Head Coach : Tim Downes
Assistant Coach: Ashley Waters
The Blackmon Road Middle School Volleyball Program has developed a tradition of excellence since we began play in 2003. We have made the playoffs every year since 2004, finished as regular season champion in 2008, Tournament Champions in 2010 & 2011 and 6 times finished in 2nd place in the tournament. Of the 200+ girls that have played BRMS volleyball, over half have gone on to play high school volleyball including 10 that played on state championship teams from Columbus High School. Two of our former players, Ashley Foreman and Ashleigh Tompa, ended their senior seasons as the top defensive player and top hitter in the state respectively in 2009-2010. Ashley Foreman became our first former player to receive a full college scholarship in volleyball and started as setter on the Alabama A&M varsity volleyball team for 4 years. We have had 8 of our former players receive scholarships to play college volleyball.
Start August 19
4:00 – 5:45
Thursday, September 5
Saturday, September 14
Girls trying out must be picked up on time!
You must have a current player packet on file with Coach Bray to attend ANY of these events. You must attend camp to attend summer practices. This is when we will check to make sure that physicals are current and to write down expiration dates.
(They are only good for 1 calendar year.)
For 7th and 8th graders
Girls should be able to perform the basic skills of underhand (bump) and overhand (set) passing, the overhand serve and hitting (spike) before attending tryouts. We do very limited instruction at tryouts and it is very difficult for a 7th or 8th grader to make the team if they don’t already know how to do these things. 7th and 8th grade girls can get help with volleyball skills through 2 private local volleyball clubs. Both of these clubs have programs designed to teach the skills necessary.
For 6th grade girls
Tryouts will be a little more instructional. I will spend some time with them teaching the basic skills that they will need to know in order to make the volleyball team. For 6th graders, we are looking primarily for athleticism and coach-ability. They would also benefit from programs at the 2 private local volleyball clubs. Both of these clubs have programs designed to teach the skills necessary.
If you have questions about volleyball tryouts, please DO NOT call the school.
Rather, email Coach Downes at: firstname.lastname@example.org
All student athletes are required to have an annual physical examination by a physician before the first practice of the chosen sport. This is also a requirement for pre-season conditioning and tryouts. The signed physical form must be turned in to the Coach before participation in ANY team activities.
All girls must attend all 3 days of tryouts to be considered for the team. The cost for playing volleyball is approximately $110.00. We do not know the exact cost until we make final selections of uniforms and accessories each year.
If you make the team, attendance at practice and matches are MANDATORY. We practice every day, Monday through Friday and at least 1 Saturday morning. If you miss practice, you will miss playing time. If you miss more than 3 practices and/or matches you may be dismissed from the team. Exceptions to this rule are serious illness, emergency and OCCASIONAL participation in other school functions.
Things to Consider
Volleyball is a competitive sport, NOT a club. Playing time is earned in practice. Making the team does not guarantee playing time in every match. I will do my best to play as many girls as possible, but there are no guarantees. We practice every day and girls will need to be picked up ON TIME. Every parent will be given a practice schedule and you will need to arrange transportation for your daughter to be picked up at the appointed time. I will never leave your daughters here alone, so I can’t leave until they leave. I will be respectful of your time, please respect mine as well. We love what we do here and we want your daughters to love it as much as we do. Volleyball is a great sport that they can enjoy for a lifetime. We are looking forward to another great year of BRMS volleyball!