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 (we often field two UA teams in the U14-U16 age groups). Players selected for our Under Armour teams will compete in regular season tournaments from January through May. Our U15-U18 Under Armour teams finish their seasons at the AAU West Coast Championships in Las Vegas. Our U12-14 Under Armour teams finish their seasons at the NW Juniors Memorial Weekend tournament, but have the option of adding the Las Vegas tournament.
All of our Under Armour have the opportunity to continue past May if:
A) They qualify for Nationals, or
B) They choose to participate in a post season National tournament like Volleyball Festival in Phoenix or the Patriot Division at Nationals.
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.
15 Baden Black at Yakima Jamboree
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).
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.
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:
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:
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.
UNDER ARMOUR & BADEN TEAM UNIFORM PACKAGE: 3 jerseys, 2 practice tee-shirts (1 light, one dark) , Warm-up tops and bottoms, volleyball shoes, Black Spandex, Under Armour team Backpack. Note, we do uniform fittings after team selection and you order your uniform package online. The uniforms will be shipped directly to your home.
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 advice and assistance, Goal-Setting, online profile available to recruiters, including link to online video (if you make it available to us).
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 costs are listed separately from our club dues in our program costs. The cost of post season travel is not included. Every team in the club travels, here is an overview.
Blue Shaded Tournaments are Travel Tournaments
|TOURNAMENTS - UA Teams||18UA||17UA||16UA #1||16UA #2||15UA #1||15UA #2||14UA #1||14UA#2||13UA||12UA||11 UA|
|Power League Seeding U18 - 1/4/20||Y||Y|
|Power League Seeding U16 - 1/5/20||Y||Y|
|Power League Seeding U15 - 1/11/20||Y||Y|
|Power League Seeding U14 - 1/12/20||Y||Y||Y|
|Oregon MLK (Eugene) - Jan 18-20||Y||Y||Y|
|NWJr MLK (Renton) - Jan 18-20||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|NWJr MLK (Jackson HS) - Jan 18||Y||Y|
|Power League #1 - 1/25/20||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Power League #1 - 1/26/20||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Power League #2 - 2/8/20||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Power League #2 - 2/9/20||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|NWJr President Day - Feb. 15-17||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Power League #3 - 2/29/20||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Power League #3 - 3/1/20||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|AAU Spring Classic (Centralia) - Mar 14-15||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|PSR Bid Tournament (if Qualified) 3/15/20||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|PNQ 1 (Spokane) - Mar 21-23||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|PNQ 2 (Spokane) Mar 27-29||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Power League #4 - 3/4/20||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Power League #4 - 3/5/20||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|PSR Regionals U18 - April 18||Y|
|Northern Lights 1 (Minneapolis) Apr 17-19||Y|
|Northern Lights 2 (Minneapolis) - Apr 24-26||Y||Y|
|Regionals U12-14 (Centralia) - 4/25-26/20||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Regionals U15-17 (Centralia) - 5/2-3/20||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|AAU Las Vegas - May 23-25||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|NWJr - Memorial Day (Centralia) - May 23-24||Y||Y||Y|
|Post Season - Optional - all UA teams||opt||opt||opt||opt||opt||opt||opt||opt|
|Denotes End of Season Tournament
Unless optional tournament is added
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 Memorial Day Weekend hosted by NW Juniors.
|TOURNAMENTS - Baden Teams||16 Baden||15 Baden||14 Baden||13 Baden||12 Baden|
|Power League Seeding U16 - 1/5/20||Y|
|Power League Seeding U15 - 1/11/20||Y|
|Power League Seeding U14 - 1/12/20||Y||Y|
|NWJr MLK (Jackson HS) - Jan 18||Y|
|Power League #1 - 1/25/20||Y||Y|
|Power League #1 - 1/26/20||Y||Y||Y|
|Power League #2 - 2/8/20||Y||Y|
|Power League #2 - 2/9/20||Y||Y||Y|
|NWJr President Day - Feb. 15-17||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Power League #3 - 2/29/20||Y||Y||Y|
|Power League #3 - 3/1/20||Y||Y|
|Junior Jamboree (Yakima)- Mar 14-15||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Power League #4 - 3/4/20||Y||Y|
|Power League #4 - 3/5/20||Y||Y||Y|
|Regionals U12-14 (Centralia) - 4/25-26/20||Y||Y||Y|
|Regionals U15-17 (Centralia) - 5/2-3/20||Y||Y|
|NWJr - Memorial Day (Centralia) - May 23-24||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
UNDER ARMOUR TEAM TRAVEL POLICIES