Voltage VBC Mission Statement:
The purpose of the Voltage Volleyball program is to provide an environment where young women can reach their highest academic, athletic, and personal potentials.
The players who participate in our program will learn teamwork, self-discipline, goal setting, personal responsibility, the setting of high standards, and the excitement of individual and team achievements.
We believe players will only discover their true potential by stepping out of their comfort zone and constantly testing their physical and mental abilities.
Voltage Volleyball Club believes that all children should be offered the opportunity to develop skills that will enable them to excel and compete at the interscholastic, regional, and/or national level of youth volleyball successfully.
Good coaching should not be measured by producing winning teams; it’s about developing good skill levels through discipline and hard work with the team.
With our training program, athletes are realistically challenged with gradual progressions throughout the season.
If there were only two life lessons from sports, it would be that hard work and perseverance are the keys to success. We believe in winning, and we believe in enjoying the experience, but these are both components and by-products of a goal, which is more immediate and more far-reaching: hard work!
Club Communication Standards
The line of communication should be from coach to athlete to parent for all issues involving athletes and/or teams.
Athletes are encouraged and expected to talk with their coaches about any problems or concerns they may have.
Coaches are expected to always listen and be open to the player’s concerns and to try to come up with an agreeable solution with the player.
Situations should be resolved quickly between coaches and players.
Parents should not request a meeting with the coaches before or after a tournament.
Parents, if the coaches cannot resolve the issue or concern, please send an email to the administration in order to resolve the issue or concern as soon as possible. Emails will be answered within 24 hours.
Players and Parents must always maintain a positive and encouraging attitude towards all aspects of the club, especially toward your team and other Voltage members and staff. Players and Parents should never degrade any player or anyone associated with the volleyball club atmosphere.
Respect: Athletes and Parents are expected to treat ALL coaches, referees, other players and parents, spectators, and facility staff with courtesy and respect at all times.
Criticism: Parents will refrain from any criticism of coaches, players, parents, officials, spectators, facility staff, and opponents.
School Obligations: Parents and athletes in the Voltage VBC program will be expected to make both Voltage VBC and academics a priority. We expect athletes to manage their time accordingly so that they are able to attend and be on time for practices, tournaments, and other related functions that fall within the team schedule. Mandatory school functions take priority over club functions. On certain occasions, major tests/exams may be taken into consideration for practice schedules. Make sure you keep your coach informed.
Financial Obligations: Voltage VBC parents/guardians must be prepared to assume the financial obligations of participating in Voltage VBC. Depending on your team level, club fees cover the following.
Club fee covers:
- Practice times. All teams practice a minimum of two times per week,
- Practice facilities
- Gateway Membership
- Coach’s Gateway Membership, Safe Sport certification, Impact Cert.
- Club operational costs
Parent code of conduct:
As a parent, you go to great lengths to both protect your children and to try to give them the best opportunities. You enroll them in sports activities for the opportunity to make friends and learn new skills. You buy them the best equipment, make sure they remember to bring it to practice, and help them put it on correctly. You watch practices and games so you can be right there for the joyous moments as well as the not so joyous ones, and even in case of injury.
While the thrill of the performance is exciting and winning results are alluring, you know that the best reward is seeing the improved confidence, friendships, and overall growth your young athletes gain through meaningful sport experiences.
Signing your son or daughter up for a team means that he or she will become a teammate. As a parent, you will likely have many conversations with your young athlete about sharing, supporting, and working through conflicts as he or she navigates this important role.
Have you thought about the new role that you’ll also take on once you’ve added your child’s name to the roster?
Your role is very important in your athletes' development; you set an example of respect and integrity for your child.
HOW CAN A POSITIVE PARENT SUPPORT THE COACH AND ATHLETE?
As the parent of a player in Voltage Volleyball Club, you are expected to:
- Support your athlete unconditionally.
- Help the coach or officials when asked.
- Leave the coaching to the coaches.
- Focus efforts on cheering for the things all players do well and don’t look for things to criticize.
- Let the experience be the athlete.
- Stay in control of your emotions.
- Refrain from coaching your child during practice.
- Respect the coaches and do not tell them what to do/not to do.
- Refrain from coaching your child during the games.
- Refrain from advising the coach on how to coach, whom to put in the game, and/or whom to take out of the game.
- Model sportsmanship for your child by treating all coaches, officials, tournament directors, and players of either team with courtesy and respect.
- Respect the time of practice by bringing your child 10 minutes early to every practice.
- Be on time to pick up your child.
- Learn the rules of the game to help you better understand what is happening on the court.
