Club Director: Amanda O’Connor
Club Director Coach Amanda O’Connor � I am the Club Director/Founder of Pitt United Girls Volleyball Club. Four 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: � All coaches on staff played volleyball at the collegiate level. Division I, II, & III. � Combined we bring a background of 27 years of coaching experience into the 2016 season. � We specialize in different areas and share our knowledge about our positions with one another constantly!
18 & under coach Shannon Locke
18 & Under Coach Shannon Locke � � Coach Shannon Locke returns to Pitt United for her third consecutive year to coach the 18 s team for this season. Shannon will oversee and direct the Outside/Rightside hitters at Specialty practices for 15 s-18 s. Information about Coach Shann: � 2000 Graduate from Seneca Valley � Outside and Rightside Hitter- HS & DS-College � Graduated 2006 from Marshall University in Huntington WV with her Masters in Business Administration � Currently works at Convestro Incorporated as � 6 years Coaching Experience- 3 rd year with Pitt United
Pitt United 18’s Team � � � � � Pitt United’s 18& Under Team Abby Keppel- Middle – Moon Area Maddie Blue- Outside Hitter – Eden Christian Academy Paige Talkowski- Outside Hitter – Moon Area Emily Cooney – Defensive Specialist – North Hills Alyssa Fenton – Defensive Specialist – Mars Julia Bernesser- Middle – Shaler Area Sarah Whelan – Setter – North Hills Katie Mc. Clymonds – Defensive Specialist – Slippery Rock Sarah Shaheen – Setter/Rightside Hitter – OLSH Kayla Mitchell- Outside/Rightside- Mars Head Coach: Coach Shannon
17 and Under Coach Angela Heagy
17 and Under Coach Angela Heagy � � Coach Angela Heagy returns to Pitt United for a fourth consecutive year. Coach Ang has coached 15 s, 16 s, and 17 s for Pitt United. She will oversee the Setters in Specialty Training practices for the 15 s -18 s. Information about Coach Ang: � 2007 Graduate from Seneca Valley � Defensive Specialist/Libero/Setter � Graduated 2011 from Hiram University in Hiram Ohio with her Bachelors Degree in English � Currently works at North Western Mutual as an Administrative Assistant � 9 years coaching experience- 4 th year with Pitt United
Pitt United 17’s Team � � � � � Pitt United’s 17 & Under Team! Malina Kamienski- Outside Hitter- North Hills Stephanie Ford- Middle Hitter – Shaler Leah Cunningham- Setter/Rightside- Shaler Rachel Selzer- Middle Hitter- Springdale Jenna Hill- Outside Hitter- Moon Ashley Sleva- Defensive Specialist- Moon Raquel Richards- Setter/Defensive Specialist- Moon Sydney Bostick- Defensive Specialist – Shaler Trinity Ryan- Rightside- North Hills Emily Quinn- Outside Hitter- North Hills Head Coach- Coach Ang
Club Director & 16 and Under Coach Amanda O’Connor
16 & Under Coach Amanda O’connor � � Started the organization four years ago with 4 teams, I am excited to see the club grow into 5 teams. It was always a goal of mine to create a girls 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 so well and love so much. I will oversee the Middles at Specialty training practices. Information about Coach O: 2004 Graduate from Seneca Valley Middle Hitter 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. � Currently am a Middle and High School Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Moon Area School District. � Head Coach at Shaler Area High School (1 year) � 9 years Coaching Experience � � �
Pitt United 16’s team Pitt United’s 16& Under Team � � � � � Zook Crain- Defensive Specialist – Shaler Laine Delisio- Outside Hitter- North Hills Callie Mc. Clintock- Setter- North Hills Ashlee Schlegel- Defensive Specialist- Mars Sarah Illingworth- Outside Hitter- Seneca Valley Olivia Williams- Rightside Hitter- North Hills Katelyn Niggemyer- Middle- North Allegheny Josie Hoover- Middle- Seneca Valley Maddie Schlegel- Middle/Rightside- Mars Kattarina Kotwica- Defensive Specialist- North Hills Head Coach- Coach O
15 & Under Coach Shelby Weber
