Intense Volleyball participated in the AAU Volleyball National tournament in Orlando, Florida beginning on June 16, 2019. AAU Nationals is not just any volleyball tournament; it’s the largest volleyball tournament in the world with over 2,800 teams from around the USA and over 18 international countries. The matches are played at ESPN Wide World of Sports HP Fieldhouse, Visa Center, and the Orange County Convention Center.
Intense Director Jerry Dorneker was excited about coaching the Intense 14 Adidas Elite Makaela as Coach Makaela was leading a group of students on a trip in Europe. It was the first time most of the nine players had ever competed in this tournament which had 187 teams in their division. The team was unsure of what to expect and how they would stack up against the competition. After three wins on the first day, Intense 14 Adidas Elite was surprised and energized. Day two brought three new teams and two wins. Capital 14 Navy from Wisconsin brought a huge challenge with a three set match. Intense 14 Adidas Elite overcame the struggle to win going 6-0 in the first two days. Day three began with two Intense wins. Division I handed Intense 14 Adidas Elite their first loss of the tournament. Coach Jerry and the team were in good spirits as they were playing as a team with great serve/receive skills. The crossover match at 7:00PM had Intense fighting Capital 14 Navy again in hopes to stay in the Gold bracket. Coach Jerry and the players did their best but Capital won. Springfield Shock 14-Elite was ready and beat Intense 14 Adidas Elite in two sets ending their journey in AAU Nationals placing 27th out of 187 teams.
Part two of the 12 day tournament brought the arrival of the Intense 15 Adidas Elite Jerry team full of excitement and team spirit. Coach Jerry posed the question to his team- Do you think you can win the National Championship in your division? The team answered yes! The hard work during practice, both regular and extra individual, struggling through tournaments, and growth in skills all lead to the end of season tournament in which the team was ready to reach their goal. Intense 15 Adidas Elite played the first day at Disney’s Wild World of Sports with three strong wins and had the highest scoring percentage of the division on day one. Day two at the Orange County Convention Center saw Intense 15 Adidas Elite Jerry the number one seed on their net. The team won their matches with great team attitude, skill, and togetherness. Day three brought three new teams and three more wins. The crossover match later that day had the parents on edge but the players were calm and ready. With the victory the Intense 15 Adidas Elite team was heading into the Gold Bracket for a chance to play for a National Championship. Each win of the day brought the Intense 15 Adidas Elite one step closer to the finals. Intense was set to play Kokoro in the finals at the ESPN Wild World of Sports. The team was ready as they had been preparing for this all season. Kokoro took the first set while Intense secured the second set with an 11 point lead. Kokoro ended with match with a third set win. Intense 15 Adidas Elite captured second place out of 194 teams. The win happened because each player brought their best to each match and did what they needed to be the best for the team.
Intense 16 Adidas Elite came in for the last 4 day session of the 46th Annual AAU Volleyball Nationals. With two injuries to the team, the players were worried what the tournament would hold for them. The first day was hard with Intense not bringing home a win. Day two brought a positive spin with three wins. The team was adjusting to the new setter and playing together as a team to bring home the wins. Day three was another great day with two additional wins. The team serves were strong and the middle hitters were blocking and crushing the ball. The back row was moving well to pass the ball to the setter. The team was geling and ready for day four. Intense 16 Adidas Elite was set to take on MN Select. The three set match ended the journey for the Intense 16 Adidas Elite team.
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By Catherine Holecko, VeryWellFamily08/17/18
Being supportive doesn't have to mean you watch every practice (especially those early morning ones). It doesn't even mean attending every game or meet.
Being a good sports parent is like being a good school parent. To make sure your kids get the most out of their participation, you need to participate, too. Being involved, in a positive way, means you provide encouragement, support and practical help.
You volunteer (if you can) and you back up the coach's (or teacher's) decisions and lessons. You create an environment in which your kid can succeed, and then you step back and let him do the hard work. In short, you're a team player, no matter the sport.
By Ken Krause, Fastpitch Lane 08/15/18
The more open you are to new information that can help you, the more likely you are to reach your goals.
A few days ago my friend Tim Boivin sent me this article about NBA star (and future Hall of Famer) Tim Duncan. The article quotes an open letter from Tony Parker, who explains that the San Antonio Spurs’ winning culture was largely driven by the coachability of Duncan. The article talks about how Duncan’s success meant he didn’t really have to listen to anyone, as many stars in various sports choose to do.
Instead, Duncan took coaching like he was trying to make the team as the last player rather than leading it as its top player. That attitude permeated the rest of the team. You can imagine the players who were just barely hanging on seeing how coachable Duncan was, and telling themselves, “I’d better fall in line too.”
By Samantha Walravens, Forbes09/14/18
Many parents today rob their kids of the “gift” of failure. Failing and figuring out how to recover teaches kids how to be resourceful and resilient.
