Team Parents serve as the communications hub for the entire team — both parents and players. Once rosters are in place at the beginning of the season, your head coach can provide a list of contact details for each family including phone numbers and email addresses. Use that as the basis for your contact database. We suggest you employ one of the tools below to assist in ongoing communications. Many of them automate the sending of email and provide text and / or push messaging. Some provide complete mobile apps making it easy to provide information directly to your team’s cell phones.
It’s important that Pacific Rim teams work together and support each other. To reinforce that ethos, Pacific Rim teams eat together at every tournament — breakfast, lunch and often dinners when traveling longer distances. Team Parents coordinate these potluck-style meals, snacks and drinks, and everyone eats together as part of every tournament experience. Here’s some suggestions:
- Breakfast (bagels, muffins, fruit, juice, milk, hot chocolate)
- Snacks (fruit, granola and protein bars)
- Lunch (pastas, tacos, pizza, roast chicken, sandwiches)
- Drinks (water and Gatorade-type energy drinks)
- Post-play desserts (cookies, cupcakes)
Most volleyball playing venues allow tailgating. Those that do include the San Mateo Convention Center, San Jose Convention Center, Cal Expo, the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and most high school playing venues for NCVA tournaments. To keep your team together while off the court, set up camp using the following items:
- Folding tables (two to three per team)
- Folding chairs (each family brings their own)
- Canopies (two per team)
Many families already have the above gear and are more than happy to bring those items to tournaments.
The Magic Box
Long the stuff of Pacific Rim legend, the Magic Box contains everything you need for a successful season of tailgating. The only reason it developed legendary status is because some resourceful Team Parents made sure their large plastic storage container was stocked with:
- Table cloths
- Plastic silverware
- Serving utensils
- Bungee cords
- Salt and pepper
- Cutting board
- Sanitizing wipes / hand sanitizer
Contrary to popular believe, the Magic Box doesn’t keep it self stocked. Keep replenishing and you’ll have a great season!.
Tournament Housing / Hotel Reservations
For Girls Power League, Team Parents are responsible for ensuring their families have housing for the Far Westerns Qualifier in Reno, Nevada. Hotels can be booked directly and through NCVA’s reservation system. In the past, some Pacific Rim teams chose to stay outside of Reno or rent homes in the greater Lake Tahoe area via VRBO and other services.
For Boys Power League, a number of teams will travel to Southern California for SCVA tournaments. See your team coach for more information on housing for those events.
Should Pacific Rim teams win bids to the Boys Junior National Championship and Girls Junior National Championship, Pacific Rim will arrange housing on behalf of those teams. Both tournaments have strict stay-to-play policies.