Most affordable or recreational programs only focus on the fundamental drills or throw athletes into gameplay even though they have little to no gameplay experience. The Club teams are expensive, hard to make, and require athletes to practice a couple days a week and attend tournaments for competative gameplay. REC It Volleyball aims to provide a hybrid between Recreational leagues and Club programs. Our leagues offer 10 mintes of serving practice, one level appropriate drill and 45 minutes of gameplay during every league session. REC It Volleyball believes that incorporating a drill before gameplay will help the players feel more comfortable and learn faster than just getting coached during a game.
The coaches will focus on implementing the drill into gameplay rather than keeping score. Our staff focuses on the athletes learning and executing the concepts rather than which team can win more games. That being said, our gameplay is not slow because we provide athletes with prior rotations and gameplay training before entering the leagues. We want our athletes to be well rounded , consistent and knowledgable about the game.
Unlike clubs, we do not have tryouts. Everyone who signs up is accepted to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to learn. We do evaluations during the first session to assign positions and filter athletes into the appropriate programs. Something to keep in mind is that there is level variation in our programs. We have a rotating door of athletes every 6-8 weeks and programs will never be the same level. Our company is constantly evolving to help maintain level consistency. An example is having a Freshman/JV court and a JV/ Varsity court if there is a lot of variation in the level of participants.
It is also important for parents to understand their child's level and sign them up for the appropriate level.
- If you have a freshman girl who did not get much playing time on the freshman team, we recommend signing her up for the rotations training. most high schools rush teaching rotations to the freshman teams and they do not know them coming into our programs.
- If you have a freshman girl who had play time on the freshman team, sign them up for the Middle School/Freshman League. Our middle school athletes do not join our leagues unless they have gone through minimum 24 weeks of training which includes 2 rotations trainings. If you sign your freshman up for a High school league it slows the product down and the more advanced athletes on JV and Varsity don't come back because they were expecting to play with JV and Varsity players.
- If you have a son under 14, there are two types of leagues.
- Middle School/ Freshman Co-ed League: the athletes play on a womens height net. Boys who sign up for this program are between 12 and 14. They are normally athletes who cannot hit down on the net and are often shorter than 5ft 6in. since they are playing with both boys and girls, this program is just a stepping stone and once they are hitting aggressively on this net we will move them into our boys program.
- Boys League: the athletes play on a men's height net. We generally have a range of levels, but we are still trying to maintain more advanced and competative gameplay. If we have enough for two courts we will sort them based on their experience and have one more advanced court. We accept athletes who are 12-17 years old. If they are younger (12- 13), there are two ways for them to get into this program. If the boys are taller than 5ft 9in and hitting down or with power on the womens height net, we will move them into this program for safety purposes. If the boys are smaller, 5ft 8in and shorter, they must have a strong understanding of the rotations and can handle the faster gameplay with the older boys.