Player and Parent
Girls Volleyball Parent/Player Handbook
CONGRATS!! You have been selected to represent Libertyville High School
as a member of the girls’ volleyball teams. It is extremely difficult to be
chosen as a WILDCAT volleyball player. Now is the time to get down to
business and challenge our selves to combine hard work, commitment,
dedication, skill improvement, game strategies, team unity, and fun for a
2009 Wildcat Coaching Staff
Varsity: Greg Loika
Assistant Varsity: Patti Mascia 847-327-7188
JV: Jenny Smith
Sophomore: Josh Kinnee 847-327-7000
Frosh: Jorge Tamayo
Volunteer Coach: Lisa Sturgill
Levels and Home Sites
JV--------------------Main Gym or West Gym Precede Varsity in Main Gym for non-conference, West Gym for conference
Sophomore---------Main or West Gym
Sophomore play in Main Gym during Conference matches. West Gym during
non-conference matches at home.
Freshman A---------------West Gym
Freshman B---------------West Gym or Field House
If JV plays a home game, Frosh A (WG) and B (Field house) will both play at
If there is not a JV game, Frosh A will play at 5:00 pm with Frosh B to follow.
Using volleyball to teach life skills and create exceptional, well rounded young
ladies. Leadership, strong work ethic, humility, teamwork, creativity,
communication, grace, resiliency, community service and respect are just some
of the skills we hope your daughter will acquire during her time in the Wildcat
Athletes will be placed on the Frosh A or Frosh B team as the conference
recognizes 2 levels. Athletes may be moved between either team during the
season if team needs dictate such a move and it is in the best interest of the
athlete(s). Emphasis is placed on the development of individual skill, team
game strategy, designation of role or position players, and team unity among all
frosh players. Playing time is determined by practice, position and leadership
on the court. While equal playing time is difficult to anticipate in the game of
volleyball, all athletes will compete equitably.
Specific player positions or roles are emphasized. The athletes begin to see
the importance of a starting line-up and substitutions. Emphasis is placed on
individual skill improvement, team offensive and defensive game strategies,
communication on the court, and team unity. Playing time is determined by
practice, position, skill, and leadership on the court. While every effort is made to get all athletes into a match, not all athletes are guaranteed to compete in every match.
Specific player positions or roles are designated. Emphasis is placed on refining individual skills, advanced team offensive and defensive game strategies, communication on the court, and team unity. The JV level allows players to gain experience throughout the season and preparation for the varsity level. Some athletes will compete sparingly during match play based on depth chart at their position.
Specific player positions or roles are designated. A starting line-up with specific substitutions is established. Emphasis is placed on refining individual skills, advanced team offensive and defensive game strategies, communication on the court, and team unity. Playing time is determined by practice, position, skill, and leadership on the court. The best combination of position athletes receive the most court time in match and tournament play. Some athletes will see minimal game time throughout the season, their role in practice and as teammates however is invaluable and equally important for the success of the team.
Parents, if your athlete has a question about playing time, please encourage your daughter to talk to their coach personally. It is an important life skill we are teaching our athletes about self-advocacy and giving them the opportunity to find out first hand what skills they need to improve on in order to see more court time. If the first conversation is between coach and parent, we have lost this teachable moment.
Generally, daily practices are conducted from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. Saturday
practice times are determined by each coach but generally will begin between 7
and 11AM. Coaches will inform their athletes if a practice schedule is
changed. Coaches will be getting comprehensive calendars to their players
and their calendars will be posted on the website when they are set.
Varsity practices in the Main Gym.
JV practices in the Main Gym or Field House.
Sophomores practice in the Field House or Main Gym.
Freshmen practice in the West Gym.
*consult your athletes schedule from their coach for specific times and
locations of practice/match play on any given day
All athletes requiring a ride after away matches should be picked up by the
music wing entrance where the busses will drop our teams. Please do not
pick up your daughter at another entrance. Parents, please contact your
daughter after away matches if you are running late so she can let the coach
know when they will be picked up. Typically they will phone when the bus is
15 minutes from returning to the school.
All athletes will ride the bus home to the school after away matches and
tournaments. Exceptions will rarely be made except in the case of illness,
injury, or at the discretion of the varsity coach, advance notice will be required
in those cases excluding injury or illness. Exceptions will also be made in
advance in the case of a match falling on the night of the homecoming dance –
details will be provided in the years this circumstance occurs.
You are responsible for your uniform and all other equipment issued to you.
School issued uniforms/warm-ups are to be worn only during game
competition. You cannot wear them in physical education classes. Athletes
are expected to return their uniform and warm-ups on the day designated by
your coach. All uniforms will be collected by your coach at the end of the
season. If you fail to turn in your uniform on time or the warm-up/uniform is
damaged, you will be issued a fine slip to cover the cost of replacement.
As a member of the volleyball program, you are expected to attend and help at
tournaments that other levels are hosting (i.e. freshmen may work a JV
Invitational). Your coach will inform you the tournaments you will be
assigned to work and which you should attend as a spectator. Players attend
these tournaments in order to support their sister Wildcats, as well as to have
the opportunity to see advanced volleyball skills at other levels. Most
tournaments last from approximately 9AM until 3PM or so.
Varsity State Playoffs: All players will support the Varsity team during the playoffs until the conclusion of the season. A bus will be available to
transport the lower levels to any road playoff contests. You may be assigned
to keeping stats or video taping or simply be there to support your fellow
Mr. Ron Russ is the LHS head athletic trainer. If you are injured during
volleyball season, the athletic trainers will evaluate and treat the injury. In
order to see the athletic trainers, you must inform your coach and an accident
form needs to be completed if injured during practice. Trainers will
communicate with athletes and parents regarding treatment and return of
athletes when they are healthy. Your coach will strictly adhere to the advice
of the athletic trainers.
