Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between A5 clinics/camps and club teams?
Clinics and camps are purely instructional in nature. Although there are some competitive elements incorporated so that participants learn the game play aspect of volleyball (short court games, cooperative drills, etc). Participants do not compete on a team.
Club volleyball (or Junior Olympic Volleyball) is the heart and soul of A5 Volleyball Club. This is the competitive arm of our club. Participants must tryout for a team in Oct/Nov, begin training in Dec and compete against other regional or national teams for 4-6 months after that. This is not a recreational league. A5 fields teams from ages 10-18 years old for both boys and girls. Information about our tryouts process and dates are normally posted by September of each year.
What are the age groups for Spring & Fall clinics?
Our instructional clinics are open to participants 7-14 years old (or 2nd-9th grade), no prior experience necessary. We group participants according to age and/or skill level during the first week. We then adjust participants to the appropriate groups depending on how they progress each week. The group they will work with may vary from week to week. We welcome 9th graders (or 14’s eligible participants) who do not have club experience but desire to make their high school Freshman or JV teams. Our instructional clinics are designed with beginners and intermediates in mind. We recommend our Summer Camps or classes offered at VolleyPerformance for high school players seeking a more intense training regimen at a higher level.
How long does the program last?
Clinics at the Southern Volleyball Center or The Cooler last 5 to 7 weeks (10-14 sessions). Participants have the opportunity to train with us 2 times per week. We train on Mondays and Wednesdays 5:00-7:00pm. Participants are expected to attend both days each week to get the maximum benefit of the program.
Clinics at The Walker School in Marietta last 8 weeks (8 sessions). We run 2 separate sessions on Sunday only based on age groups.
What is the experience required?
No previous volleyball or athletic experience necessary. Our instructional programs are designed with beginners and intermediates in mind. Intermediates can still benefit from repetitions through skill progressions and technique adjustments. We adjust our instruction based on the skill level of our participants. All players are accepted, regardless of background in the sport. We group players based on their abilities and/or appropriate age group during the first session and adjust accordingly as they progress.
What equipment does my child have to bring to the clinics?
Any athletic attire is ok – t-shirt, shorts, athletic shoes. Kneepads are recommended but not required. Any brand of soft knee pads available at your local sports store is acceptable. Please make sure your child has ample hydration (water or sports drinks are ok) at each session.
What does the instructional program entail?
Part of A5’s success is its coaching methods and philosophy. We believe in technique progressions and high repetitions. We insist on doing each skill repetition the correct way every time. Everyone, regardless of skill level, will start off with core drills that emphasize the basic fundamental skills of volleyball. Each week, we focus on one particular skill set, then build upon it each session. We end each training session with competitive game play. Towards the end of the program, participants compete against each other in different competitive formats.
What will my child learn during the clinics?
Our programs are designed to learn the game and/or sharpen a player’s skills in an enjoyable and fun way. We focus on teaching court movement and proper contact of the ball. For players who were part of prior A5 training programs, we will build on previous offerings with continued development of skills. Players will gain confidence and will continue to be challenged. We value giving individual instruction based on where players are in the learning process.
10 & Under - We use a lighter ball, smaller court segments and lower nets. The program’s focal point is fun and enjoyment; at the same time developing agility, hand eye coordination, body movement and ball control work. Team play is incorporated with motor learning and skill development. Ideal for young beginners.
11-12 Years Old - We continue to develop agility, hand eye coordination and court movement. More game play situations are introduced. This is a great way to hone skills or prepare for school or 12 & Under club tryouts.
12-14 Years Old - For those who want to keep their skills sharp, cannot commit to playing club volleyball or just want additional training. The first portion of each session will cover instruction-based drills then progress to competitive play where athletes will be divided into teams. Competitive game play situations are the norm and rotations are introduced.