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VISION Elite Hurricane wins VM Premier Tournament

VISION Elite Tournament Results

By VISION Elite Club Director 03/02/2019, 11:15pm CST

VISION Elite wins 13U, 14U & 15U Volleyball Manitoba Premier Tournaments

VISION Elite teams off to an excellent start by winning Volleyball Manitoba 13U, 14U & 15U Premier Tournaments.

VISION Elite Rage and VISION Elite 16s have also enjoyed some early season success with a number of teams just missing the podium. With VISION Elite teams regularly getting stronger as the season moves along, we fully expect more positive results from our high performance teams.

For complete results on VISION Elite teams see our
 2019 Results page.

Vision U16 Week 2

By Assistant Coach 01/21/2019, 11:14am CST

“'Never make any judgements on individual players or the team after the first day or week of training'

They say that first impressions are important but they also say don’t jump to conclusions.  At the beginning of every pre season, there is always some player who has worked hard in the break and arrives in mid season form.  And there is always some player who arrives out of shape who looks like she has never touched a volleyball before.  Most players of course fall somewhere in between.

An experienced coach knows that the first week has exactly zero predictive power for the performance of either the team or individuals.  So sit back, and observe how different players react to training (and each other).  After a couple of weeks you will start to notice that many of those initial observations were not accurate, or very useful.  ~Mark Lebedew"

As some of you parents might have noticed while sitting at practice (which is always open and welcome...just make sure you bring me a Earl Grey tea 1 milk...) coach Ben and Luc have really been drilling the fundamentals down with all of our girls. Passing, footwork, footwork, passing... Especially in the passing part of the game, as that is more than half of the game right there. We have 14 practices left before our first tournament (Feb 15-16), and in the coming weeks the speed and intensity of the practices will be a little higher in tempo. I will mentally prepare them for their tasks. We as a coaching staff are aiming to put the girls in the best position to play their strengths while encouraging them to reach a little farther from their comfort zone to expand their repertoire as volleyball players.

I'd like all the parents on this team, to let your girls know that the coaching staff recognizes their hard work. I'd also like to give a big shout out to Mackenzie's mom, Tracey, for hosting the team get together. I'm glad the girls got together in that they develop a strong sense of team and foster a lasting friendship.

Last Notes: We have 2 out of towner's in March with a back to back weekend out in Brandon. So don't forget to book your hotel. Big shout out to our team manager Dion for getting the hotel rooms reserved and all of our tournaments booked for the team. If some parent's can't make it with their daughter's let's start getting coordination with rides and boarding in the next couple of weeks. This will be my 3rd year travelling to Brandon for a tournament and these are always fun, as much for the parents as it is for the girls. 

Have a great week.
Ruben Cervantes

~not a sociology major

Vision U16 Week 1

By Assistant Coach 01/14/2019, 10:30am CST

January 14, 2019

Hello Vision U16 Parents

Our club completed the first week of practice. For many of the new athletes that are new to our team, they are acclimatizing to new teammates and a new methodology in techniques specific in volleyball. Coach Ben and Luc have been working with the athletes on the foundation skills of footwork, setting, and passing with very little line hitting as we feel all the girls need to develop footwork and footspeed first before we start doing hitting. We believe in training in the proper sequences to develop all the players with the sufficient skillsets to become proficient on the court.

We sent out journals (2 each) to all the athletes and we asked them to outline their personal and team goals for the season. We feel that having the girls state their goals (personal/team) will help them focus on long-term achievements and helps us coaches measure progress throughout the season. We also have the girls write out what they did during the week's practice and how they felt and what they've observed among their team mates and themselves. On Sunday, the girls would hand in their completed journal and continue with second journal for the following week. They would rotate and the coaches will review and comment on all the journals handed in.

We sent out a SportsEngine notice to do an optional Wednesday practice this week at Carpathia. The main reason for the practice is, because we are working on fundamentals, we want to get in some practice time to prepare for our first Tournament, Premiere Feb 15-16 (One Month away!!). Our goal this week is to get the girls more proficient with the foundation skills so we can start moving forward with positional play as we get ready for the competition phase of our season. Please RSVP so we have an idea of head count and preparing a practice plan.


Strengthening Team Trust:

Team chemistry is such an elusive thing. It lies at the very core of successful team performance. I find that it is more important than the skill base of a team. Every athlete brings to the table a uniquely different personality. 

Each player deals with frustration differently, responds optimally to different motivational techniques and each player sees a different path to resolving interpersonal conflicts. All coaches must tirelessly attempt to acquire the skills to identify these differences and to unify everyone around a common set of ground rules. Hence the team handbook, the journals and our player advocate, and team manager.

I learned the process of cultivating skills required to resolve conflicts actually draws a team together, even if a total solution is never reached. Just getting a full commitment to the process is generally enough. 

And with this last point, Mackenzie's mom, Tracey has sent out an invitation to a team get together for Jan 19, at 4:30 pm. Just getting the girls together not talking volleyball and learning a little about each other will help foster that team trust which in turn will power them through tough moments on the court or help sweeten that winning feeling when our team comes out on top. 

Have a good week.

Ruben Cervantes

Not a sociology major...