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UC ELITE ADDS OLIVER DOFILES TO 2019 BOYS COACHING STAFF

Matthew Guzman

UC ELITE is happy to have Coach Oliver join our boys coaching staff and head coach our 14U team for the 2019 season!

About Coach Oliver:

Oliver is very knowledgeable of the sport and continues to educate himself. He is IMPACT and CAP II Certified and is currently working on his CAP III. Oliver has 5 years of club coaching experience in addition to over 8 years of playing experience.  Oliver has played high school and college volleyball and continues to share is knowledge and love for the sport through coaching. 

Oliver Dofiles had a successful 2018 season coaching SF Tremors 14:1 He led his team to a 2nd place finish in the Bay View Classic competing in the 16 division. He served as an assistant coach for the SF Tremors 13-1 Wolverines in the Windy City Chicago Qualifier where the team finished 1st place in the USA Division and qualified for the Girls Junior Nationals.  Prior to last year, Oliver has coached at Club Kalani from 2014 through 2017.

In addition to club coaching experience, Oliver had an opportunity to coach in the USA Future Select National Skills Program (2017) in Las Vegas, NV. Oliver has participated in several High Performance Tryouts (2016, 2017, 2018 in Reno and San Mateo). Oliver has also represented the Northern California Region as an Assistant Coach for the Future Select Girls Regional Team (2017).  NCVA Head Coach Select Red Team (2018).

When Oliver is not coaching, he enjoys spending quality time with his family, loves to run and play golf.

UC ELITE ALUM (ALEXIS FERNANDEZ) JOINS BOYS COACHING STAFF

Matthew Guzman

We welcome back UC ELITE alumni Alexis Fernandez to our boys coaching staff! He will head coach our 16-1s team!

BIO

Alexis graduated from Tennyson High School in 2016. He started playing volleyball his sophomore year and made varsity his first year playing. He was given the position as team captain his junior and senior year. He played 1 year of club at UC Elite. After he graduated, he came back and coached the girls volleyball program at Tennyson High School for 2 years. He was the head coach of the Junior Varsity Team and Assistant Coach to the Varsity Team. During his first year coaching at Tennyson, they made history for making NCS for the first time in the school’s history. He coached 1 year at Lakas Volleyball club and he had a girl’s 16-1 team in 2017. In 2018 he moved on and went to Encore Volleyball Club. In 2018, he was an assistant coach to a 16-1’s team and 14-2’s team. His second year he coached his own 15’s team and was assistant coach to a 13’s team. In fall 2018, he moved on from Tennyson and went to Bishop O’Dowd High School were he coached JV and assisted on Varsity. His first year being at Bishop O’Dowd they went undefeated in league, won NCS Division 2, won NorCal Division 1, and state runner up finishing the season with a record of 34-7 and being ranked 4th in California. Alexis is excited to come back to UC Elite where he started his first year of club at.


- 2016-2017 Tennyson High School Junior Varsity Head Coach and Varsity Assistant. •Fall 2016 made NCS for the first time in school history
- Coached in 2017 at Lakas Volleyball club
• Head Coach to a 16-1s team for the girls program
- Encore Volleyball Club (2018-current)
• Assistant Coach to Encore 16 Navy 2018
- Top 10 at Cal Kickoff tournament
- Top 5 at Las Vegas Showcase
- Top 4 at Spokane tournament
- Finishing Power League 15th
•Assistant Coach to Encore 14 Red 2018
-1st at Cal Kickoff Tournament
- Won silver division at Colorado Crossroads tournament
- finishing 9th at Far Western Tournament
- finished 29th in power league
• Assistant Coach Encore 13 Chia
- finished 13th at Cal Kickoff in Open Division
- finished 25th at Colorado Crossroads
- finished 5th at Far Westerns
- finished 13th in Power League
• Head Coach Encore 15 Lex

- Bishop O’Dowd High Volleyball
• JV Head Coach
- Berkeley High Tournament runners up
- Undefeated in league
- Recored 24-5
• Varsity Assistant
- 1st at Norte Dame Belmont Tournament
- Silver Division winners at Nike Invitational Tournament in Arizona
- Runners up at Stockton Classic Tournament
- NCS Division 2 winners
- NorCal Division 1 winners
- Division 1 State Runner up
- Recored 34-7
- Coaches Bishop O’Dowd Summer Camps
- Coaches Volleyball at Stanford University summer camps

