Skills Training for the 2015 Club Season

Get ready for some cool changes at the EDGE this season! We added some great coaches for the older age groups. Among these are two coaches who competed regularly at Junior Nationals. One of whom has coached a girls club team to a medal in Open Division.

A New Approach to Skills:
After receiving a thorough evaluation, each athlete is placed into one of four divisions for their primary position. This breakout gives them an environment in which to grow and compete with athletes of a similar skill level rather than just based upon position and/or age. This kind of learning is proven to be more creative, competitive, and collaborative; aiding both skills development and maturity.

Evaluations for the 2014 season must be completed by October 26th. Please check with Jim if you need more info on makeups.

These training sessions will be held on two different days during the week. Divisions 1 and 2 will be on Mondays. Divisions 3 and 4 currently are on Saturdays. We will place the athletes into divisions and positions the week of Oct 26th. Based on the break-down, we will get schedules out that week. There will likely be some movement in divisions and some positions during the first couple of weeks as we settle in. So it is possible that your athlete will move either times or day in the first weeks. These sessions are a part of the mandatory practice schedule for each athlete (14 and above).

Each session will be 1.5 hours long. Sessions include strength and agility training, detailed skills training, and competitive drills. The division 1 and 2 sessions will also include time spent on preparation, personal accountability, and understanding personal mentality and how it affects them. Divisions 3 and 4 will be more focused on intentional touches, skills and positional repetitions, and efficiency of skill execution.

This kind of foundational training is key in higher level athletics and allows for more efficient use of time during team practices. We are confident that it will enhance your athlete’s experience at The EDGE, as
well as her path for years to come.

Weekend Training Sessions!

Join EDGE Skills Coach Brett Cherry every Saturday and Sunday for position-specific skills improvement. Brett leads a progressive set of lessons that are designed to promote mental focus, purpose-driven movement, and effective techniqe.

While you dont have to play for The EDGE to attend, these advanced sessions are designed to engage and challenge club-level players. Players should have excellent ball control, and a solid command of the skill they are there to refine.

The clinics are value-priced to cost less than a private lesson for longer sessions with a small group. Players who progress through the clinics will get small-group attention, max-reps, and will progress into a game-like situation using our clinic overlap.

Each individual position session has a fee of $25. Or do both of the day’s sessions for $40.
Saturday:

  • 2-3:30pm – SETTING Session – This hour and a half will be specific to setters – technique detail and strategy.
  • 3-4:30pm – HITTING Session – This hour and a half will be specific to hitters – technique detail and strategy.
  • These sessions overlap so that setters get 30 minutes setting live hitters

Sunday:

  • 2:30-4pm – HITTING Session – This hour and a half will be specific to hitters – technique detail and strategy.
  • 3:30-5pm – DEFENSE Session – This hour and a half will be specific to defense – technique detail and reading and anticipating hitters and setters.
  • These sessions overlap so that defensive players get 30 minutes digging and reading against live hitters

You can Register here. However, walk-ins are welcome.

Want to Play Club Volleyball? Come to Open Gym!

Tryouts are over. But we are still recruiting players for our 12s, 13s, and 14s. If you’re interested in playing club this season, come to our open gyms. Players get the use of both of our courts to just play. Whether it’s Queen of the Court, Doubles, 6-on-6, 4s, Activate, Vortex, or whatever they decide! On top of that, players who show a command of technique, court acumen, and easy chemistry with our players are often offered spots in the club (sometimes it takes more than one visit)!

Open Gym is EVERY Saturday evening from 5pm-7pm for the rest of October. Even if you don’t want to play club, or already play club somewhere else (once we know, we’ll leave you alone), you’ll be welcome to drop in for FREE and have fun!

  • What: Open Gym!
  • When: Every Saturday 5pm-7pm for the rest of October
  • Where: The EDGE Volleyball Club facility – 3400 S Federal Blvd, Sheridan, CO 80110 (next door to Napa Auto Parts)
  • Why: Because who doesn’t love two hours of free, just-play volleyball?

Gold Crown Practices and Open Gym this Weekend

Tonight, Friday, October 10, Columbine 6th Silver and Lakewood Incognito 8th Silver will practice from 7:15pm – 9:15pm.

Tomorrow, Saturday October 11, Columbine 6th Silver and Lakewood Incognito 8th Silver will practice from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

ALL players are welcome to come to our open gym from 5pm-7pm every Saturday night at the EDGE!

