Piedmont is extremely excited to announce the addition of our beach volleyball program to the 2017-18 season! Piedmont’s Beach Volleyball Program is designed to give all levels of players the opportunity to grow as individuals by training them in a different element. Piedmont is a firm believer that with its comprehensive program this upcoming year, they can help transform players into more physical, smarter and conditioned volleyball players that will translate to the hardcourt.
Kyle Milborn – Executive Director & Lead Trainer
During Kyle’s time in the Chicagoland area, he launched and developed Club Fusion’s (Chicago, IL) first ever beach volleyball program. In it’s first year of existence, Club Fusion had 150 athletes in the program and consisted of all levels of skill sets. Club Fusion qualified and earned 1 of 8 spots to compete at the West Coach AAU Olympic Games in Hermosa Beach, CA where they brought home the bronze medal. High Point University’s Carly Jimenez (Below: Carly is pictured 2nd from the right) was one of the athletes who brought home the bronze.
While still in Chicago, Kyle continued to build the Club Fusion beach program up before leaving for N.C to take over Piedmont VBC. During that time, Kyle continued to train many teams that went onto qualify for USAV Nationals Championships along with competing in other major national events across the country.
Kyle believes that under this training model, it not only has helped athletes on the indoor game but also helped prepare them for college. With beach volleyball collegiate scholarship opportunities being very slim; due to the fact that a vast majority of collegiate beach programs consist of players who are on scholarship with the indoor program. We will use our knowledge and experience to help prepare our athletes for the next level on the hardcourt while still giving them a strong foundation in beach volleyball.
Here’s a couple testimony from a couple of Kyle’s former players, Claire Anderson, Sophomore, OH from DePaul University & Jaclyn Taylor, Sophomore, S from Creighton University.
“I played beach volleyball for Kyle for two years leading up to collegiate volleyball at DePaul University. Although I do not play beach in college the skills that I learned during my time playing enhanced my overall skills as a player. Kyle did a great job of preparing me and my partner for competitions and put in a lot of time individually with us which lead to great success. The experience I had playing beach made me a better defensive player and smarter offensive player which I see translated into my indoor game. Kyle was a very good mentor for me and we still keep in touch to this day.”
“Playing with Kyle as a coach in beach helped enhance not only my beach game but also my indoor game and prepared me to play at Creighton University. Kyle helped to develop my skills by creating practices that were fun yet very productive and competitive so that my partner and I were ready for competition. While there were multiple teams at each practice, Kyle made sure to also focus on the individual development of each player. One area where I really saw the beach game help prepare me for college was defensively. In my opinion, a lot of volleyball, both beach and indoor, is mental and Kyle would help us to train the technical aspects but also our mentality. I can honestly say I would not be the player I am today without Kyle!”
Our season consists of 4 months from April through July. Players who are still playing for the National program will be given the opportunity to still train in the sand during the season.
Piedmont Beach VBC offers opportunity for ages 18U-12U. This is not a tryout style program as all players are welcome to join with the hopes of bettering there skill sets and progressing in volleyball.
Yes, we allow all players to join our beach program no matter what club they played for during the indoor season.
Practice days and times will be split up by age groups. This allows for optimal training conditions for athletes to grow in the game but at different speeds. Our practice schedule will be set up around our indoor National program to allow for all athletes to participate. Practice Schedule and location will be release in March of 2018.
Piedmont offers 2 options for athletes to participate:
Full Season: $350 for all 4 months
Monthly Season: $100 per month
Full Season players will receive a NIKE Jersey Top, 2-Practice Tank Top and includes coaches salaries, court and equipment rental.
Monthly players will receive a practice tank top and includes coaches salaries plus court and equipment rental. Players will have the ability to purchase a jersey top at a discounted rate.
No, tournaments are not included with this fee but we encourage players to compete. Piedmont will help players navigate through all the tournaments offered and guide them in the right direction of tournaments that they believe to be a good fit for each athlete or team.
No, we encourage all athletes interested to participate whether or not they have a partner. We will definitely assist players in the process of finding a partner for events. Our philosophy is very similar to our indoor philosophy in that we believe in the individual training of each player first and training the team second. If both players are training hard then it should transfer into success on the court.
Yes, you’ll need a USAV membership in order to participate in our program. If you play indoor during the 2017-18 club season chances are that you already have a membership and would just need to ensure Piedmont VBC is the designated club.
In order to compete at tournaments, you’ll need to ensure you have the correct membership needed to participate in that corresponding event. Some tournaments fall under the USAV umbrella and others are AAU affiliated. We will certainly help guide athletes through this process.
Piedmont can’t guarantee they will always provide a coach at each tournament but will certainly be at some of the events. However, If you would like to have a coach at an event, then you can pay extra to ensure a coach to be at the event that you’re participating in.
There certainly are tournaments located all over the country that athletes can travel to compete in but it’s not necessary. North Carolina and neighboring states also offer opportunities for athletes to play as well. For players that plan on attending AAU National Championships in Orlando, FL they can pair a beach tournament such as the AAU Super Regional in Cocoa Beach, FL with nationals. Piedmont VBC players must make sure this event is prior to the indoor AAU National Championships. For this event, Piedmont will have a staff present at no additional cost to the families.
Piedmont will launch it’s registration for the beach program in February through our Bonzi Team system. Please check back here in February to register for the 2018 season.