Committed to the Development
of Young Athletes Who Strive to
Compete at the Next Level
The mission of Skyline Juniors is to be one of the highest quality clubs in the nation that will go the extra mileto develop and showcase our athletes. We will constantly strive to enable both our players and our coaches to reach their full potential.
Skyline Organizational Values
- Strive to make decisions based on what is best for the athletes
- Train athletes to excel at higher levels of competition
- Integrate coaching strategies and techniques at each age level so players can take what they have learned and apply it throughout their volleyball careers
- Sustain a coaching philosophy throughout the club based on positive reinforcement, encouragement, and motivation
- Provide year-round training programs
- Number of teams will not exceed number of quality coaches available
- Advise and mentor our athletes in order to timely and effectively market them to college volleyball programs
We offer three levels of Club Programs: National Teams, Molten Teams, Elite Teams
Skyline Juniors Volleyball Association (SJVA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and training of junior athletes. We seek to compete on a national level, and to do so, we will go the extra mile to develop and showcase our athletes. We will constantly strive to enable both our players and our coaches to reach their full potential. We will select our coaches based on their coaching experience, temperament, dedication, and desire to train athletes to be the best they can be.
Skyline Juniors enters its eighteenth (18th ) year stronger and more determined to lead the USA in volleyball. As we head into the 2015-2016 season, many of our staff members have collegiate coaching experience and over half of our coaches have collegiate playing experience. Each National and Molten team will have a head coach and an assistant coach and Elite teams will have practice assistants, plus each will share experienced roamer coaches. Local teams will have a head coach only.
Coaches are selected based on their playing experience, knowledge of the game, coaching capability, enthusiasm, and temperament, and have passed an extensive background screening. One main quality that we look for in our coaches is a belief in coaching by encouragement rather than intimidation. We believe the success of our club is only as good as the development of our coaches. All of our coaches are IMPACT certified, and many have CAP certifications. All coaches regularly participate in on-the-court training during clinics, camps, and other coaches’ training events.
Expectations of Coaches
Each coach’s main objective is to provide our athletes with as much quality individual and team training as possible in a positive and encouraging learning environment. They are required to plan and organize their team’s individual practice sessions, administer instruction at tournaments, and develop the composition and organization of the team. Our coaches strive to be to be excellent role models for the players and all others with whom they may come into contact. The staff of Skyline Juniors will provide all the administration for tournaments, travel, and finances within the club so our coaches can concentrate on coaching and their own professional growth.
Skyline Junior’s volleyball is a major investment in your child’s life. Perhaps the most satisfying is to see your child play for the college or university of their choice. No junior’s club program is complete without informing both players and parents about the important topic of scholarships and college recruiting.
College Recruiting Experience
Our coaching staff has extensive experience with college recruiting at every level of college athletics, from NCAA Division I, II, and III and NAIA to Junior College, and our coaches that have worked at the college level have been active recruiters themselves. As a result, we not only know effective ways to market Skyline athletes and the pitfalls players and parents should avoid, but we’ve also developed an extensive network of relationships with top college coaches in the country.
Skyline offers Recruiting Workshops for both players and parents that cover the “do’s” and “don’ts” of timely and effective communication with colleges and universities. Topics covered include different ways parents may videotape matches and how to construct recruiting video. We set aside time to video athletes’ skills and design proper introductions for these tapes, and provide examples of various ways athletes can set up their profiles to make them appealing to college coaches. We recommend the recruiting workshop for all Skyline athletes regardless of the sport they may pursue in college. In addition to the workshops, our recruiting coordinator holds individual and group meetings throughout the season for further help and instruction.
Online Recruiting Database
Skyline has one-of-a-kind recruiting database. The database is organized to collect important information about each athlete and may be used as each athlete’s ’online Contact Management Software for college coaches. Included behind the athletes’ personal login are recruiting timelines, college comparison spreadsheets, articles on “Visits to Colleges,” templates for letters to college coaches, sample emails to colleges, and a comprehensive college search engine. Our program also allows our coaches and staff to download each athlete’s information court-side from their PDA. These features and the database constitute an exceptionally powerful recruiting program that is unique to Skyline. No other club can boast comparable programs.
Online Videos & Media Pages
On every athlete’s profile page, we have room up to three videos you may link from your profile page. In addition, you can include PDF or other file formats to provide college coaches additional information like newspaper articles. Our emails that we send out to college coaches will include these links in the email so they can easily click on the video of their choice.
Online Profile Pages
Each year, Skyline develops on-line media guides for the 16’s, 17’s, and 18’s age groups containing information about each player such as awards, accomplishments, playing experience, vertical jump, a personal section, and the athlete’s plans for her athletic career. The profile page from the Media guide will be posted on our website enabling each player to send it to the college coaches of their choice via email or by letter.
