Funding Needed for 4th Volleyball Team

This August, the Olympia High School Volleyball program had one of the largest turnouts of young women in our program’s history! Nearly seventy young women participated in the OHS summer camp and in the August team tryouts.

We had an especially large number of incoming freshman turning out and wanting to learn about, and play Volleyball.

Because of this demand, the Booster Club spearheaded a successful appeal to the Olympia School District Board of Director requesting that Olympia High School be allowed to form a fourth team to make room for a larger number of freshmen to participate in the program.

For the first time ever, the 2017 Olympia High School Volleyball program will be allowed to have a fourth team to allow a greater number of Freshmen to participate on a team! As a result, fifty-one young women turning out earned a spot on one of the four teams. The parents and players are thrilled.

While the School District and Building Administrators have been supportive, they have budget challenges and allowed the fourth team to occur if we could come up with financial support. The creation of the fourth team has added program expenses for transportation, a part-time coach and additional referees for the games.

Many have already stepped up to support the program, but the Booster club must raise the funds to eliminate the budget shortfall created by the fourth team. We are appealing to Olympia Alumni parents and supporters to help fill the budget gap needed to make sure this program succeeds. While the Booster Club, many parents and the ASB have contributed to cover additional costs, we calculate there is still a need to raise approximately $1000 dollars more to pay for the new team.

Could you help us by making a financial contribution of $50, $100, $250 or any amount to support this effort? Your support would be deeply appreciated.

Please direct support to:
Checks payable to:  Olympia High School

Note:  Volleyball Fourth Team
Kym Beckenhauer
3028 Amhurst Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Please forward this to any and all so we can get our “need” out there!!  Thank you for your support of the Olympia Volleyball program which has made such a positive impact on so many young women’s lives.

Sincerely,
Heather Schwartz
OHS Volleyball Booster President

PS: I think we all know what a great Coach Laurie Creighton is for this program. Under her able leadership, we can be confident of the program’s success.

Our 2017 Program Sponsors

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all of our 2017 season program sponsors! The financial contributions from our sponsors enhance the experience of our high school student athletes by aiding in the training and support of our players and the purchase of items not covered by OHS ASB funds. The sponsors’ advertisements are printed in the Olympia Bears Volleyball Programs and distributed at each of our varsity home games throughout the 2017 season.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR SPONSORS’ ADS

RETURNING FULL PAGE SPONSORS:

Panowicz Jewelers – Celebrate every day with our NEW Pandora collection
Andrew J. Kapust, DDS, PS – Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry

NEW SPONSORS FOR 2017 INCLUDE:

Olympia Orthopaedic Associates – Timothy A. DuMontier, M.D.
Mayan Mexican Restaurants – Three Lacey locations
Budd Bay Promotions & Apparel – OHS Letterman Jackets
FirstLight Home Care – Voted the South Sound’s “Best Home Care Agency”
YWCA – Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women
Washington Media Services, Inc – Print Design, Web Design, Media Relations
Van Dorm Realty, Inc. – Dave Carney, Associate Broker, Realtor
Pacific Hair Company – Kathleen Quinlan

OUR 2017 RETURNING SPONSORS:

Budd Bay CPA – Gary J. Merz, CPA, MBA in Taxation
Church Rietzke, PLLC – Personal Injury Lawyers
Eastside Big Tom Drive Inn – Washington State’s oldest drive-thru restaurant
Inspire Physical Therapy – Sports, Spine, Work Injuries & General Orthopedic Care
Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor – Great Pizza, Pasta and More
Meconi’s Italian Subs – Locally owned since 1986
State Farm – Bill Brown, Agent
Acme Fuel – Home Delivery of Propane & Heating Oil
ATM LAW – Law Offices of Allen T. Miller, PLLC
J&I Power Equipment Inc. – Lorie Longnecker, Owner
Photos by John O’Leary – Portraits, Events & Sports
PartyLite – Julie LaRae Nelson, Independent Consultant
Strategies 360 – Paul Berendt, Senior Vice President
Yamaguchi Family Dentistry – Gordon and Garret Yamaguchi, DDS

Cancer Awareness Night – October 4th

Cancer_AwarenessNo One Fights Alone. Olympia Volleyball’s Cancer Awareness Night is Wednesday, October 4th at our home match against Curtis (C/JV 5:45pm, Varsity 7:15pm). The players will be wearing shirts the color of the cancer that affects them for warm-ups and during the remainder of the evening. Families and friends are encouraged to participate by wearing a shirt of similar color.

Players will also be collecting donations for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. For each $1 donation, receive a ticket to the Oly Bear serving contest. Between sets two and three of the Varsity match, ticket holders serve for prizes. Each ticket equals one serve, so the more tickets you have the more chances you have to hit one of the prizes. Past prizes include great t-shirts, pizza and gift certificates!

Community Service 2017

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We collected $144 in donations/ticket sales and 162 food items at this year’s Food Bank Night on September 21st. This was all donated to the Thurston County Food Bank. Thank you for your support!

Our Community Service Day was on September 18th when, in lieu of volleyball practice, all members of the volleyball program travel to the Thurston County Food Bank warehouse. For the fifth year, players assisted with sorting, unpacking and preparing food for distribution.

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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.
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