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Welcome to the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy (LAVA), an affiliation of junior club volleyball organizations based in Los Angeles. LAVA has quickly developed into one of the premier junior athletic organizations in Southern California, featuring some of the most talented athletes, brightest coaches, and strongest administrative minds in the region. Founded in 2010 with aims of advancing volleyball education for local coaches, players, and parents, the organization expanded in the summer of 2011 with the launch of multiple affiliate locations, as well as several girls indoor volleyball club programs bearing the LAVA name.
LAVA has grown to include: six full travel girls junior volleyball club affiliates in LAVA North VBC (Santa Clarita), LAVA South VBC (Studio City), LAVA East VBC (Pomona), and LAVA West VBC (Thousand Oaks), which form the original affiliate family known as LAVA Girls, plus more recent additions LAVA Shack VBC (West Los Angeles) and LAVA Islands VBC (Ventura); the Locals Volleyball Club (aka LAVA Locals), our standalone limited travel program based in the heart of the San Fernando Valley (certain full travel affiliate locations also offer limited travel teams, as well); an extensive Non-Travel Program with multiple locations in and around Southern California, featuring LAVA Lite (the immensely popular youth program for 3rd-5th graders), the Lite Plus (for more experienced 5th-6th graders), and the Walk-Ons Program (for 7th-9th graders); Crescent Sand Volleyball Club, our sand volleyball training affiliate based in Santa Monica, which also runs the Sinjin Smith Beach Volleyball Camps each summer all up and down the west coast; the Mardico Company, our affiliate for coaching education and training; the LAVA Foundation, the non-profit arm of LAVA; and SMBC Boys VBC, our junior club volleyball affiliate for boys, based in Studio City.
The Academy combines for more than 70 teams and 800 athletes, not to mention a coaching staff more than 150 strong with millennia of playing and coaching experience between them, and awards earned at every level, including internationally and at the Olympics. We pride ourselves on our top-tier staff, featuring some of the finest coaches in the region, but still we are not satisfied — we actively work to educate and train our coaches on a continuous basis, to build on top of the education they received before reaching us and improve and increase their knowledge during their time with us. The result is one of the most experienced, educated, caring, committed, compassionate, and technically sound coaching staffs in the SCVA region — and beyond.
We likewise submit that our administrative staff is one of the best in the business, with long-tenured club volleyball people running the show behind the scenes. While it’s important for parents and players to know that the volleyball product being groomed on the court is exemplary in and of itself, it is equally important for families to understand that the people on the administrative side of the coin are working as diligently, as hard, as efficiently, and as effectively as possible on their behalf. Our LAVA staff is organized, our paperwork system is navigable, our team protocols are concise, our people are responsive, our financials are stable, and our quality control mechanisms are second to none.
But not only do we know “how” to operate efficiently and effectively, we also know “why”; it’s as important, if not more important, to know why something is being done (and “when” it must be done) as it is to know how to do it. Our staff — directors, administrators, coaches — knows all three. We work well together and care for one another, and as you will find said in so many other places, we strive to do differently in everything we do.
The committed members of LAVA — players, parents, coaches, and administrators — bring unique backgrounds, strong characters, vibrant personalities, valuable experience, and steadfast dedication and spirit to their various roles within and beyond the bounds of the organization, but foremost an enduring passion for the sport of volleyball and a driving desire to do good and right, whether directly or indirectly, by everyone in our athletic community. Welcome once again to the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy!