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Camps, Clinics, & Clubs

WINTER SKILLS N DRILLS CLINICS

The goal of the clinics is to learn skills and practice them, and have as many touches on the ball as possible. They’re run by our league directors and assorted local high school coaches and players. Clinics are held at Tohickon Middle school weekly on Tuesday nights with 3 sessions each Tuesday night starting November 8th and running through to the end of March:

Session 1: 5th to 6th Grade from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
Session 2: 7th to 10th Grade from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.
Session 3: 7th to 12th Grade open play from 8:30 to 9:30.

Clinics are Co-Ed. There’s a $5 drop in fee at the door each time you participate. If you’d like to attend, please register your child by emailing me at sherribelfus@gmail.com and I’ll add you to the email distribution list.  A weekly email is sent to the distribution list asking if your child is in or out for that week.  Simply respond if they’re in and what division (grade level). If they’re not attending that week, no need to respond.   It’s helpful to me if you’ve registered so I know how many to expect.
 
 
Club Volleyball:

Club volleyball is another opportunity to play in the area at a higher level. If your child loves volleyball, then club volleyball might be the ticket as it typically offers 2 practices a week plus games/tournaments. Club is competitive. Your child will have to “tryout” to make a club team. There are several clubs in our area. You should do some research before deciding on a club, as prices and level of commitment vary from club to club. Check out their websites and make some calls when possible before choosing. There are many clubs for Girls, and a few for Boys (see below).

Here’s some more detailed info from local club and high school coach Joel King to help explain the process:

Below is the information that I have, most of which was obtained by doing research on the internet.  Do not rely solely on the information listed below.  Use this as information that can help you narrow your search for a club team.  Verify all times as you register your daughter on the websites. 
 
Girls Clubs:

1. Infinity Volleyball Academy (infinityvolleyball.com) – This is a club where Mike, Jess and I coach (and Todd may be helping out there this year too).  They have one 12’s team and one 18’s team (possibly 2 18s teams this year, depending on turnout) and 2 teams for each of 13s, 14s, 15s, 16s, 17s.  This club practices out of BucksMont Indoor Sport Complex (2278 N. Penn Rd, Hatfield).  The club directors are both Division 2 college coaches (Susan Kim – Holy Family assistant coach and Jeff Rotondo – Holy Family head coach).  The head coaching staff is made up of various college and high school coaches.  This club goes to mostly local (drive to) tournaments.  Every once and a while they will do a fly away tournament.  I have not heard of any plans for a fly away yet for this year.  The longest drive last year was down to Washington DC.  There will be a couple of stay overnight tournaments (like the DC tournament).  Typically the big overnight tournaments are Washington DC (not all teams go), MLK in Lancaster (3 day tournament) and the NEQ which is held in various locations including Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC.

2. GPS Crush (gpscrush.com) – This club has on team for 12s and 13s and 18s and 2 teams at 14s, 15s, 16s and 17s age groups.  They recently closed their South division (due to High Line Volleyball club’s re-opening their club).  The club practices out of PSC Highpoint (1 Highpoint Dr., Chalfont).  The club director is Margie Arm who has been coaching for many years, most recently at CB East High School a number of years ago.   All tournaments will be drivable tournaments.  In the past they did not attend a lot of the 3 day overnight tournaments.

3. Delta Volleyball Club (deltavbc.org) – This club has 2 teams for 14s, one team for 15s, 2 teams for 16s and one team for 17s.  This club practices out of SMG SportsPlex (654 York Road, Warminster), just across the street from Archbishop Wood High School.  The club directors are John Wright, former coach of CR South Boys and various other places and Joe Trodden, who coached club and CYO for many years.  This club will mainly stay local for tournaments and less of the 3 day overnight tournaments.

4. High Line Volleyball Club (highlinevb.com) – This club is now open again and under a new director Mike Nguyen who is the head coach for Gwynedd Mercy.  They will offer teams for 14s, 15s, 16s, and 17s.  The practice out of Kelly Bolish Gym (2950 Turnpike Drive, Hatboro).  This club was closed in 2013 and was run under GPS, but is now back as High Line.  This club will go to similar tournaments as Infinity, but under new direction, not sure of their plans.

