–U16 (2017)

November 23, 2016 Comments Off on –U16 (2017)


2Colleen OchsL/DS5'6"
4Sofia BrekkanS/RS5'7"
5Madison HealyRS5'6"
8Elle HagstromOH5'7"
14Parker WordenOH5'5"
15Miranda NelsonMH5'9"
17Moriah FrisbyS/RS5'5"
23Claire LysholL/DS5'3"
24Helen Arnold OH/MH5'8"
27Eliana GosneyS5'5"
28Ashleigh BarkerL/DS/OH5'7"
29Carly BacherRS/MB5'7"
82Savannah AyarsMH5'9"

Rain City U-16 Fierce (2017)

Coaches: Brjann Brekkan, Vickie Hinkle,

Jo Brekkan, Marissa Miner, Garett Mellilo

Coaching Philosophy

“Never give up on learning. Show up every day ready to learn and push yourself to practice as you play”

I’m passionate in my coaching and want players to have a lot of fun learning the game, understanding strategies and tactics and not just play volleyball. The great players are not always smoothest hands, the hardest hitters or the most amazing defense specialists but those that can read and understand the game. Coaching is about teaching players the game and not making them just another cog in a system or fit them into mold. Coaching for me is to evolve individual players by inspiring them to push their limits and comfort zone. Practice is the place where we build strength and stamina to prevent injuries and focus on each player’s technique and court awareness but it’s also where we try new things and learn by making mistakes.

My game philosophy is that we can’t do anything about what happens on the other side but we can learn and adjust our game plan, our strategy to best fit the team we are playing. The keys to winning for junior teams is a dynamic defense but most of all it’s about making less mistakes.     I want players to come to practice with the will to learn and make their team mates better. If you are having an off day because of home, school, friends or anything else just let me know so I know what to expect from you at practice – we all have those days.   Communication is the one thing we have to be good at to excel in learning and improve as a team. I’m always available to talk, explain or just listen to what is on your mind.

 Player Expectations

Players should come to practices, tournaments and all team/club functions with a positive attitude and good sportsmanship. This includes, but is not limited to, respecting teammates, parents, opponents, officials and other people we may be interacting with. Remember, you are not only representing yourself, but you are also representing your team, your club, and me. You should be respectful at all times, but be especially aware when you are in your Rain City gear. Represent yourself and your team, your club well!

Furthermore, to be early is to be on time. Allow yourself time to prepare for practice and tournaments, which includes putting your gear on and setting up equipment! No one starts warm up or gets to leave until everything is set up or torn down. If a conflict should arise and/or you are going to be late, please contact me via phone call, text or email ASAP. I usually plan my practices the day before or around lunch time the day off so please let me know ASAP.

 Playing Time

Practice how you want to play. Use the time in practice to listen and adjust to what coaches are saying. Doing the same mistake over and over again while not trying to adjust is not a great approach. Coaches learn how you will play in games based on what you do in practice and we want make sure that we are using your skills to their full potential for the good of the team.

Playing time is not equal and will never be equal but every player has a role that makes us better as a team. Playing time is earned through practice attitude and performance.

Line-ups are carefully created to use TEAM strengths and chemistry to our advantage at game time. Coaches also know that a strong team carries a strong bench of players that sometimes have specific roles that only give very little playing time but can make huge impact on the game. We want everyone to be focused on the game so that they may be called upon at any moment.

 Parent Expectations

Just as I expect your daughters to come to practice and tournaments with a positive attitude and good sportsmanship, we expect this from our parents too.  You are the most important influence in your daughter’s life; therefore, your opinions and comments count.  Parents are expected to support not only your daughter, but also the team and the program by staying positive, constructive and respectful to all players, opposing teams, officials, and staff.  Please don’t put your daughter in a position to defend herself, her teammates and/or her coaches.

Coaches are more than happy to speak with you about your daughter, but we ask that:

–  Your daughter tries to work out volleyball-related issues directly with coaches before enlisting your assistance.

–  You don’t put your daughter in an awkward position by talking with coaches about volleyball related issues without her knowing/ present.

–  You avoid jumping to conclusions and/or measuring your daughter’s experience solely on playing time or by comparing with other players. Every player has a role in every game and sometimes that isn’t going to be lot of playing time.

– You respect the roles on the team. We have players, coaches, club staff, siblings and parents – let’s be the best we can possibly be in our own role.

24-Hour Rule

The “24-Hour Rule” will be in place for the entire season for issues that are volleyball related. In a competitive setting, emotions are high, and things can escalate easily. Cooler heads are inevitably more productive, so if an issue/concern arises, please wait until next practice after the triggering event to speak with us.