||What can you expect from playing Eastside Volleyball?
Each player has a different experience as a club member. Naturally, some players are more successful than others. Players who put more effort into the program usually get more out of it than those who do not attend practices. These are what we feel are the major benefits of the program.
The majority of our staff is made up of current collegiate players, local volleyball players, former collegiate players, and local junior high school and high school coaches.
Extended training schedule:
Since high school programs are restricted to a few weeks of practice followed by an intensive match schedule, good technical instruction is hard to obtain during school. Our December to May training and competition phase allows ample time to work on techniques so players may improve their skill levels.
Since Eastside players are committed to becoming excellent players, many new friendships are formed with players from different schools. These friendships often cause the battles between schools to become even more competitive during the next school season.
The time commitment required to be in a junior program requires that study habits improve and players budget their time better. It is also vital that players have disciplined work habits on the court.
Exposure to college recruiters:
As a member of most high school programs, it is likely that the only way a college coach will see you is if you or your opponent has an outstanding player. Due to NCAA regulations, budgetary and time constraints, collegiate coaches regularly attend junior competition in order to view more players in one sitting.
Top level competition:
Through practices, scrimmages and competitions, participants compete with and against some of the top players in their age group not only in Central Illinois but the Midwest.
Conditioning does not play a large part in our plans because it takes vital time away from practices, however, it is necessary for players to be fit in order to succeed. Conditioning for volleyball will take place during practice drills. Conditioning outside of Eastside Volleyball practice sessions is encouraged.
The age-group system requires that younger players become leaders. The oldest players in the 16-unders, for example, are sophomores. Players returning to high school as juniors are often leaders ahead of their time due to their junior volleyball experience.
We are trying to create smarter players, not just better players. Volleyball is a sport in which new situations happen frequently and players must learn to deal effectively with each new situation.
We think it is a lot more fun to play volleyball at a higher level. As playerâ€™s progress, and the speed of the game increases, it becomes more fun all the time.