Pittsburgh's premier youth volleyball training program.
8-Time KRVA Region Champions (2009 - 17O, 2011 - 17O, 15O & 14C, 2012 - 16O, &14O, 2013 - 17C, &14C)
5-Time USAV National Qualifier (2008 - 18s, 2009 - 18s & 17s, 2010 - 16s, 2011-17s)
Calendar: The March Practice Schedule Has Been Posted
Payments: Third Installment Payments PAST Due
The 2nd Installment payment was due by Friday 2/28. Please make sure your payment is prompt to not interrupt service. Players with an overdue balance will be removed from tournament rosters until paid. Please get the checks in the mail today. Mail checks made out to P3R Volleyball to P3R Volleyball, P.O. Box 23183, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-6183. The amounts due for each team is below. You can view a complete breakdown of the payments and fees HERE
|17 Fort Duquesne||$445|
|16 Fort Pitt||$445|
|14 Hot Metal||$275|
|13 West End||$275|
Registration: Make sure you have your paperwork in!!!
If you haven't yet, here are still a few things left to do to complete the registration process. Since the USAV registration was completed before tryouts, that part is done. You must still though, log back in to USAV's WebPoint System and under "My Information" change the club affiliation to "P3R"
Login to the USAV WebPoint System
If you only purchased a tryout membership, you must upgrade to a full membership then select "P3R" as the club.
The next step is to download and complete the following forms in their entirety and mail the required items along with a deposit check for $300 to our address as soon as possible to secure your registration. The completed registration and deposit was to be submitted no later than December 6.
Registration Forms: Download & Complete (in order):
2013-14 P3R Club Contract
P3R Parent/Spectator Code of Conduct
USAV Medical Release Form (2 Copies)
3 (Three) Copies of Player's Birth Certificate (on 8.5" x 11" paper)
Mail the forms along with a deposit check for $300 made out to P3R Volleyball to the following address:
P.O. Box 23183
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-6183
New for 2014: P3R is the First-Ever StatEasy Club
Also, we are very pleased to announce that we have partnered to become the first-ever StatEasy club. StatEasy is a comprehensive, integrated stats and video software for high school and college sports teams. It allows teams to record and publish statistically coded video to the internet to share with coaches, families and peers. Imagine being able to instantly see your daughter's best plays in the comfort of your own home. With StatEasy's Social Sports Network, you can access game video and stats online! You will be able to use StatEasy to share tournament stats and video with the rest of your team at no cost. You will also be able to upgrade to create StatReels, highlight videos that you can use as a keepsake or to share as game tape for college coaches for recruiting purposes. We will have a few seminars once the season begins on how to use and maximise the value of using StatEasy. This is a free service only available with P3R!
FAQ: Questions Frequently Asked and Some Answers
We have received many emails and calls over the past few months about our club. Here are some of the most frequent and some answers:
Q: When are you having tryouts? How do I sign up?|
A: Tryouts for 8 Graders and younger are on November 12. Tryouts for 9th through 12th Graders will begin on November 19. Follow the registration instructions on our Registration page. The tryout fee is $25 and will be collected at the tryout check-in table.
Q: How much does it cost to play this year?
A: The final tuition amounts will not be set until team rosters are completed and tournament schedules are set in December. Factors such as facility rental, equipment fees, uniforms, coaches fees & costs, tournament fees, and team size go into calculating the final tuition amount. However, you can view last year's tuition amount and fees HERE. This year's fees should be similar.
Q: When do teams practice? how often? and where?
A: Teams will practice typically 2-3 times per week. 15s-18 & Under teams will practice up to 3 times per week, usually 2 weeknight practices and one weekend practice. Ages 14 & Under will practice up to 2 times per week. Practice schedules are set after teams are formed to better coordinate schedules. We use multiple facilities within the central Pittsburgh area. Most of our practices, however, are held at the Greentree SportsPlex, Sharon Church in Moon & Point Park University downtown.
Q: How many tournaments do they play and and where are they?
A: Our 15s-18s will play in 7 or 8 tournaments, 14s & 13s play in 5 or 6 tournaments, and our 12s and 11s will play 3 or 4. Our top skilled teams will compete to go to the USAV National tournament in an open division which includes 1 or 2 national qualifiers, a few showcase tournaments, as well as the necessary required tournaments to be eligible for the KRVA Bid and Region Championships. Travel costs for these teams is higher but offers the most exposure for these teams against tougher competition. We try to not put a team in a competition level that they cannot compete.
Our other teams will play a more localized tournament schedule with most tournaments within a 2 hour drive to cut down on the need for a hotel. Most of these tournaments will be a one-day event with maybe a 2-day event or with a one-night stay the night before. We try to put teams in tournaments with similar competition. Your tuition is for volleyball training and practice, therefore playing time is not necessarily equal and not guaranteed. We use tournaments to emphasize team success and to perform at their best within competition.
Q: What sets your club apart from the other clubs?
A: We encourage parents to do their research before committing to a club. There are many area clubs that offer very similar experiences and we encourage players to join a club to continue playing in the off season. However, our priority is to create a positive, enjoyable and rewarding experience, all while being trained by some of the best and experienced volleyball coaches in the area. We have also had the most teams participating in the USAV National Championships in the last 6 years.
