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LAVA SHACK - WEST LOS ANGELES, CA

About Lava Shack

LAVA Shack Volleyball Club is based in West Los Angeles, CA.

LAVA Shack has been offering a refreshing alternative for girls club volleyball to the athletes and families of West Los Angeles and its adjacent communities for many years. The program fields four to six teams annually across the range of age divisions, as well as offers vibrant and expanding youth and juniors non-travel training programs.

The Club Director for LAVA Shack is Catarina Marbach, who has infused the club with her passion and energy and is an excellent advocate for girls club volleyball. Catarina is bolstered by an excellent coaching staff with strong ties to the volleyball community. We encourage you to speak to our Directors or any of our coaches about what it means to be part of LAVA Shack.

Our primary practice facility is Marymount School, located at 10643 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, out of which we run our travel teams, as well as our immensely popular Youth Lite Program for elementary school athletes (3rd-5th graders). We look forward to seeing you in the gym with us soon.

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    CLUB TRYOUTS @ LAVA Shack ... CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

      - Pre-register for Club Tryouts for the girls club volleyball season: Sept 19 (9th-12th graders) and Oct 03 (4th-8th graders). Want more info? Click here.

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    YOUTH LITE @ LAVA Shack - FOR 3RD-5TH GRADE GIRLS ... CLICK HERE!

      - The popular Youth Lite Program is a training and development program for 3rd-5th grade girls. Want more info? Click here.

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    JUNIORS NON-TRAVEL @ LAVA Shack - FOR 6TH-8TH GRADE GIRLS ... CLICK HERE!

      - The Juniors Program is a non-travel training program for 6th-8th graders who are not playing club volleyball. Want more info? Click here.

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      - LAVA has developed extensive health and safety protocols that have proven successful. For the latest updates, click here.

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CATARINA MARBACH
DIRECTOR - LAVA SHACK

Catarina Marbach is a rising star on the Club Director stage, having infused LAVA Shack with her infectious energy and enthusiasm in recent years as she rose to the top spot within the club. Catarina, or Katt for short, is a home-grown Los Angeles volleyball product. Raised in Burbank, the four-year member of the girls varsity team of Burroughs High School is also a graduate of LAVA herself, having finished her club career with LAVA South 18's in 2012.

Katt went on to win a State Championship as a setter for the Pierce College Women's Volleyball Program, under LAVA Director Nabil Mardini - who recognized Katt's exceptional value and brought her on as a coach with the club immediately. She has been coaching with LAVA Girls since 2012.

Over the span of her career, Katt has coached every age group ranging from 11's-18's. She began at LAVA South and moved over to West Los Angeles when LAVA Shack launched, coaching multiple age groups as well as the youth program. She swiftly became a popular figure with the athletes and families, and when the opportunity presented itself, Katt was named Club Director of LAVA Shack in 2018.

Please feel free to contact Katt with any questions about the LAVA Shack program. Her contact information is below and she is eager to speak with you.

Catarina "Katt" Marbach - Director, Lava Shack
(email) catarina.emerson2@gmail.com
(cell) 818-667-5871

LAVA Shack houses a number of programs and program types under its banner, in addition to our club travel teams. Here is a list of all programs offered at LAVA Shack (click here to visit our Tryouts page):

# - National Travel Teams . . . We offer club volleyball travel teams for 6th-12th grade girls that compete both regionally in Southern California and nationally at competitive events across the country. Tryouts are in fall and the season traditionally runs Nov-June.
     >> Click Here to Learn More About Our National Travel Teams

# - Regional Travel Teams . . . We offer club volleyball travel teams for 4th-12th grade girls that only compete regionally in Southern California. Tryouts are in fall and the season traditionally runs Nov-June, although for some teams (especially younger age group teams) the season can be shorter by several weeks or months.
     >> Click Here to Learn More About Our Regional Travel Teams

# - Local Play Teams . . . We offer club teams for 3rd-10th grade girls that compete at a more localized level, not traveling very far from their home location and/or within the LAVA affiliate network itself. Tryouts are in fall and the season could begin as early as November and run as late as May; season length is on a team-by-team basis.
     >> Click Here to Learn More About Our Local Play Teams

# - Youth Lite Program . . . The Youth Lite Program at LAVA Shack is an immensely popular offering for 3rd-5th grade girls to learn the sport of volleyball in a fun, friendly, instructive manner. Sessions are seasonal and run for multiple weeks at a time.
     >> Click Here to Learn More About the Youth Lite Program

