Club Director: Amanda Mullen
Club Director Coach Amanda Mullen I am the Club Director/Founder of Pitt United Girls Volleyball Club. Eight years ago I started the organization in hopes of providing the best experience and opportunity for girls to play club volleyball. I value teaching the techniques of the game and believe on a skill building approach for the proper and most successful development of aspiring players and experienced volleyball athletes.
Meet the COACHES Pitt United Girls Volleyball Club specializes in teaching volleyball skills and techniques to all of its athletes with our incredible coaching staff. Some facts about Pitt United’s Coaching Staff: Coaches on staff play/ed volleyball at the collegiate level. Division I, II, & III. Combined we bring a background of 35+ years of coaching experience into the 2020 season. We specialize in different areas and share our knowledge about our positions with one another constantly! Please pull out your phones at this time to save your coaches number!
Club Director Amanda Mullen 724 -766 -3180
Coach Amanda Mullen It was always a goal of mine to create a girl's volleyball program and I am happy to be able to provide this opportunity to young players and be able to teach the game that I know and love. I will oversee the Middles at Specialty training practices. Information about Coach Amanda: 2004 Graduate from Seneca Valley – 3 year letter winner Middle Hitter my entire volleyball career Graduated Magna Cum Lade from Indiana University of PA in the Fall of 2008 with my Bachelors of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and with a Minor in Child Development and Family Relation Studies. Middle and High School Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Moon Area School District. (10 years) 14 years Coaching Experience
14 U Coach Alex Newbrough 724 -448 -6218
Caroline Baker- OH –North Allegheny Megan Becker- M – Seelos Academy Selah Charles- S/OH - Portersville Christian Pitt United 14’s Team Carley Fazio- DS – Moon Isabella Haubach- M – Pine Richland Rylee Kratochvil- DS – Seneca Valley Cadence Sammon- OH – Seneca Valley Kaley Testa- DS – Seneca Valley Alexis Wilhelm- S/DS- North Allegheny Gabriella Williams- RS – Pine Richland
15 U Coach Morgan Ceschini 724 -994 -0989
Taylor Hollern- OH/RS – Mars Kathryn Karwoski- OH – Quaker Valley Sadie Kelly- M – North Allegheny Pitt United 15’s Team Kaitlyn Laffin- DS – Hampton Lucie Morlino- M – Mars Danielle O’Connor- RS – Shaler Brooke Pelloni- OH – Seneca Valley Ava Plunkard- S – Butler Alyssa Rosatone- DS – North Hills Peyton Shema- DS – Fox Chapel
16 U Coach Holly Hutchinson 724 -454 -4818
Katie Catrain- M – North Hills Morgan Cholewa- M – Montour Aislin Daugherty- DS/OH – North Catholic Pitt United 16’s Team Kate Hovanec- OH – Hampton Maddie Moore- S/DS – Moon Maura Shernisky- S/RS – Vincentian Abigail Stevens- RS/M – Hampton Abbie Voettiner- RS – North Catholic Anna Weisser- DS – Quaker Valley Tatum Zwick- OH – North Hills
17 U Coach Haley Dake 440 -344 -1507
Pitt United 17’s team Kylie Di. Leo- OH – Springdale Kayla Kenna- RS/M – Vincentian Kayla Doherty- DS – Quaker Valley Isabella Madonna- DS – North Catholic Madison Raypush- DS/RS – Knoch Adrianna Sacramento- S – Woodland Hills Katie Schlegel- M – Mars Rachel Summers- M – Seneca Valley Addie Syglowski- OH – Hampton Mykenzie Werner- OH - Knoch
18 U Coach Eric Ressler 724 -331 -1209
Julia Arlia- DS - North Hills Skylar Burkett- OH/S - Knoch Meghan Dominek- DS - North Hills Pitt United 18’s Team Morgan Jack- S - Knoch Mackenzie Kerkan- DS - Knoch Jessica Klein- OH - Fox Chapel Bryanna Lawry- M - North Hills Libby Palmer- RS - North Catholic Hannah Rowe- OH - Knoch Ava Whitesel- M - North Catholic
Player and Team Photo’s exchanging numbers Coaches will now take their teams for individual and team photos of the girls. If you do not want your child to be photographed for the website or Facebook page, please email me this evening and I will make sure to not add them. We will also take an all club photo as well at the conclusion of this meeting. If you have decided your daughter not be pictured on our social media page and website, please tell them before they leave to not include themselves in this picture. Ladies you are dismissed to the fellowship hall with your teams and coaches!
