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.
It's time to enroll/re-enroll in The Kroger Community Rewards Program!
Each year, the Kroger Community Rewards Program helps the Dublin Scioto Girls
Volleyball Boosters raise funds to enhance the volleyball program in our
school. This program has been extremely beneficial to our athletes. We
thank you for enrolling in the program once again this year! It's easy to
register! Enroll your Kroger card today and each time you shop, you will
help us earn money for the Dublin Scioto Volleyball Program.
TO REGISTER FOR THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS
Please take a couple of
minutes to renew or activate your account today, so that we can continue to
benefit from this fundraiser.
5. Search for Dublin Scioto Girls Volleyball Boosters or account #
6. Once you find our group, click and save.
Please let me know if you have any questions.This is an easy way to give back to our
volleyball program each year. The Dublin Scioto Girls Volleyball Booster
program thanks you for your ongoing support!
I hope this finds everyone well and staying warm! It has been an
exciting winter in the Wilson household. As most of you probably know by now,
Zach and I are expecting baby Wilson this July and we couldn't be happier. The
volleyball schedule is coming together quite nicely and I've had some
conversations with a few parents regarding fundraisers and other volleyball
booster ideas. I thought I would just check in and give you all a few updates
and reminders as we head into spring:
1. Mrs. Parrott worked really hard to put together our first (and
hopefully annual) mulch fundraiser. We are selling gift cards to Ohio Mulch and
our volleyball boosters will earn 20% of our sales. We ask that you reach out
to your friends and family and sell as many gift cards as you can! This
requires almost no work for us and we think we can reach a lot of people since
Ohio Mulch has locations across central and southwestern Ohio. Many of us buy
mulch as we do some spring cleanup, so please contact as many people as you
can. This might just be one of the easiest fundraisers we'll ever do! I passed
out paperwork to the girls, but if you need additional information, please
contact me or have your daughter stop by my classroom. The sale ends March 9,
so we still have plenty of time to sell, sell, sell!
2. I have been doing a lot of thinking regarding summer strength
and conditioning. I strongly believe that participation in conditioning not
only prepares us for our sport, but it also serves as an opportunity for team
bonding. In the past, our summer schedule did not mesh very well with the
Scioto strength coach, who was really only available for football. This pushed
us to look outside of our school for professional training which meant a cost
to each of you. We are very fortunate to have a new coach, Coach Arby Jones,
who wants to work with us and support all of the female athletes at Scioto. I
met with him in early February to discuss his plans and availability and he is
on board to get us in the weight room regularly starting March 1. He is a
certified strength coach and its clearly his passion. Since this comes with no
cost to you, I hope that this will increase participation and we get every
single one of our volleyball girls training together this summer. Coach Jones
wants to start his off-season program with our girls starting March 1. His goal
is to utilize the months of March and April to do a lot of teaching
(techniques, introducing new lifts, injury prevention, etc.) and then May,
June, and July will be a little more intense since these months serve as our
pre-season. Coach Jones is offering a female only weight room time, 4 days a
week (M,T, Th, F) for volleyball and field hockey from 4:00-5:15. This will be
the scheduled time from March 1 until school is out and then we will switch to
mornings (time TBD) for the summer. For those of you involved in a SCHOOL
spring sport, you do not need to attend during this time as your teams will
have their own in-season weight room schedule. For the rest of you, who are
either playing club volleyball or not involved in another sport, you are
expected to attend. I realize there may be some conflicts with your practice
schedules, but you should attend whenever your schedule allows it. I will be
following up with the girls in another meeting at school to discuss this in
3. Other than our weight room schedule, we have little set in
stone for our summer calendar. We will utilize our 10 coaching days and we will
have some open gym times scheduled with our conditioning but exact dates and
times are TBD. Completing this schedule is a top priority right now and will be
communicated to you as soon as possible. I continue to add confirmed dates to
the calendar, which automatically updates to our team website (www.dublinsciotovolleyball.com).
Please check there regularly.
4. We are also looking for parents who wish to get involved in our
booster program. This could be as an officer or perhaps as a committee leader.
If you are interested in becoming more involved, please let me know! The more
help we have, the more we can do for your kids!
I think that is all for now. Please let me know if you have any
e-mail addresses that need added or deleted to this group. I will do my best to
keep it updated. Contact me with any questions.