To create a mentally and physically healthy environment for young athletes to test themselves through challenging training and competition. Athletes will be encouraged each and every day by a supportive staff of coaches who will seek to actively improve the overall lives of these athletes by being positive mentors who both know the game and seek to create balance between sport and life.
What does “TK” mean? TK is short for “Talitha Koum” or “Taley Koum” (masculine) which when translated, means “Little girl/little boy, get up, arise.”.
The story of the logo: The Phoenix, the fire, and the volleyball...
Our mission statement is clear. We want to provide a healthy environment where athletes can be challenged - and challenge each other through the practice of healthy competition. We started this club as an alternative to those that already exist because we know that our methods work, and we know we can provide exactly what athletes want: An environment that is challenging, tough, and disciplined while at the same time being fair. They want an environment based on support and encouragement where every athlete knows exactly where they stand and what they need to work on individually at all times.
team only practices
No master coaching sessions or otherwise "shared" practice sessions unless preparing for competition through a scheduled scrimmage. Does this mean that coaches will isolate themselves and refuse to collaborate? Not at all! Quite the opposite in fact. Coaches are expected to lean on each other to strengthen teams.
strength and conditioning
Josh McClure is our on-site strength and conditioning trainer. He will be with us at least twice a week for a minimum of 30 minutes per practice. In addition to conditioning, he will also train body mobility and prehab for injury prevention. He will take an early assessment of your athlete and his/her mechanics to identify strength deficiencies so he can then build those weaknesses and avoid injuries due to poor mechanics and/or overuse.
Yes, we are going to address the mental aspect of sports and will train our athletes in basic visualization skills as well as help to rewire some of the negative dialogue that goes through their minds under stress and fatigue with a positive script that will be valuable both on and off the court.
We are truly attempting to create a better sense of balance for families and their committed athletes. With careful attention to detail in regards to scheduling, as well as the opportunity to discuss and vote on the addition of AAUs, we feel that we will be able to better create the season that will be best for our athletes and families.
We will work hard in the gym—but more is not necessarily better. Muscles aren't built during a workout; they're built while we sleep. Rest is even more important than the reps we take in the gym. Overtraining leads to fatigue, which leads to acute injuries and chronic pain - both of which contribute to an athlete's learning to dislike the game. Because of this, key rest and rejuvenation periods are built into every single age group’s training plan.
Tony Hunter is our full-time Athletic Trainer. He will be in the gym 30 minutes prior to every single scheduled practice, through the entire practice and then 15-30 minutes after each practice for ice and rehab. None of our coaches will be in the position of having to assess an injury to a player during practice. Furthermore, if a player does suffer a serious injury, he will be able to monitor rehab and can communicate directly with their doctor throughout the rehab process to ensure a safe return to play.
Not only will our older athletes act as mentors to our younger athletes, but we will also be bringing in veteran parents to assist parents new to club volleyball or to any parents who just want a sounding board in regards to recruiting, the stresses of travel ball and/or what it means to be the mom or dad of a teenager. We will have seminars, meet-up, and even a moderated online forum for parent support. Our goal is to offer a place where parents, players and coaches can empower each other.
Monthly seminars regarding time management, stress reduction, leadership, positive self-talk and other pertinent topics as deemed necessary by individual coaches to their particular team.
We will provide 2 award ceremonies for academic achievement—1 in December and 1 in June. We will identify all of our athletes who achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in a semester. They will be recognized at the end of practice and will receive a certificate, their name on a TK Honor Roll banner on the website and in the gym, and will receive a commemorative pin for their backpack. While we understand that many in club VB pursue athletic scholarships, we feel that our athletes’ work in the classroom is of utmost importance in affording them more opportunities and choices that could yield a better fit for them and their future.
We will offer to our athletes and families, a trained professional who has the means in which to create a dynamic experience for every single athlete, regardless of whether they want to go to a top D1 program or have something smaller and more intimate in mind such as a D2 or D3. We feel that our athletes and families need guidance through this arduous process, so we went and found the best in the business and have him available. He will host free seminars and workshops for parents of rising 14 to 18 year olds to assist them with learning about the process. He will also be available on a private-consulting basis for more in-depth 1-on-1 assistance.
