Parent & Player Information Package 2010 Director: Chad Musser 334-491-5444 Dig_it_Alabama@knology.net www.digitalabama.com Coaches: Steven Mau 18’s Andrea Kade 16’s Jeff Schmidt 16’s Chad Musser 14-1 Steve Yantko 14-1 Sue Yantko 14-2 Brian King 12’s INDEX 1. What is Club Volleyball and Who is Dig It! Alabama? 2. Dig It! Alabama Team Vision & Goals 3. Team Policies 4. Season Info 5. Parental Involvement 6. Rules for Parents 7. Costs per Team 1. What is Club Volleyball and Who is Dig It! Alabama? WHO WE ARE: Dig it! Alabama Volleyball Club was formed to provide high-level training, skill development and competition for its junior athletes. It is an elite traveling program for committed female athletes between the ages 8 and 18. Our teams practice at least twice a week (we try for three times), and will compete in USA Volleyball tournaments across the Southeast. Dig It! Alabama is a member of the Southern Region of USA Volleyball and is proud to be a pro- moter of Amateur Athletes feeding the US National Volleyball Teams. Dig It! Alabama Vol- leyball club is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting interest in National amateur athletic programs. WHAT WE NEED TO SUCCEED: USA Volleyball, like any travel sport, is an expensive interest. The typical base cost (not including travel expenses) is around $900 per girl which includes gym costs, uniforms, ball, club/coaches fee’s, administrative costs and all tournament entry fees. Our team includes athletes from over 20 different schools. In order to help reduce costs, we are looking for corporate sponsorship and/or fund raising opportunities to help cover some basic team costs: Gym rental, uniforms, and equipment. Our sponsors will have space on the team webpage, and will have the satisfaction of having helped a young female athlete on her way toward a chance at a collegiate athletics program. Donations of any amount are wel- come. 2. DIG IT! ALABAMA TEAM VISION & GOALS: CLUB GOAL — Provide the best learning environment for competitive volleyball players & to develop each player’s skill to their fullest potential and give participants the informa- tion, training and exposure they need to continue their volleyball and educational expe- rience at the High School and collegiate level. · UNITY- To create a supportive and disciplined environment that develops a unified team. Win as a team, lose as a team, but we will be a team. · COMPETITION – Field teams which will compete with the best teams that the Southern Region has to offer. Enable at least one team to win their age division in the Southern Region Championships · FUN - To establish a fun-filled environment that fosters the health of the team, while giving 100% effort, both physical and mental. ATHLETE GOALS: • To encourage teammates to achieve their highest personal potential on and off the court. • To find a personally rewarding competitive niche within the framework of the volleyball team. • To strive for excellence in the athlete’s personal performance and to contribute as needed to the goals of the team. • To develop a comprehensive knowledge of the position in which the athlete competes, and the greater game of volleyball. • To develop the necessary mental and physical skills necessary to compete at the ath- lete’s highest personal potential. • 100% effort on part of the athletes in ALL practices, scrimmages, and tournaments. COACHES GOAL • Coaches will give 100% effort and dedication of their time during practices, tourna- ments, and club functions. • Develop, and refine the skills, both physical and mental, necessary for junior ath- letes to succeed as a competitive volleyball player. • Ensure the FUN is not lost in the hard work and spirit of competition. • Develop and nurture the love of the sport with the athletes. 3. TEAM POLICIES • Attendance at all practices and scheduled competitions, including weekend tourna- ments, is required. • Unauthorized absences from workouts, competitions (including team ―work detail‖) are grounds for dismissal from the team. Any absence which is not PRIOR coordinated with a member of Dig It! Alabama Coaching staff counts as unauthorized. Telling a teammate you won’t be there does not count as contact. The student athlete MUST structure her time accordingly to accommodate her responsibility to her team, i.e. at- tending practice & developing her skills to uphold her position on the court. If this means they don’t go to a movie, out with a friend, or spend hours on the computer IM’ing, then this is what it takes. Missing a Tuesday Practice to study for a Wed test, when they had all weekend to prep is mismanagement of time, and is a failure to uphold her responsibility to the team. • All athletes must maintain an appropriate level of physical fitness throughout the season, and must maintain no lower then a 2.0 GPA (C) as well. • Proper respect will be shown to, and from, all authoritative figures, including any/all adults, while at practice, tournaments, or any club function. Failure to follow this rule will be grounds for dismissal from the team. Tournament Travel We do not permit players to drive themselves to tournaments. We require they ride with a coach, chaperone, or parents. This gives us accountability for our players. 