Pitt United Handbook General Club Information Welcome to the Pitt United Girls Volleyball Club, a member of the Junior Division of USA Volleyball. The purpose of this handbook is to familiarize parents and players with the club and to provide information regarding the club. Should you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Pitt United Club Director and Coach; Amanda Mullen.
Pitt United Handbook General Club Information USA Volleyball (USAV) is volleyball’s national governing body. USAV is associated with the U. S. Olympic Committee and is responsible for local, regional, national, and international volleyball competition. The Pittsburgh United Girls Volleyball Club is part of the Keystone Region Volleyball Association within the USAV Junior Division. YOU MUST UPGRADE YOUR KRVA MEMBERSHIP FROM TRYOUT TO JUNIOR GIRLS MEMBERSHIP TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PRACTICE!
Eligible to practice as of 11/23/19 @ 6: 00 pm 14 s 15 s 16 s 17 s 18 s Caroline Baker - Kaitlyn Catrain Kylie Di. Leo Julia Arlia Megan Becker Kathryn Karwoski Morgan Cholewa Kayla Doherty - - Sadie Kelly Aislin Daugherty Kayla Kenna - Carley Fazio Kaitlyn Laffin Kate Hovanec Isabella Madonna Morgan Jack Isabella Haubach Lucie Morlino Maddie Moore Madison Raypush Mackenzie Kerkan - Danielle O’Connor Maura Shernisky Adrianna Sacramento - Cadence Sammon Brooke Pelloni Abigail Stevens Kathryn Schlegel Bryanna Lawry Kaley Testa Ava Plunkard Abbie Voettiner Rachel Summers Elizabeth Palmer Alexis Wilhelm Alyssa Rosatone Anna Weisser Adeline Syglowski - - Peyton Shema - Mykenzie Werner Ava Whitesel
Pitt United Handbook General Club Information The Pitt United Girls Volleyball Club is committed to providing quality physical training and competition at the local, regional, and national levels. This competitive athletic experience can enhance social development, contribute to mental and physical health, and teach the values of teamwork, responsibility, self-discipline and motivation. Children and even parents have the opportunity to develop friendships that will last a lifetime.
Pitt United Handbook GENERAL CLUB INFORMATION While representing Pitt United all athletes, parents and supporters are expected to behave in a responsible manner. Any athlete damaging equipment owned by Pitt United or one of the practice facilities during practices, tournaments, functions, or lodging facilities will be required to reimburse the club and/or facility for the damages. In some cases, the athlete may be dismissed from the club.
Pitt United Handbook Registration and Eligibility The Junior Division of USA Volleyball has eight age groups 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and under for 2020. Pitt United will register teams in the following five age brackets: 18 & Under Division: Players born on or after 9. 1. 01 17 & Under Division: Players born on or after 9. 1. 02 16 & Under Division: Players born on or after 9. 1. 03 15 & Under Division: Players born on or after 9. 1. 04 14 & Under Division: Players born on or after 9. 1. 05
Pitt United Handbook Time Commitment The 2019/20 season runs from December 2019 through May 2020. Players will be expected to make a commitment to attend practices and competitions scheduled by the club. Advance practice and competition schedule for the season will be given to each participant. It is expected that by having advanced schedule information, that the athletes and families can keep conflict’s to a minimum. While each team may have a different schedule, in general, each participant will receive quality practice time during the week with competitions held on the weekends.
Pitt United Handbook Tournaments USAV Tournaments are generally played on Saturdays or Sundays lasting the entire day. Some tournaments are held on a combination of two days (Sat/Sun). Some tournaments may also include Sat/Sun/Mon play. Pool play generally begins around 8: 00 A. M. with the finals held in early evening. Tournament schedules for the 2020 season can be seen on the club website under the “tournament info” tab.
