MADFROG VOLLEYBALL CLUB
PLAYER AND PARENT HANDBOOK
MADFROG CLUB LEADERSHIP
Stefanie Rotunno-Samuels – Director, Owner, Coach
Nicky “Bram” Bramschreiber – Recruiting Coordinator, Co-Director, Coach
Pacifico “PC” Conanan – Director of Player Development, Co-Director, Coach
Nicole Gibson - MadTads Program Coordinator, Coach
Stephanie Lewellen – Coaching Coordinator, Coach
William Buchanan - Sand Program Coordinator, Coach
Jason Samuels – Website Developer
Kecia Allamong – Administrative Assistant
OUR MISSION AND CLUB PHILOSOPHY
The mission of Madfrog Volleyball Club is to provide student-athletes with sound fundamental volleyball skills and develop each player to her maximum potential. The coaches and directors are committed to developing the whole athlete. The "total package" encompasses the players’ academics, athleticism, self-esteem and citizenship. In addition to teamwork, discipline, and fundamental skills, the coaching staff is devoted to making each girl not only a player of the game, but also a student of the game.
Participating in club volleyball requires a large amount of time and financial commitment for the student-athlete and parents. That is why Madfrog Volleyball would like each student-athlete to get the most out of their investment. Becoming an organized, dedicated, and confident student-athlete is one advantage to this commitment. The commitment also provides the potential opportunity to continue to play in the future at the college level.
MADFROG’s goal is to provide a feeling of belonging and unity for all the athletes, coaches and families that are a part of Madfrog. As a club, we challenge our athletes to follow their dreams … and we believe that we are doing just that by creating a home where we can grow and help foster our athlete’s goals and dreams!
MADFROG CLUB SUCCESS
MADFROG Volleyball is a recognized and well respected volleyball program in the state of Texas. The success of our program is a direct reflection of the hard work our players, parents, and staff put in during the club season. We strive for success that is measured beyond the win-loss record. Success is within the journey as much as it is about reaching
the destination. Our success is about uniting a group of individuals to pursue a common goal and to overcome individual differences in order for the team to achieve its potential; success of the athlete excelling on a personal level on the court as well as off the court by being a part of something bigger than the individual. Our success is about teaching life skills through volleyball play that are necessary to be a successful. The expectations are high for MADFROG club volleyball players. Being on a MADFROG Club Volleyball team is a commitment to hard work and dedication that requires the selection of athletes who "bring something special to the court and their team".
PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT
If you do not follow the parent code of conduct, Madfrog has the right to exercise the following:
1) Parent/Parents will not longer be able to attend practices or tournaments.
2) Immediate dismissal of player from Madfrog team for the season.
Line of communication
This is one of the most important areas to emphasize. This line of communication will be strictly followed within our program. Our club truly believes that if all of us are conscientious in following this, we should not run into any problems that cannot be resolved in a smooth comfortable way.
If a player is having frustrations or concerns of any kind it is very important that she speak to the coach as soon as possible within our guidelines. If after speaking to the coach, she does not feel like the problem has been resolved, then you as parents may document the concern and send it in an email to your coach. It will be determined at that time if a meeting, with the coaches, to discuss the matter needs to be arranged, or if it can be discussed by email or over the phone. If after discussing matters with the coaches, you still have concerns, then a meeting may be arranged with the parent, athlete, coach, and a Madfrog Club Director.
Please note that any meeting will NOT take place with just the parent; the player MUST be present in the discussion, and the discussion will ONLY be about that player and the documented concern. A Club Director will be informed of any concerns and meetings with the coaching staff so they are aware that communication is happening. Any information given to parents will be shared openly and honestly with MADFROG club directors.
Parents should not approach the coaches before or after practices or matches about any issue. If the matter is related to a specific incident or event, then the parents and athletes should wait 24 hours after the specific incident or event before contacting the coach via email. (an incident is to include change in position/playing time for athlete).
Tournaments can be an emotional time for both parents and coaches. Meetings under this setting do not promote resolution. Productive meetings require calm, rational attitudes in a private setting where concerns can be addressed and all parties are cooperating to make the meeting effective for the betterment of the athlete.
If the rules of communication are violated, the athlete will be removed from playing time for the duration of the tournament.
Appropriate Issues to Discuss with Coaches
· Treatment of your child
· Ways to help your child improve
· Concerns about your child’s behavior
Issues Not Appropriate to Discuss with Coaches
· Playing time
· Coaching decisions
· Other athletes
Playing time will be determined by the level of team and competition, each player’s individual skills and attitude, and their ability to consistently contribute to the team’s performance and chemistry. These are based on the coach's assessment of the team and players.
