Since the Wisconsin Club started three years ago, it has over doubled in size and influence. What began as about 40 kids and 8 coaches has now developed into a program with 88 athletes, 10 trained adult coaches, and 13 high school skills training coaches.
Athletes who play in the Wisconsin Club are split into teams and practice twice a week for eight weeks. One of the practices is for their team to play and grow together while the other is a whole group practice focused on skill development. Three times throughout the 8-week season, the teams play each other in a mini-tournament.
Club director, Janice Siebert is “very excited about the success of the WI Club. It has made an incredible impact on hundreds of youth in the area.”
The majority of the young athletes that play in the Wisconsin Club are those who are multi-sport athletes or prefer a less time consuming or costly option to a full club season. Many of the athletes have gone on to play in high school or even try out for club at the older age levels.
The high school coaches focus on the skills training for the young athletes and are key to the success of the WI Club. They are mentors and leaders for the 5th through 8th graders athletes and bring a fun atmosphere to the practices. The high school coaches are talented players themselves and provide a unique perspective for the young athletes that are a part of the program.
Since the program started three years ago, it has gone from two teams at each age group (5th-6th & 7th-8th grade) to have enough teams to support an entire Friday evening mini-tournament. Siebert said, “I look forward to the continued growth of the program and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for the WI Club.”
It is fun and inspiring to see the game of volleyball grow and develop for so many athletes and their families. To all those past and present who have played in, supported, coached in, or helped develop this awesome program, thank you and keep up the great work!
The Badger Region recently debuted the Badger Region Power League which features an “Elite” division and a “Regional” division.
In its inaugural year, the power league features 192 teams from 30 clubs signed up to participate.
Tournament locations were selected based on RFPs submitted by participating clubs.
"I am very pleased with the status of the first Badger Region Power League," said Jen Armson-Dyer, Director of Operations at Badger Region. "This league was formed at the request of our clubs, coaches and families to allow them to stay closer to home for a high-quality event and save money and peace of mind. From the initial idea, there has been complete buy-in and that really speaks to the quality of our club leadership and the families they serve. We’re proud to be a host of this event and will do everything we can to make this a competitive, fun, safe and cost-saving event that will thrive in Badger Region.
Clubs committed to the 2019 Badger Region Power League include:
|360 Volleyball Academy||414 Milwaukee Elite||Adversity-Wisconsin|
|Balance VBC||Capital Volleyball Academy||Eclipse VBC|
|Epic VBC||FC Elite||Fond du Lac Fusion|
|Fox Valley Performance||Impact VBC||Jr. Red Knight VBC|
|Midwest Penguins||Milwaukee Sting||Motion Volleyball Program|
|Next Level||One Wisconsin VBC||Revolution Volleyball Academy|
|River City VBC||Rolling Thunder VBC||Royal VBC|
|Southwest Milwaukee||V-Hawk Extreme||Club W|
|Wisconsin Blaze||Wicconsin Ice VBC||Wisconsin Juniors|
In the first week of competition, Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club had nine teams compete. Results from weekend one are below.
What does it mean if your coach is listed as being IMPACT, SAFESPORT, or CAP I, CAP II certified?
In short, it means they are dedicated to the continuous learning and improvement in the sport of volleyball, the latest coaching techniques and most importantly the safety of the athletes in their care.
The Badger Region requires all registered coaches to be at least IMPACT and Safesport certified.
IMPACT stands for Increased Mastery and Professional Application of Coaching Theory. Coaches can choose between a 6.5 hour course with both on court and classroom components or a 4.5 hour course that includes only the classroom components. Both courses emphasize drill development, principles of learning skills, resources, athlete safety, legal and moral responsibilities and ethics.
SafeSport is a relatively new certification that emphasizes the safety of athletes in the care of our coaches. The certification includes on court safety but also off-court safety and helps assure a safe and fun environment for all athletes free of any sort of abuse including physical, mental, emotional, bullying or hazing.
Once a coach is IMPACT and SafeSport Certified, they have the opportunity to continue their coaching learning and development by attending additional courses in the Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP).
CAP courses focus on providing current volleyball information based on sound principles in the areas of skills development, tactical systems, physical training, motor learning, sports psychology and administration. To maintain their certification, a coach must fulfill certain requirements, ensuring their training is up-to-date. There are five increasingly advanced levels of CAP certification a coach may progress through.
While CAP certification is not a requirement, many of Midwest Penguins Volleyball Coaches choose to pursue additional development opportunities for the benefit of our athletes.