5. Synergy Volleyball Club (synergyvolleyball.com) – This club is under a new director Chang Han, who is currently the head coach at Perkiomen Valley High School. This club practices out of Premier Sports Academy (479 Shoemaker Road, King of Prussia).   This club will offer teams at all age groups 12s through 18s.  This club will do all the big tournaments and also do a couple of fly away tournaments too.

6. EC Power  (ecpowervolleyball.com) – This club was started by Brian McCann who is the head girls volleyball coach at Archbishop Carroll for both boys and girls.  This club will practice out of King of Prussia’s Competitive Edge Sports (320 S. Henderson Rd, King of Prussia) which is just down the street from Synergy’s practice center.  This club will offer teams at all age groups 12s through 18s.  This club will do all the big tournaments and also do a couple of fly away tournaments too.

7. Cal Sports Academy (calsportsacademy.com) – This is a new club that practices out of NexGen High Performance Training Center (831 Tech Drive, Telford).  They are planning to have teams for 12s, 13s, 14s, 15s, and 16s.  With this being a new club, I am not sure what their plans are for tournaments.

Boys Clubs:   Boys club volleyball starts in October with tryouts and the season is generally from November thru February with practices the first month and tournaments in Dec, Jan and February.  Tournaments depend on level of play and age.   There are open gyms a few weeks before tryouts at many of the local clubs.  Contact the clubs to find out the details of open gyms and tryouts.  

1. Infinity Volleyball Club-  Infinity Volleyball Academy is proud to announce the expansion of our boys program. For 2016-2017, we would like to introduce the addition of our Boys’ Directors, Bob Minschwaner and Scott Geller to the Infinity family. In our strides to become a club leader for both boys and girls programming, Infinity is thrilled to partner with these quality individuals, as well as additional coaches from the Panthers family and more.  For more information, email Rminsch58@gmail.com. or boysdirector@infinityvolleyball.com

2. Club Lehigh – For more information, email info@clublehigh.org or call Deb Schlosser at 484.239.3688.

3. East Coast Power Volleyball – Brian McCann Executive Director/Owner, Mike Krause Director Lehigh   www.ecpowervolleyball.com

4. GPS Crush – Margie Arm, www.gpscrush.com  267.980.3280

For information about other clubs in Pennsylvania, go to www.krva.org or www.pavbcoaches.com.

These organizations have all the information you’d ever want to know about volleyball in the state of Pennsylvania. There you will find a list of clubs, email addresses, phone numbers, contact names and information about joining KRVA (Keystone Regional Volleyball Association).

Things you need to/should know about Club Volleyball and tryouts:
 
• Age Definition – “What age group is my daughter/son/player in?”  This is very important to know which age group your player falls into.  It is not done by high school grade.  The attached age chart defines the youngest age group that your player can play in.  It’s possible to play for an older age group.  For example, for the 15s age group this year, you had to be born on or after September 1, 1999.  You will need this to know which age group to try out for.  The club will not check this for you.  If you try out for the younger age group, the club will not take you once they find out.
 
• Open Gyms – The attached calendar has the open gyms that I found on the respective team websites.  As per any of the information that I give you, please check the website to verify the information is correct.  Clubs will often change times and dates, so it’s important to check their websites before going to open gyms or tryouts.  Open gyms are usually free of charge.  I do not know if some of the clubs will require that the players have a KRVA (Keystone Regional Volleyball Association) membership (see below on how to get it) or not, so you may want to check the website to determine what is needed for open gyms.  Some clubs prefer you to register for the open gyms so they know how many will be coming out.  It’s usually pretty straight forward from the website on how to register.
 
• KRVA Membership – To try out for the clubs, your player will need to obtain a KRVA membership.  The cost for a tryout membership is $15.  However if your player makes the team, they will be required to obtain a full membership which is an additional $40, which would need to be paid before being put on a roster.  All of this can be done using the website (krva.org).  Once you go to the website, find the WEBPOINT KRVA System button on the left side and follow the instructions.  Everything can be done online.  You will need to print a copy of the KRVA membership card to take with you to tryouts.  Additional information can be found on this site under the “FORMS and DOCUMENTS” links.  This is where I obtained the age definition chart.  The medical release form can be found on this site too, which is a requirement to have at tryouts.
 
