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NWJRS Elite VBC Club Information 2020/2021

NWJRS Elite VBC - Under Armour Team Program

INTRODUCTION

The Northwest Juniors Elite VBC fields "Under Armour" teams which compete in USA Volleyball and/or AAU tournaments in the 12-Under through 18-Under age divisions.  Our "Under Armour" teams typically play a Nationally Competitive Schedule and travel to different parts of the country seeking the best competition available. Travel during the 2021 season has not been finalized and will be determined on a team-by-team basis.

The Under Armour teams are the #1 and in some cases #1 and #2 teams in their age group in a given location. In 2021, we will determine a competition schedule based on where we are in terms of Covid rules and regulations. Our initial plan is to have our #1 teams participate in the PSR Power League. Our other teams will potentially play in a club-sponsored inter-club league in January and February and then play in tournaments beginning in March.

Our U14 and younger teams will tentatively end their seasons with the PSR Regional Championships the first weekend of May. Play beyond May will be a team by team decision.

Our 15 and older teams will experience a limited schedule during the High School season and resume a full participation for May and into June. 

All of our Under Armour have the opportunity to continue into post season for an additional expense. 

Typically, tournaments during the regular season are selected which will give our  teams an opportunity to play regionally and nationally competitive teams and will give them a chance to qualify for the Junior National Championship Tournament. This is tentative for the 2021 season.

NWJRS Elite VBC -- Baden Team Program


15 Baden Black at Yakima Jamboree

INTRODUCTION

The Northwest Juniors Baden teams Team program is a lower cost program that provides strong coaching and competition against clubs in the Puget Sound Region. During normal years, all teams travel to one out of region tournament. Travel for Baden teams will be addressed as we navigate the Covid pandemic. Our initial plan is for Baden teams to NOT travel outside the Puget Sound Region.  

  • Baden Teams hold tryouts at the same time and location as the Under Armour teams.
  • Baden teams practice 2 times per week. Often at least one practice is on the weekend.
  • 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. We like our athletes to be well-rounded.
  • Tools to promote themselves to college recruiters
  • 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 volleyball team.
  • Setting themselves up to earn 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. Baden teams' focus is on skill development through practice/training and the inclusion of competition to use those skills at game-speed.


Tentative 2021 Tournament Schedules as of 11/01/2020

Tentative Schedule for #1 U12, U13, U14 Teams

Our #1 teams will play a USAV - Puget Sound Region - centered schedule:

PSR EVENTS SCHEDULE (as of 10/14/20)

  • Jan 9 – PL U12 Seeding Day
  • Jan 10 – PL U14 Seeding Day
  • Jan 30 – PL # 1 U12 & Top 4 Flights of U14
  • Jan 31 – PL # 1 Flights 5 on down of U14
  • Feb 27 – PL # 2 Flights 5 on down of U14
  • Feb 28 – PL # 2 U12 & Top 4 Flights of U14

March and April are also the months that National Qualifiers are typically held [SCHEDULE]. The club will meet with teams and determine their desire to travel and attend Qualifiers.

  • March 6 – PL # 3 U12 & Top 4 Flights of U14
  • March 7 – PL # 3 Flights 5 on down of U14
  • April 17 – PL # 4 Flights 5 on down of U14
  • April 18 – PL # 4 U12 & Top 4 Flights of U14
  • May 1/2 - PSR Regional Championships & Bid Tournament U12, U13, U14

Schedule for after May 1-2 weekend is TBA. Some teams may want to travel to a post-season event. We encourage our athletes to transition to our Beach Program in May.

Tentative Schedule for #1 U15-U18 Teams

Our #1 teams will play a USAV - Puget Sound Region - centered schedule:

PSR EVENTS SCHEDULE (as of 10/14/20)

  • Jan 23 – PL U18 Seeding Day
  • Jan 24 – PL U15, U16 Seeding Day
  • Feb 6 – PL # 1 U16
  • Feb 7 – PL # 1 U15, U18
  • Feb 20 – PL # 2 U16
  • Feb 21 – PL # 2 U15, U18
  • Feb 27 – PSR Bid Tournament - U15 through U18 (Tentative, based on team's decision to travel)

The PSR does not plan on hosting Power League events for U15 and older teams in March and April. The club will select tournaments hosted by other clubs during this period. 

March and April are also the months that National Qualifiers are typically held [SCHEDULE]. The club will meet with teams and determine their desire to travel and attend Qualifiers.

 

  • May 15/16 – PSR Regional Championships U18 & Senior Showcase
  • May 22/23 – PSR Regional Championships U15, U16, U17

There will be other events in June that we will schedule for our U15 and older teams. Tentatively, their season will end on Father's Day Weekend.