Crista Samaras made headlines as a nationally ranked lacrosse player at Princeton from 1994-1999 and a gold medalist in the 2001 IFWLA World Cup as a member of the Women's National Team.
She went on to coach women’s lacrosse at Yale and start three companies. From the outside, she is a true American success story. What is less known about her is her lifelong struggle with depression.
“I wasn’t a person who ‘kind of' suffered from depression,” explains Samaras. “I was a suicidal kid from seventh grade until today. It's just the state I'm in.”
Lacrosse became a way for her to battle her demons. “I couldn’t find ‘happy' or a sense of joy,” she continues. “I just wanted to be alone, rid of the competition. For me, lacrosse wasn't about just winning. It was winning to such a huge degree that other players were no longer in the same playing field as me.”
By Next College Student Athlete10/25/18
To parents, academics may be the most important aspect of determining the best college match. For high school students, it may be the first thing they push to the side.
Athletes are really not that much different than non-athletes when it comes to choosing a college.
There are plenty of options, and finding the one that will most completely meet their needs means looking at more than just sport and major. From campus life to travel time to classes, weather and culture fit, there’s a lot to consider. And, often, students don’t even know what they want in a college experience.
To help student-athletes better understand their best college match, you can start by asking them the right questions. Here are 20 questions to better gauge their academic and cultural fit that will help them to start building a list of potential schools.
P.S. — it might be tempting to try grinding through all 20 questions at once. But you’ll likely get a lot of eye rolls and, “Ugh, I don’t know!” responses. Instead, ask a couple questions at a time and keep track of the answers in a notebook. That way, you can refer back when you need to.
To parents, academics may be the most important aspect of determining best college match. For high school students, it may be the first thing they push to the side. These questions help narrow down schools where your student would thrive academically.
1. What do you want to major in?
2. Would you be willing to adjust your major?
3. Do you want to be taught by full-time professors or graduate students?
4. Which type of classes do you prefer: lecture style or discussion style?
5. Will your major require an internship?
6. Do you want to take classes that interest you or would you like to stick to your major?
7. Is the prestige/reputation of the college important to you?
8. Do you fulfill the academic requirements to be accepted?
When students go to college, most of them will be living on their own for the first time. They need to feel at home in their university, surrounded by students they connect with. Campus culture refers to the type of students at the campus, the location, physical attributes of the campus and what stands out in the student body.
9. Are you more interested in a social campus, a commuter campus (where students tend to go home on the weekends) or a quiet campus?
10. How far away from home would you like to be?
11. Would you prefer to go to a school where you already know a lot of people?
12. What are your weather-related deal breakers?
13. Do need a lot of green space?
14. Do you prefer to be in a large city?
15. Would you like a religious university?
16. What kinds of extracurricular or social activities are you interested in?
17. Do you want to be surrounded by people who share your viewpoint?
18. Do you want a diverse environment?
19. Do you like seeing people you know around campus every day?
20. What specific experiences do you want to have in college (e.g., studying abroad)?
College is a big investment. As a parent you need to be realistic about what colleges are feasible from a financial standpoint. Ask yourself these questions to make sure you — and your student — know where things stand financially.
1. How much are you willing to pay for college and how much responsibility will fall on your student?
2. Does your student qualify for any scholarships or financial aid?
3. Will your student be supporting themselves while at college? Is the college town’s cost of living realistic?
4. Will your student need to participate in a work-study program or similar arrangement to help cover the cost of tuition?
5. Are you and/or your student willing to take out college loans? How much?
Read more: Athletic Scholarship facts
Starting with these questions can help your family start a list of potential colleges, and then from there, you can add athletic fit to further trim down your choices. Remember, you don’t have to restrict your search to four-year schools. Many junior colleges offer competitive sports programs and can be a stepping stone to a four-year college or university.
Read more: How to find your best college match
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Lisa Dorneker-Moffatt, Director Jerry Dorneker's cousin, was a true inspiration to her family and countless people around the world. Lisa was diagnosed with adrenal cancer three years ago and made the decision that she was going to live and fight for every ounce of life she could. Lisa lived for her two boys and to share as many memories with them as she could. She advocated for surgeries that doctors would not perform as adrenal cancer is terminal. She took medicines that would extend her life and helped others become aware of medicines that would help in their fight against cancer.
Lisa motived those she knew to live life to the fullest. Her bright smile and fighting spirit encouraged others to live life with more fight and brightness. Intense Volleyball honored Lisa with #TeamLisa shirts. Her story was an inspiration to those players to really put all they had on the court and give 100%.
Thank you Lisa for reminding those who knew you what life is all about- loving family and living to the fullest.
Lisa Dorneker showed her zest for life in living every moment. She was a part of a group that went kayaking and didn't let cancer win by taking time out of living life. Check her out in the video below.
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