On Thursday June 10th sixteen Bay to Bay teams traveled to Irvine, California to compete in the SoCal Cup Showcase. The tournament took place at two separate sites in the Southern California area (Momentous Sports Center and AIM Sportsplex in Seal Beach). At the conclusion of the 3-day event, Bay to Bay teams walked away with some impressive finishes and many valuable lessons. Let's take a look at each of the teams performances from the weekend:
Bay to Bay 18-1: The 18-1's got into a groove while in Southern California. The team came in seeded 12th in the tournament but finished the weekend in a tie for 5th place. They defeated a number of Open qualified teams including 949 and Pinnacle. In their quarterfinal match they lost a a barnburner to the eventual champion Vanguard 24-26, 27-29. Cos Masters was selected to the All-Tournament team.
Bay to Bay 18-2: The 18-2's went 0-6 on the weekend while competing in...
On Thursday May 20th fourteen Bay to Bay teams traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete in the SCVA Junior Boy's Invitational. With over 120+ courts in the convention center and over 1,000 teams between boys and girls this was the largest tournament that most of our players had ever competed in. At the conclusion of the 3-day event, Bay to Bay teams walked away with some impressive finishes and many valuable lessons. Let's take a look at each of the teams performances from the weekend:
Bay to Bay 18-1: The 18-1's were seeded last in the 18 Open division heading into the tournament which put a chip on their shoulder to say the least. In their opening pool, they swept the #6 overall seed Spike and Serve and then lost in two sets to a strong MB Surf team. Spike and Serve then went on to beat MB Surf forcing a 3-way tie in the pool. The tie breaker came down to point ratio in which our 18-1's lost by...
This style of tournament has recently been adopted around the world as a fast paced and high repetition tournament format. You can check out some of the best players in the world playing the KotC format in the video below.
We wanted to bring this to Bay to Bay Beach Club because it is a fantastic way to get multiple teams playing on the beach at once. With minimal down time between rallies, our athletes can maximize the amount of time playing the game. As well, this format brings in a whole new level of strategy (as well as conditioning!).
King of the Court is played with all 5 teams competing on 1 court at the same time. One side of the court is the “King” side. The other side is the serving side. The ball is served to the “King” side and the ball is played out. If you win the point, you either move to the “King” side, or receive a point if you are on that side already. Then the next team in line...
Bay to Bay 13-1: Playing up in the 14 USA division, coach Beau and Hillary's squad went 2-5 finishing in 10th place. The young guns were all over the gym watching our older teams play. Coach Hillary stated that the 13-1's even started calling for "GO" balls after watching the 18-1's for one match
Bay to Bay 14-1 : Going 6-0 on the weekend, the 14-1's claimed the only bid in the 14 Open division. Behind some stellar team play, the boys did not drop a set on their path to the championship. Even more importantly, the boys got some great team bonding time watching the older teams play as well as a round of bowling at the Grand Sierra resort.
Note: at Junior Nationals there are three distinct divisions: Open division...
Over the past year and a half you all have received many emails from Matt and I. Most of them have come from a place of navigating new territory as we tried to keep Bay to Bay Volleyball Club from completely blowing up through the difficulty that has been this pandemic. I am really pleased to say that this emails theme is a little different.
I know I can speak for our whole coaching staff when saying that we are all so excited for this weekend and we are all thrilled to be back in competition mode. As a parent, I am also overwhelmed by thinking about how eager the Bay to Bay parents are to see their kids compete again. If I think too long about it, it makes me cry.
Over the past year and a half I have been consistently hit with the same two thoughts.
Alex Jones has been a part of the Bay Area boys volleyball scene for well over two decades. First, as a player at Homestead High School and an old local club called CCVC.
Coach Alex would be the first person to tell you that he is not the most physically gifted of athletes. Now mind you, he does stand 6 feet 4 inches so he does have some God given attributes on his side, but his vertical jump is paltry, his arm strength is above average, and his speed is on par with a JV cross country runner . The physical side of coach Alex's game has never been his strength, it has always been and always will be the mental side of his game that makes him great.
As a high schooler, Alex spent almost every single day working on his game (he knew that his physical talents would not be enough, so he had to put in more time and effort than everyone else). Now, club volleyball practice was 2 times a week so he had to find a way to play and train the other...
One of the things I am most proud of at Bay to Bay is the tight knit nature of our coaching staff. There are so many great friendships that have been formed through coaching together, it is amazing to see how people invest into each other, and in turn get even more out of their teams.
On the flip side, this can be an intimidating environment for a new coach to join. There is usually an onboarding process for new coaches within the club to get a hang of how we approach training, tournaments, and the culture of the coaching staff off of the court. That was not the case with Arin Dadiw.
I can't think of any other coach that integrated into our club as seamlessly as Arin. Coach Arin is entering his second full season with the club, but he has been a part of Northern California volleyball for over a decade. When Arin first interviewed to join our staff, he had most definitely done his homework. He had picked up on all of the things that we preach behind the...
Coach Ryan Sullivan has been a part of Bay to Bay for over four years, but he has been a major contributor to Northern California volleyball for well over a decade.
It is easy to see what motivates Coach Ryan when he walks in the door of the practice gym. He arrives early and moves from court to court saying hey to all of the coaches and players and then makes his way to his whiteboard to get his teams practice plan up.
As his players start to trickle in he strikes up a conversation with them individually, maybe even getting in a quick pepper session. Coach Ryan is all about his athletes. He has a tremendous passion for the game of volleyball, something I have seen in him ever since he was in high school at Branham, but his true passion lies in helping the young men in his care.
Like all of our coaches, Coach Ryan knows the struggles of being a young athlete having gone through them himself. What makes Coach Ryan...
Matt Frankenstein (or coach Frank as his players call him) has been a part of Bay to Bay for over a decade, first as a player and then as a coach since 2009. Starting as an assistant for a number of teams while in college, Frank then progressed to the head coach of some of our top "2's" teams, before finally taking over as the 14-1's coach in 2013.
In that role as 14-1's head coach, Frank took the helm of not only his team, but the entire 14-under program (coach Frank likes to call them "the youth"). He watched all of the 14-under teams, provided advice to younger coaches, and set a standard for excellence for our youngest players that helped set them on the path towards success within the club.
The first few years were not easy. Frank's teams stayed in the Gold division, but were unable to crack the top-5. Mind you, when Frank took hold of the 14's age group we had only two teams in the division, that was it, 14's was the start of the pipeline...
This Summer, as local COVID restrictions began to loosen, the club knew that we wanted to return to play outside using our grass volleyball nets. We emailed and called every facility we could, no one was willing to rent us space. Defeated, we returned to the drawing board and hopped on Google maps in search of any grassy areas we could find.
Lo and behold we saw Excite Ballpark, home of the San Jose Giants. Lucky for us, coach Matt Alongi is also the VP of Marketing for the Giants. Quickly we put a text out to Matt asking if he thought it would be possible to host grass practices at the stadium. Within five minutes Matt responded with one word: “Yup”.
A week later Matt had gotten health department approval, arranged a rental agreement for us, coordinated dates and times, found us storage space in the stadium, got us signage and equipment to help with flow of traffic, and even served as the facility supervisor for every practice (5 days a week).
Without a doubt, coach...