To create a mentally and physically healthy environment for young athletes to test themselves through challenging training and competition. Athletes will be encouraged each and every day by a supportive staff of coaches who will seek to actively improve the overall lives of these athletes by being positive mentors who both know the game and seek to create balance between sport and life.
What does “TK” mean? TK is short for “Talitha Koum” or “Taley Koum” (masculine) which when translated, means “Little girl/little boy, get up, arise.”.
The story of the logo: The Phoenix, the fire, and the volleyball...
We believe that there are four pillars that support the healthy training of any athlete. If each of these pillars are strong, then the athlete has an excellent foundation upon which to build. Training these four pillars is the underpinning of our philosophy and reflected in just about everything we do.
This is how we measure our success. Not by how many games or tournaments or medals we win – or by how many athletes we send to college. We measure our success on how many athletes leave our gym at eighteen as healthy young adults ready to live whatever dreams they may have and fully prepared for any challenge the world may decide to send their way.
developed through a combination of strength training, physical challenges, stretching and mobility work
built by learning to push through physical challenges to develop an understanding that everyone is capable of so much more than they might know
built on confidence created by the physical and mental pillars; allows the athlete to learn to be vulnerable and approach life with a student's mind
an athlete with the strength and confidence to allow themselves to be vulnerable will awaken to the realization of a world outside their own - and of their responsibilities within it
team only practices
No master coaching sessions or otherwise "shared" practice sessions unless preparing for competition through a scheduled scrimmage. Does this mean that coaches will isolate themselves and refuse to collaborate? Not at all! Quite the opposite in fact. Coaches are expected to lean on each other to strengthen teams.
strength and conditioning
Josh McClure is our on-site strength and conditioning trainer. He will be with us at least twice a week for a minimum of 30 minutes per practice. In addition to conditioning, he will also train body mobility and prehab for injury prevention. He will take an early assessment of your athlete and his/her mechanics to identify strength deficiencies so he can then build those weaknesses and avoid injuries due to poor mechanics and/or overuse.
Yes, we are going to address the mental aspect of sports and will train our athletes in basic visualization skills as well as help to rewire some of the negative dialogue that goes through their minds under stress and fatigue with a positive script that will be valuable both on and off the court.
We are truly attempting to create a better sense of balance for families and their committed athletes. With careful attention to detail in regards to scheduling, as well as the opportunity to discuss and vote on the addition of AAUs, we feel that we will be able to better create the season that will be best for our athletes and families.
We will work hard in the gym—but more is not necessarily better. Muscles aren't built during a workout; they're built while we sleep. Rest is even more important than the reps we take in the gym. Overtraining leads to fatigue, which leads to acute injuries and chronic pain - both of which contribute to an athlete's learning to dislike the game. Because of this, key rest and rejuvenation periods are built into every single age group’s training plan.
Tony Hunter is our full-time Athletic Trainer. He will be in the gym 30 minutes prior to every single scheduled practice, through the entire practice and then 15-30 minutes after each practice for ice and rehab. None of our coaches will be in the position of having to assess an injury to a player during practice. Furthermore, if a player does suffer a serious injury, he will be able to monitor rehab and can communicate directly with their doctor throughout the rehab process to ensure a safe return to play.
Not only will our older athletes act as mentors to our younger athletes, but we will also be bringing in veteran parents to assist parents new to club volleyball or to any parents who just want a sounding board in regards to recruiting, the stresses of travel ball and/or what it means to be the mom or dad of a teenager. We will have seminars, meet-up, and even a moderated online forum for parent support. Our goal is to offer a place where parents, players and coaches can empower each other.
Monthly seminars regarding time management, stress reduction, leadership, positive self-talk and other pertinent topics as deemed necessary by individual coaches to their particular team.
We will provide 2 award ceremonies for academic achievement—1 in December and 1 in June. We will identify all of our athletes who achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in a semester. They will be recognized at the end of practice and will receive a certificate, their name on a TK Honor Roll banner on the website and in the gym, and will receive a commemorative pin for their backpack. While we understand that many in club VB pursue athletic scholarships, we feel that our athletes’ work in the classroom is of utmost importance in affording them more opportunities and choices that could yield a better fit for them and their future.
We will offer to our athletes and families, a trained professional who has the means in which to create a dynamic experience for every single athlete, regardless of whether they want to go to a top D1 program or have something smaller and more intimate in mind such as a D2 or D3. We feel that our athletes and families need guidance through this arduous process, so we went and found the best in the business and have him available. He will host free seminars and workshops for parents of rising 14 to 18 year olds to assist them with learning about the process. He will also be available on a private-consulting basis for more in-depth 1-on-1 assistance.
At TK Volleyball, we realize that what we are doing involves more than just training an athlete. We are helping parents to instill in their children the mindset and tools necessary for dealing with real-world issues. Volleyball is the vehicle, but it is neither the trip nor the destination. And their family is along for the ride - more often than not clueless as to how this whole thing works. As such we think we owe it to them to do our best to help them through the process.
The Phoenix is a symbol—and has been for centuries—of humankind’s indomitable will. We want our athletes to feel powerful and capable of total transformation. We feel the Phoenix is the best symbolic representation of this mindset.
The flame is part of the process that the Phoenix utilizes in its transformation but the flame also carries a bit deeper meaning for Suzanne—the creator of TKVB. Throughout her childhood, she had a horrible fear of fire having grown up in Southern California where wildfires would rip through mountain ranges near and dear to her home. It was somewhat ironic that she would later have to confront that fear and have to literally befriend fire and understand its true nature when she was in the Marine Corps. It was at this time that Suzanne fully understood that life brings us lessons and experiences that we must overcome so that we can become stronger and defeat those imaginary fears—and in so doing, when we confront and conquer those fears—we liberate others to do the same. The flame is a symbol of conquering fear and using obstacles as fuel for transformation.
Finally, the ball. It is of course a volleyball. And this represents the canvas that we use to create the better version of ourselves.