Purchase: USAV Membership: www.floridavolleyball.org – must be linked with Club Steel Volleyball
Click here to fill out the Player/Parent Information Form. This is a required form in order for us to have contact information for coaches and administration.
Medical Form – Must be Notarized and turn in by 1st Practice. Click here to print out.
Purchase: AAU Membership: www.aauvolleyball.org – must be linked with Club Steel Volleyball Code: WWAW87
Click here to fill out the Player/Parent Information Form. This is required form in order for us to have contact information for coaches and administration.
Medical Form – Must be Notarized and turn in by 1st Practice. Click here to print out.
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Club Steel has both AAU and USAV volleyball programs.
All teams consist of 10-12 players.
All players must have a current membership. AAU team memberships: www.aauvolleyball.org (club code: wwaw87)
USAV team memberships: www.floridavolleyball.org.
When getting the membership, you must link our Club, Club Steel, to the membership in order to be added to tournament rosters.
Beginning the first weeks in November, practices are 2 days/week through November and December. January through Mid-April, practices are 2-3 days/week.*
*2 practices on court with the team, 1 practice will be position training/scrimmages/conditioning
**Tournament weeks – 2 practices/week
Beginning the first weeks of December, practices are 2 days/week for December and January.
February and March, practices are 1 day/week
During practices, parents can watch from outside of the facility. This is due to the limited space inside the facility and to prevent any potential distractions.
USAV: Payment to Club Steel Includes: practices, 7 tournaments, 2 t-shirts, 2 uniform jerseys, 2 spandex, warm-up, facility expenses, equipment needs, coaching, and administrative costs.
AAU: Payment to Club Steel Includes: practices, 5 one day tournaments, 2 t-shirts, 1 uniform jersey, 1 spandex, 1 sweatshirt, facility expenses, equipment needs, coaching and administrative costs.
TOURNAMENT EXPECTATIONS & INFORMATION
Tournaments – USAV
For non-local tournaments (Jacksonville, Daytona and Atlanta), there is a policy of “stay to play”: meaning that we are required to have a certain number of hotel rooms booked in order for our teams to be eligible to play in the tournament. We will send out hotel information when it is available. Each family is responsible for their own hotel / travel expenses.
- All athletes are expected to be in the gym, ready to warm-up, at the scheduled arrival time. Please be on time. Games do not always start at the designated time. There is usually about 10 minutes between the end of one match and the beginning of another.
- All athletes are required to wear Club Steel gear while at tournaments. They are to be matching with the team.
- Please be respectful at all times to everyone at the tournaments. You are representing Club Steel Volleyball.
- Athletes and/or parents are expected to provide transportation for their athlete to and from tournament sites. If an athlete cannot be at a tournament, the athlete is expected to call the coach as soon as the athlete knows she will be absent. Please arrange alternate transportation for your child if you are unable to attend the tournament. If you are unable to provide transportation for your child please notify the coach at the practice before the tournament so alternate arrangements can be made.
- Athletes are not permitted to leave the facility during the tournament day. Game times can drastically change and all team members must be prepared to play at a moments notice.
- Officiating is a shared responsibility of the entire team. All athletes are required to help with scorekeeping, line judging, and refereeing. Athletes are not allowed to leave without the coach’s permission.
- All athletes are required to use a buddy system at all times.
- Absolutely NO cell phones on during the game or refereeing.
- Use your time wisely. If you have homework, use down time to complete it.
- Parents are not to approach a coach to discuss playing time or any other grievances during a tournament.
- See grievance procedure.
- Coaches have been instructed not to answer any controversial issues.
- Please do not contact a coach for 24 hours after the tournament has ended.
Other teams are not to recruit for their club during the club season. If anyone approaches you during season to offer you a position with another club, please let them know not to contact you during season.
We are a member club of the Florida Region of USA Volleyball. As a player you may stop any unwanted contact from a club representative by simply asking (either verbally or in writing) that all contact cease. Any player believing a club representative of any Florida Region volleyball club has been intimidating, harassing, or acted inappropriately in any manner of contact or recruiting should contact the Florida Region office at (352) 742-0080.
Rules and Expectations
We expect a high level of commitment from both our athletes and their families.
WE DO NOT GUARANTEE EQUAL PLAYING TIME ON ANY TEAM OR AT ANY EVENT.
Playing time for athletes is determined by attendance, attitude, effort, and performance.
Playing time is left solely to the discretion of the coach. Playing time will be equal during practices. Each athlete’s playing time for tournament games will be earned.
- Be honest with your coaches and your teammates.
