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!
Club Team Format
There are three different types of teams that compete in club volleyball during the season. The Premier and Hybrid teams compete under our NEXXT ELITE Volleyball Club; and the Power teams compete under our PAYE'S ELITE Volleyball Club. The term, "development," refers to a team consisting of inexperienced players.
PREMIER (AREA) TEAMS:
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 an hour and a half to get to their league tournament sites. Our teams tend to stay in the bay area with the farthest travel for an Area team typically being Salinas, Santa Cruz, or Pleasant Hill. We do tend to allow multi-sport players to participate on our Area teams if the impact on team events, including both practices and tournament play is minimal.
Power teams tend to be more competitive than Area teams. Although tryouts do occur at the same time the costs and level of commitment for a Power team is more than for an Area team. Power teams compete in the Power League of the NCVA. There is a Power League Qualifier at the end of January 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 an Area 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. Power teams will have two primary practice time slots each week for two hours. However, they are encouraged to have a third practice when possible, typically on Wednesday evenings, Fridays, or Sundays. These additional practices are not typically required. Power teams will begin practicing on November 13th.
Hybrid teams do not participate in either the Premier or the Power League of the NCVA. Instead these teams participate in Invitational Tournaments and Non-League Tournaments. Hybrid teams have one practice each week (usually Sunday evenings) and participate in about one tournament each month from January through May. The cost and time commitment for a Hybrid team is less than for a Premier or Power team.
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.
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