District 12 now has a 13-5 year old team. I got a chance to work with them yesterday. They look good and I can't wait for club season. Another 6 months away. It's like waiting for Christmas or for the last day of school
Last year I had a dream about putting together the ultimate volleyball team. This team would have flavor and style. They would not be like typical volleyball teams who do the same ole ace celebrations, same ole chants that everyone else does. This team would have character. Well now, I feel I have that team.
But First One Must Build A Team: District 12 started waaaay before the Spring Series tournament team. We started with 11 players: Amaya, Ella, Zora, Ariana, Emma, Jade and 5 other players. Since, those 5 other players have left the team. More players have been recruited because this is the building of a team in process. When it is all said and done I will have 2 club teams: age 13-15. And age 12U. Right now we are playing in the Spring Series tournament. This is just to build up the skill level for the girls. Teach them confidence. We did very well in the 12U level of play so I moved the girls to 14U with some input from the parents. The first tournament at 14U they practically went undefeated and got a 1st place. Now we play in the gold bracket this Sunday. I want 10 girls for my 13-15 team and 10 girls for my 12U team. Like any other sport, you want the best players for your team. So I will have the best players for my team. Everyone will know how to serve, everyone will know how to hit, everyone will know how to pass, and everyone will get along. Volleyball is not for everyone. Just like football, baseball and basketball is not for everyone. Kids try out for teams and some do not make the team. This is a part of life. I am done recruiting for now and I am VERY satisfied with the girls I have chosen to represent this team. I want only to be the best at this sport, BUT I am also willing to accept losing. I want to be the Bill Belichick of volleyball. This is my dream.
What Kind Of Coach Am I: If you were to ask anyone they would tell you, "Chappell is a passionate guy about volleyball." In fact a guy told me he would do my jersey prints for free just because of the passion I show for the game. I am very emotional about this game (though lots of times you will not see it). But when the time is needed I am VERY emotional about this beautiful game. I have two sides: My YMCA side and my Club side.
The Difference Between Club and YMCA: The club team is not here to discuss school drama on the court. We are not here to gossip. We are not here just for the sake of saying, "I play volleyball, so I'm cool". We are here to enjoy the sport we love. We are here to upgrade our skills and aim for playing college volleyball. My number one goal is to lead my girls to High School and to get a scholarship. That is when I know my job as a coach has paid off. Once again, club volleyball is not for everyone. Sometimes your child may not play as much as you would like them to play. A child gets playing time based on skill level. If they wish to play more they must build up their skill level based on my recommendations. The cost for each player was $195. That got a jersey, 8 weeks of practice and 7 tournaments. This is much better than the price most major clubs charge such as $300 for a 3 day camp. All girls in the "District 12" training class learn efficiently and quickly.
The YMCA is less serious: Girls get two chances to serve. If a girl scores 3 points on a serve she must rotate. Girls can step past the line. It's a simpler style of play and is good for girls who are not yet ready for serious play. Lots of girls in my training class came from my YMCA teams. But I would NEVER invite a girl to my training class unless I believed she had potential.
What Is the Recruiting Process: I see a girl with talent or potential. I then invite her to the training class. From that training class I choose girls who are skilled enough for the tournament/club team. At the moment we are just a tournament team, but come November 1st I will choose my club team. There are actually girls on the tournament team whom are still in training. They are not quite ready for tournament play.
Some May Not Like the Way I Do Things: This is understandable. I do understand that as a coach I cannot make everyone happy. I have had parents not agree with the way I rotate my players in YMCA. But after explaining, it made more since and the child actually got more play with the way I rotate. Some parents do not like that I take their child out before the child serves on my club teams. If I take a child out before she serves it's because that child has not yet made her serves consistently. That child has to come out. I cannot sacrifice a team of 10 to 12 players for the sake of one player who cannot get her serves over the net. Especially in a close game. Like I said, this is club play. We play to win. In some cases YMCA may be a better option for a child. For example: Last YMCA competitive season I had a child who would never react to the ball. In one game she let 6 balls drop right by her, in a row. My girls kept telling me to take her out. I would eventually take her out. The parent got super angry at me and let me have it at a practice. I simply told the parent that the child should not have been in competitive play; she should have been in NON-competitive play. She took her daughter off of my team and put her on another. No hard feelings. Sometimes a child should play the skill level she is equal to. Of course one could always get better with practice. You cannot expect your child to learn solely by playing in games. She has to practice outside of games also. For example: One of my more skilled players when attending my first class last year I saw she was pretty skilled. I asked if she has played volleyball before. She answered: "I practice in my backyard".
My Plans: There will be a Summer session starting June 2nd. It's an 8 week course for the usual $100. After that, school play starts and I will not have classes during that time. November 1st club season starts. I will have two teams: 13-15 and 12U. I am still calculating the price for those club teams. We will actually travel out of state (Colorado, Texas). Once I pick my club I will have a meeting with the parents about where they would like to travel. But club season is when everything will get real. Tournaments can last up to 7 hours at a time. Available I will have t-shirts, bumper stickers even license plates etc. We will play teams from all across America. It will be lots of fun. But I am only bringing in my most skilled players for this. The 8 week training class is a perfect time to upgrade the skill level. If your child does not make the club team all is good. I will have other training classes in which they will play in tournaments against one another.
I thank you for reading this memo,
Most High bless always
Here is a quick breakdown how rotations work:
I allow the first group of girls to play until the server reaches the end of rotation. When it is her turn to serve again I take her and the group of girls after her out (they will have all served). Depending how many girls are sitting out I will bring them in. So if there is 4 girls sitting out, I will bring those girls in for substitution. If the game gets to 10, then I will bring in the girls sitting out to finish the game.
Why I Do It This Way:
1: If I substituted a person every rotation, not everyone would get to play. Games only go up to 20 and it can end quite quickly.
2: I like the girls to get used to playing with one another in groups. If I sub every rotation with a new player, the girls do not learn how to gel together, confusing them.
If It Seems Your Child Had A Short Time In: Because she probably has. This level is not full of volleys. Usually the team with the best servers win. So girls will not be in that long.