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.

News from Coach Creighton – Summer 2016

Greetings Parents and Players,

As usual, the summer has flown! It is just over one week until the start of the 2016 volleyball season! The information in this letter should provide the answers to possible questions about upcoming events and the season schedule. If you havenʼt heard, our volleyball season begins on Monday, August 22nd!

First, some newsworthy items…

CAMP UPDATE: Bear Camp 2016 went really well! We had a big group of campers, especially middle school and they worked hard, played hard and improved. The coaching staff was another “all star” group of former Bears who did an excellent job.

Following these three days, we held two mornings of VOLLEYKIDZ, for 2nd through 5th graders. It was another rewarding time for high school players who coaching the younger kids!

We also had seventeen Bears attend the UW Team Camp, July 15th – 17th. The Bears represented well as they learned and improvement, especially in serving and passing, during three intense days of volleyball.

OLYMPIA VOLLEYBALL GRAD UPDATE: The number of former Bears pursuing volleyball at the collegiate level moves up to eight. The collegiate volleyball career of Chloe Hallum (Oly ʻ12) came to a close after graduating from Vassar. Christie Colasurdo (Oly ʼ12) will return to Western Oregon for her red-shirt senior season, after graduating from WOU this spring. Sheʼll be in town to play at St. Martins, on September 24th! Michaela Berendt (ʼ13) is about to embark on her senior season, at Villanova. Michaela will play at the UW tournament in Seattle…Friday, Sept. 2nd, 7pm vs UW, Saturday, the 3rd vs Idaho at 1pm, and Sunday, Sept. 4th vs Seattle U., at 1pm. 2014 grad Hannah St. Jean will return to Franklin Pierce University, in New Hampshire, for her junior year, while Kayla Thaller (ʼ14) will begin her 3rd season at the University of Puget Sound. Hannah Adams (’15), heads back as a sophomore to the UW crew program and Nicole Bennington (’15) returns for her second season of volleyball at Macalester College. After red-shirting last fall, Jona Spiller (’15) reports to St. Martins, doubling in volleyball and track! Finally, 2016 grads Kiley Schwartz, Maddy Reeves and Lydia Soto have already been hard at work preparing for their first year at SPSCC, in the inaugural season of that program. Congrats and go “BEARS IN THE BIGS!”

Look for more Olympia Volleyball news/updates year-round and follow our college volleyball players using the links in the website footer below. Follow (like) us on Facebook and Twitter, too!

THE COACHING STAFF: While we are still rounding out the paid and volunteer coaching staff positions for the season ahead, we want to recognize the departure of our two paid staff members. Christi Ray (C team ʻ14 & ʻ15) is keeping very busy with an increased workload at her job. I know she will want to keep track of her previous crew, when possible. As most of you have heard, Katie Turcotte is headed to Capital (her alma mater) for a new teaching position and the head volleyball job. We wish her the very best and will greatly miss her positive impact, after nine years! Lauren Herseth is already entrenched as the new assistant coach at St. Martins. Weʼll have to catch some of the Saints matches now that TWO former Bears are there! Christie Murphy is indeed, Christie Oldright, after her wedding in June. She will join us when able, as she transitions to the new N.T. middle school, Salish. We still hope to see former players Rachel Bolt and Tiana McIntosh join us when possible, to assist with practices and matches! And, last but not least, a big welcome to Coach Leah Beattie. Hired this spring, she brings playing experience and coaching experience (both high school and club) to contribute to the growth of our players!!

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!

Workout_IMG_9493SUMMER 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.

Group_Thompson_Support_IMG_9410PROGRAM 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. Weʼll go over the Policies and Expectations, the program philosophy and allow for questions during the Volleyball Parent/Player Meeting, tentatively set for Tuesday, August 30th.

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES: Specifics concerning tryouts and many other early season events are listed below. For example, 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 26th and August 27th. We will give out detailed information and permission slips on Wednesday, the 24th, after selections. Please be prepared to return money & permission slips by the next day, Thursday, August 25th. Also, NOTE, we will hold practice on the morning of August 26th, 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. Weʼll 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, Tuesday, August 30th, is the tentative date for the Volleyball Parent/Player Meeting, at 6:00pm, in the auxiliary gym. This is a required informational meeting. We plan to share specifics about the volleyball program, answer questions and make staff introductions. Weʼll also collect orders/money for away match meals, fan wear, and conduct some booster club business. Please plan to have at least one parent /guardian at the meeting. Players will attend the meeting, as well, following practice. Players will have a short break after practice, so – it would be wise for them to bring a snack!

As related to the attached schedule, we hope this is the final version. However, there may be a couple of conflicts yet to be resolved. The goal is to confirm the schedule by August 24th.

