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 Oregon, California, Minneapolis, 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 if they get a Bid for Junior Olympics or for the AAU Nationals at Disney World in Florida. 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 1/2 hours others 2 times a week for 3 hours. Players have the opportunity to come on Fridays for Skills practice.
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 U12-U18 teams travel out of the state.
7. How much does it cost to play for Spaceneedle?
Our club fees for the 2018-19 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 not 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
Mark West has been working with the National High Performance program for the boys since 2006. Mark and Raquel worked 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 Olympian for 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 coach their son, Matthew West who was recently selected as a setter to play for the USA National Team at the Panan Games in Toronto Canada. Matt just graduate from Pepperdine University, he was select by AVCA 3 times "All American" Matt played professionally at the Bundes League in Germany two years ago, then he played in Holland, last year he in played in Czech Republic and this year he is playing in Finland. When he is home he helps to coach all the teams. 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, including the current women's National Team Coach Karch Kiraly and USA Volleyball, Gold Medal Squared and Art of Coaching.
Mark and Raquel have been Co-Head Coaches at Shoreline Community College for 21years-currently. On June of 2018 they were inducted on the Shoreline Athletic Department Hall of Fame.
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!