# - Juniors Non-Travel Program . . . The Juniors Program at LAVA Shack is an excellent option for 6th-8th graders who are not ready for a full commitment to club volleyball, but who want to keep their skills up for school volleyball or out of love for the game, or both! It is a non-travel program, sessions are seasonal and run for multiple weeks at a time.
     >> Click Here to Learn More About the Juniors Program

# - Summer Programs . . . LAVA Shack offers many summer program offerings, including clinics, workshops, private lessons, and training pods. You can sign up for as much as you want and we want to see you in the gym!
     >> Click Here to Learn More and Register for Summer Programs @ LAVA Shack

# - Pre-Tryout Clinics & Offerings . . . In advance of Club Tryouts many athletes are eager to get reps in the gym to sharpen their skills. LAVA Shack offers Pre-Tryout Clinics, Workshops, and Open Gyms for athletes looking to prepare ahead of time.
     >> Click Here to Learn More and Register for Pre-Tryout Clinics @ LAVA Shack

YOUTH LITE PROGRAM @ LAVA SHACK
FOR 3rd-5th GRADE GIRLS

The Youth Lite Program at LAVA Shack has been popular and successful for several years. The program is seasonal -- Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall -- with each session running for multiple weeks, with one practice per week. The cost per player for each session depends upon the length of the session (customarily ranges from $80-$160 per player).

The Lite Program is the official youth training and development program of LAVA Shack, designed to give young athletes a taste of volleyball in a encouraging environment that mixes quality skills training with lots of fun games to build a passion for this wonderful sport. The program is coached by professional, paid coaches; it is not volunteer-based and, as such, the training value and player growth is significant.

The Lite Program is primarily for 3rd-5th graders, although 2nd graders or 6th graders can participate with Director approval on a case-by-case basis depending on available space and the time of year. 

>> Want More Info? Click Here to Visit the Home Page of the Lite Program @ Lava Shack

JUNIORS NON-TRAVEL PROGRAM @ LAVA SHACK
FOR 6th-8th GRADE GIRLS

The Juniors Program at LAVA Shack has been a strong training program for middle school athletes for several years. The program is seasonal -- Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall -- with each session running for multiple weeks, with one practice per week. The cost per player for each session depends upon the length of the session (customarily ranges from $80-$160 per player).

The Juniors Program is the official middle school non-travel training program of LAVA Shack, designed to provide quality technical training with focus on individual development (skills training and having fun). The program is for girls who are not looking to play on a travel club volleyball team, but who wish to keep their skills up either out of love for the game or a desire to play in high school, or both! It limits both the cost and time commitment required to participate, but still provides excellent training at the hands of professional, paid coaches; it is not volunteer-based and, as such, the training value and player growth is significant.

The Juniors Program is primarily for 6th-8th graders, although 9th graders can participate with Director approval on a case-by-case basis depending on available space and the time of year. 6th graders are encouraged to participate in Juniors instead of the Lite during winter or spring sessions, and the Lite in summer or fall. 

>> Want More Info? Click Here to Visit the Home Page of the Juniors Program @ Lava Shack

OUR PRACTICE LOCATION

Marymount High School - 10643 Sunset Boulevard, West Los Angeles

LAVA Shack is based primarily out of Marymount High School, located at 10643 Sunset Boulevard, West Los Angeles. Marymount has a safe and secure campus with ample parking and a spacious gym.

OUR GRADUATES @ LAVA

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Lauren Russ  '18

UC Irvine - LAVA North

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Sydney Richardson  '18

Lewis & Clark College - LAVA North

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Kelsey Shea  '20

San Diego State University - LAVA North

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Miranda Raitt  '20

Masters University - LAVA North

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Aliyah Phippen  '20

Lakeland University - LAVA North

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Eleya Avery-Ault  '20

University of Delaware - LAVA North

COACHING STAFF @ LAVA SHACK

LAVA Shack houses an excellent coaching staff full of men and women of great character and experience. Our staff has multiple past or present high school and college coaches, not to mention excellent players during their own athletic careers, with many years of collective volleyball experience. We strive to train our athletes to become the best volleyball players, and finest people, they can be. They also understand what it means to cultivate a team and strive to ensure the experience of our athletes is a positive one they will take with them.

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