The COMP Program (ages: U12 – U16)
Teams: 1-3 Comp teams in each age group (depending on athletes’ skill level & athleticism within the age group)
Players per team: 9-11 players on each team (goal is 10 to make practices competitive yet not too many to limit playtime)
Practices: 2 x per week; 2 hours on court and 1/2 hour of strength & conditioning/sports psychology/character training
Base Cost: $1,450 for the season (November 27th – April 2017)
*12’s & 13’s COMP base cost will be $1,000 (Practices will be 2 x week for 2.5 hours).
Tournaments: 5 AAU Tournaments
Uniforms: 2 Jerseys, 1 Spandex, Warm ups (hoodie & pants), bag, 2 practice t’s
Team Names: Relentless, Fierce, Savage
*Recommended for players who desire to participate in High School and Junior High School volleyball*
Competitive Development teams emphasize learning before winning. Playing time and position are balanced between each player’s need to learn a skill or position and that player’s ability to contribute to winning. This allows for every player to play part of every match, although play time is not equally distributed. Strong competition provides the context for players to learn and develop.
Competitive Development teams will lose more matches than Performance Based teams primarily because they are designed to emphasize development of players rather than emphasizing only winning. However, coaches will balance player’s strengths and weaknesses for the team to have a stable level of performance. Thus, playing time is not equally distributed. The competitive development coaching strategy enables us to give play time to players who, if managed under the performance-based guidelines used by Select and Elite Teams, would not play in many matches.
Competitive development teams play a less demanding schedule to allow players to participate in school activities. Players who show a poor attendance record to practices should only expect to play in positions with an amount of playing time that benefits the team, not the individual. These teams will play in the AAU League and play in 5 Tournaments.
Teams will be finalized for Comp Teams right after the tryout. Players trying out for Elite Teams who do not make an Elite Team can be placed on a Comp Team. Team practices will begin on November 27th.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What if I don’t make a Comp Team?
You will be placed on a club team or join the CVA, depending on skill, athleticism, and commitment.
- I am not sure if I should try out for the Comp Program because I don’t know where I compare competitively.
Try out anyways! There is no harm in trying out and trying to make the most competitive team possible.
- What are some of the qualifications to making a Comp Team compared to a Club Team?
At all levels, we always focus on skill development. However, Comp Teams require that certain skills be mastered in order to make teams competitive against other clubs. For an exact list of required skills, please take a look at the skills being taught at the Club Program level. An athlete’s ability to make a Premiere Team is dependent on their ability to execute those skills in a competitive setting.
- When would we practice?
Either a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.