A Very Volleyball-Specific ACL Injury Prevention Plan

Matthew Guzman

A Very Volleyball-Specific ACL Injury Prevention Plan: Offside Hitting With John Kessel, Director of Sport Development, USA Volleyball, Colorado Springs, CO

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John Kessel has coached volleyball since 1971 and has been with USA Volleyball since 1985. He has been director of the Jr. Olympic Volleyball and Beach Volleyball programs, the High Performance program, regional operations, national beach program and team leader for the team in Sydney where they won a gold medal in men's play, and then in 2004 in Athens for the Women’s Bronze medal winning USA Sitting team. In Volume 8, Number 4 of “Performance Conditioning Volleyball” John introduced the concept of proper reaction, anticipation and reading skills in preventing injury. This article addresses, in greater detail, how the occurrence of ACL injuries happen and what can be done to prevent them. [Ed.] The concept of offside skills is not new to sport. In basketball a player dribbles with either hand. In lacrosse the players must have the ability to shoot from either side. In soccer the players have to be able to put the ball in the net using either foot. In volleyball, however, we develop only one-handed hitters. Our game systems are designed for the right handed player, who make up over 90 percent of those playing. That’s why our setters generally wait as targets to the right side of the court, so that the middle hitter (zone 3) and outside hitter (zone 4) are hitting “on-hand” as it is called. Nevertheless, it is important for volleyball players to be able to hit with their non- dominant hand. It’s not rocket science or hard to achieve. The thing that coaches have to do is give the kids time at practice to learn it. This should be done at a young age, and over the net in warm up games (standing on the ground mostly), or in your form of “pepper” – just a minute or two every practice. The younger the player is when s/he gets good at using both hands the better the athlete will be in the air when it comes time to adjust once they have taken off in the jump. While offside hitting is important at all levels, it’s most important at the youngest age because younger athletes are the ones that make the biggest errors in judgment. The decision making process takes place on the ground. A young athlete needs to be able to use the opposite hand as the ball drifts to the left side of the body. The first shot we teach is the across the body motion that would save the ball. The athlete will swing with the left hand and bring the ball from left to right over the net dropping the ball in zone 4 because of the radical angle. Any other angle would hit the antenna.

The Occurrence of ACL

This is how an ACL injury occurs. An athlete misjudges a ball. It’s match point or the middle of practice and the coach is screaming, “Hit every ball.” The athlete jumps and the only way to save it is by leaning way over to the left to hit the ball with the right hand. This action tilts the body to the left and creates a dangerous situation of landing, full force, off-balance over the left leg and therefore potentially blowing the ACL or damaging the ankle. As the foot lands, the knee takes the torque as the player finishes the landing process. This happens more in the front row, with the nearby antenna dictating the reality of success or failure in getting the ball over the net, but it also occurs in misjudged back row attacks. Current research indicates that too many ACL injuries occur because of improper landing. The scenario just presented demonstrates how this improper landing can occur more often than we would like to think in the sport of volleyball. The next scenario in making a save is when the athlete jumps in the middle and the ball is shot past the body during a shoot or faster set. In this case a right side dominant athlete could turn and hit the ball in the court with the right hand, which again would put the landing in a potentially awkward position. Alternatively, the player could hit the ball back with the left hand. This isn’t an actual hit but more of a tip to an open space. Based on realities of the game and what I see happen in a lot of misjudged balls, this is an important skill to have. A final scenario occurs when a right-handed player goes running in on the right side of the court, zone 2, and realizes that the ball is too far over to the left. Normally what the athlete does is rotate to their left and hit the ball with the right hand because on that side, the player is still hitting into the court. As it is totally the opposite of what is seen in our zone 4 outside hit we presented in the first scenario, the need to hit the ball with the left side is diminished greatly in this instance.

