Overview of Maine Juniors
(Overview by Director John Razsa)
Junior Olympics (J.O.s) is a program of U.S.A. Volleyball and the New England Region of U.S.A.V. (NERVA). J.O.s offers a fun and very competitive learning experience for girls and boys who may be serious about developing their skills and knowledge of the game. The Maine Juniors Club is affiliated with New England Juniors and U.S. Junior Olympic Volleyball.
Maine Juniors (formerly Portland North) is entering its 14th year. Players have come from a few elementary schools and many middle schools and high schools. Practices are normally at Biddeford Middle School (Biddeford), Baxter School (Falmouth) or Greely High School (Cumberland), and Newbegin gym (Gray). Competitions consist of scrimmages locally and tournaments in MA, NH, CT and ME. This year’s offerings will be for girls in 4th through 12th grades.
Regular practices for other team begin right after tryouts. They are on Sunday afternoons so as not to conflict with interscholastic sports schedules or church attendance. Players are urged to please be a bit early for all scheduled activities.
Transportation involves parent volunteers. The Club is unable to provide transportation. Parents often enjoy watching a practice and even more so traveling with their daughters to our tourneys. Parent involvement is sought and appreciated in many phases of the Club.
Quality coaching is an important component of any youth program. Maine Juniors has had the benefit of a group of very qualified youth coaches. Many have played in college and have solid experience coaching. They may have coached college, high school or at other levels. We look for coaches who have natural talents and attributes so valuable to coaching. All of our coaches are certified in U.S.A.V. coaching programs and background checked. Coaches are largely volunteers but we have begun paying relatively small stipends. More info on coaches and their backgrounds will be available for the benefit of players and parents when this year’s teams are assembled.
Costs for the 2014-2015 season are in the process of being determined. Please see the FAQs section for last years figures which can be used as an approximation. We always strive to minimize any increases. Costs will be posted by October, before Gold and general tryouts.
Costs are an obvious concern for Club parents, players and staff. The Director and Club leadership do everything possible to keep costs down. Dues are lower for 12s and 14s and increase for 16s and 18s and those who are placed on our most competitive teams, which typically practice twice a week and play in added overnight tourneys. Fund raising is an option. Dues pay for expenses such as gym time (which is continually on the rise), equipment, coaches’ stipends, tourney fees and administrative costs. The cost of uniforms is additional.
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