C4…. explosive… so you think you get it. The C4 name was actually picked for a different reason, and here’s what’s behind each of the “4 C’s” in our name:
- Work Ethic:
Athletics can be a great tool for teaching character to young men and women. However, it can also be detrimental to character–depending on how a team is led. Our commitment is for athletics to be a tool in character building.We believe that athletic excellence starts with great work ethic. At C4 we will teach players to do the work necessary to become the best player they can. Remember, we believe that winning is the byproduct of becoming the kind of person who pursues excellence in all area of life.
- Winning with Class:
Great sportsmanship means learning how to win with class. It means that we will teach players to respect her opponents enough to show them respect after a win.
- Losing with Grace:
Even more important than winning with class is “Losing with Grace”. It is always easier to be kind when winning than it is when you lose. “Losing with Grace” means that we will teach players to respect themselves, their team mates, coaches, and family enough to act with honor and dignity towards all even after a tough loss.
- Personal Integrity
Personal integrity means that you are the same person privately as you are publicly. There is honesty, wholesomeness and sincerity to your person. As C4, we will encourage players to be people of integrity–the kind of person who can be trusted with responsibility and is respected by everyone they know.
There are many kinds of competitiveness. There is the childish competitiveness that seeks to win at all costs. There is a competitiveness that seeks to win out of a deep insecurity–a need to compensate for a low self-esteem. There is a kind of competitiveness that seeks to play a lower level of competition so as to win as much as possible. This is NOT what we mean by competitiveness.
At C4, we teach the kind of competitiveness where an athlete seeks to achieve her best–a sense that she is competing against herself, not against team mates. The joy off playing high-level volleyball is the thrill of the challenge. How can I beat this huge double block? To whom should I set this ball to give our offense the best chance of success?
This is also true at the team level. As a team, we seek to play as well as we can possibly play together. We seek to reach our maximum potential. I often ask my college players the following question: ” Which would you rather do, play a weak team knowing we are going to win, or play a great team, knowing that it will take our absolute best to win? Truly great athletes would rather face a great challenge, even if it means falling short from time to time.
At C4, this is the kind of competitiveness that we teach. This type of competitiveness demands character that will last a player’s lifetime.
Sadly, female athletes are 4-5 times as likely to tear their ACL’s as their male counterparts. Thus, we are committed to helping your daughter build the necessary strength and agility to compete safely, and with good health. Every C4 team will utilize a special, age appropriate warm up and conditioning routine to help develop each player’s core strength, knee stability, and jumping and landing technique. The latest research demonstrates that this significantly lowers their chances of experiencing a significant knee injury.
Further, we are committed to helping your player maximize her athletic potential through fun, innovative strength and conditioning regimes. We are regularly seeing players who increase their vertical leap by an inch or more in a 4 month period. Although every athlete responds differently to physical training, your daughter will have every opportunity to reach her full athletic potential.
Finally, at C4, we understand that REST is an integral part of an effective training program. Sports doctors who work with collegiate volleyball players complain about a spike in the number of elite athletes entering their collegiate careers with significant, career-threatening shoulder injuries. They cite overuse, poor technique, and the need for more rest as the three biggest causes for this spike. This is why C4 refuses to practice in the month of November, and only begins conditioning in December. Your daughter needs both the physical and mental break from volleyball so that she will return to the gym refreshed and renewed in January.
4) COLLEGE PREPARATION:
Further, many clubs encourage players to “play at the highest level possible”, but they might not have the athlete’s best interest in mind when they do this. The truth of matter is that this serves to promote the club because it can say that it has sent ‘X’ number of players to Division I programs, etc. At C4, we firmly believe that playing in college is a worthy goal. However, we will never put our club’s needs above your player’s. Our goal is to help your athlete find a volleyball program that is a good fit for them–educationally, socially, and athletically.
We have developed an approach to college recruitment that helps an athlete create a profile for the kind of school and volleyball program she want to be involved with. We then help players identify schools that fit their profile. Finally, we will help the player actively seek out the opportunity to play for one of those schools.