Prevention Techniques

Learning to hit offside can be a simple process. Two athletes, each right side dominant, stand at the net on opposite sides. The first athlete turns the right shoulder to point at the athlete on the opposite side. The ball is set to the left side of the body and the athlete swings across the body, left to right, bringing the ball over to the athlete on the other side. The athlete on the other side with the right shoulder facing his counterpart on the other side hits the ball back. The two trade off their non-dominate hands. The bottom line is the coach needs to develop both sides. In playing pepper, over the net pepper, or in game that might be played one to two minutes of non-dominant hand, hitting should be done until the skill becomes automatic. Making it automatic is important because the players, for the most part, don’t realize that the solution is reached after take-off. If athletes always knew where to jump they would jump in the right place. For left handers, this non-dominant development is even more important because when they hit to zones 3 and 4, they are often set the ball as if they were right handed and the set is delivered too far to their right. As a result, left-handers develop their non-dominant (right) hand earlier on because they are constantly getting right-handed sets. The most common result is the lefty will hit to zone 2 on the right side of the court. I’ve experienced knee injury first hand. When I was 19 I received a set put wide to my right on the right side and couldn’t do anything but hit the ball with my left hand (I’m left side dominant). To keep the ball in play over the net, I leaned far to the right in air, landed one legged on my right leg and blew my right knee. So, for left-handers more time should be spent working off-hand hitting techniques because the error to a right-hander is usually done by the player making an error in judgment. The error for a lefthander is usually done far more often, as setters are all used to setting right handers. If they hit zones 3 and 4 they are getting set more often as if they were right handed by the setter who doesn’t make the slight adjustment to get the ball to the players’ left shoulder.

Landing Considerations

As I’ve stated before, recent research has indicated that ACL injuries may occur because of improper landing. The problem occurs when an athlete is reaching out and hitting the ball over the left side of the body. How long is the athlete in the air? United States Olympic Committee research shows from a half to two thirds a second overall with .25- .32 seconds to contact and then .25-.32 seconds to landing. Therefore after the hit, the athlete will too often land before s/he has a chance to readjust the body to land with good technique. There just isn’t enough time to adjust otherwise. So, by programming athletes to hit off-hand rather than attempt a dominate hand hit, the landing issue takes care of itself because when hitting with the non-dominate hand the landing technique is not compromised and the landing is done with good vertical form. In the end, we need to give all players the tools to solve these judgment errors, which happen with little time to adjust, by training the movement first one the ground, and then being able to use both arms in the air as needed.

2018 Summer Camps

Matthew Guzman

July 2-5

-All Skills Camp

July 9-12

-Advanced Libero Camp 

-Libero/DS Camp 

-Setter Camp 

July 30 - August 2nd

-High School Tryout Prep Camp

 

Visit our summer camp page to sign up today! 

 

 

College Recruiting Coordinator / Consultant

Matthew Guzman

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UC ELITE is happy to announce our club will be working with Dan Kaplan to bring our athletes one of the best college recruiting coordinators in Northern California. Dan will be our college recruiting coordinator and consultant for all our athletes who look to play at the next level. 

For 18 years Dan served as a club Recruiting Coordinator (with both Vision Volleyball Club and NorCal Volleyball Club), and supported individuals privately, helping families through the recruiting process. He has worked with athletes seeking positions at the highest level Division I programs, to the smaller NAIA schools. Through his almost two decades of experience, Dan has met, and is friends with, many collegiate coaches. This has allowed him great insight to the decision process coaches go through with respect to their recruiting.

Your support will be overseen and provided by Dan, to ensure you get the best counsel, and allow you to have the smoothest recruiting process possible.

*UC ELITE College Recruiting Presentation*

Date: May 24, 2018

Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm

Location: UC ELITE Facility (1680 W Winton Ave, Unit 5, Hayward.)

If you are interested in attending our college recruiting presentation, email us at ucelite.collegerecruiting@gmail.com

-Matt Guzman

NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH CLUB V.I.P. !!

Matthew Guzman

Summer Girls Club Season

Matthew Guzman

The summer club season will begin in June and conclude on July 21st. All teams will be competing in the AAU Summer League which consist of 5 Tournaments held on Saturdays from 8am-4pm. In addition to the AAU Summer League, select teams will also compete in the SCVA Summer Soiree (4-day tournament). Teams will practice twice a week.

TRYOUTS: MAY 17TH & 18TH

MAY 17, 2018

  • 11/12U (5:30PM-7:00PM)

  • 13/14U (7:30PM-9:00PM)

MAY 18, 2018

  • 15/16U (7:00PM-9:00PM)

LOCATION: UC ELITE TRAINING FACILITY (1680 W. WINTON AVE, UNIT 5, HAYWARD CA.)

TRYOUT COST: FREE

FAR WESTERNS WEEK 1!!

Matthew Guzman

Good luck to 13-1, 14-2, 14-1, 15-2, and 15-1 at Far Westerns this weekend!! 

 

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