Vail Daily Bizwatch: Vail Volleyball Club
Vail, CO Colorado
Location: Eagle County
Date opened: Sept 1
Director: Karl Talcott
What goods or services do you provide? Vail Volleyball Club, for 12- through 18-year-old female athletes, is a USA Volleyball-sanctioned club volleyball program registered with the Rocky Mountain Region and accredited by USA Volleyball.
The Vail Volleyball Club program accommodates a variety of abilities and levels of ambition. National-level teams cater to the most competitive athletes with the highest level of commitment who aspire to play at the college level and for whom volleyball is their main sport. The regional level is for players who expect to make their high school varsity team and who want to improve their volleyball skills, but may be committed to play other sports. Local teams are for those who enjoy the sport, but are OK with just getting some practice time and a few matches. There is something for everyone with this comprehensive set of offerings.
What’s new or exciting at your place? This past summer, two long-time club local club volleyball programs combined forces to create Vail Volleyball Club. This offers local athletes a consolidated set of resources to further benefit their overall development and progression in the sport. With that in mind, Vail Volleyball Club has procured training sites throughout Eagle County, including Eagle Valley High School, Eagle Valley Middle School, WECMRD Field House, Battle Mountain High School, Berry Creek Middle School, Homestake Peak School/Vail Rec District Dowd Facility, and Vail Mountain School.
Tryouts start soon. Athletes must attend at least one of the three tryout sessions (A, B, and/or C) available in their age group. For updates, visit vailvolleyball.org/calendar.
• 12s, 13s and 14s: (A) Oct. 23, 2-4 p.m. at Eagle Valley High School; (B) Oct. 30, 12-2 p.m. at Eagle Valley Middle School; (C) Nov. 6, 12-2 p.m. at Battle Mountain High School.
• 15s: (A) Oct. 30, 3-6 p.m. at Eagle Valley Middle School; (B) Nov. 6, 3-6 p.m. at Battle Mountain High School; (C) Nov. 13, 12-2 p.m., location to be determined.
• 16s and 17s: (A) Nov. 13, 4-6 p.m., location to be determined; (B) Nov. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Eagle Valley Middle School; (C) Nov. 19, 10 a.m. -12 p.m., location to be determined.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? At our top competitive tiers, we offer a one to six coach/player ratio as we employ two coaches per team at the regional and national levels. We also compete in the USAV Rocky Mountain Region Power League, which allows the teams and athletes to push their competitive abilities to a maximum level. Within our club, we focus on training techniques that combine high repetitions with advanced levels of skill mentoring. Our coaches’ training program continually re-educates and upgrades the methods that coaches utilize in training situations under the supervision and guidance of our professional lead coaches and director.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? We firmly believe in the overall development of the athlete as a thoughtful, technically skilled and tactically competitive volleyball player while they develop into someone who will always strive to achieve maximum physical and personal potential. We do this by providing the absolute best training and coaching in a competitive, up-tempo atmosphere with an encouraging, intense and positive teaching style.
The director, Karl Talcott, who has a proven record of building winning programs and individual athletic achievement in Colorado and nationwide, brings to bear his decades of coaching experience and trains athletes in a program that provides a consistent progression of teaching the skills of volleyball within each age division, and will create a more competitive practice environment and promote the development of individual skill and team concepts.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: The well-rounded coaching staff of Vail Volleyball Club collectively brings hundreds of seasons of coaching and volleyball experience to this program. Each individual’s passion for playing and coaching the sport will no doubt be infectious and a benefit to every participant. Karl Talcott himself has an extensive coaching resume. View more coaching staff information at: http://vailvolleyball.org/staff.