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Thurston Volleyball. 6-8-09 Program Meeting. Today’s Purpose. Introductions Recognize some of the history of THS VB Discuss our style of play Discuss our focus for the summer Fundraising Important Dates Internet Expectations. Introductions. Jason Corwin Varsity Coach Elvin Chandra

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thurston volleyball

Thurston Volleyball

6-8-09 Program Meeting

today s purpose
Today’s Purpose
  • Introductions
  • Recognize some of the history of THS VB
  • Discuss our style of play
  • Discuss our focus for the summer
  • Fundraising
  • Important Dates
  • Internet
  • Expectations
  • Jason Corwin
    • Varsity Coach
  • Elvin Chandra
    • Varsity Assistant
  • Kelly Rosin
    • Junior Varsity Coach
  • Meggan Saubert
    • Freshman Coach
  • David Hicks
    • Program Assistant
ths volleyball history
THS Volleyball History
  • MWL has one Champion: Churchill in ‘72
  • THS has finished 2nd once in ’83
    • Several more finishes in the top 6 up to ’93
  • 14 year absence from top 6 finishes
  • 2007 & 2008: Finished 6th
past players
Past Players:
  • Allyson Leavitt: Oregon
  • Sara Pilgreen: HILO Hawaii
  • Jennifer Cueto: OIT
  • Cotie Howard: NCU
  • Jill Shockey: Division 2
  • Angela Henderson: Oregon
  • Kelsey Rogers: MWL MVP ’06, played for Chemeketa in ‘07
  • Emily Urness: ‘06 graduate, Linfield
  • Tara Hill: MWL Co-MVP ‘07, Starting OH for Linfield
  • Kristen Walters: MWL Co-MVP ‘08, signed to play for OIT
style of play
Style of Play
  • Challenging Serves
    • Force the opposition to play out-of-system
  • Float Serve: harder to manage, moved by the air currents in the gym
  • Jump Float: intimidating, forward momentum, deeper float @ passers head
  • Jump Spike: more intimidating, faster tempo, improves our hitters arm swing and approach
style of play defense
Style of Play: Defense
  • Back Row:
    • We play a system defense with the flexibility to adjust to opponent tendencies
    • Trust the system: data driven
    • Most important skill: Ball, Setter, Ball, Hitter
      • Both Blockers and Diggers
opponent attack data
Opponent Attack Data:
  • TA: Total Attempts
  • Total Attempts for study: 1163
  • Total Digs/Creates: 500
  • Range of levels: high school to national teams
  • Time frame: 1983—it was redone after 2000, numbers were nearly identical
style of play defense1
Style of Play: Defense
  • Block with Purpose
  • BSBH
  • Footwork matches the BSBH sequence
    • 2, Quick 3, 3, & 5 step approaches
  • Swing Block for greater height/penetration
    • Will alter swing approach for more efficiency
  • Set the block, don’t go for the ball
style of play offense
Style of Play: Offense
  • Play fast in the middle
    • Commits the middle blocker
    • Hit doesn’t have to be hard…just fast
    • Creates single and ½ double blocks for OH/RS
  • Would like to add some combo & X plays to start incorporating an overload style
summer opportunities
Summer Opportunities
  • Open Gym--Mondays
    • Fun environment
    • Appropriate level of competition matched to the ability of the athlete
    • Allows the emerging talent to view more advanced players in action
    • Competitive level of play
  • Open Gym—Wednesdays
    • 5:30-7pm—Incoming Freshman only
    • 7-9pm—incoming Sophmores to Seniors + invite
summer opportunities1
Summer Opportunities
  • Conditioning
    • No conditioning times this summer
    • I will provide a workout on the website
  • I believe that improved fitness can help you demand more of your body
  • Concentrate on core strength, jumping quickness and height.
  • Keep it anaerobic in nature
  • Aerobic fitness is good if you are trying to burn calories.
summer opportunities2
Summer Opportunities
  • Scrimmages
    • Allows us to practice in a game like environment
    • Measure ourselves against the local competition
    • Gives the coaches a chance to see what needs improvement. Also, what did we do well.
    • How do the athletes work together. What leaders are emerging.
    • Existing program athletes and/or invitation
summer opportunities3
Summer Opportunities
  • Camps: Freshman
    • Freshman: allows coaches to see the talent coming in.
      • Concentrated effort put into fundamentals with an emphasis on serving and passing
      • Introduction to the different modes of play (4:2, 5:1, 6:2, etc.)
      • Gives the athletes an opportunity to learn how they will be evaluated.
      • Athletes learn what the expectations are.
      • They will learn how to start working together on the court in the Thurston system.
summer opportunities4
Summer Opportunities
  • Camps: JV/V
    • Reminder of the THS system of play.
    • Some individual work on fundamentals
    • A lot of competitive play with and against their peers.
    • Allows the coaches to work with and view the athletes during different stressor events to guage reaction and response
    • Serving, Passing, Setting, Hitting competitions during the week
    • Tournament on the final day
  • JV: Incoming Sophmores + invite
  • V: Incoming Juniors to Seniors + invite
  • Conflicts: Talk to me to make arrangements. College, leadership camp conflicts, vacation, etc.
important dates
Important Dates
  • Camps:
    • Freshman: 7/6-7/9
    • JV: 7/20-7/24
    • V: 8/10-8/14
  • July 15th, 22nd, & 29th: Scrimmages
  • August 12th: Fall sports sign-up
  • August 24-26th. Volleyball Tryouts: schedule