We hold dedicated position practices for all Skyline athletes on teams 12s – 18s. Our top Skyline staff and coaches will run this training along with their team coaches.
When the club season is over, Skyline is in the gym 4-5 days a week offering the top training. So much improvement takes place in the five months between club seasons. It is vital to the athlete’s development to be in an organization that offers year-round training.
Team Bonding and Training
In order to facilitate team cohesion and purpose, Skyline coaches organize specialized team bonding activities in early January. This training will consist of 2-a-day training sessions and team bonding activities. The teams will be given difficult tasks and will be required to find solutions as a team. They will also set individual and team goals for the season. The 2-a-day training will be for RoShamBo teams only.
Dedicated Setter Training
Additional time and space is set aside for setters to get extra reps and instructions. We will lead video review and class room instruction for our setters to better their decision making and mental aspects of setting the game.
Strength, Conditioning and Vertical Training
Paradigm Sports provides training for Skyline National teams 2 times a week December – June
Click here to view the Tryout/Evaluation Process
The Tryout or Evaluation period is July – October. Clubs and Coaches are not allowed to make a written offer or accept payments for 2018 club season dues prior to Signing Day. See our “Club Tryout Process” page for more information on Tryout, Evaluations, Signing Day and more.
Tentative Practice Times and Locations
Below is a tentative plan for when teams will practice. We are very flexible and can move practices around if needed. Position practices will be held for all teams twice a month from January until Qualifier’s begin.
15-18 National Teams:
Ask the Head Coaches
13-14 National Teams:
Teams practice Sundays and Wednesdays OR Mondays and Wednesdays
12 National Teams:
Teams practice TBA, ask the head coach
Team practices Mondays and Wednesdays OR Sundays and Wednesdays
No position practices for 11s
Team practices Sundays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays
No position practices for 11s
12 & 15-17 Molten & Elite Teams
Team practices Tuesdays and Thursdays OR Mondays and Thursdays
13-14 Molten & Elite Teams
Team practiceswill be either Sundays and Wednesdays OR Mondays & Wednesdays
There may be a few conflicts throughout the season that may require a different practice location or days to be utilized.
National and Molten Practices
Our teams will share the facilities and practice times to allow for an average of 2 practices a week*. If a team participates in a tournament on a weekend, then there will be no practice on Sundays. Attendance at practice is mandatory. It is impossible to develop quality teams with inconsistent practice attendance. If an unusual circumstance exists, it is the athlete’s responsibility to inform his or her head coach immediately of the situation. If an athlete has an unexcused absence then s/he will be required to sit out the first game of the following tournament. Because athletes must learn to organize their time and plan ahead accordingly, homework is not an excuse to miss practice. Further guidelines for absences are given at the beginning of the season by the coach.
* 11’s may move to a Monday or Tuesday practice the week following a tournament.
Elite Team Practices
Elite teams will practice two (2) times each a week. Attendance at practice is highly encouraged. It is impossible to develop quality teams with inconsistent attendance at practices. If an unusual circumstance exists, it is the athlete’s responsibility to inform their head coach immediately of the situation. If an athlete has an excess of unexcused absences, then they will be required to sit out the first game of a tournament. We are willing to work with other commitments but we are also dedicated to the teams’ success and that requires every athlete to participate regularly. Further guidelines are given at the beginning of the season.
Skyline Juniors tournament participation is mandatory. Tournaments give athletes the chance to compete at higher levels, develop their court skills, and strengthen their knowledge of the game. They also give the athlete a chance to be seen by college scouts. Finally, the success of our team training depends upon all members of the team being present.
Tournament agendas, lodging arrangements and other important travel information will be provided to each player as soon as the club directors have received the information from the tournament directors. We prefer to do most of our communication through e-mail and our website. We will post hotel and tournament information for each team on the website as soon as it is available. All tournament schedules will be finalized in early December.
Skyline Juniors Playing Time
The team’s head coach is responsible for the composition of the team and determining playing time. Each athlete will receive equal training time and repetitions in practice sessions, but we cannot and will not guarantee playing time to anyone. It is in the best interest of the team that we compete for championships and this involves some players not playing in some matches. The head coaches will make their decisions based on a player’s attendance at practices, the importance of an event, the player’s attitude, work ethic, and proficiency at required skills, and most importantly the team’s needs. As parents, please understand that our coaches do their best do get everyone playing time, but their primary focus at tournaments is the teams’success. If a parent wishes to discuss playing time with a coach we require this NOT BE DONE AT THE TOURNAMENT. It is very disruptive to the team if a parent confronts a coach in this setting. Consequently, if a coach is confronted by a parent during a tournament, that parent’s child must sit out the following match. In short, please save these discussions until after the tournament.
