VC United is an elite junior volleyball club in Rockford, IL.
VC United is the vision of Executive Director Eric Schulze for a unique elite junior volleyball club in the Midwest. After evaluating possible locations in the summer of 2017, we realized that Rockford was one of the only major cities in the Midwest that did not have a nationally-renowned club. After hearing the support from several coaches and former players from the Rockford area, VC United was born!
Why the name VC United? It is inspired by Schulze's time on the international volleyball scene. Many of the clubs in Europe (any sport) use the initials "VC" as part of their name. As far as "United" goes, the club will be bringing together many of the concepts and philosophies used to create some of the strongest clubs in the country. Bringing together ideas ... unification ... UNITED! (Plus it will sound cool when we break the huddle!)
After spending the summer of 2017 searching for a location to practice, VC United caught a break when a local satellite club determined they would shut their doors in Rockford in late August. VC United had a home! After starting with 4 dedicated wood courts and 2 dedicated sport courts to train on in the NetLynx Sports Center VC United has transformed the building into one of the most comprehensive volleyball training facilities in the country with 14 courts, a 9,000 square foot weight training area, a pro shop, concession stand, and more.
VC United is proud to present our Core Values as we continue our mission.
Our core values are what will support our vision, will shape the culture and reflect what VC United values. They will be used to create our training methodology, program offerings, to select our players, and to establish our philosophy with our players and their families every day.
Core Values - #wearevcunited
vibrant: full of energy and enthusiasm
To be a part of VC United, we must bring energy and enthusiasm to everything we do. Training, competition, preparation, nutrition and more.
competitive: showing a fighting disposition
VC United will compete. In practice, we will compete. We will also make sure that our teams are playing in a competitive schedule against other clubs that will push our players to new limits.
unique: being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else
VC United will bring a unique approach to everything our program offers. There are thousands of junior volleyball clubs. We will make sure there is only one VC United.
Direct. Simple. Unconditional. VC United will care. We will develop a culture where we put each other first and we will ensure that each person inside our program no matter what role they play understands that they are part of VC United. This fundamental principal will allow VC United to become a family environment where players will never leave ... only advance.
innovative: being or producing something like nothing done or experienced or created before
VC United will bring a new approach to club volleyball by providing cutting edge services and support to our players. We will explore all options through training devices, technology, training styles, and more to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for our players.
teamwork: when a group of people work together cohesively, towards a common goal
To be a part of VC United, we all must prioritize the core values, the mission, and the vision. We must put aside ego and personal agendas to accomplish something great. We will do so by creating a positive working atmosphere, and supporting each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance.
elite: selected as the best; a select part of a group that is superior to the rest in terms of ability or qualities
We must strive to be elite within the framework of the programs we are a part of. No matter what program our players or coaches are participating in we will look for elite performance relative to the expectations of that program. This will carry over to how we evaluate players, coaches and staff each season.
dedicated: devoted to a cause or ideal or purpose
We must strive to find the players, coaches and staff who will unconditionally commit to the core values, mission and vision for the program, their team and their journey with VC United. We must hold each other accountable to that commitment and strive to ensure our dedication is both perceived and real.
To develop elite volleyball players at the collegiate, scholastic, and fundamental development levels in a unique, challenging environment through innovative training, exposure to competition and positive interaction with coaches, teammates and families.
To establish VC United's teams, players and coaches as the standard of excellence for junior volleyball throughout the country and the Midwest.