And as always, practice and game schedules are up to date on our Gold Crown Calendar

Gold Crown Practice Change

This week, practices will be a bit different. Please see below. And we now have an ALL GOLD CROWN CALENDAR page that will be up to date:

Monday, September 29: No Practices

Tuesday, September 30: No Practices

Wednesday, October 1: Practice from 7pm – 9pm for the following:
Bear Creek 8th – Gold
Lakewood 8th – Gold
Dakota Ridge 7th Maroon – Gold, (Lightning)
Columbine 7th – Silver (Thunder)

Thursday, October 2: No Practices

Friday, October 3: Practice from 7pm – 9pm for the following:
Lakewood Incognito 8th – Silver
Columbine 6th – Silver

Saturday, October 4: Practice for the following:
8:00AM – 10:00AM:
Columbine 7th – Silver (Thunder)
Dakota Ridge 7th Maroon – Gold (Lightning)

10:00AM – 12:00PM:
Lakewood 8th – Gold
Bear Creek 8th – Gold

Sorry for the inconvenience.

EDGE Gold Crown Teams: Week 1

Week one of the 2014 Gold Crown season is in the books. While half of our teams ended up with a match they’d like back, none of our teams were just outplayed. And all of our teams came away with a win. Here’s how week one went:

Columbine 6th Grade (Silver Division): 1-1
[Team Thunder]:Columbine 7th Grade (Silver Division): 2-0
[Team Lightening]:Dakota Ridge 7th Grade Maroon (Gold Division): 1-1
Lakewood 8th Grade (Gold Division): 2-0
Lakewood Incognito* 8th Grade (Silver Division): 1-1
Bear Creek 8th Grade (Gold Division): 2-0

*Gold Crown accidentally gave the Lakewood 8th Silver team Bear Creek jerseys.

There is a change to the practice schedule this week so keep your eye on the Gold Crown page!

Gold Crown Weekend 9/27 and 9/28

First Week of Games! Sunday, September 28

  • Columbine 6th Grade Silver – 4 pm & 5 pm on Court 1
  • Columbine 7th Grade Silver – 1 pm & 3 pm on Court 8
  • Dakota Ridge 7th Grade Gold – 9 am & 11 am on Court 2
  • Lakewood 8th Grade Silver – 8 am & 10 am on Court 5
  • Lakewood 8th Grade Gold – 2 pm & 4 pm on Court 3
  • Bear Creek 8th Grade Gold – 9 am & 10 am on Court 4

Please be there 1/2 hour prior to game start. If parents would like to get a snack schedule together we can do that as well. Games are held at the Gold Crown Fieldhouse: 150 S Harlan St, Lakewood, CO 80226

ALL GAMES are posted on the calendar along with a map link to the field house.


Optional Scrimmages! Saturday, September 27

Please arrive a few minutes early so we can be in gear and warming up on time. Scrimmages will be held at the EDGE practice facility:

3400 S Federal Blvd, Sheridan, CO 80110

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
6th Grade Columbine vs Rocky Select
7th Grade Columbine vs Rocky Select

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
7th Grade Gold Dakota Ridge Maroon vs Cherry Creek

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
8th Grade Lakewood Gold vs Cherry Creek
8th Grade Lakewood Silver vs Cherry Creek
8th Grade Bear Creek Gold vs Cherry Creek

These are not mandatory but its a great opportunity.

CORRECTED: New Tryout Times – Same Days

CORRECTION: Apologies – in an earlier post, tryout days were listed as being in August. They are still in September on the 20th and 27th.

EDGE Club Tryouts, originally scheduled from 6pm to 8pm on Saturdays, September 20 and 27 will be rescheduled one hour earlier to 5pm to 7pm on those same days.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND that we are filling teams via our Open Gyms. Many teams are full. So there will be a select few open positions on many teams. And we’ll likely be looking at a specific position for those teams. So we highly encourage anyone who wants to play to come in to our Open Gyms!

5 Million Gmail accounts hacked – passwords leaked

Hi EDGE families. It’s Coach Walter, here. For those of you who don’t know what I do when I’m not coaching, I am a software engineer with experience in web and information security. Yes, it’s true that over 5 million gmail accounts have been hacked. But DON’T use the “isleaked” site first released on the blogoshpere to confirm if your account has been compromised. NEVER check your account on a site that request that you put in your username and password to check if it was compromised. That’s just a trap to steal your identity – which is what I’m guessing that isLeaked site was doing. If you used the isLeaked page, you’ve likely created a new leak. CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD IMMEDIATELY! No matter what haveibeenpwned.com or knowem.com says. To safely check your account, use https://haveibeenpwned.com or http://securityalert.knowem.com. Or even better, just change your gmail passwords along with any other account assoicated to your gmail where you used the same password. Please feel free to share.