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NWJRS Elite VBC Club Information

NWJRS Elite VBC - Under Armour Team Program

INTRODUCTION

The Northwest Juniors Elite VBC fields "Under Armour" teams which compete in USA Volleyball tournaments in the 12-Under through 18-Under age divisions.  Our "Under Armour" teams play a Nationally Competitive Schedule and travel to different parts of the country seeking the best competition available.  The Under Armour teams are the #1 and in some cases #1 and #2 teams in their age group in a given location. Players selected for our Under Armour teams will compete in regular season tournaments from January through May.

All of our Under Armour teams will continue past May if they qualify for Nationals or if they choose to participate in Volleyball Festival in Phoenix.  Tournaments during the regular season are selected which will give our Under Armour teams an opportunity to play regionally and nationally competitive teams and will give them a chance to qualify for the Junior National Championship Tournament.

NWJRS Elite VBC -- Baden Team Program


15 Baden Black at Yakima Jamboree

INTRODUCTION

The Northwest Juniors Baden teams Team program is a lower cost travel program that provides strong coaching and competition against clubs in the Puget Sound Region. All teams travel to one out of region tournament. Baden teams may also be ideal for athletes that have time conflicts with the longer Under Armour team season. Players must tryout to be selected for a Baden team and membership in not guaranteed as there are a limited number of positions available at each age group (typically 1-2 Under Armour and one Baden team in each age group at each location).

  • Baden Teams hold tryouts at the same time and location as the Under Armour teams.
  • Baden teams practice 2 times per week, sometimes on Sundays, and do have practices in December.
  • Baden teams season ends with the NW Juniors Mother's Day Classic in May.
  • There are three periods during the season where Baden teams may have limited practice because of limited gym availability (Winter Break, Mid-Winter Break, & Spring Break).

CLUB MISSIONS

Our Under Armour teams have different goals than our Baden teams.

Our Under Armour teams are set up to compete at the highest level both within the region and Nationally. As a result, our mission, goals, playing time rules, costs, amount of training, travel, etc. are different.

Our Baden teams are set up to compete at a level that fits the team. In the past, we have had highly competitive Baden teams and we have had teams that have not. Regardless, the mission of our Baden team program is to provide opportunities because we feel that the sport of volleyball is for everyone, not just the "elite" athlete.  It is a life-long sport for players of all levels and all ages. We do select top athletes to compete in our Baden program, but the mission is geared towards development and growth.

Under Armour Teams Mission Statement

Our Under Armour Team program (also called National team in some clubs)  was founded to give local athletes who are motivated to play volleyball at the collegiate level an opportunity to excel, receive advanced training, and gain exposure for their hard work and dedication.

We do this by providing an environment where these motivated athletes will be exposed to high levels of training with an emphasis on fundamentals and sportsmanship, be given opportunities to compete with the best teams in the country, and offer them the tools to be successful. Among the tools we will provide:

  • Training in sound systems of play used by the some of the greatest teams in the world. Many of our coaches are versed and trained in the Gold Medal Squared systems of play as well as other systems used by college programs throughout the country. We do not advocate just one system of play as there are many systems taught at the collegiate level.
  • Tools to promote themselves to college recruiters
  • An understanding of the importance of goal setting in developing the whole athlete and belief that in order to be successful, they must have a roadmap to success.
  • Promote leadership and teach the importance of team unity.
  • Stress the importance of personal discipline, organizational skills, time management, and character building.

Baden Teams Mission Statement

Our Baden Team program (also called Regional teams in some clubs) is committed to providing opportunities for young athletes at all levels of development to engage in quality, competitive experiences. We are dedicated to the idea that any player, regardless of size or skill level, who wants to participate in the USAV Junior Volleyball Program, should be given that opportunity.

A competitive athletic experience can instill good work habits, enhance social development, contribute to mental and physical health, and teach values of personal responsibility, self-discipline, self-motivation, and teamwork. Participation in junior volleyball also improves the athlete’s opportunity to realize the goals of:

  • Improving individual skills and ability to play and contribute as a member of a team.
  • Earning or keeping a position on the school varsity volleyball team.
  • Earning a college scholarship.

Each of the above goals involves individual player growth. This includes improvement in skill level AND in the mental outlook necessary to be a successful member of a volleyball team. The Northwest Juniors philosophy regarding player growth is simple; one must play to improve.


Costs for NW Juniors Elite VBC Teams

Club cost information is made available at tryouts.
 
Here is what is included in the costs.  Our club is one of the few clubs Nationally sponsored by Under Armour. Our Primary NW Juniors Elite Colors are Black and Columbia Blue.

UNDER ARMOUR & BADEN TEAM UNIFORM PACKAGE: 3-4 jerseys, 2 practice tee-shirts (1 light, one dark) , Warm-up tops and bottoms, Mizuno volleyball shoes (black), Black Spandex, Under Armour team Backpack, team socks.

INCLUSIONS: Gym Rental, Tournament entry fees, Coaches pay, uniforms, dues, background checks, etc., Administrative fees (postage, copies, accounting, webmaster, etc.), Secondary Insurance fees, Equipment, Initial Medical Supplies / 1st Aid kit, 4-7 hours of practice per week, team and individual pictures.

Under Armour Team Extras: Speed/Agility/Quickness training (1 x/week Dec-March), Position Tutoring, Recruiting Seminar (open to all), Club Recruiting coordinator, Goal-Setting, online profile available to recruiters, including link to online video (if you make it available to us).