The following procedures are in place to resolve playing time issues or concerns:
At any time after practices or matches a player may meet with the coach for a discussion.
If questions or concerns remain, then the parents and player may contact the coach to arrange a discussion at least a day after the conclusion of a tournament.
If the issue is still not resolved, the club director, coach, player, and parents may meet.
Policy: If a parent approaches the coach at a tournament about “playing time”, their daughter will be required to sit the next set.
The club does not provide transportation to non-air travel tournaments. It is the parents’ (and not the coaches’) responsibility to find transportation for their athletes to and from these road travel events. For air travel tournaments, the club provides transportation to and from the hotel, and to the sanctioned events provided the athlete travels on the group’s flight. The athletes are prohibited from riding with anyone other than a coach, club director, or appointed chaperone. (They are permitted to ride with their parent/guardian , or someone their parent designates in writing.) If parents choose to arrange their own travel arrangements for an athlete, then the parents are responsible for getting their daughter to the hotel.
We distribute hotel information for parents in advance on the web page or by email so parents may make reservations at the same hotel where the teams are staying. Each RoShamBo team has a certain number of rooms reserved for the players (except for 11’s – 13’s). In an effort to keep costs lower, ALL Molten, Elite, Select, Local teams will stay with their parents. RoShamBo teams 11s-13s will also stay with their parents. We cannot guarantee space or make reservations for parents, but we will ask hotels to hold rooms for parents (including all Molten, Elite, Select, Local and RoShamBo teams) until a specified date. If you have not made a reservation by that date we cannot hold the room.
Drug and Alcohol Policy
In order for the North Texas Region to support any disciplinary actions by the club toward a player, one of these two below procedures must take place in case a playeris in the possession of or involved with any type of illegal drugs or alcohol.
Option One: Go immediately to a clinic and have a drug test administered.
Option Two: The police will be called to do a report.
If the player(s) is found to be at fault, further action will take place depending on the severity of the issue. The player may be sent home from the event, dismissed for a period of time, or released from the team permanently (at the expense of his or her parent/guardian).
We understand the importance of an event such as Prom; therefore, in the case of Prom falling on the weekend of a National Qualifying tournament and Regionals (only), we have implemented the following guidelines to allow SENIORS to attend their SENIOR Prom.
Each SENIOR will be allowed to attend their prom without punishment.
They will need to be present the day prior and the day after the (main evening) Prom event.
They will need to be present the day of the event until 12 noon (if the tournament is out of town) and 2:00pm (if the tournament is within the DFW area).
It is not fair to a team that has devoted so many hours in practices only to be disqualified from a tournament or to not be given a chance to qualify for Nationals because a few players are gone. It is also not fair to those who are seeking college scholarship and must be seen by colleges.
Membership Fees and Payment Plans
* All payments must be postmarked by the 1st of each month.
Parents are expected to keep up with their dues and payment schedules. In order to facilitate payment, , we provide account status online for each player, pre-addressed envelopes including the amount of payment and the date the payment is due. Alternatively, membership fees may be paid online with a credit card.
If a payment is late there will be a $25.00 late fee, and the athlete will not be able to participate in any sanctioned events until a payment is made A $25.00 transaction fee will be assessed for each returned check, and if the problem occurs two times, parents must pay by cash or a cashier’s check.
If an account is not paid in full, the participant’s name may be submitted to the UIL because she will have violated her “amateur status”. The parent/guardian responsible for the player will also be responsible for any additional costs or expenses incurred by the club while pursuing collections.
If there is some reason the payment cannot be made by the date specified, please contact Jon or Jodie Rye (for National teams), or Kirk Perry (for Molten and Elite teams) and we will try to work out the situation. Please know, once you commit to a team we incur several expenses whether you continue your season with the club or not. It is your responsibility to make sure these payments are made unless there is a season ending injury.
In an effort to minimize payment problems we attempt to precisely determined fees and dues prior to the season. To this end, , most travel expenses, (hotel, airline deposits, rental vans, and nationals for some teams) for the players are included in their dues amounts. Please notice, however, that we have NOT included airfare for the players into their dues (we have included coaches air travel). Instead, we will provide an Airline Package in November for the Skyline athletes that will give them the option to arrange their own air travel to tournaments.
Additional fees may occur due to unforeseen circumstances such as airline cancellations, inclement weather situations, or if a team misses a flight due for any reason (i.e. such as playing in a match for JO qualifying, or playing in the finals).
*All monies that are paid are non-refundable
Team Dues & Tentative Schedules
Please look at the “Comments” column to see exactly what is included in the dues for each team
Schedules will not be available until September. Final breakdown of cost will be decided at that time.
We have provided an estimate of the 2018 dues in Team Comparison at the top of this page.