2014 in Review
The most trying club season I can ever recall has come to an end for just about every team. 15-1's will play one more time at Southwood.
Weather, weather, weather! Saturday schools, limited court space, gyms being taken from clubs because of events moved by the weather weeks if not months after the storms. Weather is the theme forthis season.
Commitment issues by players/families. This is a change over the last couple of decades that I struggle with understanding. We had a two kids, who we trusted and signed up without payment, who practiced a couple of times and stopped coming. Never paid a dime. We had kids not show up because parents thought they deserved to be on the court more, were too busy to continue with another activity, or just never said why. That kills us since we try to keep teams smallish for playing time and a good coach/player ratio.
Clothing. Some of this was due to practices being cancelled, so players did not get a chance to order. Even if we had a practice, some families could not get out of their drives or local road. They did not get the chance to order. Me. I dislike this part of volleyball/sport. It is something I need to work harder on. I get money or an order and just toss it in my bag. Sometimes I remember it. Sometimes I do not. Also, everyone loved the sweatshirts. We ran a 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th reorder. Thanks to Steve for being so kind and not charging us a set up fee every time we reordered.
13's numbers for the 5th/6th grade. We had 13 players. That is too many for one team and not enough for two teams. Weather also really hurt this group. They practiced after school. No way, even if roads got better as a day went on, that we could get kids together.
On a personal level, a lack of focus by me as I dealt with Mom having a couple of strokes and passing away in February.
I owe thanks to Coach Greg for getting our players prepared not just for high school, but also for college. We are blessed that we have a handful of kids that will have the same opportunity to play college volleyball as Bailey Worl at St. Joe. Gretchen's voice on that team and efforts with clothing. Cindy and Zina for always giving so willingly of their time, knowledge, and passion to the girls. Shannon for her continued efforts to develop volleyball in the area and Paul for his new voice and inputs into training volleyball. Mrs. McMains for valuable insights. We have a future lead coach with her as well as Paul. Julie in more ways than I could every list. Not sure if this works without her. The Manchester coaches who face the same walk that we face in this area. Building volleyball in an area not rich in volleyball tradition. Mrs. Herr for starting to learn about the sport, how we train it, keeping stats, being not only R2 but an R1, and starting to coach it. Mrs. Payne for taking my calls when we needed help and another set of eyes on the court. Mrs. Worl for all her help with a gym schedule, organizing, and all but running the elementary teams. Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Meharry for jumping in and learning what skills we want to teach and how to teach them. They got very little help from me as their practice day was my busy day at school. The Cass coaches for keeping volleyball going at Lewis Cass.
To the families who stuck it out. People like Mr. Conn helping shovel doorways, parents car pooling down snow covered roads, or some families driving 30, 45, or on bad days 60 minutes to trust us to teach their children volleyball skills and we hope the value of working to get somewhere you want in life.
To the players who played all the way through. Our teams were much more competitive this season at every age level. Our hope is to provide contacts, provide competitive teams and impart knowledge for a fair price while still leaving you time for school activities.
One more personal note. To Claire, my daughter. I started coaching her in 2nd grade, passed her to others following 7th grade, and all too often sacrificed time with her to help other girls. Claire graduates this year and is off to college in Findlay, Ohio. I will miss you Bear, your voice, and simply your joy at being on the floor with teammates. Thank you for understanding when I spent time with others, from Big Claire to the current Carroll/CIViC girls over the years. I am proud of you and am thankful you are my daughter, you dork.
Talk to you in the fall.
As educators, we are committed to providing a quality learning experience at an affordable price. We will not form a team without two quality coaches. We limit the size of our teams to guanantee a 1:5 coach to player ratio. Generally our teams have no more than ten players in an effort to insure a player's role. Having said that, attendance at practice is very important.
Our high school teams practice on Sundays. While we have reservations with this day, it works best in order to gain access to the gyms and allows the girls to remain active in their home community activities.
Lastly, we will ability group our teams. It is to the benefit of every player that practices and schedules allow them to compete at an appropriate level.