- Arrive to practice 15 minutes prior to start time. Scheduled practice time is START time and not arrival time. You are to be dressed and on the court by the start of practice. (NO JEWLERY) If for any reason you are late, you must stretch, warm up and join in. Then, speak to your coach at the end of practice.
- Make the team one of your top priorities. Plan to attend all practices, team meetings and games unless there is an emergency. Please have a ride to and from practice.
- If you should have to miss a practice/game/meeting, notify the coach in advance. Athletes missing practice are missing valuable information and training, which may affect their playing time. It is the responsibility of the player to contact the coach. This provides an opportunity for them to take responsibility. We do not want parents to call on behalf of their child.
- Be a team ambassador. Do not “bad mouth” a teammate, the coach or the club.
- Do not finger point or assign blame …..we win, we lose, and we work as a team.
- NO CURSING… period. Always show good sportsmanship.
- Be a student of the game…you can never know too much.
- If an athlete damages equipment owned by Club Steel Volleyball, or any facility used by the club during practices, tournaments or other functions, the athlete will be required to reimburse Club Steel Volleyball and/or facility for the damages before continuing in the club season. In some cases, the athlete may be dismissed from the team.
- No cell phones during practice.
- No gum during practices, games or officiating. This is a possible choking hazard.
- To promote team unity, all athletes are required to wear matching club steel gear. The athletes are to coordinate for the practices with each other. This is not the responsibility of the coach.
Travel will be a standard aspect of our competitive season and Club Steel Volleyball has established policies to guide our travel, minimize one-on-one interactions and reduce the risk of misconduct. Adherence to these travel guidelines will increase athlete safety and improve the competitive experience while keeping travel a fun and enjoyable experience.
- Local travel occurs when Club Steel Volleyball does not sponsor, coordinate, or arrange for travel. For local travel, athletes or their parents/guardians (for minor athletes) are responsible for making all travel arrangements. In these instances it is the responsibility of the athlete or their parents/guardians (for minor athletes) to ensure the person transporting the athlete maintains all safety and legal requirements, including, but not limited to, a valid driver’s license, proper insurance, well maintained vehicle, and compliance with all state laws.
- In an effort to minimize one-on-one interactions, Club Steel Volleyball staff members, coaches and/or volunteers, who are not also acting as a parent, should not drive alone with an unrelated athlete and should only drive with at least two other athletes or another adult at all times, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the athlete’s parent or guardian in advance of travel. In any case where a staff member and/or volunteer is involved in the athlete’s local travel, a parental release is required in advance. Efforts must be made to ensure that staff and/or volunteers are not alone with an athlete or participant, by, e.g., picking the athletes up in groups.
- Coaches, staff members and volunteers who are also an athlete’s guardian may provide shared transportation for any athlete(s). We encourage guardians to pick up their athlete first and drop off their athlete last in any shared or carpool travel arrangement. We also recommend completing a shared travel declaration form signed by the parents/guardians of any minor athlete who is being transported as part of such a carpool arrangement.
Electronic Communication Policy
As part of Club Steel Volleyball’s emphasis on athlete safety, all electronic communications between a coach and athlete must be professional in nature and only for the purpose of communicating information about team activities.
As with any communication, the content of any electronic communication should be readily available to share with the athlete’s family. At the request of a parent or guardian, any email, electronic text, social media or similar communication will copy or include the athlete’s parents or guardians.
FACEBOOK, MYSPACE, BLOGS AND SIMILAR SITES
Coaches may not have athletes of Club Steel Volleyball’s teams join a personal social media page. Athlete members and parents can friend the official CLUB’s Team page and coaches can communicate to athlete members though the site. All posts, messages, text, or media of any kind between coach and athlete must be professional in nature and for the purpose of communicating information about team activities or for team-oriented motivational purposes.
TWITTER, INSTANT MESSAGING AND SIMILAR MEDIA
Coaches and athletes may “follow” each other. Coaches cannot “re-tweet” athlete message posts. All posts between coach and athlete must be for the purpose of communicating information about team activities.
EMAIL AND SIMILAR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS
Athletes and coaches may use email to communicate. All email content between coach and athlete must be professional in nature and for the purpose of communicating information about team activities. Where the coach is a staff member and/or volunteer, email from a coach to any athlete should come from the club website email center (the coach’s return email address will contain “@clubsteelvolleyball.com”).
TEXTING AND SIMILAR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS
Texting is allowed between coaches and athletes. All texts between coach and athlete must be professional and for the purpose of communicating information about team activities.
