PREPARING FOR THE SEASON
ELIGIBILITY CLEARANCE needs to be a top priority! PLEASE CHECK THE FOLLOWING OHS WEBPAGE FOR DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION REGARDING ELEGIBILITY CLEARANCE and links to downloadable forms: http://olympia.osd.wednet.edu/sports/sports_clearance__forms
SPORTS ELIGIBILITY CLEARANCE DAYS AND TIMES:
August 15-19, from 9AM – 4PM
There will be NO clearance on Monday, August 22nd. Failing to clear by the 19th will mean missing at least two tryout sessions. This will be a problem. Those needing a physical should already have an appointment!!
“On the dates listed above, students will first go to the ASB Office to purchase an ASB card, pay the “Pay to Play” fee, as well as “clear” any fines they may have. Students will then go to the Athletic Office where their clearance packet will be reviewed and collected. PLEASE make sure all forms and signatures are complete, insurance information is clearly provided, and physical exam documentation is up to date. Previous semester grade checks will be conducted. Those with a failing grade from their previous semester will be placed on academic probation and will be ineligible for the first 5 weeks of the season.”
***Players – please take time to read and understand your commitment to the athletic code. Olympia Volleyball takes this commitment very seriously!
SUMMER is a time for many of you to get reacquainted with volleyball. Others, hopefully, are taking time off after a busy club season and several camp commitments. Regardless, I hope youʼve joined the ranks of players consistently meeting (M-W-F, 8:30am) in the weight room in preparation for the season. Our program involves warm-up, agility, plyometrics, lifting and TRX, plus – core/ab work. It usually takes about 90-plus minutes. As per WIAA rules, we are not allowed to train potential “Bears” in volleyball skills between August 1st and the start of turnout, on the 22nd. With that in mind…
STRENGTH TRAINING should be a focus of preparation, especially for those with aspirations of playing at the Varsity level. The benefits of strength, improved jump, injury prevention, increased confidence, and team bonding are huge. Coming to tryouts in good shape means youʼre able to focus on the proper technique and game situations, not simply surviving the physical demands of tryouts. See the last page for days and times.
PLAYING is the other big way to get ready, unless youʼve been playing a lot and had no break In which case, I encourage to you to take time off. For those needing to get back at it…find a friend, get your hands on the ball and tune up your skills. You donʼt need sixes to play. You can work on ball control with pepper or play one-on- one with a makeshift net and a smaller court size. Even in one-on-one, use all three contacts to return the ball. This is great for working on your off-speed shots and reading your opponent. Be creative in doing one-person drills to improve your skills. You can always play 2 on 2, or more, if you have enough people.
As always, invest your time in volleyball in relationship to your goals. Those with a goal of being a varsity player should spend time playing (again, unless youʼve been encouraged to take time off) and strength training with your teammates, following our specific program. If your goal is to simply make a team, spend time accordingly. Those of you needing time off from the game should still be in our weight room with the team.
TRYOUTS: SEE TIMES BELOW. Players have the opportunity to make one of three teams: C team, junior varsity or varsity. It is possible there may be more interested players than available spots.
We hope to have our final decisions made no later than Wednesday, August 24th, following the sixth overall practice. We have released candidates prior to this time when sure about our decision. Students are then able to pursue the possibility of another fall sport, like swimming or cross-country. The significance of being involved in a sport or activity, especially when students enter as freshman, is critical. So, regardless of any concern you may have about tryouts, we encourage students to pursue their goals. Remember, “In the end, we only regret the chances we didnʼt take.”
EQUIPMENT: I recommend waiting until after team selections to purchase new shoes. Tryouts are not the time to break in a new pair. We donʼt order a team shoe, as not all brands fit everyone the same. There arenʼt a lot of local vendors carrying volleyball shoes. However, the Athleteʼs Corner (in Centralia) carries volleyball shoes. If you shop there, try asking about a team “coupon” deal, for a discount.