Welcome to Northern Storm VBC
We are a nonprofit organization established in 2021 to support and grow volleyball in the Chequamegon Bay Region through an affordable, enjoyable, challenging, and competitive travel volleyball experience.
Northern Storm Volleyball Club is committed to developing highly-skilled volleyball players determined to compete at a high level.
We hold open tryouts annually in early to mid November in hopes of forming girls 17U and 16U teams, with the possibility of 15U, 14U, and 12U if there is enough interest and available coaches. Teams typically consist of 9-10 players. Level two teams might be created in some age groups if player numbers dictate.
Teams generally practice twice weekly in Ashland, beginning in mid December or early January. From mid January to late April or early May, each team generally plays 2-4 weekend tournaments throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota and 2-4 single day tournaments in Duluth. Please note, the number of practices and tournaments varies based on the age of the participants; younger teams have a less rigorous schedule.
Club volleyball is a commitment and a priority. Northern Storm encourages and supports multi-sport athletes; in-season school sports practices and games take priority over club volleyball. However, club volleyball needs to take priority over all other activities, including the player's jobs. Tournament dates will be finalized by late December and practice dates and times will be scheduled at least 2-4 weeks in advance. Families must plan accordingly.
Player fees are typically $450-$550 depending on how many tournaments each team plays. There will be multiple fundraising opportunities to help offset individual and organizational expenses. Fees cover the club’s JVA organization membership and insurance, tournament entry fees, practice facility rental, jerseys, equipment, coaches’ travel expenses and stipends. Players are responsible for their own travel expenses, spandex, warm-ups, shoes, socks, knee and elbow pads.
- Balance hard work, fun, and discipline.
- Teach proper technique and fundamentals to all players.
- Teach and apply proper strategies.
- Communicate clearly, to each player, their role on the team.
- Create a positive, growth based, and trusting environment for athletes.
- Act as a positive role model for players both on and off the court.
- Motivate players to compete at a high level due to strong work ethic and responsibility to their teammates.
- All players will have equal opportunities to train and play during practice sessions.
- Players are NOT guaranteed playing time during tournaments; coaches will make playing time decisions based on what they think will bring success to the team.
- Factors that can affect playing time are: attendance at practice, attitude and work ethic, leadership skills, team chemistry, statistical analysis, and performance during practices and matches.
- Attend all practices and tournaments. If for some reason a player is going to miss a practice or game, it is her responsibility to contact her coach directly as far in advance as possible.
- Stay focused and mindful, and display a strong work ethic at every practice and tournament.
- Be a team player; the team comes first, always and no matter what.
- Be a leader on and off the court.
- Always show respect to all teammates, parents, coaches, opponents, and officials.
- Encourage and show support for players on the court. No bad attitudes or sulking will be tolerated.
- Clean up after yourself (gyms, cars, hotels, restaurants, schools, etc.).
- Do not provide, use, or condone the use of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, or recreational drugs. The use of any illegal substance will not be tolerated.
- Keep social media posts/comments positive. Negative comments and bullying in regards to Northern Storm VBC, teammates or coaches will not be tolerated and may result in reduced playing time or dismissal from the team.
Parent Code of Conduct
- A parent’s role is to support their daughter and support the team she made a commitment to whether you agree with a coach’s decisions and strategies or not. You must understand that Northern Storm VBC coaches will make choices based on what they believe to be in the best interest of the team as a whole and the team’s goals. Please leave the coaching to our capable coaches and don’t provide feedback to your daughter that is potentially conflicting with the training she is receiving from her coaches. This is especially important during tournaments. Parents are there to support their daughters and celebrate team successes and for a hug after a rough match.
- Parents are never to discuss playing time or any concerns regarding strategic decisions with the coaches at a tournament or practice.
- Good sportsmanship is a vital component of Northern Storm VBC, so be a good role model for your daughter and demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times. It is important to cheer for our team, and not against another team. Do not argue with officials! Keep in mind; officials are trying to do their best.
- Aggressive or hostile confrontations between a parent and any coach, official, player, or other parents will not be tolerated.
- If there is an issue or matter of concern that needs to be addressed members of our club must adhere to the following guidelines:
Step 1: The athlete addresses any issues or concerns directly with their coaches. We really encourage our athletes to learn to communicate effectively with their coaches on their own behalf. If the issue is not resolved between the athlete and coach then:
Step 2: Parents and players meet with team coaches together (never just parents as athletes should be a part of any and all discussions regarding them and their coaches and teams) – this meeting is not to take place during or immediately following a tournament. Please wait at least 24 hours following a tournament to arrange a meeting. If the first two steps have taken place and the issue still has not been resolved:
Step 3: Contact the Club Director to arrange a meeting with athletes, parents,
and coaches all included.