Pitt United Handbook Tournaments All athletes are expected to be in the gym, ready to go, at the time determined by the Coach. This usually means arriving at the site at least 30 -45 minutes prior to the scheduled arrival time. ALL team members are expected to be available to be on the "work team" when the team is scheduled. Should your work assignment be the last match of the tournament, everyone is expected and required to stay.
Pitt United Handbook Uniforms and Equipment All uniforms and equipment must be purchased through the club to insure the best availability and price. The basic uniform package is provided to each team by the club and shown below. Should you like to purchase anything in addition to this uniform package, please provide this information to the Club Director ASAP via email. 2 Nike Uniforms 1 Pair Nike Volleyball Court Shoes 2 Pair Nike Spandex 1 Nike Book bag 1 Nike Warm Up Jacket/Pant Combo
Pitt United Handbook Communication This club program was created for the players. Emphasis is placed on good sportsmanship, teamwork, self-control, and having fun. If there is a problem with your daughter and a coach, we encourage you to let your daughter address the issue with her coach first. If the problem continues, we recommend that you then contact her coach to resolve the matter. We will enforce a 24 -hour rule. If you have a problem at a tournament or practice you may address it with the coach only after a 24 -hour period. If you still have concerns, please contact the Club Director of Pitt United. You WILL be ignored if you break this rule.
Pitt United Handbook Communication Chain of Command In Communication Athlete to Coach Parent to Coach (after a 24 hour period) Parent to Club Director Coaches are told not to answer any parental questions or concerns regarding any coaching decisions if the chain of communication and or the 24 -hour rule was not followed. Thank you in advance for your understanding with this rule and policy.
Pitt United Handbook Fundraising options Fundraising can offset half of your daughter’s club experience. This requires a commitment of time and energy by both the parent and the athlete. The Club Director and parent volunteers will administer activities designed to solicit funds using the Pitt United Girls Volleyball Club name. I welcome ideas but these activities must be sanctioned by the club and will be done without the direct administration or participation of the coaches. The following applies to all fund-raising activities sanctioned by the club: A proposal for the fund-raising activity must be submitted to the Club Director and Fundraising Committee for approval. All profit from the fund-raising activity must be turned over to the club. The money will then be credited to each player’s individual account dues after the fundraiser is completed.
Pitt United Handbook Parents Please focus on your daughter’s improvement. Let the coach/coaches focus on her volleyball skill and performance. Be supportive! Let the analysis of your daughter’s performance come from her coach, which is what the coaches are trained to do.
Pitt United Handbook Payment Responsibilities Make checks payable to the “PITT UNITED GIRLS VOLLEYBALL CLUB” and mail payments, to be received by the club due dates. Mrs. Amanda Mullen Pitt United Girls Volleyball 120 Hazelwood Drive Cranberry Twp. , PA 16066 DUE DATES FOR THE 2019/20 SEASON ARE THE FOLLOWING: Sunday, November 24 th 2019 -$350 Deposit Due Friday, January 3 rd 2020 ($375/$450) Friday, February 7 th 2020 ($350/$450) Friday, March 6 th 2020 ($350/$450) Friday, April 3 rd 2020 ($350/$450) FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS PER TEAM ARE THE FOLLOWING: 14 s: 11/24 - $350; 1/3 - $375; 2/7 - $350; 3/6 - $350; 4/3 - $350 (Total: $1, 775) 15 s, 16 s, 17 s, 18 s: 11/24 - $350; 1/3 - $450; 2/7 - $450; 3/6 - $450; 4/3 -$450 (Total: $2, 150)
Pitt United Handbook Payment Responsibilities Please note; coaches are not authorized to accept payments. All checks must sent to the club address or given to directly to the Club Director. Athletes may not be permitted to participate in any practices or tournaments if payments have not been received by the due dates. All accounts must be paid in full by April 8 th 2020 in order to participate in the remaining club-scheduled tournaments.
Pitt United Handbook Payment Responsibilities Payments must be made on a timely basis in order for the club to function properly and the club expenses be paid. Uniforms and tournaments must be paid in full at the start of the season and practice facilities and coaches are paid on a monthly basis. Additionally, a $20. 00 late fee will be charged if the payment is not received within 3 days from the identified due date/s. If a personal check or a sponsor/ad check is returned for nonsufficient funds, the amount will still be owed to Pitt United Girls Volleyball Club. The NSF check will be returned to the player/parents, and the parents will be charged a $40. 00 bank fee that will be added to the overall expenses still due.
