DIVA Program Details
The DIVA program was created by Eastside Cleveland Juniors in 2010 to help provide opportunities to players looking to make less of a commitment to the demanding sport of Junior Olympic volleyball. DIVA stands for Developmental and Instructional Volleyball Academy. The DIVA program is a team based program. In its first year Eastside hosted 5 teams in the DIVA program. In 2018-19 there were 12 teams and in 2019-20 we had 14 teams. This is the perfect level of play for the improving athlete to prepare themselves for grade school, junior high and Junior Olympic play. We expect several of our 2018-19 DIVAs to make Junior Olympic teams this year. This program is open to all 3rd through 9th graders. Due to court & coach limitations, the program will be restricted to 120 participants.
The DIVA’s will practice twice a week and compete in 5 tournaments at Eastside Volleyball Club. Practices will be Fridays from 5-7pm and Sundays throughout the day. When we get to February and Eastside Volleyball Club begins to host tournaments, in addition to the Friday practice, the 2nd weekly practice will be either Saturday or Sunday. The DIVAs will play against the other DIVA teams and teams from Eastside’s Junior Olympic program. These tournaments typically last from 9am-3pm.
The DIVA program will host an introductory meeting and player assessment on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 9:00am. During this time the program will be explained to parents, and players will be evaluated in order to begin the process of creating evenly matched teams. This year teams will be split by ability, not age. Within ability group, teams will be split evenly. By splitting the talent by ability, we feel there will be much more room for improvement.
The cost of the program is $600. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot in the program. A total of $300 is due the day of the assessment. This includes the deposit/registration fee. The other $300 is due by February 1, 2021. To register for the DIVA program please register on our website. You may also send a check for $50 to Eastside Volleyball, PO Box 1383 Mentor, OH 44061. Checks should be made out to Eastside Athletic Club. If you plan on trying out for a Junior Olympic team, your $50 deposit will be applied to your JO player fees given you are selected for a team.