LONGMONT - Silver Creek volleyball coach Tatum McKenzie was less than thrilled with the amount and type of coaching her players were receiving during the club season from January to July.
McKenzie also wasn't thrilled with a lack of local options in Longmont so she decided to develop her own club in the image of what she believes an offseason club should offer young student-athletes. The new club will emphasize smaller teams, quality and consistent coaching, increased and reliable playing time and other things McKenzie felt her players were missing out on during the offseason.
The new club in Longmont is called BoCo Volleyball.
"We've been sending our girls to clubs where they're coming back having not learned anything, had negative experiences or just said they were disorganized," McKenzie said. "So we were a little tired of that and just decided to start our own club."
BoCo Volleyball will focus on programs for girls ages 12-18 and also boys ages 12-17. For both girls and boys, a division of the sport that is not currently CHSAA-sanctioned but has drawn increased interest in recent years, the club has teams that compete regionally and others that travel to compete nationally.
By limiting teams to 10 players, McKenzie said the club intends to ensure playing time and one-on-one attention from coaches. The goal is also to develop the BoCo players from a holistic perspective that strives to teach leadership, positive communication, responsibility and encourage self esteem while teaching and improving volleyball skills.
"Our club will be different because we want kids playing," McKenzie said. "We're not in it for the money so we'll have smaller teams, our clubs will be here in Longmont and we have fabulous coaches and staff."
Within three years, McKenzie hopes to have a brick-and-mortar facility that features six indoor courts and six sand courts. The facility would theoretically prioritize the BoCo Volleyball student-athletes but would also be open to the public and host leagues and other volleyball-related programs and activities.
Tryouts for BoCo Volleyball will begin on Thursday at LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont and will continue through the weekend depending on age group.