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Pre-Tryout Clinics for 11's-14's (4th-8th Graders) - Now Available Online!
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Club Tryouts for 11's-14's Info Coming Soon - Pre-Register Today!
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Fall 2019 Session of Youth Lite - Starts Sept 10 - Sign Up Today!
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Teams Formed for 15's-18's ... Congrats to all those who made our teams and will call LAVA West their home for the coming club season. We have put together a stellar group of athletes and coaches and cannot wait to see what they accomplish together - we'll see you in the gym!
Since its launch in 2011, LAVA West Volleyball Club for Girls has become the dominant club of the Conejo Valley — and even farther beyond — with a vast array of successes across the spectrum of age divisions. Based in Thousand Oaks, LAVA West taps into the talent-rich regions of the Conejo Valley, Ventura County, Malibu, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Calabasas, and the San Fernando Valley, among others.
LAVA West fields more than a dozen full travel and limited travel clubs teams annually across the spectrum of age divisions of the SCVA (Southern California Volleyball Association, the local governing body for girls club volleyball), as well as extensive youth programs and non-travel juniors training programs.
Our primary practice facilities are Colina Middle School (1500 East Hillcrest Drive), La Reina High School (106 West Janss Road), Redwood Middle School (233 West Gainsborough Road), and the Thousand Oaks Teen Center (1375 East Janss Road), all located in Thousand Oaks and a stone's throw from where the 101 fwy meets the 23. The Club Director for LAVA West is highly respected long-time girls club coach Trevor Julian.
It is one thing to say you are a premier volleyball club — every club says that. It is another thing entirely to back up your claims with a history of on-court performance and a winning club culture. LAVA West walks the walk to back up its talk, and has been a dominant force on the regional and national club volleyball scene in recent seasons on a scale never before seen in the Conejo Valley. See 'Highlights' for more details.
LAVA West also houses one of the finest coaching staffs you will find with multiple past or present high school and college coaches, international athletes, collegiate All-Americans, and Junior National and National Team players, in all more than 250 years of collective coaching experience. Click here to learn more about Coaches.
More than that, however, our coaches understand the volleyball of this area and the volleyball of Southern California, and understand the strategies and systems required to be successful in a competitive environment. 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, a rare trait in today’s club environment.
We encourage you to speak to our Director or any of our coaches about what it means to be part of LAVA West and we look forward to seeing you in the gym with us soon!
2018/2019 ... LAVA West 16 Adidas won a Silver Medal at the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships in Indianapolis in July 2019 (16 Patriot). The 18 Adidas team qualified for 18's Junior Nationals (USA) and finished in the Top 12 at that tournament. Two teams played their way into Division One of the SCVA: Lava West 14 Adidas and Lava West 18 Adidas. Every Adidas team competed in the Gold Bracket (Top 64) of the SCVA Regional League.
2017/2018 ... LAVA West won four medals in national tournament competition: a Silver Medal (17's National) and a Gold Medal (15's Patriot) at the 2018 USA Volleyball Junior National Championships in Detroit, a Bronze Medal (17's Open) at the Las Vegas Classic, and a Bronze Medal (17's USA) at the Pacific Northwest Junior National Qualifier in Spokane. Two teams earned highly coveted and rare bids to Junior Nationals, Lava West 17 Adidas (National bid via regional performance and USA bid at the PNW JNQ) and Lava West 16 Adidas (American bid via regional performance). Three teams played their way into Division One of the SCVA: Lava West 13 Adidas, Lava West 15 Adidas, and Lava West 16 Adidas. 12 Adidas and 17 Adidas played their way into Division Two. Every Adidas team competed in the Gold Bracket (Top 64) of the SCVA Regional League.
2016/2017 ... LAVA West won three medals in national tournament competition: a Gold Medal (18's Patriot) at the 2017 USA Volleyball Junior National Championships in Dallas, a Bronze Medal (16's USA) at the Mideast Junior National Qualifier in Indianapolis, and a Bronze Medal (12's Open) at the JVA West Coast Cup in Long Beach. Two teams earned bids to Junior Nationals, Lava West 16 Adidas (USA at the MEQ JNQ) and Lava West 14 Adidas (USA at the SCVA JNQ). Our Lava West 18 Adidas team finished the year ranked #5 overall in the SCVA 18's Division, topped only by our Lava West 16 Adidas team which spent the entire season in Division One for 16's and finished #3 overall. Lava West 14 Adidas also reached Division One and every Adidas team competed in the Gold of SCVA (Top 64).