4. SEASON INFORMATION LENGTH OF SEASON The Season runs from Mid-November to Regional Championships (Mid April). PRACTICES Practices will be two or three times a week, for 2 hours per session. Practices will be a Mon, Thur, Sat or a Tues, Thur, Sat schedule from 5-7 & 7-9. We can run 2 courts/2 teams at the same time, so we can run 4 teams in one night. All practices will be at the Dig It! Gym. TOURNAMENTS Tournaments are played throughout the southeast. We play in Atlanta & Birming- ham the most, but can play in Huntsville, Mobile, Pensacola, and Nash- ville/Chattanooga as well. They may be a one day affair (Saturday), or they may be a two day (Saturday/Sunday) setup. It depends upon the tournament as to what they are. Travel costs are not included in your fee’s. 5. PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT We need support from the parents in order to make this club function efficiently. We need volunteers to step up and help in the following roles: Parent Advisory Liaison – 1 parent from each team who acts as a liaison between par- ents and Coach/Director. The role of this person is to provide coherent input to the Coach/Club staff on issues which arise during the year. Fund Raising Committee—1 (or more) Parent(s) from each team who help to organize and run team fund-raising events. Team Chaperone—1 parent (preferably a Mom) to volunteer to help be a team chape- rone. What this means is you will help the coach (if needed) with any girls who may be traveling alone for a tournament (i.e. without parents). This requires a background check, and a USAV membership. Don’t worry, the team pays for it so you don’t incur the cost yourself! FUND RAISING RULES: 1. All team fund raisers have to be approved and conducted by the club. 2. Sponsors have to be approved by the club due to the ―junior athlete‖ status of our or- ganization. 3. We have multiple fund-raiser ideas, but are always open to new ideas. Besides raising money, fund-raisers also serve as good team bonding time. We highly encourage every- one to participate. 4. TEAM fund-raisers are divided by all the team members who took part in the event and credited toward their dues. 6. DIG IT! RULES FOR PARENTS 1. If at any time you have a question or comment concerning coaching tech- nique/decisions then this will need to be addressed after practice/ or at the next practice AFTER a tournament. We can talk about any issues on the next practice day, or by ap- pointment. There will be NO discussion in front of the players. 2. This Club is formed on the support of the parents. We highly encourage praise, and discourage negativity. We ask you to maintain the moral high ground, and provide posi- tive role models to all the players. Please do not comment on the play of the kids on the court in a negative manner. Volleyball is a game of mistakes, and the girls are painfully aware of when they make one, they don’t need to hear sounds of negativity from the stands. 3. There will be no smoking or drinking around the girls during an official event. Every parent is a responsible individual, and having a beer/wine with dinner after a tournament does not constitute an ―official event‖. The only caveat we have with this, is if you are driv- ing someone else’s child, then we ask you to refrain from having a drink. 4. We expect the girls to adhere to a policy of respect toward their teammates and others, especially adults/authority figures, and ask that you treat them the same way you would like to be treated. 5. If you know you are going to be late or miss a practice, please call ahead of time or give notice. If you have a conflict with a tournament we ask you to give as far advance notice as possible so we can plan accordingly. 6. We ask that you get your daughters to practice on time, and be on time to pick them up. We’ll do our best to be complete with practice on time as well. 7. During tournaments the girls will be scheduled for work detail. This means we, as a team, score keep, line judge, down ref, and Libero track. What this also means is that af- ter our last game we may not necessarily be ―done‖. If you need to leave a tournament early/before we are done with our team commitment, then we ask that you approach the Head Coach PRIOR to the tournament date. 8. Although we are not school related, I do expect the girls to bring in report cards when they are issued. If a girl has a D in any course, then I, as Club Director need to meet with her parents & player to discuss this issue. 7. ESTIMATED COSTS PER TEAM Description Cost USAV Membership fee- individual $50 Portion of Coaches membership fee $10 Portion of Team Admin Fees $10 Portion of team chaperone, background check, Impact Fee $10 Coaching fee (based on 10 girls) $250 Assistant Coach Fee (if applicable- based on 10 girls) $100 Club Fee $50 Tournament Entry cost/player $150 Gym usage cost $50 Ball $35 Uniforms (2 jerseys, 2 spandex, warm-ups, backpack) $175 Tournament entry fee is variable depending on tournaments played. Tournament and coaching fees will go down with more girls splitting.