My wife, Larisa, and I have experienced the value that competitive sport offers, from our own college athletic endeavors as well as those of our daughters. We used this filter to help us in formulating the culture we hoped to embody in the organization we would start – Club One AZ. It was the summer of 2010 and we were evaluating what “next season” would look like. After some deliberations we confirmed we wanted to begin a journey of building an organization that respected people as well as promoted competition. We wanted to make sure each individual knew they were valued, but we also understood that the individual is elevated most effectively in the context of team. Now, three years into our journey, we have begun to see some of the outcomes we had hoped for – camaraderie, trust, and team – traits shaped by our motto “We are one”. And by "we", I mean a dedicated group of like-minded friends - our coaches at Club One AZ.
We don’t venture to think we have arrived at our goals, but we do believe we are on our way to making a difference: a difference in the way player and parent are valued, a difference in the way coaches are developed, a difference in the way competition is advanced, and a difference in how success is achieved. We realize that our perspective may not align with everyone’s experiences, but we do believe that our goals bring out the best in people and prepare our athletes handsomely for the future that lie ahead of each of them.
We hope that you will choose to join us in this journey.
- Directors, David & Larisa Ronda
Vision: Leveraging the sport of volleyball to develop young athletes who exhibit strong character and a hunger to learn, while cultivating in them a competitive spirit and desire to give back to their community.
Mission: Club One has operated as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity serving the volleyball community in Arizona since 2010. Through our club we strive to build:
- Character through the challenges that training and competition provide.
- Systems of education that can be duplicated from one generation to the next.
- Futures for athletes who desire to compete at higher levels.
- Selflessness by nurturing an atmosphere of giving back some of what has been given to you.
To achieve these goals, we endeavor to:
- Provide the highest quality coaching in a challenging but nurturing environment.
- Develop a supportive and participatory relationship with our athletes and parents.
- Partner with organizations that can help us reach our ultimate goals of instilling character, learning, competition & community.
CLUB ONE STAFF
- Larisa Ronda - Club One Director
- David Ronda - Club One Director
- Kelsey Lueders-Girts - Assistant Club Director/Sports Performance Training Director
- Ryan Wrublik - Club One Beach Director
- Ben Maxfield - Coaching Lead
- Jerry Rosenberg - Coaching Lead
- Shelly Johnson - Coaching Lead
- Jennifer Redshaw - Coaching Lead
- Elizabeth Ridl - Administrative Assistant
Club One is excited to be practicing in the Court One Athletic complex again this coming Club season. The space touts over 45,000 square-feet of solid maple flooring with 9 volleyball courts. This is one of the best flooring systems in the country made with a one-inch foam subfloor that allows for softer landings and fewer injuries.
Come by and take a tour if you've not seen it. Court One Athletics is locates at:
9100 South McKemy Street
FAQ'S (Frequently Asked Questions):
Q: How many players will be on each of your teams?
A: We will field 10-12 girls on each team at coaches discretion.
Q: What it the difference between each of the AZ Region Divisions?
A: See details at this link. Each of the divisions (Club, Championship & Open) offers varying levels of competition and tournament formats.
Q: What age group should my daughter tryout for?
A: We have included a link to a nifty calculator here as well as in our What to do Before Tryouts section above that will help you determine the age group your child is eligable to play. Additionally, we have posted a response in our Documents section that explains our position on Age Group playing in more detail.
Q: What about the Las Vegas Invitational? What girls teams go to that tournament?
A: The 17’s and 18’s teams (excluding Region teams) will have the opportunity to attend the Las Vegas Invitational. This tournament is a showcase for prospective college student athletes to receive visibility by college coaches.
Q: Will all teams participate in the Arizona National Qualifier Tournament?
A: Only the National Qualifying teams will participate and at the Coaches/Director discretion - there is no additional cost.
Q: What is the Jr. Nationals (JO’s) and who participates in this event?
A: Top finishing teams at designated National Qualifying tournaments can earn a bid to participate at this annual event. The 2014 Jr. Nationals will be held in Minneapolis, MN.
Q: If our team qualifies to play at JO’s will there be any additional expenses?
A: Teams qualifying for JO’s will incur additional tournament, travel and lodging expenses since this would be an added out-of-state tournament (we will collect these fees in early May).
Q: Are the teams you've listed all the teams you will field for the 2013/14 Season?
A: We may adjust the teams we have proposed based on the interest of those players who try out. For instance, if we have more players who want to travel than what we've planned, we may add a travel team or vice versa.
Many of our staff are readily available to offer individual or small group private training throughout the year:
- Positional Attacking
Drop us a note for questions on which coach may best meet your needs and we'll put you in touch with one of them.
Learning and Growing Together!
Investing in our coaches so they are at the top of their game is a priority for us. It is our commitment to exellence that drives our insatiable appitite to learn from the best of the best. We choose to not settle for the status quo.
Great group of Club One coaches at a Clinic hosted by University of Washington - You guys look great!
And from the Coaches Clinic hosted by Arizona State University ealier this year! We had a great time!
Another trip to University of Washington to glean some insights for a group of the most successful coaches in the game today. Thanks for your commitment to making yourselves better! We brought the Arizona sun with us too :o)