Circle City Volleyball Club was originated by Tom Pingel in 1984. In its first season, Circle City Volleyball Club fielded 35 athletes on 3 teams (one 18 & under, two 16 & under) and 3 coaches. Now Circle City is much larger than the size of the original version. Offering teams in age groups 10 & under through 18, the Circle City Volleyball Club has become one of the largest clubs to attempt to meet the needs of the various levels of volleyball athletes.
USA Volleyball is the governing body for competitive volleyball in the United States. In 1981, it made a commitment to provide opportunities for young players to play outside of their school programs and in 1991 created a Division of the USAV exclusively devoted to Youth & Junior Olympic Volleyball development. The USAV states that junior volleyball programs represented... "the future of volleyball in the US." [Its junior program] was created to serve as a major building block for scholastic, collegiate, recreational and club play throughout the country.
Circle City Volleyball Club is one of a very small number of clubs that promotes all of the goals set forth by USA Volleyball. Most clubs are geared either for elite athletes, or for less skilled players. Our graduates have played in the US Olympic Festival and have represented USA on the Youth National Team. Many have played on top-ranked college teams. Many have also been All-State or All-American in High School. On the other hand, many of our players enrolled are just trying to make their school’s team. Our training group allows players of all skill levels to learn, improve, and progress at a pace they can achieve. We have 7 courts under one roof that are used for volleyball.
Junior volleyball programs have exploded all across the country. The first AAU National tournament was held over 30 years ago, and only 20 teams made the trip. Last season, there were more than 100,000 registered junior players in the United States.
Why this incredible growth? There are many factors, but the overall growth of women’s sports programs is important. As women’s collegiate programs have prospered, the level of play has increased greatly. The average level of ability of junior players has increased as well. So successful are junior program athletes that most NCAA Division I coaches recruit exclusively from the junior program ranks. The reason for this is simple. Coaches can see many solid prospects in a single day at a junior tournament, while it is difficult to see more than one prospect a day during the high school season. This becomes even more true with the NCAA rules governing the number of times a collegiate coach can contact or observe in person a given player.
Is junior volleyball only for the college bound athlete? Certainly not! Our program begins in the first grade. Who can say whether these kids are even headed for college at all, let alone to play volleyball? For most of our members, junior volleyball is simply another challenging experience which should lead to a lot more fun on the court as playing skills increase. Playing for college teams is far from the minds of most our players. Traditionally, nearly half of our program has been comprised of players in the 16 & under age division (freshmen and sophomores). In most cases, these players have recently been exposed to high school programs and a higher level of competition than they have previously experienced. Many new applicants are freshmen team or junior varsity players who are trying to move up a level for next season. We have a training program designed to help them do just that. We can help, but much of an individual’s advancement and improvement is still up to that individual. Athletic talent, size, speed and good work habits are all necessary for top success as an elite player. Players who lack in any of those qualities have to make up for the deficiency in one area by working harder to improve another. If you’ve got a sincere desire to improve, then you will do well in a junior volleyball program.
So what about scholarships? Well, they do exist, and many of our players go on to play in college; most of these receive partial or full scholarships. About 98% of our graduating seniors become college athletes. Let’s put that in true perspective, though. Many more players are involved in Circle City Volleyball Club as underclassmen than as seniors. By the time the senior season is reached, players usually know whether they have the ability and the desire to compete at the college level.
In conclusion, club volleyball is a great place to meet friends, sweat a lot, get lost trying to find gyms, and feel good about yourself. If you want to experience that, join us for the upcoming season!
The Circle City Program consists of 3 practices a week ranging from 5:30pm to 10pm during the week. Sunday practices can be as early as noon and will also go in two hour increments. We expect all our coaches to commit to using this time to help your daughter improve by emphasizing individual skills first and then building toward team skills. Each of our teams will play about two tournaments a month, which will result in 40-60 matches a year. Other benefits from being included in the Circle City program are full access to recruiting aides, full access to the fitness center (Capitol Sports Fitness), top level uniform and apparel provided by Nike (minimum 2 jerseys, spandex, kneepads, socks, warm-ups and athletic bag), and the USAV Membership and Insurance. Hopefully, with the commitment of great players and coaches, we will continue to build an environment of fairness, improvement, fun and happiness!