We also have a strong track record in the last 6 years of developing the most and highest percentage of collegiate players. We feel that we provide the best opportunities as well as the best training for our players to continue their careers beyond high school. With the experienced and connected college coaches on our staff, our priority is to assist our athletes in earning spots of college rosters as well as potentially earning scholarships. We do not charge extra for a player's skills tape. We will also create a player profile page and link to market the athlete to college coaches at no extra charge. And we also work with college coaches to help them find the athletes that are fits for their program. We help link our athletes to scholarship programs. This is a unique and exclusive ammenity that only P3R offers. Overall, time and time again, we've gotten rave reviews from our players and parents about the times they had with P3R. Talk to a former player or parent about their experiences to get the real feedback about a club.
2013 Wrap-Up: 17FD & 14HM are KRVA Champs; More Tournament Wins
What a way to end the season but with not one but TWO teams winning the KRVA Championships in Harrisburg. The 17 Fort Duquesne team searched for that elusive tournament win and came from behind in both the semis and finals to defeat a Keystone team that beat them in the finals in the first tournament of the year at MLK. A well-earned and hard-fought championship that made it that much sweeter. But the final win of the weekend was the 14 Hot Metal team closing out their near-perfect season with the region title and a 33-1 record on the year. This includes a tremendous set record of 63-3 this season. All other P3R teams did well in Harrisburg with all teams either finishing in the Gold bracket and 18 Fort Pitt and 16 Clemente winning the Silver championship.
|P3R 16 Clemente - KRVA Silver Bracket Champs|
Earlier in the year we took home 4 more tournament championships as more teams finished in first at some tournaments. The 15 Warhol team had an impressive day at the Westmoreland Elite tournament in Monroeville in March and exacting revenge on the team they lost to in pool play for the tourny win. The 16th Street team went to the WV panhandle to win their first tournament at Bethany College. They then followed that up with another tournament win in April at Westminster College. The 17 Fort Duquesne and 14 Hot Metal teams tuned up for their KRVA championship wins with tournament victories in Monroeville as well.
|P3R 15 Warhol - Westmoreland Elite Champs||P3R 16th Street - Bethany College Champs|
|P3R 16th Street - Westminster College Champs||P3R 14 Hot Metal - Westmoreland Elite Champs|
|P3R 17 Fort Duquesne - Westmoreland Elite Champs|
What a great year for all of our teams! The most rewarding thing beyond the wins for us is the improvement in the skill level of all of our teams. A special shout-out to the 13s teams who looked like they learned the most since December and transformed into skilled players and to the 14 Smithfield team who went from the bottom of the Silver bracket to a real threat in the Gold bracket at regionals. Just a small example of how hard all of our players worked this year and how it's paying off. It's also a direct result of our fantastic coaching. Thanks and a great job to our new coaches, Sean, Mike D., Alex, Matt, Jess, Cara & Dana, for boosting our already stellar coaching staff.
Don't forget!!! Our annual Summer Camp is just a few weeks away! Make sure you sign up today as space is limited. See below or visit our Summer Camp page for more info.
Feel like that's still not enough volleyball this summer? Private or group training sessions are also available with Curt Russell. Check out his new website at http://russellvbadvancedtraining.sqsp.com/ on how to schedule.
Best of luck to everyone in your school season this fall. Tell your teammates of the great experience you had and how P3R helped you get that good. And we'll see all of you this November for tryouts!
Mid-season Update: Hot Metal striking gold; Coach Bruno to run blindfolded
A 3-Peat! In just 3 tournaments, P3R 14 Hot Metal has run through each flawlessly to win 3 championships. This includes the 16-team "Winter Blast" and 12-team "SHU Fancy 14s" mixed tournaments. They'll try to repeat yet again for two more tournaments to get ready for the KRVA Championships in May. Congratulations!
In P3R related news, 15 Panther Hollow Head Coach and Director Mike Bruno has been busy in his spare time training to run the Pittsburgh Marathon on May 5. What makes it extra unique, he will be running the marathon blindfolded. How? He will be running with and teathered to Point Park's Cross Country Coach Jim Irvin. Coach Bruno was a cross country runner in college at Robert Morris but has been a while since he ran a marathon, and never blindfolded. So his training has been intense. Why? Over seven years ago, Coach Bruno's daughter was born premature and born without sight. Since then, she has served as his inspiration to raise awareness and money for ROPARD, the Association for Retinopathy of Prematurity and Related Diseases, an organization that has helped children like Cassie and funds research so that children like Cassie may be able to see one day. Through events such as "Volley for Vision" and this marathon, Coach Bruno has worked to raise this awareness in the community. For more info on his run and on how to support his efforts, visit 26-2blindfolded.com.
Also, we came across this article and thought we should share it. Most of our coaches have been players when we were younger or are parents that have daughters who play or have played. So when we read this article, we could all relate and thought it was an interesting perspective and wanted to share with all of you. Please take the time to read it:
"What Makes A Nightmare Sports Parent -- And What Makes A Great One" -by Steve Henson
College prospects, we wanted to pass along some info on a showcase tournament...in Hawaii! It is not too late to join Team Pennsylvania this summer to compete at the NoKaOi Showcase Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii. Players will play for college coaches from their states and get to be seen by other college coaches. Even better, spend time touring the beautiful island of Oahu and the famous Waikiki Beach. One of the PA coaches is familiar to us. Get more info from the showcase website here...
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