Fall Sports Clearance August 14-18

Fall Sports Clearance is happening now. EVERYONE is required to turn in new paperwork and clear even if you participated in a summer sport. ANY STUDENT WISHING TO PARTICIPATE IN OHS ATHLETICS MUST COMPLETE THE “CLEARANCE PROCESS” PRIOR TO ATTENDING PRACTICE!

Clearance days and times are as follows:
August 14-18, from 9-11:30am & noon to 3:00pm.

Please DO NOT wait to clear until Monday, August 21st. Failing to clear by the 18th could mean missing 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.”

FOR DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION REGARDING ELEGIBILITY CLEARANCE and links to possible downloadable forms: http://olympia.osd.wednet.edu/sports/sports_clearance__forms

Parent/Player meeting set for August 24th

The Volleyball Parent/Player Meeting is Thursday, August 24th at 6:30pm, in the auxiliary gym. This will be preceded by the Fall Sports Parent meeting in the commons, at 6pm. Both are required informational meetings. At the volleyball meeting, we’ll share specifics about the program, answer questions and make staff introductions. We’ll also collect orders/money for away match meals, fan wear, player/team wear and conduct some booster club business. Please plan to have at least one parent/guardian at the meeting.

At the Volleyball Parent/Player meeting the volleyball booster club will conduct some business. Parents will have the chance to join the booster club, volunteer for odd jobs throughout the season and purchase Bear Wear Fan Apparel. Player “spirit pack” information are separate. So, please mark your calendars and come ready to the meeting on August 24th, with calendars and check books in hand!

For your information, our Olympia Volleyball Booster Club officers for the 2017 season are:
President: Heather Schwartz
Treasurer: Steve Drutz

Click here for more information on the Volleyball Booster club.

News from Coach Creighton – Summer 2017

Greetings Parents and Players,
The summer of ‘17 has been epic! Hope you’ve all been comfortable during the heat spell! As to Volleyball… The information in this letter should provide the answers to possible questions about upcoming events and the season schedule. In case you haven’t heard, our volleyball season begins on Monday, August 21st!

First, some newsworthy items…

CAMP UPDATE. Bear Camp 2017 was actually O.C. Camp and went really well! We had a large group of combined Oly and Capital campers. It was great to have the Bears and Cougs pushing one another. We had another “all-star” coaching staff of former Bears who did an exceptional job.

Following these three days, we held two mornings of VOLLEYKIDZ, for 2nd through 5th graders. Although a smaller than normal group, it was a rewarding time for the high school players who coached and the campers!

We also had sixteen Bears attend the UW Team Camp, July 22nd – 24th. The Bears represented well as they learned, improvement, finished strong and made a great “final impression.”

“BEARS IN THE BIGS” GRAD UPDATE: After (six) former Bear players graduated or chose to move on from volleyball, the current ranks of college players from the Olympia Program stands at three. The collegiate career of Michaela Berendt (Oly ’13) came to a close with her graduation from Villanova. We’re hoping to see Michaela at some early season practices, prior to her return to D.C. Christie Colasurdo (’12) completed her career at Western Oregon, after finishing her red-shirt senior season. Kayla Thaller (’14) is choosing to focus on school, ending her career at the University of Puget Sound. Jona Spiller (’15) decided to concentrate on track (javelin) for her junior year at St. Martins. Hannah Adams (’15) is giving her body a break from UW crew. 2016 grads Kiley Schwartz and Maddy Reeves have opted to bring to a close their days as players for SPSCC. For those still playing…Lydia Soto (’16) is continuing her hard work in preparation for her second year as a SPSCC Clipper, in year-two for their program. Hannah St. Jean will return to Franklin Pierce University, in New Hampshire, for her senior year, as team captain and their first-ever player to earn a full-ride scholarship! Finally, 2017 grad, Lauren Wilson, will soon report for her first year at PLU! Good Job AND Good Luck, Bears! Look for more Olympia Volleyball news/updates year-round and follow our college volleyball players (links) on the bottom left side of our website footer. Follow (like) us on Facebook and Twitter, too!