Our U15-18 athletes are encouraged to transition to our beach program starting in May (part time) and full time starting in Mid-June. 


Tentative 2021 Tournament Schedules for #2 teams as of 11/1/2020

Tentative Schedule for #2 U12, U13, U14 Teams

Our #2 teams will not participate in the PSR Power League. 

  • January and February: Teams will play in league weekend matches up to 3 matches per date). Matches will be against other Puget Sound Region teams that enroll in the NW Juniors-sponsored league. We are currently planning on 3-4 dates in January and February.
  • March: Teams will play in the AAU Spring Classic in Centralia. They will also play in 1-2 local club tournaments.
  • April: Teams will play in 2 one-day tournaments. 
  • The season will conclude with the PSR Regional Championships May 1 & 2

Schedule for after May 1-2 weekend is TBA. Some teams may want to travel to a post-season event. We encourage our athletes to transition to our Beach Program in May.

Tentative Schedule for #2 U15-U18 Teams

Our #2 teams will not participate in the PSR Power League. 

  • January and February: Teams will play in league weekend matches up to 3 matches per date). Matches will be against other Puget Sound Region teams that enroll in the NW Juniors-sponsored league. We are currently planning on 3-4 dates in January and February.
  • March & April: Teams will play in the AAU Spring Classic in Centralia if it fits their schedule. We will also select a few local 1-day club tournaments.
  • March and April are also the months that National Qualifiers are typically held [SCHEDULE]. The club will meet with teams and determine their desire to travel and attend Qualifiers.
  • May 15/16 – PSR Regional Championships U18 & Senior Showcase
  • May 22/23 – PSR Regional Championships U15, U16, U17

There will be other events in June that we will schedule for our U15 and older teams. Tentatively, their season will end on Father's Day Weekend.

Our U15-18 athletes are encouraged to transition to our beach program starting in May (part time) and full time starting in Mid-June. 


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).
 
ALL TEAMS PRACTICE PACKAGE: We will not include the cost of practice gear in our dues this season. Our Under Armour vendor will open a store so that players can purchase practice gear. We know several of our players already have practice gear from previous seasons. They may want to purchase new or keep their existing gear. Practice gear is REQUIRED for all practices; new athletes will need to purchase practice gear (practice tees). All athletes and their families will also have the option to purchase: Club Warm-up tops and bottoms, volleyball shoes, Black Spandex, Under Armour team Backpack. All items will be shipped directly to your home.
 

ALL TEAMS UNIFORM PACKAGE: Once it is determined what our tournament schedule is, the online store will be reopened. Players will be able to purchase jerseys, and other items that they did not previously purchase. Required package: 3 jerseys, Warm-up tops and bottoms, volleyball shoes, Black Spandex, Under Armour team Backpack. As with the practice gear, the uniforms will be shipped directly to your home.

2020-21 INCLUSIONS: Gym Rental, Coaches pay, Covid sanitizing supplies, dues, background checks, etc., Adult USAV Memberships (coaches, Focals, Covid Admin.); Administrative fees (postage, copies, accounting, webmaster, etc.), Secondary Insurance fees, Team Equipment, Initial Medical Supplies / 1st Aid kit, 3-6 hours of practice per week, team and individual pictures.

Under Armour Team Extras: Speed/Agility/Quickness training (1 x/week Dec-March), 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: Beginning with the 2020-21 season, the cost of travel is not included with club dues for team travel.  This means arrangement for airfare, hotel, and ground transportation will be organized and paid at the team level.  The club will assist with travel arrangements, but teams will pay all travel costs directly to the vendor.

TRAVEL

TRAVEL: Travel will be different in the 20-21 season. Teams will be given the opportunity to travel. The club will collect for and arrange for entry. Teams will pay separately and make the rest of their arrangements with the assistance of the club. 

  • Oregon MHM Tournament (Jan.): This tournament has been cancelled for 2021
  • Yakima Jamboree (March): No decision has been made if this tournament will be hosted in 2021.
  • Pacific Northwest Qualifier in Spokane (March, two weekends): TBA regarding this event. With limited court space because Eastern Washington University is not available, this tournament will undoubtedly fill before our teams make decisions on travel. 
  • April Flying Qualifier: #1 U14, U15, U16, U17 Under Armour teams have the ability to attend. Team decision and teams make travel arrangements. Possible locations: Dallas, Las Vegas, Reno.
  • West Coast AAU Championships in Las Vegas (May, Memorial Weekend): Optional. 
  • 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 the USAV JNC's at an additional cost (deadlines exist). The club would help teams arrange their travel: airfare, hotel, ground transportation.