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FAQ – Learn More About Beach Volleyball

Our Directors are very knowledgable and have extensive recruiting experience in the indoor and beach volleyball communities, and communicate with college coaches all over the Northwest, as well as nationally. DaKine offers a recruiting handbook as a tool to help you navigate the recruiting process. Parents and players may contact Club Director for more information.

Parents may wonder what DaKine’s policy is on coaches coaching their own children. Many of our coaches have coached their own children in club volleyball, and have been very successful at separating their personal lives from their coaching interactions. If a player/parent/coach sees a conflict regarding this issue, they would be encouraged to discuss it with the Club Director.

It is our expectation that the parent and player chooses DaKine for the quality coaching that is provided. Generally, after players are evaluated at practices, coaches will mainly play those players that best fit into their strategy for upcoming matches. Outside of practices or tournaments, coaches will be more than happy to schedule a time to discuss any issues regarding playing time. If the issue remains unresolved, then the player, parents and coaches should schedule a meeting with Club Director.

It is expected that each player, parent, and coach will always conduct themselves in a manner that brings credit to and respect for themselves, their families, coaches, teammates and to DaKine.

These are the communication steps in place that our players, parents, and coaches must follow whenever there is a conflict:

  • If the issue is between players; then the players involved should try to resolve first.
  • If the issue remains unresolved or involves a coach‐to‐player, then the player should address their concern with their respective coach first.
  • If the issue remains unresolved, then the player and parents should make an appointment to speak with the coach. Any such meeting should be made outside of tournament and practice times.

When players have a schedule conflict regarding practices and tournaments, there are channels in place for players to communicate with their coaches. Generally, all athletes are expected to make every effort to attend every practice and tournament.

If a player must miss practice, a telephone call (not email) to their respective coaches is mandatory, at least 4 hours before practice. Only after attempting and failing to reach a coach, can a player contact a teammate to pass the word along to the coaches. Whatever the reason, if an athlete misses practice, her playing time may be affected.

If a player must miss a tournament, their coach must be notified 2 weeks prior, so that team preparation for the tournament can be made. Whatever the reason, if an athlete misses a tournament, her playing time may be affected in future tournaments.

All tournaments that we attend will be local, within the state, and no more than 3 hours driving time from Seattle. We plan to have each team play in Power Leagues and Regionals, and one local tournament per month.

We plan to hold practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays in West Seattle. Please refer to our “Calendar” page for our practice and tournament dates and times.

At tryouts, DaKine will present a tuition cost per player for the season.  The tuition cost will cover the coaches’ pay, court rental and equipment fees, uniforms, tournament fees, and shared administration costs.

Parents and players will be responsible for their own travel expenses to and from tournaments.

Once a player and her parents (or financially responsible party) have decided to play for DaKine, they will be required to either;

  1. make a lump sum payment for the entire tuition cost or
  2. make an initial deposit (which will be approximately 5% of the team cost) and then six (6) equal monthly fixed payments for the remainder of the tuition.

DaKine Volleyball Club strives to provide our athletes the skills to compete at the highest level. This 2017 season will be the DaKine Inaugural Indoor Season, and our teams will be playing in highly competitive local tournaments this first year, but will not be going to any Qualifier or National Tournaments.

The DaKine Volleyball Club Directors have many decades of experience between the four of them. The group of assistants they have working with them are also very established.

  • The U15 Division will be coached by Joe Baleto and will be assisted by Annie Phan. Joe is a legendary coach in the Puget Sound Region. He is excited to have the opportunity to coach for his own club! Joe is joined by Annie, who has experience as a coach with Mercer Island Volleyball Club.
  • The U14 DaKine Warriors will be coached by Ariana Hannemann and Tom Amparo. Ariana has extensive indoor experience playing club and college indoor volleyball in Canada, and Tom has been coaching indoor in our region for many years.
  • The U12s will be coached by Genne Baleto and Paula MacCormac. Genne is a UW Husky Volleyball alumni, and has extensive experience indoors. Fun Fact – Genne held the UW serving aces record for over 20 years. It was broken by Sonja Tomasevic. Genne is joined by Paula, who is a University of Hawaii alumni, and has just finished coaching with DaKine Beach this past summer. She is looking forward to changing gears to indoors!
DaKine coaches believe in a culture of “playing for one another” and our focus is on developing fully rounded athletes and people. Our goal is not only to provide our DaKine athletes the skills to compete indoor and on the beach but also to help develop skills that will help our players become successful in other endeavors in their lives.

At DaKine Volleyball Club, our coaching staff is focused on teaching the fundamentals of the game of volleyball. With our Directors Joe and Genne Baleto, and Ariana and Chris Hannemann leading and guiding the process, you can be assured that you will be receiving coaching that is specifically geared to the game from the most experienced coaches in the Northwest.