We want practice conditions to mimic game conditions.
PARENT PRACTICE PROTOCOL
Be supportive and cheer for all players
Respect and support the coaches
If you have concerns or questions for any of the coaches, we ask that you speak with them privately about it and follow communication guidelines.
Do not discuss players who are not your children with other players or other adults
No profanity or disruptive behavior
No alcohol in the gym
Do not yell out instructions. Support but do not coach or interfere with players and/or coaches during practice or games
In order to maintain our programs responsibly and with the professionalism that is required we ask that you follow our rules regarding parents and/or siblings and any other person NOT registered as an athlete or a coach.
NO PARENTS or CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED ON THE COURTS, COURT CHAIRS, REF STANDS, COURT NETS, HITTING BOXES AND TRAINING APPARATUS AT ANY TIME.
This means no 'warming up' with kids before, during, or after practices on the courts. There should be no parents or persons on the courts at any time other than coaches and athletes for the program/practice taking place. This includes coaches children as well. This is not only a liability per insurance regulations etc. but it also detracts from the actual program or practices taking place on the courts. This is not a playground - it is a business and for our coaches to do their jobs to the best of their ability they need to have their athletes concentrating on the task at hand. We ask that parents PLEASE keep your children with you and supervised AT ALL TIMES while you are in our facility. We also ask that they do NOT enter any storage room, coaches lounge, office and concession stand without specific permission. We do allow you to bring items to keep your children entertained and even have space in the front entryway for you to have room for this purpose. There are signs posted all around the gym with 'ONLY ATHLETES AND COACHES PERMITTED ON THE COURTS'.
Picking Up Your Daughter
The coaching staff will never leave a player alone at MADFROG – we will wait until somebody picks her up. Because of this, we appreciate in advance your consideration for being prompt in picking up your daughters. If for some unusual reason, players are not getting picked up in a timely fashion, a meeting with the coaches to discuss options may be needed.
Absence from Team Practices and Activities
An absence is excused if the player notifies the head coach in advance and the head coach approves the absence.
Please let the coaches know if your child is injured or ill before practice starts. If your child has an injury that does not allow them to practice, they will need a doctor’s note clearing them to participate again.
The uses of illegal substances are prohibited!
There will be no use of alcoholic beverages of any kind, illegal drugs, tobacco in any form, fighting, or any other behavior deemed inappropriate by MadFrogs & North Texas Region
Cellular Phones and Social Media
Cellular phone and social media usage, have been proven to separate individuals from one another in a group setting, it is for this reason that during practices, tournaments, and team events that the use of these items may be restricted. Cell phones and other forms of technology used during restriction times that cause an interruption or separation from the team, or team activities will result in a player losing the privilege of using these items while with the team during the season. If cell phones are used during team bonding activities it must be to enjoy positive benefits to uplift the entire team unit, and not used to separate one or more players from other players on the team.
Because this is becoming an issue that detracts from the life lesson goals that this program strives to create, please be advised that players, parents of players, and coaches using social media (twitter, Facebook, snap chat, and similar media) to voice unsolicited comments/pictures or the like, pertaining to team strategies or personal attacks on the Madfrog club, other players or parents, and members of the coaching staff or their families may result in the related player and/or coach being dismissed from the team, and all team activities associated with the team.
* I will not post any negative comments about MadFrogs, coaches, or teammates
* I will not have any inappropriate pictures posted of myself or teammates
* I will not encourage peer mistreatment through social media or any aspect of life
1. The team must eat together. It is a great time for team bonding!
2. Think Healthy food and drinks
3. No fast food
4. No sodas
5. No candy
Come to the tournament ready to play, both mentally and physically. Every team needs every player to be successful!
* I understand that making the team, I am not guaranteed any playing time in a game.
* I understand that playing time for each athlete is based on skill level, work ethic, and attitude, but ultimately it is the coach’s decision.
Please be patient with the uniform orders. Team Leader is working on getting the team orders and your individual spirit wear orders ready. They will deliver them to the gym when they are ready.
Keep track of your stuff!!!
Contact team leader if you have any issues with uniforms. Dac@teamleader.com
The Importance of academics
As an athlete, you will be expected to give priority to your schoolwork. Your schoolwork can be enhanced by athletic participation. However, your schoolwork should never be used as an excuse to miss a team event. If you are a true student-athlete, then you will take care of schoolwork in a timely manner to be sure neither your school nor your athletics suffers.
Parents must notify the coaches if the athlete is failing any classes or having major difficulties in school.