• Tryouts – Make sure to register your player for tryouts.  There is usually a fee for tryouts.  If you pre-register and pre-pay, the fee is usually less than just walking up the day of the tryout.   For example, at Infinity, the cost is $55 if you pre-register and pre-pay, but if you walk up, it is $75 cash only payment.  Each club has its own fee structure for tryouts.  See the websites for the information.  Remember to bring your KRVA membership card and the medical release form with you to tryouts.  Some clubs will have a tryout, then have a “callback” a day or 2 later.  This is to give a second look for the coaches to see some players where they were undecided.  There is no additional charge for the callback.  Plan to arrive early at the tryouts (up to 30 to 60 minutes before the tryout starts – you can’t be too early).  There is often long lines for those walk up people and it is very cumbersome to register if you’re unprepared, so expect delays.  Arrive early so your player does not miss any court time.  Also if your player gets called back, make sure they wear the same shirt (shirts will be provided at the tryout – usually with a number on it) as worn at tryouts.  This will make it easier for the coaches to remember them.  The calendar that is attached has most of the tryout schedules for the clubs.  Note that some clubs work together to make sure the same age group is not scheduled to be on the court at the same time at 2 different clubs, but as you can see, not all work together.  So, if you have conflicting times, you will need to decide which club to try out for or communicate with the club directors to see if there is another option to be seen at a callback.
 
• Tryout Process and Picking a Club – Probably one of the most frustrating parts of club volleyball is the tryout process.  Your player will go to tryouts. At the end of tryouts, some  will receive offers (usually a select few, so don’t expect it).  Once an offer is made, the player has a minimum of 4 days from the date of the offer to make a decision.  While this is nice for those  trying out at different clubs, it is very stressful for those that are just outside the initial few that get offers on the day of tryouts.  This will be a very tense and emotional time.  The best thing you can do is be patient, keep in contact with the coaches and hope for the best.  We all want what is best for our kids and sometimes you will encounter tough decisions (wait for an offer from club 1 for the A team, or take the offer from club 2 for their A team or just take the offer from club 1 for the B team if you don’t make the A team).  If your player gets an offer for the club they want to play for, it is in the best interest of everyone to accept the offer as soon as possible, since this helps fill out the roster.  As I was doing this research, I came across some good helpful tips for the tryout process and picking a club:

1. Tryouts matter – teams are not pre-chosen for most clubs.  Ignore rumors and focus on getting ready to play your best and be aggressive at tryouts.  Coaches are watching all your moves on the court.  Be friendly and helpful to others too.
2. Don’t agonize over tryouts – you’re evaluating the club as much as they are evaluating you.
3. Find out all the costs  associated with a club.  Some key items are what is included in the amount that you may have to pay.  If you feel the payment is too much at one time, ask the directors to work with you on a payment plan (when your player actually gets the offer) if you need it.  Don’t be afraid to ask.  If they really want your player, they usually will work with you.  Key things to consider are:

» Practice time – how many practices do they get a week
» Training – is there any other things like training that are included in the club cost
» How much travel is required – are there fly away tournaments involved.  You are responsible for getting your player to tournaments.

