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Volleyball Clubs Emphasizing Off-Court Training

By Sean Jensen, 02/13/18, 2:00PM CST

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Strength and conditioning becoming a priority at youth, high school levels

What a club provides, in terms of physical development, could be the determining factor in choosing one club over another.


Max Miller

Five months ago Max Miller opened a 17,400-square foot volleyball facility for the club he founded in 2006.

Courts — three of them — dominate the space, yet Mintonette Sports also allocates space for an emerging emphasis in youth volleyball: Conditioning and training. All told, about 3,000 square feet will be the home to a yet-to-be determined training partner to provide those services to the club and other clients.

“As we blew up on the national level, (training) has been a core,” Miller said. “(The athletes) needed to have balance and a strong core. In the 15s and 16s (age groups), they need more than we can give them.”

About Sean Jensen

Sean Jensen was born in South Korea, but he was raised in California, Massachusetts and Virginia, mostly on or near military bases. Given his unique background, he's always been drawn to storytelling, a skill he developed at Northwestern University and crafted for the last 16 years, almost exclusively covering the NFL. Sean lives in a Minneapolis suburb with his wife, two children and dog. Read more

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