Looking forward to seeing you all in a couple weeks. Meanwhile, enjoy your summer. For questions, please contact me via e-mail. -Coach Creighton

From The Olympia Volleyball Booster Club

At the Volleyball Parent/Player meeting, tentatively set for August 30th, the 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 will be separate. So, please mark your calendars and come ready to the meeting on August 30th, with calendars and check books in hand! Click here to view the volunteer opportunities.

For your information, our Olympia Volleyball Booster Club officers for the 2016 season are: President: Heather Schwartz Treasurer: Steve Drutz

IMPORTANT SEASON DATES

Eligibility clearance – August 15-19, 9am-4pm

Tryout Practice Begins – Tryouts consist of 2 practices per day (afternoon & evening) from August 22-24:

  • Monday, August 22nd – 3:00-6:00pm & 7:00-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 23rd – 3:00-5:30pm & 7:00-9:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 24th – 3:00-5:30pm & 7:00-9:00pm

Team Selection – August 24

Team Practice Times  – 2:45pm to 4:45pm, Varsity until 5:15, (Varsity 9/2 – AM, Varsity optional Sept. 5)

Team Retreat (at Cispus) – August 26 & August 27 (Practice held Friday 8am, before departure)

Volleyball Parent/Player meeting – August 30 at 6:00pm (Tentative) View Booster Club information and volunteer opportunities

School Starts – September 7 (Practices will be held every day after school once classes begin. 2:45pm to 4:45pm, Varsity until 5:15)

2106 Season Game Schedule**click here

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

2016 Season Begins August 22nd

The 2016 OHS volleyball season will begin on Monday, August 22nd with three days of tryouts. Count on having “two-a-days” during these three days. Our team retreat is currently set for Friday, August 26th to Saturday, August 27th.

The season kicks off with the Varsity Jamboree on September 3rd. Click here to view the 2016 schedule.

Starting with the 2016 season, Olympia High School will be in a new version of the South Puget Sound League (read more). This new league consists of the following nine teams:

  1. Olympia
  2. Bellarmine Prep
  3. Curtis
  4. Emerald Ridge
  5. Graham Kapowsin
  6. Puyallup
  7. Rogers
  8. South Kitsap
  9. Summer

News from Coach Creighton – Summer 2015

Hello Parents and Players,
Even though this is one of the longer summers off from school in recent years, it has flown by fast! By the time you receive this weʼll be less than 3 weeks from the start of the 2015 volleyball season! The information in this letter should provide the answers to your questions about upcoming events and the season schedule. If you havenʼt heard, our volleyball season begins on Monday, August 24th!

First, some newsworthy items…

CAMP UPDATE: Bear Camp 2015 was a another success! We had a big group of high school campers and they, along with the middle school campers, worked hard, played hard and improved. The coaching staff was an “all star” group of former Bears who did an excellent job.

Following these three days, we held two mornings of VOLLEYKIDZ, for 2nd through 5th graders. Our high school players had a great time coaching the younger kids!

We also had eighteen Bears attend the UW Team Camp, July 11th – 13th. There was a lot of learning and improvement taking place over three challenging days. And, no one was injured!

OLYMPIA VOLLEYBALL GRAD UPDATE: The number of former Bears pursuing volleyball at the collegiate level stands at six. Graduation saw the exit of one former Oly player from the college ranks. Congrats to Lauren Herseth (ʻ11) who is now part of the “grown-up” world, after earning her teaching certificate from Central Washington! We hope to see Lauren around the OHS gym this fall, helping with volleyball practices. Another member of the 2011 class, Jen Liedes returns to St. Martins to lead the golf program in her senior season of eligibility. Good luck to Chloe Hallum (ʻ12) as she heads back to Vassar to embark on her senior volleyball season. 2012 grad Christie Colasurdo returns to Western Oregon as a red-shirt junior. Sheʼll play at St. Martins, on September 24th! Michaela Berendt (ʼ13) departs soon for Villanova and her junior season. 2014 grad Hannah St. Jean has left for New Hampshire and Franklin Pierce University, for her sophomore year, while Kayla Thaller (ʼ14) will begin her 2nd season at the University of Puget Sound. Hannah Adams (’15) will be joining the University of Washington Crew team in their upcoming season! Finally, Jona Spiller (ʼ15) will report soon to St. Martins doubling as a volleyball and track athlete! Go “BEARS IN THE BIGS!”

SUMMER TRAINING: 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 24th.

THE COACHING STAFF: Although she didnʼt coach last season, we wish Coach Hadley (Jensen) well! She left this last weekend for a teaching job (1st grade!) and volleyball position, in North Carolina. We will miss her and know sheʼll “kill it” in the Carolinas! More life-changing news is in the works for volunteer coach Christie Murphy. Many of you know she has a teaching job this year at Chinook M.S. and is engaged to be married next summer. Weʼre hoping Murph will still be available some afternoons for practices and matches. We look forward to seeing her more this season! Weʼre excited that the rest of the staff is intact! Coach Christi Ray will be back as C –Team coach and I will be returning along with Junior Varsity Coach Katie Turcotte. In addition, I am happy to announce former players Rachel Bolt and, possibly, Tiana McIntosh will join Lauren Herseth when possible, to assist with practices and matches!