THE COACHING STAFF: It is GREAT to begin a season with our staff complete and ready to roll! Changes include…Christie (Murphy) Oldright’s decision, last November, to coach club when her teaching schedule prevented her regular/timely attendance at our varsity practices. We will miss her positive impact/presence and appreciate the influence she had on our players this last club season. We will also miss Julie McDougall after a year of filling the void at the C Team position. We are happy to welcome Nyra Gallardo (Coach G.) to the program as our C team coach. She comes to us from Hudson Bay, in Vancouver, WA, where she was the head coach for 4 years. What’s the same…we’re happy to say, Tiana McIntosh will continue to volunteer with the varsity! And, we’re psyched that JV Coach Leah Beattie, will return, following the birth of baby KREW, in June!!

THE FOURTH TEAM…is still to be confirmed. However, we are hoping to send an email within a week to share the plan. Ideally, we’ll find funding sources which allow us to pay a coach and officials to MAKE THIS HAPPEN. We have the facility, uniforms and a willing coach. We’re currently working on more matches. Be aware, we’ll likely need to rely on parents for transportation to local matches. Fingers crossed!

PREPARING FOR THE SEASON

FOR DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION REGARDING ELEGIBILITY CLEARANCE and links to possible downloadable forms: http://olympia.osd.wednet.edu/sports/sports_clearance__forms

Clearance days and times are as follows:
August 14-18, from 9-11:30am & noon to 3:00pm.

Please DO NOT wait to clear until Monday, August 21st. Failing to clear by the 18th could mean missing 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/parents – 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 you’ve joined the ranks of players consistently meeting (M-W-F, 8:30am) in the weight room to prepare for the season. Our program involves warm-up, speed/agility/quickness, lifting, plus – core work and conditioning. It usually takes about 90-ish 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 21st. 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. Attending tryouts in good shape means you’re focusing on the proper technique and game situations, not simply surviving the physical demands of tryouts. See the last page for tryout days and times.

PLAYING is the other big way to get ready, unless you’ve been playing a lot and had no break. In which case, you’re encouraged 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 don’t 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 usual, invest your time in volleyball in relationship to your goals. Those with a goal of being a varsity player ought to spend time playing (again, unless you’ve 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 (hoping for 4!): C team, junior varsity or varsity. It is possible there may be more interested players than available spots. We plan to have our final decisions made no later than Wednesday, August 23rd, following the sixth overall practice. We have released candidates prior to this time when we’ve been 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 didn’t 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 don’t order a team shoe, as not all brands fit everyone the same. There aren’t a lot of local vendors carrying volleyball shoes. Tom Turcotte, at Cloud9 Sports, is offering discounts for Adidas, Mizuno, Asics and Under Amour shoes. Plus, the Athletes Corner (in Centralia) carries volleyball shoes. If you shop there, try asking about a team “coupon” deal, for a discount.

PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS. We want all candidates and parents to be fully aware of the Policies and Expectations of the Olympia Volleyball Program. This document will be distributed at the first tryout. We ask this be read, signed and returned, ASAP. We’ll go over the Policies and Expectations, program philosophy and allow for questions during the Volleyball Parent/Player Meeting, on Thursday, August 24th, following the Fall Sports Parent meeting.

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES, specifics concerning tryouts and other early season events are listed below and on the next page. Please note the times for tryouts. All players should attend both practices each day, Monday through Wednesday during tryouts, unless specified otherwise. Our retreat is August 25th & August 26th. We will give out detailed information and permission slips on Wednesday, the 23rdrd, after selections. Please be prepared to return money & permission slips by the next day, Thursday, Aug. 24th. Also, NOTE, we will hold practice on the morning of August 25th, prior to departure. The cost of the Retreat will be approximately $40.00 per player. This covers meals, lodging and the challenge course fee. Also, a parent may contact you asking for volunteer drivers. We’ll be traveling to Cispus Environmental Center, near Randle. The retreat is a very significant time to set the tone for the season and for player bonding. All selected players are required to attend. We can make arrangements if cost is a concern.

