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Penguins look ahead to 20th anniversary Season

"Our teams are literally crushing it this year at Nationals. We couldn't be more proud of these athletes and their coaches. Keep it up ladies. 

Their success is a testament to all the hard work you've ALL put in to help make Midwest Penguins great. 

As we wrap up this season, we're looking ahead to next year- Our 20th ANNIVERSARY as a club. 

Wow. We can't hardly believe it. It feels like just yesterday we put together our first team. 

This club has brought so many great people together- incredible athletes, coaches, parents... incredible friends... an incredible family. 

We're so glad each and every one of you has been a part of our journey- and we ask that you help us remember. 

Please share with us your Penguin memories. Post your past team photos to our Page, tag your friends and invite them to share, or just send us an email pictures@midwestpenguins.com 

As we look ahead to our 20th Anniversary we'll be looking for your ideas for a reunion. 

The Penguin family has always been a close one, and this year we're looking to celebrate what has helped make Midwest Penguins great. 

YOU!! 

With love, 
Anne & Janice

Nationals teams compete in Pre-National Tournaments

USAV Nationals will be held June 24 through July 3 in Indianapolis. In order to prepare, several teams including Midwest Penguins National Teams 131, 141, 151 & 161 competed in the Mizuno Sports Performance Pre-National tournaments the past two weekends.
The tournaments were designed to give each team an extra opportunity to compete prior to heading into Nationals next week.

“This was a great opportunity for our teams to get in some extra tournament practice,” said Anne Slattery, Midwest Penguins co-director. “The regular season ended for many of our teams several weeks ago. This tournament allowed them to take what they’ve continued to do in practice and apply it to a game situation prior to competing in the Nationals tournament.”

Penguins 131s team competed in the Youth Classic tournament the first weekend in June and had a strong finish- taking the gold after winning an exciting 3-game match against Sting Black. Check out their results here.

Midwest Penguins 141s and 151s competed in the 15 Club Division at the Mizuno Pre-Nationals Tournament. They finished 20th and 5th respectively.

The Midwest Penguins 161 competed in the 16 Open Division, and the 171s competed in the 17 Club Division. Each team added new players in preparation for Nationals this upcoming weekend. The 17s finished in 17th place and the 16s finished 20th.
“It was a great opportunity for each of these teams to work out any kinks they may have experienced with adding new players into the mix,” Slattery added. “We’re proud of what each of these teams has accomplished, and we’re looking forward to seeing how each performs in the coming weeks at Girls Junior Nationals.”

Results for the Mizuno Sports Performance Pre-Nationals Tournament can be found here.

Girls Junior Nationals Tournament will be held June 24 – July 3 at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting this link. 

Check back with Midwest Penguins to see the play schedule in the coming days.

141 & 151 Team receive reallocation bids

The Badger Region Volleyball Association has announced its reallocation bids for USAV Girls Nationals. Midwest Penguins 141s team, and Midwest Penguins 151s team have received USAV Reallocation Bids for the American Division. 
Both teams were scheduled to participate in the USAV Patriots Division in the upcoming USAV Nationals Tournament. 

To participate in the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships, a team must either register for the Patriot Division or attempt to qualify for one of the four bid-winner divisions: Open, National, USA and American.

Teams must attend a national qualifier to earn Open or USA bids, while they may attend a regional qualifier to earn National or American bids. 

One or more National and American bid(s) in each age division are awarded, and is determined by USA Volleyball. 

As teams accept or decline bids, additional bids may be awarded through Trickle Down or the Reallocation Process. 

Team will compete in USAV Girls Nationals tournament June 24-July 3, 2016
In Indianapolis, Indiana. 
 

For more information on USAV Nationals, and the teams from the region competing, visit the Badger Region website. 

Penguins commit to growth with addition of new development coach


Brian Drew- MWP Coaching Development Coordinator

Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club has always been committed to providing the best skill development and coaching services to its athletes. Part of that goal means providing the best possible resources for MWP Coaches.
Brian Drew has been with Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club for more than a decade, and this year has taken on the role of Coaching Development Coordinator. He’s tasked with providing the Midwest Penguin Coaching staff with the necessary feedback, advice and training needed in order to provide the best possible service to Penguin Athletes.
“I’ve had the opportunity to get advice and learn from a lot of other coaches,” Drew said. “I wanted to share what I know with other coaches”

In addition to their own expertise, it’s nice for coaches to have additional sounding boards and resources to ask questions, bounce drills off of and incorporate into their practices, Drew said.
Drew’s goal throughout the 2015-2016 season is to work with Midwest Penguin Coaches to help them where needed. Early in the year, Drew observed team practices and has continued to work with coaches to document growth, and ensure, club-wide that we’re focused not only on overcoming our weaknesses, but bettering our strengths.