  • Willamette Country Music Festival
    • 8/28-8/30
  • Elementary/Middle Camp
    • 7/6-7/9: 8-12pm
  • Kidsports Camp: October
  • Tournaments:
    • 14’s in Feburary/16’s in March
  • TES Family Fun Night: $50 dollar bonus for doing such a good job
  • Calendar: Bruce Berg Photography
    • $10 features area sports teams—No VB this year. Will be for 2010-11 calendar
    • $4 goes to program
    • $4 to Children’s Miracle Network
    • $3 covers print cost
  • Uniforms
    • We need to fill in the gaps for the Freshman and JV.
    • Add more sizes
    • Increase 3 uniform sets for Varsity for swing players
  • Buy another 25 balls
  • Build up a reserve for future expenses
  • Lost ½ a stipend: $1800.00
  • We will not be buying t-shirts for camp coaches
  • We will not be buying cinch bags for campers
player expenses
Player Expenses
  • Participation Fee: $125 to $150.
    • Still waiting on official word
  • Updated physical (within the last 2 years?)
  • Practice t-shirts: Red, White, Black (~$9 each)
  • Black spandex, knee pads, socks
  • We would prefer shoes with a white and red scheme
  • Varsity: we will do our best to keep any required gear at an absolute minimum
technology internet
Technology & Internet
  • Website:
    • Linked to THS website
    • Calendar page
    • Video clips
    • Nutrition/exercise page
    • Informational posts
    • Paperless!
  • Maxpreps: stats posted online
  • Facebook page?
  • Video: ability to extract key moments for game planning, highlights, etc.
some program differences
Some Program differences
  • There will most likely be 3 teams: F,JV,V
    • We will make that decision officially after Freshman Camp—7/6-7/9
  • Varsity Changes:
    • Practices will be 3 hours in length for coaches, 2.5 hours for players. 30 minutes @ start or conclusion of practice for coaches to tutor.
    • Sunday afternoon film session @ TMS library. ~45 minutes
    • Journals to record personal stats and take notes during film session
    • Clearwater (Bend) tournament during Homecoming: we will be attending tournament
    • Will take most Fridaysoff except for Friday practice before Monday match.
gold medal squared gms
Gold Medal Squared: GMS
  • We were not unaware of their system of play
    • Data driven decisions, base positions, swing blocking, etc
  • We are now able to fine tune our approach to more closely resemble this system of play
    • Defense: Blocking focus, altered base positions, back row assignments
  • Practice’s will look different this year
    • Start with 2 nets up, move to 1 net
    • Warm-ups will be volleyball play driven
  • This summer important as we introduce different evaluation games, activities, changes in defense
expectations of coaching staff
Expectations of coaching staff
  • Positive Approach
    • Tell them what I want versus what I do not want. Allows for more positive interaction. Pushes the athlete to achieve by their own motivation
  • Competitive environment in practice
    • We have always been organized for practice. This year more focus on game play to teach skills. Stat and video practice.
  • Plan your practices…..Practice your plan.
    • Studies show that athletes need time to practice new skills to implement them with confidence. New stimulus during games increases anxiety reducing performance.
expectations of coaching staff1
Expectations of coaching staff
  • If we want to be flexible, make adjustments, or even celebrate; we have to practice it.
  • Cannot introduce new concepts during critical moments
  • We lower anxiety during competition by increasing tension during practice
team expectations
Team Expectations
  • I want a team with an attitude of unwaverable confidence
  • We cannot fear mistakes
  • Fear of failure leads to blame-shifting
  • I want accountability for your level of play
  • I want teammates who support and encourage
team expectations1
Team Expectations
  • All athletes feel welcome
  • Building others up rather than tearing teammates down to make yourself feel better
  • Mentor the future: walk away knowing your legacy will keep going by the younger athletes you have mentored
  • I do not have patience for personal drama
    • Realistically cannot eliminate completely
    • Less drama = more maturity, team focus
  • I want team players in this program
  • Nobody is bigger than the “T”
  • I am not afraid to lose to win my way!
  • I have benched starters during critical times in the season
  • I have removed talented players from the team
  • Be coachable
    • Malleable:
      • Capable of being shaped or formed
      • Able to adjust to changing circumstances
    • We are not expecting perfection the first time…neither should you
    • We want to hear a respectful acknowledgment and sincere effort to execute
    • Give it your best shot…we will keep working with you to achieve mastery
  • Crossover skills your daughter will learn:
    • Strong work ethic
    • Respect for authority, teammates, opposition
    • Versatility: welcomes change as a opportunity to get better
    • Resiliency: how to handle adversity and still maintain confidence in her team and herself.
    • Accountability: acknowledges her own mistakes and makes the necessary changes to benefit the team
    • How to work together as a team: recognizes that team goals are the number 1 priority. Finds a way to make a positive contribution to the team.
  • I am very competitive and will expect the best out of your daughter every day.
  • I will push and challenge your daughter to pursue excellence in everything she does.
  • I expect Thurston Volleyball to be successful.
  • I expect your daughter to have a great summer playing volleyball.