Thunder JO Volleyball is located in Burnsville, Minnesota. A Twin Cities club volleyball organization that takes pride in developing well-rounded athletes.

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Is Thunder JO Volleyball right for your family?

Selecting the right volleyball club can be a difficult decision. Because it goes beyond a simple bump > set > spike, here is a list of topics that should be considered when you choose the best volleyball experience for your athlete.

Season

October/November through April/May depending on age. This includes practices and tournaments.

Special for 20/21 season: Tryouts for 14U will be held at the end of October, and tryouts for 15U will be held in the beginning of November. Practices will start in December (after the conclusion of the high school season). Tournaments will begin in January and will go through the end of April/beginning of May.

Practice

  • Two times per week, 2-3 hours per session which includes strength & conditioning, skill development, mental training and optional private lessons.
  • Held in ISD191 schools.

Tournaments

  • 8-10 tournaments per season.
  • Most tournaments we participate in are located around the Twin Cities with 2-4 events located out of town in cities such as Rochester, Duluth and Mankato. 

Cost

Range is $500-$1,775 depending on the age level of the team. Visit our Cost/Fees page for additional details.

Coaching

Our coaching advisor selects coaches/leaders with previous playing or coaching experience. We ensure their focus aligns with the player development and sportsmanship goals consistent with the Thunder JO Volleyball mission. Our coaching staff has an average of 4.5 years’ experience of coaching and more than 7 years of playing experience at the club, high school, or college level.

Teams

  • We offer various teams from 4th to 11th grade. Click here for the USA Volleyball age chart.

Abbreviated (U12 & U13)

4th thru 7th grade

U13

4th grade or below

U14

8th grade or below

U15

9th grade or below

U16

10th grade or below

U17

11th grade or below

 

  • Each team consists of 8-11 (typically 10) players lead by 2 coaches.
  • As a traveling, competitive club, players will not get equal playing time. However, we do ensure each player will receive some playing time in at least every match, if not every game to further develop their skills in competitive situations.

Tryouts

Tryouts are held to determine each player’s fundamental and advanced volleyball skills. All players are evaluated on the same scale and by all Thunder JO coaches.

Attendance

We strongly support multi-sport and multi-interest athletes. Alternate activities such as other sports, choir, band or academic clubs are a great way to keep both the mind and body sharp. For our coaches to properly prepare, we do ask that players give coaches at least a 24-hour notice if they will miss a practice or match. Unexcused absences (includes finishing schoolwork, parties or absence without notice) will result in loss of playing time.

Abbreviated (U12 & 13)

The Abbreviated teams are to provide an introduction to club volleyball. The shortened season allows players to get a taste of what Thunder JO Volleyball provides while having less time and financial commitment.

  • Practices will be held 1 time per week.

  • Teams will participate in 5-6 tournaments on one day of a weekend.

  • Uniform package includes: 1 jersey, 1 shorts and 1 practice t-shirt.

Full Season (U12 - U17)

The Full season teams will run from the Fall/Winter months through Spring.  The season’s last tournament is usually in late April or early May. Typically, we will have 2 or 3 out of town/multi-day tournaments.

  • Practices will be held 2 times per week on average.
  • Teams will participate in 9-10 tournaments.
  • Uniform package includes: 2 jersey, 2 pairs of shorts, and 2 practice t-shirts.
  • Strength/Conditioning
  • Mental Training

Parent Involvement

Teams always need helpers! Each team will require a Team Manager that will work with the coaches to help with team communication and coordination. However, there are also other ways to provide assistance & time even if you are not the team manager. See come examples of this are:

  • Food/Lodging coordinator for tournaments.

  • Practice helpers (EG: shag balls and help with drills).

  • Team statistics/score keepers (official).

  • Team building coordinator (pizza parties, sleep overs and fun things that bring the team together).

  • Picture/video coordinator.