Academy

Upward Stars volleyball offers the most comprehensive volleyball and athletic training for young players. At Upward Stars Upstate, we offer an academy program all year long! That's 6 different academies your child has the opportunity to participate in. We really see the huge long-term growth when our players continue instruction past one academy, so we would like to set the Academy fee this year to promote and encourage your child to attend as many of our academy sessions as possible! Remember, our academy is from the beginner to players who play school and/or club ball. We provide 3 levels of participation and training- beginner, intermediate and advanced. Each group is leveled by experience in the game and led out accordingly.

Upward Stars Upstate Volleyball is committed to 100% developmental growth and maturity of our youth players in the sport of volleyball and in life through our unique 360 Progression. Here at Upward Stars we strive to develop the players in four key areas...

  • Mentally- Deeper understanding of the game and how to make right choices on and off the court while learning to read the ball and each other. (Proactive)

  • Athletically- Developing in physical strength, agility, coordination, stamina, and skill set.

  • Spiritually- Anyone can lead when it's easy-who's willing to lead when it's hard? At Upward Stars we use a curriculum that has been widely accepted to help develop our young athletes in character, faith, and relationships.

  • Socially- Learning to be a team player while encouraging others around you.

Our goal is to make sure that athletes aspire to the levels of skill and competition that they are fully capable of reaching starting at a young age. Our goal is also not only to excel our players in the field of volleyball, but also to help them aspire to their full potential in their lives as well as impact the lives of those around them.

Admission for your first academy of the year: $195.00

*Admission fee for your 2nd-5th academy: $170.00

Reach out to coach Monica Fain for details.  Discount will be given at registration.

Each academy features 2 practices/week conducted by our proven staff and led by a master coach, one or two Saturday tournaments against outside competition and cool Stars gear.

What do parents have to say about our academy?

My daughter loves to play volleyball but after her first season playing for her school I noticed she lacked confidence.  She began Upward and within the first month she improved in every aspect of volleyball.  Maddie is very kind hearted and didn't play with aggressiveness therefore she didn't play to win.  Now she understands that being agrresive isn't disrespectful especially if you're thoughtful and kind to the others players on both teams.  As a parent, I've watched from the sidelines how this program has helped Maddie in more areas than just volleyball.  The leadership is so positive and encouraging. The coaches are supportive and really go out of their way to teach while making sure each player feels important and equal. I encourage any parent who wants their child to be a part of a positive and Christian sports environment to think about this program.  My daughter walked through those doors for the first time as a mediocre athlete and now is a confident volleyball player ready to battle.  These coaches made her fall in love with this sport and now our entire family has become interested.  Most nights you will find all 6 of us outside battling it out.  Everywhere we go Maddie has a volleyball in her hand just in case she can find someone to hit with her.  I will forever be indebted for what this program has done or her. 

Thank you so much!

  • 2017 Spring Academy

    Female and Male - 7 - 14

    Duration
    March 7 - Apr 12
    Program Fee
    $195.00 - Admission fee for our Stars academy drops as you progress through the year.
    Selection Process
    Open Registration
    Coach
    Master Coach - Corey Helle
    Practice Format
    Tuesday 5:30-7pm Stars Volleyball Center; Sunday 2:30-4pm Stars Volleyball Center
    Important Additional Information
    Our developmental academy is divided into three levels: beginner, intermediate adn club experience. We level our academy based on experience and skill. Our academy is appropriate for any young athlete between the ages 8-14.

    Below is a list of the items each player will receive and additional items that may be purchased through the certified leader.

    Player Core Package

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    Our 2016-17 Core Package features one long sleeve and one short sleeve t-shirt, both developed using moisture-wicking fabric technology for peak performance. 

    In addition to the shirts, this offering includes one pair of performance socks to complete your practice gear package. Our unique nylon/cotton/spandex fabric blend is specially formulated to help your feet stay dry and comfortable. Targeted heel and toe cushioning provide maximum support to reduce impact and injury. 

    Each player will also receive one white, sports-specific Upward Stars decal.

  • Gaffney Spring Academy

    Female and Male - 8-14

    Duration
    March and April
    Program Fee
    $175 - Admission fee for our Stars academy drops as you progress through the year.
    Selection Process
    Open Registration
    Coach
    Master Coach - Katye Price
    Important Additional Information
    Our developmental academy is divided into three levels: beginner, intermediate and club experience. We level our academy based on experience and skill. Our academy is appropriate for any young athlete between the ages 8-14.
  • Exploding Stars Academy

    Female and Male - 7-15

    Duration
    May 4 - June 17
    Program Fee
    $195.00; $170 for players who participated in any of our previous academies.
    Selection Process
    Open Registration
    Coach
    Master Coaches - Bridgette Cochran, Lindsay Simpson and Jimmy Woods
    Practice Format
    Thursday 5:30-7pm Stars Volleyball Center; Sunday 2:30-4pm Stars Volleyball Center
    Important Additional Information
    Our developmental academy is divided into three levels: beginner, intermediate adn club experience. We level our academy based on experience and skill. Our academy is appropriate for any young athlete between the ages 8-14.