Vienna Elite will be fielding a team of (10 to 12)* highly skilled U12 players. Tryouts will be open to any players who qualify by age. The team will be selected based purely on the level of talent and ability. Our U12 program is expected to be one of the most rigorous training programs in the Region. The team is expected to be a competitive "OPEN" level team which will compete in CHRVA tournaments as well as selected multi-day tournaments. (Refer to tentative schedule) Towards the end of the season, the team will also compete in selected U13 tournaments as Vienna Elite 13-2 (after Regionals in April).
In addition to the posted tournament schedule, the U12 team will compete in the Fairfax County Spring Travel League against other club teams in order to increase game experience for all players including practice players*.
The U12 team is expected to practice twice per week with players encouraged to participate in optional setting, hitting, DS/Libero clinics to be offered by the club or arrange private lessons with Vienna Elite coaches whenever possible. During the training months of November and December as well as on non-tournament weekends from January thru May, the Club may hold "Academy" which will focus on specific skills (i.e. serving, passing, setting, team defense etc). Academy will be run by special instructors or by Vienna Elite coaches.
Our club strives to be the best club in Northern Virginia when considering competitiveness of teams, level of coaching, club fees, number of tournaments and overall access to court time. Our players love to play volleyball and want to compete at a high level!
* At the discretion of the club 1 or 2 "practice players" will be considered depending on the circumstances of the team. Practice players will not participate in any matches or tournaments unless specifically called upon by the Head Coach. Practice players will participate in the Spring Travel League.
Nikkisha Walker (USA Volleyball IMPACT and CAP I Certified) started playing volleyball at the age of 12 when she was in Hawaii. She moved to Northern, VA and started playing for Battlefield High school where she made the Varsity team as a freshman. She started playing club volleyball her junior year for Club Ichiban. She received a 4-year scholarship to play volleyball at Virginia State University from 2009-2013. She was Captain of the Volleyball Team from 2010-2013 and was named to CIAA All-Conference Team in 2013. Upon graduation, she took on the Freshman Head Coach position at George C. Marshall High School, and currently, she is the Head Coach for the JV team at the Flint Hill School.
Coach Walker was the assistant coach of the Vienna Elite U16 team for two seasons. She is now entering her third season as Head coach of the Vienna Elite U12 team. Each season she has lead her 12's team to a third or fourth place finish at the CHRVA Open Regionals. Her team finished the season ranked No.1 out of all of the Northern Virginia clubs and fifth in the CHRVA region.
Coach Nikki loves coaching and being involved with athletes who are serious about volleyball whether it be the beginning stages or at the more advanced levels. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge with the advanced players at Vienna Elite. Contact: email@example.com
Thai Nguyen (USA Volleyball IMPACT and CAP I certified) is a 30 year resident of Northern Virginia and has played competitive volleyball for more than 25 years in USAV, grass and indoor tournaments. Thai's passion for volleyball led him to coach various recreational teams over the years. In 2015, he expanded his coaching experience by working with youth through the McLean Youth Volleyball organization and, during the 2016 season, he served as an assistant coach for the McLean High School JV Girls team. Thai returns as the Assistant Coach of U12 for his second season. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
|DATE||LOCATION||TIME||EVENT||GYM CONFLICTS||SPECIAL NOTES|
|Mondays||The Campus 100 Powers Ct., Sterling, VA 20166||5:15pm to 7pm||Team Practice|
|Wednesdays||The Campus 100 Powers Ct., Sterling, VA 20166||5:15pm to 7pm||Team Practice|
|Wednesdays||TBD||TBD||Fairfax Travel League|
|1/13 & 1/14 (Sat & Sun)||MD JRS MLK 2 day Tournament||MD JRS Ctr, Jessup, MD||Completed||Third Place|
|1/20 (Sat)||MD JRS 12 Mixed||MD JRS Sports Ct, Jessup, MD||Completed||Gold Bracket participant|
|2/3 (Sat)||Columbia 12 Open||Volleyball House, Elkridge, MD||Completed|
|2/11 (Sun)||MD JRS 12 Open||MD JRS Sports Ctr, Jessup, MD||Completed|
|2/17 - 2/19 (Sat-Mon)||Capitol Hill Classic||Washington DC||Completed||17th overall|
|3/3 (Sat)||Columbia 12 Open||Volleyball House, Elkridge, MD||Completed||Silver Bracket Finalist!|
|3/18 (Sun)||MVSA 12 Open||Discovery Sports Ctr, Boyds, MD||Completed||Gold Bracket|
|3/24 (Sat)||Vienna Elite Inv 12's (Open)||The Campus, Sterling, VA||Completed||Gold Bracket|
|4/6 - 4/8 (Fri - Sun)||Northeast Qualifier (NEQ)||Philadelphia, PA||Completed|
|4/14 (Sat)||CHRVA Regionals 12 (OPEN)||MD JRS Sports Ctr, Jessup, MD||Completed||Third in Region|
|4/22 (Sun)||Columbia 12 Mixed||Meadowbrook Athletic Complex, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane Ellicott City, MD 21043||Completed|
|5/6 (Sun)||Vienna Elite Inv 12's (Open)||The Campus, Sterling, VA||Completed||Gold Medalist|
|5/20 (Sun)||Vienna Elite Inv 14/13 (Mixed)||The Campus, Sterling, VA||TBD|
|5/26 - 5/28 (Sat-Mon)||East Coast Championships||Pittsburgh, PA||Accepted|
|6/25 - 7/4||USAV Nationals||Detroit, MI||Must Qualify|
The U12 team is expected to play in 5 or 6 Local CHRVA tournaments from the listed above. Once the CHRVA tournament schedule is published, selections will be made and more details will be provided.