CVA Spirit Wear is here! Show your CVA spirit in style!
Click on the link below to see all of our new gear for this year!
Player gear is now available for order! Warmups and bags can be purchased by clicking on this link:
Orders can either be shipped for an additional fee, or picked up at practices when ready!
If you are looking for other gear, our Spirit Wear store is scheduled to open tomorrow. The link will be available here.
I’d like to welcome back all returning families and welcome all of our new families to Columbia Volleyball Academy. We are very excited to get this volleyball season started! We realize, however, that we may need to make adjustments to our schedules/curriculum due to the pandemic. As player safety is our top priority, we have been monitoring both county and state level restrictions and working with the directors at our facilities to ensure adherence to any changes in operations. At this point, we are able to proceed with practices as scheduled.
There are a few updates to our procedures that we’ll need families to adhere to in order to keep our athletes safe during this season.
- Out of State Travel - The State of Maryland is recommending that any MD resident who travels out of state get tested upon arrival or within 72 hours before returning to Maryland and self-quarantine until test results come back. We are asking that our families adhere to these guidelines as well. Please be sure to communicate any out of state travel and self-quarantine timeframes with your coaches.
- Temperature Checks - Please take your athletes temperature prior to their arrival at practices/tournaments/team gatherings. If an athlete’s temperature is 100 degrees or above, please do not have them enter the facility and communicate this with the coaches.
- Masks/Hand Sanitizer/Towels/Water Bottles - Please make sure that every player has (and wears) their masks for each practice/tournament and has an ample supply of hand sanitizer and their own towels and water bottles. We will have cleaning supplies available for equipment but encourage all athletes to keep their own supplies with them as well.
As more updates become available, we will communicate them as quickly as possible. Again, welcome to CVA - and I wish everyone a very safe and happy Thanksgiving!
We at Columbia Volleyball Academy are happy to find new ways to better serve our athletes and families as we continue to move forward in their development. One of our paramount initiatives moving forward is to be able to provide more feedback in smaller group settings during clinics, positional academies, tryouts, team academies and practices throughout the season. In order to better facilitate this goal along with more coverage for Coach Mike when he is out during the travel season we are happy to announce the addition of Coach Monica Owensby as our new Assistant to the Head Coach! Below you can read Coach Monica's biographical content and what experience she brings to our club. We look forward to having Monica join us full time moving forward, and she can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org as she continues on in her tenure with us. Welcome Coach Monica!
"Coach Monica has been in the area since 2004 and has taken an active part of the volleyball community. She began her coaching career in Arizona where she is from, and continued that endeavor in Germany for 3 years at Ansbach High School, and then Maryland at Mount De Sales Academy in 2005. She started as the JV Head Coach and in 2009 became the Varsity Head Coach. During her time there the team became the IAAM "A" Conference Champions in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, and were runner ups in 2014. She was named the Baltimore Sun "Metro Coach of the Year" in 2015 after her victory as IAAM "A" Conference Champions in her final season at Mount De Sales Academy. As well as coaching high school volleyball, Coach Monica was part of the staff of Columbia Volleyball Club from 2008-2011, Bay Area Volleyball Academy 2011-2012, Columbia Volleyball Club 2013-2016, Maryland Juniors Volleyball Club 2017-2019. She also serves as a guest clinician at numerous collegiate, high school, and positional camps throughout the greater Baltimore-Washington Metro areas.
She enjoys coaching the future of the sport and instilling the values needed to be a positive player on and off the court. She also looks forward to supporting her fellow coaches in providing a positive coaching environment so they can become the best coaches possible. She is CAP I and IMPACT Certified. This is Coach Monica's second season with CVA. Coach Monica is a middle school Physical Education in Anne Arundel County. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughter Chelsea, her dog Ryder, and of course going on Jeep Adventures"
Guided by family lessons, Mount de Sales volleyball star Chidinma Onukwugha serves as role model for sisters.
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Columbia Volleyball Academy offers a training environment for the club season that is unlike anything that you will find in Maryland. Are you up for the challenge? CVA will inspire you. It will push you. Come and be a part of our Academy style training. Develop your mind, body and athletic spirit under the guidance of our dedicated staff of elite coaches.
