The saying "a memory will last a lifetime" has a different meaning for Alexa Austin. After losing her great-grandfather to Alzheimer's disease at the age of 11, Alexa began fundraising for a cure. So far her efforts have raised over $100,000 for Alzheimer’s Tennessee. Read Alexa's journey here.
Rejection comes in many shapes, scenarios and forms. The struggle that comes with rejection causes some to fear rejection and avoid the hard situations, and instead they remove themselves from the chance to fail. But playing it safe only limits one's ability to reach full potential. Here's why coaches, athletes, directors and parents should take risks and overcome fear.
Maddie Bonifas always self-inflicted a lot of pressure to be the best version of herself possible. But when her mother passed away from stage IV breast cancer, she found herself in a very dark place. Volleyball played a life saving role in her life, and through her biggest struggle, she found joy again. Read Maddie's journey here.Read More
It’s no secret that the volleyball recruiting process can get complicated, especially when it comes to athletic scholarships. One question many athletes wonder is whether volleyball scholarships are even guaranteed for four years. Find out the answer to this and other important scholarship questions.
Like many younger sisters, Kennedy served as her older sister's pepper partner, so it didn't take long for volleyball to become her passion. In the top tier of her class, the 2020 Ultra Ankle JVA AthLeader is driven to not only excel in school, but to make an impact on the lives of others. Here's her journey.Read More
It can be tricky for a volleyball athlete to understand if and when he/she is being recruited by a college coach. Do recruiting questionnaires count? How about camp invites? A phone call? Not every coach is going to show interest the same way, and interest will mean something different for every program. Here’s what you should look out for.Read More
Yoga is oftentimes only thought of as a way of calming down and relaxing, but it has many more benefits than those two, especially for volleyball athletes. Here are five yoga poses that will directly benefit a volleyball athlete's performance on the indoor and sand court.
The JVA is pleased to announce the 2019 JVA Beach Watch List that recognizes the top female beach athletes from JVA member clubs across the country this season.Read More
College volleyball camps are a great opportunity to get evaluated by college coaches and show off your skillset against elite competition. Let's dive into the different types of camps and better understand how camps can play a role in the recruiting process.
Beach Volleyball is the NCAA's fastest-growing sport, starting with 15 Division I programs in 2012 and exceeding 100 collegiate programs in 2019, 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.
The JVA is pleased to announce the 82 athletes selected to the 2019 Ultra Ankle® JVA All-National Team, which recognizes the top female indoor volleyball players competing for a JVA member club in the 15s-18s divisions.Read More
The JVA is pleased to announce the 20 female indoor junior volleyball athletes selected as 2019 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders. These student athletes are at the top of their class, and along with academic excellence, they exemplify outstanding volleyball performance, leadership, responsibility, and selflessness.Read More
The NCAA’s new Division I recruiting rules are officially in effect. After moving up the start date for DI campus visits last year, the NCAA has adopted additional rules to curb the growth of early recruiting and normalize the college search for student-athletes. The biggest change is that these new rules limit the timing and nature of communication between college coaches and athletes. Here are the three updates you need to know about and how to guide prospective student athletes when important questions come up.
Serving is a critical part of the game. By using certain techniques, a team can optimize the ability to use the serve to score points. Here are 4 beach serving strategies that will help you score more points from the service line.Read More
The 2019 JVA Boys Watch List features 190 boys indoor junior volleyball players from JVA member clubs across the country. The players nominated to the inaugural watch list are among the best in the nation in their age division this season.Read More
Mental toughness will not necessarily win you a championship, but not having mental toughness will lose it for you. Let's dive into the 4 skills in the hierarchy of mental toughness, and why it's important to develop one skill in order to progress to another.
While many student-athletes focus on playing for a big-time Division 1 sports program, there are actually many reasons why junior college might make sense instead. With more than 300 junior college women’s volleyball programs in the US, research shows that many volleyball coaches recruit from junior colleges. So, if you’re interested in how the junior college recruiting process works, here are 6 facts that support why the junior college route might be a great fit.
