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NC Elite Programming Update
09/11/2020   I   4:00pm

Dear NC Elite Players and Parents,

We hope you are well and looking forward to a great weekend! 

As most of you are likely aware, Governor Cooper opened gyms last week, transitioning North Carolina into Phase 2.5.  As such, NC Elite is opening registration today for indoor training beginning in October.  We are still taking a measured approach to our training and will be operating with strict limits on capacity and following the state’s capacity requirements as well as CDC and USAV guidelines for safe play.  Below, please find current NC Elite training opportunities that are open for registration.  Additional information on all of our current and upcoming programming can be found HERE.  We continue with our outdoor training sessions, and will continue to monitor the local health situation and make any schedule changes necessary to protect the health and safety of players and coaches to the best of our ability. 

Also announced last week by the NCHSAA was an updated schedule, now including playoff dates.  November 4th is the first practice date for volleyball, with regular season competition dates beginning on November 16th and ending January 8th.  Playoffs begin January 12th.  State Championships are scheduled for January 23rd. We continue to be hopeful and optimistic about the start of the North Carolina High School season!

Given the most recent announcements from Governor Cooper and the NCHSAA, the NC Elite training and tryout timeline is as follows (considering there may be necessary changes due to any change in the local health situation as we move into Fall and Winter):

Outdoor Training
(August - October 2020)

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Indoor Training
(October - January 2020)
Fall Skills Training Block 1(registration now open)
Fall VolleyU Short Course (registration now open)
Fall Skills Training Block 2 (registration now open)
Middle School Prep Training (registration coming soon)
Winter Skills Training (registration coming soon)
Winter League (registration coming soon)
Winter VolleyU (registration coming soon)

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Competitive Team Schedules and Coach Assignments
(December - January 2020)

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Competitive Team Tryouts
(January - February 2020)

Registration now Open for the following Programs

***IMPORTANT NOTICE***

Beginning 9/11/2020, all participants for NC Elite programming are required to have and register with a NEW 2021 USAV membership number.  CLICK  HERE to join or renew your USAV / Carolina Region junior registration.  (For any questions about your USAV / Carolina Region registration, or if you need assistance, please contact office@carolinaregionvb.org.)

Click Here for Program Information and Registration!

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Fall 2020 Skills Training Block 1
Saturdays October 10, 17, 24
10:30am - 12:00pm
$75 (3 sessions)
Netsports;  3717 Davis Drive, Morrisville


Saturdays October 31, November 7, 14, 21
10:30am - 12:00pm
$100 (4 sessions)
Netsports;  3717 Davis Drive, Morrisville


Saturdays October 31, November 7, 14, 21
10:30am - 12:00pm
$100 (4 sessions)
Netsports;  3717 Davis Drive, Morrisville

 

Outdoor Summer Training
Location:  Baileywick Road Park
9501 Baileywick Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615
Time:  6:00 - 7:15 pm
Cost:  $25
Summer Training Session 11; Tuesday September 15 
Summer Training Session 12; Thursday September 17 
Summer Training Session 13; Tuesday September 22 
Summer Training Session 14; Thursday September 24 
Summer Training Session 15; Tuesday September 29 
(October Outdoor Training Sessions Coming Soon!)

Click Here for Program Information and Registration!

***Please read all registrations carefully for important COVID-19 information and pre-session symptom checks required.  Player health check and reporting are required prior to each clinic. ***

Due to limited capacity, no refunds will be awarded following registration, except in the event of cancellation by NC Elite Volleyball Club, including cancellation due to inclement weather.  Please read registration information carefully for important operational information.  NC Elite Volleyball Club will follow the USAV Return to Play Guidelines.  Please review these guidelines prior to your session.  

We look forward to seeing you on the courts!
NC Elite Volleyball Club

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2020-2021 NC Elite Update
08/25/2020   I   10:00pm

Dear NC Elite Community,

We hope you all are well and off to a great start of the new school year!  There have been many announcements and developments over the past few weeks.  Below, please find relevant updates regarding NC Elite as well as the status of volleyball across NCAA, Club and High School Volleyball. 