- Resolve any conflict you have by sending an email to the coach or club administration; do not try to resolve issues with other parents.
- Respect the integrity of the officials and not advise them on how to call the match.
Player Code of Conduct:
Arrival to Practice: It is mandatory that every player arrives 10 minutes early. Players must arrive in full volleyball attire.
Lateness: In the event that a player is perpetually late, there will be a parent-player-coach meeting arranged. If the issue continues, there will be a meeting with the club director.
Mobile Devices: Before players enter the gym, all cell phones and other mobile devices must be put away until exiting the gym except for in the event of a medical emergency. During tournaments, cell phone use is not acceptable and players should put them away until a break or after the tournament.
Practice Attire: Players must wear their practice shirts to every practice. This creates team unity, eliminates individualism, and starts to instill discipline. The consequence is up to the discretion of the coach, but there will be a consequence for not wearing the correct practice shirt. Players must also remove all jewelry prior to practice.
Missing Practices: If the player misses practice, that player will not play in the next match tournament or the entire tournament.
Attitude: Players must have a good attitude with the coaches. If a player has a bad attitude with the coaches or with the team, the player will be released from the practice and may not be able to attend the following tournament.
Judgment and Criticism: Players should not judge, blame, or criticize their teammates or coaches. Players must keep a positive character and fellowship with their teammates as well as all other athletes.
Respect: Players should respect coaches, officials, and teammates.
Tobacco, Vape, Drugs & Alcohol: Any athlete found with any illegal substances in their backpack or using vape or alcohol during practice or tournaments will be removed from the club.
Arrival to Tournaments: Players must arrive at tournaments 45 minutes early. Your coach will inform you of your exact required arrival time and location. If for any reason a player can’t arrive in time for the tournament, the player can’t play in the first match. Coaches cannot wait until the last minute to do the pool play and get ready for the first match.
If an athlete cannot attend a tournament, the coach must be informed far in advance of the tournament date.
After every match: Players can’t go with their parents right away after a match or go to the station to pick up their devices. Coaches first need to talk and give instructions to the team if the team needs to do Ref obligations.
Player: If for any circumstance a player's emotions are out of control, the player will not play the following math or the entire tournament. Players should respect any decision or any change that the coaches need to make during tournaments.
Transportation: The transportation of players will be the responsibility of parents.
Tournament Info: The coach will advise the team of tournament details and arrival times at playing sites as soon as they receive the information. Tournament details are not usually posted until Wednesday or Thursday before the tournament.
Tournament Cancelations for Weather or Tournament Directors:
Voltage VBC is not responsible for tournament cancelations; the club administration and coaches will work together to find a make-up tournament date in order to replace cancelations.
During Tournaments: While at tournaments and events, athletes must stay together as a team in order to encourage team unity and bonding.
Players are not allowed to leave tournament sites, including eating meals with parents, until the tournament is over and the coach has dismissed the players. Parents are welcome to pick up food to bring back to their athletes, but the team must remain at the tournament together.
Any exceptions must be approved by the coach and are at the parents'/players' own risk. Approval for exceptions does not relieve players of their responsibility to be on time for scheduled activities.
It is not discouraged for players to bring their significant other to games or practices unless it takes away from the player being able to spend time with their teammates, which is part of the team bonding process. The player is also not allowed to leave the team area with their partner or show over-the-top public affection while in a Voltage VBC Uniform.
Officiating: Players should always be prepared to play a match or perform officiating duties throughout the tournament. Players must equally share officiating responsibilities and all players are required to remain at the tournament until the team’s responsibilities are completed per the coach.
Players must complete all referring and score clinics, and bring their own whistle to every tournament. No exceptions.
Players should not use cell phones or any device during officiating duties throughout the tournament.
If a player is found using their cell phone, coaches will take away the cell phone and it will not be returned until the end of the tournament.
Unauthorized Tournament Departures: If a parent or player decides to leave a tournament before being dismissed due to being upset with the coach, that player will be dismissed from the Club and the club will notify the Gateway Region of the situation.
Conflicts: The line of communication should be from coach to athlete to parent for all issues involving athletes and/or teams. Athletes are encouraged and expected to talk with their coaches about any problems or concerns they may have. Coaches are expected to always listen and be open to the player’s concerns and try to come up with an agreeable solution with the player.
If any conflicts arise at a tournament, all parties (parents, players, and coaches) must wait 24 hours before discussing the issue. You will email the director with your concerns and if the director is not able to find a solution a meeting will be set up with the coach and parent. Please inform the director of any major problems/issues.