Not Included:

USAV DUES are not included in the cost.  Players pay for a USAV tryout membership when they sign up for tryouts and pay the balance once they are selected for the club.

TRAVEL

TRAVEL: Travel costs are listed separately from our club dues in our program costs. The cost of airfare and post season travel is not included.  Every team in the club travels, here is an overview.

  • For the U14-17 Under Armour #1 teams (Blue and Black) in each location, travel costs do not include post-season tournament and travel. If a team qualifies for Nationals they must attend. For #2 Under Armour teams (Grey & White) in either location, post season travel is optional.
  • For ALL U12 & U13 teams traveling within the Northwest, travel costs include tournament entry fee, and the costs to transport and house the coaches and IS INCLUDED in your dues.  It does not include hotel or transportation costs for the players.  Parents are responsible to secure and house their players for Northwest area travel. We encourage all parents to attend Northwest area travel tournaments.
  • For ALL U14-U18 teams, billed travel costs within the Northwest include tournament fees and lodging for players, coaches and one team chaperone — they do not include player transportation costs.
  • For all travel outside the Northwest that requires a flight, billed travel costs include tournament fees, lodging for players, coaches, and one team chaperone; airfare for coaches and one chaperone; transportation while at the tournament (usually two vehicles), Fuel and parking costs for rental vehicles; club overhead for securing travel. It does not include individual airfare.
  • Post Season travel is an additional charge and will be billed separately to individual player accounts.

UNDER ARMOUR TEAMS: TOURNAMENTS AND TRAVEL

Here is a list of tournaments each UNDER ARMOUR team will play in and the travel that is included in their schedule.

TEAM POWER
LEAGUE
OREGON
MLK
NWJRS
MLK
NWJRS
PRESIDENTS
PNQ
SPOKANE
Lone Star Classic (LSC) or Far Western (FWQ)
QUALIFIER
MOTHER'S
DAY 
CHALLENGE
PSR
REGIONALS
ECC OR NWJRS
MEMORIAL

POST SEASON

(additional cost)

18 Under Armour Y Y   Y Y Optional   Y ECC Optional
17 Under Armour Y Y   Y Y LSC - Dallas   Y ECC If they qualify for Nationals  they must attend. Otherwise, season ends Memorial  Day Weekend unless they opt to attend Volleyball Festival. 
16 Under Armour Y Y   Y Y LSC - Dallas   Y ECC If they qualify for Nationals they must attend. Otherwise, season ends Memorial  Day Weekend unless they opt to attend Volleyball Festival. 
15 Under Armour Y   Y Y Y

U15 Blue & U15 Black LSC - Dallas

U15 White & U15 Grey - FWQ - Reno

  Y

U15 Blue & U15 Black - ECC

U15 White & U15 Grey - NWJRs

If U15 Blue or U15 Black qualify for Nationals  they must attend. Otherwise, season ends Memorial  Day Weekend unless they opt to attend Volleyball Festival.

U15 White & U15 Grey season ends Memorial Day Weekend unless they opt to attend Volleyball Festival. 

14 Under Armour Y   Y Y Y

FWQ - Reno

  Y

U14 Blue & U14 Black - ECC

U14 White & U14 Grey - NWJRs

If U14 Blue or U14 Black qualify for Nationals  they must attend. Otherwise, season ends Memorial Day Weekend unless they opt to attend Volleyball Festival. 

U14 White & U14 Grey season ends Memorial Day Weekend and do not have post season options.

13 Under Armour Y   Y Y Y   Y Y NWJRS Optional
12 Under Armour Y   Y Y Y   Y Y NWJRS Optional

 

BADEN TEAMS: TOURNAMENTS AND TRAVEL

Here is a list of tournaments each BADEN team will play in and the travel that is included in their schedule. BADEN teams' season ends with the Mother's Day Challenge travel tournament in Centralia.

TEAM POWER
LEAGUE
NWJRS
MLK
NWJRS
PRESIDENTS
NWJRS
SPRING 
CLASSIC
PSR 
REGIONALS
MOTHER'S
DAY 
CHALLENGE
17 Baden Y   Y Y Y Y
16 Baden Y   Y Y Y Y
15 Baden Y   Y Y Y Y
14 Baden Y   Y Y Y Y
13 Baden Y   Y Y Y Y
12/11 Baden Y Y Y Y Y Y

 

Travel & Policies

(Cost of airfare is not included in travel cost)

UNDER ARMOUR TEAM TRAVEL POLICIES

  • 18 Under Armour teams have the option of adding a Qualifier at an additional cost; if they qualify they can add Nationals at an additional cost.
  • 13 Under Armour teams have the option of adding a traveling Qualifier at an additional cost; if they qualify for Nationals, they must attend at an additional cost.
  • 12 Under Armour teams do not have the option of adding a qualifier; if they qualify for Nationals in Spokane or at the region bid tournament, they must attend at an additional cost.

EXTRA TRAVEL:  For U14 -U17 Under Armour #1 teams (Blue & Black), if they qualify for Nationals they must attend. Possible post season travel scenarios include but are not limited to:

  • If an Under Armour team qualifies for GJNC they are required to attend.  The tournament is different days for different age groups.
  • For U14-17 #1 teams that qualify for Nationals must attend. The additional cost of travel will automatically be billed to your account.
  • For U14-U17 #1 & #2 teams who do not qualify for Nationals and/or opt to attend a post season tournament the cost of travel will be billed to your account.
  • For U12-13 and U18’s teams it is an additional cost that will be billed separately.  The additional cost will include travel and an extra month of practices.