4. Learn as much as you can about the coaches.  Ask questions.  It’s OK, since you are spending a lot of money for the club and they will be coaching your player over the next 5-6 months.
5. Don’t ask about playing time at tryouts.  You can ask about the philosophy that the club has regarding playing time (like how many on each team) but try to keep it general and not specific to your player.  If there are 10 on a team, chances are your player will get more playing time than if there are 12 on the team.
6. Make sure you know what the practice times (days and times) will be for the team.  You will want your player to get the most practice time possible.
7. Analyze the TOTAL cost of playing for a club relative to the number of hours in the gym and what the club offers.  Does the club have 2 practices or 3 a week.  A lot of your dollars spent are for the facility and court time.  It is important to know you are getting your money’s worth.  Does the club include any travel costs?  Is there training as well as practices?  What clothing is included and how many tournaments do they play?  How far away are the tournaments and how many overnight tournaments (especially useful to know since you will most likely travel with them and stay at hotels on overnight tournaments)?  Do the math to determine the cost per hour to help you make a decision if that is important.
8. Do not make the decision based on where friends are playing.  This is key.  You need to be concerned about where the best training is for your player to improve their skills.  Friends will be made regardless of the team they’re on.
9. Good teams are made up of position players.  If your player doesn’t make the “A” team, could be that she/he is 3rd out of 10 outside hitters that tried out, which is still a great player.  Make decisions based on where you think they will play the most.  While making the “A” team can be a real rush, sitting the bench the majority of the season doesn’t help improve the player that much.
10. Make sure you stand out at tryouts.  At younger ages, strength and quickness is a good thing.  Go for every ball.  Do not act “stand-offish” to other players.  Do not let other players take your ball.
11. If your player is unsure of the position to play, put multiple positions down, listing those most interested in.  They will typically ask for position on the tryout/registration form for the club.  If unsure about Middle vs Outside, for example,  put them both down.  When the tryout happens and they are doing hitting lines, split your time between middle and outside hitter.  Coach’s usually respect the fact that there’s options and will figure out which position is best.
12. Typically, the club will list cost structures on the website before tryouts so you can review that and ask questions at the tryouts.  Usually, the directors will leave time for you to ask questions while the players are trying out.
13. Go to the open gyms, especially of the club you want to play for, so the coach’s can see you more.
14. Do not get devastated if you do not get an offer for the club and team you really wanted to play for.  Typically, only 10-11 players will make a team.  There may be a lot of players trying out.
15. Do your research.  Look at the websites before making your decisions and do comparison shopping.
16. Finally, encourage your player.  Positive feedback is essential during the stress of the tryout process.
17. If you are trying to decide between taking an offer for a lesser team that you have compared to not having heard about an offer from the team you really want to be on, give that team coach a call and see where your player is in the pecking order of offers.  Contact the coach before making any final decisions.  Let them know that you may have to take this offer from the lesser team if you don’t hear back from them by a certain date/time.  Be up front.
 
I am also attaching a calendar of the tryouts . It shows how some clubs have overlapping tryout times.
 
Hopefully this is helpful.  Tryouts are approaching quickly.  Having been through this process many times, it can be very frustrating, but keep in mind that the clubs are trying their best to formulate the best team possible.  Once you decide on the club and team, it will be a great relief.  One thing I can tell you is that I am not just trying to sell a certain club to you, I want your player to get better by playing club this year.  It has been evident that kids who play club, increase the most year to year and ultimately are the ones that find themselves on the court during high school a lot more often than not.  Best of luck to all trying out.  The club experience can be very rewarding and you will be able to see a difference in your player’s skill level.  If you have any questions, let me know.
 
One Final Reminder:  Please verify the tryout times by looking them up on the website of the club you are trying out for.  Sometimes they change so you must check often to make sure no changes.  Do not rely solely on any of the information above without verifying it on the club’s website.
 
 
 
SUMMER CAMPS:

There are lots of options for summer volleyball camps. If you search online, you’ll find a lot of colleges run volleyball camps and they tend to be overnight camps with the kids staying in dorms.  Lots of great volleyball and the college kids/players do a great job working with the kids.  I’ve also heard BCCC runs summer camps that include volleyball.

Below are flyers cut and pasted from local clubs who are running camps from last summer.   Look for similar in 2016.Some are co-ed, some are not so please read through to see what’s the best fit.  Also go to the websites of the clubs and colleges for the most up to date info.

Panther BOYS Summer Camp – August 10-14
In partnership with Panther volleyball, the annual WT Boys’ Summer Clinic will now be held during the week of August 10 from 8:00-11:00. This camp will again feature three separate divisions to accommodate players of all skill levels. At a cost of $85, it is a ‘best buy’ for a quality summer volleyball camp.
This activity is open to boys entering grades 5-12. Please register by August 4 – click here for details.  

Use this link to register.
 
