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NORCO Youth Program

Vision & Goals for NORCO Youth Programs

Our goal in offering youth programs is to provide a welcoming and affirming environment where young players develop both skills and a life-long love for the game.

The youth program at NORCO has a direct impact on the growth volleyball in Northern Colorado, as well as the viability of our club program as a whole. While learning about the game of volleyball, the participants in our youth programs create a pool of players for local schools and club programs, along with future coaches and refs.

Goal #1: Establish Youth Programs for Players of All Ages and Abilities      

  • VolleyKidz – Designed especially for young players (girls and boys ages 4-7), this introduction to volleyball focuses on movement and fun, while developing fundamental skills and introducing teamwork. 
  • NORCO Academy – With instruction focused on developing consistency in skills, movement and strength, our Academy program welcomes boys and girls ages 8-12, beginner to intermediate. 
  • Middle & High School League  - We created the MS/HS League for players in grades 6-12 who want to grow their skills and experience playing on a team. 
  • NORCO Prime – Our Prime League is the perfect opportunity for 11-17 year olds who are interested in club volleyball with a shorter season and a locally focused tournament experience.  

GOAL #2: Motivate and encourage the middle school population to develop a love for the game of volleyball. Instill NORCO core values into all programs so players are developing on and off of the court. 

GOAL #3: Offer new ideas for existing programs and innovate current programs to  create a well-rounded and updated youth program. 

GOAL #4: Connect NORCO Core players and coaches, local college players and local business to the NORCO Youth Program to create a sense of community.  

Message from the Youth Director

Courtney Wallace

Each year brings increased participation of young athletes to NORCO Volleyball and I would like to welcome everyone to the Youth Program.  Some are seasoned participants, while others are just beginning to learn and engage in the sport of volleyball.  I am honored to be your Youth Director and look forward to coaching and educating your children as well as creating a positive experience for everyone this season!

My passion has always been to be in the gym working with players to help them grow and learn the sport of volleyball as well as life lessons.  Growing up in a small town in Colorado, I was a 2-sport athlete throughout High School and played Division II volleyball at Western State Colorado University.  I started my coaching career at Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School where I spent 2 seasons and 2 years as their Head Coach. I then moved to Frederick High School serving as the Head JV Coach, and Varsity Assistant. I assisted in the process of bringing the team back to the State playoffs for the first time in five years.  I began coaching for NORCO Volleyball four years ago at various age levels.  I also spent time in the college athletics world as a Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Tennessee. I am currently working on my Masters in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

 My expectation, as your Youth Director, is to develop young athletes with strong foundations in all skill sets and to enjoy the sport of volleyball for life.  I believe my extensive coaching, teaching and administrative experience, will allow me to successfully fulfill, and even exceed the requirements for this position. I am a strong believer that young athletes need youth sports to grow and develop. I believe youth sports teach intangible emotional, mental and social skills that are crucial for life and development. I promise to do my best to always provide safe opportunities for all athletes, despite a national pandemic. 

As a former athlete , I understand the sacrifices of time, money and energy in having young athletes be a part of a team or athletic program and would be happy to talk to anyone with questions or concerns you may have.

Finally, it is an honor that you have entrusted NORCO and myself to coach and educate your athletes and look forward to an enjoyable season.

Courtney Wallace
NORCO Youth Programs Director
16 Black Head Coach

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