DaKine’s Travel Elite Beach Warriors will be comprised of three squads: Open & two Club teams. The Open Squad will consist of 12 athletes, with an assigned Head & Assistant Coach. Coach Danielle Jacobson and assistant coach Lucas Pirolli will be leading the Elite Open athletes. The Elite Open Squad will practice three times a week for 2.5 hours each practice. They will train together, travel together and compete together.
Elite Warriors will be moving to three practices a week, December through mid-April. All practices will begin with a dynamic warm up, followed by 45 minutes of ball control and technique training. The following 45 minutes are focused on strategic drills, using game like situations. The remainder of practices will be structured queen of the court scrimmaging, followed by 20 minutes of cardio & strength training. Practice plans will be customized and developed by each training group’s head coach, Club Director Chris Hannemann and Technical Director & Olympic Beach Gold Medalist Coach Greg Vernovage.
Our practices are designed to feed and fuel the complete athlete, lending from the Hawaiian tradition of the Lokahi Triangle. Lokahi means unity & agreement, and the triangle refers to achieving harmony- mentally, physically & spiritually. We’ll be including mental training exercises to encourage focus and help with visualization. DaKine athletes are leaders- they never follow; we’ve set the standard in hand setting on the beach, across the nation, and we intend to lead our athletes to success, both off and on the sand.
The Elite Open Warriors will participate in the BVCA Club Challenge Series, the gold standard in junior tournament competition. The BVCA Club Challenges are organized in the same format as the collegiate competitions, preparing DaKine Ohana to transfer seamlessly into top collegiate programs.
*Please note: If you are not selected to any of the Elite Teams (Open or Club), you can still develop your skills and grow your game this off season on one of our advanced regional teams.