15 & Under Coach Shelby Weber � � Coach Shelby returns to Pitt United for a second season and is excited to Coach this years 15 and Under Team. She will also lead and direct the defensive specialists at Specialty practices this season. Information about Coach Shelby: Played at Unionville High School & for Liberty Belles Volleyball Club Attended La Roche College graduating in 2014 cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and a minor in Sustainable Studies. � Received the La Roche College President’s Leadership and Scholarship Nomination � Played at La Roche College as a libero and was named captain all 4 years. � Has 5 years coaching experience throughout her high school and college years including Club Volleyball, Middle School, and the La Roche College Assistant Coach. � 2 nd Year with Pitt United Girls Volleyball Club � �
Pitt United 15’s team � � � � � Pitt United’s 15 & Under Team Maren Baxter- Defensive Specialist- Pine Richland Greta Winkler- Middle/Rightside Hitter- Vincentian Academy Jennifer Friello- Defensive Specialist- Moon Madison Foster- Rightside/Outside Hitter- Moon Cassidy Rossi- Setter/Rightside Hitter – Shaler Sophia Sacriponte- Middle Hitter- Butler Oyinda Agbale- Middle Hitter – Shaler Ashley Safranek- Outside/Rightside Hitter – Moon Paige Balla- Rightside/Setter- Eden Christian Teresa Bosco- Outside Hitter – Seneca Valley Head Coach- Coach Shelby
14 & under coach Margaret Gillooly
14 & Under Coach Margaret Gillooly � � Coach Margaret Gillooly joins Pitt United for the 2016 season! Information about Coach MJ: � 2009 Graduate from Seneca Valley � Defensive Specialist- HS & Libero- College � Played for Pitt Elite and P 3 R in her past club experience. � Was a 4 year starter and 2 year Captain at Point Park University and AMC conference Champion in 2011. � Graduated in 2013 with a 3. 79 GPA and obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Advertising and Public Relations. � Currently works at PNC Bank as a Financial Sales Consultant � 1 st Year Coaching with Pitt United
Pitt United 14 s team � � � � � Pitt United’s 14& Under Team Ava Whitesel- Middle Hitter/Rightside- St. Alphonsus Mackenzie Mallory- Middle Hitter/OH- North Hills Taylor Heid- Outside Hitter- Moon Kailey Mc. Steen- Defensive Specialist- St. Alphonsus Madison Heininger- Middle Hitter/Right Side- Fox Chapel Julia Arlia- Setter/Defensive Specialist- North Hills Mura Wulf- Setter/Right. Side- St. Bona Abigal Hower- Outside/Setter- Moon Katie Cole- Setter Defensive Specialist- St. Alphonsus Head Coach- Coach MJ
Player and Team Photo’s � Coaches will now take teams in the hallway to take individual and team photos of the girls and have them complete their bio’s for the Pitt United Website. � Players must get a signature from their parent on their bio to allow information and photo to be posted � Coaches need to confirm uniform sizes on file with each player as well. Orders are being made this week!!!
Pitt United Handbook � 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 O’Connor.
Pitt United Handbook � 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!
Pitt United Handbook � 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 � 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 2013. Pitt United will register teams in the following five age brackets: � 18 & Under Division: Players born on or after 9. 1. 97 � 17 & Under Division: Players born on or after 9. 1. 98 � 16 & Under Division: Players born on or after 9. 1. 99 � 15 & Under Division: Players born on or after 9. 1. 00 � 14 & Under Division: Players born on or after 9. 1. 01
Pitt United Handbook � � The 2016 season runs from December 2015 through May 2016. 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 � USAV Tournaments are generally played on Saturdays or Sundays lasting the entire day. Some tournaments are held on a combination of two days (Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun). Some tournaments may also include Fri/Sat/Sun play. Pool play generally begins around 8: 00 A. M. with the finals held in early evening. Tournament schedules for the 2015 season can be seen on the club website under the calendar tab.
Pitt United Handbook � 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, every one is expected to stay.
