What should my Daughter be doing?
Every year I am asked by parents what types of things their daughters should be doing to improve their volleyball skills.  I have tried to come up with a document that will serve as a guideline for parents as they plan off-season opportunities for their daughters.  I have tried to think of all the things that I think are valuable for each of the age levels.  It is not necessary* for an athlete to do everything, but as is the case with anything in life, the more effort that is put into volleyball, the greater your chances of reaching your ultimate goals.  As always if you have any questions, please email me at vmetzger@sturgisps.org or call me at 269-659-1535 extension 1641.

                                                                                                         Coach Metzger

 

Below 7th Grade

          Club Volleyball (see the club page on this website for club info)

          Summer Camps (see the camp page on this website for info)

          Speed and Agility Clinics and Camps

          Play anywhere you can (beach, backyard, etc…)

          Other sports – multiple sports help athletes work on their balance, 
                                      strength, agility, and teamwork skills.

 

This is a great age to get athletes interested in competitive volleyball.  Playing U12 or U13 club volleyball is a great way to learn the basics of the game while competing against others the same age and will give parents the most bang for the buck.

 

7th/8th Grade

          Club Volleyball (see the club page on this website for club info)

          Summer Camps (see the camp page on this website for info)

          Sturgis Volleyball Camp (see the camp page on this website for info)

Setters Camp – If you are interested in becoming a top-notch setter,

setters camp is a must.  Sports Performance runs the best setters camps.  Information is on the camp page of this website.

          Speed and Agility Clinics and Camps

          High Performance Program – this program is geared to the elite

athlete interested in performing at the highest level.  For more information go to: http://usavolleyball.org/volleyball-disciplines/high-performance-indoor.

Play anywhere you can (beach, backyard, etc…)

          Other sports – multiple sports help athletes work on their balance, 

                                      strength, agility, and teamwork skills.

 

This is the age where athletes should start to get serious about putting in the time to become an elite athlete.  Bad habits have not yet formed or can be easily broken.  Also, athletes are now getting strong enough to handle the rigors of the sport at a high level.  Any athlete with the goal of playing Varsity volleyball should try to play club ball.  Any volleyball player that has aspirations of playing college volleyball should definitely be playing club ball.  Any volleyball player with the goal of playing Division 1 College Volleyball should be playing for a club that enters USAV tournaments, rather than just the local AAU tournaments.  Elite volleyball players should also participate, if possible, in the USA High Performance program.  (See above).

 

 

Trying out for Freshmen Team

Club Volleyball (see the club page on this website for club info)

          Summer Camps (see the camp page on this website for info)

          Sturgis Volleyball Camp (see the camp page on this website for info)

Setters Camp – If you are interested in becoming a top-notch setter,

setters camp is a must.  Sports Performance runs the best setters camps.  Information is on the camp page of this website.

          High School Summer Sessions – Info will come from Coach Metzger.

          Speed and Agility Clinics and Camps

Play anywhere you can (beach, backyard, etc…)

          Other sports – multiple sports help athletes work on their balance, 

                                      strength, agility, and teamwork skills.

 

Trying out for Reserve Team

Club Volleyball (see the club page on this website for club info)

          Summer Camps (see the camp page on this website for info)

          Sturgis Volleyball Camp (see the camp page on this website for info)

Setters Camp – If you are interested in becoming a top-notch setter,

setter’s camp is a must.  Sports Performance runs the best setters camps.  Information is on the camp page of this website.

          Specialty Camps – (see the camp page on this website for info)

          High School Summer Sessions – Info will come from Coach Metzger.

          Speed and Agility Clinics and Camps

          Speed and Agility Class at School – (10th – 12th graders only)

          High Performance Program – this program is geared to the elite

athlete interested in performing at the highest level.  For more information go to: http://usavolleyball.org/volleyball-disciplines/high-performance-indoor .

Play anywhere you can (beach, backyard, etc…)

          Other sports – multiple sports help athletes work on their balance, 

                                      strength, agility, and teamwork skills.

 

Trying out for Varsity Team

Club Volleyball (see the club page on this website for club info)

          Summer Camps especially Team Camp (see the camp page on this website for info)

          Sturgis Volleyball Camp (see the camp page on this website for info)

Setters Camp – If you are interested in becoming a top-notch setter,

setters camp is a must.  Sports Performance runs the best setters camps.  Information is on the camp page of this website.

          High School Summer Sessions – Info will come from Coach Metzger.

          Speed and Agility Clinics and Camps

          Speed and Agility Class at School – (10th – 12th graders only)

          High Performance Program – this program is geared to the elite

athlete interested in performing at the highest level.  For more information go to: http://usavolleyball.org/volleyball-disciplines/high-performance-indoor .

Play anywhere you can (beach, backyard, etc…)

          Other sports – multiple sports help athletes work on their balance, 

                                      strength, agility, and teamwork skills.
 
*This page in no way implies that teams are chosen based on participation in any of the aforementioned activities.  These activites are listed only as a service to parents looking for more opportunities for their daughters.  Teams at each level are chosen based on a number of different criteria.  However, out-of-season participation is never used as one of these criteria.