Jim McLaughlin Joins EliteVBTC as a Coaching Consultant

(Plain City, OH) – Integrity Athletics, home to Elite Volleyball Training Center, is proud to announce the addition of Jim McLaughlin to our team as a Volleyball Coaching Consultant.

McLaughlin has coached both Women’s and Men’s collegiate volleyball, and won a NCAA National Title in each. He was the head coach for the USC Trojans Men’s Volleyball Team where they earned a National Title in 1989-1990. He also led the Women’s Volleyball team at the University of Washington to a National Championship in 2005. His 14 years with the Huskies resulted in NCAA national semifinal trips in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2013. After success at these programs, he finished his collegiate coaching career at Notre Dame.

You can learn more about McLaughlin at the following links:

Jim McLaughlin’s 2021 AVCA Hall of Fame Video

Jim McLaughlin’s Wikipedia Page

We are excited to have Jim McLaughlin in the gym as a consultant. He will be helping us develop a curriculum for our coaches that will allow us to progress a young athlete to a collegiate bound athlete. The goal is to help our staff better understand what milestones need to be met at every year of development.

McLaughlin will also be a great resource to our staff as we continue to guide our athletes through the collegiate recruitment process. We have been helping athletes since 2007 find the right college or University to fit her personality, goals, and needs. The goal is to guide EliteVBTC athletes to use volleyball as a tool to become a great adult. To date, Elite Volleyball Training Center has helped earn $15,050,000.00 in scholarships for our athletes. With McLaughlin’s background, his feedback is only going to make that process for each of our athletes better.

With McLaughlin’s help we plan to not only help our athletes better themselves on the court physically, but mentally. His guidance will help our staff with communicating with each athlete to get the most out of each personality. We also plan to use his curriculum to offer Coaches Clinics in the near future to help our volleyball community continue to progress the game to the next level.

Join us in welcoming Jim McLaughlin when you see him in the gym. He will be part of the Elite Volleyball Training Center for the next few months.

Club Volleyball?

New to the Team for 2022

Early Contracts

Beach Volleyball has begun and the indoor club volleyball season is coming to an end. Most athletes seem to be glad for the change of scenery with Beach Volleyball. However, with the indoor club volleyball season wrapping up for the year, there are a few things you should be aware of going into the Summer months.

In the Ohio Valley Region, clubs affiliated with USA Volleyball are permitted to offer contracts to their current athletes for next years club season. The window of opportunity for clubs to distribute these early contracts is June 1 through July 31. There are some things you should know before signing a contract to any club:  

  • Clubs can offer early contracts to current club members anytime between June 1 through July 31. At Elite Volleyball Training Center, we typically wait until a team is completely done with the season. This means 12 year old contracts may go out earlier than a 17 year old’s contract. 12’s teams are done in May but 17’s teams are done closer to July. If you do not hear from us by July 4, feel free to reach out to us if you have questions.
  • Clubs can designate their own deadline for when these early contracts must be accepted. Make sure you know when you need to get back to them with a response.
  • Some clubs ask for a deposit at the time of acceptance. This is a great way to get a head start on paying your club fees.
  • It is nearly impossible to nail down coaches for next years club season in June. Do not sign the contract just because of the coach designated to the team. Make sure you would be happy with the team even if that coach decides to not coach anymore.
  • Signing the contract means that you are committed to that club no matter what. The Ohio Valley Region states that these early contracts are binding. This means that you cannot attend another club’s tryout if you sign an early contract. Terminating your contract could lead to a club asking you for your fees in full before releasing you to play for another club. If unforeseen circumstances do arise, do not wait until after tryouts to discuss termination of a contract. Reach out to your club director before tryouts so the club has the best chance of finding a replacement for you.
  • Some clubs will offer contracts back to the club, but you will need to attend tryouts to determine what team you will make. Before signing this type of contract, make sure you can see yourself playing on the lowest level team listed within the club/contract. If you end up being placed on a higher level team at tryouts, consider that a benefit.
  • Only sign your contract if you feel that you are comfortable with the club. At Elite Volleyball Training Center, we will not hold it against any athlete if they choose to not accept their early contract.
  • It is not the end of the world if you do not receive a contract. Volleyball Clubs need to keep spaces open in case there are other athletes that want to change clubs. Plan to attend tryouts and fight for the spot you had last year.

Parents sometimes question why a club would hand out an early contract back to the club versus back to a specific team. For example, Suzy played for a local club on a 12 National team for the last season (a National team is typically the highest level team, and Regional is the lowest level team). Her club sends her an early contract on June 15 stating that she has been offered a spot to one of the three 13’s teams that the club will have for the upcoming season. By signing this contract Suzy, and her parents, are agreeing that she is ok with the possibility that she could move from a National team down to a Regional team. In short, she is agreeing that she understands that in order to keep her spot on the National team she is going to have to be one of the best in her position at tryouts. Clubs use this process to motivate their athletes to ensure they do not become complacent. Athletes should battle to not only earn their spot on the top, but also hold onto their current spot. Consider this contract as motivation to prove to that club that you deserve to be on the highest team.

