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Next Level Girls Volleyball @ Monte Vista HS

Join us for the 2020 Next Level Girls Volleyball season, our 2nd season at Monte Vista High School in Danville with Coach Sara Dukes Johnson!

Next Level Girls Volleyball - Program Overview:

The Next Level Girls Volleyball program has been developed to provide aspiring volleyball players an opportunity to learn the basic skills and functions of competitive volleyball - at an introductory yet competitive level. Our program is aimed at the youth athlete who has 'some-to-none' exposure/experience with the game of volleyball yet would like to develop the core skills required to participate at a higher level in the future (club, middle school, high school). Our staff is comprised of current high school/club-level volleyball coaches who have taught the game to a wide variety of age groups - both at the more-casual level as well as the elite club and elite high school levels. As is traditional within Next Level, all teams will be mentored/coached with the assistance of a high school student-athlete involved within the game. 

This program is instructionally based yet will contain head-to-head game activity as a secondary focus.

Season Dates:

Week 1: Saturday, January 11th*
Week 2: Saturday, January 25th
Week 3: Saturday, February 1st
Week 4: Saturday, February 8th
Week 5: Saturday, February 15th**
Week 6: Saturday, February 22nd
Week 7: Saturday, February 29th
Week 8: Saturday, March 7th

*Early activity on Saturday, January 11th due to other activity held in the Monte Vista HS gym.

**Possible EBAL Championship Game @ Monte Vista - possible early start for 6th/7th grade division, no other grade levels impacted.

Grade Division Times:

3rd Grade Division: 12:00 noon - 1:15 p.m.
4th Grade Division: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5th Grade Division: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
6th/7th Grade Division: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

General Overview of League Operations:

  1. Next Level Girls Volleyball @ Danville will operate from early January through early March
  2. All games/activity are scheduled for Saturdays.
  3. Training/Games are on the same day - parents need only allocate up to a 1.5-hour window of availability (~1:15 hour for 3rd grade) for their child's involvement. (We don't believe in specialization, but we believe in having FUN and being competitive!)
  4. Equal playing time guaranteed for all players through constant team rotations via both skill development and game activity.
  5. Game activity will be defined as 'scrimmages' for our Skill Development Division - variance of game activity will occur through the entirety of the program.
  6. Scrimmage games will be played 6 versus 6 in our Game Development Divisions yet the program if focused less on game play versus development.
  7. Parent volunteers ASSIST our teams while helping our Student Athlete Head Coaches guide each team through the season. Core instruction is provided by our Site Director(s) and their staff.
  8. Skill Development Teams are comprised of 8 players maximum (3rd Grade Division).
  9. Game Development Teams are comprised of 8 players maximum (4th - 6th/7th Grade Divisions).
  10. Program Cost: $275 for Skill Development and $325 for Game Development (includes custom volleyball uniform - knee pads ARE NOT included for the 2020 season)

Division Overview:

Skill Development Divisions: 3rd Grade - Cost: $275

- Ideally suited for those looking for exposure to the game...within a super positive and fun environment!
- Core focus on exposure and development of base volleyball techniques,
- Introduction of movement fundamentals, game scenarios, player positions and movements,
- Scrimmage games played during the latter half of the program as athletes show development and the ability to sustain a full rally,
- FUN and energetic environment!

Game Development Divisions: 4th Grade through 7th Grade - Cost: $325

- Ideal for the aspiring volleyball player with an even focus on skill development and game readiness,
- Division structure will allow for early season skill development based on initial player/team evaluations with progression towards head-to-head competition.
- Fluid development environment to challenge skill advancement at an individual and team level,
- Introduction of core fundamentals, general position movements, game scenarios and overall game strategies,
- First half of the program will stay focused on skill development with the latter half of the program influencing the infusion of developed skills in game-play scenarios.

All participants (Skills Development and Game Development) will receive a custom Next Level Volleyball uniform within the cost of their registration:
- Nike Dri-Fit Uniform Shirt featuring their team name, player name and custom number
- Nike Volleyball Short

*Accessories (knee pads and otherwise) will be available for purchase separately within our Next Level Sports Team Store.

Site Director Overview: Sara Dukes Johnson 

Sara Dukes-Johnson, born and raised in Danville, CA, began playing volleyball in sixth grade at St. Isidore, and attended Carondelet, where she was the Contra Costa Times Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999, as well as the 1999 NCS Player of the Year. Sara accepted a full scholarship to continue her playing career at Stanford University from 2000-2003. She was a member of the 2001 National Championship team as a sophomore and appeared in the finals again as a junior.

Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology, Sara began her professional playing career on the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Beach Tour. From 2006-2010, she played in 40 events on the AVP, with a career best 9th place finish on three occasions.

Sara returned to the Farm in 2013, as the volunteer assistant coach, for Stanford’s inaugural season of beach volleyball. She coached for the Cardinal from 2013-2016, assisting in all areas of coaching for the program.

Sara joined the Monte Vista volleyball program in 2016 where she guided the Mustangs to the East Bay Athletic League title, as well as the North Coast Section Division 1 championship, and the CIF Division 1 Norcal Semi-Final match. In 2017, the Mustangs went 18-0 in league play and 34-3 overall while defending their EBAL and NCS titles and appearing in the CIF Open Division Norcal Quarterfinal match.

Sara and her husband, Eric, live in Danville with their three children

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