INFINITY VOLLEYBALL CLUB  SUMMER CAMP
The flyer didn’t transfer appropriately so it’s best to go to their website for more information on their club and to register: www.infinityvolleyball.com.

WEEKLY CLINICS

SETTER / HITTER CLINIC W / JUMP TRAINING:

This camp is designed for positional work. Hitters will work on footwork, tempo, being available, timing, spacing, and hitting out of system. Setters will work on footwork, hand technique, location and tempo, and making their hitters look good. Jump training is included to develop technique, power, and injury prevention. This clinic is co-ed. 1ST CONTACT CLINIC This clinic places an emphasis on the skills that dictate the most success, Serving, Passing, and Digging. Proper technique and consistent repetition will be stressed. This clinic is co-ed. INFINITY mini’s! Designed for 1st timers to volleyball! We will focus on proper technique for the 6 fundamental skills in a fun, but challenging way. This clinic is co-ed. HIGH SCHOOL TRYOUT PREP CAMP Prepare to be your best at high school tryouts! With the first day of practices being 8/17 for high school, get a jump on the competition. This 3-day camp covers all aspects of training to help prepare athletes for the upcoming season. Topics include ball handling, serving, attacking, defense, position specific training, and gameplay. TUESDAYS – 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28 12U-14U: 5:15-6:45 JUMP TRAINING (ALL AGES): 6:45-7:30 15U-18U: 7:30-9:00 COST: $275 PER PLAYER LOCATION: BucksMont Indoor Sports Center THURSDAYS – 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 12U-14U: 7:00-8:15 15U-18U: 8:15-9:30 COST: $200 PER PLAYER LOCATION: BucksMont Indoor Sports Center WEDNESDAYS – 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29 AGES 4-9: 5:30-7:00 COST: $150 PER PLAYER LOCATION: NexGen High Performance Center PLAYERS ENTERING GRADES 9-12 IN THE FALL TUE 8/11 – THU 8/13 FROM 6-8:30 PM EACH NIGHT COST: $225PER PLAYER LOCATION: BucksMont Indoor Sports Center CAMPS, CLINICS, & LESSONS

 
 
GPS CRUSH “CRUSHERS” CAMP 

July 20-23: M-TH EVENINGS 5-9 PM AT PSC HIGHPOINT

GPS CRUSH CRUSHERS EVENING VOLLEYBALL CAMP AT PSC HIGHPOINT AT 1 HIGHPOINT DRIVE CHALFONT PA

GPS CRUSH “CRUSHERS” VOLLEYBALL CAMP AT PSC HIGHPOINT IS A GREAT INSTRUCTIONAL CAMP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL / CYO & FRESHMAN (PLAYERS ENTERING 5th-9th GRADES)

GET YOUR GAME READY FOR TRAVEL CLUB, CYO, MIDDLE SCHOOL OR HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL.

PASSING, SETTING, SERVING INCLUDING JUMP FLOAT SERVE, ATTACKING INCLUDING SOME TEMPO SETS & INTRO TO QUICK ATTACK , TRANSITION, INDIVIDUAL DEFENSE SKILLS, UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENT OFFENSIVE & DEFENSIVE SYSTEMS.

LEARN AND USE WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO SUCCEED AT YOUR NEXT LEVEL. WE WILL BUILD ON WHAT PLAYERS KNOW COMING IN. MULTIPLE COURTS DIVIDED BY LEVEL.

GET READY FOR CYO / MIDDLE SCHOOL / HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY SEASON WITH GPS CRUSH HEAD COACH & CLUB DIRECTOR COACH ARM & OUR GPS CRUSH STAFF
 
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN & CAMP IS FILLING FAST!
FOLLOW THIS LINK  TO REGISTER FOR CRUSHERS CAMP
CAMP DATES ARE THE 3RD WEEK OF JULY – JULY 20, 21, 22, 23
MONDAY-THURSDAY FROM 5-9 pm  AT PSC HIGHPOINT BRING A LIGHT SNACK
GPS CRUSH CLUB DIRECTOR COACH ARM & ADDITIONAL GPS CRUSH COACHES & STAFF