In this situation, some parents and athletes will choose to not accept this contract. Just be aware that there is a chance that another athlete could come in to tryouts and take your daughter’s guaranteed spot in the club.

These early contracts are intended for the athlete that loves her current club and does not want to go through the stress of trying out for other clubs. At Elite Volleyball Training Center, we have had instances where athletes decided not to accept a contract and lost their spot to someone at tryouts. We understand it can be hard to commit to a program that does not start for another 5 or 6 months. However, declining a contract means you need to prepare to tryout at 3-5 different clubs in the fall.

Clubs in the Ohio Valley Region are going to offer early contracts regardless if they agree with the process or not. Make sure you educate yourself prior to signing anything. It is important that you know the best and worst case scenarios with signing an early contract. Do not think your club does not like you if you do not receive a contract. Reach out to your club and ask what you need to work on to stand out at tryouts. We want all our athletes to have a good experience from start to finish at Elite Volleyball Training Center. We are happy to answer any questions about early contracts even if you do not play for our club.

Spurlock and Smith Join Elite Volleyball Coaching Staff

Ben Spurlock and Alana Smith Join EliteVBTC Full-Time

Plain City, OH, September 2020 – Elite Volleyball Training Center and Integrity Athletics are proud to announce the addition of Ben Spurlock and Alana Smith to our Full-Time Volleyball Coaching Staff.

Ben Spurlock comes to EliteVBTC with extensive playing and volleyball coaching experience. He played for The Ohio State University Men’s Volleyball program from 2005-2009 where the team won the MIVA Conference and finished in the Final Four in 2005, 2008, and 2009. After playing, he went on to coach collegiately as an assistant coach for the Women’s Volleyball programs at Northwood University, Saint Louis University, and The Ohio State University. He lives here in the Columbus area with his wife Kim and his daughter Maybel.

“Ben’s knowledge of the game and experience coaching at the collegiate level will help prepare our athletes to play at a high level and be recruited for the collegiate game,” says EliteVBTC Club Director, Randy Cline.

The second hire, Alana Smith, is actually an alumnus of the EliteVBTC program. She was part of the 2013 EliteVBTC Graduating Class. She went on to play 5 years at Wright State, and she has decided to make coaching her career. She has experience playing both the Outside Hitter position and Libero. She is currently the Varsity Head Coach for Amanda Clearcreek High School.

Ben and Alana join the already stellar list of EliteVBTC Full-Time coaching Staff. Kalisha Goree, Joe Jackson, Randy Cline, Jackie Cline, Sandra Borer, and Nationwide’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, Chelsea Alli. Dan Reilly has accepted a Men’s Assistant Coaching Position at New Jersey Institute of Technology. We are sad to see him go, but we know he will do great things at the collegiate level. His last day will be September 25th. Nikki Van Cleave will continue working at EliteVBTC as a Full-Time Recruiting Coordinator, position coach, and Club Assistant Director.

Here’s the link to our Staff Page to read up on our complete coaching staff: https://www.elitevbtc.com/contact/staff-coaches/

Joe Jackson the New Beach Volleyball Director

We are excited to announce Joe Jackson as our new Beach Volleyball Club Director. Joe has been working with us for 4 years within our Beach Program under the direction of Randy Cline. We are proud to place him in the leadership role of overseeing all Beach Volleyball activities including training, tournaments and lessons.

He will be teaming up with our Recruiting Coordinator, Nikki Van Cleave, to help our athletes whose goal it is to play Beach Volleyball at the collegiate level. Beach Volleyball in one of the fastest growing sports for women. With added opportunities for scholarships at universities from coast to coast, our athletes could extend their careers into college and beyond.

All Beach Volleyball related questions can be sent to Joe via email. You can reach him at joe@integritygym.com.

2020 Summer Activity Guide

Integrity Athletics is home to Elite Volleyball Training Center. Our facility houses activities for all ages throughout the year. We are excited to present our 2020 Elite Volleyball Summer Activity Guide. With activities ranging from day camps, Beach Volleyball, or classes/clinics, you are sure to find something to keep each member of your family busy during the Summer months. Use the links below to learn more about each service.

