POLICIES

There are a couple of policies that help guide the club.

The first is that the club’s primary objective is to teach the players the game of volleyball. If the players learn the game knowledge and the proper techniques, winning will come. During games, strategy decisions will be made based on winning the game, but all practices will be geared toward teaching the game and proper skills to all players. It is more important that our athletes improve their skills and game knowledge than that they have an undefeated record at the end of the season.

The second policy is that a player will not make the team if they cannot contribute to the team. This means that if an athlete makes the cut at tryouts, she will not sit the bench the entire time during a tournament. This guideline does not promise equal or a set amount of playing time to anyone. However it does guarantee that each player will get into at least 1 of the 2 sets in the pool play and at least 1 of the 3 sets in bracket play. We will not ask parents and families to spend money to travel to these tournaments and then end up not getting to see their child get into any games. We keep our teams relatively small so that each player has a contributing role on the team.

When constructing the teams after tryouts there are many things we consider.  First, we must have a complete team.  Meaning, we must fill the 6 hitting positions, have at least 1 setter and have 6 players that are capable of playing back row.  Typically that is around 7-9 players on a team.  Secondly, we must follow KSHSAA rules that state:  No more than 4 players from the same school team of the same level, may play together during the school year outside of the regular school season.  And last but not least, we consider volleyball skills, coach-ability, competitiveness, attitude and maturity. 

Things we do not consider when constructing teams would include who you are friends with, what town or school you are from (except for the KSHSAA rule), what your last name is, what team you played for last year, or who you have played with in the past.

When looking at which individuals will play at each level, skills and maturity is the most important trait.  If a younger player has the skill and maturity to be moved up, we will put her there.  It is critical that players are put where they will thrive.  You never want to be the best player because you may not get pushed by your peers, and you never want to be the weakest player because it can really destroy confidence.  Finding the right team dynamic for each individual is something we strive for to help our players grow to their best ability.

At the 12s and 13s level we will do whatever we can to keep all the players that tryout.  We feel that at this age, all players deserve the opportunity to learn the game.  At the 14s and up levels we recognize that athletes have developed a higher level of skills and we will keep the most skilled players on each team.  All teams are designed with the players in mind.  We try to put players on a team where they will grow by getting the most playing time possible in their role.

And finally, we have a policy of poise.  All parents and coaches are expected to have poise under pressure and in situations of disagreement.  All individuals involved with our club are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior at tournaments and practices.