Central Oregon's Premier Volleyball Club for Junior Girls, Ages 10-18
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is club volleyball and the Oregon Volleyball Academy (OVA)?
What is the difference between Travel and Local/Academy teams?
How are teams decided?
When are practices held?
Can I play a school sport during club volleyball?
What is the cost to play?
Who are your coaches?
WHAT IS CLUB VOLLEYBALL AND THE OREGON VOLLEYBALL ACADEMY (OVA)?
Club volleyball offers a more realistic view of the game as opposed to most Parks and Rec, middle school or elementary school teams and prepares the athlete for what they need to learn as they approach high school. The level of competition is higher and the expectations on the athlete are higher. It is an excellent way for the player to grasp the fundamentals of the game and learn the more sophisticated aspects of the game like base postions, offensive plays, defensive responsibilites, etc.; and it offers athletes an opportunity to play volleyball after these school seasons or their Parks and Rec season have concluded.
The Oregon Volleyball Academy (OVA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit which originally began as a training academy focusing on private lessons and clinics. The 2006 season marked the beginning of club ball for OVA as teams were formed for those players interested in taking their game to a higher level. Over the years, OVA merged with the smaller clubs in the area and now offers a chance for each player to play with others of the similar ability and to grow as athletes and represent Central Oregon in local, regional and national tournaments. It is our mission bring together the best talent that Central Oregon can offer together on the teams - and at the same time develop the younger players to their highest potential.
We challenge players both mentally and physically, as appropriate for their age, and teach an aggressive style of volleyball that will be successful today and in the future. We understand that volleyball is not the #1 priority in life but, instead, can be an important aspect of a student/athletes’ growth and helps build strong character traits such as leadership, accountability, responsibility and dedication.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TRAVEL AND LOCAL TEAMS?
Travel teams are designed for those players who are looking for a higher level of play. These teams are conducted under the United States Volleyball Association (USAV) and our region is the Columbia Empire Volleyball Association. These teams play typically twice a month with one tournament a month in the Portland, Salem or Eugene area. Travel teams will play in the Power League tournaments, Regionals and other larger tournaments and their season typically ends in May. There is a much broader perspective for these travel teams as they will play against teams from across Oregon, Washington, and beyond. At the 14’s level this past year, there were over 150 teams entered in Power League in that age group alone. The Travel Teams are designed for those who have played a year or two and wish to pursue volleyball at the high school level and possibly beyond. The top team in each age group is designated as our "Nationals" team, as this team will travel to at least one National Qualifier event and attempt to obtain a bid to the USAV Junior National Championships.
Local teams are designed to be less intense and shorter than the travel season. This season runs from Dec to early/mid-March and has two tournaments a month that are all in Central Oregon. The tournaments are generally much less formal than at the Travel level and the level of play is typically not nearly as high. This program is a great introduction to the sport for those who have not played previously, or only played at the Parks and Rec level.
** For more information on travel, local or academy teams - please visit the Programs page of our website.
HOW ARE TEAMS DECIDED?
Travel teams: Tryouts dates will be posted on the home page. Teams will be posted at the conclusion of the last session. Depending on numbers, we anticipate forming multiple teams at all age levels (18&U, 16&U, 14&U, 12&U) and players will be placed on a team according to their skill and age level. Younger girls may play up an age level if they are deemed by the coaches to be an impact player (starter) at the next age level.
Local & Academy teams: Tryouts for players in the 14's and 12's age groups are run as a group during the month of November (and possibly early December). Each girl who wishes to participate just attends the November dates and then local teams will be formed and posted in early December. Those not making a 14's local team will be invited to participate in the 14's Academy program. We try to form as many teams as possible and we may add a 12's Academy if there is demand and we can provide coaching.
Age level determination can be found on our homepage, but generally is as follows:
18&U High School juniors/seniors
16&U High School frosh/sophs
14&U 7th/8th graders
12&U 4th - 6th graders
WHEN ARE PRACTICES HELD?
Practices are twice a week at Cascade Indoor Sports Center and typically practice on either a Monday/Weds schedule or a Tues/Thurs schedule. Time slots are 4:00pm to 6:00pm, or 6:00pm to 8:00pm, schedule on those days.
Teams will be assigned one of these slots once teams have been formed. Every effort will be made to have the younger teams practice in the earlier time slots but its not guaranteed. Additionally, travel teams will have twice a week scheduled team workouts at Elevate Athletics - these are outside of practice times.
CAN I PLAY A SCHOOL SPORT DURING CLUB VOLLEYBALL?
Absolutely, although the time commitment can be difficult. If you and your parents believe you can make both commitments, GREAT! School sports will take priority over OVA practices and tournaments. We ask that OVA be your #2 sports priority and you will be expected to go to all practices or tournaments after your school sport event (game/practice). If you believe you will be playing a school sport, please address that with a coach at tryouts so we can review the schedule with you and make sure it is acceptable by all. Playing both can be very, very time consuming - but OVA believes is multi-sport athletes and is committed to helping you achieve success in both.
WHAT IS THE COST TO PLAY?
Costs to play are posted on each team's page before tryouts.
For Local and Academy teams, payment in full is required when the teams are formed. Travel Teams will have a large deposit due when the teams are formed, and then payments are due each month. Travel team families will be offered a discount for paying in full when the teams are formed.
FEES COVER: all tournament entry fees, team registrations with USAV, practice facility rental, equipment, team supplies and equipment, coaching salaries and certifications, club administration, and uniforms. Fees do not cover the player's individual registration with AAU or USAV, or any travel expenses (mileage, hotel, food) unless otherwise noted.
Travel teams will be issued one long-sleeve jersey, a short-sleeve jersey, spandex, warm-up top, and OVA t-shirt (you keep all of these items). Local and Academy players will be issued a jersey and spandex, as well as a OVA t-shirt (you keep all items).
WHO ARE YOUR COACHES?
The vast majority of our coaching staff has played collegiate volleyball and all have a great passion for the sport. Many currently coach at the high school level and have received numerous league and state awards for their coaching. We place a large emphasis on techniques and the director will be talking to each coach throughout their season to ensure that each team has as much success as possible.
Turner Waskom is the current Director of OVA. Turner has been coaching volleyball in Bend since 1995 and previously has been the top 16’s coach for High Desert Volleyball Club, Board Member for High Desert Volleyball Club, Assistant Coach at Mountain View, JV Coach at Mountain View, and currently is the varsity coach at Summit High School.
O.V.A. Mailing Address: Oregon Volleyball Academy 70 SW Century Dr., Ste. #100-340 Bend, OR 97702
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