Columbia Junior Volleyball Club











"Since 1990, the purpose of Columbia Junior Volleyball has been to provide the highest level of volleyball competition, and the best volleyball experience for our players. As a club, we strive to be the best on and off the court, and to help our players to be the best they can be in volleyball, in the classroom, and in life."

Columbia JVBC 2017-2018 Season

Lots of updates

After Chris having the flu for a week, and a dominating weekend for the club with our teams playing in all three west coast states... we're back with lots of team updates!

Fan behavior at volleyball matches

Columbia fans are reminded that one of the things that makes volleyball unique as a sport is the usually high level of tolerance and good behavior at tournaments. This means our fans don't behave in the way fans often do in other sports including verbal disagreements with coaches or referees. If you plan to travel and support one of our teams at tournaments, please review the Parent/Spectator Code of Conduct. All Columbia parents must sign and return this to their team's coach. Thanks for making volleyball a great sport!

It's recruiting season.

Soon, our older teams will be competing at tournaments where college coaches will be recruiting. Before that happens, we'd like each player from the 2016, 2017, and 2018 recruiting classes to create a free profile at BeRecruited to help provide information to coaches. Notice we said "free" profile. Always talk to John before participating in paid recruiting services. Create a (free) profile at University Athlete as well. See our Recruiting page for more recruiting help.

Once you've created your profile, email the link for your profile to Chris so he can update our Recruiting page to include your profile. John would like profiles for every player listed prior to the Las Vegas tournament.

Some ways to volunteer as a Columbia parent :)

Columbia depends on two fantastic groups of people to make our club run smoothly so our players can learn and compete all season. The first group is our volunteer coaches. Our coaches keep returning season after season to work with our players and create great individual players, and our very competitive teams. The second group is our terrific parents. So many things big and small get handled by our parent volunteers all season long. We really appreciate everything you do! Here is a partial list of things to volunteer for this season:

Chaperones: Columbia teams don't use chaperones to manage player travel (our players travel with their families), but we are still required to have an official chaperone on each team. Being a chaperone means registering as a USAV member, and passing a background check. (Columbia will reimburse you for the membership fee.) Most of our head coaches have already chosen a volunteer to be chaperone, but if you are interested in the job check with your team's coach.

Instructions for chaperones: AFTER you have been chosen by your team's coach, register with USAV on Webpoint for membership. (Be sure to choose Columbia Jrs as your club.) You'll need to pay online and can deduct the fee from your player's January fees. Email Chris your first and last name, so he can list you with the team.

Reporting tournament results: Prior to this season, we've always relied on our coaches to report back their teams results from tournaments. Our coaches are VERY busy at tournaments however, so we'd like to shift to using parents to report results. Done consistently, reporting our results can affect team seeding over the course of the season, so this can be a very important role.

Instructions for volunteering to report results: Email Chris if you are willing to do this role for your team. (You can recruit other parents to help or divide up the role.) You'll get instructions back for how to identify opposing teams and correctly report results.

Shagging balls at tournaments: This may not seem hard or even important, but it is EXTREMELY important! Having parents help control our volleyballs means that players can focus on warmups, coaches aren't distracted by equipment management, and we can help control our team fees by reducing the number of volleyballs we are forced to replace.

How to control volleyballs during warmups: This takes ALL parents. You aren't allowed to be actually on the court, but you can "surround" the court to stop/chase balls that are escaping during warmups. Don't roll balls back through the court duing team warmup (this can result in injury.) Instead, watch for players or coaches who are ready to receive balls back either on the receiving side of the court, or along the side of the court. Every team quickly develops their own style for this, but the more parents who help, the better it works. (Organized parents make our teams look great during warmup!)

Feed your player during tournaments: Players, especially younger or less experienced ones, aren't always good at judging just how much their effort is taking out of them over the course of the day at a tournament. Push them if needed to eat right and stay hydrated over the course of the day. Talk to you team's coach if you need recommendations about what to feed them. Don't wait for "lunch time", there is no such thing at a volleyball tournament. They need to eat the night before, and in the morning before arriving, and they need to drink water all day long. (Don't forget to watch out for our coaches too, sometimes they need to be reminded to eat as well.)

We'll add other options here soon...

Columbia 17-Black sweeps Yakima Friendship matches

Columbia 17-Black swept their matches at the Yakima Friendship day on Sunday. Columbia's U-17 ladies defeated teams from Team Yakima (2 teams), Club Ellensburg, and NCWVBC (2 teams) to finish undefeated over their five matches. While the sweep won't affect anyone's standings to start the season, it's a great way to start off. Congratulations players and coaches!

A reminder for new parents

For parents new to Columbia, we are always glad to see you at practices, and cheering at matches. Please be careful about trying to "coach" your daughter during practice however. Columbia has decades of coaching experience spread across our staff, and we need players to be focused on the instructions they are receiving from the coaching staff during practices and matches. We have lots of ways for you to help and be involved, watch for information about those shortly. Go Columbia!

Weather

Columbia JVBC wants all our players and families to travel safe all season long. We expect to practice tonight on schedule, but in the event the weather changes we usually make a determination to cancel any practice 60-90 minutes before the scheduled start time. Always check our website before leaving for any practice. When in doubt, communicate with your coach or shoot an email to Chris for help.

Also, always be careful about the slippery sidewalk in front of our home gym, and NEVER leave your car parked unattended in the bus/fire lane (dropping off and picking up is ok.)

Oregon Hartner (MLK) Memorial Classic

Players from Columbia 15-Black, 16-Black, 17-Black, and 18-Black should make travel arrangements now for the Hartner Memorial Classic in January. There are not specific hotel recommendations for this tournament. Be sure to click the tournament link on our Schedule page for additional information about playing times, and facility rules.

Columbia on Twitter

Columbia 18-Black plays for #1 this morning at EEC! They went undefeated on day one of the tournament.
Zade's sad death hit a member of our Columbia family. If you can help this fundraiser, please do so. https://t.co/8WQrkIPFFF
If you are at Emerald City today, find our new "Senior" coach and tell him... Happy Birthday Coach Russ!

2015 Commits

  • Cassandra Brownell - signed (track), Northwest Christian University
  • Anna Grigsby - signed, Colorado College
  • Hannah Hulse - signed, Pacific University
  • Taylor Little - signed, College of Idaho
  • Megan Steach - signed, Montana Tech

2016 Commits

  • Morgan Kline - signed, University of California Riverside
  • Maloree Kupp - signed, University of Redlands
  • Bethane Nelson - signed, Evergreen State College
  • Ashlin Orosco - signed, Walla Walla Community College

2017 Commits

  • Tasha Hungate - signed, Evergreen State College
  • Catelyn Linke - signed, Eastern Washington University
  • McKaidan Moore - signed, University of West Alabama
  • Ashtin Olin - signed, California State University, Sacramento
  • Leanna Shymanski - signed, Eastern Washington University
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