As volleyball becomes more and more popular the number of teams in each age bracket keeps growing. For the second year in row there were 13 teams competing in just the 10U alone. The teams that competed this year came from all over Anne Arundel county. Teams were fielded by BAVA, Bowie, Crofton, Davidsonville, Ft. Meade, G.O.R.C, and South County. Each team ranged from 7 to12 players per team. These teams were divided between two leagues the "Attack" and "Pancake" leagues. Games started in early September and ran thru the end of October. For the G.O.R.C. organization we even held an end of season tournament.
Despite the rise in popularity one thing remains consistent. G.O.R.C Volleyball keeps raising the bar in the level of competition.
The Tye Dye Tigers came out on top of the Attack league with a 7-0 record and swept the end of season tournament. With practices held twice a week this team translated effort into skill on the court. By establishing a solid serving presence and ever developing defensive skills they were able to win their matches week after week. Some having even begun to develop a overhand serve, a skill that will be needed as they move up to the next age bracket. Another blossoming skill was that of leadership. Abby and Kiara, Co-Captains of the Tie Dye Tigers, learned valuable communication skills over the course of the season that will become increasingly important as they lead their team into next season. This team showed great fortitude by displaying a never give up attitude. On more than one occasions they came from behind to win a match. Not once showing poor sportsmanship along the way by blaming another for their struggles. For that as their coach I am very proud. We as a team look forward to the future challenges and will prepare appropriately. See you next season.
GORC Volleyball focuses first on basic skills including bumping, passing, and underhand serving. Once players successfully demonstrate basic skills, we then move on to more advanced skills including setting, hitting, tipping, blocking, and overhand serving. Typically, only the older kids (ages 13-14) will begin to learn rotations/positions. The ultimate goal is to be ready for High School level play when entering 9th grade.
Teams are typically 7 to 9 players each, but only 5 are required to play. Team assignments are made in a variety of ways. In general, we attempt to keep teams together over time and with their prior coach when possible. This is to ensure consistency in training and playing. We do NOT make placements based on skill level. If a child has NOT played before, he or she is generally assigned to the team most in need. Of course we do our best to meet all special requests as made. But we cannot guarantee that all requests can be accommodated.
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Once again our 10U Girls have proven to be the team to beat. With an unprecedented 13 teams participating in 10U this fall volleyball season A.A. County separated our 4 GORC teams into two leagues. GORC 10u Panthers in the “Attack” league and team GORC 10u Pumas in the “Pancake” league took top spots in their leagues respectively. The Panthers finished the season with an overall record of 7-0, winning 20 out of 21 sets. For some players on the team this is their third winning season in a row. (Fall 2014/Spring 2015/Fall 2015)
This team was led by a core group of girls returning from the previous fall and spring seasons. Having developed a strong serving presence early on in the season, they were able to dispatch the competition week after week. Emily and Kiara led the team in overall serving percentage averaging over .800, while the team as a whole had a remarkable average of .717 having served 413 times over the course of the season. But the game is not all about serving. The team used their developing passing skills to return many services back to the opposition. Halting their opponents to only 269 points over 21 games. Which is an average of only 13 points per game. Awesome. Go Panthers … You know!!!
As like every year the older girls move on. A majority of the Panthers will age up moving on to 12U for 2016 fall season. There they will take on the next level of competition. I’m sure they will do great given the skills that they will take with them and we wish them the best. Having passed on the torch of leadership to the younger girls. It will be up to two 9 y/o girls to use their new found skills to help mentor and led the way for those that join this team next year.
The GORC 10U Pumas were unstoppable this year, finishing the season with an outstanding record of 18-3. A true team effort, The Pumas’ all-star season was made possible by each girl’s incredible contributions – whether serving, passing, or playing defense. Putting forth a tremendous amount of effort and dedication – both during games and behind the scenes on the practice court –each player showed marked improvement across the season. With a “never say quit” attitude, the girls pulled off several stunning wins, making amazing comebacks from games where they had been down by eight or more points. Thrilled to work with this group, The Pumas’ coaches firmly believe that the girls’ winning attitudes and supportive nature were key to the team’s success. The girls were sorry to see the season end and they all look forward to hitting the court next season.
All Youth Head Coaches in County-sponsored leagues must be certified every three years. To assist with this vital undertaking, the clinic covers topics such as, departmental procedures, coaching philosophy, sports psychology, legal matters, health and is offered 4 times per year. The next Coaches Clinic is
Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Time: Registration begins at 6:00 p.m.
Clinic begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Place: Old Mill High School - Auditorium
Use the main entrance to the facility
Parking is around the front and on the side of the school
November 30, 2016 at Old Mill High School
March 8, 2017 at Old Mill High School
The purpose of the Department of Recreation and Parks Background Check Program is to ensure that every individual who interacts with children undergoes a criminal history records check. The objective of the Background Check Program is to provide parents with peace of mind knowing their children are provided a safe and positive experience.
Should you plan to coach or assist the head coach you must get a background check done.