First, as most are likely aware, North Carolina is still in Phase 2 of the Governor’s reopening plan.  The next announcement about any change in phase is expected in the coming week or two as the current Executive Order expires on September 11.  NC Elite continues to offer outdoor training, working in alignment with the State of NC, DHHS, USAV and the Carolina Region.  We, along with our advisors, continue to monitor the state of the pandemic in NC.  Cases and community spread have remained high as we continue our “wait and see” approach to expanded training.  In light of new information regarding community infection rate and potential long-term health effects in young people (even mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic), as well as the reported shut down of volleyball and other indoor sports facilities in the local area, across NC and across the country due to clusters, and the widespread closure of schools and college campuses, we will continue with our current cautious approach to resuming play.

The following are some of the announcements that have been made since our last communication that impact our planning:
-  Governor Cooper maintained the State of NC in Phase 2 of reopening until at least September 11, keeping gyms, including volleyball and basketball courts closed
-  USAV and Carolina Region have continued their ban on indoor sanctioned activities, in alignment with the Executive Order
-  NCHSAA has moved high school volleyball to a November start date, extending through January (anticipated February for those making playoffs)
-  Middle school athletics have been moved to spring 2021 in most areas, actual dates still to be determined
-  Carolina Region / USAV recommended tryout dates have been scheduled beginning Saturday, October 3 (U12-U18), with a signing date of October 26th (note this is the earliest signing date for USAV, not limiting to building teams after the signing date, and not relevant for AAU or JVA teams and events)
-  NCAA Divisions I, II and III fall sports championships have been moved to spring 2021, actual dates yet to be announced (all Division II and III conferences have moved their seasons accordingly, as have all but a handful of Division I conferences who are still monitoring for fall)

What is NC Elite’s Current Status?  NC Elite is fully operationally, organizationally and financially stable, allowing us to make decisions based on what we feel is the safest and most responsible for the current health situation.  While all activity has associated risk, we remain committed to, and financially positioned to, make our decisions on training and competing based on what we feel is in the best interest of players, families, coaches, staff and the broader community, not leading with financially-based or pressured decisions.  We are diversifying our training facilities to de-risk against sole source access during the pandemic, and to expand our access to indoor and outdoor training facilities, as well as fitness and weight training facilities.  Currently, we are running outdoor activities and will continue to do so through at least September or until the beginning of high school training. 

What does NC Elite See Going Forward?  Going forward, we see a highly disrupted fall, winter and spring for safe operations of youth athletics.  It is currently unknown whether COVID-19 conditions will improve to allow for significant training and competition in a safe environment, particularly in combination with flu season.  And, given the examples of repeated interruptions of play in professional and college athletics programs due to viral transmission, despite the significant measures being taken to control transmission, youth programs with fewer resources and less control over the environments in which athletes will engage should expect interruptions. Many programs, locally and across the country, have already encountered these interruptions due to clusters. 

NCHSAA have indicated that they will require progress in the phased re-opening to allow for competition due to the current limit of 10 people for indoor gatherings, too low to even field teams for competition.  Thus, uncertainty still remains as to whether high school sports will proceed.  This limit for indoor gatherings applies as well for club training and activities that will be allowable when facilities are opened (as well as those already running, choosing to not follow the Executive Order).  In order to increase the likelihood of running competitions, we expect many national and regional tournaments to adjust original or traditional dates to later in the spring and summer, and we have already seen evidence of this occurring.  Finally, we expect continued uncertainty and ongoing changes to the college recruiting dead periods.  This, combined with a spring college season, currently without disclosed training or competition dates, will have an impact on college coach attendance at tournaments.

What is NC Elite’s Path Forward?  Because of the stability of our organization, and our commitment to focus on health and safety for players, families, coaches, staff and the broader community, we are able to continue to take a “wait and see” approach to the 2020-2021 Club season.  Given the litany of uncertainties going forward, we have chosen to delay the formation of teams, and therefore any significant financial commitment by our families, until we can see a path forward with some certainty on deliverables in return for financial commitment.  While we continue to monitor the situation, we will also continue with our current activities and expand to larger in-house training, team building and competition as we see the pandemic allows.  The following are the considerations that have led to our path forward:

-   We recommend that players who are able, compete for their school and fully commit to doing so.  If high school moves forward as scheduled, this will mean that players will have training and competition opportunities available to them.  However, if there are interruptions to high school training and competition, there will also be limitations on club training and competition.  Interruptions to high school training will not have significant financial impact for families.   