COVID-19 Reference Page

Class Options Ages Dates Times
Elite-lings Clinics 3rd – 5th Graders Mondays, Wednesdays 5:00 PM
Summer Camps Age Day Time
Gymnastics Camps 3 and up See Website See Website
Elite-lings Camps 3rd – 5th Graders June 29 – July 1
Aug 3 – Aug 5
9:00am – 12:00pm
9:00am – 12:00pm

Volleyball Training Age Day Time
Min-E Volleyball League 2nd-4th graders Sundays 2:00-3:15pm
Max-Rep Sessions: Elite Club Only 10U-18U Mon-Thurs See Website
Beach Volleyball Training – Regional 8-19 Mon/Wed 8:00-10:00am
Beach Tournaments 10U TBA See Website TBA See Website
Elite-lings Clinic 3rd-5th graders Mondays
Wednesdays
5:00 PM
5:00 PM
Group and Private Lessons All ages 6 days a week By appointment only
Volleyball Camps Age Day Time
Elite-lings Camp 3rd-5th graders June 29- July 1 9:00-12:00noon
Elite-lings Camp 3rd-5th graders August 3-5 9:00-12:00noon
Gymnastics Camps 3 and up See Website See Website

Leagues Age Day Time
Min-E Volleyball League 2nd-4th graders Sundays 2:00-3:15pm
5th-6th Grade League 5th-6th Grade Thursdays
Sundays
7:30pm-9:00pm
3:30pm-5:00pm
7th-8th Grade League 7th-8th Grade Friday
Saturday
6-7:30pm or 7:30-9pm
9-10:45am or 11am-1pm
Volleyball Training Age Day Time
Beach Volleyball Training – Regional MS/HS Mon/Wed 12U :8:00am-10:00am
14U: 10:00am-12:00pmEvening Practices:
By Invitation Only
Beach Volleyball Tournaments MS/HS All Summer TBA See Website
Max-Rep Sessions: Elite Club Only 10U-18U Mon-Thurs See Website
Serving Clinic MS/HS Sundays
Tuesdays
Thursdays
12:00 PM
10:00AM, 5:00PM
10:00AM, 5:00PM
Hitting Clinic MS/HS Sundays
Tuesdays
Thursdays
1:00 PM
11:00AM, 6:00PM
11:00AM, 6:00PM
Integrity-Elite All Skills Clinic MS Mondays
Wednesdays
6:00 PM
6:00 PM
Passing & Defense Clinic MS/HS Tuesdays
Thursdays
12:00 PM
7:00 PM
Strength Training in Weight Room MS/HS 6 days a week TBA See Website
Group and Private Lessons All Ages 6 days a week By appointment only
Volleyball Camps Age Day Time
Middle School Elite Volleyball Camp 6th-8th grade July 6-8
July 20-22
9:00-3:00pm
9:00-3:00pm
Middle School Tryout Prep Camp 7th-8th grade July 27-28
July 29-30
9:00-3:00pm
9:00-3:00pm
Advanced Class Options Ages Dates Times
Advanced Serve Receive/Defense Class Staff approval required Fridays 4:00 PM
Advanced Setting Class Staff approval required Fridays 4:00 PM
Advanced Hitter Clinic Staff approval required Fridays 5:00 PM

Volleyball Training Age Day Time
Beach Volleyball Training – Regional MS/HS Mon/Wed 14U-18U: 10:00am-12:00pm
or 14U-18U: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Beach Volleyball Tournaments MS/HS All Summer TBA See Website
Max-Rep Sessions: Elite Club Only 10U-18U Mon-Thurs See Website
Serving Clinic MS/HS Sundays
Tuesdays
Thursdays
12:00 PM
10:00AM, 5:00PM
10:00AM, 5:00PM
Hitting Clinic MS/HS Sundays
Tuesdays
Thursdays
1:00 PM
11:00AM, 6:00PM
11:00AM, 6:00PM
Passing & Defense Clinic MS/HS Tuesdays
Thursdays
12:00 PM
7:00 PM
Strength Training in Weight Room MS/HS 6 days a week TBA See Website
Group and Private Lessons All Ages 6 days a week By appointment only
Advanced Class Options Ages Dates Times
Advanced Serve Receive/Defense Class Staff approval required Fridays 4:00 PM
Advanced Setting Class Staff approval required Fridays 4:00 PM
Advanced Hitter Clinic Staff approval required Fridays 5:00 PM

Elite Volleyball Training Center is Moving

 

Integrity Athletics is proud to announce that our volleyball program, Elite Volleyball Training Center, will be expanding. We have moved our volleyball courts and olympic weight room to 8163 Business Way, Plain City, OH 43064. This new location is only two buildings over from our current location. There are four volleyball courts in the space. We plan to offer four pickleball courts for use, and will have basketball options in the distant future.

All volleyball services are cancelled for Saturday, February 15 in order for cement to dry. All clinics and practices will resume as scheduled at our new facility starting on Sunday, February 16. We will continue to update you with more information through all our social media outlets, and post information on our website. Emails will go out directly to families if we need to cancel or reschedule an services.

The current space volleyball is occupying will be transformed into more training space for all Integrity Athletics programs currently housed at the 8185 Business Way location. This space will also include our new Integrity Ninja space. This ninja space will allow us to offer exciting ninja based classes, along with adding to the birthday party experience for all boys and girls who choose to celebrate their birthday at Integrity Athletics.

 

Check out the drawing of our new volleyball and weight room space.