At TK Volleyball, we realize that what we are doing involves more than just training an athlete. We are helping parents to instill in their children the mindset and tools necessary for dealing with real-world issues. Volleyball is the vehicle, but it is neither the trip nor the destination. And their family is along for the ride - more often than not clueless as to how this whole thing works. As such we think we owe it to them to do our best to help them through the process.
What does “TK” mean? TK is short for “Talitha Koum” or “Taley Koum” (masculine) which when translated from Aramaic, means “Little girl/little boy, get up, arise.” And while it comes from a Biblical story, our club is not affiliated with any church or religious organization. Rather, the phrase is what serves as the inspiration and foundation to the club—“Little girl, get up”—“Little boy, get up”. What other lesson could we possibly want our athlete to know and fully understand than to always seek to rise again when we fall—when we struggle—when difficulties and adversity come our way?
TK is committed to strengthening each of our athletes inside and out so that when they leave the program, they have a much stronger sense of who they are and what strength they have—both as an athlete and as a person.
The bird is a Phoenix – a mythical creature that (depending on the country/culture of origin) lives for a period of time, dies, and then rises in a burst of flame to be transformed anew.
The Phoenix is a symbol—and has been for centuries—of humankind’s indomitable will. We want our athletes to feel powerful and capable of total transformation. We feel the Phoenix is the best symbolic representation of this mindset.
The flame is part of the process that the Phoenix utilizes in its transformation but the flame also carries a bit deeper meaning for Suzanne—the creator of TKVB. Throughout her childhood, she had a horrible fear of fire having grown up in Southern California where wildfires would rip through mountain ranges near and dear to her home. It was somewhat ironic that she would later have to confront that fear and have to literally befriend fire and understand its true nature when she was in the Marine Corps. It was at this time that Suzanne fully understood that life brings us lessons and experiences that we must overcome so that we can become stronger and defeat those imaginary fears—and in so doing, when we confront and conquer those fears—we liberate others to do the same. The flame is a symbol of conquering fear and using obstacles as fuel for transformation.
Finally, the ball. It is of course a volleyball. And this represents the canvas that we use to create the better version of ourselves.
"Suzanne is the greatest coach and mentor I’ve ever had. She cares so deeply for each of her players and is incredibly passionate. She teaches great skills and work ethic like all great coaches, but what is truly special is the way Suzanne coaches and teaches mental toughness and consistency. The mental aspect of the game is hard to master but vitally important to become the best player you can be. Those skills are invaluable and will set you up for success for the rest of your life.
You'll discover the best version of yourself playing for Suzanne."
"I have never had a coach care more about my growth as a player just as much as my growth as a person. Suzanne coached me for 7 years of my life and the lessons she taught me then still guide me now as I continue my volleyball career at the division 1 level. I am so lucky to have been coached by Coach Fitz."
"Playing for coach Fitzgerald is like nothing I have ever experienced before. Her excitement about the game always brings the best out of you. She will hold you to a higher standard than other coaches because she believes in your potential. If you like winning, she’s the coach to play for!"
"I played for Coach Suzanne my 14-1 season at A5 Volleyball Club. I personally believe within that one year I found the core player I am today. Coach Suzanne provides a confidence within each of her players that allows everyone to see their potential. While playing for her definitely was not the easiest thing I've ever done, it was beyond worth it. The mental and physical strength I gained that season has stuck with me to this day.
"Suzanne not only makes you a great volleyball player, but a great person. Regardless of the consequences thrown at you, the rigorous workouts or enforced discipline, one thing I have always been sure of is she always has my back."
"Coach Suzanne was one of the coaches that I so desperately wanted to play for when I started out at volleyball. I saw the way she transformed players from good to great. What I didn't know was how she transformed girls into young women.
"Through my one season with Coach Suzanne I found a strength inside of myself that I didn't know existed and the core values that I retain to this day as a player and as a person. Although I wouldn't describe the experience as easy, I would say that it is definitely worthwhile because it will shape you mentally and physically. Suzanne always has the best interest of her players and even if she's not your coach, she is always there for you whenever you need her."
"I played for Fitz for my 14s club season and am now going on my 3rd high school season with her as my coach at Walton.
"I have found a new love for the game through her passionate coaching and personality. I have become a whole new player under her coaching and have been pushed to both my physical and mental limits. I am a much more confident player now and feel that she has put in her best effort to prepare me to play volleyball at the next level. She truly has helped me see my true potential by pushing me harder than any coach ever has before.
"Not only have has she changed me as a player, but more importantly as a person."