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 are Training Groups?
Training Groups (Junior High and High School)
We established the first Training Groups program in the Bay Area summer of 2013. Since then, we've continued to innovate and excel at providing the best training to our athletes using this model. Our Training Groups program has produced more NCAA DI beach volleyball athletes than any other program in northern California.
Training Groups are the equivalent to a beach "team". In creating training groups, we are assembling groups of similarly skilled and like minded players to train together. Often times, Training Groups represent a higher level of play and experience, but can also be offered at beginning skill levels.
Training Groups provide a platform and environment for advanced skill and game play development. Players and coaches are able to work closely with one another to develop, plan, and achieve goals. All aspects of beach volleyball are addressed by the coaches, and we go beyond teaching just the skills. Given beach volleyball is a player driven sport- during gameplay coaches often have little input, players must find and retain partners, players self manage their schedules and tournaments- we prepare our athletes to be self sufficient and confident in their abilities as a player, manager and communicator.
A huge aspect of the success of our training group program is our coaching staff. The training group program has the best beach volleyball coaches available in the area, and players get the opportunity to work closely with them in a focused and fun environment.
How do I join a Training Group?
Each season (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) we will host a tryout. Players will be placed into groups and train together for that season based on their tryout. Each group will have a coach that works with them for the duration of the season. Each season will have a specific practice and tournament schedule associated with it.
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.