iBeach31 Comes to Rev Volleyball Academy

From iBeach31:

ibeach31 is GROWING! We have made the decision to open a second location on the eastside of Indianapolis at Rev Volleyball Academy. Woohoo!

The facility will be located in Greenfield, IN just off of I-70. We are installing 3 indoor sand courts within the current Rev Volleyball building, and we are stoked to be able to provide more training and competition opportunities. And since it’s indoor, we can do this YEAR ROUND!

Since we opened in 2018, we’ve absolutely loved the growth and the community that we’ve been able to help create, with everyone’s help, and we want to share that community with more people! Making beach volleyball more available for more people can only help to spur the growth of our game and our family.  This will be Indianapolis’ FIRST indoor beach volleyball facility and will be the only one within 100 miles of the area!

We will be doing much of what we’ve done with our original location. We will offer leagues, sand training, and more to both youth and adult athletes throughout Indianapolis. We think this move will be a game-changer for our growth and will be the beginning of something even larger as we look to put an indoor facility up in Westfield and potentially even grow to more locations around the city.

None of this would be possible without our amazing supporters, all the players who come through, the families, kids, friends, and sponsors that help make iBeach31 what it is. So to sum it all up, THANK YOU for all those who have been part of iBeach31’s growth in the past and WE CAN’T WAIT to see what the future and this new opportunity will bring. Welcome to iBeach31 East, ladies and gentlemen! We will see you soon!

If you want to pre-register for our leagues at iBeach31 East, just click here to find dates and times. We can’t wait to get the building started. Stay tuned for more updates!

5 Controllables In Volleyball

There are moments every day that affect us one way or another. No matter how old we are, those moments can have a lasting impact on our mentality, our well-being, and how we interact with the world. In the game of volleyball, there are any number of things that happen, both on and off the court, that we have no control over. There are other items that we can have an influence on, but still not total control. So why do we, as athletes and competitors, focus so much on those items? Why do we let them affect our performance?

Often, athletes worry about things that are outside of their control. Whether we like it or not, we are unable to make someone else do what we want them to do. However, that rarely stops us from focusing on those things and letting them get to us, bringing down our game, our attitude, and our mentality.

These emotions can be heightened in an athletic, competitive environment. In a game like volleyball with so many other players on the court, so much quick thinking, coaches, referees, and many other stimuli, we can have an atmosphere that makes us lose control. However, if we can remind ourselves to “control the controllables,” we can keep ourselves in a positive mindset, maintain steady performance, and have an advantage over our competition. So what are some of the things that we can control?

Attitude/Behavior: As humans, we have a tendency to blame others for things that we do. It’s far easier to blame coaches, teammates, opponents, referees, and more. It is crucially important to remember that ultimately, we are the ones in control of our attitude and behavior. The emotions that we display, things that we say, and the way in which we carry ourselves are all things that we have control over. Any sort of negative attitude or outward behavior can affect other aspects of our mental stability, such as…

Body Language: We are generally very unaware of what our body is doing at any given moment. Even if we are focusing on maintaining a positive attitude, our body language can display a totally opposite perspective. Slumped shoulders, lowered heads, crossed arms, hands on our hips, and looks of general disinterest are all elements that we have total control over.  Our body language can also have a massive effect on all of our teammates, adding a variable and increasing the difficulty of maintaining a supportive team atmosphere.

Effort: Generally, with a more positive attitude and better body language, our effort levels will remain high. It is extremely difficult to maximize our effort if we let our attitude and behavior get out of control. If our effort level drops, coaches notice and it can affect things like playing time and the way in which our teammates treat us. We have control over our effort.

Fundamentals: While players are always striving to improve their skills, a lack of focus on those skills can derail progress. Every single bad repetition can cause irreparable harm to our improvement, and for every negative rep, we have to work harder to make those corrections. However, we have control over what our body is doing. As long as we actively decide to make our bodies execute the right skills in the right ways, we will improve.

Ourselves: All of these individual items are related to one another, but all come together to make sure that we are controlling ourselves. It doesn’t require any special education or degree to understand and learn how to control ourselves. It just requires active thought. 

Don’y forget that although we may do all of the right things, control our attitude and behavior, and work hard, we ultimately cannot control the other people surrounding us. We cannot control our teammates, coaches, the referees, opponents, or anyone else, but we can show them all that we are outstanding competitors, teammates, and people. Very little can make up for the kind of respect that can be gained through controlling the things that we have control over. 

Don’t waste another minute having a bad attitude because of what someone else might have done, not executing a skill because you “forgot,” or not giving your absolute best effort because you think it might not matter. Control your “controllables” and you’ll have better success every day.

Choosing The Right Volleyball Club for You

Our friends and recruiting coordinators at MyRecruiting Assistant wrote an outstanding blog on things that all athletes and their families should consider when choosing a volleyball club. It’s important to remember that, at the end of the day, every family should make the best choice for them. Clubs who are trying to manipulate your decision-making process or spin sell you while they overpromise and underdeliver rarely have the athlete’s best interest in mind.

Our goal is to provide the best environment, coaching, and recruiting for any athlete that chooses Rev, but we support and respect all athletes and their decisions. We’re here to be a trusted partner with our families.

Read this great blog from MyRecruiting Assistant below!

Author: Jessica Enderle

Club volleyball has been a part of my life for about 18 years now. I started off as a player, became a coach, and spent many years as a club director before moving into my current role as recruiting coordinator. Over the years and especially leading into club tryouts, I’ve had countless parents seek advice on the best way to choose a club program. Although the commitment to club volleyball is year-to-year, I think it is essential to strive to be a part of the same club for an extended period if possible. Below are some of the key points that I feel are important to consider when choosing a club program.

