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2020-2021 Thunder JO Season


COVID-19 Information

Thunder JO Volleyball is excited to start our 2020-2021 season! However, we realize that the COVID-19 virus may cause changes in our plans as the year progresses. It is possible that any or all of the events, travel, or practices could be canceled or modified at any time. All information presented on our website is based on our current knowledge and future expectations of the COVID-19 virus situation.  

All parents and players are advised that participation in the club could result in exposure or infection by health risks such as COVID-19. Persons who are participating in the club are willingly accepting these risks and conditions. All participants & guardians will be required to sign, "Assumption of the Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19. 

Should cancellations occur, Thunder JO Volleyball will adjust fees paid by participants accordingly.

Click here to review Thunder JO Volleyball's COVID Policies & Procedures

Click here to review Burnsville Athletic Club's Safety Procedures

Click here to review Assumption of the Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19


Team Offerings

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

General Full Season Overview

  • Two practices per week lasting 2-3 hours
  • Mental Training included in every practice
    • Training based off of the book "Beyond Grit: Ten Powerful Practices to Gain the High-Performance Edge" by Dr. Cindra Kamphoff
  • Strength & Conditioning included in every practice.

    • Whitney Markson, 15-1s Coach, has a doctorate in physical therapy and will oversee all strength & conditioning plans and to optimize injury prevention

  • Tournaments Including:

    • Heartland Freeze Tournament

    • Rochester Frostbite Festival

    • Presidents' Day Festival

    • Rochester Odd Cup Tournament

    • Ole Pride Juniors Tournament

    • Crossfire Tournament

    • Mankato State University JO Tournament

    • Diggin' in the Dells (15s & 16s)

    • NCR Area Event

    • Rochester Cup Tournament (15s & 16s)

  • Season finished by the end of April (12s-14s teams) or first weekend in May (15s-17s teams)


Practice/Training Overview

Practice/Training Locations

  • ISD191 Volleyball equipped High School, Middle Schools, & Elementary Schools

  • Other facilities in the metro area


Practice/Training Schedule, Times and Duration

We try to make sure that practices are scheduled on a consistent basis.  That said, we are not in control of the facilities we use for practice sessions. As a result, times and dates for scheduled practices may change last minute.  Should that be the case, you will be notified of the change by your coach and/or our website.  We typically provide the younger age groups with early time slots and the older age groups with the later slots see the information below.


All Age Groups

A combination of:  Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (occasionally Friday when schedules dictate)

Possible Time Slots: 6:00 – 8:00pm, 6:30 – 8:30pm or 7:00 – 9:00pm


Estimated Season Fee Range

Abbreviated $500-600
U12 $1150
U13/U14 $1550
U15/U16/U17 $1655

Season Fee’s are subject to change!  A number of variables impact season fees (# of players, teams, tournaments etc.).  Your actual season fee will be determined after teams are selected.  You will be informed of the actual season fee at the registration meeting.


Abbreviated Season Details

  • Practices will be held 1 time per week with the same details as above
  • Teams will participate in 5-6 tournaments for one day of the weekend
  • Uniform Package will include: 1 jersey, 1 shorts, & 1 practice t-shirt
  • This shortened season will allow other players to participate in other sports or school/church/community activities while still participating on a club volleyball team for an introductory season


Season Fee Information

INCLUDED in your season fee

  • Uniforms 
  • Practice T-shirts (2)
  • Warm-up’s
  • Tournament Entry Fee’s
  • USAV Registration Fee’s
  • Coaching fee’s
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Gym Time (Practices)
  • Administrative/Overhead Costs 


 NOT INCLUDED in your season fee

  • Tournament t-shirts
  • Food
  • Lodging
  • Transportation
  • Any other ancillary costs associated with any of the tournaments or leagues we participate in


Mandatory Registration Meeting (Player/Parent)

Players and parent/s/guardians are required to attend the registration meeting appropriate for their age level. 

2020-2021 Date for U12-U14: TBD
2020-2021 Date for U15-U17: TBD


Player Equipment


  • Shoes - It is important that your daughter have the right kind of shoes.  Please make sure that she has an actual "volleyball" shoe.
  • Knee Pads


  • Ankle Brace(s)
    • If your daughter has issues with her ankles or has had an ankle injury (sprain or break) in the past, we require that she wear an ankle brace during all play/practice activities
  • Volleyball - We ask that each player have her own volleyball for practice at home

All equipment can be purchased locally at Midwest Volleyball Warehouse in Burnsville, Dick's Sporting Goods, or online realators such as Amazon.  There may be other retailers locally that provide Volleyball equipment.


Parent Involvement

Teams always need helpers!

Your coach will let you know what is needed…please don’t hesitate to offer your time!

  • Food / Lodging coordinator for tournaments
  • Practice helpers (shag balls, help with drills etc.)
  • Team statistics /  Score Keepers (official)
  • Team Building Coordinator (pizza parties, sleep over’s...fun stuff that brings the team together)
  • Picture / Video Coordinator


Parent / Coach Conflict Policy

As the parent of a volleyball player, if you have occasion to “passionately” disagree with a decision that your daughters coach has made, you must observe a 24 hr. cooling off period before contacting the coach.  Ultimately, unless the situation warrants it, parent involvement in matters of playing time, position or other game related issues is not acceptable.  We want and expect the players to be able to communicate with their coach first. If after that things are not resolved, parent involvement is allowable.  Situations that warrant it will be mediated by our board of directors.


Playing Time & Positions

This is competitive volleyball.  Guaranteed playing time is not a reality especially at the older age levels. We do strive for fair playing time whenever possible at the younger age levels 12-13s.  Early on, players show tendencies towards certain positions…from a competitive standpoint, depending on the makeup of the team, players will most likely be asked to play those positions. All good VB players must understand all the positions and must possess a basic skill set for each position. They will receive some of that training during practice sessions…Should a player want to develop a skill set further, there are off season opportunities via clinics and camps.

Thunder Volleyball Bullying Policy

We expect our players, parents and staff to act (on or off the court, at home or in school)in a way that fosters a safe, civil and non-threatening environment in which all players, coaches and parents are treated with dignity and respect. Our policy outlines what we consider bullying behavior and highlights the potential ramifications should an incident ocurr.  It is mandatory that all participants understand our policy and sign a declaration of said understanding.  The bullying policy is available for download on our website and will be made available to all at the registration meetings.