Pitt United Handbook Correspondence with the club Please include your daughter’s name and age group on all correspondence. This is especially important to include on a checks made for payments. Correspondence with the club and Club Director can be done in the following ways: EMAIL: pittunitedvolleyball@gmail. com OFFICE EMAIL: pittunitedoffice@gmail. com PHONE/TEXT MESSAGING: 724. 766. 3180 (3: 00 pm-8: 00 pm) CLUB PAYMENT ADDRESS: Mrs. Amanda Mullen Pitt United Girls Volleyball 120 Hazelwood Drive Cranberry Twp. , PA 16066 WEBSITE: www. pittunitedgirlsvolleyball. com
Slippery Rock Tournament Requirements Contribution Requirements All members must contribute to the concessions of the tournament. An online sign up website will be created to organize who brings what each day. Members who do not want to contribute towards concessions with food donations can offer $25 to go towards tournament expenses. WE ARE UNITED.
Slippery Rock Tournament Requirements Working the tournament 14 s play on Saturday – 3/7/20 - 17 s morning shift 8 am-11: 30 am - 16 s lunch shift 11: 30 am-3: 00 - ½ 15 s on late shift 2: 30 - 6: 00 16 s play Sunday – 3/8/20 - 18 s morning shift 8 am-11: 30 am - 14 s lunch shift 11: 30 -3: 00 - ½ 15 s late shift 2: 30 -6: 00 Members who do not work their shift will be charge $75 towards their dues to the club. WE ARE UNITED.
Practice Calendar At this time you should have received an email with a Word document of the Pitt United season calendar. Please pay special attention to December and January calendar. A physical copy has been provided to you this evening.
Practice Calendar Please note the following for the practice schedule: 1. 14 s may attend Saturday morning practices in December 2. 17 s & 18 s Wednesdays change to Thursdays during the Lent season (March, + 1 day Feb, 1 day April) 3. Practice calendar is posted on the website to use as a reference
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday NONE St. Paul’s St. Johns St. Paul’s Friday Saturday St. Johns NONE 16 s, 17 s & 18 s 6: 45 -8: 45 14 s & 15 s 6: 00 -8: 00 17 s & 18 s 7: 00 -9: 00 14 s, 15 s, 16 s 6: 45 -8: 45 ARRIVAL: 6: 30 pm ARRIVAL: 5: 40 pm ARRIVAL: 7: 15 pm ARRIVAL: 6: 30 pm 1 st Practice – 8: 30 -10: 30 2 nd Practice – 10: 30 -12: 30 NOTE: 15 s & 16 s will alternate with 17 s & 18 s on Saturdays. The “Typical” Practice Week February & April
Sunday Monday Tuesday NONE St. Paul’s 16 s, 17 s & 18 s 6: 45 -8: 45 St. Johns 14 s & 15 s 6: 00 -8: 00 ARRIVAL: 6: 30 pm ARRIVAL: 5: 40 pm Wednesday Thursday St. Johns 17 s & 18 s CHANGED St. Paul’s 14 s, 15 s, 16 s 6: 45 -8: 45 ARRIVAL: 6: 30 pm Friday Saturday St. Johns NONE 1 st Practice – 8: 30 -10: 30 2 nd Practice – 10: 30 -12: 30 St. Johns 17 s & 18 s 6: 00 -8: 00 ARRIVAL: 5: 45 PM NOTE: 15 s & 16 s will alternate with 17 s & 18 s on Saturdays. The “Typical” Practice Week March
14 s 15 s 16 s 17 s 18 s Steel City Freeze 2/1 & 2/2 Pittsburgh, PA Steel City Freeze 2/1 & 2/2 Pittsburgh, PA Family First Sports 2/16 Erie, PA Presidents Day Cup 2/15 & 2/16 Columbus, OH AVC Tournament 2/22 Swissvale, PA Family First Sports 2/29 Erie, PA California University 2/23 California, PA SPIRE 2/23 Geneva, OH Mount Union 2/23 Alliance, OH SRU Spring Break Slam 3/7 Slippery Rock, PA Edinboro Univ 3/14 Edinboro, PA SRU Spring Break Slam 3/8 Slippery Rock, PA California University 3/1 California, PA Westminster College 3/1 Westminster, PA Edinboro Univ 3/14 Edinboro, PA Spikefest 3/28 & 3/29 Huntington, WV Irish Rumble 3/14 & 3/15 Manheim, PA Spikefest 3/28 & 3/29 Huntington, WV California University 4/4 California, PA Edinboro Univ 3/29 Edinboro, PA West E Tournament 4/4 Murrysville, PA Akron University 4/18 Akron, OH AVC Tournament 4/11 Swissvale, PA Wooster Tournament 4/5 Wooster, OH Westminster College 4/19 Westminster, PA SPIRE 4/11 Geneva, OH Battle of Lake Erie 5/2 & 5/3 Sandusky, OH Boardwalk Block Party 4/25 & 4/26 Atlantic City, NJ Pitt United Annual Banquet 5/16 Warrendale, PA 9 th Pitt United Annual Banquet 5/16 Warrendale, PA 9 th
