Developmental

The Developmental Academy will focus on skill instruction & training.  Upward Stars Developmental Academies untilitze the Master Coach approach.  Coach Leon Blazer scripts & directs the training.  The Assistant Coaches the apply the drills to the skill level they are working with.  This approach ensures that each player is receiving the best instruction that is tailored to their skill level.  This also ensures that there is continuity in language & techniques that are taught.

Our Developmental Programs are for athletes of any skill level and experience. These programs build and enhance an athletic foundation that will prepare each athlete for long-term success. There is a high focus on fundamentals, individual skill training, and motor skill enhancement. We recommend each athlete participate in a Developmental program before participating on a Travel Team.

  • 2019 Winter Developmental Academies (Level 1 and Level 2) - Girls

    Girls - 2nd - 6th grade (Level 1) | 6th-9th Grade (Level 2)

    Duration
    6 Weeks (Every Friday, January 11 - February 15) Level 1 (2nd-6th grade) - 6:00 - 7:30PM | Level 2 (6th-9th grade) - 7:30-9:30
    Program Fee
    Level 1 - $185 (Use code FB15 to get $15 off our Level 1 Academy) Level 2 - (Use code FB25 to get $25 off our Level 2 Academy) <---Only a limited number of discount codes available.
    Selection Process
    Level 1 - Our level 1 academy will be for players who are 2nd through 6th grade and are new to volleyball or have limited experience. We will take this academy at a slower pace and take extra time to develop the skills players need at the starting stages of development. Emphasis will be on all 1st contacts (Serving, Passing and Digging) as well as an introduction to Spiking, Team concepts and competition. Level 2 - Level 2 of our Academy will be for players 6th-8th grade who have some experience with playing in either club or school and want to quickly advance their skills. Within this group will be a intermediate and advanced court which will help players develop along side other players of like ability. This academy will help even the most advanced club player.
    Coach
    Our Girls Developmental Academy will be led by Coach Kayle Ray and our Upward staff coaches
    Practice Format
    All Academy dates held at Houston's First Baptist Church (7401 Katy Freeway) unless otherwise noted
    Important Additional Information
    Register for our 2019 Upward Stars Winter Developmental Academy. This academy is for all ages and abilities. Learn to Serve, Set, Spike, Dig and Pass better with our advanced training designed to help each athlete improve regardless of their current ability. This academy will be led by Upward Stars Houston Master Coach Kayle Ray and staff. This is our most popular developmental program. Space will be limited so Register Now!
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  • 2019 Winter Developmental Academies (Level 1 and Level 2) - Boys

    Boys - 2nd - 8th grade (Level 1) | 8th-12th Grade (Level 2)

    Duration
    6 Weeks (Every Friday, January 11 - February 15) Level 1 (2nd-6th grade) - 6:00 - 7:30PM | Level 2 (6th-9th grade) - 7:30-9:30
    Program Fee
    Level 1 - $185 (Use code FB15 to get $15 off our Level 1 Academy) Level 2 - $225 (Use code FB25 to get $25 off our Level 2 Academy) <---Only a limited number of discount codes available.
    Selection Process
    Level 1 - Our level 1 academy will be for players who are 2nd through 8th grade and are new to volleyball or have limited experience. We will take this academy at a slower pace and take extra time to develop the skills players need at the starting stages of development. Emphasis will be on all 1st contacts (Serving, Passing and Digging) as well as an introduction to Spiking, Team concepts and competition. Level 2 - Level 2 of our Academy will be for players 8th - 12th grade who have some experience with playing in either club or school and want to quickly advance their skills. This academy will help even the most advanced club player.
    Coach
    Our Boys Developmental Academy will be led by one of the top Boys coaches in SE Texas, Aric Anderson as well as our other Upward staff coaches.
    Practice Format
    All Academy dates held at Houston's First Baptist Church (7401 Katy Freeway) unless otherwise noted
    Important Additional Information
    Register for our 2019 Upward Stars Winter Developmental Academy. This academy is for all ages and abilities. Learn to Serve, Set, Spike, Dig and Pass better with our advanced training designed to help each athlete improve regardless of their current ability. This academy will be led by Upward Stars Houston Master Coach Aric Anderson and staff. This is our most popular developmental program. Space will be limited so Register Now!
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  • 2019 Winter Developmental Academies - Add-ON Information

    Co-Ed - 2nd-12th Grade

    Duration
    6 Weeks
    Program Fee
    $40 per session - Use the Add-on feature to register for 1 or several days. This option is for those who cannot make all 6 weeks of academy and want to do an add-on package. Players must register for a minimum of 4 sessions to get a free T-shirt.
    Coach
    Girls will be led by Coach Kayle Ray (kray@upwardstarshouston.org). Boys will be led by Coach Aric Anderson (appletoncabin@gmail.com)
    Practice Format
    Fridays - January 11 through February 22nd / All dates to be held at Houston's First Baptist Church (7401 Katy Freeway) unless otherwise noted
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