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
Beach Volleyball is the NCAA's fastest-growing sport, starting with 15 Division I programs in 2012 and projected to top 100 collegiate programs by 2020, which means a huge influx of opportunities and scholarships for female student-athletes. Below is a brief explanation of and game plan to begin the recruiting process for girls interested in playing beach volleyball at the collegiate level. This is by no means comprehensive but should give you a good start to the process as well as some valuable information to guide your journey.
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 nearly 900 Junior Volleyball Association clubs across the country working each year to help players achieve their goals -- whether that is to improve their skill level, make a high school varsity team or get recruited by a college program. With club volleyball continuing to grow as a popular complement to the high school sport, players and their families often have questions about the differences between the two and what are the benefits of playing both.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.
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 PinkÂ® 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