Thunder Beach is entering into our 6th year as the premier Beach program in the Puget Sound Region and we are so excited for summer! It is amazing to see the improvement our Thunder Beach players have made both indoors and on the sand because of their commitment to train beach with us over the last 5 years. Beach volleyball really helps the all-around game and what better way to spend your summer, than in the sand!
Here are just a few things to note about Thunder Beach:
Thunder Beach is run by Jen Baklenko and her awesome coaching staff. She coached 4 seasons as an assistant coach for the UW beach program. Jen played professionally on the beach and indoors and still competes at the OPEN level, taking 2nd at Seaside in 2014. She is also the Puget Sound High Performance Beach Head Coach. In addition, Jen is USAV Beach Impact and CAP certified. In other words, Thunder’s coaching experience is unparalleled in the region!
This is our SIXTH year of Thunder Beach. We have grown and changed the program to best instruct and supply the beach player with the skills she/he needs to become a more successful when competing on the beach, to stay active, in shape and still learning and loving the game. We mix instruction with match play to help develop each player to their fullest. Jen's lesson plans are high level and teach all players to improve through hard work and intelligent,thoughful volleyball.
We are a part of the BVCA (Beach Volleyball Clubs of America) which hosts a championship tournament in July in Hermosa. They are releasing bids to all clubs, but we should have a bid or two at each age level. If chosen, these teams will have additional expenses if they choose to accept the bid for our club.
We are a registered Puget Sound Beach Training Program. Our coaches have to maintain certain certifications, and we are under the umbrella of USAV which keeps us up-to-date and in the loop with tournaments and other events.
All Thunder beach members must have a USAV membership. If you are new to club volleyball, you can purchase a summer membership at www.psrvb.org
We recognize that vacation schedules and other activities will take precedence from time to time. So we have listened to your scheduling concerns and offered a varied schedule where your athlete can play anywhere from 1-3 times a week. Tournament entries are separate from this as there are 4 different venues to play. Our coaching staff can help you select appropriate tournaments and level of play.
Included in this cost is the highest level of instruction in our region, Thunder tournament tank top or t-shirt, coaching at tournaments that allow coaching and where a Thunder Beach staff member is in attendance and a discount in private lessons. This is open to both Boys and Girls. Please make sure to pay at time of checkout otherwise you will be placed on a waitlist. There will be no refunds issued for sessions not attended and we will not refund up to one month before the session has begun unless someone is on the waitlist. IT IS NOT MANDATORY TO HAVE A BEACH PARTNER. Some use this to get more touches for indoor, some are training for beach and others play because beach volleyball is fun.. so partners are not mandatory.