You must attend all practices and all matches. If you do not attend
school, you are not allowed to practice or play in the match. If you are
home sick, please call or email to notify the coach you will not be at practice
or the match, it is the player’s responsibility to inform the coach when they will not be present, have an appointment, or are ill so the coach can alter the
practice plans. Again this is one of those life skills we are aiming to building
in terms of being good time managers, conscientious team members, and solid communicators.
NOTE: You must be in attendance for at least four classes to participate in
practice or compete in a contest.
Attendance at school and practice the day before a contest and/or tournament is required. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis; however, continued and repeated illness the day prior to competitions may result in an athlete being withheld from that competition at the discretion of the coach.
Unexcused absences and absences that are not reported to the coach prior to practice time or a timely manner will be dealt with on a case by case basis by the coach.
An unexcused absence from a working or spectator role during tournament play, is the same as missing a practice or match and will be dealt with following the above stated guidelines.
All athletes will dress nicely for game days, unless otherwise arranged by coach. For some home contests, players may be allowed to wear jersey, team shirt, warm-ups etc. These dates will be designated by the athletes coach.
Appropriate dress for contests include the following:
Dress slacks, khakis, skirts, dresses, blouse, dressy shorts.
The spirit of the dressing policy is to promote the sport, respect the opponent, team unity, and promote a positive, professional image for the program. If you question whether your attire supports these objectives, it probably should not be worn. All attire will strictly adhere to the school dress code as well. Your attire not only says something about you, but also about the Wildcat Volleyball program.
Items that should not be worn on game days:
T-shirts, shorts, jeans, jean skirts, jean shorts, tank tops, sweats,
hoodies, sweatshirts, etc.
Athletes who do not follow the dress code during game days are subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of their coach.
Warm-ups may be worn home on the bus from road contests, we will not change back into dress attire.
Saturday tournament attire is casual – warm-ups and jerseys may be worn to the
1. Varsity Letters will be awarded to a girl who
A. completes the season and participates in 1/2 of the varsity matches.
B. completes the season, attends all practices and contributes to the
team in spirit and hustle.
C. by the discretion of the coach (i.e. injury) would have earned the
D. Sophomores/freshmen who fulfill the varsity requirement will
receive the varsity letter. Note: If the freshmen athlete has not
earned her numeral from participating in another sport, she
be given her numerals in June.
2. Lower Level Letters will be awarded to all JV or sophomore athletes who
are members of the JV or Sophomore team, complete the season in good
standing and attend all practices. If an athletes has already earned a lower
level letter, she will receive a certificate.
3. Freshmen Numerals will be awarded to all freshmen who complete the
season in good standing and attend all practices. Note: Freshmen who
compete at a higher level and fulfill the requirements will receive a
lower level letter or Varsity letter.
4. Managers who attend practices, games, and tournaments will earn a
In order to be eligible to compete, you must be passing 4 academic classes
weekly. Physical Education does not count as a class. Your success in the
classroom is extremely important and the priority over volleyball. If an athlete is in danger of being academically ineligible it may affect her court time and practice time at the discretion of the coach in order to focus her efforts on academics.
We can only have a successful student activity fund which helps to offset the costs of things like team shirts, summer clinics and leagues, and other team equipment with your generous help in staffing our concession stand and assisting your daughter in fundraising.
We graciously ask that each family donate at least an hour or two staffing our concession stands during match and tournament play throughout the season. We are able to set up a schedule that typically allows parents to work the concession during the opposite match in which your athlete might play. (JV parents work during varsity match and vice versa) A parent concession manager can help the program keep an eye on inventory and cash flow so that we can be sure the concession stand is set to sell a great deal of merchandise for the program (order pizzas, subs, etc.)
During the season, we will participate in a Volley for the Cure match in which we will need a great deal of your support to fundraise for breast cancer research
and Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation. In years past we have raised
upwards of $7500, however this comes at a great cost of the efforts of all of our
volleyball families, athletes, and coaches. We hope you will willingly assist
your daughter in her fundraising efforts and in the additional help we need on
the nights leading up to that special event.
1. You are expected to help take equipment out, set up the net, take down the
net, and put equipment away every day. This is a team responsibility.
2. You are expected to follow all school rules. It is up to your coach and
school policy as to the disciplinary action that will be taken when a
rule is violated.
3. You are expected to abide by the athletic code. Your signature means
a commitment to the code. Parents, coaches, and players share the
responsibility of good decision making. Don’t let yourself, teammates and
4. You are expected to display good sportsmanship at all times!
Volleyball players are role models, and as a Wildcat you are expected to hold
yourself to a higher standard.
Below is a brief summary of points of emphasis of the Code of Conduct:
The Athletic Code of Conduct, adopted by Community High School District #128, is
for all athletes, cheerleaders, pom-poms, club sports, and team managers. Our
entire Athletic Department is committed to enforcing the code of
conduct. Participation in the athletic programs at Libertyville High School is a
The athletic code record and consequences are cumulative beginning with the
student athlete and parents signing of this code and continuing throughout the
athlete’s entire high school career. These policies are in effect on or off campus
throughout the entire calendar year, including weekends and summer, and do not
supersede District #128 school disciplinary policies.
Violations can include: