2016 Nov-Dec Training Team
November and December

No practices November 24th, 25th, and 27th
       
** For the Nov-Dec session we are looking for players who have a basic knowledge of the game and who are able to support scrimmage play (as it relates to their grade level).  Players who are absolute beginners or will struggle in games are asked to register for our Thanksgiving Camp or Christmas Camp where scrimmaging is less important.  You do not need to be a top player but we would like to build more game play into this session.

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9th Grade Evaluations Sunday, November 6th, 6:30pm-8:20pm Practices are Sundays from 6:30-8:20pm
(Practices Nov 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11, 18)
$115
8th Grade Evaluations Monday, November 7th - 4:40-6:30  Practices are Mon/Wed from 4:40-6:30
(Practices Nov 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, Dec 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21)
$225
7th Grade Evaluations Monday, November 7th  - 4:40-6:30 Practices are Mon/Wed from 4:40-6:30
(Practices Nov 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, Dec 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21)
$225
6th Grade Evaluations Tuesday, November 8th - 4:40-6:30 Practices are Tues/Thur from 4:40-6:30
(Practices Nov 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 29, Dec 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22)
$210
5th Grade Evaluations Tuesday, November 8th - 4:40-6:30 Practices are Tues/Thur from 4:40-6:30
(Practices Nov 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 29, Dec 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22)
$210
4th Grade 1st practice Friday, November 11th - 4:40-6:30 Practices are Fridays from 4:40-6:30
(Practices Nov 11, 18, Dec 2, 9, 16, 23)
$115

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Age Groups:  For November and December we are looking to form Training Teams in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades.  For beginner 3rd and 4th graders we offer volleyball classes.  All Training Teams are made up of 16 players with 2 coaches.  This will allow us to scrimmage and enables us to hold a full practice even if we have a percentage of players sick or at another activity.  All players will be evaluated during the 1st practices so we can form skill groups.  It is necessary to put players in similarly skilled groups to make practices run better and we expect the skill level of the groups to increase each year.  ** Any beginner players or players that struggle at the evaluation will be placed in their own skill group.  This group will focus on skills more than team play. 

Format:  The November session will include teams in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades and will meet twice a week (except 4th which is once a week).  Practices are 1 hour and 50 minutes long.  The 1st day is an evaluation day.  Most practices will be just that, team practices with drills and team concepts being taught along side drills to improve skills.   "Skills days" are dedicated to a specific skill if it is identified as necessary for any of the teams.  There will be no league games or tournaments requiring travel but there will be scrimmaging between the groups so we can work on team concepts.  It is an important function of this program that your daughter learn where to be on the court and why.  This can not be taught on the fly in a league.  We value the ability to "slow teach" team concepts at our practices so players can understand how everyone moves as a team.  If you are looking for league play then this is not for you.  We run practices with coaches who know how to teach the sport not stand on a sideline.  There will also be a plyometric/conditioning component in many practices.  OMany of our coaches like to run their teams through quickness/agility/power drills.

Goals:  Each team has a set of goals for the season which will include learning either Rover, Rotation, or Perimeter defense.  Some teams may be introduced to all 3 but this is less likely this session due to time.  Serving, attacking, passing, blocking (where applicable), and setting will be worked on by the entire group.  We will teach a 6-2 offense to most teams (younger teams may run a 4-2) and we will at least introduce the group to many of the things they will see in the future.  We want to focus on training at a reasonable price and time commitment.  Our best coaches are committed to this endeavor.  This offering is for players who wish to pursue volleyball as a high school sport.  It is not a sign-up and play activity or something to get your daughter out of the house for some exercise.  We want to positively impact girls who think they may pursue volleyball as their future high school sport.  Teams with beginner players will be expected to compete in the same or similar drills as we push the more advanced players.  Each player will get out of this what they put into it.  Since wins and losses are not a factor in this activity, it does not matter that everyone is not at exactly the same level but we do have tryout/evaluations to split players into skill groups to help practices run smoothly. 

Coaches:  This program is being developed and run by Elevation Junior Olympic Volleyball Club.  Current and past coaches include Amanda Meadows, Lisa Schaad, Rose Grafton, Suzy Lippert, Kim Brewer, Cheryl Korfhagen, Barb Beckelhimer, Erin Wilson, Omar Elias, Gene Toms, Amy Cooper and other guest instructors.  For your daughters volleyball development you're going to be hard pressed to find more knowledgeable coaches than these trainers. We are continually updating this offering to get the most out of our practice time with the girls.  The goal is to give players an opportunity to learn from upper level coaches at a price that is much less than JO's.  To enter 2 sessions of Express Training (about 5 months) would cost less than $500 as opposed to a Regional JO team which costs about $1000-$1500 or a National JO team which costs about $2200.  The other advantage is not having to travel and you get a National level coach who can commit to this activity because of the schedule.  At the U10-U13 age groups this is a very good option.  By U14's most players who are playing volleyball as their main sport will gravitate toward JO's but not all due to the schedule and costs.  Having a set practice schedule, a great coach, and a facility and staff committed to volleyball ensures that any effort you give will be rewarded with better play and a better knowledge base.