The 2019 Ultra Ankle® JVA Watch List features 1,429 girls indoor junior volleyball players from 110 JVA member clubs across 30 states plus Canada. The players nominated are among the best in the nation in their age division this season.Read More
The JVA is pleased to announce the annual JVA Boys Watch List to recognize the top JVA boys athletes for outstanding achievement on the volleyball court. Boys high school volleyball is growing at a 21% rate over the last five years, and this growth is also represented in the rapid growth of boys volleyball programs among JVA member clubs nationwide. Learn more about this award and how to nominate your athletes.Read More
With new recruiting legislation comes a host of adjustments for both the student-athletes, the clubs and the college coaches; and this isn’t a static thing. The challenge is to figure out how it affects the athletes' recruiting timelines and how coaches can put young athletes in a position to be successful and empowered given the current rules. Here is information on the most recent changes to NCAA Division I recruiting legislation as of August 2018, and the proposed changes that, if approved, could take effect in 2019, and some points of emphasis to communicate with the student-athletes in your club who are pursuing the opportunity to play at the collegiate level.
As the college season enters the final month, the collegiate recruiting season is getting ready to start. College volleyball programs will have immediate rosters spots and scholarship positions to fill. From NCAA Division I to Junior Colleges, injuries, academics, job changes, etc., all create opportunities which may not have been available one month ago! Here are 8 ways to make sure that you are ready to be recruited, especially as a Junior and Senior.
Safety of our youth is an extremely important focus in the news, in political discussions, among school meetings, and at the dinner table. The JVA is also prioritizing the safety of the junior volleyball athletes to provide the proper resources and have specific guidelines in place regarding this issue. Here is how the JVA is addressing the safety of the junior athletes participating, training, and competing in volleyball this season.Read More
Looking into 2019, the recruiting landscape will definitely be ‘different’ in Division I with a later start for college coaches to get on the recruiting trail and most of the month of May cut short as an evaluation period. It creates the need for prospective student-athletes, college coaches and parents to take advantage of the time allowed, and puts a larger emphasis on the process of decision-making. Let's examine four key factors to consider as PSA's work through their recruiting process and four common methods to make the decision making process more efficient.
Volleyball players time is limited, however there can be a simple way to incorporate fitness, mindfulness and mental training into the weekly routine. The JVA has launched two brand new educational series that share short and easy ways for players and coaches to make fitness and mental training a part of your lifestyle and routine. Download the JVA Dig It App and follow the JVA on Instagram to see how the Take5 Series and Tuesdays with Mora can be an asset to your overall wellness.Read More
Over 150 NCAA volleyball matches, and hundreds more of the best volleyball from all over the world will air live on FloVolleyball. What does this mean? Now players, coaches and fans can watch high level volleyball from anywhere!Read More
Over the past few months there has been much conjecture regarding the decision to exclude Freshman/Sophomore volleyball recruits from taking unofficial visits to Division I programs until September 1 of their Junior year of High School. As a Recruiting Coordinator at Munciana VBC, we have kept it business as usual and continue to focus on simplifying the process for our prospective student athletes. Here are our 3 keys to success that you can apply to your program and players.
One of the most important—and difficult—parts of the recruiting process is projecting the right division level for you based on your athletic talent. Finding the right division level early on will help you focus on the right schools in your recruiting process, so you don’t waste your time pursuing colleges at division levels you aren’t suited for. However, many families struggle to determine where their athlete might fit in a year, two years, three or even four years. Here are four simple ways to help you analyze your best division levels. While there’s no one magic solution, you can get a good idea if you try each of these methods.
There are two keys to hosting a high quality volleyball event: (1) having competitive teams who elevate the level of play and (2) having great officials who love and understand the game. It is of utmost importance for the JVA to make sure every official who works a JVA event feels appreciated. Many do not realize, but aside from teammates, coaches and parents, the next most visible figure at a volleyball event is the officials, and in many ways they are the ambassadors to the teams. Let's take a more in depth look at the role of an official.
One of the most frequently asked questions is “When should we start the recruiting process?” And the answer is: It really depends on the athlete. Here is some guidance for athletes and parents who are considering navigating the recruiting process, but are not sure when or where to begin.
The AAU and USAV National Championships are around the corner. On the forefront of every young athlete’s mind (that wants to play at the next level) is “what college coaches will be watching me?” or “how do I get them to my court” or “how do I get exposure” and a variety of other questions related to the recruiting process. Recruiting exposure should not be the priority, but if you are committed to playing at the collegiate level, you can focus on the following priorities.
