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Review for Rolling Thunder Volleyball Club Inc, Long Grove, IL, USA

Rating: 2 stars  

My daughter joined this club during her first year of volleyball. Pro's the club is large...younger players are easily accepted onto a team, good entry level training for the novice player, the Director makes every young athlete feel special. Con's the director is a former Direct Marketer - he knows how to 'sell'. Therefore, individualized training to correct bad habits in a high impact sport for girls is nonexistent. His U13/14 players are not receiving the instruction needed to prevent serious shoulder and ACL injury during high school and college play. Given that in 2007 his total income was $800K, he can afford to build his own facility, but he won't. He is in this for profit - does not offer year-round training - which would include beach/sand play to help build muscle and response time - also relieving some of the high impact pressure of indoor play - making for a well-rounded player overall. Extremely expensive given the ROI. Also, his parents generally do not come for well-rounded athletic backgrounds. Very unsportsmanlike behavior. His girls do not know how to gel with club players from other teams during IHSA high school play. We have experienced this first hand. They assume that since that one of the club coaches is a HS school - all girls from RTVBC should make this HS team. If your daughter is NOT from his club, she will be bullied, excluded all communication - and this was led by the parents during our year with them on a HS team. Despite our efforts to try and team build outside of HS practice team and overcome their complaints - our offers were refused. Feel bad for the HS coaching staff as they tried to work with us. But, hard to do when 95% of the HS players come from this club and have been told their children will definitely play college volleyball. Thank you for checking out this site. If you are serious about having your daughter play volleyball - this isn't the club for you. A smaller club, with private lessons, and year-round programs that include sand play will produce MUCH better results as a cheaper price! Even their largest competitor would be a better choice...even though the same unsportsmanlike behavior exists there as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Changes are coming soon enough - unless he builds his own facility and include beach instruction this business (it is NOT a Not for Profit) will slowly shut down due to attrition. For now, I'm glad all of our area girls go to him...allows my daughter to place higher with a smaller club for more individualized attention and more play time. (10 player teams vs. 12 player teams). your research before shelling out money for a club that your neighbors joined for convenience!

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