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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 (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.

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. One practice per week may be on a weekend - especially during HS basketball season. Baden teams do have limited practices in December.
  • Baden teams season ends with the NW Juniors Memorial Weekend tournament.
  • 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 Powderkeg Blue (think UCLA Blue).

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).

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 post season travel is not included.  Every team in the club travels, here is an overview.

  • Oregon MLK Tournament (Jan.): U18, U17, U16 #1 Under Armour teams. Hotel costs for players, coaches, chaperone are included in travel costs. Transportation and food are NOT included.
  • NW Juniors AAU Spring Classic in Centralia (March): #1 U18, U17, U16, U15, U14 Under Armour Teams. Some #2 Under Armour Teams. Hotel costs for players, coaches, chaperone are included in travel costs. Transportation and food are NOT included.
  • Yakima Jamboree (March): All Baden teams. Hotel costs for players, coaches, chaperone are included in travel costs. Transportation and food are NOT included. U12 and U13's teams see notes below regarding hotels.
  • Pacific Northwest Qualifier in Spokane (March, two weekends): All Under Armour Teams attend. except U11's. Hotel costs for players, coaches, chaperone are included in travel costs. Transportation and food are NOT included. U12 and U13's teams see notes below regarding hotels.
  • April Flying Qualifier: #1 U14, U15, U16 Under Armour teams attend. Other UA teams have the option of adding a trip to Minneapolis or Dallas at an additional cost. Travel costs would include tournament entry fee, airfare, hotel, ground transportation and parking in the destination city for players, coaches, and a chaperone.
  • Memorial Day Weekend in Centralia (May): All Baden teams, U12, U13, U14 #2 Under Armour teams. Hotel costs for players, coaches, chaperone are included in travel costs. Food costs are NOT included. U12 and U13's teams see notes below regarding hotels.
  • West Coast AAU Championships in Las Vegas (May, Memorial Weekend): All U18, U17, U16, U15  Under Armour teams attend; #1 U14 UA Team attends. Tournament entry fee, airfare, hotel, and Las Vegas ground transportation and parking costs for players, coaches, chaperone are included in travel costs. Food costs are not included.
  • Post Season Tournament: A post season tournament is not included, however teams have the option of adding a trip to Volleyball Festival in Phoenix or the Patriot Division at Nationals at an additional cost (deadlines exist). Travel costs would include tournament entry fee, airfare, hotel, ground transportation & parking in the destination city. Food costs are not included.
  • 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. 
  • Post Season travel is an additional charge and will be billed separately to individual player accounts.

2019 UA Tournament & Travel Schedule

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
Y                    

 

 

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 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

 

Travel & Policies

UNDER ARMOUR TEAM TRAVEL POLICIES

  • All Under Armour teams have the option of adding an April Qualifier at an additional cost. 
  • If any Under Armour team qualifiers for USAV Nationals, they must attend. Cost of Nationals travel is not included and must be paid separately.
  • All Under Armour teams have the option of adding a post season tournament if they do not qualify. The two post-season options are Patriot Division at USAV Nationals or the AAU Volleyball Festival in Phoenix.
  • The deadline to opt into the Patriot Division is the end of December.
  • The deadline to opt into Volleyball Festival is the first week of March.