-  Given that any contract entered into this year with travel partners and tournament hosts is done so knowingly and aware of the current risks, we do not anticipate refunds to be available from those partners should there be a necessary change in schedules.  This may result in potential financial loss for families. 

-  Tournaments will likely not allow spectators.  However, parents will need to travel with players due to the challenges of team travel and the ability to effectively manage a minor who becomes ill and whose parents are not present (housing an ill minor on the road, managing health care, providing transport, extending stay, etc.).  This may add to family costs and create schedule issues.   

-  The quarantine requirements for states are changing regularly, and many states have a required up to a 14 day quarantine requirement for NC residents, limiting travel destinations and imparting significant risk for tournament participation should NC residents be imposed with quarantine requirements in additional states.

-  The financial status of many of our families has changed, and may still change going forward.  We do not want to add to any of the financial pressures facing families by requesting early season payments, or limiting a players’ ability to play because of early payments with so much uncertainty going forward. We also do not want teams to be at risk of losing players due to a family’s unexpected financial change

-  NCAA recruiting schedules and competition schedules are not yet set, prohibiting informed tournament selection.    

 What’s Next?  At this time, we will continue with our current approach to reopening, making training available as we monitor the situation.  We project fielding teams following the high school season or in late winter/early spring, or as the pandemic allows to do so safely and in compliance with local laws.  We do recognize that we have and continue to take a path not shared by several of the other organizations in the area.  However, we have and will remain committed to making decisions we see in the best interests of players, families, coaches, staff and the greater community.  We feel incredibly fortunate to be in a position to do so without competing financial pressures. 

Coming soon will be an update about NC’s Executive Order expiring on September 11, and what impact the Governor’s decisions will have on our activities.  We will also be making announcements about our location expansion activities, our updated director and coaching staff, as well as further status updates.    

Thank you!
NC Elite Volleyball Club

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NC Elite Welcomes Assistant Director Haley Price
08/27/2020   I   5:00pm

Haley Price, Assistant Director

Haley Price currently serves as head women's volleyball coach at Louisburg College also supporting roles of strength and conditioning, sports performance, academic advising, and Sports Information. 

Price joins NC Elite's staff with this in mind, "I am excited to bring a heavy focus on technical skill and elevation of character philosophies to my new positions in North Carolina. I look forward to sharing a love for the game that has been so instrumental in preparing me for life beyond the court and building up strong young women throughout our program. It is truly an honor to serve as part of NC Elite's volleyball club."

Price comes to NC Elite by way of Kingsport, Tennessee and Dobyns-Bennett High School where she was the youngest head coach in the state of Tennessee. There she successfully established and managed a code of conduct for three teams on their way to compiling a 38-10 record, placing 3rd in TSSAA AAA State Championship, and winning Conference/Region Championships. In her first season Price won Big 6 District 1 AAA Coach of the Year honors, as she placed 100% of goal driven players in collegiate programs through recruiting strategy and college readiness character building.

From 2017-2019 Price was also Assistant Club Director and Head Volleyball Coach for TriCities Extreme Volleyball Club where she coordinated special event youth clinics and skilled lessons for high school, club, and college levels to improve and advance all skill levels. Under her leadership the club program grew from 10 teams to 19 teams.

Prior to her coaching experience Price was a NCAA Division I Athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference for Virginia Tech Volleyball. She was a libero there from 2015-2018 and served as defensive captain and lettered as a true freshman. Price's playing career was cut short due to injury, but according to Price, "I love the perspective, the life lessons, the victories, and even the losses and injury as it challenges each person in every role of the team to level up, learn, and become a warrior in the face of adversity."

Price went on to graduate from Virginia Tech in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Neuroscience to better understand the physio-dynamics of the game, injury prevention, and sports psychology. She will also receive her Master of Special Education from Liberty University in the Fall of 2020.

"I love the bonds, friendships, and family that the sport has given me," said Price, "[Volleyball] has challenged me in ways I never expected, and it has taught me to be fully committed, passionate, to work harder, and be more determined, to control what I can control, and to embrace the chaos."