Boston UVC 

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our

mission

Empowering youth athletes through the sport of volleyball 

Our goal is to provide a safe environment for Junior volleyball athletes to develop strong fundamental skills, build character, and gain confidence as responsible friends, teammates, and leaders in our community. 

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why uvC

1. Pod Training 

We believe Pod Training is the best method to give players the unique opportunity to maximize court time, ball touches, coach interactions, and game strategy. 

  • Players are intermixed across all teams & move through stations that focus on skill-specific and positional training - which are run by coaches that typically have an expertise in that area

  • Skills improvement happens faster and more consistently across the club

  • Players have the chance to work with different coaches & coaching styles

  • Coaches who specialize in specific skills are able to develop players on all teams, instead of just their own team, and help further develop/perfect players technique

  • Players are able to get to know other members of the club and develop more friendships 

2. Character Development 

We focus not just on athletics and skills improvement, but also character development, sportsmanship, and what it means to be a good teammate (for both players and parents!)

  • Players receive team binders which include goal setting, short stories, nutritional advice, etc. 

  • Parents receive UVC Code of Conduct handouts and have access to all player materials 

3. Strength & Conditioning  ​

Strength & conditioning sessions are held for teams throughout the season in an effort to improve balance, speed and agility, verticals, and overall strength 

4. Competitive Play

Competitive play takes place at every single practice. With so many teams and such competitive depth, scrimmaging across teams mimics real match scenarios. Competitive play gives players the opportunity to improve their skills by "playing up" against older or more experienced teams, work on game strategy, and translate our skill and positional training to a game setting. 

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Training Philosophy

Pod Training 

 

Every age group trains in a “POD”. There is an age group Director who sets the training and goals for all teams during their training sessions and season.

Within this POD/Training time, all teams and coaches work to maximize court time, ball touches, coach interactions, and game strategy. This also allows players to train in specific positions and with coaches who have specific skill sets and experience, and maximum exposure to learn the skills needed to succeed and grow in volleyball.

 

We train to develop all-around volleyball players who can grow and develop along with their changing physical skill sets and court sense throughout their playing careers.

Weekly Training Schedule: 

National Teams: 1 pod training skill practice, 1 pod training positional practice, 1 competition day

Regional Teams/Boys Teams: 1 pod training skill practice, 1 pod training positional practice/competitive day 

Academy Teams: 1 pod training skill practice 

Time commitment

Practices

All players on all teams are trained with the same skills and drills. Our goal is to train at a higher level for all players and teams. Practice times & locations vary by team. Boston UVC's main training facility is Cambridge School of Weston in Weston, MA

 

  • National teams: Practice 3X/week for 1.5-2hrs depending on the team

  • Regional & Boys teams: Practice 2X/week for 1.5-2hrs depending on the team 

  • Academy teams: Practice 1X/week for 1.5hrs

  • Practices begin in mid October for the Boys teams & mid November for the girls teams 

    • Boys Schedule: Mid-October through Mid-March​

    • Academy Girls Schedule: December through April

    • Regional Girls Schedule: Mid-November through April 

    • National Girls Schedule: Mid-November through May 

Tournaments
  • There are typically 1-2 tournaments each month

  • Single-day tournaments last 1/2 the day, usually with the AM Wave starting at 8AM and ending around 3PM and the PM wave starting at 3PM and ending around 9PM

  • Multi-day tournaments are usually divided into two sessions – morning and afternoon. The morning session starts at 8AM and concludes around 2 or 3PM. The afternoon session starts at 3PM and concludes around 8 or 9PM.  

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Tournaments & Games

Tournament Timing & Scheduling 
  • Club volleyball is arranged by age groups and tournaments are held on weekends. Most local tournaments are one-day events held in the Greater Boston area, and most regional or national tournaments are either two-or three-day events.

  • Each day of a tournament typically has 2 waves. Wave 1 starts 8AM and ends around 3PM and Wave 2 starts at 3PM and ends around 9PM.

  • Tournament information, including gym location and start times primarily, depends upon the respective tournament director. Due to team cancellations, tournament schedules are not set until the week prior. Most tournament directors inform the team coach by the Wednesday immediately preceding the weekend's tournament. Once our club receives tournament information, it is shared with the coaches and then the team. 

  • Many multi-day tournaments are divided into a morning pool & an afternoon pool. Teams will be seeded into a pool and play at that time for the first two days of pool play. The second day of pool play depends on the results of the first day. The last day of the tournament will be bracket play. Most bracket play is double elimination. If a team loses, they are done playing although they should expect to assist officiating one match, and then they are free to leave.

  • UVC will provide teams with their tournament schedule for the year at the start of the season 

What to Expect + Bring at Tournaments
  • A typical tournament day starts at 7:15 am when the doors open or 2:15 pm (for afternoon waves). Players warm-up and get ready for pool play which starts at 8:00 am. Each division is divided into two pools of 4 teams. Each team will play the other three teams in their pool (best 2 out of 3 games). A team will usually have one or two matches they have to referee and at least one match they are off during pool play. Pool play can last until 1:00 or 2:00 pm. Then, based on the morning pool play results, the eight teams are seeded into two brackets (championship & consolation). Day 2 is typically double elimination bracket play. Expect to referee after your last match. 

  • Players must bring their complete uniform to all tournaments. This includes all jerseys, extra shirts, spandex, socks, shoes, ankle braces, and knee pads. Anticipate not being able to leave the gym for food. Some locations have concessions but it is best to bring a full day's supply of food & water. Healthy foods & snacks are the best. Please note that some tournaments do not allow parents and players to bring outside food into the venue.  It's always best for parents to arrange food for the team.   Typically a "team parent" will help coordinate what food needs will be for each tournament and enlist the help of all other parents.  

  • Families are responsible for getting players to events. Players and families frequently carpool and share travel duties. Club administrators frequently coordinate arrangements when traveling to weekend tournaments. Most teams will stay in the same hotel and participate in an organized team bonding time (usually a team dinner).

Who we are

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Scott Grandpre

Founder

Coach Grandpre is recognized as one of the most influential volleyball coaches in the New England area. He wears a number of hats including Head Volleyball Coach at Simmons University, Director of New England AAU Volleyball, and Director of the Nike Volleyball Camps at Simmons University. Coach Grandpre has played and coached Division 1 Volleyball. He is in charge of strategically developing the skills portion of all of our programs and serves as a master coach for most practices during the season.

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Caitlyn vann

Club Director 

Caitlyn oversees all aspects of UVC and is the point of contact for general club questions. 

 

Caitlyn is a former Division I libero and professional volleyball player with over 11 years coaching experience. She won 4 State Championships and a National Championship at the high school level, was an All-American OH and Hall of Fame Athlete, played on the USAV Youth & Junior National Team, received a full-ride scholarship as a libero at the University of Missouri, played professionally overseas, and coached at the Division I level at DePaul University and Cal Berkeley. Prior to joining UVC she coached in St. Louis, MO where she also ran a nonprofit that provided free after-school volleyball training for low income girls. 

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