“Our goal is to constantly work on improvement,” said Anne Slattery. “We want to be the best we can be. Brian’s hire has helped us do that. He’s a great asset, and one we can rely on to always have the club and our athletes’ best interest in mind. We’re hoping that with this addition, we can continually grow and expand to meet the needs of the volleyball community.”

Our coaches are committed to pushing themselves to learn more. They are constantly working to become better coaches, Drew said.
“Better coaches make better players which make better teams; better teams make a better club, and that’s something we are striving for,” he said.

In addition to observing team practices, Drew has also hosted several clinics where coaches can come together to discuss team challenges and exchange drills and ideas as well.

“We have a great staff, and a good mix of coaches that bring a lot of different experiences to the table,” Drew said. “It’s nice to bring together those kinds of resources. We all have the same goals of making all our athletes the best they can be.” 

Acquisition puts more information at your fingertips

More integrated capabilities are now available on the Midwest Penguins website thanks to an acquisition in the industry.

Sport Ngin, the web services platform Midwest Penguins and other volleyball organizations use to host our website, has acquired Advanced Event Systems, the leader in volleyball competition and event management technology. The acquisition was made in an effort to provide better, more integrated services to the companies’ volleyball customers.
“AES is the most powerful suite of volleyball competition and event management technology and services in the industry,” said Justin Kaufenberg, co-founder and chief executive officer at Sport Ngin. “When you combine their technology solutions, their value added services and their team with the Sport Ngin platform, you have a really exciting whole product solution for all levels of the volleyball market.”

Volleyball has been one of the fastest growing sports using the Sports Ngin platform. Like, Midwest Penguins Volleyball club, who joined the Sports Ngin platform in 2012, clubs are looking for a more integrated approach to tournament management and tracking.

“This new relationship will make it even easier for athletes, parents and college coaches to keep track of our athletes’ careers,” said Janice Siebert, Co-director of Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club. “Having the integration technology to include the AES schedules and rankings directly in the Midwest Penguins website will help make our site a one-stop shop for information our parents and coaches are looking for.”

Midwest Penguins Volleyball club has added the AES Regional Club Rankings on its homepage to the right. Additionally, team rankings, and schedules have been added to the Midwest Penguins Team Pages with the goal of making those pages for parents and families much more interactive, Siebert added.

Regional and National Rankings are calculated using scores and information submitted by coaches throughout the industry. Win loss records are taken into account as scores and information are submitted from different tournaments across the country.

The acquisition of AES just adds to the suite of capabilities available to Midwest Penguins and other organizations using Sports Ngin.

 “As we’ve grown, we always knew that providing the best experience to our customers would require us to either put significant investment into scaling our applications, or we’d need to join a technology platform.” said Brad Preston, AES owner. “In the end, we knew that our customers would benefit far more by joining Sport Ngin. Together we’re going to significantly enhance the way volleyball clubs, tournaments, and leagues run. I couldn’t be more excited.” 


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Penguin Athletes perform well in Basketball Tourny

The Final Four of the annual Archdiocese of Milwaukee's Padre Serra Invitational was held this weekend, and several Penguin athletes came away winners. 

St. Mary's Hales Corners, which includes Penguins, Angela Rinelli, Julia Jones, Maddie Hoch, and Katie Hoch, came away winners in the championship game on Sunday, March 20. 

Additionally, Penguins Camryn Keys, Belle Lutz, Hannah Wiese, and Bella Huschitt, made it to the elite eight with their teams before being eliminated. 

‚Äč"It's great to see our athletes competing at high levels in all their sports," said director, Anne Slattery. "Hard work should be rewarded, and we recognize dedication in all our athletes and families. It's just great to see." 

The first Padre Serra Invitational was held in 1959, and  was at the time called the "Catholic Midget League Play Off."  It was held at Gesu Gym under the direction of Father Max G. Mankowski, S.J. and Jack Andrews, assisted by Joe Harden, Homer Cook, William Kucinski, and Don Sweeney.

Over the years, the invitational has grown and is one of the longest running invitational basketball tournaments in the area. 

Congratulations to all our Penguin Athletes! 

131s earn National Bid

The Midwest Penguins 131s team secured their American BID to USAV Nationals on Sunday, March 6 at the National Qualifier in Menasha. 
According to coach Patti Witon, the team played exceptionally well all day, but came up short to a strong FC Elite team in the championship match. 
Each team had lost only one match all day- to each other, Witon said. 
The team secured an American BID after losing the last match. 
"I'm extremely proud of this talented team," said Witon. "(They) work so hard during practice and tournament play. It's exciting to see their hard work pay off." 
The coaches are looking forward to watching the team's continued progress over the next few months. 
Nationals for the 13s age group will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana June 24-July 3, 2016. 

Teams Show Support for Fellow Athlete

Teams from all over the region rallied together to show support for a fellow athlete who suffered a concussion during one of her matches. Teams wore green during practices and tournaments to support Kayla and brain injury research the weekend of March 12-14. 

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Penguins earn gold Badger Region seal

Penguins earn gold Badger Region seal