As mentioned above, Thursday, August 24th, is the date for the Volleyball Parent/Player Meeting, at 6:30pm, in the auxiliary gym. This will be preceded by the Fall Sports Parent meeting in the commons, at 6pm. Both are required informational meetings. At the VB meeting, we’ll share specifics about the program, answer questions and make staff introductions. We’ll also collect orders/money for away match meals, fan wear, player/team wear and conduct some booster club business. Please plan to have at least one parent/guardian at the meeting. Players will attend the volleyball meeting, as well, following practice. Players will have a short break after practice, so – it would be wise for them to bring a snack/meal, if they can’t make it home and back.

As related to the attached schedule, we hope this is the final version. However, there may be a couple of conflicts yet to resolve. And, we’re hoping to have a 4th team schedule! The goal is to confirm the dates/schedule, below, by August 24th.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon. Meanwhile, enjoy your summer. For questions, please contact me via e-mail at: lcreighton@osd.wednet.edu
-Coach Creighton

IMPORTANT SEASON DATES

**For the full SPSL schedule and any changes, go to the SPSL website: http://www.spsl.org

Eligibility clearance – August 14-18, 9am – 3pm

Tryout Practice Begins – Tryouts consist of 2 practices per day (afternoon & evening) from August 21-23:

  • Monday, August 21st – 3:00-6:00pm & 7:00-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 22nd – 3:00-5:30pm & 7:00-9:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 23rd – 3:00-5:30pm & 7:00-9:00pm

Team Selection – August 23

Fall Sports Parent Meeting & Volleyball Parent/Player Meeting – August 24, 6:00pm

Team Retreat (at Cispus) – August 25 & August 26 (Practice held Friday 8am, before departure)

Summer practice times – 2:45pm to 4:45pm, Varsity until 5:15pm, (Varsity 9/1 TBD, Varsity optional 9/5)

School Starts – September 6 (Practices will be held every day after school, as above)

2107 Volleyball Season Schedule – click here (coming soon)

PDF file of this newsletterclick here

Summer Conditioning 2017

Summer conditioning workouts begin on July 3rd at 8:30am in the auxiliary gym/weight room. We invite high school players including next year’s 9th graders to join us. Workouts will last 90 minutes, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday. We will determine after the first week, if any adjustment to the time needs to be made. Potentially, we would meet a few minutes later, if necessary.

The summer open gym/practice/tutoring schedule is 6:30pm, Tuesday and/or Thursday nights in July, at Washington MS, beginning July 6th. This will be an opportunity for skill work, small group tutoring and scrimmages. We are unable to hold open gyms at OHS due to both of our gym floors being refinished this summer. Further details will to come.

REQUIRED CLEARANCE FOR SUMMER

For any high school student to be allowed to participate in summer activities (practices, weight room, open gyms, camps, etc.), the following two requirements must be met:

  1. A current physical on file with the AD’s office (physicals are valid for 13 months)
  2. “Assumption of Risk and Permission to Participate” form completed and returned to the OHS Athletics office.

Special Announcement – Coaching Staff Change

As you may know, Coach Julie McDougall was part of the Olympia Volleyball staff on two previous occasions. It was that experience, and our personal history, that made her the perfect fit to fill our need for a C team coach this last season. As much as we’d love her to continue in that role, her family “calls” and we must move forward. I will be forever grateful to Julie for “stepping up” and for her sacrifice away from her family, this fall. Please know that we will continue to see Julie around the gym, whether back at the score table or looking after soon-to-be-born…Krew Beattie!!!

That being said, I am thrilled to announce that we have hired a new coach, Nyra Gallardo. Nyra comes to us from Vancouver, WA, where she has been teaching 5th grade and coaching varsity volleyball at Hudson’s Bay HS. Nyra will be moving to Olympia this summer and taking a position at Evergreen Forest Elementary, in the North Thurston SD. Welcome, Nyra! I am excited for you to get to know her! She WILL be coaching at the Oly-Capital Volleyball Camp at the end of June.