PREPARING FOR THE SEASON

ELIGIBILITY CLEARANCE needs to be a top priority! PLEASE CHECK THE FOLLOWING OHS WEBPAGE FOR 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 17-21 from 9:00am – Noon and 1:00 – 4:00pm

There will be NO clearance on Monday, August 24th. Waiting until the 24th will mean missing tryout sessions. This will be a disadvantage. You should already have scheduled an appointment for your physical!!

Once all the paperwork is filled out and signed, there are still multiple steps to the process: Students will first go to the ASB Office and purchase an ASB card, pay the “Pay to Play” fee, as well as “clear” all fines. Students will then go to the Athletic Office where their clearance packet will be reviewed and collected. PLEASE make sure signatures are complete, insurance information is available, and physical exam documentation is up to date. Previous semester grade checks will be conducted as well.

Also, in order to have eligibility cleared, students must: have passed ALL classes during the previous spring semester and be debt free through the OHS ASB office. ***Players – please take time to read and understand your commitment to the athletic code. Olympia Volleyball takes this commitment very seriously!

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. Click here for days and times.

PLAYING is the other big way to get ready, unless Iʼve encouraged you to take time off. 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 ought to 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: Once again, there may be more interested players than available spots. Players have the opportunity to make one of three teams: C team, junior varsity or varsity. SEE TRYOUT TIMES BELOW.

We hope to have our final decisions made no later than Wednesday, August 26th, 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, “Donʼt let fear keep you from reaching for your goals.”

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. If you choose to buy local, we have coupons at workouts for the Sports Authority. Plus, the Athletes Corner (in Centralia) carries volleyball shoes. Try asking them 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. Weʼll go over the Policies and Expectations, the program philosophy and allow for questions during the Volleyball Parent/Player Meeting, tentatively set for Thursday, August 27th.

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES: Specifics concerning tryouts and many other early season events are listed below. For example, 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 31st and September 1st. We will give out detailed information and permission slips on Wednesday, the 26th, after selections. Please be prepared to return money and permission slips by Friday, August 28th. Also, be aware, we will hold practice on the morning of August 31st, prior to departure for the retreat.

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. Weʼll 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 27th, is the tentative date for the Volleyball Parent/Player Meeting, at 6:00pm, in the auxiliary gym. This is a required informational meeting. We plan to share specifics about the volleyball program, answer questions and make staff introductions. Weʼll also collect orders/money for away match meals, player and fan wear, and conduct some booster club business. Please plan to have at least one parent or guardian at the meeting. Players will attend the meeting, as well, following practice. Weʼll provide players a short break after practice, so – it would be wise for them to bring a snack!

We have posted our 2015 game schedule, we hope this is the final version. However, there may be a couple of conflicts yet to resolve. The goal is to confirm the schedule by August 26th.

We look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks. Meanwhile, enjoy your summer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by e-mail. You can download a pdf version of this newsletter here: Oly_VB_2015_Summer_Newsletter

-Coach Creighton

IMPORTANT SEASON DATES

Eligibility clearance – August 17-21, 9-noon, 1-4pm

Tryout Practice Begins – Tryouts consist of 2 practices per day (afternoon & evening) from August 24-26:

  • Monday, August 24th – 3:00-6:00pm & 7:00-9:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 26th – 3:00-5:30pm & 7:00-9:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 27th – 3:00-5:30pm & 7:00-9:00pm

Team Selection – August 26

Team Practice TBA  – Aug. 27, 28, (varsity 29), Sept. 2-4, (optional Sept. 7)

Team Retreat (at Cispus) – August 31 & September 1 (Practice held Monday 8am, before departure)

Volleyball Parent meeting – August 27 at 6:00pm (Tentative) View Booster Club information and volunteer opportunities

School Starts – September 9 (Practices will be held every day after school once classes begin)

2105 Season Game Scheduleclick here

2015 Season Begins August 24th

The 2015 OHS volleyball season begins on Monday, August 24th with three days of tryouts. Count on having “two-a-days” during these three days. Our team retreat is currently set for Monday, August 31st to Tuesday, September 1st.

Sports Physicals

The district is, again, offering FREE Sport Physicals. The date is typically the beginning of June, but is still TBA. Details will be available on the OHS Athletic website, soon. There will be a set schedule of when to appear – by gender and grade level. If you’re scheduling your own physical, be sure to get an appointment with your family physician ASAP, for the purpose of eligibility clearance.