These are some practices that WAVE has implemented over the years and can be valuable to players, coaches, and parents when participating in club sports. Remember that we are all here to use sports to inspire players to become confident in themselves and grow up to be outstanding adults!
Playing time: Coaches are always thinking about playing time and line-ups. Please remember that our policies on this do not guarantee equal playing time. The coaches are playing to win and are looking to put their strongest line-ups in. That may result in some players not seeing the court as much as others. We also know that when the opportunity presents itself to get players in the game, that we are doing our best to do just that. If you are becoming concerned about that. Make sure to speak with your daughter and make sure you are on the same page as she is. Also encourage her to speak with their coach if they are having concerns.
In volleyball, teams can get stuck in a rotation where a sever or serves go on a run. This can result in the team not fully rotating limiting other’s play time. Please do not speak to a coach at an event or before your daughter has. We do not want to see your daughter sit out because a situation was not handled according to the policies we set.
Schedules: The schedules for tournaments are online. Please triple check your playing location, ref and play times. It is required that you are at the venue 1 hour prior to your first reffing or playing time. With Tampa/Clearwater events, it is always a good practice to arrive 1.5 hours prior due to potential traffic/weather issues. It is also required that all players stay when a team is officiating the last match. Please do not leave until the coach releases you. Any events that are outside of Tampa/Clearwater require a hotel stay.
Typically the wave times are released 2-4 weeks prior to the event. AM Wave typically is 8am-2pm & PM Wave is typically 2:30p-8:30pm. Many times events will run behind, so be mentally prepared to stay longer than the wave. The schedule itself is not usually released until Tuesday or Wednesday the week of the event. Teams will drop/add/or change divisions leading up to the first day.
Online Schedules: http://www.sportwrench.com and http://www.advancedeventsystems.com are the two most common scheduling systems used for indoor volleyball. Other popular tournament websites we will use are below.
www.aausvolleyball.org, www.fostervolleyballclinics.com, www.jvctournaments.com, http://www.usavolleyball.org, and http://www.floridavolleyball.org
Cheering: We can quickly become very caught up in the intensity and heat of the moment when we are watching our kids participate. Remember that this is an amateur sport, they are kids, they do not train every day like professionals, so they will make mistakes. Please keep this in mind when you are cheering for your daughter’s and your daughter’s teammates. We also want to make sure we avoid any negative communication towards officials, opponents, coaches, or teammates. Our kids will fail. When they do, it is best to be honest with them, but also to let them know that they will learn just as much about themselves if not more when they lose compared to when they win. How do they respond to losing is what is important!
Pictures: Please text me a team photo if they win a division or have a top three finish in the gold division! If you have a cool team or group shot you can send that as well! 941.962.4859.
Uniforms: Please make sure players have all three jerseys with them at all times this weekend! Without having to go into detail, issues arise where players or a team may need to change. Even if the jersey is not clean, keep it in the bag.