2015/2016 ... LAVA West won three medals in national tournament competition: a Gold Medal (16's USA) at the Pacific Northwest Junior National Qualifier in Spokane, a Bronze Medal (15's USA) at the SoCal Junior National Qualifier in Anaheim, and a Bronze Medal (14's Patriot) at the 2016 USA Volleyball Junior National Championships. Two teams earned bids to Junior Nationals, Lava West 16 Adidas (USA at the PNW JNQ) and Lava West 15 Adidas (Open via regional performance and USA via SCVA JNQ). Lava West 15 Adidas and Lava West 14 Adidas reached Division One of the SCVA, while every Adidas team again competed in the Gold of SCVA (Top 64).
Additional Highlights from Previous Seasons Include: a Gold Medal (14's USA) at the SoCal Junior National Qualifier in Anaheim; a Gold Medal (18's Open) at the Volleyball Festival National Championships; and bids earned in by Lava West 14 Adidas (USA at the SCVA JNQ) and Lava West 13 Adidas (American via regional performance) not to mention more than thirty Top Five finishes at competitive national tournaments.
Simply stated, Lava West has dominated the competition ... and it's not even close. Congratulations to our Lava West teams!
Trevor Julian, one of the Co-Founders of LAVA, has been Director of LAVA West since 2016 and has coached for LAVA West since 2013. He is a highly decorated coach and a respected member of the club directing community in Southern California. His teams have won multiple medals in recent years -- including four Gold Medals in national tournament competition -- and he has earned bids to Junior Nationals in each of the past five seasons; he has head coached the 13’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s age groups with tremendous success.
Trevor is a former award-winning volleyball player himself — captain and four-year starter for the USC Trojans, USA Men’s Olympic Youth and Junior National Team member (and squad captain).
Please feel free to contact Trevor with any questions about the LAVA West program. His contact information is below. You can also click here to read Trevor's full bio.
The Youth Lite Program at LAVA West has been popular and successful for more than seven years. It runs primarily on Tuesday nights from 5:30p-7:00p at Colina Middle School, 1500 Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The cost is anywhere from $95-$175 depending on the length of the session.
The Lite Program is the official youth program of LAVA West, 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 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.
**The program usually runs on two courts, a Beginner/Intermediate Court for newer players and an Advanced Court ("Lite Plus") for experienced youth athletes.
For more info on the Lite Program at LAVA West, click here to visit our West Lite Info & Sign Up Page.
The Juniors Program at LAVA West has been a strong training program for middle school athletes for several years. It runs primarily on Sunday afternoons from 3:30p-5:00p or 4:00p-5:30p at either La Reina High School (106 West Janss Road, Thousand Oaks) or the Teen Center (1375 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks). The cost is anywhere from $95-$175 depending on the length of the session.
The Juniors Program is the official middle school non-travel training program of LAVA West, 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 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.
For more info on the Juniors Program at LAVA West, click here to visit our West Juniors Info & Sign Up Page.
# - CLUB TRYOUTS @ LAVA WEST ... Club Tryouts for travel teams at LAVA West open in early August for 9th-12th grade athletes and in early October for 4th-8th grade athletes. For more information, please contact our Director or click here to visit our Tryouts Info & Registration Page @ LAVA West.
# - PRE-TRYOUT CLINICS @ LAVA WEST ... Pre-Tryout Clinics help athletes prepare for club tryouts in August or October. The clinics run for a handful of weeks prior to each tryout date: late July/early August for 9th-12th graders and Sept/early Oct for 4th-8th graders. For more info, please contact our Director or click here to visit our Pre-Tryout Clinics Info & Sign Up Page @ LAVA West.
# - SUMMER OFFERINGS @ LAVA WEST ... We offer extensive summer offerings at LAVA West, including half-day camps, clinics, workshops, position academies, etc. For more info, please contact our Director or click here to visit our Summer Offerings & Sign Up Page @ LAVA West.
# - DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START ... It's ok! We have a lot of programs and for those not familiar with volleyball, it can be overwhelming. We can guide you! Please contact our Director Trevor Julian via cell phone at 818-631-7785 (text or call) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMBC West Volleyball Club for Boys is the brother club of the LAVA West girls program. Many of our athletes have girls playing for LAVA West and boys playing for SMBC West. SMBC West fields several teams a year for boys grades 5th-12th, as well as offers an excellent youth program for 4th-8th grade boys not ready to play club volleyball just yet. For more info on our SMBC West boys program, please click here to visit the Home of SMBC West.