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Welcome to Columbia Volleyball Academy!

Columbia Volleyball Academy offers a training environment 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. 

 

Fall Preview Clinics Returning!

Our annual Fall Preview Clinics will be returning soon beginning Sunday September 13th! Registration will be opening in the coming week so mark your calendars!

This is a great way to get to work with the coaches at each age level that corresponds to your athlete's club year eligibility, and get the experience of working with our Head Coaches in a technical training environment. Space will be limited so make sure to watch as registration becomes available!

CVA Fall Youth Performance Clinic with HOCO Parks & Recreation

Columbia Volleyball Academy (CVA) and their top coaches in the area will instruct players in the finer points of the game. This clinic is designed to aide players in fine tuning their volleyball skills to assist them in playing on their future high school and club volleyball teams. Don't miss out! Info: Carson Nickell, 410-313-4720 or cjnickell@howardcountymd.gov.

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When: September 14th – October 28th

· Monday & Wednesday: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Meadowbrook Athletic Complex

Cost: $215.00

What are the ages of participants? 9-15 years old

What is the Coach to Athlete ratio? 8 players for every coach (Total of 50 participants allowed)

Announcing- CVA High School Fall League!!!

We at Columbia Volleyball Academy feel that it is essential to keep our athletes engaged in any way that is safely possible, as well as continue to aid them in their growth, and especially allow for our senior athletes who have poured so much time and effort into our sport to be recognized. For all of those reasons we have decided to create a Fall High School League for the volleyball athletes in our greater area. Below are some important details and documents to both inform you and your athletes, and register them should they be interested. 
 

When:

     September 1st- October 29th

○     8 Weeks of Competition

■     League Play- September 1- October 26th

■     Playoffs- October 27-29th

○     Sunday afternoon: 12-4pm, Monday- Thursday Evenings: 6-10pm

Where:

●     Leadership Through Athletics: 2900 Hammonds Ferry Road Halethorpe, MD.

How Many Teams: 1 Court

●     ***ALL TEAMS WILL CONSIST OF 4 PLAYERS ONLY!!!***

●     Monday & Wednesday: 16 JV Teams- playing once a week

●     Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday: 24 Varsity Teams- playing once a week

Costs:

●     $360.00 per team of 4 (40 teams) - $90 per athlete

○     Costs cover:

■     Court time- guarantee of 8 matches

■     Referee Costs- $20 per match

■     Facility Sanitation & Climate Control (Air Conditioning)

■     Championship Medals/ Awards

●     Senior Athlete Recognition

  • Administrative Costs: We will have league coordinator at the front door each evening for check-in, temperature check, and roster check

If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact us. We are committed to helping athletes in our area, as well as our High School programs continue to thrive and grow. We look forward to hosting teams in the fall and being able to grow the game again in our area! Please see the forms below that will need to be completed and returned to columbiaheadcoach@gmail.com

Summer Camp will run!

Great news! Howard County has given us the go ahead to have our summer camp which will run from July 6-9 at Meadowbrook Athletic Complex. This will be a great opportunity for our CVA athletes to get a great intense summer camp experience with Coach Rainbow and our phenomenal staff. 

Spaces are very limited! We are only accepting 26 athletes for our Elite division. 

Click here to register

2020 College Commitments

Congratulations to our Class of 2020 Seniors who have made their commitments to play in college! We are so proud of you and we wish you the best of luck!

  • Rheign Davis- Winston Salem State University
  • Tyasia McDuffie- Morgan State University
  • Emma Marthins- Bethany College
  • Jaleah Murray- Delaware State University
  • Rebekka Sanchez-Castro- Cedar Crest College
  • Jourdan Page- Morgan State University

Columbia Volleyball Academy Teams Win!

  • 14 Black wins in Lancaster!
  • 15 Red wins in Lancaster!
  • 12 Red wins Gold! 12 Red finished 1st at the Maryland Juniors 12 Open Tournament on 1/26/20!
  • 14 Black finishes 2nd! 14 Black finished 2nd at the Columbia 14 Invite in January!
  • 15 Red finishes 2nd! 15 Red finished 2nd at the Maryland Juniors 15 Open Tournament in February!
  • 16 Black wins Gold! 16 Black finished 1st at the Vienna Elite 16 Open Tournament in February!
  • 15 Red wins Gold in Boston! 15 Red were crowned the USA Division Champions at the Boston Mizuno Festival in March. Congrats ladies!
  • 16 Black wins Gold in Boston! 16 Black were crowned the Open Division Champions at the Boston Mizuno Festival in March. Congrats ladies!
  • 17 Red wins Gold in Boston! 17 Red were crowned the Open Division Champions at the Boston Mizuno Festival in March. Congrats ladies!

Please Welcome our new Assistant to the Head Coach!

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 columbiaassistantcoach@gmail.com 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"

Registration for the Red Hornets will open July 31!

Columbia Volleyball Academy has established a development program tailored to younger players looking to enhance their skills in order to eventually play club volleyball once they reach an appropriate age. The program is tailored for players ages 9-13 but we will accept slightly older players if they have limited experience. We like for our players in this program to have basic skills (passing, setting & serving) and at least 1 year of recreation volleyball experience. Camp and clinic experience are also acceptable. 
The Red Hornets development program is coached by CVA coaches and Senior players and is a fun learning environment where young athletes can learn more about this great sport, make friends and work on volleyball skills. This is not a club travel team; but we will have some tournament play towards the end of the season.  There will be plenty of scrimmaging, games and fun contests once the girls get more comfortable.

The Red Hornets Program will meet once a week (Mondays) starting in the middle of November and going until the middle of May.

The cost of the program is $510. Cash and checks are not accepted. The registration must be paid for by following the link which will be posted July 31.

PRACTICE TIME AND LOCATION FOR THE RED HORNETS

Monday 6-8pm @ Roger Carter Community Center

 

We are so proud of our CVA player featured in the Baltimore Sun!

Guided by family lessons, Mount de Sales volleyball star Chidinma Onukwugha serves as role model for sisters.

Click on the link below to read the full article!

https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/high-school/bs-sp-va-volleyball-feature-20190831-d7u7zsh4xvgu3gmcy7sjfdflay-story.html

CVA Information Session

Columbia Volleyball Academy

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.

New Technical Director/Head Coach - Michael Rainbow!

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.

Our Mission

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.

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 Columbia Volleyball Academy
Post Office Box 6071
Columbia, MD 21045-8071