Ideal for beginner and intermediate players grades 6-8

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How does the club work?

We aim to keep our organization and programs as simple as possible, so we can focus on and emphasize the important stuff— teaching and learning. We split the year into four seasons- Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer. When doing this, we take into account school and sport schedules to make a calendar that makes sense and allows the greatest opportunities for our athletes to excel not just in our club, but in school and other sports. Fall: September, October, November Winter: December, January, February Spring: March, April, May Summer: June, July, August Each season has three main programs: Youth Development Program (YDP), FUNdamentals, and Training Groups. Players sign up and tryout for their desired program each season. The three programs are all part of our development pathway.

What is FUNdamentals?

FUNdamentals (Elementary School, Junior High, High School) FUNdamentals Training is geared to all players wanting to focus on the all important fundamental skills and stratgies to be siuccessful. In this program, we will focus on the fundamental techniques needed to play at a high level. This is the start of our training pathway, and new players generally begin in this program. The knowledge they gain will be utilized and expanded upon throughout their entire time with the club. We teach the same technique and skills as we do to our older players. For that reason, participation in FUNdamentals by a more experienced player can still be effective, and can reinforce and tune up the simple, fundamental techniques the game is based on. The main focus of the program will be to address the randomness, simplicity, and reactionary aspect of the game. Participation in FUNdamentals is a great way to increase a players overall volleyball ability and is great preparation for indoor volleyball seasons, as well as beach volleyball tournaments and games. As the name suggests, this program (and all our programs) are fun. It is important that the game is fun, and practice is fun.

How do I join FUNdamentals?

FUNdamentals is a no tryout program that allows beginning and intermediate players the opportunity to learn the game. We will typically hold an orientation at the beginning of each season to help us organize and get to know the players, or the programs will be open enrollment.

What is our Development Pathway for youth athletes?

Our Development Pathway is the progression of programs we implement as a club to teach youth athletes the sport of beach volleyball. Our pathway is designed to prepare players for NCAA and professional competition. It is split into three distinct time periods: Elementary School (grades 2-6) First introductions to the game though our Youth Development Program (YDP). During this time period we recommend playing multiple sports and not specializing in any one specific sport yet. Middle School (grades 6-8) Players move on from our YDP to the more advanced programs of our Training Groups and FUNdamentals. We recommend narrowing down the sports being played and focus on just a few. We find 2-3 sports during this time to work out well. High School (grades 9-12) Players move on from FUNdamentals into Training Groups. During this time we find it beneficial for players to specialize more, and fully focus on 1-2 sports. However, we always encourage players to maintain other sports and activities as hobbies during this time.

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