Sandpoint Volleyball Club: Organization

Thursday, November 13


Mission Statement

We are a sanctioned Evergreen Region USA Volleyball Club striving to give females an opportunity to excel in the sport, while learning valuable life skills based on teamwork, respect for self and others.

Organizational Structure

Club volleyball is similar to other organizations offering sport training and competition away from the school environment, such as Strikers, Little League, and Top Dog Wrestling.  Sandpoint VBC is a member of the Evergreen Region branch of USA Volleyball. USA Volleyball is the national governing agency for volleyball in the USA. As a part of USA Volleyball, Sandpoint VBC and its members must adhere to the rules, standards, and code of ethics as established by the governing body.Sandpoint VBC has filed as a non-profit, 501(C) (3) corporation supported by a Board of Directors and managed by its officers.

Board of Directors

Sandpoint VBC’s board has 5 voting members: Jennifer Merwin, Carol Millard, Melanie Snider, Jennifer Plaster, Elizabeth/Chris Young.  The board is responsible for approving the budget, approving staff assignments, and determining disciplinary action for staff and player-members according to the USA Volleyball, Evergreen Region, and Sandpoint VBC guidelines.The Director, Jennifer Merwin, is the liaison between the board, coaches, and parents, and community members.  The Director is in charge of the day to day operation of the club, organizing practice schedules, organizing tournament registration, enforcing policy, making strategic planning decisions, developing budgets, scheduling and chairing staff and board meetings.The Treasurer, Melanie Snider, is in charge of all financial matters. 

What the Club Offers our AthletesSandpoint VBC offers volleyball skills training and competition for the athlete who wants to play volleyball outside their school season.  Because of the structure of the school season, training time is often limited. Club volleyball gives athletes an additional 6 months of training and competition time. This additional training time allows athletes to concentrate on improving technique and game strategy/knowledge.  We work hard to recruit the best coaches in North Idaho and North Eastern Washington.

Our 2009 Coaching Staff: Jack Dyck,  Asst.  Courtenay Kiebert,  Jamie Pancho,  Asst. Kendrea Meyer Cindy Derr,  Asst. Courtenay Kiebert,  Jeff Hurst, Asst. Amanda Wolfe,  Christina Rust, Angela Endicott, Asst. Debbie Darling, Nachele Search, Jennifer Hixson, Erin Roos, Amy Dyck

 How the Club Season Works

Teams are formed in November. We evaluate all athletes and form "A" teams and then "B" teams, if participation numbers allow. Full practices begin in January and tournament play begins late in January. “B” teams practice and play through April, ending their season at Regionals. * “A” teams will practice and play through June, ending their season at Nationals or Festival. *U12 teams may end in May, if teams do not qualify for Nationals. 

Time and Financial Commitment

In January and February, most teams will only practice 2 days a week. “A” teams will practice a total of 5 hours a week and “B” teams a total of 4.  As “A” teams prepare for qualifiers or larger tournaments, coaches may decide to hold an extra practice in preparation for the tournament. All weeknight practices will start no earlier than 6pm in January and February. In some cases practices will begin at 7pm.Typically, younger age group teams will receive the earlier practice time. In March, April, May, and June, practices may begin as early at 5pm, pending gym availability. Sunday practices will not start earlier than 12pm. Specific practice schedules and tournament schedules will be made available in December. These schedules will be posted on the website.  

Competition Time Commitment

“B” teams will play in 1 to 2, one day tournaments a month. These tournaments are held in Spokane or the surrounding area.  “A” teams will play in 1 to 2, one or two day tournaments each month. Additionally, these teams may travel to one or two “out of region” tournaments. These may be National Qualifiers or major tournaments, such as the Volleyball Festival or Emerald City Classic.  The travel expense is not included in the fees. Fundraising is available.  

Financial Commitment

Cost for Sandpoint VBC varies by team. Factors that affect the season fees are; number of players on the roster, number of practice sessions, level and length of tournaments selected, number of coaches assigned to the team. Season fees are broken down into three payments. An initial down payment that covers membership fees, uniforms, and some of the tournament fees will be due on December 10th. The remaining fees will be due on January 20th, February 20th, and March 20th.  Payment plans are available. Credit Cards are accepted, as well.Estimated fees for the 2009 season are available on our website. These fees are based on a 10 player roster and 8 club teams. Should the number of teams change or rosters change, fees will adjust slightly.  Fundraising dollars may be used to cover all player fees and expenses.