Gym culture and environment (Remember this should be fun!)

Before starting this blog post, I reached out to a few club friends to send their thoughts on this subject. My friend Grant mentioned, “volleyball should be hard but a joy,” so that’s where I’m going to start. It is easy to get caught up in the drama that (sometimes) surrounds the club volleyball tryout process. I think we forget that this sport, regardless of level, should be enjoyable. Sure, there will be days when it is harder to come in the gym but finding a club that creates a gym culture that promotes a healthy, exciting, and positive learning environment should be the top priority.

Consider the Coach

Most clubs spend around 4-8 months of the year training and competing in a single season, meaning the athlete is going to spend a lot of time with their coach. Even if the club trains within a club-wide system or master coach program, there is usually at least one coach dedicated to working with a single team. Every coach has their strengths/weaknesses, so I recommend doing your homework on the coaching staff. Talk to former players/parents, check out their bio, and ask them questions! I am a big fan of athletes playing for a variety of coaches throughout their club careers. I think this helps them better determine what coaching style they thrive under when pursuing college options.

Recruiting and Exposure

If you want to play in college, you need to get in front of the college coaches, and that’s easier to do when there are a lot of coaches in one place. Before Covid-19, this would mean finding a club that sends teams to large convention center events such as the USAV National Qualifiers, Bluegrass, Triple Crown, etc. Typically, these events can gather a couple of hundred coaches. The pandemic has had a significant impact on the recruiting landscape, which is still rapidly changing. I anticipate there continuing to be a high need for virtual recruiting this club season. Since there might be limited opportunities for in-person recruiting, I believe it will be crucial for athletes to have someone to advocate for them.  Be sure to find out what resources each club has available for their athletes!

Cost/Fee Structure, Schedules, etc.

Club volleyball is typically a pretty substantial financial investment. Be sure to consider all associated costs and not just the fee schedule. Are travel fees included in the dues or is that separate expense? How does the club handle the uniform package? Is there financial assistance or a payment plan available? How will they be managing funds if everything gets shut down again due to Covid-19?

It’s also important to factor in the tournament and practice schedules. How many events will the club team attend throughout the year? How many practices per week and at what times? Practice location? Does the club have a facility or are they practicing out of multiple locations? If they practice at various locations, are those sites secured and available during Covid-19?

Ultimately, the goal of club volleyball is to prepare the athlete for the next level. For some, that next level goal might be making the high school team or ultimately playing in at the collegiate level. It is always wise to do your homework on each club leading into the season so that you or your athlete have the best chance to achieve their goals!

About My Recruiting Assistant:

My Recruiting Assistant is a personalized recruiting service that is not software driven. Our work is based around personal relationships with the college coaching community and their trust in us. We function as recruiting coordinators for clubs and also work with individual athletes throughout the country on their recruiting journeys. Learn more about how Lauren, Jessica and the entire team can guide you through the process.

To learn more about Rev, MyRecruiting Assistant, or just talk volleyball, contact our team! We’d love to hear from you!

7 Goals For Your Tryouts

This time of year for club volleyball players is often full of stress and anxiety. Did you have a previous bad experience? Are you worried about college recruitment? Are you concerned about the training that you’ll get with a particular coach? What about other players potentially on the team? The list of questions can go on and on and become overwhelming. We know it’s a lot, but wanted to help give you a few points to focus on going into tryouts to help alleviate some stressors.

Be Coachable

How do you respond to feedback and direction? Within the first five minutes of you stepping on the court, how will you react the first time that coach gives you something to work on? The interaction with the coaching staff can give them an indication of how you will respond during the season. Respond positively, carry yourself well, ask the right questions, and make every attempt to make changes on your next rep!

Stay Positive and Encouraging

Coaches love watching players who love to play the game the right way. Stay positive and encouraging to those around you, both players and coaches! It takes twice as much effort to maintain a good attitude as it does to have a negative one, but don’t go down that road. You can’t be a toxic player, just like you don’t want other coaches or players to be toxic. Stay up!

Control The Controllables

Something we talk about all the time in every coaching environment is controlling what you can control. You’re one player on a court, so maximize your touches. Bad pass? Make it a better set. Bad set? Find a way to keep the ball in play. Frustrated or mad about your play? Stay positive, keep your head up, and move onto the next ball. This is one of the most important aspects of volleyball, so show that you already have it down!

Talk. Talk. And Talk Some More.

Don’t walk in quietly, put your stuff on, mosey onto the court, and keep your mouth closed. Make yourself known, have a presence, and communicate early and often both on and off the court. Meet new people, get comfortable even in a new environment, and be the athlete that others can feed off of. This is also something that you can control!

Next Ball Mentality

You’ve probably heard this one a thousand times, but it’s hard! Moving on is one of the more difficult parts of any sport and generally in life, but it’s also one of the most important. If there’s a bad play, miscommunication, or something just doesn’t go your way, move on! Coaches want to see that you can learn and grow IN THAT MOMENT, so get your next ball mentality locked in when you step on the court.

Be Flexible, But Do What You Do Well

You’re a DS and they need someone to quickly hit on the outside? You’re a setter and they need someone to fill in the middle? Be helpful and flexible, show off some versatility. However, when you get a chance to do what you signed up for, do it well! Being a great team player is necessary, so when you have the opportunity to execute in the position you’re trying out for, maximize that opportunity. 

Finish Every Play And HUSTLE

Try not to walk through free balls, get to a ball late, and just generally play lazy volleyball. It’s a TRY OUT. You have to TRY! Hustle to the spot, run while you’re shagging, and finish every play until the ball is down or you move onto the next drill. Coaches will notice your effort and desire.

These are just a few of the things you can do at Rev tryouts to get yourself noticed! Learn more on our website and get registered!