GOLD MEDAL SQUARED Since Ignite began, GMS has been the cornerstone of our program. It’s built on sound principles and their methods are proven. Because we are lifetime students of the game, we don’t teach the ways of the past. GMS’s program stays on top of current methods as well as constantly doing studies to make sure that we’re coaching the best way possible for our athletes. Here’s more from their site: Gold Medal Squared is the collaborative effort of some of our countries most successful and experienced coaches. Dr. Carl McGown, Dr. Marv Dunphy, Dr. Doug Beal, Jim McLaughlin and the rest of our staff bring over 300 years of combined coaching experience. Our staff has been at the top of the game at every level: High School, Club, Collegiate, Professional Foreign Leagues, and International competition. Gold Medal Squared Volleyball Camps and Clinics was created with one goal in mind – improving the quality of volleyball players and volleyball coaches. We believe that coaching is a lifelong education. Through years of refinement, we have developed a unique process by which volleyball coaches are given the necessary tools to teach the skills to their players, to understand the tactics of the game, to make better use of limited time with their players, and to develop winning programs. This process is based on studied scientific principles from human kinetics, organizational behavior, statistics, and psychology. Thousands of volleyball coaches world-wide have been through the Gold Medal Squared program – many with literally life-altering results. We have had innumerable volleyball coaches tell us how much more they enjoy coaching, how much more success and satisfaction they are achieving, and what a big change the Gold Medal Squared process has had on their lives. Team Connection This year we have decided to go with Nike through Team Connection. Here’s more info from their site: “We are athletes, coaches, and fans who believe passionately that sport fuels life. We also have the experience that comes from supporting thousands of organizations. We pride ourselves on providing the best service in the industry. We appreciate the opportunity to be an extension of your team.” We look forward to working with Emily and her team at Team Connection this season! I want to give a shout out to Janice and the team at WildPepper. They are amazing people and took customer service to another level. Ignite unfortunately had to make a business decision based on our growth into other sports and needed to find a business partner with the ability to provide multiple different brands. We love Janice and her team and wish them all the best! Doorways Our Ignite Your Strength tournament in June donates to Doorways because of the huge different they have had in a lot of our families lives, mine included. Doorways is a tremendous organization that focuses solely in counseling for teens and young adults. Doorways relate to and have compassion for young people, parents, and families. Their holistic model of treatment allows their providers to integrate emotional, relational, mental, and spiritual health care needs as a way to enable care that treats the entire person as well as the family. Doorways employs certified experts in the treatment of Eating Disorders, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma, ADD/ADHD and more. Doorways will be a huge ingredient to the success of our athletes both on and off the court and we can’t wait to have you learn more about our plans for this upcoming season! Ignite your F.I.R.E!!!! POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization with the mission of creating a positive, character-building youth sports environment that results in BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE. Youth sports currently involves 40M children, which presents a tremendous platform on which to develop youth character and life skills. Research has shown that in order for youth to accrue these benefits from sports, sports needs to be done in a way that creates a positive youth development culture. PCA ensures sports are ‘done right’ with programming that is research-based and designed to have an impact at three levels in a youth sports organization or school: Youth experience improved life skills and character development. They also perform better! Coaches become more positive and increase their focus on using sports to teach life lessons. Youth Sports Organizations & Schools see their cultures become more positive and everyone involved has more fun. Since its founding in 1998, PCA has established 18 chapters nationwide, partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations to deliver more than 20,000 live group workshops, reaching 19.2 million youth. PCA offers interactive online courses and has thousands of multimedia tips and tools for coaches, parents, athletes, and leaders available free of charge on PCADevZone.org. PCA also runs two annual awards programs: a scholarship program for high school student-athletes and a coach award program to recognize youth and high school coaches who strive to win and teach life lessons. PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board of elite coaches, professional and Olympic athletes, organization leaders, and academics who share PCA’s mission including Dusty Baker, Carol Dweck, Herm Edwards, Julie Foudy, Phil Jackson, and Steve Kerr. PCA is proud to partner with more than 50 national governing bodies, youth serving organizations and professional leagues and teams including Boys & Girls Club of America, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, and US Lacrosse. MOLTEN The USA Region has selected Molten Super Touch as official ball, so that’s what we practice with.