Pitt United Handbook � All uniforms and equipment must be purchased through the club to insure the best availability and price. The basic uniform package per team is provided by the club and shown below. Should you like to purchase something that is not assigned for your specific team, you may purchase the item. This information however needs to be known tonight! Team: 14 s 15 s 16 s 17 s 18 s Uniforms Packages for 2015: 2 Uniforms, 1 Spandex 1 pair of Court Shoes, 1 Bag Jacket/Pants Combo 2 Uniforms, 1 Spandex 1 Bag, shoes for an additional fee of $75 Jacket/Pants 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 Fundraising Committee will administer all activities designed to solicit funds using the Pitt United Girls Volleyball Club. We welcome ideas but these activities must be sanctioned by the club, and will be done without the direct administration or participation of the club director or 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 � 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 � Make checks payable to the “PITT UNITED GIRLS VOLLEYBALL CLUB” and mail payments, to be received by the club due dates. Mrs. Lin Johns Pitt United Treasurer 1029 Sandhurst Drive Moon Township, PA 15108 Due dates and financial obligations per team are the following: 14 s: 12/7 - $500; 1/29 - $500; 3/4 - $500 (Total: $1, 500) 15 s, 16 s and 17 s: 12/7 - $585; 1/29 - $585; 3/4 - $580 (Total: $1, 750) 18 s: 12/7 - $560; 1/29 - $560; 3/4 - $555 (Total: $1, 675)
Pitt United Handbook � � Please note; coaches are not authorized to accept payments. All checks must sent to the clubs treasurer’s 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 March 11 th 2016 in order to participate in the remaining club-scheduled tournaments.
Pitt United Handbook � � 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 non-sufficient 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 $35. 00 bank fee that will be added to the overall expenses still due.
Pitt United Handbook � � � 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 PHONE/TEXT MESSAGING: 724. 766. 3180 � (3: 00 pm-8: � � 00 pm) CLUB PAYMENT ADDRESS: Mrs. Lin Johns Pitt United Treasurer 1029 Sandhurst Drive Moon Township, PA 15108 WEBSITE: www. pittunitedgirlsvolleyball. com
The “Typical” Practice Week Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday NONE St. Paul’s St. Johns St. Paul’s Friday Saturday St. Johns NONE 14 s, 15 s 6: 30 -8: 30 16 s 7: 00 -9: 00 17 s and 18 s 6: 00 -8: 30 OR 6: 30 -9: 00 14 s and 15 s 6: 00 -8: 00 16 s, 17 s & 18 s 6: 30 -9: 00 15 s & 16 s Specialty Hour 17 s & 18 s Or 17 s and 18 s Specialty Hour 15 s and 16 s NOTE: 15 s and 16 s will alternate with 17 s and 18 s on Saturdays. In between these two practices will be a “specialty practice” per position identified on calendar.
December Practice Calendar � � � Pitt United will post the final year calendar on the website at the conclusion of this week once KRVA tournament Registration’s are completed. I will email the Pitt United Calendar as a Google Calendar for everyone to save. It will always be posted on the website, but if you would like to have the option of adding the entire calendar to your google account you will soon have that option. PLEASE CANCEL ALL PRACTICES ON SATURDAY JANUARY 2 nd. � Coaches are unavailable!
14 s 12/11 8 2/13 - Pitt Elite 15 s 12/11 8 2/6 Pitt Elite 16 s 8 2/7 Seton Hill 17 s 12/9 8 1/31 - Mentor 18 s 8 1/31 - Thiel 2/21 - Seton Hill 2/13 and 2/14 Pres Cup. Columbus 2/28 - Thiel 2/28 - Parma Ohio 3/6 - Pitt Elite 2/27 - Pitt Elite 2/28 - Westminster 3/13 - Bethany 3/12 -3/13 IRISH RUMBLE 3/20 - West E 3/19 - Edinboro 3/20 - Edinboro 3/26 - Massillon OH 4/1 - 4/3 Spikefest 4/10 - Saint Vincent 4/3 - Thiel 4/3 - Mt Union 4/16 - Edinboro 4/16 - West E 4/17 CAL U 4/17 - West E MIXED 4/17 - Edinboro 4/30 & 5/1 KRVA 4/30 & 5/1 KRVA Champ Champ
Tournaments Continued � Note: � 16 s- April 17 th @ Cal U not West E � 17 s- April 16 th from original plans changed to 17 th. � All hotel accommodations/information is listed on website. Book early so you don’t miss the deadlines!
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 � Frequent absences from practices � Payment delinquencies
Tournament Philosophy � 15 s, 16 s, 17 s & 18 s- Every girl will participate in every match at every tournament. This does not guarantee every game. 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.
Parent Volunteers Needed! Sign up!!! � Team Mom’s/Dad’s � Responsibilities to include: Email Communication- practice cancellations Create EMERGENCY phone chain list Create team lists with player/parent contact information � Fundraising Committee � Preferably at least one parent from each team � Responsibilities to include: Find fundraising options for club Organize and make orders Separate orders per team and deliver appropriately to practice
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 BACK BEFORE YOU LEAVE TODAY!!!