Columbia Volleyball Academy is a not‑for‑profit organization of volleyball enthusiasts including student athletes, coaches, referees, adult helpers and parents from more than 200 families. Participating student‑athletes are girls ages 9 to 18. While based in Howard County, Maryland, we typically have players from more than a dozen high schools and several middle and elementary schools in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland.
We are pleased to announce Michael Rainbow as our new Head Coach/Technical Director!
Michael Rainbow has spent the past season with Virginia Elite as the Setting Technical Lead & 17 National Head Coach after most recently coaching the 18 National Teams at both Maryland Juniors (2017), and Columbia Volleyball Club (2012-2017). Michael hails from Wilmington, Delaware and was a High School & Collegiate Volleyball player. He began coaching in 2000 at the club level, and continued on to coach at the high school and collegiate levels.
Michael has coached players to All-American accolades at the college level, and numerous recognitions within the state, conference & county levels. He has had his players recruited to colleges such as University of Tennessee, UMBC, Quinnipiac, Bucknell, Clarion University, Delaware State, Liberty, Wilmington University, Holy Family, LaSalle, and Shepherd University. Currently he teaches and served as the Head Coach at Liberty High School in Eldersburg, MD from 2013-2018 where he was named 2014 & 2015 Carroll County Times Coach of the Year while winning back to back conference championships and a Regional Championship in 2015, and before that at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville. He is also the founder and Head Coach of M2 Volleyball Training based in Jessup, Maryland (www.m2volleyballmd.com), and continues to be a guest coach at collegiate camps and clinics around the county. Michael is an AVCA member, CAP 1 Certified, IMPACT, and First Aid & CPR/AED certified.
Please join us in congratulating Michael and wishing him much success in his new role. We are excited for the evolution of our club under his direction and leadership.
Columbia Volleyball Academy provides athletes with high-level technical skills training and tactical instruction in a positive learning environment that fosters personal growth and development and a passion for the game of volleyball.
Columbia Volleyball Academy is committed to ensuring that every CVA athlete has a positive experience that fuels their love of volleyball and competition. We focus on the process over outcomes and developing a growth mindset. In other words, our top priority is always striving to improve and give each athlete the feedback and tools to help them improve as a volleyball athlete and person every day. While we do provide our athletes with the highest caliber of volleyball training, it is equally important that athletes learn life lessons that will stay with them long after their volleyball career comes to an end. Our coaches are mentors, role models, and above all, teachers. We teach our athletes the game of volleyball including all aspects of skills training, tactical knowledge, and match strategies. Additionally, we teach our athletes to be disciplined, compete and train at full effort, be a positive and supportive teammate, be a problem solver, push beyond their comfort zone, and compete with confidence and enthusiasm. Above all we teach and expect all of our athletes and coaches to conduct themselves with the highest level of integrity and character. Winning matches is far less important than competing with character, being honest, ethical, and kind, and respecting everyone and everything we encounter along with this wonderful sport we all love. That is the ultimate win.
We expect both our athletes and our coaches to constantly find ways to improve and grow. Our coaches get together at least once a month to discuss training methods and techniques and share their successes with their teams so that we can learn from one another. Columbia Volleyball Academy’s Technical Director trains and works with every coach on staff to ensure that each team is receiving the same high-level coaching and to create continuity between all of our teams and age groups.
Columbia Volleyball Academy limits the number of teams at each age level to allow us to focus our organizational abilities and maintain our attention to detail, providing the highest quality club volleyball experience possible. CVA can then ensure that every team has extraordinary coaches. We are very fortunate to have an outstanding group of coaches upon whom our athletes can rely on for instruction, guidance, and support.
Columbia Volleyball Academy teams are formed with the goal of creating nationally competitive teams at every age group and work throughout the season to qualify for the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships or the AAU National Championships. We expect a high level of commitment from everyone involved with Columbia Volleyball Academy and seek athletes who want to put in the time and work necessary to be the best volleyball player they can be. Our staff and coaches share that commitment and work tirelessly to build highly successful teams and athletes.
Columbia Volleyball Academy
Post Office Box 6071
Columbia, MD 21045-8071