The JVA is pleased to announce the selections for the 2018 Ultra Ankle® JVA All-National Team. The award recognizes the top female indoor volleyball players competing for a JVA member club in the 15s-18s divisions. This year the JVA Awards committee has selected 78 athletes for outstanding achievement in their position this season. We are proud to announce the 2018 Ultra Ankle® JVA All-National Team.
Concussions in volleyball are an all too common occurrence. According to a 2015 study in PT in Motion News, volleyball players report a rate of 3.57 concussions per 10,000 exposures. An exposure is equivalent to one practice or one match. This number may seem small, but if your daughter or son plays both high school and club volleyball, your player will have a combined 200+ practices and matches per year; or an approximate 7% likelihood of receiving a concussion for each year played.
This is an exciting, yet stressful time for you. One sport, two sports, three sports, National Honors Society, mock governments, club or travel ball, SAT, ACT, GPA, and more – you have or will put a lot into your four years of high school. So much of those efforts are to set you up for a four-year experience at your dream college. So let’s talk about your dream college.
The NCAA Division I Council adopted new recruiting legislation on April 18, 2018. There has been a lot of conjecture out there over the past few days but it's best to adhere to the facts and support our athletes with the goal of educating and guiding them within the confines of the new legislation. Let's begin with the proposals that have been passed, the rationale, some side notes and practical applications of the rules.
If you don't have access to a gym or performance training coach, there are still ways to improve at home. Take your game to the next level with this equipment-free home workout to improve your vertical jump.
The 2018 Ultra Ankle® JVA Watch List features 1,150 girls indoor junior volleyball players from 123 JVA member clubs across 30 states plus Canada. The players nominated are among the best in the nation in their age division this season.Read More
For younger athletes, partner selection is an easy process. Pick a player of similar skill level that you enjoy playing with and can compete together at a high level. But how do you create a high level partnership for high school, college and pro beach athletes?
The following is a brief overview of 4 factors that impact the process of forming not only a great beach partnership, but the best team.
Scientifically, it has been proven that physical activity leads to an increase in academic performance, testing scores, and mental acuity. However, it takes dedication and commitment by the student-athlete to balance both worlds, especially when you add the travel and late nights that accompany the demands of club volleyball. Here are some ways to help student-athletes successfully balance academics and athletics.
The recruiting process does not need to be complex; the recruiting process does not need any type of mathematical odds or formulas applied; the recruiting process does not need to be a burden on the student-athlete and simply stated, the recruiting process does not need to cost a family thousands of dollars. What it does take, is hard work and education! We have simplified it into 4 key areas that we encourage our athletes to stay committed to.
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." - Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin's famous quote can be applied to the start of club volleyball recruiting season that kicks off this weekend. If you don't prepare for a successful recruiting season, then you will not have a successful recruiting season. Here are two areas of preparation for volleyball players in the early part of the club recruiting season.
Knowing an opponent's tendencies, weaknesses and strengths can help your team overcome some close battles this season. Volleyball is a game of strategy, shifts in momentum and scoring runs. Scouting your opponents before or during a tournament can give your team a competitive advantage. Let's take a look at three keys to scouting your opponents.Read More
A setter has many responsibilities and expectations are very high for this position. She is the player that runs the court and is ultimately in charge of the offense. Let's take a look at the various responsibilities and expectations of a setter in hopes that during this season coaches can help their setters take on these responsibilities, and players can set goals to meet these expectations.Read More
I think we can all agree that Social Media Platforms have taken over as the main mode of information dissemination for both business and personal use. We have discovered over the past few years how extremely important our social media platforms have become to our athletes, families, alumni, high school and college programs, associations and our competition. In 2017, Munciana VBC became the most followed club on twitter with over 5,300 followers. Now in the vast expanse of these platforms, that number seems extremely small, but that number can be deceptive. Social Media giant, Brandwatch (the world's leading social intelligence company) tells us that number is not indicative of the actual number of people who see your post, only the number of people who have chosen to follow you. Depending on your social media privacy settings, that number could literally be 10x greater.
For college coaches, the regular season has ended (except if the program made the NCAA tournament) and the crazy season has started. Crazy season? This is the time of year when college coaches conduct end of the season player meetings and the Athletic Directors conduct end of the season coaches meetings.
