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 Ashland Volleyball Club Philosophy

 

The goal of the Ashland Volleyball Club is to teach the athletes in the club the sport of volleyball and improve their skills based on their own abilities and levels. Our mantra will be Confidence, Competitiveness and Character. This club, while open to anyone, serves as the feeder program for Ashland Middle School and Ashland High School.

 

Confidence – We want the athletes to grow as people both in and outside the sport of volleyball and to push themselves outside of their normal boundaries and improve their self-confidence.

 

Competitiveness – We want our athletes to be prepared to and strive to get better every day they are on the volleyball court. Our coaches will teach the sport of volleyball with that in mind, to get better every day and every tournament and at the end of the season, to be prepared for the next level of volleyball.

 

Character – Playing sports builds character that carries both on and off the court. These characteristics include respect, discipline, integrity, determination and humility. Teaching these core values is a must for the Ashland Volleyball Club.

 

To accomplish the above, we have to have buy-in from everyone - coaches, players and parents.

 

Individual Team Philosophies

 

12U – For most athletes, 12U is their first taste of competitive volleyball. The goal for 12U is to introduce athletes to positions (and start to have them slotted in positions) and teach them about rotation. It’s imperative that we do everything we can to make 12U volleyball a positive experience for the athletes as they learn and grow with the sport.

 

PLAYING TIME – Every player on the 12U team will have playing time in all matches at tournaments. That doesn’t always mean equal playing time, but they will get playing time. Also remember that a match consists of more than one set usually. If they don’t appear in the first set, they should play in the second set. Of course, factors such as attendance at practice, showing up to the match/tournament on time and other disciplinary actions can void this philosophy if the coach feels that it is warranted.

 

COMMITMENT – 12U teams will practice usually twice a week in January, February and March and usually compete in 4-6 local tournaments.

 

14U – Volleyball at the 14U level is preparation for the next level – which in most cases is high school. Players are continuing to learn about positions and for the most part refining skills and pushing themselves against a high level of competition. Volleyball at the 14U level is sometimes tough for parents and players because this is the level where you start to see a separation in talent levels. Practices are very important in terms of growth for players at the 14U level. Players who don’t take practice seriously usually see themselves falling behind.

 

PLAYING TIME – During pool play of the local tournaments, every player will appear in the match. During bracket play and at large travel tournaments, the coach has the option to go with the best lineup to win, while also trying to get everyone playing time. Of course, factors such as attendance at practice, showing up to the match/tournament on time and other disciplinary actions can void this philosophy if the coach feels that it is warranted.

 

COMMITMENT – 14U teams will practice usually twice a week in January, February and March and usually compete in 5-7 local tournaments and at least one larger travel tournament.

16U/18U – Volleyball at the 16U and 18U level is preparation for high school volleyball and is most cases the Varsity level. Players are continuing to learn about positions and for the most part refining skills and pushing themselves against a high level of competition – mostly Varsity competition. Volleyball at the 16U/18U level is sometimes tough for parents and players because this is the level where you see a separation in talent levels. Practices are very important in terms of growth for players at the 16U/18U level. Players who don’t take practice seriously usually see themselves falling behind.

PLAYING TIME – Playing time at the 16U and 18U level is not guaranteed. Coaches will do their best to try and find times and opportunities for all players on the roster to play, but that may not always be the case, especially at the larger tournaments. Of course, factors such as attendance at practice, showing up to the match/tournament on time and other disciplinary actions can play into the coaches decisions in regards to playing time.

COMMITMENT – 16U and 18U teams will practice usually twice a week in January, February and March and usually compete in a few local tournaments and a few large out of the area tournaments.


Player/Parents Expectations

 

Our goal is for this club and coaches to do everything possible to insure a successful and positive season for your daughter. To do that, we must have complete support from parents and also players. Players should support and respect their coaches and teammates. Parents should lead by example by supporting the club, coach and players. We will have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to how players and parents treat our own coaches and fellow players and parents. We will also have a zero tolerance policy in regards to the actions of our parents and players at tournaments. Remember, the officials and scorekeepers at the majority of these tournaments are the same age as your daughter. They are out there doing the best they can and don’t need any help from our parents or players.

 

Parent/Coach Relationship

 

Let the coaches coach.

 

For the most part, our coaches don’t need help or advice when it comes to the sport of volleyball. We need to stress and reinforce the importance of the relationship between coaches and players. As our players move on in volleyball, they need to be able to talk to the coach about anything that is bothering them in regards to practice, practice drills, technique, tournaments, playing time, expectations, etc. We want players to talk to the coaches. If it gets to the point where a parent feels they need to meet or talk with the coach, the player must also be present. It is very important in this age of technology, that parents stay away from constantly contacting the coach with suggestions, questions, etc.

 

If this becomes a problem, the athlete will be removed from the club.

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