MADFROG CLUB SEASON PAYMENTS
Payments are due on the 1st of the month, September - April or June. If a payment is late (1st-5th) there will be a $25.00 late fee, and the athlete will not be able to participate in any sanctioned events or practices until a payment is made. A $25.00 transaction fee will be assessed for each returned check, and if the problem occurs two times, parents must pay by cash or a cashier’s check.
Payments can be made two ways:
1) Online via the Madfrog website
2) Drop Box at the gym (make sure to put player name and team on check)
DO NOT MAIL CHECKS TO THE GYM ADDRESS!!!
Please know, once you commit to a team we incur several expenses whether you continue your season with the club or not. It is your responsibility to make sure these payments are made.
All monies that are paid are non-refundable. If payment is not made, Madfrog has the right to release you from your contract or enforce "no pay, no play".
MADFROG TRAVEL GUIDELINES FOR 11S TO 14S TEAMS
MADFROG TRAVEL GUIDELINES FOR 15S - 18S TEAMS
hotel or room.
HOTEL ROOM RESERVATIONS
STAY AND PLAY - The majority of our tournaments are considered ‘Stay and Play’ or ‘Stay to Play’ tournaments, which means our coaches and players must utilize specific hotels and follow specific reservation requirements. The hotels are almost always within walking distance of the venue and the contracted rate is usually less expensive than the average rate. If the hotel is not in walking distance, parents will need to get together and plan / arrange transportation to the tournament site.
SPECIAL REQUESTS - We will do our best to accommodate special requests for hotel stays, but please recognize that at some hotels we are not able to contract any additional rooms or earlier arrivals/later date departures. You are welcome to contact the hotel directly if you need additional rooms for grandparents or friends who are traveling with you, but they may not receive the discounted rate.
What makes a successful athlete?
Motivation is the key to success, and self-motivation is the basis of all motivation. Every successful volleyball player has to be a self-starter. The coaching staff will help you to find your hot button and help you learn how to use it. If the coaches have to motivate you every day in practice, every game, then we are in serious trouble.
What are the ingredients for becoming a self-motivated person and athlete?
First, you must have a strong belief. You must believe not only in yourself, but also in the program, the people in the program, your teammates, and the coaches. Belief is the key to motivation. Belief in what you are doing and who you are doing it with is as important as believing in yourself. If you do not believe in yourself, your team and your program, we cannot be successful.
What it takes to be a great athlete
“No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.”
Being an athlete does not merely mean being a member of the team. There are many phases to think about if you want to be a winner in volleyball and in life as well. The following are a few qualities that are absolutely necessary in becoming a great athlete.
Are you coachable?
The worst thing that can be said about a player is that she is not coachable. A player must be able to take coaching and listen to instruction. Are you a “know it all”? Will you always do your best and strive to improve? Do you accept constructive criticism well? Do you try to compare yourself to other players? Do you make excuses for your performance?
“The outcome lies with you it always has.”
Are you possessed with the spirit of competition, which fires an intense desire to win?
No one has ever achieved greatness without having the burning desire to win. Do you want to win with passion, and as a team? Does it bother you to lose?
“A perfectionist fails every time. It’s the excel-list that never stops getting better.”
Are you willing to practice?
Not just reporting to practice and putting in the necessary time, but working everyday with the same enthusiasm and determination you use in a volleyball match. Great athletes have one speed, and it should be the same every day, full speed, every practice, and every match. Do not just work on the things that you are good at or come easy to you. Spend the majority of your practice time on the things that are difficult for you. If you quit during a drill or during practice, you will quit when it counts most – it becomes habit. We don’t want players who quit we want 100% out of every individual. We must establish a “never quit” attitude in everything that we do.
“Winning isn’t everything, the effort to win is.”
Are you willing to make sacrifices?
Conditioning to play is not fun. It is not easy. Training is exacting; the responsibility is heavy because in volleyball each one must do it individually on her own in the off-season. It is rough, and includes personal denials in order to remain in good condition, but it does have its reward. You will have the inner confidence to execute a good pass or dig, a good serve, a good set, a good attack or block, and winning a match. When you are fatigued, you
rationalize. You make decisions poorly, and you make excuses in your mind. You say to yourself, “I’m too tired, I can’t do this, I’ll quit, I'll loaf, hopefully no one will notice.” When you don’t use your ability to the fullest, you’re cheating yourself and your teammates. The only way to remain in good shape is to never get out of it. The importance of hydration, nutrition, and rest are important variables throughout the season and year.
“Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”
Do you have the ability to think under fire?
