+1.402.213.4644 (Deb Grafentin-Director/Youth Programs)

+1.402.203.2135 (Krista Barr-Director/Adult Programs)

+1.402.658.9300 (Tori Lee-Director/Marketing & Advertising) +1.402.578.7834 (Katrina Ahl-Office Administrator)

11934 Portal Rd, Omaha, NE  68128

To the parents of "our clients"

We have a variety of programs starting from the youngest/least experienced to the oldest/more experienced levels.

  • Li'l Diggers and Little Spikers (Kindergarten-4th grade)
  • All Skill Training (offered as early as 3rd grade up to 12th grade)
  • Beach/Sand Training  (offered as early as 5th grade up to 12th grade)
    • Late Spring/Summer Sand Leagues
  • Camps (offered as early as 3rd grade up to 12th grade)
  • Schools (offered as early as 2nd grade up to 12th grade)
  • Leagues (offered as early as 3rd grade up to 10th grade)
    • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter (indoor leagues)
  • Intermediate Spikers (boys volleyball 5th-8th grade)
  • Advanced Spikers (boys volleyball 9th-12th grade)

All programs have "overlapping" grades. Each participant enters volleyball at a level that may be different from someone else their age.  Factors that are important in deciding where to place or start your child depends on:

  • Physical skill (coordination, agility, strength, quickness)
  • Attention span/focus (their ability to listen to instruction, incorporate this in drills or competition)
  • Maturity level (their ability to take feedback, move through drills smoothly without interfering with others, understanding when to speak up and when NOT to speak up)
  • Assertiveness/Confidence (Being assertive is a direct association of having confidence, being too aggressive can be a hindrance for learning and working with others)
  • Sports IQ/Volleyball IQ (knowledge of sports in general and knowledge of volleyball itself)

Each child is ready for entering a program based on the above.  When entering at the younger ages most enter programs based on what their friends are doing.  In your early grade levels of school, the majority of kids the same age are primarily placed in the same grade.Yet, kids read at different levels, do math at different levels, and understand at different rates. Studies have shown that the physical size of a 3rd grader can range from the "size of a kindergartner to a 6th grader".

When entering football programs, players are divided by weight.  You would not want a 100LB 4th grader tackling your 50LB'er, or vice versa.

Enter your child at the program you think they are ready for.  If they are above that program we will approach you and let you know we think they should move up to a more challenging program.  If you are not sure if they are ready, ask us and we will let you know where they stand at this point and what they need to do to progress successfully.

We believe it is not fair to place a participant into a level that is too high for them.  It is setting them up for failure after failure.  If they do not have the physical skills to keep up they will fall behind. What we are aware of is when anyone performs a physical skill in a practice or competition it is in front of others.  Those can be just peers, or peers and parents, or peers, parents, and strangers. All who are there can "witness" the skill.  Each can judge it.  Yet, when taking a math test no one else knows your results unless you share them. Each individual "performs" in their own way, at their own speed, in their own time.  So, physical development is different for each person.

Advancing through our programs