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Lakes Volleyball - Philosophy


To be a competitive volleyball program firstly focused on district 831 players, but drawing upon the local area to round out teams at each age level and create competitive teams in which each player is challenged and can improve skills and abilities. We will offer appropriate levels of play for the various skills that are evident at every age bracket and provide the opportunity for players to improve their skills and enhance their abilities.

Exceed the expectations of the players and the parents by providing a well-organized program with a highly qualified coaching staff and focused improvement targets for each age bracket. Lakes Volleyball will create a systematic and consistent approach to teaching volleyball skills, techniques and teamwork that builds each year of the program. To remain consistent, Lakes Volleyball will develop these techniques in conjunction with the Forest Lake High School Volleyball program. Fundamental skills are the focus during the early age brackets (12’s and 13’s) with techniques and more  complex skills built upon that foundation each year thereafter. The Lakes program is committed to be the best value in the area, we will provide a competitive volleyball program and strive to keep the costs competitive by utilizing school facilities, working with FLAAA, partnering with the community and the area businesses and sponsors, and by organizing fundraisers that will reduce program fees to players.

To develop and improve the athletic abilities of the volleyball players, to promote teamwork, and good sportsmanship, resulting in a positive volleyball experience. The Lakes program offers each individual the opportunity to reach their full potential through hard work, skilled coaching, teamwork, and community support.

Lakes Volleyball works within the Junior Olympic Volleyball program; we require the full dedication and commitment by the players and parents in order to create competitive teams.

Team Selection
Age, ability, and at the older ages position played, shall determine teams. The general basis for team selection will be determined through open tryouts of athletes residing in School District 831 and surrounding communities. Rosters of the 1’s teams will consist of up to 10 players. The 2’s and 3’s teams will target 8 to 10 players, but may have up to 12 players. Ten (10) is an optimal number of players per team due to rotation, position and play time. The teams in each age bracket will try to schedule practices together in order to facilitate teamwork and consistency within the age group. Equal playing time is not guaranteed and should not be expected nor discussed with the coaches. Determination of teams will be based on individual skill level and position within each team in order to create the strongest most competitive team roster. Player assessments will be made by unbiased coaches and evaluators according to the tryout criteria, and team rosters will be reviewed by the proper Lakes Volleyball committee and/or board.

Lakes Volleyball reserves the right to move players within teams before and during the season in order to strengthen the team and offer opportunity for each player.

Playing up in age bracket
A player may be asked to play up in a higher age bracket by the tryout evaluators.  Determination of skill level will be made by unbiased coaches and evaluators according to the tryout criteria. All age bracket exceptions will be authorized by the proper Lakes Volleyball coaches committee in accordance with the NCR Volleyball age bracket policy and guidelines.

Players and Parents
Parents are needed to support the teams by attending games, encouraging the players, and showing good sportsmanship. Parents please allow the coaches to do the coaching. There is a 24 hour cooling off period after a discrepancy, before a parent can contact their players coach. Parents are encouraged to talk to the parent representative of their team at an early stage in order to head off any concerns before they become issues. If concerns and issues cannot be addressed to satisfaction through a parent representative then parents are encouraged to use the Lakes Volleyball formal grievance process at any time.

Lakes Volleyball in accordance with Junior Olympic Volleyball program requires full dedication and commitment by the players and parents. Players are required to attend all practices and games unless they have made arrangements ahead of time with their coach. More than two (2) absences may be grounds for dismissal (and forfeiture of fees paid to Lakes) at the discretion of coach and appropriate committee. Lakes Volleyball expects that each player will attend practices and events with a good attitude and a willingness to work hard.

Players/Parents who do not fulfill their team and/or financial commitments with out providing Lakes Volleyball with an acceptable explanation, may not be allowed to participate in Lakes Volleyball for the following season.

Player forms and all fees are to be submitted at the mandatory parent/player meeting at the beginning of the season or prior to participation at the first practice.

Players and parents please refer to the “10 Rules for Parents of Athletes” by Lloyd Percival, these rules, if followed will help your athlete improve while maintaining the proper perspective and enable you and your athlete to gain the most from this season and next.

10 Rules for Parents of Athletes by Lloyd Percival
Lloyd Percival, a fitness expert, developed 10 rules for parents of athletic children. Maybe your child will become a great player some day, and maybe they won’t, but they will be a better person if you follow these rules.
  1. Make sure that your child knows that, win or lose, you love them. Let them know that you appreciate their effort and they you won’t be disappointed in them if they fail. Be the person in their life that they can always look to for support.
  2. Try to be completely honest with yourself about your child’s athletic ability, competitive spirit, sportsmanship, and skill level.
  3. Be helpful, but don’t coach your child on the way to the game or at the breakfast table. Think how tough it must be on them to be continually inundated with advice, criticism, and pep talks.
  4. Teach your child to enjoy the thrill of competition, to be “out there trying,” to be constantly working to improve their skills, to take the physical and emotional bumps and come back for more. Don’t tell them that winning doesn’t count, because it does and they know it. Instead, help them develop a healthy competitive attitude, a “feel” for competing, for trying hard, for having a good time.
  5. Try not to live your life through your child. You’ve lost as well as won, you’ve been frightened, you’ve backed off at times, and you’ve been the villain. Don’t expect any better of them. Sure they are an extension of you, but don’t assume that they feel the same way as you did, want the same things, or has the same attitude. Don’t push them in the direction that will give you the most satisfaction.
  6. Don’t compete with your child’s coach. A coach may become a hero to them for a while – someone who can do no wrong – and you may find this hard to take. Or, they may become disenchanted with the coach. Don’t side with them against the coach. Talk to them about the importance of learning how to handle problems and how to react to criticism. Try to help them understand the necessity for discipline, rules, and regulations.
  7. Don’t compare your child with the other players on their team or others – at least not within their earshot. If they have a tendency to resent the treatment they get from the coach, if she is jealous of the approval other players get, try to be honest with them. Don’t lie to them about their capabilities as a player. If you are overly protective, you will perpetuate the problem.
  8. Get to know your child’s coach.
  9. Remember that children tend to exaggerate when they are praised and when they are criticized. Temper your reactions for exaggerating, but don’t overreact to the stories they tell you.
  10. Teach your child the meaning of courage. Some of us can climb mountains, but are frightened to get into a fight. Some of us can fight without fear, but turn into jelly at the sight of a bee. Everyone is frightened of something. Courage isn’t the absence of fear. Courage is learning to perform in spite of fear.