I spent the weekend involved
in a friend's wedding and what an awesome thing to come back to so many
fantastic e-mails regarding the team-building day at the lake. A BIG thank you
to the Zimmermans for hosting and organizing such a great day for our kids. I'd
also like to thank all of the other parents who carpooled and offered rides to
make sure so many of the girls could attend. Finally, I'd like to say how proud
I am of this program, especially the upperclassmen. So many of you were
recognized for being welcoming and inclusive to all of our Scioto newcomers.
This is how a program should be!
Please remember that we have
three coaching days this week. We will practice Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Thursday from 6:00-9:00pm in the main gym. We will do a lot of playing! Bring a
water bottle (and a quick snack if you think you might need a little
something). Don't forget to bring your physical forms if you have them.
Remember that you cannot try out if you do not have an updated physical.
Tryouts are on August 3 and 4
from 6:00-9:00 pm. Please arrive early both days to help with setting up nets
and any other equipment that we may need. We currently have 43 athletes who
have expressed interest in playing this year. This is more than we have ever
had in my 6 years. While this is a great number and exciting for the growth and
competitiveness of our program, it also means that there will be cuts. It is
our intent to meet with our athletes face to face at the conclusion of tryouts
to inform them of their anticipated role within the program. The coaching staff
will put together a rough timeline of these quick meetings so that you know
approximately what time to pick up your daughter on Tuesday, August 4.
If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact me.
Below are some important documents from the discussions held at the May 18th DSHSGVB Booster meeting. There are a few positions to be
filled to lead activities this year so if you are interested, please let us know.
Coach Wilson, Jennifer Miller and Lynne Parrott are meeting with the rising
freshmen parents on June 8 and will review this same packet of information with
them. We are planning to hold Booster meetings monthly during the
season. The tentative date for July is Monday July 13.
This is the most current up to date e-mail blast that I have for everyone interested in playing volleyball this year, including our incoming freshmen. If you would like an address removed or an additional e-mail added, please contact me immediately so that I can update the group e-mail.
First, I wanted to let you know of an update I just heard about today. Coach Jones made a few modifications to the weightlifting schedule due to high school exams. He communicated these changes to those girls who have been attending, but if you haven't been going, you may not have heard. Here are those changes:
-No lifting today or tomorrow
-Weight room will be open from 1:00-3:00 on Thursday and Friday of this week AND Monday and Tuesday of next week (after exams). Please attend! (Current 8th graders, I realize this prevents you from attending since your school day is normal. Try to get out and run, play some sand volleyball, or anything you can to just stay active!)
Also, a reminder that tryouts are August 3 & 4 from 6:00-9:00pm. You must have a physical to tryout. Don't wait, get these taken care of! I will start collecting these on June 8 at conditioning through the remainder of summer.
I hope this finds everyone doing well and enjoying the nice warm weather this week! As the school year winds down, its time to prepare for 2015 volleyball season. There have been quite a few changes during the offseason and there's a lot for me to address, so please take the time to review this e-mail in its entirety. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
The first thing I would like to address is the change to our coaching staff. As many of you know, I will be taking some time off for maternity leave in August and September. We are very fortunate to have an understanding athletic department who is allowing me to hire an associate head coach for this year. I have selected Doug Arden, a current teacher and former boys volleyball coach at Scioto, as the person to fulfill that role. I couldn't be more excited to have him join our staff, as Coach Arden has the varsity coaching experience and he is a teacher in the building. Coach Jessie Hampson will remain as the head coach for the JV team and she will also assist Coach Arden with varsity as she has always done in the past. Unfortunately, Coach Thomas needed to resign as our freshmen coach due to too many work conflicts. This was communicated just last week, but we were able to fill her role with an outstanding coach, Kendel Kellogg, who just graduated from Otterbein. She is excited to be a part of our program!
The summer schedule has been posted on our website for some time now, so if you haven't checked there, please do so. I can not emphasize enough the importance and value of strength and conditioning. There is a reason that I focus on conditioning over the summer versus open gyms and play dates. I feel very strongly that my staff can teach volleyball, but our girls need to be in top shape come August so they can learn and train like champions. Currently, anyone not participating in a spring sport should be attending conditioning with Coach Jones on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:15. This lifting schedule remains the same through the end of May. Summer lifting begins June 4 and will run everyMonday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10:00-11:30am through July 22. You are strongly encouraged to attend conditioning, not only for your own personal fitness, but to spend quality time with your team. These lifting dates/times are on the calendar on our team website. With the coaching changes, it has been a challenge to come up with dates for our summer coaching days. We have scheduled a few and those are on the calendar, but we may need to adjust them as we factor in a new coach's summer work schedule. I was also just informed that our first round of coaching days during the second week of June conflicts with Young Life camp, and we've traditionally had a lot of kids involved in that. Please know that lifting will not change, but the coaching days will be adjusted.
We also have had some changes with our booster organization. Rob Leon has stepped down as booster president and Lynne Parrott will assume that role. Jennifer Miller will remain as treasurer.
Jennifer, Lynne, and I met a few weeks ago to discuss some ideas and we would really like for our booster organization to grow. We are hoping to get some more people involved this year because, as the veteran families know, the more involved we are, the more we can do for our girls. Ultimately, we all want the girls to have a wonderful, memorable experience, and it is through the efforts of our boosters that we can facilitate that goal. Participating in boosters gives you a chance to be heard, share ideas, and support your daughters. The budget for our athletic department is so small that they have come to boosters seeking our help towards the purchase of new volleyball equipment. There is a lot we want to be able to do for your daughters, but we can't do it without more people working together.
In effort to achieve greater booster participation, we are going to host an open booster meeting on May 18 at 7:00pm at Scioto for parents of rising sophomores through seniors. We will host a separate meeting for incoming freshmen parents at a later date. We would like to discuss some of our fundraising ideas and goals, important dates for the 2015 season (Dad's breakfast, volley for the cure, etc.), and share any other ideas that can help support our girls this coming season. Please understand that this meeting is open to all parents, not just those who wish to have an active role in boosters this year. This is an opportunity to share ideas, so if your daughter plans to tryout, we strongly encourage you to attend and be heard.
Finally, tryouts are slated for August 3 and 4, from 6:00-9:00 in the DSHS main gym. I will remind you all that you must have a valid, updated physical in order to tryout. Please take care of this as soon as possible. I will start collecting new physicals at the June lifting days.
So in short, check the schedule on our team website for updates. Plan on attending our booster meeting May 18, and get your physicals done before tryouts! Please contact me with any questions.