When should my child begin playing / learning the sport of volleyball?
Boys and girls may begin to play recreational volleyball as early as the age of 4 or 5. However, this is merely a personal preference for parents. At VCNebraska, we believe that young kids benefit from receiving correct training at a young age, but we do not push kids to make volleyball their sole sport. We believe kids attain full athletic development when they participate in as many sports as possible.
How do I know what age group my son / daughter falls into?
Locate your child's birthdate on the chart below to find out what age group they belong in.
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What is a typical club volleyball season like?
Club volleyball seasons vary in length and commitment based on age groups. Most ages will start their club season at the beginning of January and will run through the end of April.
11-12's Program: January 1 - April 30th with no postseason tournaments
13-14's Program: January 1 - April 30 with the possibility of extending the season into May and traveling to Nationals in June
15-18's Program: January 1 - May 30 with the possibility of extending the season into June and traveling to Nationals
For more information about the specific time commitments of each age group, please refer to VCNebraska "Programs".
What is a qualifier?
A qualifier refers to a national tournament hosted in larger cities throughout the US. USAVolleyball hosts these qualifiers as a way to get teams from across the country to "qualify" to compete in Nationals at the end of June. There are a certain number of "bids" available at each qualifier, and depending on your final finish, you may qualify to participate in Nationals.
There are 2 divisions at each qualifier, an Open and a Club division. The Open division is the most competitive division, and Club is the division underneath Open.
You may enter a qualifier in any either of these divisions, with the hopes of qualifying and competing at Nationals.
Will my daughter be able to play every position?
When a coach asks a player, "which position do you play", most girls have an immediate response. But at VCNebraska, we believe no one has a specific position, and that everyone is a volleyball player. Having every player train in every position is the most beneficial way to develop as a complete athlete. Especially at a young age, our players learn all positional skills and use them in training. As the girls progress in age, they will continue to learn and train every position, but their focus becomes more narrowed.
Should my child be attending private lessons, group lessons, camps, clinics, etc?
Camps and clinics throughout the year are a great way to get to know all of our coaches at VCNebraska as well as learn the way we train our players. We will not offer clinics and camps during the club season as we believe it is our job to provide the best training for the players in our club on a weekly basis.
VCNebraska club players are not allowed to take private lessons from their club coach during the season. However, they are permitted to take lessons from another VCN coach or Director.
During the summer/fall months, we encourage girls to join our camps and clinics to continue to refresh their skills as well as interact with our coaching staff. Lesson/group lessons are also available and can be organized through our club director, Maggie Griffin.
Where does VCNebraska practice?
VCNebraska has signed an agreement with Abbott Sports Complex to lease their 4 suspended volleyball courts in the north gym. All VCNebraska camps, clinics, and practices will be held at Abbott, 7600 N 70th St. Lincoln through the 2014 club season.
What are the fees associated with VCNebraska?
Club fees for VCNebraska range depending on age and commitment level. A higher level of commitment, practice, and tournament play requires a higher club fee.
At VCNebraska, we have a very specific viewpoint on paying a one-time club fee for the club season with no hidden costs. We will provide each parent with a specific, detailed layout of the total year's costs in full. We do not believe in misleading our participants by breaking down our costs so that you never know what you're actually paying in full at the end of the season.
It is our goal to provide our athletes with the best training and coaching within our club practices and tournaments. Therefore, we feel it is unnecessary to attend clinics, lessons, or camps during the club season. This is an added expense on top of club fees, and if you feel you are not getting sufficient training from our club, then we are not doing our jobs to the highest standard.
The ONLY additional fee that would be incurred for a player would be if his/her team qualified for Nationals and that particular team's season was extended. However, this exception would be clearly spelled out in the club fee structure provided to you at the beginning of the season.
*Club fees change on a yearly basis and cannot be predicted for future years.