This past weekend, Coach Leah, myself, Tiana, and Nyra were ALL able to spend three days attending the Gold Medal Coaching Clinic at the University of Washington. Although I’ve attended several times, there are always so many things to learn. The clinic staff are literally some of the best coaches in the country and (even) the world. The likes of Marv Dunphy (former USA Mens’ coach and recent consultant with the USA women); Rob Browning – St. Mary’s; Brent Crouch – Univ. of Portland; Keegan Cook – Univ. of Washington; Chris McGown – former BYU men’s coach; and finally, Courtney Thompson – former Kentlake, UW and USA setter (& two-time Olympic medalist!) were all incredibly knowledgeable and transparent about their successes and challenges and contributed to an outstanding experience. Just so you know, GMS shares their foundation of methods based on principles from the science of motor learning, data, research, statistical analysis and peer review. There is nothing I’ve found, in 40 years of coaching, that comes close to what they do.

The Olympia Coaching staff is grateful for this opportunity and it was awesome to share the time learning and doing some staff bonding. One of the cool things the four of us did was to gather for lunch on Sunday with Coach T. (Katie Turcotte – former Oly JV coach & current Capital coach) and her JV coach – Aaron Riddell. We were joined by Courtney Thompson and chatted about a variety of topics, including her recent first-ever Boston Marathon race. Afterwards, Nyra played a little pepper with Courtney and then scrimmaged until the final session started!

It was a memorable weekend. Here is our post-lunch group photo with Courtney. For those who are new to the program…front row (left to right): Tiana, Coach T.; back row (left to right): Coach Leah, Coach Creighton, Courtney Thompson, Coach Nyra Gallardo, Coach Aaron.

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Thanks for taking time to read about staff changes and our clinic news! We are psyched about the summer and the season!

-Coach Creighton

OHS Volleyball Camps for 2017

We have volleyball camp sessions for all ages of players this summer. The Olympia High School coaching staff places a strong emphasis on fundamentals and building individual skills. Please note that our camps will be held at Capital High School this year due to OHS facility closures for the summer.

If you have any questions contact OHS Head Coach Laurie Creighton.

G.R.O.W.L. 2017 Hall of Fame Dinner Auction

GREAT RESPECT OF WINNING LEGENDS –

The 2017 G.R.O.W.L. “Hall of Fame” Induction and Dinner Auction will be held on Saturday, April 29th at 6:00 pm at the ESD 113 building located in Tumwater (next to Costco). Go to the G.R.O.W.L. website to make your reservations. Tickets are $30.00 if you register before Noon Thursday, April 27th and $35.00 after and at the door. Drink bracelets are also available for purchase. There will be both a silent and live auction as well as bidding by table for dessert.

This is an incredible event that honors outstanding former athletes, coaches and community members who have contributed dearly to Olympia’s rich Athletic Tradition. Since 2011, G.R.O.W.L has funded the foundation for the OHS Athletic Hall of Fame, including plaques, record boards, gym banners marking district and state championships and more.

2017 Inductees Include:

Don Martin: Lifetime Achievement Award
John Amidon: Lifetime Achievement Award
Christine Burkhart: Class of 1967 – Tennis, Swimming
Greg Creighton: Class of 1971 – Baseball, Cross Country, Football, Basketball, Track
Jenniver (Dunn) Cobb: Class of 1977 – Track
Kevin Gunther: Class of 1991 – Football, Basketball, Baseball

News from Coach Creighton – Spring 2017

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 DATES

  • 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

CAMPS

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.

Coach Creighton

Remember: Olympia Volleyball players are people of character and integrity who never let their teammates down.

2017 Summer Camp Info

Below are links for several volleyball camps at Universities around Washington.

OHS summer volleyball camps will be held in June 26-28, 2017. Click here for more info.

Summer Volleyball Camps

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