What is Mini Club?

Mini-Club is a 8-9 week program that is a mini version of club volleyball. Elementary and Middle School aged athletes practice and train within a team setting, participate in 2 one day events against other clubs, during the Fall season when HS volleyball is typically taking place. This is our most popular program outside of our travel teams. It is great for newer kids who want to experience what club volleyball is as well as our more experienced Middle School age players who are looking to prep for the upcoming club season.

Unlike Travel, we do not have a tryout for mini-club. We will ability group players within age groups and select teams once we are able to work with the players over a few practices. Practices are heavy in skill, movement, and game like concepts that will prepare players to be able to play at the highest levels. We teach our players foundational skills that will be used at the High School and throughout their volleyball careers. We incorporate competitive concepts to keep the training fast paced and challenging. Majority of our coaches are educators and all have head coaching experience at the High School and Club levels. They do an excellent job of breaking down skills and building them up so kids can apply them to various situations.

Cost: $550
(1) Full Payment of $550 on Aug 14
(2) Payments of $300 on Aug 14 & $250 on Sep 11

Exact Cash in an envelope with player’s name on it or Check made out to WAVE with player’s name in the memo section.

Placement: We do our best to place everyone on a team after the first 2-3 practices and work to not hold a tryout. Depending on the numbers we may host a tryout with specific ages or teams. Again this is not the goal, but may be an option if we need to. If a player does not make a team, we will look at training only or refund your money. Having a tryouts has only occurred one time in our 12 years of mini-club.

Typically we have a 10U, 11U, (2) 12U, (2) 13U, & (2-3) 14U teams.

Grades: 4th to 8th


Practice Dates:
Aug: 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 (6 practices)
Sep: 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 (7 practices)
Oct: 2, 4, 9 (3 practices)
*Optional Flex days are Sunday Mornings at Braden River HS if needed

Practice Times:
10U-12U 5:45-7:15
13U-14U 7:15-8:45

Practice Location:
(MAIN) Braden River Middle School (SR 70 & I-75)
(BACK UP) Haile Middle School (SR 64 & I-75)
(BACK UP) Mona Jain Middle School (Lakewood Ranch)
(BACK UP) Nolan Middle School (SR 70 & Greenbrook)

Duration: 8-9 Weeks (16 Practices)


Clearwater Gyms: September 23 (10U-13U | 14U TBD)
Clearwater Gyms: September 24 (14U TBD)
AH Fieldhouse Winter Haven Oct 7 (10U-13U | 14U TBD)
AH Fieldhouse Winter Haven Oct 8 (14U TBD)
* These are one day events. Play takes place either 8a-2p or 3p-9p

Needed Apparel:

Provided to player: 1 Numbered Uniform Top & 1 Practice Shirt

Must Have: Black Nike Spandex Shorts, White Nike Knee Pads

Coaches: Don Hinton, Ralph McElhiney, Jeff Schmucker, & Emily Camp

Required Membership: AAU Youth membership.

  • Visit & register for a 23-24 youth athlete membership
    The members window runs (8/15/2023 to 8/31/2024)
  • Must have a 2023-2024 membership to participate.
  • Select WAVE Volleyball by using club code: TBD