Tournament Attire: Teams must be in matching apparel at all times. This will provide a consistent look across all teams in all age groups. Voltage gear and apparel only (no pajamas, non-elite sweatshirts, fluffy house shoes, wild hairstyles, etc.). Exceptions include wearing “sliders” to rest feet and hair accessories that complement the uniform and promote team/club spirit.
Tournaments Out of Town: While in hotels, athletes are to respect the property and privacy of others in the hotel. Loud or rowdy behavior will not be tolerated. Under no circumstance will athletes enter another guest’s room that is not a Voltage VBC parent, player or family member.
Team Parent/Chaperone: Each team will have a parent representative to serve as a team chaperone/team parent. Chaperone responsibilities include: travel with the team, plan tournament meals, enforce a curfew, coordinate team building, communicate with parents, make sure all players have transportation to tournaments, and generally help the coach in any other way they can.
Coaches’ Rooms: Athletes are not allowed to be in a coach’s hotel room at any time. Meetings and team gatherings must be held in the hotel lobby or another public area.
Attendance Policy: The Voltage VBC Attendance Policy requires athletes to miss no more than eight practices throughout the entire season. We will allow four sick days and two personal days for each athlete participating.
Voltage VBC has the right to release any player who misses more than eight practices in a season without a refund of any tuition fees. Other sporting events or other school-related events, such as homework will not be considered excused absences.
An athlete who arrives at practice more than 20 minutes late will be considered absent for that day of practice. If a participant does not notify a coach of their absence from practice or tournament, it will be considered two missed practices on the athlete’s record.
In addition, Voltage VBC believes that all athletes are first and foremost students. All athletes will be expected to maintain passing grades in all subjects. Voltage VBC believes that all athletes need to learn to manage their studies and extra-curricular activities in a responsible fashion. Parents are encouraged to help their daughters learn to make quality choices with their available time.
The club season generally runs from November to April, with the exception of the teams qualify to play after the season. Practices during the holiday season will vary as determined by the club administration.
All athletes will be required to participate in practices in order to participate in the tournaments. Voltage VBC believes that all players will be given equal opportunities to improve their existing skills and learn new skills during practices.
In Voltage VBC we understand that as parents we would like to see our daughter playing the entire tournament, this is because most of the time we don’t understand the role each athlete is playing in the game and it is easy to start comparing your children with other players.
Players will be training by position, and they need to master that position in order to have success in the game, while some players are able to play more than one position according to their skill level. Players will play in some cases around, front row or back row only, according to the position that they will be trained.
Coaches are responsible for determining playing time and court positions for athletes. Parents are not permitted on the court during matches unless specifically requested by the coaches to assist in some capacity. Should a parent wish to discuss an athlete’s playing time, position, or any other issue they should request a meeting with the coach before or after practices, not at matches.
Player’s fees provide guaranteed equal practice time, but NOT guaranteed equal playing time at tournaments. Should parents have any concerns about their child’s playing time or any other conflict, they must follow the club policies below to resolve concerns and encourage their child to also follow these steps.
The coach determines individual playing times based on the skills, attitude, and cooperation of the individual to performs the game, and the effort displayed during practices and games on and off the court. This means there will not always be equal playing time for each player on the team. This is based on the coach’s decision. Players with an emotional response to the match or to the coaches will be pulled out to the court since it is not possible for the player to respond with the same energy to the game when their emotions are out of control. Coaches are not responsible for keep players’ emotions in control.
Voltage VBC reserves the right to make any necessary team changes in order to better the individual athlete and the club.
Do not, for any reason, approach a coach or staff member during or immediately after a tournament to discuss playing time. You must wait at least 24 hours to approach your coach about your concerns.
24-Hour Rule: Always follow the 24-hour rule at tournaments. Emotions are much too high during a competition to discuss rationally. Parents who are seeking deeper explanations should contact the club administration outside of normal practice time to set up a meeting time.
Players may or may not play the position for which they did a tryout. It is the coach's decision, and the coach will do the best for the team.
Equipment and facilities: Each team is given 12 volleyballs and a ball cart for practices and tournaments. The equipment is marked with the club name to be easily located. Equipment must be accounted for before leaving all practices and tournaments.
Tape/Wraps: Tape and pre-wrap are provided for emergencies only. If a player needs to be taped on a regular basis, she must provide her own supplies and taping.
Practices: Practice locations may change. When the facilities run their own programs or are close. Practice will be had in the facilities available for those specific days.
Facilities: Teams must make sure all facilities are left in better condition than when we arrived. All equipment must be put away properly and all trash must be picked up.
I have read and understood the Club Manual, I compromise on the follow the club policies in order to have a successful and positive season.