JO Volleyball 101
What is JO or Club volleyball?
JO (Junior Olympic) or Club volleyball is the traveling side of volleyball. The season starts typically in December and ends between April (local teams) and June (national teams).
Levels of Play
There are 3 levels of clubs in JO volleyball – Elite, Competitive and Rec
Top clubs, elite coaches and elite players – the teams travel across the nation playing the best teams in the country – most players are one sport athletes playing year round with the hopes to play college volleyball – annual fees range from $3000-$6000
Good clubs, good coaches and good players – teams play mostly a regional and local schedule with a less intense environment – fees range from $1000-$2500
Community based teams – players must live or attend school in the community for which they want to play – relaxed environment – playing for fun – many coaches are volunteer parents – fees range from $300-$1000
CLUB 43 is an Elite JO program, however, our U12 and purple teams are less competitive teams which are less intense, less of a commitment, and a great place for a player to start out in traveling volleyball.
History of CLUB 43
CLUB 43 was started in 2008 by CLUB 43 Director, Annie-Adamczak-Glavan, a NCAA All-American at Nebraska and former professional player. Through Annie’s leadership and dedication, CLUB 43 offers student-athletes the highest level of volleyball instruction in the Midwest. She instills in her coaching staff and in her student-athletes the drive and desire to always Play with a Purpose!
Our teams are formed through tryouts by age and skill. We take the top 10-12 players on our 1st team and form a 2nd team if there are enough players available. We combine age groups for our teams U14-U18 to form the most competitive teams possible. Cuts are made at tryouts however we try not to cut any players U12 and under. Tryouts are in two separate age groups – U12-U14 are at the end of October and U15-U18 are in the middle of November. September 1st is the cut-off date for each age group – for example if you turn 13 before September 1st you would be a U14 player – this formula is used in all age groups.
We begin practices at the end of November and play through April with our younger teams and June with our National teams. Our 1st teams and National will play a more competitive schedule than our 2nd teams and purple teams. We do have time off for Christmas and spring break. Practices will be held at the 43 Hoops Basketball Academy running 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours long twice a week. Our National teams are elite players from across the metro whose goal is to play college volleyball and their focus and commitment to the sports is at the highest level and they expect to win. Our purple teams are less competitive, less intense and the focus is to develop skill and be competitive.
We are proud to say we are the ONLY CLUB IN THE COUNTRY WITH AN ALL FEMALE STAFF. We find it extremely important for women to empower women. Young girls need to see and work with strong, independent, athletic women to encourage them to achieve the same. Our coaches are passionate, committed and truly love being in the gym.
We do not have equal playing time – we put the best players on the floor to be the most competitive we can be. All practices, tournaments, and training are mandatory. We do have excused absences – illness, church, mandatory school events and funerals – but all other absences like birthdays, testing, vacation, sleepovers, driver’s ed, etc. – are not excused and may result in a loss of playing time. If players abuse our policies they could be dismissed from the club without a refund.
Fees are based on the team level, length of season, travel schedule and age. Fees include: practice, paid experienced coaches, gym time, tournament and player fees, 2 uniform tops, spandex, warm-ups, practice tee, socks, knee pads, and backpack. Travel expenses for our National teams – housing, transportation, snacks and meals – are also included to all out of state events. Many other clubs DO NOT cover travel expenses to out of state tournaments – please compare our fees to others – this expense alone will add $2000-$3000 to your total fees at other clubs.
Our Policies, Expectations, and Rules
Based on feedback from previous years and to better align ourselves with other clubs we have implemented a few policies and procedures we think will be a win- win for the girls, the parents, and the club!
1) We have a Club Manager available to you when situations/issues arise. Our Club Manager, Tara Savoye is in place to be your advocate and solve problems. Most issues that arise during the course of the season are best dealt with by having the player involved talk to their coach, before or after practice. We encourage the kids to leverage this avenue first and demonstrate courage and seek feedback on performance. However, we absolutely understand some issues may require a parent to talk directly to the coach. When a situation arises where a parent feels they cannot talk to a coach the next avenue is to contact Tara. She is the liaison between the parents and coaches. She is meant to be a resource and we encourage you to contact her as needed. Tara can be reached at email@example.com or 952-229-8372.
2) Playing time will never be equal due to the nature of the game, positions played, and substitution rules. Playing time/position will always be the coach’s discretion. Some of the factors that will impact a coach’s decision include: attendance, attitude, the makeup of the team, substitutions available, the opponent, and the significance of the tournament.
3) At no point will playing time or positions of players be discussed with a parent. NEVER. CLUB 43 reserves the right to dismiss any parent/family for a violation of this policy without a refund or a reduction in the amount owed for the season. We understand that playing time can be frustrating but again we encourage our players to discuss with their coaches ways to improve their skills with the goal of earning more playing time.
4) The 24 Hour Rule: We recognize that there are issues that may arise during the course of play where a parent may have legitimate questions about a coach’s style or strategy (other than substitutions/positions). To protect the coach, the parents, and the players, parents are NEVER allowed to discuss these issues with a coach or staff member at a tournament site, or via text, phone or email within 24 hours of the last match played. Parents are encouraged to be supportive of the coaches and team and communicate any injuries, family emergencies, or other related issues to their coaches as needed. A violation of the 24 Hour Rule may result in a parent being banned from having any contact with the coaches or CLUB 43 staff for the remainder of the season.
5) The 24 Hour Rule never applies when there is a serious health/safety issue in question.
6) All CLUB 43 practices, training, positional practices, jump training, and tournaments are mandatory – however we realize that there will be exceptions. Players will be excused for family emergencies, mandatory school and religious events. Please work directly with your coaches and communicate all expected absences with your coach at least one week in advance. Players who miss or are late for practices, training, or matches will not necessarily be denied playing time as playing time is always the coach’s discretion.
7) A list of all possible conflicts including other sports, extracurricular activities, SAT testing, prom, etc., are to be given to your coach at the beginning of the season – December 1st, 2014. You are expected to be at all events out of respect for your teammates, coaches, and CLUB 43, who are counting on you to put the team first.
8) Tryouts are not always the best test for placing players on teams, and occasionally it becomes apparent during a season that some players/teams would benefit from moving players to different teams. Players may be moved up or down on a team at any point during the season if both coaches and Annie agree this is in the best interests of the players involved, their teams, and the club. The coaches will make every effort to alert players who may be moved, along with their parents, to minimize the disruption this could cause to the players/teams involved.
9) CLUB 43 reserves the right to dismiss any player, without a refund or reduction in the amount owed for the season, whose conduct is deemed by the Club to be detrimental to the team. Possible violations of this rule include, but are not limited to, the use of alcohol/drugs, bullying, hazing, excessive unexcused absences from practices/matches, and violations of club rules, such as the 24 Hour Rule.
CLUB 43 IS FUN, COMPETITIVE AND EXCITING – WE TEACH – WE TEACH YOU HOW TO PLAY THE RIGHT WAY AND OUR PLAYERS LOVE IT
Contact CLUB 43 Director – Annie Adamczak-Glavan
952-200-4501 or firstname.lastname@example.org