|Age||First Tryout Date||Time|
|9-12 & Under||Sunday, October 23, 2016||2:30-4:00pm|
|13 & Under||Sunday, October 23, 2016||4:30-6:30pm|
|14 & Under||Sunday, October 23, 2016||12:00-2:00pm|
|15 & Under||Sunday, November 6, 2016||10:00am-12:00pm|
|16 & Under||Sunday, November 6, 2016||4:30-6:30pm|
|17-18 & Under||Sunday, November 6, 2016||7:00-9:00pm|
Additional dates and times will be posted on the home page when available. It is recommended to come to as many dates as possible. Please bring to tryouts a copy of your birth certificate, shirt with school and name on it, a small picture, and patience. The tryout process will last 4-6 dates. Teams will be picked by Thanksgiving and players will be contacted by their coaches as soon as possible. After players have been contacted and teams are set, parent meetings and practice dates will be set, usually beginning around the start of December.
The following age groups shall be in effect for athletes for the 2016-17 season:
Age group definitions above are binding for the entire season immediately preceding the USAV Junior National Championships, and there shall be no appeal. Players may play “up” in an age group but never down.
Each player will have 3 options on payment plans. The first payment, regardless of the team or plan, will be $350. The payment is due on the first try-out date for each age level.
Each player will have two options for making payments. Parents can either sign-up to have their credit card processed automatically each month or have the bank account debited each month. Payments will be automatically processed by the office on the 20th of each month for any invoices billed before the 20th of the previous month.
The following estimates are based off of the tournaments entered in the 2016 season.
|15-18 N||14-15 P||14 N||13 N||13 P||12 N|
Regular payment schedule. Player’s will be invoiced on the 20th of each month for their monthly club fee. Tournament costs and travel expenses will be invoiced as they are incurred.
|Due Date||15-18 N||14 N||13 N||12 N||12 W||11 P|
|Jan. 20th||Tourn. Fees||Tourn. Fees||Tourn Fees||Tourn. Fees||Tourn. Fees||Tourn. Fees|
Spread the monthly club fees over a period of one year beginning with the registration fee in November, 2016, and continuing payments through October, 2017. All tournament costs and travel expenses will need to be paid in full each month. If a player sustains an injury, a prorated cost of the club fees will still need to be fulfilled by the player.
|Due Date||15-18 N||14 N||13 N||12 N||11 P|
|Jan. 10th||Tourn Fees.||Tourn. Fees||Tourn. Fees||Tourn. Fees||Tourn. Fees|
Save money by paying the entire year’s club fees at registration. Players will still receive monthly bills for tournaments and travel expenses. If a player sustains an injury, a prorated refund of club fees will require a doctor’s note stating the injury prevents the player from finishing the season.
|15-18 N||14 N||13 N||12 N||12 W||11 N|
For the first portion of practices, players will work on individual skills. Our players may be grouped by position to work in more of a controlled environment. We are geared to ensure that each player is being taught the correct technique while also making sure that the Circle City ideals and principles are being emphasized by each and every coach in our program. Practices will then focus on team concepts and game scenarios.
Circle City works very hard with each team’s players and parents in order to make an affordable and appropriate schedule for their team. While other clubs try to limit their schedules to either JVA or USA events, we will do what is best for each individual team. The majority of the tournaments that our teams participated in were within a reasonable driving distance. Other clubs claim that we are more expensive because we participate in USA Volleyball, but that is incorrect. While we do support USA Volleyball and the US National Teams by registering our teams with USA Volleyball, we work hard at running tournaments almost every week and this helps us keep our fees significantly lower at all levels than any of the other major clubs in the area. We also have comparable or fewer hotel room nights per player and our teams do not travel any more or any farther than those clubs.
Circle City will continue to be sponsored by Nike. Nike is well known to be a leading force in sports and is a natural partner with Circle City Volleyball, one of the leading volleyball clubs in the nation.
2000: Circle City 17-1
2001: Circle City 15-2
2005: Circle City 17-1
2006: Circle City 15-1
1993: Circle City 18-1
1995: Circle City 16-2
1997: Circle City 17-1
2000: Circle City 18-2
2001: Circle City 17-1
2006: Circle City 18-1
1996: Circle City 18-1
1997: Circle City 18-1
1999: Circle City 16-1
2001: Circle City 18-1
2004: Circle City 14-2
2009: Circle City 15-1
2011: Circle City 16-1
2014: Circle City 18-1
2016: Circle City 15-1
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