“To provide superlative coaching and foster the best possible learning environment indoors, on the beach, or grass. To teach our family of athletes the fundamentals of the game of volleyball, and cultivate the desire in each to compete at the highest level.  We want our athletes to develop the work ethic and discipline it takes to be an elite athlete, along with the importance of sportsmanship. We want to create complete athletes on the court, and even better people off the court.” Aloha

Right now, the playing field is pretty even out there for the Girls Junior talent. The NW is definitely at a disadvantage due to our short Summer season. You need to get as much court time in and ball control is a MUST if you want to compete for the multitude of Scholarships becoming available in the coming years. Private sessions are the absolute best way to play catch up with the rest of the country!

Currently if you are on an Indoor Scholarship you can also play Sand.  If you are on a Sand Scholarship you can NOT play indoor. Many coaches are looking for indoor girls that can also play SAND!  Boost your chances and add SAND VOLLEYBALL to your resume and move up on the list!

Some people prefer a more focused and demanding session of training.  Sometimes we train blockers specifically and sometimes we train defensive players specifically.  Contact us to set up these types of specialized training sessions!  There is no better way to improve you game quickly than private training sessions!

We highly recommend wearing sunglasses while you play and train on the sand!  The sun damages your eyes, and you must get used to wearing sun glasses now.  A hat is also recommended, but not as important as those glasses!

The camps start at 9am, so please try and be there 30 minutes prior to get settled and ready.  Remember to bring a beach chair and umbrella if you have one!

YES!  Please bring a lunch and snacks.  Dakine will provide drinks during the camp days.  You will get tired and hungry as there isn’t much standing around…  Every Thursday session Dakine will be having a BBQ at the end of the day so no need for a lunch on Thursdays!  If you are a vegetarian, please let us know before hand…

Sand or Beach volleyball is MUCH different than the indoor sport. While the indoor game is a highly specialized sport, Sand Volleyball requires each team member to master ALL the skills of volleyball in order to be successful! Two players covering the entire court. No Libero, no back court specialist, no specialized blockers rotating in… All skills must be mastered by each player and each team is only as good as it’s weakest skill! The Outdoor Elements also create a completely different court feel and different techniques needed compared to those of indoor volleyball…  We provide our students with the necessary skills and training to become as successful on the Sand, in the wind, in the sun, as they choose to be!

Division II and Division III approved sand volleyball as a championship Saturday at the 2015 NCAA Convention, allowing it to advance from the emerging sports for women list to become a full-fledged NCAA championship in spring 2016.

Sand volleyball, which was approved to become a championship by Division I in October, will be the 90th NCAA championship.

The NCAA emerging sports for women program was developed in the mid-1990s when the NCAA Gender Equity Task Force recommended identifying sports that have the potential to grow participation opportunities for women and are of interest to NCAA schools and their communities. The ultimate goal is for the identified sports to become NCAA championship sports.

Sand volleyball is the fastest-growing NCAA sport with 50 schools sponsoring it as of January 2015. NCAA rules require 40 sponsoring institutions to request an NCAA championship. Data shows that on average, 60 percent of participants at a sponsoring school participate only in sand volleyball, not in both sand and indoor volleyball.

Schools are allowed to use emerging sports to help meet minimum sports-sponsorship requirements. Division I and Division II schools can use emerging sports to meet minimum financial-aid requirements as well. Women’s ice hockey, women’s bowling, women’s water polo and women’s rowing are examples of sports that successfully achieved championship status after starting out as emerging sports.

Dakine comes from a Hawwaiian expression used originally by surfers. It is a slang/pigeon English version of “The Kind”, meaning very good, “the real deal” or exceptional.

Some say that Beach Volleyball was probably first played in Hawaii in 1915, when the Outrigger Beach and Canoe Club set up a court on Waikiki Beach. The surfers and paddlers would play Volleyball while waiting for good waves.

When choosing what to name our Camps we chose Dakine Beach Volleyball Camps – as a nod to the roots of beach volleyball as well as to the Pacific Island culture that our families share.

We will still be playing – even in the rain. If the weather is too inclement for training – we will contact you by by 7:30 the morning of training to let you know.


Beach volleyball tournaments are very rarely called due to weather. Because of this, it’s important to learn how to play in wind and rain as well as sunny, beautiful days. Having good ball control in bad conditions is a key part of becoming an excellent beach volleyball player.

Assume that we will be playing in all weather and dress accordingly!

We will have all the balls that we will need. Feel free to bring your favorite ball if you want but please make sure it is clearly marked with your name!  Remember, all Camp attendees get an official NVL game ball!  It has a great feel, it is a cross between the AVP Wilson and Spalding KOB.  Perfect for training.

We recommend using a sweat and waterproof sunscreen that will not be easily sweat off. You will typically be fine with a sunscreen labeled as a sport sunscreen. Use an spf factor suitable for your skin type.