Our mission is to produce an enjoyable experience in the sport of volleyball by developing players that are technically sound and tactically progressive in an environment where everyone is valued for their contributions.
Our motto..."NOTHING LESS."
Like the greatest coach of all time, John Wooden, used to say, "the focus should be on the effort performed by the staff and by the players, not on winning." Our club philosophy shares Mr. Wooden's perspective, in that, "Nothing less than the very best effort is expected from our staff and from our players." We do not focus directly on winning and mistakes. Instead, we focus on coaching education and player development. Another relatable quote, "Don't stive to be better than others, instead strive to be your best self." As a result, oddly enough, we have a very successful program. We are the ELITE!
PAYES ELITE & NEXXT ELITE
There are two different sub divisions of ELITE Volleyball Club. PAYES ELITE Volleyball Club consists of teams that compete in the Power League of the NCVA (Northern California Volleyball Association). NEXXT ELITE Volleyball Club consists of teams that compete either in the Premier League of the NCVA; or as Hybrid teams with a limited schedule of practice and competition.
PREMIER (AREA) TEAMS:
Premier teams compete under our NEXXT ELITE Volleyball Club subdivision of ELITE Volleyball Club. Premier teams will practice twice a week for two hours and compete in the Premier League of the Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA). Typically these teams do not have to travel more than approximately an hour and a half to get to their league tournament sites. Premier teams will typically compete directly here on the peninsula, in San Francisco, or cities like: Salinas; Santa Cruz; or Pleasant Hill. The farthest travel for Premier League teams is typicallly their League Championships that are hosted in Sacramento for a two-day tournament in May. Premier teams will practice twice a week during the months of January through May. Premier teams will have one practice in November and three practices in December. Most Premier teams will also participate in a few invitational tournaments, although these will vary depending upon the specific team: California Classic in January; President's Day in February; Far Western's in Reno; and the Bay View Classic in May.
Power teams tend to be for the more competitive and more experiences participants to club volleyball. Power teams fall under our PAYES ELITE Volleyball Club. These teams will practice three times each week for two hours. Most of these teams will practice on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Power teams will begin their full practice schedule after Signing Night on November 10th. If you participate on a Power team you need to be prepared to travel. Invitationals, League Qualifiers, and League Championships are posted ahead of time. The three individual league tournaments can be posted within just a few days of the tournament; and can be as far away as Clovis or Lake Tahoe. Power teams compete in the Power League of the NCVA. There is a Power League Qualifier that will break the teams into divisions of twelve teams with similar ability. With each of the three league tournaments the top three teams will move up a division while the bottom three teams will move down a division. The top three divisions of the league are GOLD, SILVER, and BRONZE. They are then alpha-catogorized with the next division, A-qua, then B-lue, and so on. Because the competition is against teams of similar ability and every match has a consequence on your team's standing, and overall points, each match is much more intense than can be found in a Premier league tournament. Power teams will participate in at least two Regional National Qualifiers. The NCVA hosts the Far Western Qualifier in Reno, Nevada. Power teams are required to participate in this tournament while Area teams are encouraged to do so.
Hybrid teams are set up in order to allow players to compete on club volleyball teams without the extensive schedule that comes with our Premier and Power teams. Hybrid teams will typically practice just once a week and have a limited tournament schedule.
VOLLEYBALL TRAINING ACADEMY
We make every effort to provide the most sound and efficient approach to training our participants the skills for the sport of volleyball. From our Tikes Youth Program for ages 7 and up to our girls in their final year of high school, we want our training approach to each skill to be the same from one coach to another, from one team to the next. Our Volleyball Training Academy is the backbone of our club teams as well as our coaching certification program and our clinic offerrings.
If you have additional questions, comments, or concerns that you would like to address to our Club Director, Brian Thomason, please feel free to contact us directly:
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