Can you concentrate on the work to be accomplished at the moment? Can you shut out of your mind a previous failure, success, or personal insult in order to give your undivided attention to the here and now? Can you check your personal baggage at the door? Matches are won by what is happening now at this moment. Good athletes play every phase of the game at 100%, in the moment. Good athletes play in the moment and play with poise. Learn from mistakes and move on.
Rules of Conduct
We don’t expect nor need a lot of rules, but coaches expect you to conduct yourself on knowing how to look and act. The coaches will help and develop you to look and act like ladies, to have good manners, to be punctual, and to be humble. We want you to play, behave, and act like athletes. The word “class” will become an important part of your life during the season.
Some players who are not quite capable of sustained playing time on varsity should not get discouraged as they may develop into a regular some day. We as coaches have an obligation to develop all players with the expectations that they will develop. You must continue to work toward your maturity as a person and player, while maintaining a positive attitude towards the team. If you cannot commit to this going into the season, then you should reconsider going out for the team. The coaches will try to communicate with you in identifying what role you will play and the skills you need to work on. If you have questions about your role, ask your coach.
School should be the highest priority in your life besides your family. If you fail in school, it is certain that you will fail in volleyball as well. Being successful in school does not only mean passing your classes, but should mean passing with above average grades.
There should be absolutely no behavior problems in or out of school. Always treat others with respect. Be respectful to authority figures. Rules are made for reasons and should be followed. If you have difficulty fitting into the structure of society and school, you will never be successful as a volleyball player. If you can’t be disciplined in school and in your community, you will not be disciplined on the court. Hard work, dedication, and discipline are the most important aspects of life, school and MADFROG Volleyball.
Being part of a team
Being a member of the MADFROG VOLLEYBALL CLUB is a privilege, not a right. As a member of the club, there is inherent responsibility. You have chosen to make a commitment to the program, your team, your teammates, and your coaches. You have
chosen to put the welfare of the team before your own welfare. You have chosen to put the goals of the team before your individual goals.
Team Performance Principles
is a group of diverse individuals who have become one in mind, vision, and feeling, working together towards a common goal. Unity enables a team to rise above obstacles and reach or exceed its potential.
is a state of mind that leads the body to action. Competitive players have passion, grit, mental toughness, and an utmost desire to win. Competitive players play with intensity, they take risks, and play with authority.
Passion causes a player to have motivation, dedication, persistence, and a strong work ethic on and off the field.
Sacrificing the self is when a player totally and completely dedicates herself to her team and her sport with utmost integrity and respect.
A player must trust in her ability, the coaches, and in her teammates, to perform under any circumstances. When a player does not trust her ability, she will begin to face her actions instead of just reaching to a situation.
Players must give priority to the process and not just the outcome. This involves focusing on performance of the current action, instead of focusing on the results of those actions.
Doing things without being asked; includes helping set up and take down equipment during practices and games.
The ability to let go of errors
Ten Commandments for Parents with Athletic Children
1. Make sure your children know that win or lose, scared or heroic, you love them, appreciate their efforts, and are not disappointed in them. This will allow them to do their best without fear of failure. Be the person in their life they can look to for constant positive reinforcement.
2. Try your best to be completely honest about your child’s athletic capability, their competitive attitude, sportsmanship and actual skill level.
3. Be helpful, but don’t coach them on the way to or from the gym or at breakfast, and so on. It’s tough not to, but it’s a lot tougher for the child to be inundated with advice, pep talks, and often-critical instruction.
4. Teach them to enjoy the thrill of competition, to always be giving 100%, to be working to improve their skills and attitudes. Help them to develop the feel for competing, giving a maximum effort, for having fun.
5. Try not to relive your athletic life through your children in a way that creates pressure; you dropped the ball too; you lost as well as won. You were frightened, you backed off at times, and you were not always heroic. Don’t pressure them because of your lost pride.
6. Don’t compete with the coach. If the coach becomes an authority figure, it will run from enchantment to disenchantment, etc., with your athlete.
7. Don’t compare the skill, courage, or attitude of your children with other members of the team, at least within hearing.
8. Get to know all the coaches so that you can be assured that the philosophy, attitudes, ethics, and knowledge are such that you are happy to have your child under this leadership.
9. Always remember that children tend to exaggerate both when praised and when criticized. Temper your reaction and investigate before over-reacting.
10. Make a point of understanding courage and the fact that it is relative. Some of us can climb mountains, and are afraid to fight. Some of us will fight, but turn to jelly if a bee approaches. Everyone is frightened in certain areas. Explain that courage Is not the absence of fear, but a means of doing something in spite of fear or discomfort. The job of the parent of an athletic child is a tough one, and takes a lot of effort to do it well. It is worth all the effort when you hear your youngster say, “My parents really helped me in athletics.”