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.
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.
*Our 2022 Under Armour teams tournament schedules are posted at the bottom of our team page.
15 Baden Black at Yakima Jamboree
The Northwest Juniors Baden 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. However, this year our Baden teams will NOT travel outside the Puget Sound Region. Overnight stay in our club hosted tournaments in Centralia is optional.
*Our 2022 Baden teams tournament schedules are posted at the bottom of our team page.
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 teams 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. Baden teams' focus is on skill development through practice/training and the inclusion of competition to use those skills at game-speed.
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 UNIFORM PACKAGE: 3 jerseys, 2 practice tee-shirts (1 light, one dark) , Warm-up tops and bottoms, volleyball shoes, black spandex, knee pads, 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.
BADEN TEAM UNIFORM PACKAGE: 2 jerseys, 2 practice tee-shirts (1 light, one dark) , Warm-up tops and bottoms, volleyball shoes, black spandex, knee pads, 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, Covid supplies, 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 membership is not included in the cost. Players pay for a USAV tryout membership when they sign up for tryouts and pay the balance to upgrade to a full membership 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 Under Armour team in the club travels. Here is an overview of travel trournaments.
**Post Season travel is an additional charge and will be billed separately to individual player accounts.
For tournament schedules for all teams see our "teams" tab on our menu bar.