JUNIOR VOLLEYBALL DEVELOPMENT AT UTS VOLLEYBALL CLUB
Introduction to the UTS Volleyball Club
UTS Volleyball Club (UTSVC) is one of the largest and most successful volleyball clubs in NSW and is affiliated with State Volleyball NSW & AVF. The club is part of the UTS Union Sports program and is open to students of the University and non-students. ie. you do not have to study at UTS to be part of the Volleyball Club. UTSVC has a range of activities for all levels of volleyball participation including:
- AVL (Australian Volleyball League) in partnership with Sydney University. This is Australia’s Premier National Volleyball Competition run in the latter part of the year.
- SVL (Sydney Volleyball League) Honours Men/Women, Div 1 & 2 Men/Women, Junior Boys/Girls
- Tournaments – NSW State Cups, Manly Cup UTS Cup & Canberra’s Good Neighbour
- Social Competition – Friendly mixed volleyball weekly competition
- Coaching Workshops – Development/Mentoring for all coaching staff
- Social Activities – BBQ’s, Picnics, Trivia Nights, End of Season Function
- Junior Development Program – Refer below
UTS Junior Development Program
The program has been designed to allow students to participate in volleyball whilst completing their studies at mid-senior school levels. The program includes a range of activities that will provide development opportunities for different levels of volleyballers. The Junior Program is run by NCAS Accredited coaches or coaches who have equivalent experience and/or are working towards gaining their formal accreditation.
2015 Junior Program* includes the following:
(*TBC. Based on player availability/allowance for studies/commitments)
A. Training Sessions – Focused on skill development for individuals and match play within a team environment. There is a component of physical strengthening to support both general fitness and specific conditioning required for a volleyball athlete. Trainings are facilitated by a Head Coach and supporting staff (from Senior UTS Teams) and are run according to a prepared training plan as part of an overall program.
B. Tournaments – Teams are entered in various NSW State Cups as a lead-up to the SVL Season. The tournaments are a great way for teams to develop their game play in a friendly competitive environment, whilst exposing players to a higher level of volleyball competition within NSW. Some tournaments are based in the Sydney Metropolitan area, whilst others are located in regional NSW towns where overnight stay or daily commuting is optional.
C. SVL (Sydney Volleyball League) – Teams play in the Junior Divisions (U19/U16) of this premier level of competition volleyball in NSW. The season runs from June to September and is played every Sunday at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Halls (Next to Monster Park), in the same venue as SVL Senior Divisions.
D. Canberra Tour – Teams are entered in the Good Neighbour Volleyball Tournament in November and tour/stay with the rest of the UTS Club in Canberra. This is one of the largest volleyball events in Australia and in 2013 our Junior Boys Team won Gold in the U18 Schoolboys Division.
- High Performance Development Camp – This is a specialised weekend camp where players are immersed in volleyball for 2 whole days and an overnight stay at the Sydney Academy of Sport. The camp is lead by the current NSW Mentor Coach, Nam Pham who brings his experience of coaching the Junior National Tour teams into a high performance training environment. Players are exposed to advanced systems, structures, training drills and a heavy emphasis on competitive match-play. There is also a strong educational component which covers importance of health, nutrition, stretching, body management & recovery.
2014 Junior Boys Program
In 2014 UTS launched its first year of the Junior Program with many highlights including:
- A total of 19 boys joining the program, forming 2 teams for the SVL competition
- Appointment of a dedicated Head Coach & Assistant Coach, supported by a number of senior ‘guest’ coaches
- The program allowed boys to complete study commitments at various times of the academic year, whilst giving those who were free, to participate in a number of senior weekend tournaments, namely;
- NSW State Cup Illawarra – Bus Tour
- Manly Cup
- NSW State Schools Cup Olympic Park (entered as a non-school ‘composite’ team)
- NSW State Cup Olympic Park (2013)
- Canberra Good Neighbour – Bus Tour (2013&2014)
- Several boys were invited to join the senior mens training sessions
- Several boys were selected to join the senior mens teams in various State Cups & SVL Honours & Div 1 competitions
- A number of the junior boys from the UTS program were selected into the NSW State Teams and competed in the Australian Junior Championships in Canberra
Here are some great highlight videos from the 2014 program:
UTS Junior Program 2014
UTS Junior Program Canberra Tour 2014
SIDE BY SIDE: Volleyball in Australia
One of our Junior Boys produced a small documentary on Volleyball in Australia featuring some of our senior players.
