Award

The 2017 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeader Award selects 20 girls indoor junior volleyball players who exemplify outstanding volleyball performance, academic excellence, leadership, responsibility, and selflessness.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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From the JVA Office: How to Score Better Officiating

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.

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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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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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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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JVA Announces Partnership with TeamSnap

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.

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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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JVA Announces Partnership with BridgeAthletic

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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From the JVA Office: Our Volleyball Community

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2015-2016 Indoor Rules and Scorekeeping

Read more at USA Volleyball >

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How to Write Your Own Employee Handbook

Do you need a table of contents for a comprehensive employee handbook for your organization? Here are suggested policies, procedures, forms, and checklists.

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Complete IRS Guide on Employees, Wages and Hiring

Read more at IRS.gov >

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Health Insurance Information for Small Businesses

Offer quality, affordable coverage to your employees any time

Businesses with 50 employees or fewer can offer Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) plans to their employees, starting any month of the year.

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Employer Requirements related to the Health Care Exchange Opening Oct. 1st

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT UPDATE

October 1 Deadline for Employers to Provide Exchange Notices

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the newly created Health Insurance Marketplace (the Exchanges) begins enrollment on October 1, 2013. All employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (see below for affected entities) are required to distribute a notice of coverage options (Exchange Notice) to their employees no later than this date. After the October 1 deadline, employers must distribute the notice to all new employees within 14 days of hire.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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