Deaf Elite VB Camp & National Deaf U-18 Squad Handbook
1. Our Mission
As the cornerstones of the USA Deaf Volleyball Youth program, the Deaf Elite Volleyball Camp (DEVC) and the National Deaf U-18 squad provide opportunities for specific technique training, high-level, intensive play, and the opportunity to participate in competitive matches in preparation for interscholastic, collegiate, national and international competition.
This program is nationally prominent, dedicated to providing young athletes and coaches with the opportunity to grow intellectually and mature emotionally through the competitive sport of volleyball. Our mission is to promote leadership within the players and identify roles in each individual that fosters a sense of teamwork and an individual sense of accomplishment.
The program is intended to have a profoundly positive effect on young athletes within the context of competitive volleyball. We help young athletes develop “life skills” by teaching them to set difficult, but achievable goals. We assist young athletes in achieving these goals by fostering in them and in ourselves a personal commitment to support each other and work as a team, which requires diligence, perseverance, and discipline. We recognize that all coaches, athletes, parents and members benefit from being committed to a progressive program that has a continuity of purpose and that pursues excellence.
Volleyball has become a phenomenon in the United States, providing the deaf and hard of hearing community’s athletes with a chance to refine their volleyball skills and compete in an organized fashion at local, state and national levels. The USA Deaf Youth Volleyball program is an affiliation of USA Deaf Volleyball, USA Volleyball (USAV) and the USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF). USAV is the national governing body for the sport of volleyball in the United States and is recognized by the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). USADSF is the governing body for deaf and hard of hearing sports in the United States. The USA Deaf Youth Volleyball program is also affiliated with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).
Over the past years, the name “USA Deaf Volleyball” has consistently remained one of, if not the most competitive, programs within the USADSF. USA Deaf Volleyball’s youth development program has had an impact on the USA National Deaf Volleyball Team and numerous colleges and universities throughout the country.
3. USA Deaf Volleyball Youth Management
Brian Bippus, Lynn Ray Boren, Stacy Nowak, Patrick O’Brien
4. Coaching Staff
A good coaching staff is an essential component in the ongoing effort to fulfill our Mission Statement. The DEVC and U-18 squad coaches are experienced, educated, and skilled. They have played and coached volleyball collegiately, nationally and internationally.
5. Financial Information
Program Fees Payment Due
DEVC $: 275 May 1st
U-18 $: 650 March 1st
6. Participation Fees
DEVC $: $275 (Changes yearly) June 13-17 2017
Camp meals and snacks
Ground transportation including gas from/to airport and bus station
Coaches’ expenses (lodging, airfare, meals)
Camp t-shirts and giveaways
***Airfare not included***
U-18 Festival $:650
Daily per-diem for meals and snacks
Ground transportation including gas from/to airport and playing sites
Coaches’ expenses (lodging, airfare, meals)
***Airfare not included***
Please note that the U-18 trip fees are calculated by the total expense of the trip and divided by the number of athletes on the team. For that reason, it is important to know 6 months in advance if the athlete is committed in attending.
7. Payment Responsibilities
It is the athlete’s responsibility to make payments prior to the due dates. No athlete will be allowed to participate during the camp or competitions unless the fees have been paid in full. Extenuating circumstances will be considered and costs prorated accordingly. Examples of extenuating circumstances include moving out of state, serious illnesses or injuries. Costs such as USAV player registration and uniform purchase cannot be refunded. The final decision on the refundable amount will be the responsibility of the Director.
USA Deaf Volleyball is committed to helping young athletes excel. A program of this magnitude and quality is expensive, both in terms of commitment of time and money. The Youth Management team is committed to the goal that no deserving athlete shall be deprived of the benefits of the team for lack of funds. To that end, we will work to structure payment plans and come up with fundraising ideas.
9. U-18 Tournament
The purpose of the U-18 tournament is to gain experience at the national level, to expose the athletes to other talented players, and most of all, to prepare for the upcoming season. The team is expected to arrive 3 days earlier than the festival dates for practices. The team will participate in numerous matches throughout a span of 4 days.
10. Camp/Tournament Officiating
Officiating is the shared responsibility of the entire team. All athletes are required to help with line judging, score keeping, libero tracking, score flipping, and R2 officiating. An athlete who has an officiating assignment may not leave a tournament before the assignment is completed. Coaches will provide further information regarding scorekeeper and officiating clinics.
11. U-18 Tournament Policies
- No food, beverages (other than water), glass containers, or chewing gum is allowed in any gym at any time. Food and beverages for the team may be kept in the lobby or outside the playing venue.
- Playing time for athletes is determined by the performance of the athlete during practices and previous matches and is left to the discretion of the coach.
- Proper demeanor is expected of all members of the group (athletes, parents, and supporters); this includes treating members of the officiating crew with respect.
- Only USA Deaf Volleyball uniform pieces will be worn during the tournaments.
- No jewelry may be worn once the athlete arrives at the competition venue.
- Athletes may not leave the tournament site until excused by the coach.
12. Travel Arrangements
USA Deaf Volleyball organizes travel arrangements for athletes ONLY. Athletes travel to the pre-determined destination on their own, stay in lodgings with teammates, and eat all meals with teammates.
U-18 Squad arrangements consist of hotel, meals, and ground transportation to/from the airport. Parents will make their own travel arrangements for their child to arrive before 2 p.m. on the first day and depart after 2 p.m. on the last day. The Director will select a hotel after evaluating costs, location, accessibility and safety. Lodging information will be shared with parents who wish to come and watch the tournament. It is the responsibility of the parents to make their own travel and lodging reservations.
DEVC (Indiana School for the Deaf, Indianapolis, IN) arrangements consist of lodging, meals, and ground transportation to/from the airport and bus station. Parents will make their own travel arrangements for their child to arrive before 4 p.m. on the first day of camp and depart before 9 a.m. on the last day of camp. Parents will notify camp staff of trip itineraries to ensure that their child will be accounted for upon arrival. Lodging information will be shared with the parents who wish to come and watch camp sessions. It is the responsibility of the parents to make their own travel and lodging reservations.
13. Travel Policies
- Athletes will be courteous and respectfully obey all staff members. This includes all coaches, chaperones, and adults officially traveling with the team.
- Athletes may not leave the lodging or playing facility at any time without permission from their coach or chaperone.
- Athletes must report any illness or injury to the coach and chaperone immediately.
- An athlete who damages any property at a lodging or playing facility will be personally responsible for damages.
- Athletes must dress appropriately at all times.
- Athletes found in possession of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs will be sent home immediately at the expense of the parent/guardian. Further action by the team will follow.
- Violation of any of the above travel policies may result in the athlete being sent home immediately at the expense of the parent/guardian. Further action by the team will follow.
14. Know the Rules
Knowing the rules will allow you to enjoy the many hours you spend watching this game much more. Nothing is more frustrating than not knowing what the last call was all about – other than listening to the irate parent scream at the official over a call THEY knew nothing about! You may also want to acquire a copy of the Official USA Volleyball Rules, presented by USA Volleyball, by ordering online at www.volleyball.org/rules
15. Code of Conduct for Parents
The influence, both good and bad, that a parent may have on their child’s introduction to or continuation in sports is often misunderstood or underestimated. USA Deaf Volleyball appreciates your valuable contribution to your athlete.
- Make only positive encouraging comments to or about players on BOTH teams.
- Remember that making mistakes is part of the learning process – don’t criticize.
- Discuss your concerns away from the players and away from your child.
- Show respect for the officials, coaching staff, parents, and players.
- Control your emotions.
- Get interested in your child’s sport. Ignorance is not bliss for those around you.
- Learn the rules of the game.
- Don’t coach from the sidelines – don’t coach at all. Simply reiterate what you may have seen your child’s coach say.
- Don’t allow your child to talk negatively about a teammate, a coach or an official – stick with the facts, not the emotion.
- Don’t proliferate your child’s negative behavior when they are discouraged. Help them realize the positive.
16. Chaperones and Team Parents
Coaches for the U-18 volleyball team will assign a “team parent” to assist the coaches as needed. The team will cover lodging and meals for chaperones attending overnight travel tournaments. USA Deaf Volleyball will make the airline reservations but it is the responsibility of the chaperone to cover his or her own airfare.
Good nutrition is essential for the athlete to be able to compete at a consistent level, not to mention maintain a healthy body. While USA Deaf Volleyball may be able to assist in guiding the athlete to consume balanced meals and healthy snacks while on trips, the athletes and parents are the ultimate tool in creating good nutritional habits for life.
The websites listed below may assist in answering any additional questions you may have about volleyball.
- www.usdeafsports.org – USA Deaf Sports Federation
- www.usadeafvolleyball.org – USA Deaf Volleyball
- www.ncaa.org – NCAA policies and clearinghouse
- www.avca.org – American Volleyball Coaches Association
- www.volleycentral.com – junior, collegiate and international volleyball news and results
19. Grievance Procedures
Knowing when to communicate and how to communicate with your athlete’s coach is a concern for almost every parent. Most often the concern is how to inquire about issues surrounding playing time. Athletes should be encouraged to talk to the coach when a problem arises (i.e. regarding playing time, position, or unclear expectations in practice or competition.). The appropriate manner for the athlete to approach the coach is to ask what she the athlete needs to do in order to receive more opportunities to play or to accomplish a goal. Parents can best help their athlete by guiding them through this process and supporting communication with the coach. Athletes, not the parents, should be the ones to approach a coach regarding “coaching decisions”. Coaching decisions include, among other things: practice organization, play time, positions, substitutions, etc. The amount of time an athlete is on the court is the result of a complex determination, in that coach’s opinion, of the athlete’s ability, the athlete’s potential, the team’s needs at the moment, and the team’s needs in the future. The coach will not be required to defend his/ her thought process or conclusions in these determinations. It should be expected however, that the coach be able to relay information to the athlete to explain the athlete’s current role on the team and what the athlete needs to improve upon to resolve the concern.
The athlete and parents SHOULD:
- Approach the coach to ask for a meeting time to be set.
- Expect that the meeting should be between the coaches of the team and the player.
- Approach the coach to ask for a meeting time to be set, if the concern remains unresolved, and this meeting should be between the athlete, the coaches, and the parents.
- If the concern still remains unresolved, the parent should contact the Director for intervention.
The athlete or parent SHOULD NOT:
- Confront a coach during a practice or competition.
- Expect meetings to be set during practice or competition.
- Attempt to “compare” or evaluate another athlete.
- Use profanity towards the coach.
- Harass or threaten the coach.
- Discuss their concerns with any other parents or players until a resolution has been reached with the coach.
20. General Behavior Policy
USA Deaf Volleyball will not tolerate hostile, aggressive confrontations by a parent towards an official, a director, a coach, an athlete, or another parent. Violation of this policy may result in the athlete being dismissed from the team. In such cases, no refunds will be issued. It is inappropriate for an athlete or a parent to involve other members (third parties) about a problem the athlete or parent is having with a coach, objections to coaching decisions, or disagreements with an administrative decision. Any member who, as a third party, hears remarks or stories being told about USA Deaf Volleyball, its staff or its policies, that cause the member to be concerned is encouraged to call the Director immediately to determine the facts, or to alert the USADV administration to a situation it may not be aware of.