Asked Questions about Flatirons
What is the philosophy of
Flatirons Volleyball Club?
We believe club volleyball
enhances the life of girls. When
girls play sports, they learn to:
- work with a
group to accomplish a goal
- work hard
towards their own goals
- be patient with
themselves and others
pressing on when the going gets
- speak up for
themselves: be assertive on and
off the court
instruction from the coach
- think clearly
and quickly due to the enhanced
relationships with teammates
based on healthy common interest
- respect strong
and healthy body image
- leadership: how
and when to lead, and how and
when to follow
2. How many
teams will be fielded for the
plan to field 11-13 teams that carry
an average of 11 players each.
The breakdown is: 1 team at the 12’s
2 teams at the 13’s,
14’s, 15’s, 16’s and 17’s age
Why is club volleyball so expensive?
It costs a considerable
amount of money to run a quality
club program. Our biggest expenses
are gym rental and coach stipends.
Other expenses include tournament
entry fees, uniform/warm up/backpack
costs, insurance, team registration
fees, equipment costs,
administration costs, website
maintenance, bookkeeping and billing
expenses, marketing and advertising
costs and many more. Flatirons
Volleyball Club is a registered non
profit organization (501c3).
When and where are practices?
Practices are held two –
three times per week. The length of
each practice is usually 2 hours.
Practices for the younger teams are
earlier in the evening. They
typically begin at 6:00 PM while the
older teams will begin at 6:00 or
8:00 PM. Practice sites are
Alexander Dawson School and Eldorado
K-8 School. The final practice
schedule will be announced as soon
as it is finalized. The main factor
for determining where teams will
practice is the coaches schedule and
5. Where are
Tournaments are held in the Denver
Metro area, Colorado Springs, Fort
Morgan, Fort Collins, Loveland,
Pueblo, Aurora, Arvada and other
Mountain Region Power Tournaments
are on Sundays and begin at 8:00 AM
and usually end around 4:00 PM.
6. How does Flatirons
Volleyball Club choose coaches?
We look for people who have
volleyball experience, like to work
with kids, have a desire to teach
skills and possess personal
integrity. People who have a passion
for volleyball, a cooperative
attitude, want to give back to youth
and have fun personalities are a
good fit with Flatirons.
7. How long
has Flatirons Volleyball Club been
Volleyball Club was founded in 1999
by LaRae Musselman and Susan
Cancilla. We are entering our 14th
season of competitive volleyball.
8. Why do Flatirons teams
have Hawaiian names?
Our first coach at Flatirons VBC
was Robyn Read. She was the
Assistant Coach of the CU women’s
volleyball team head by Pi’i Aiu. At
that time, due to Pi’i’s heritage, a
Hawaiian theme was part of CU
Volleyball. Flatirons VBC was
unofficially linked with CU and
hence, the Hawaiian team names.
9. Should my daughter tryout
for a team?
daughter loves volleyball, is
athletic, willing to work hard at
practices and wants to become a
better player, she should tryout for
10. How hard is it
to make a team?
not going to tell you that it’s easy
to make a team. Typically, the top
players from the surrounding area
play club volleyball. We do have to
cut players (we hate it as much as
you do). The number of girls who
attend tryouts varies from year to
year with the largest numbers
occurring at the 15 and under age
What if my daughter doesn’t make a
team – what other options are there?
Check the Rocky Mountain
Region USA Volleyball website to
learn of other clubs in the area.
The website address is:
on Juniors then click on Clubs and
There are volleyball
programs through the City of Boulder
Parks and Recreation Department.
Sand volleyball is available at the
school girls can play in the Gold
Crown league. This league begins in
August and the teams are formed
based on the high school the kids
will be attending. Website:
Click on Volleyball then Jr. High
12. How do I
find out more?
check out our Parent and Player
Handbook on website
www.flatironsvbc.org for more
If you need
help with a certain question, please
call Club Director Susan Cancilla at