Mendham High School Volleyball: Club Volleyball

Club Volleyball Info
There are several clubs that serve this area.

 Allegro Volleyball
Parents Info Meetings info here.

 

Atlantic Valley Volleyball Club

Tryout information and general info here.

Team Championship Volleyball Club
No tryout info posted yet.


Central Jersey Volleyball Academy

Tryout info here.

Essex Volleyball Club
Tryout information here.

Digs

Tryout information here.

Legion

Tryout info here.



WHAT IS CLUB VOLLEYBALL? (taken from PowerZone site)

 

“Do you play Club?”is something you hear around volleyball circles. The term club describes participating on teams playing in AAU or USAV tournaments. Club teams vary in size, training, levels and purpose. It can range from a parent organizing a small team to organizations that have multiple teams.

 

Expect club to be organized practice and then tournaments. Expect to work hard in club. Expect club to be a higher level than high school volleyball. Expect club to provide you with experienced coaching. Expect to get better each year.

 

Things to evaluate:

 

· Player commitment – how does your daughter feel about volleyball

· Time commitment – varies by level of team, commitment is significant for National and Regional levels

· Cost – can get expensive

· Club environment – need to check references, we have had girls on all 4 clubs listed in this document

· Coaching – tough to get a handle on, some clubs don’t announce until teams are selected as many clubs have high school teachers as coaches.  The NJSIAA prevents a high school coach from coaching his players during the off-season (e.g. club season).


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CLUB VOLLEYBALL?

The high school varsity volleyball season lasts just ten weeks (slightly longer when the team makes the playoffs).

·           Club gives girls an opportunity to play organized volleyball from December through May (and even longer for elite teams).

·            In most cases, the extra time gives players a chance to dramatically improve their skills.

·           Top clubs can give players the chance to test their abilities against teams from around the nation.

Other specific benefits:

FITNESS

·           Many teenage athletes find it tough to keep exercising once their high school season ends. Some retreat to the couch in front of the television, others let their eating habits slip. Club players usually make a greater effort to stay in shape year round.

FRIENDSHIPS

·           Most girls who play club develop close bonds with girls from other high schools. Some of these friendships last for years, and can make playing high school matches against club-mates more fun (and makes the overall competition far friendlier).

·            Elite clubs travel together, and learn a lot about responsibility and independence.

ACADEMICS

·           Dozens of studies have demonstrated a strong connection between athletic commitment and academic success.

·           Usually, volleyball forces girls to organize their time, and avoid long stretches of procrastination.

·           Many club teammates are also top scholars, and an obvious “good” influence.

COLLEGE

·           More than one thousand colleges and universities have women’s volleyball programs.

·           Schools which offer athletic scholarships do their recruiting primarily during club season.

·           While smaller programs consider girls who have not played club, it is pretty much a requirement for the most competitive schools at the Division I, Division II, and Division III levels.

 WHAT ARE POTENTIAL PROBLEMS WITH CLUB VOLLEYBALL?

·           Some clubs are much better-run than others. Problem is, it isn’t always possible to know in advance which clubs will soar and which will sink.

·           Poorly-run clubs have a larger share of inexperienced or inappropriate (e.g. bad-tempered) coaches—although bad coaches can surface anywhere in any sport at any level.

·           The best clubs have strong administrators who have experience handling money and travel schedules, and who have great skills communicating with parents. Clubs with weak administrators are often wracked with misunderstandings and dissent.

PLAYING TIME

·           Unlike high school volleyball, parents spend hundreds—even thousands—of dollars for their daughter’s club experience, and nothing causes more frustration and resentment than discovering that their daughter is not getting the playing time they think she deserves.

·           This is not unique to club or even to volleyball, but it can cause a lot of tension unless players, parents, coaches and club administrators have a reasonable understanding about the club’s philosophy in advance, and allow girls to develop their own skills for communicating—and negotiating—with their coaches.

·           Frankly, some girls who are “superstars” at 14 are on the sidelines at 17, and vice versa.


TRANSPORTATION

·           Most clubs practice at least two nights a week, and there are usually an average of two weekend tournaments a month from mid-January to mid-May.

·            For parents of girls who do not yet drive, this can be a significant commitment. Many families make the regrettable decision to choose an inferior club because it is closer to home—only to end up wondering why they spent all that money for a team of comparatively low quality.

·           As more girls from play club, there are greater opportunities for carpooling, and more chances to expand your geographic reach.

TIME CONFLICTS

·           High school offers many outstanding extracurricular activities.

·           Conflicts with concerts, plays, field trips, etc. are absolutely inevitable, and can create a certain amount of stress.

·            Conflicts with club volleyball can, however, provide an excellent opportunity for girls to learn to make difficult choices, negotiate compromises and juggle busy schedules with grace and humor.

 
 

Club volleyball is divided into 2 primary categories - National and Regional.  Only PowerZone (Allegro) offers a Local option. 


National and Regional teams begin practice in December and the season concludes in May, unless the team wins a bid to the USAV Jr. Olympics, held end of June/early July.  

The Local teams (at PowerZone)

· Geared for players that are engaged in other sports/activities or don’t want to commit to a full 6 months of volleyball following the high school season. 

· They have 2 shorter ‘seasons’ and don’t travel. 

 

National Team

· Has the dual goals of competing strongly among the top teams in the nation and of earning a berth at the USAV Junior Nationals Championship.

· National level teams will normally participate in 2 - 3 national qualifier tournaments outside of the GEVA Region.  Flying to one or two tournaments at the 17s and 18s is typical and some 16s will fly as well.  In general, most 16s and under drive to all of their tournaments, but some can be as far as Ohio or Washington DC depending on the club.

·  Practices 2 – 3 times per week.

 

Regional Team 

· The main competition will be among the mid-level teams in the GEVA, Keystone Region. 

· Practices 2 times per week, sometimes 3 per week as needed.

 
GEVA – Garden Empire Volleyball Association

· Governs the New Jersey, downstate and Long Island, New York and  some Southern Connecticut volleyball http://www.geva.org/

 

USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Age Definition

http://www.volleyballcenter.com/_fileCabinet/Age_Definitions_2011.pdf


       

 



Monday, August 2
Volleyball Camp 2010
Volleyball Camp Info
Varsity/JV:  August 16-19, 8:30-5:30    Cost: $285/week  
Freshman Camp:  August 23-26, 8:30-5:30     Cost: $285/week

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