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Welcome to the all new Columbia Volleyball Academy!

The all new 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. 

 

New from Coach Mike on 12/12

Hello Athletes & Families!!!

 

Things are moving along well, and I am thankful for all our athlete's hard work and dedication to the process of getting better every day in practice! Here are a few things that I wanted to bring your attention to as we move forward: 

  1. 12-14 Positional Academies vs. 12-14 Team Academies 
    1. Positional Academies for the 12-14 age group are always are open to any athletes from any of the teams from 12-14 (12 Red, 13 Red, 14 Red, 14 Black). Please let your coach know if you would like to attend any of these for Setting, Hitting, & Defense/Serve Receive- you are always welcome and we encourage more technical work. These sessions are included in your price as a third option to train and grow. 
      1. On Sunday 12/15 there WILL be Setting & Hitting Clinic from 8-9 and 9-10am. It will be run by Coach Sydney Sheppard and more of our coaching staff. 
    2. Team Academies
      1. For the first 3 weeks when we are training together every team has the opportunity to come to a 3rd Team Academy practice if they so wish- we always welcome them to be present. 
        1. After the first 2 weeks of team academies every practice then your child has 2 team practices- whether they are team practices or team academy practices for the rest of the season. 
        2. The third practice opportunity comes in the form of the Academies on Sunday (12-14), or Friday/Thursday (15-18)
  2. Parent's in Gym Expectations
    1. Per our parent contract we promote a healthy developmental environment from our coaching staff and in order to get your daughter's to trust us completely and understand that we are the point of contact in regards to what is expected from our teams and any concerns they may have. Please do NOT do the following as a parent: 
      1. Sit out on a court
      2. Yell or speak to your daughter while we are working with them- you can speak to them after they leave the gym 
        1. You are always welcome to encourage and celebrate :)
      3. If your athlete is going to leave early from a Team Academy they need to tell their head coach, and their head coach will let me know
  3. Recruiting Meetings
    1. Added Slots: 
      1. The sign-up genius has now been updated with extra slots to accommodate those who are in need of still meeting with me. Please sign up here:
        1. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084DAFA92BA5FD0-coach 

Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns. Thank you and see you all soon!

Dates/Times of Practices to be altered: 

  1. Sunday December 1- no positional or team academies. 
  2. Sunday December 15th- 14 black, 15, 16, 17, 18 will be going to a playday with Delaware Premier Club so no practices
    1. 12, 13, & 14 red will all have positional academies from 8-11am.
    2. Time for the play day are still forthcoming- stay tuned! Location is CHRISTIANA HIGH SCHOOL in Christiana, DE. 
      1. ETA is 8:30am for 9am play- waiting for confirmation m
  3. Monday December 23rd- no 15-18 Team Academy. 
  4. Tuesday December 24th- all activities cancelled (facility closure) 
  5. Tuesday December 31st- all activities cancelled (facility closure) 
  6. January 17-20- MLK Tournaments
    1. No academies or practices 
  7. January 25-26- MAPL Hampton Roads (13-18) 
    1. No positional academies 
  8. February 14-17- Capitol Hill Classic (all)
    1. No academies or practices
  9. March 5-8- Mizuno Boston Festival (13-18)
    1. No positional or academies except for 12 & 14 red
  10. March 14-15- Irish Rumble (12 & 14 Red)
    1. No practices for the above teams only
  11. March 28-29th- MAPL York (18 only)
    1. No practice for 18s team 
  12. April 2-5th- JVA World Challenge (15-18)/ NEQ (12,13, 14 Black)
    1. No practices for above teams and no positional academies 
    2. Last week of practices for 18s team unless qualified for USAV or AAU Nationals
  13. April 9-12- NEQ (15-17)
    1. No positional academies 
  14. Thursday May 21st- there will be no 15-18 Setter or Hitter Academy due to my concert. 
  15. July 6-7- JVA Summerfest (12, 13, 14 Red, 14 Black) 
    1. No practices for the above teams and no positional academies
    2. Last week of practices for 12-14 teams unless qualified for USAV Nationals or AAU's. 
  16. June 14th- 15-18 SR/Defense Positional Academy will be moved to 11am-12pm. 
  17. June 15th- last 15-17 practices unless qualified for USAV Nationals. 

The Red Hornets Program is now Open for Registration

This program is full!

Information will be sent out to those who registered as we get closer to the start date. 

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 $495. Cash and checks are not accepted. The registration must be paid for by following the link below.  There is a small service fee. 

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
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