"hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard"
An important note from the Director
The Tampa Titans strongly believe that it takes more than just a good club or coach to make a player better. It is the responsibility of the parent to also support the club, the coach and the team once they have joined the Tampa Titans. If the family and home environment is a positive and encouraging atmosphere, then the the athlete/player will embrace the Titan experience, including listening to the coaches and working hard to become a better teammate, player and overall person, on and off the court. If the parent, or family environment, is negative in any way towards the Coach , the team, an individual player or the Titan organization, the athlete/player will also be affected by this negativity. This will cause the athlete/player to loose interest in the process , the team, the coach and the organization. Ultimately, the parent and family have as much influence on the athlete/player as do the coaches, the team and the Titan organization. The Tampa Titans recognize the importance of a positive environment that has a supportive and encouraging learning process....both on and off the court. Please help us to make the athlete/player experience the best possible by becoming a strong supporter of the Titans during your child's club experience. POSITIVE Life learning experiences are gained on and OFF the court!
Where are practices held ? How often?
The Tampa Titans practice in 4 different facilities to better serve the greater Tampa area in addition to Pasco, Hernando,Pinellas and Polk counties. Players have an opportunity to join a team that practices closer to home if available. USAV teams practice 2 times per week usually immediately following Christmas. Prior to Christms practices will vary due to the holidays and gym availability. AAU teams practice once a week prior to January and then 1-2 times per week. Practice days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and on some occasions, Fridays. during the holidays we may also have some weekend bonus practices(optional due to families on vacation and travel).
Can I make installment payments for club dues ?
There is an installment plan for club dues. Those that pay in full by December 7th receive the best value (up to a 10% discount). Installment plans have a higher cost than the single pay option due before Dec. 7th.
***The Titans are also a Not for Profit affiliate of the AAU. This allows any family to raise 100% of the club fees via tax deductible donations from local or National businesses and business owners. Contact the Director for more details.
Do all Titan teams play the same schedule?
No. The top teams will compete at the higher level events. Other teams will play in smaller events that will allow them to be more competitive.
Does every team compete in Nationals ?
No. Teams compete at Nationals based on season record, team competitiveness, individual positions, skill level and willingness to participate in the longer commitment needed for Nationals. We hold tryouts for AAU National teams and encourage all current Titans to participate. We will also invite players from outside the club to participate in AAU National team tryouts. Some of our most best competitive and successful teams have been composed of players from several teams, age groups and outside of the club. The Titans have been successful at AAU Nationals using this blueprint for success and will continue to do so. If we have enough skilled players interested in the same age group, we will send multiple teams in the same age group. There is NO Guarantee of playing time at AAU Nationals. Current cost for the AAU National Championships is $500.00 per player (does not cover travel, food or lodging).
What is the clubs practice attendance/court time policy ?
When a player joins the Tampa Titans, it is with the understanding that attending practices is conditional to membership. Practices are THE MOST significant part of what you are paying for in fees. You are not paying for playing time in tournaments! You pay for advanced training in practice.....Practice is where techniques are taught, and skills are learned. Practices are where players come together to grow as a team, develop high character, learn thru mistakes and create bonds with teammates. If someone misses a practice, it hurts team and personal development. Having said that, there may be a time when a practice is missed. For example, if a student athlete is absent from school on a particular day due to an illness, we would accept that illness as a valid excuse if a practice is missed. Over Thanksgiving break and the weeks prior to Christmas are also difficult times for families to attend all practices.
How is playing time handled ?
Most parents want or expect their child to play all the time during tournament play. We hope the following will resolve most concerns .
Are teams permanent?
NO, No and no! Players can and will be moved between teams during the season if the coaches feel it is beneficial to the clubs overall success.
Is my position guaranteed?
NO, Every player improves at a different speed, some faster than others. Every player has the opportunity to play any position on the court at any time. The coach will place players in positions based on what they feel will give the team the best chance to win. Just because you played a certain position on your school team doesn't mean you will play the same position on your club team. If there are 3 outside hitters, the top 2 will play the match and number 3 will play a different position or play on a different level of team. If the number 3 outside hitter becomes better than the number 2 hitter, then the number 3 becomes the number 2!
Our goal is to perform our very best at every tournament. With this in mind, we expect all players to show: commitment, a desire to improve, positive relationships, Positive body language, positive expressions and interaction, intense concentration and being task-oriented.
What is the Cell phone policy?
Absolutely NO Cell phones allowed in the gymnasium. They MUST be in the back packs and turned off. You must ask permission to use your phone and can only use it outside of the gymnasium. This goes for practice and tournaments. Phone usage creates a wall between players, coaches and friends. We expect all of our players and coaches to develop open conversations that lead to stronger relationships and team bonding.
Is there a Social Media Policy?
Yes, and this is very simple..... No Tampa Titan player, Parent, sibling relative or friend can post anything negative about another individual or organization on any form of Social Media. Any violations of this can lead to immediate dismissal from the Titan organization. Social media is dangerous! Do not allow you or any Titan to become a cancer in Social Media. Positive only .
How are line-ups determined?
The most competitive line-ups are used to put all of our teams in a position to compete. A player can sit out an entire set or even a match. It is the coaches decision! It is considered "improper" for a parent to request a coach to explain why he or she made a decision to determine playing time or substitution patterns. The player and only the player can discuss playing time and coaching decisions with a coach. The club and its coaches will not discuss playing time at a tournament. The time and place for the player to discuss playing time is at practice following the tournament, with their individual coach. Either before or after practice. You must contact the coach in advance and ask for the meeting.
How do the Titans handle disputes?
If there are any disputes or concerns, for any reason, these are the steps that need to be taken: 1) A Player must approach their coach about the matter, either before or after practice and NEVER at a Tournament. Contact the coach in advance to schedule a time and let the coach Know what you wish to discuss. 2) If the dispute is not resolved by the coach and the player, then the parent must schedule a meeting where the player, parent and coach are all present. The player MUST be present for any meetings to occur. The director can and will attend the meeting if the coach and parent feel it is needed. All decisions will be made by the Tampa Titans Coaches and Director(s). Decisions are final and conclusive. These meetings will never take place at a tournament site or during practice.
Do Parents have a code of conduct?
Yes, Parents DO have a code of conduct when they become Titans, as well as siblings, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, Nannies and family friends.
What is the 24 hour rule?
Parents/Players cannot approach a coach or director with a dispute 24 hours BEFORE, DURING or after a tournament or practice. Please refer back to the dispute policy for proper steps.
This is very simple. All payments must be made on time and in full based on the current fees and payment schedule. Any player that is not up to date on all fees and costs will NOT be ALLOWED to practice or play in any tournaments until all past due amounts are paid in full.
We are a member club of the Florida Region of USA Volleyball.
As a player you may stop any unwanted contact from a club representative by simply asking (either verbally or in writing) that all contact cease. Any player believing a club representative of any Florida Region volleyball club has been intimidating, harassing, or acted inappropriately in any manner of contact or recruiting should contact the Florida Region office at (352) 742-0080Type your paragraph here.