About the Northwestern Volleyball Club

 

The Northwestern Volleyball Club is all about, well, volleyball. Volleyball is an excellent team sport. Unlike many sports, volleyball is a sport that you can play for a lifetime. Regardless of your ability, there are numerous local leagues. In the Lehigh Valley, there are numerous examples of people who have continued playing well into their 60s and 70s.

 

The Northwestern Volleyball Club operates 3 separate programs:

 

Description: Tiger_Paw2Developmental Program playing in association with the NYAA (Northwestern Youth Athletic Association)

 

The Northwestern Volleyball Club is dedicated to teaching youth how to play. Our developmental program is available to kids in 5th grade (4th grade with permission) and older. We split the kids into levels based on their abilities. Each level has twice weekly practices geared toward improving their individual skills and team play. Please note that the children do not need to be students in the Northwestern Lehigh school district to participate and there are no tryouts required.


We operate year-round during the school year with seasons in the Fall (beginning of school through early November), Winter (December through February), and Spring (March and April.)

 

The Levels:

Level 1

Level 1 is for beginners. Here we teach the basics: underhand serving, forearm passing, basic setting, and standing spiking. We work towards the kids utilizing 3 hits on each offensive possession. Generally, we have 4 weeks of practices focusing on individual skills meeting twice per week. Starting in the 5th week, we continue the twice weekly practices but add intra-club games on Saturday mornings. The program is ten weeks in duration. If possible, we will schedule scrimmages against other youth organizations.

Level 2

Level 2 is for beginner-plus players. Before moving to this level, kids need to be able to do the basic skills: underhand serving, forearm passing, basic setting, and standing spiking. While continuing to improve the skill level of the kids, in Level 2 we introduce true team play with offensive (a 4-2 offense 4 hitters and 2 setters) and defensive formations, advanced setting and spiking. Generally, we have 4 weeks of practices focusing on individual skills and team play meeting twice per week. Starting in the 5th week, we continue the twice weekly practices but add intra-club games on Saturday mornings. The program is ten weeks in duration. If possible, we will schedule scrimmages against other youth organizations.

Level 3

Level 3 is for advanced players. Before moving to this level, kids need to be able to do the basic skills: underhand serving, forearm passing, setting, and spiking while also understanding offensive and defensive formations. While continuing to improve the skill level of the kids, in Level 3, we introduce advanced team play with a 6-2 offense (6 hitters and 2 setters), 4-person serve reception, and 6-back defense, advanced setting and spiking, overhand serving, and game strategy. Generally, we have 4 weeks of practices focusing on both individual skills and team play meeting twice per week. Starting in the 5th week, we continue the twice weekly practices but add intra-club games on Saturday mornings. This group will also seek to scrimmage against other clubs and/or teams as well as playing in a tournament or two. The program is ten weeks in duration.

High School

The high school group is paired with the Level 3 group. They learn the same skills and offensive and defensive systems. Often these two groups are merged together.

 

Description: Tiger_Paw2Tournament Program (Girls only) playing in association with the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union)

For players interested in more competitive play, we offer a tournament program. Kids will need to attend a tryout (in November) where they will have to demonstrate the necessary skills: serving, forearm passing, setting, and spiking. The teams will employ advanced team play with a 6-2 (6 hitters and 2 setters) or 5-1 (5 hitters and 1 setter) offense, 3 or 4-person serve reception, 6-back defense, utilizing a Libero, advanced setting and spiking, and game strategy. Tournament teams will practice twice during the week and also on Saturdays in January and February. The teams will play in 5 or more tournaments. Practices start after Thanksgiving and continue through April or early May as long as there are tournaments to play. Costs will be determined by the number of kids participating and tournaments to be played. Our tournament teams for 2010-11 cost $350.

 

We currently field girls teams in the 18 and under, 16 and under and 14 and under divisions. As our program grows, we plan on adding girls teams in the 13 and under, 15 and under and 17 and under divisions. Wed like to start fielding teams for boys in the near future.

 

Description: Tiger_Paw2Adult Program

This group is available to any one who wishes to play the sport. It is an open gym concept - whoever shows up plays. No fee is charged. This usually starts in March and runs through April.

 

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