Turning the page on the calendar for April brings the chance to share news about upcoming volleyball activities. Hopefully, this information will help families in planning summer schedules.
This letter is being sent to OHS freshmen, sophomore and junior players and to all current 8th graders who played last fall at their respective schools. If you are uncertain whether you will pursue volleyball this upcoming season, at least you’ll be aware of the opportunities. We would ask that you consider joining us for summer camp in order to help with your decision. If you’re an eighth grader who doesn’t plan to turnout for volleyball, I encourage you to be involved in some sport or activity as you enter high school. It makes a huge and positive impact on your start at OHS! Before we get to the details…
Congratulations to Lauren Wilson…for her outstanding performance at the All-State Volleyball Match, March 11th at Auburn-Riverside H.S. Lauren led her squad with a strong competitive effort.
SUMMER CAMP dates are set. The Oly-Capital Camp will be June 26-28. *Please note the location change! Due to facility work at Oly, we are holding camp at Capital this year! Camp is a great way to reconnect with teammates and volleyball. If you’re at all undecided about turning out, it’s a great way to get a feel for our program, coaches and expectations. We place a strong emphasis on fundamentals and building individual skills to the next level. It’s a great tune-up for other camps and it remains one of our major fundraisers. Registration will be limited more than normal due to the joint Oly- Capital camp and to keep our player to coach ratio low, thus ensuring a quality experience. So, register ASAP. Money must accompany your registration to reserve a spot.
The Volleykidz clinic will return June 29 & 30! We’re excited to help the youth of our community have fun while gaining skills in the game of volleyball! Current coaches and players will assist in this process. Our sessions will take place from 9 to noon, both days.
In addition, a number of returning players will be attending the UW Team Camp, July 22-24. Unfortunately, this camp limits the number of players we are allowed to bring. We do encourage players to attend another camp in addition to Olympia’s. The specific fundamentals that we teach at Olympia are best learned at the UW Camps. However, they sell out quickly. Two other camps that teach the same skill-set as Olympia are: Northwest University (Kirkland) and St. Martins. Check their respective volleyball websites for their brochure and more information. Included on the second page of this letter is a list of a few other camp opportunities.
STRENGTH TRAINING and conditioning is an integral part of preparation for all players, especially for returning varsity players and those with aspirations of playing at the varsity level. OHS has an outstanding weight room facility. Our off-season conditioning program is currently underway for all high school players not involved in OHS spring sports. Congratulations to those who’ve consistently participated the first four weeks.
2016 Varsity post-season costume practice We meet every Tuesday and Thursday through the end of May. Please join us…we finish each day at 3:30! Consistent attendance AND hard work together brings improved strength, quickness and jumping ability, plus – injury prevention, increased confidence, and ultimately…team bonding. We ask that current 8th graders wait until the summer program to begin. Our Summer Session will be introduced on Monday, July 3rd.
OPEN GYM. Please note the listings for times/locations of open gyms around town. Also, there are plans to offer open gym at OHS, beginning the end of May, for current 9th – 11th graders. Check future emails for announcements of the schedule. In addition, we are hoping to offer open gym following summer weight room workouts (typically on Fridays) and these will be open to all incoming freshmen through seniors. We are working to secure summer gym space, since OHS will be unavailable for the aforementioned facility work.
OUTDOOR PLAY. There are typically a number of possibilities for outdoor doubles play, plus a 4 on 4 outdoor league through Lacey Parks & Rec. Doubles play is a great way to improve your court awareness and all around skill level. The most prominent of the local outdoor tournaments is Lakefair.
THE SEASON BEGINS on August 21st with three days of tryouts. Count on having “two-a-days” during thes e first three days. Our retreat is set for August 25th and August 26th, an important early-season event for all selected players to attend. Also, please note the other early season dates, as listed on page two.
SPORTS PHYSICALS. To our knowledge, the district is, again, offering FREE Sport Physicals. The date is typically the beginning of June, but is still TBD. Details will be available on the OHS Athletic website, soon. There may be a set schedule of when to appear – by gender and grade level. If you’re scheduling your own physical, be sur e to get an appointment with your family physician ASAP , for the pur pose of eligibility clearance.
BOOSTER CLUB. A HUGE “Thank you” goes to Heather Schwartz for her faithful service as president, for two-straight years!!! Also, “Thank You” to Steven Drutz, who has done a great job as club treasurer. We continue to appreciate Kenna Canaan’s work for her administration of our website, olympiabearsvolleyball.com, and the Facebook page.
GROWL – OHS Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner Auction is coming soon…Saturday, the 29th!! This annual fundraiser supports our athletic teams and honors successful former OHS athletes and coaches. Please contact Linda Terry (Linda.Terry4@gmail.com), with any last-minute auction items or to volunteer for our program duty of guest check-in! Remember the Volleyball Program benefits from a percentage of the profits of our own items sold at the auction. In addition, our program benefits from attendees who designate “Volleyball” when registering. Visit: www.ohsgrowlathletics.com for details and ticket information. When registering, please indicate Volleyball as your sport. Better yet, get your own “Volleyball” table together of your favorite fans/parents/ex-players!
SPRING AND SUMMER DATES/OPPORTUNITIES
Check these out to improve your play for the upcoming season (dates and times subject to change):
Open gym at Olympia Parks & Rec – call 753-8390 (days/times subject to change)
Open Volleyball (members) at The Valley – Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00
OSD Free Physicals TBA – first part of June
Coed outdoor 4 on 4 League – call Lacey Parks & Rec (starts mid – June)
OHS Summer Conditioning Program – Introduction July 3 (time TBD)
Lakefair grass doubles tournament – The R.A.C. (July 15 & 16)
- Fall Sports Eligibility Clearance TBD (check OHS website)
- TRYOUTS BEGIN AUGUST 21
- Retreat at Cispus August 25 and August 26
- Fall Sports/Volleyball Parent Meeting End of August (tentative)
- Varsity Jamboree (at Tumwater) September 2
- School Starts September 5
- First Match TBA
- C/JV Jamboree (at Timberline) September 9
- C Team Tournament (at Tumwater) September 16
- Varsity at Kent Classic September 23
- Car Wash Fund raiser ticket sales September TBA
Click here for more summer volleyball camp information at University’s around Washington. I recommend visiting the schools’ websites for more camp information. You may find some are already full. Several offer position camps.
Have a great spring. High school players, we will have a meeting before school is out this June. Also, watch for the summer newsletter near the beginning of August.
Remember: Olympia Volleyball players are people of character and integrity who never let their teammates down.