The Dartmouth Volleyball Club was created (and continues to be developed) by a group of parents in Dartmouth who wanted to provide an opportunity for youth from the community and its surrounding area, to play volleyball in a safe and healthy environment. Our main priority is to provide youth programs that promote a healthy love of volleyball, both recreationally and at a high performance level, at reasonable cost.
We strive to offer a variety of opportunities for youth to play and develop skills and a positive attitude toward sport at a time when many become less active. Our target audience are 7-18 year old, boys and girls.
Our philosophy is that everyone deserves to play at a level that is developmentally appropriate. At the lower age level, we offer a mini and an atomic volleyball program where we help children development fundamental movement skills.
We hold “Team Placement” sessions rather than try-outs, where no one is “cut." All players are offered placement, whether it be on a tier one or two tournament team, or in the skill building “house” league.
Our coaches model the principles of fair play and we teach our participants that every member of the team is valued. We encourage our senior athletes to mentor the younger ones as player coaches under the supervision of the adult coaches. We believe this provides important educational leadership skills to the senior players and encourages the younger ones to continue to play and improve.
The Club is Responsible for:
Providing a safe, healthy and positive sport environment for youth participants;
Teaching and reinforcing the fundamentals of volleyball, life skills, sportsmanship and leadership;
Identifying roles and responsibilities for all levels of volunteers, parents and players;
Encouraging teamwork and sportsmanship;
Ensuring the respect of opponents, officials and coaches is valued by all of its players and parents;
Offering an affordable and reasonable cost structure while ensuring the club is financially responsible and properly registered;
Offering advanced skills and techniques for those athletes who wish to play at the next level.
This club is founded on the belief that players will best be served by immersing them into an environment that cultivates a long-term love of the game. Healthy competition is good – however this club does not believe in winning at all costs and will make a strong effort to include all. While winning is evidently a primary objective, this club is dedicated foremost to ensuring that all involved have an open mind that participation, development, improvement, sportsmanship, and respect ultimately provides the majority of players enjoyment, as well as club growth and success.
Key Concepts Reinforced:
Safety – player safety and concern above all
Respect – valuing teammates, coaches, opponents and officials through healthy competition
Teamwork - working with teammates to achieve greatness
Fun - enjoy, and foster a love of the game
Focus & dedication - necessary for improvement and success – each individual gives the best
Positive attitude and environment – positivity trumps negativity
Fair play – everyone is a key component to the success of the team
An open and responsive governing structure is proposed in order to allow parents to address any concerns and/or questions they may have. Parents will have the opportunity to communicate with their Team Manager, Coach and/or Board of Directors as their roles and responsibilities will be clearly identified.
These channels of communication are proposed to ensure that all issues and questions are addressed appropriately in a timely manner.
We ask that parents set a great example by following the club's philosophy during club activities. Parents are encouraged to support their children in a positive and appropriate manner - Parents are asked not to get too emotionally involved or tied to: winning or losing, playing time, coaching decisions and actions taken by opponents and officials