Pittsburgh's premier youth volleyball training program.
10-Time KRVA Region Champions (2009 - 17O, 2011 - 17O, 15O & 14C, 2012 - 16O & 14O, 2013 - 17C & 14C, 2014 - 16C & 14C)
5-Time USAV National Qualifier (2008 - 18s, 2009 - 18s & 17s, 2010 - 16s, 2011-17s)
ANNOUNCEMENT: P3R announces partnership with Dan Fisher; unveils coaches for 2015
P3R Volleyball was founded in the Fall of 2004 as an alternative to the usual club experience. Over the last 10 years, P3R has been the trend-setter at the forefront of developing Western PA volleyball. With quality coaching and a positive experience, P3R's success has not only been on the court with our regional championships or tournament wins, but how our players have been developed for the next level in their college careers. But now for our 10th Anniversary, it's a great time to take P3R as a whole to the next level. To start our next decade, a few major announcements will be made this fall that will change the club volleyball landscape in the Pittsburgh area for years to come.
Being announced first, P3R has been working hard in the off season recruiting what we think is the best coaching staff in Western PA! The additions to our staff will even further increase the quality of our training and overall club experience. We're very excited to bring this news to you and can't wait any longer. And now...
P3R is proud to announce our partnership with Dan Fisher,
Head Coach of the University of Pittsburgh Women's Volleyball Team!
Coach Fisher will be our Technical Training Consultant for this upcoming season. Regarded as one of the top coaches in the country, Coach Fisher is in his 2nd year at Pitt building the program to prominence in the ACC and nationally. Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh, Coach Fisher led his Concordia University team to the NAIA National Championship and was also named NAIA National Coach of the Year.
"We are very excited to have Coach Fisher work with our club. He has a proven track record on various levels. I am confident he will have a positive impact on our organization. Success breeds success, and Coach Fisher will bring great value to P3R and the entire local volleyball community." -Mike Bruno
"I have known Coach Bruno since my time in the NAIA and have seen that he is a quality coach and good mentor. P3R has a great plan for the future and I am excited to work with their coaches. The goal is to is to provide the most current technical training, in a positive environment. I think Pittsburgh area volleyball players will love the result." -Dan Fisher
Also, P3R will be having a team at each high school age level that will train and practice out of the Fitzgerald Field House. Mike Bruno, P3R Co-Director and Head Coach of the Point Park University Women's Volleyball team, will be our 14 & Under coach this year. Coach Bruno will once again bring his 17 years of collegiate experience and 300+ career collegiate wins to the 14 & Under age group. Of which he has previously won 2 region championships at the 14 & Under level for P3R. Coach Bruno has been named conference Coach of the Year 5 times and was also named AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 2011.
P3R's 15 & Under Coach for 2015: Kellen Petrone
A familiar face in Pittsburgh volleyball, Coach Kellen joined the University of Pittsburgh Women's Volleyball team in July as the Director of Volleyball Operations. And now he will join P3R as the coach of our 15 & Under age group. He brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm that he has developed with his time not only at Pitt, but while on the staffs at Point Park, Robert Morris, UNC-Asheville, Duquesne as well as local clubs and high schools. He has helped develop numerous young local players into elite collegiate players and looks to do the same again with P3R.
"I had the pleasure of working with Coach Petrone last fall at Point Park University. He knows the game at a very high level. Coach Petrone is great technical trainer that promotes a positive environment in the training gym and during match play. We are very excited that he will be joining our staff." -Mike Bruno
P3R's 16 & Under Coach for 2015: Lindsey Campbell
Lindsey Campbell, Assistant Coach at the University of Pittsburgh, is one of the top young coaches in the country and we are excited to have her coaching at P3R. Not only did she have a successful playing career as a collegiate All-American and a professional player in Europe, but she has top club coaching experience at Tstreet in California, twice taking her team to Nationals. Not to mention her impressive college coaching credentials while helping coach her alma mater Concordia University-Irvine to a 75-2 record and an NAIA National Championship in her two seasons there before coming to Pitt.
"Coach Campbell is another great addition to the P3R coaching line up. Her résumé is very impressive as a both a player and a coach. She will bring a wealth of knowledge from her days of playing professionally and coaching an NAIA National Championship Team." -Mike Bruno
Stay tuned as we continue to announce more of our 2015 coaches!
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Summer Camp: Sold Out 7th Annual Camp another success
What a great time this summer for our 7th annual P3R Summer Camp. Another SOLD OUT camp this year was full of lots of fun and lots of volleyball instruction and learning. Thanks to all of our campers and staff for another successful camp and we look forward to another great one next summer.
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 begin in Mid-November. Tryout information will be posted soon. Check back here in October.
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.
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 Pitt's Fitzgerald Fieldhouse, 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 7 years.
We also have a strong track record in the last 7 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.
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Feeling Blue: P3R Lights It Up Blue for Autism Speaks;
As many of you remember, Director and 12 Birmingham coach Mike Bruno ran last year's Pittsburgh Marathon blindfolded with the assistance of Point Park University's Cross Country Coach Jim Irvin. Last year, they ran in honor of Mike's daughter Cassie who is both blind and autistic to raise funds for the Vision Research ROPARD Foundation.
This year, they have decided to run again! This time to raise awareness and funds for Autism Speaks. An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday explained why they decided to run again and why for Autism Speaks.
CLICK HERE to donate for the run. Or visit 26-2blindfolded.com for more info.