Current polls tell us that over 85% of college coaches recruit at the club level versus high school. There are legitimate reasons for the majority of collegiate recruiting in the sport of volleyball to be tied to club volleyball. Of course, when you want an answer to a question, the best idea is to head to the one you need the answers from. Recently, I fired off a survey to a random grouping of college coaches in all divisions. Almost 95% responded the same to the 'Why Club Level Recruiting vs High School Level Recruiting?' Let's look at the 'Top 10' based upon input by these college coaches.
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.
This time of the year can be emotionally challenging for seniors who are still engaged in the recruiting process. Here is some reassurance that there is still a lot of time on the recruiting clock.
There are volumes of information on the How To’s for everything…especially in the recruiting realm for collegiate sports. I have even written some over the past few years with the goal of aiding athletes and parents on the practical ins and outs of collegiate recruiting. I scan countless websites, blogs, social media blurbs and many hours of reading books with the goal of satiating my passion for learning, being challenged, staying current and hearing about how others impact lives for the better.
Most recently, I read a book that has propelled me to be more keenly aware of how important it is for young athletes to look beyond the sport.
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.
If you’re tall then you are already painfully aware that the world wasn’t made for someone your size. Whether you’re shopping for a new car, taking a shower at a hotel or just looking in most any mirror, you get daily reminders that once you pass six feet tall, things get a little uncomfortable. After all, why else do you think #tallpeopleproblems is a thing?Read More
The rising stakes in collegiate volleyball also ratchets up competition among clubs.
Whereas one club may have distinguished itself in a region, more and more are cropping up — and players aren't shy about making the switch. Just as college coaches aggressively recruit elite players, many club coaches and administrators are also constantly working to upgrade their teams.
School seasons have begun, with which comes inevitable change. Changes in teammates, coaching staff, opponents, team dynamics, abilities, and roles on the team. For some, there can be seemingly larger change, your position. Oftentimes, the outlook of playing a new position can be slightly negative, so let's examine the positives behind a position change and ways to embrace the change.
Over the past few club seasons, I have had the privilege of traveling across the country to meet with parents and present sessions that were designed to give them and their athletes tools to navigate the ‘Recruiting Journey’. It quickly became evident after talking with hundreds of parents that their ‘perspectives’ on the recruiting process had been skewed by mountains of misinformation due to the unknown expectations of college coaches as well as what their own roles should be in the process.
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.
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.
The JVA is excited to announce the 2017 JVA Beach Watch List that recognizes JVA beach players who are among the best in their age division this juniors beach season.Read More
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.
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.
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.Read More
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.
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?
The JVA has selected 20 girls indoor junior volleyball players who exemplify outstanding volleyball performance, academic excellence, leadership, responsibility, and selflessness to be honored as the 2017 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders.Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2017 Ultra Ankle® JVA Watch List features over 830 girls indoor junior volleyball players from over 100 JVA member clubs across the country. The players nominated are recognized for outstanding achievement on the volleyball court during the juniors club season.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.
JVA is pleased to announce the renewal of its partnership with Ultra Ankle®, the new title sponsor of the JVA Watch List, JVA All-National Team, and JVA AthLeader Awards.Read More
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
There are over 1,100 JVA 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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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?
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.
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Read More
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.Read More
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.
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
Happy Monday! We’re back again with another post in our series on social media optimization. In case you missed it, last week we talked about how to improve your Twitter profile so that it’s more appealing to both other Twitter users and Twitter’s search engine.
Today we’ll take the same approach: not only will these tips help improve your visibility in Facebook’s Graph Search, they’ll help Facebook users find out more about you easily and quickly.
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The early fall can be a confusing and frustrating time segment for families trying to manage the college volleyball recruiting process, especially those with rising Junior and/or Senior age daughters. Summer is over, high school season is starting up and the club volleyball recruiting season seems in the far distance.
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
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.Read More
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
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,
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
By Molly Menard - Pro Beach Volleyball Player and CFO of the National Volleyball League
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
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 twoRead More
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
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
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
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
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
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 notRead More
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 asRead More
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 WashingtonRead More
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
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.Read More
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.
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
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
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.
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 toRead More
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. NothingRead More