This is a note from John Razsa regarding 16N and 17N and a potential bid for Nationals in Indianapolis.
Maine Juniors teams are leading the way to a higher level of play in Maine and a better experience for players in our Club. This is true for every level of the Club.
We consider our team offerings and their tournament schedules carefully. Our decisions for our National teams increasingly take into consideration how we can best support our players with the goal to play in college and give them all the opportunities their dedication and talent deserve. One of the top opportunities of a young volleyball player’s lifetime is to go to Nationals. It also tends to impress college coaches that the player has had that experience. For some college coaches, experiences such as playing on the big stage that Nationals offers, can be a difference in whom they recruit.
17 National and 16 National
This season, both 17 National and 16 National will approach the tournaments they enter with the goal winning a bid to the USAV National Championships in Indianapolis in late June. If either team succeeds in winning a bid, they will be attending and we want all players and parents onboard with this goal and this possible culminating trip to the Championships in mind.
The chances to earn this bid for 17 National and for 16 National are at Orlando and Philadelphia.
With this known, we want you to know that Maine Juniors and the respective coaches, Diane Newell and Tori Huntley, will do our utmost to support the goals of these teams to win a bid and go to Indy.
If They Earn A Bid
Should they succeed in a bid, the plan would be to take about 3 weeks off after NERVA Championships on May 5 to focus on school and let bodies recover and then to start a schedule of twice a week practices at the end of May/early June for about 3 weeks before Nationals.
What That Means for Parents
We will ask the parents of players who are selected for these teams to make an additional $250 “Championship bid deposit” by Dec. 1. This will be used by the Club, if a bid is earned at Orlando or Philadelphia, to cover the extra practice costs, entry fees at Indy, coaches’ travel and lodging, etc. No additional monies will be asked of parents if the team earns a spot. The full $250 will be refunded if the team doesn’t win a bid.
What That Means for Players
Players who accept a spot on 16 National or 17 National are committing to the practices in late May/early June and to attend the Championships in Indy.
Fundraising for individuals or the team as a whole is a potential option to help relieve some of the costs for families. There are many low maintenance opportunities that could provide some success in earnings for the group to lighten the cost. Coach Tori is willing to work with the team parents to organize fundraising for both teams, either together or separately. These fundraising options will be discussed at parent meetings, and questions for Tori specifically about fundraising are welcome at this year’s Maine Juniors Open House.
Girls Juniors National Championships
Indianapolis, Indiana: June 27 – July 06, 2019