NSW State Cup #1 March 2015, Central Coast – Junior Boys (Div 2 Men)
This was our first opportunity to play with the new roster following the departure of several key players to the senior ranks and our recent selections trials. Some of our players had commitments to the NSW Beach Squad so we invited some of our new development players. We boarded the UTS Mini-Bus at RMSH Ultimo and met up with 3 of our regional players at the stadium in Terrigal. First up, the whole team (100%) attended a scoring clinic run by George Chalhoub from NSWVRA. George also went thru general tips for doing duty as well as what is expected from players on court and the behaviours/attitude to officials. A good start for our first time players 🙂 At this stage there is no Junior competition at our State Cups, so we entered our team into the Div 2 Open Mens Division. At the end of Day 1, we managed 2 wins against the Bumble Bees and 1 loss against the new look (big-hitting) Freezone team. A great result for our first day of volleyball as a new team and all players seemed to gel very quickly. In the evening at our team meeting I asked what was each players highlight and I was amazed by some of their responses: “Being part of such a tight/friendly team”, “We all supported each other”, “This is my first real tournament ever!”, “This was my first volleyball game in Australia!”, “This is my first time I am sleeping away from my family!” …OMG!!! On Day 2 we played our Semi Final and came out on fire, with a solid win. The Semi would end up being our best oncourt performance of the tournament, with lots of amazing plays, great defense/dives in back court, and some very aggressive/solid offence from both front and back court. The team were on a real high after the Semi, and went into the Gold Medal Final pumped. Although we played with a great attitude, the combination of the physical toll on everyone after a weekend of volleyball and a very solid performance by our opposition, meant we were outclassed overall and went down 0:2 to take out the Silver Medal. There were many highlights for our new team, including: running a solid back row attack consistently, some brilliant roof blocks and some amazing saves in defence, but the highlight was in the Gold Final, the opposition put up a 3 man block on our Opposite player, what the?… 3-man block in Div 2? Before I knew it, our own players started blocking them with our own 3 man block, much to my surprise because we had never trained for this, so full credit to the boys for giving it a go. The sense of team spirit and camaraderie was amazing all weekend and we look forward to working with a bunch of great juniors, willing to learn and be part of the UTS family. A big thank you to the Board of UTS-VC for supporting the Junior Program again this year and to all of the senior coaches who have provided assistance during the lead-up training sessions and to Jon Yaw for helping out when needed. We look forward to an exciting year of the Junior Program in 2015.
Central Coast Tournament Team Awards:
5 – Raymond Vaamanuu (Opposite) – ‘MVP: Most Valuable Player of the Tournament’ and ‘Best Abs’
7 – Samuel Tifa – ‘Off-court Hoodie Intimidator’ Award
9 – Joseph Phu (Universal) – ‘Best all-rounder’
10 – Dom Leo -‘Best Libero of the Tournament!’ Award
13 – Matthew Jigalin (Setter) – ‘Cool under pressure’ Award
15 – Noah Soderlund – ‘Quickest Middle’ Award
16 – Liam Fardell – ‘Team Energiser & Most Enthusiastic’ Award
17 – Bruce Feng (Passer/Hitter) – Best New Import’ and ‘Best Defense’
18 – Ryan Maginnity (Setter) – ‘Fish out of water’ Award, for playing as a passer/defender in the final
19 – Samuel Forsberg – ‘Best Rookie’ Award
20 – Michael Jones (Hitter) – ‘Best Development Player’ Award
Coaches: George Jigalin & Clara Loth
2015 Program Intake – New Players
Trials have now been completed and a preliminary roster has been selected in preparation for the 2015 SVL Season, beginning in late May.
We are pleased to announce we will be fielding 3 Junior Boys Teams in SVL at this stage and we will be training on a weekly basis with attendance at various NSW State Tournaments as part of our preparations.
New Interstate or Overseas Arrivals:
Please contact us if you have just landed in Sydney and are looking to join a Junior Boys Development Program (Under 19’s).
Although our official selection/trials have been completed, we have a special exemption for newly arrived and experienced interstate or international volleyballers.
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