Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Spaceneedle Volleyball?
Spaceneedle is part of the USA Volleyball Association and we are members of the Puget Sound Region. Our club has organized practices two or three times a week depending on each team. The teams participate in tournaments around the Seattle area (throughout Washington State), Canada and national events in California, Florida - and we have even traveled to Spain. Spaceneedle helps players to develop their skills and also teaches them to compete against other players and other club teams. It's a good way for players to get ready to play for their middle school, high school, and compete for a scholarship to play in college. We offer coaching, training and on-going teaching of CAP (USA Volleyball) and Gold Medal Squared system. We have good relationships with high schools, clubs, colleges, and national coaches throughout the US. We are AVCA members and are in good standing with the USAV. Our goal is to make volleyball players ready for the next level. Our philosophy is to make competitive players through nurturing coaching with strong training in a family environment.
2. How long does the season last for Spaceneedle?
Practices will start in December and last until the end of May. Some teams will practice until June for the AAU Nationals at Disney World in Florida, or if we qualify to go to Junior Olympics (JO's). The boys team will typically go to Junior Olympics in July.
3. Where and how often are practices held?
All teams practice at Shoreline Community College. Some teams will practice 2 times a week for 2 hours others 2 times a week for 3 hours.
4. How many players are on a team?
We would like to carry 10-12 players on each team.
5. How many tournaments does a team play and where are they?
Each team will play in approximately 2 tournaments a month. Most tournaments are in the Puget Sound area from Olympia to Bellingham.
6. Do teams travel out of the region or state?
Yes, our U13-U18 teams travel out of the state.
7. How much does it cost to play for Spaceneedle?
Our club fees for the 2017 season are available in the player contracts.
8. What do the fees cover?
• 2 jerseys (and warm-up jersey)
• Warm-ups (top and bottom)
• Tournament entry fees, USAV registrations, background checks, etc.
• Equipment, medical supplies/First Aid kit, balls
• Weight room, jump, speed and agility training
• Skill training (setting, hitting, defense, etc.)
• Recruiting advice
• Traveling: Coaches airfare (to California), per diem, hotel (for players, coaches and chaperone). Van rental: 2 to 3 mini-vans (to California Qualifier). Gas and parking. Transportation to Spokane and Oregon is included. Airfare to California is NOT included.
• Gym rental, coaches pay, coach's education: USAV IMPACT certification
• Administrative fees: postage, copies, accounting, etc.
9. Who are our coaches?
Our coaches are IMPACT certified (USA Volleyball), CPR certified, and some are CAP I certified (USA Volleyball). We also have 4 coaches that are High Performance Coaches (trained in the Olympic Center in Colorado Springs). Our coaches also are part of the staff for the High Performance Camp for the Puget Sound Region and also are part of the staff for the National HP. Our coaches also are Gold Medal Squared trained and certified. All our teams have an assistant coaches give our players additional support and coaching. Some of our coaches are coaching college and others are coaching high schools in the area. Some of them are alumni that played for Spaceneedle.
Our Directors and Co-Head Coaches:
Mark and Raquel West have been coaching Volleyball for 44 years together.
Mark West has spent the last six years working with the National High Performance program for the boys and the Regional High Performance for the Puget Sound Region for the girls. Mark and Raquel work with Jim McLaughlin in the UW Camps.
Raquel West works with the Regional High Performance Program. Raquel's job is to work with the setters and middle hitters. She is a former Olympic player of the Peruvian National Team and she was a setter/middle blocker. She was nominated as one of the best setters in the world and played in many other international competitions. She played in the Hungarian, Spain and Italian professional leagues for over ten seasons. They coached their son, Matthew West, who was recently selected as a setter to play for the USA Youth National Team at the Norceca Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico and was a member of the Gold Medal winning Men's Junior National Team in Gatineau, Quebec. They also work under the guidance of one of the greatest coaches in the history of volleyball: Marv Dunphy, Jim McLaughlin, Lang Ping, Hugh McCutcheon (USA Volleyball and Gold Medal Squared).
10. What happens at tryouts?
Players will be placed with players of their age and will run through drills, skills testing and games during the session with coaches. We will try to make it simple and fun for the players to relax during their tryouts. We will pick 10-12 players to fill the roster spots and 2-3 alternates will also be chosen in case any players rejecting their spot.
11. What are we recommend to the player to do during tryouts?
We would recommend you enjoy the time and have fun. Be yourself and do what you do the best. Play volleyball!