ABOUT WHITEOUT VOLLEYBALL CLUB

Originally started in 2004, Whiteout Volleyball Club is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization run by volunteers.

Our goal, through dedicated coaching, increased practice time and positive support, is to help each of our members become the best volleyball player and more important, the best person they can be. For the younger player, we want to develop a solid base of fundamental skills as well as a passion and love for the sport.

The purpose of WVC is to provide focused technical and physical training during the “off” season to continue to develop and maintain volleyball skills in a competitive environment.

POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE

Positive Coaching Alliance is a national non-profit organization with the mission to transform the culture of youth sports so that youth athletes can have a positive, character-building experience.

PCA achieves its goals primarily by providing training workshops to coaches, parents, and administrators of schools and youth sports organizations in the United States. Founded in 1998, PCA has conducted more than 10,000 workshops for more than 1,700 schools and youth sports organizations, affecting more than 4.5 million youth and high school athletes. PCA Founder and Executive Director Jim Thompson launched PCA in 1998 within the Stanford University Athletic Department after seeing a “win-at-all-cost” mentality in youth sports while coaching his son’s baseball team. Positive Coaching Alliance was created with the mission to “transform youth sports so sports can transform youth.” Its mission statement has since been modified to “Better Athletes, Better People.”

Whiteout has partnered with the PCA to deliver workshops to our Leaders, Parents, Players, and Coaching Staffs. In addition, Whiteout will utilize the resources provided by the PCA during the upcoming season.

WHY PLAY VOLLEYBALL

Junior volleyball programs have exploded in Colorado as well as in the rest of the country. Women’s collegiate programs have prospered and the level of play, competition and popularity increases every year. The average level of ability for junior players has increased as well. Most college coaches recruit exclusively from the junior program ranks. Coaches can see many solid prospects in a single day at a junior tournament, while it is difficult to see more than one prospect per event during the high school season. The NCAA rules governing the number of times a collegiate coach can contact or observe a given player in person. Efficiency in recruiting is imperative and club volleyball provides an excellent forum.

Is junior volleyball only for the college bound athlete? Certainly not! Junior volleyball provides an opportunity to examine and develop a member’s life skills such as teamwork, leadership and work ethic, amongst many others. Players in each age division will be exposed to high levels of competition throughout the season. By the time the senior season is reached, players will know whether they have the desire to compete at the college level.

In conclusion, junior volleyball is a great place to meet new friends, sweat, get lost trying to find gyms, and feel good about yourself, your team and your club. If you want to experience that, then join us.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Each player has a different experience as a club member.  Players and parents who put more effort into the program will get more out of it than those who do not attend practices or tournaments. Here are some primary benefits of the junior’s club volleyball program.

Quality Instruction: Our coaches are committed to providing our members with quality instruction every day they come to work. Fundamentals and advanced game strategies are developed every season.

Extended Training Schedule: Since high school programs are restricted to a few weeks of practice followed by an intensive match schedule, good technical instruction is hard to obtain during school. Our December to April training and competition phase allows ample time to work on techniques so players may improve their skill levels.

New Friendships: Since Whiteout players are committed to becoming excellent players, many new friendships are formed with players from different schools. Sportsmanship is strengthened by the mutual interests and competitive drive of each member during club season.

Learned Discipline: Good study habits and time management are learned skills commanded by participation in Whiteout volleyball. These skills will be used for the rest of our player’s lives. It is also vital that players have disciplined work habits on the court in order to be successful.

Exposure: As a member of most high school programs, it is likely that the only way a college coach will see you is if you or your opponent has an outstanding player. Due to NCAA regulations, budgetary and time constraints, collegiate coaches regularly attend junior competition in order to view more players in one sitting.

Competition: Through practices, scrimmages and tournaments, participants will compete against some of the top players in the nation.

Fitness: Conditioning does not play a large part in our plans because it takes vital time away from practices, however, it is necessary for players to be fit in order to succeed. Conditioning for volleyball will take place during practice drills. Conditioning outside of Whiteout Volleyball practice sessions is strongly encouraged.

Leadership Skills: The age-group system requires that younger players become leaders. The oldest players in the 16-unders, for example, are sophomores. Players returning to high school as juniors are often leaders ahead of their time due to their junior volleyball experience.

Education: We are trying to create smarter players, not just better players. Volleyball is a sport in which new situations happen frequently and players must learn to deal effectively with each new situation.

Fun: We think it is a lot more fun to play volleyball at a higher level. As players progress, and the speed of the game increases, it becomes more fun all the time.