From time to time, digital photos, videos of practice or competition, and other publicly obtainable images of the athlete – individually or in groups – may be taken. These photos and/or videos may be submitted to local, state or national publications, used in club videos, posted on club or club associated websites, or offered to the club families seasonally on disc or other electronic form. It is the default policy of Club Steel Volleyball to allow such practices as long as the athlete or athletes are in public view and such imagery is both appropriate and in the best interest of the athlete and the club.
REQUEST TO DISCONTINUE ALL ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS OR IMAGERY
The parents or guardians of an athlete may request in writing that their child is not be contacted by any form of electronic communication by coaches (photography or videography).
Social media and electronic communications can also be used to commit misconduct (e.g., emotional, sexual, bullying, harassment, and hazing). Such communications by coaches, staff, volunteers, administrators, officials, parents or athletes will not be tolerated.
Violations of Club Steel Volleyball’s Electronic Communications and Social Media Policy should be reported to your immediate supervisor, a Club Steel Volleyball administrator.
Competitive team athletics, by its very nature, creates situations where everyone may not be happy all the time. Knowing when to communicate and how to communicate with your athlete’s coach is a concern for almost every parent at some time during the season. Be an encourager. The parents are also part of the club. Please keep all conversation about the club and the other athletes positive. Your child learns from you and will bring whatever is talked about at home to practice with them. This in turn affects the team.
Other Policies Regarding Grievances
- Club Steel Volleyball will not tolerate hostile or aggressive confrontations by a parent against any official, coach, other parent or athlete. Violation of this policy will result in the athlete being suspended for one tournament, with any following violations resulting in expulsion from the club without a refund.
- It is inappropriate for an athlete or a parent to approach other Club Steel Volleyball members about a problem the athlete or parent is having with a Club Steel Volleyball coach, objections to coaching decisions, or disagreements with an administrative decision. Asking uninvolved people to take sides in an issue is unfair to the third party and to the Club. For the psychological health of the teams and the Club as a whole, grievances need to be handled between the parties involved and in the proper manner.
- If a player or parent is approached and asked to listen to, or express an opinion about matters between two other parties in the Club, they are strongly encouraged to refer the complaining party to take the matter up with either the coach in question or the Club Director.
- Please refrain from negative comments around your daughter and the other athletes. Young players are vulnerable and if they hear complaining about the coach, the coach’s style or Club Steel Volleyball policies, this can have an adverse effect on their performance and/or attitude. If you, as a parent, are unhappy about something, you should follow the grievance procedure to resolve the matter.
- Be an encourager. The parents are also part of the club. Please keep all conversation about the club and the other athletes positive. Your child learns from you and will bring whatever is talked about at home to practice with them. This in turn affects the team.
Please provide your daughter’s full name and team when contacting the coach or administration. Please be specific with your request.
When addressing a concern, please email to request a meeting. Please do not use texting to communicate your frustrations. Our goal is to work together to provide a solution and texting your complaints will not facilitate this.
Please follow the following steps when there is a concern:
- The athlete is to set up a time to meet with the coach to discuss concerns. This is encouraged so the athlete can take responsibility for her success. If this fails to resolve the issue see step 2.
- The parent can schedule a meeting with the coach before or after a practice. The “24 hour” rule will be in effect. Schedule a meeting 24 hours after the incident that needs to be discussed. When you are meeting with the coach, the athlete needs to be in attendance as well.
- Concerns will be addressed during a SCHEDULED Set up a meeting via email or phone call, not by talking to the coach before or after practice. Please provide topic of discussion or concern. This will be the focus of the meeting. We will only be discussing the agreed upon topic.
- Once the above steps have been followed, the parent can set up a meeting with the director.
- Meetings will be scheduled via phone call
- The director will not discuss coaching decisions
- The director will only discuss matters relating to their own child – not about other players on the team.
- If the parent is not satisfied with the action of the director, they may request, in writing, that the Board of Directors review the matter.
For any concerns related to the club in general or after a meeting with a coach that has not been resolved, parents may contact the director. When contacting the director, please follow the following steps:
- Send an email that contains all pertinent information to the reason for the request. This includes player name, team name, coach name, previous meeting date with coach, and reason for contacting the director.
- Do NOT send requests or inquires via text to the director. All requests are required to be sent via email.
- The “24 hour” rule also applies to requests with the Director. When a concern arises or after a meeting that the parents feels is unresolved, the Club asks for the parent to wait 24 hours before contacting the Director.
Any interactions involving matters of the club need to remain positive when around players. In addition, parents should not speak about other players with other parents in demeaning or negative manners. As parents, you are role models to your players and of the Club. Please remain aware of those around you when speaking about the club and make sure interactions are positive and in the best interest of all the players.