Club Policies and Guidelines

Club volleyball is competitive volleyball. This means that playing time will not be equal for every player.  Players and
parents must understand this from the beginning for a competitive volleyball team to be successful. Your club fees pay for
coaching, facilities, equipment and uniforms. Tournament playing time is bonus and is at the sole discretion of the coach.

Many teams experience difficulties as the season progresses due to the issue of playing time.  We ask that parents not
discuss the issue of more playing time with their child because it affects the player’s attitude. Athletes become less coach-
able if parents begin to discuss their concerns and/or frustrations with their child. If there is a concern and/or frustration, we
ask that parents set up a time to speak with the coach and/or club director. The issue will not be discussed at a tournament
or practice, or in front of any other players or parents.  Parents who confront the coach in an angry or hostile manner, or at
a tournament or practice, will be subject to expulsion from the club with no refund of fees.

The following guidelines explain how we will treat the sensitive issue of playing time:

1. Playing time will not be equal for all players. Although the fees are the same for every player, playing time will not be
equal. Playing time is at the sole discretion of the coach. All teams will follow this guideline.

2. Practices will provide constant opportunities for player development. Players are expected to attend all practices, pay
attention and work hard.  The Swarm understands that players may become frustrated. However, player work ethic and
mental focus are key to self improvement. Players who attend practices on a consistent basis will have a better opportunity
for more game time as they will be more familiar with the coach, their team mates and the overall team strategy. However,
please remember that playing time is at the sole discretion of the coach.

3. Winning occurs through mental attitude and physical ability. If players do not believe they can win, they will never win.
Winning requires a positive attitude towards the game, the coach, and teammates.  Playing time may be adjusted for
attitude and skills performance at both practices and games.

4. The Swarm will coach to win. This means putting the strongest team on the court during a tournament, and in particular,
during the playoff portion (bracket play) of a tournament.  We recognize that playing time is important to individual player
improvement. However, the coach must balance player improvement with a winning strategy.  During a tournament, the
winning strategy will take precedence. During practice, player improvement is will be the emphasis.

5. Players should discuss playing time issues with the coach.  Players are ultimately responsible for their improvement.
They need to understand what they need to improve upon to get more playing time.  Players have the opportunity to learn
how to discuss improvement with the coach and to obtain feedback on their performance. Our coaching staff is open to
teaching players how to work with people in position of authority.

6. Parents should not confront the coach regarding playing time issues. If the player has discussed the issue with the
coach and parents are not satisfied, a meeting will be scheduled with the player (as appropriate), the parents, and the
coach.  The issue will not be discussed at a tournament or practice, or in front of any other players or parents. Any
parent/guardian who confronts the coach or club representative in an angry or hostile manner - at a tournament or
practice, will be subject to expulsion from the club (player and parent) with no refund of fees.

These guidelines are important in setting clear expectations for both parents and players. They will help everyone to have
a positive experience during the club volleyball season