Tournament hotels Hotel accommodations/information has been provided to you via email and is listed on the club website. (Except the Boardwalk Block Party Tournament -18 s) Tournaments which require hotel accommodations are “STAY TO PLAY” events! You MUST book in the identified hotels!!! SORRY! I try my best to find nice, affordable hotels in close proximity to the tournament!
Tournament hotels continued PLEASE- Book early so you don’t miss the deadlines! Email reminders will not be sent. TOURNAMENTS/HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS: 14 R- Spikefest & Battle of Lake Erie 15 s- Columbus, Spikefest, & Battle of Lake Erie 16 s- Columbus, Irish Rumble, & Battle of Lake Erie 17 s- Columbus, Irish Rumble, & Battle of Lake Erie 18 s- Columbus, Irish Rumble, Boardwalk Block Party
Tournament Philosophy 14 s- Every girl to play in every game at every tournament unless she is unable to participate due to maybe one of the following reasons: Sick/Injured Frequent absences from practices Payment delinquencies * Should a game not require the adequate amount of rotating on the court, your daughter may not get in.
15 s, 16 s, 17 s & 18 s- Every girl will participate in every match at every tournament. This does not guarantee every game. Tournament Philosophy Because these teams are considered our “Competitive Travel Teams” the expectation is to go into all matches with the mindset and goal of competing at the highest level. Coaches will decide final lineups, subs, and rotations necessary to achieve this goal. We are “In It To Win It!”
Fundraising for 2020 Season Fundraising ideas - Poinsettia Sale – Current January dues - Hoagie Sale – Dec/Jan Sale February dues - Sarris Candy Bar Sale – February March dues - Hoagie Sale – March April dues
Team Mom’s/Dad’s Responsibilities to include: Parent Volunteers Needed! Sign up!!! Email Communication- practice cancellations Create EMERGENCY phone chain list Create team lists with player/parent contact information Make dinner reservations at overnight tournaments for the group Organize team activities/bonding experiences Fundraising Committee/Volunteers Responsibilities to include: Organize and make orders Separate/Organize orders per team/player
Parent Volunteers Needed! Sign up!!! Please consider helping Pitt United Girls Volleyball Club this season as a Team Mom/Dad and or being apart of our Fundraising Committee. Although I try to handle everything on my own, I know that I could use some of your help! PLEASE SIGN UP IN THE HALL BEFORE YOU LEAVE TODAY!!!
Please Turn in the following tonight: $350 Deposit Check made payable to Before Leaving Today • “Pitt United Girls Volleyball” Please turn in either today or at the beginning of your first practice: Participation Agreement with Signatures
Upgrade your USAV Volleyball Membership. Don’t Forget To Ineligible for practice next week without the update and without participation agreement!!! Watch the December calendar carefully for your practice times and locations! Book your hotels! Hotels wont charge your credit card until check in! Reminders may not be sent!!! I often forget to send out a reminder! Ask questions! text, email. . . communication is key!!!