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Club Philosophy

SOVC Playing Time Philosophy

SOVC does not guarantee equal playing time on any of our teams. However, playing time decisions are determined on a different scale depending on the level of team. If you accept a spot on a Green Elite level team at SOVC, playing time will be determined by performance. Playing time will be competitive and will be earned by effort and success-rate during practices as well as in-game performances. Silver Competitive and White Developmental teams progressively receive more equalized playing time due to the developmental nature of those teams. Although playing time on the Silver and White teams are more equalized, we do not guarantee "equal" playing time for every player as practice attendance, coachability, and performance are still all factors taken into consideration when those coaches are determining playing time. We believe that important life lessons can be learned by sport involvement including the understanding that you have to "earn" playing time no matter the level of competition. We also believe learning can take place for every player whether they are practicing, on the court, or on the sideline. All players will be given the opportunity to play on any given day at a tournament, but the amount of time will be determined by many factors. We recognize and appreciate that our playing time policy may not be consistent with the objectives of all student athletes or their families. We encourage any prospective athlete to fully consider the possible ramifications of this policy and to discuss this policy with their family BEFORE trying out for any of our teams. We firmly believe that, for the right athletes, participation with any of our teams will be beneficial for them even though they may not receive as much playing time as they might on another team. Please consider the importance of playing time BEFORE attending tryouts.

Club Philosophy

SOVC  Principles
Our goal as a club is to provide an environment where girls can train to be the best volleyball player that they can possibly be.  We truly desire to positively affect each member of our club in multiple ways.  We have very caring and knowledgeable coaches that want the best for your daughter.  In addition to improving our volleyball skills, inevitably we will encounter challenging situations along the way. We choose to play sports to develop skills and character on the court so that we can be stronger people off the court.  These characteristics include respect, discipline, integrity, self-confidence, determination, and humility. To achieve our goal of developing character it is imperative that we have commitment from the athlete and support from the parents. 

SOVC may not be the right club for everyone.  This is true for all clubs and it’s members.  It is very important for players and parents to understand the SOVC philosophy to minimize possible problems.  Our coaches will focus on technical training. We do not believe in “yelling” at players to make them successful because we feel that once they find their inner motivation they will be stronger players for it.  At the same time, we have high expectations that each player will be held to.  Overall, we would like to build player-led teams that “think” volleyball.  SOVC offers competitive level teams that play to win, and we also offer teams that are focused more on development where playing time is more equalized. Please answer the question regarding this on the tryout registration asking which type of team more closely matches your desires.

SOVC is for specific athletes that are looking to gain life experiences from athletics. We believe that parents need to believe in their child, support them through the good and bad situations, and advocate for the success of the team over the individual.  WE ASK PARENTS TO EQUIP, NOT ENABLE.

One very important concept for parents, players, and coaches to understand is that SOVC wants to provide the most “positive” experience for our athletes.  “Positive” does not always mean “happy”.  When you choose to play a team sport you will have times of disappointment, discouragement, and conflict along with the successes and encouragement.  We try to minimize the tough times, but the reality of team sports is that these situations will arise.  Why would we voluntarily put ourselves into these situations? Because that is the reality of life and to successfully navigate society we need to learn how to react to these scenarios.  Sometimes we will be successful, sometimes we will not, but we will be stronger relational individuals because of it.  We want to provide a foundation to equip your daughter for life on and off the court. 

Respect for coaches, teammates and parents
We would like to help our athletes practice good sportsmanship and expect them to respect their teammates and coaches at all times.  To encourage good communication skills, we will ask that athletes respond to coaches when they ask a question and that they should get the same from their coach in return.  Foul language, bullying, and or negative body language will not be accepted.  Parents will be held to the same standard as it is often we hear one parent talking poorly of another athlete or the coach.  We need to function as a unit.  Parents will also be asked not to coach their daughter.  When players feel the need to listen to their parent over the coach it confuses them and does not help the team function as a unit.  We will ask that the only thing coming from the stands is “Good Job _____”.  Please no coaching statements as it confuses your child.  If a parent or player does not behave properly, the player will be asked to leave the club.

SOVC knows that your daughter is the best.  And we understand that every parent feels that their child is the best and is deserving of more playing time.  The bottom line is there are only 6 spots on the court.  Please trust that we are doing our best to evaluate each player fairly.  We take into consideration many things: attitude, attendance, work ethic, communication, support of teammates, and skill level.  Line-ups change from game to game so please keep that in mind.

Addressing Concerns
If parents or players are concerned with something that the club or coach is doing we welcome your questions, but we ask they be handled in a specific way. Please understand that 95% of concerns are playing time and that most conversations start out with “I’m not that kind of parent and my daughter would be so embarrassed if she knew I was talking to you”.  So, to avoid this embarrassment, we ask for the following protocol to be followed:

First: Ask yourself if your child supports you on your decision to bring up an issue.  If the athlete does not want you to bring it up it may be better for them to deal with it on their own.  If you still feel it is in your child’s best interest to bring a concern up with their coach, please go to the next step.

Second: If a player would like to discuss a concern with the coach we ask the player to approach the coach outside of practice or tournaments.  The player can set up a time with their coach.  Please do not just walk up to a coach during a practice or right after a match and expect that they can have a productive conversation when they are probably already consumed with something else.  We want to hear the athlete’s concern, so let’s set up an appropriate time. Also, know that your coach cares about you and your success so approach the conversation as if the coach is on your side and that they have a good reason for what is going on.

Third: If a parent would like to talk to the coach, parents are welcome to sit through practices so you have a good feel for the team.  If you still have a concern after the fact, please set up a time to meet with the coach to discuss the “issue” outside of practice or a tournament. Again, please go in to the meeting assuming the coach has the team’s best interest in mind.

Fourth: Parents can contact Leaf Jensen, the director, and I will step in to see what we can do to resolve the issue.  If the issue concerns your daughter’s safety, please go straight to the Fourth step as that something completely different that we need to deal with ASAP. 

Player/Parents
Just as you expect the best from us we will ask the same of all or parents and players.  Teams work when coaches work to improve each player and parents/players support their coach and fellow teammates. When we practice, play, and travel each athlete is expected to be a good ambassador of the program by following the rules set forth by the coach and club. If any of the athletes make poor choices we will handle it in the following manner:

First offense: Coach will talk to the player and parent individually about the situation.

Second offense: Player will be put on “probation” for a week.  They will be allowed to practice, but not compete.  If they are on a trip they will be asked to leave the tournament. They may be asked to sign a contract just so that we are all aware that the concern has been talked about and expectation are clear moving forward.

Third offense: Player will be asked to leave the club.