Well it’s time to prepare for the 2017 Putnam Volleyball Travel Season. The club is growing and there is many exciting things in the process to improve what we have already established. To make things easier on Todd and Angie they have delegated some of the inter-workings of the club. Also, We are looking to secure more gyms space for practice, if you have any connections please contact Todd ASAP.
To start early skill development, we are excited to announce that we will be starting Youth Development Program this season for those 13 years of age and under. There will be more details on this program in the near future. Along with our current 13s,14s,15s & 16s teams, we will also be having tryouts for 17U teams this season. Participation will determine on what age group we use for the older girls. Another element of the club that we will be expanding is recruitment exposure for the 16 & older teams (more to come on that). Please sign up for email updates on our websites home page so as not to miss out on all the latest and exciting news.
Mark your calendars:
Middle School age Tryouts will be:
November 12th from 3pm-7pm and November 13th 1pm-5pm
High School age Tryouts will be:
November 19th from 3pm-7pm and November 20th 1pm-5pm
17R born on or after 9/1/1999
16R born on or after 9/1/2000
15R born on or after 9/1/2001
14R born on or after 9/1/2002
13R born on or after 9/1/2003
All Tryouts will be held at Winfield Middle School, 3280 Winfield Rd, Winfield, WV 25213
Many of us find ourselves in slumps that we have to work to get out of. Sometimes it’s like a continuous cycle where we are motivated for a period of time, fall out and then have to build things back up again. Why do we do this? Who is it that we are battling during these slumps? Look at the person in the mirror, “That’s the toughest opponent you’re ever going to have to face, I believe that’s true in competition and I believe that’s true in life.” Yep, the person you have to overcome is not the person across the court or field from you, not the other team, not the crowd in the stands, not the coaches or even your teammates, Its YOU, You are your toughest opponent, when you can get to know that person in the mirror, you will begin to overcome him/her!
What I would hope happens here, is you will gradually get to know the person in the mirror. As you do this you will get to know how great ans special you are. “Only you are gonna know if you are going to be special but you gotta work hard if you are gonna succeed.”
Step 1: Start simple: Keep motivators around you– things that give you that initial spark to get going. Examples: Quotes, Music, Movies and most
importantly Keep good company. Make more regular encounters with positive and motivated people. This could be as simple as IM chats with peers or a quick discussion with a friend who likes sharing ideas.
Step 2:Keep learning: Read, watch videos, watch older more skilled players play, ask questions and try to take in everything you can. The more you learn, the confidante you will be.
Step 3:Stop thinking: Just do! Who cares if you mess up, the only way to learn is to try and correct what you messed up on. As the old saying goes, “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not trying anything new!”
Step 4: Have Fun! If you can’t have fun in the sport you are in, you are probably in it for the wrong reasons.
Step 5: DON’T DEFINE SUCCESS AND FAILURE IN TERMS OF WINNING AND LOSING: One of the main purposes of the youth sports experience is skill acquisition and mastery. If you define success and failure in terms of winning and losing, you’re playing a losing game with your yourself! The sports media in this country would like you to believe that sports and winning/losing is larger than life. The fact that it is just a game frequently gets lost in translation one of the main purposes of the youth sports experience is skill acquisition and mastery. If you define success and failure in terms of winning and losing, you’re playing a losing game with your yourself!
Step 6: UNDERSTAND YOUR COMPETITION IS YOUR MOST VALUABLE TRAINING PARTNER YOU HAVE: When defined the right way, competition in is both good and healthy and teaches a variety of important life skills. The word “compete” comes from the Latin words “com” and “petere” which mean together and seeking respectively. The true definition of competition is a seeking together where your opponent is your partner, not the enemy! The better he/she performs, the more chance you have of having a peak performance.
Step 7: Set Goals (short term and long Term), Track your process and as you reach your goals set more goals. Know yourself! Remember, “You are thetoughest opponent you’re ever going to have to face.”
Step 8: Don’t Live In The Past: Move on to the next play, the next game, the next day. Don’t continue to dwell on the negatives of the past. Learn from them and move on. You have to be sort of forgetful when you have have a bad play, game or just a bad day.
Step 9: AVOID COMPARISONS AND RESPECT DEVELOPMENTAL DIFFERENCES Comparisons are useless, inaccurate and destructive. Each person matures differently and the process of comparison ignores significant distorting effects of developmental differences. Remember who your toughest opponent is!
Step 10: UNDERSTAND WHO YOUR BIGGEST COMPETITION IS:Look at the person in the mirror AGAIN,“That’s the toughest opponent you’re ever going to have to face.” Once you overcome yourself, you can never be defeated, you will overcome doubt, fear, defeat, failure, loneliness, anything that will try to defeat you! So start competing against yourself and you will always be improving.
Most Important Keep a positive attitude: There’s is nothing more powerful than the right attitude. You can’t choose or control your circumstance, but can choose your attitude towards your circumstances.
Todd Higginbotham started coaching in the fall of 2004, as most coaches do, “out of the necessity” to help as a volunteer with his daughters in the sport of volleyball, for 2 years with Charleston Volleyball Club and 2 years with Winfield Travel Club. Little did he know the path that his life was going to take and the young lives that he was going to shape and mold, through the years to come. Todd has been coaching girls volleyball for a total of 13 years at the high school and middle school level, 5 years with Winfield High School and 8 years with Winfield Middle School. As Todd started realizing the need for another travel club in the area he also started up Putnam Volleyball Club 8 years ago, as the club directer he has proven that he can be very successful with putting great coaches in the club to produce very successful travel teams.
On September 13th, 2016 Coach Todd reach a great milestone in his Prep Sports coaching career. On that night against Point Pleasant Middle School he coach his team (Winfield Middle School) to his 100th Varsity Victory. An achievement that most coaches only dream about in Prep Sports, Todd achieved in just 13 short years.
So from all players, parents, coaches, family and others throughout the volleyball community that have had the pleasure to be apart of this great milestone, we would like to give a big Congratulation to Coach Todd Higginbotham for his 100th win.It’s a much deserved achievement! We also, hope that there will be many more to come.
A few players, friends and coaches, who have been influenced by coach Todd over the years have a few words to say about him:
“Todd is the most important man in our life, he loves our 6 girls with all he has. We all give him our support in doing something he loves to do. Sometimes being the coaches wife is hard, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. To see the excitement each new season brings is the most wonderful feeling ever. Seeing the impact that he leaves on each kid that he coaches is such a blessing, and very humbling for me. Congratulations on your 100th win!!” ~ Angie Higginbotham (Wife and #1 Fan)
“Todd inspires players and coaches alike. He helps people understand not only their talent but their potential .That’s what a good leader does. That’s how a coach builds a successful and sustainable program to reach 100 career wins!” ~ Jessica Richards
“Congrats Todd on your 100th win! One of my first coaches and the one to give me the inspiration to love the sport!! Thank you for always believing in me and being supportive while I played! You’re Awesome!” ~ Allie Pennington
“Coach Todd thank you for teaching me so much about myself and the sport volleyball. You taught me to step out of my comfort zone and play all positions. You’ve helped me so much with the confidence within myself and to do everything with heart. Congratulations on your 100th win, you really deserve it.” ~ Ashley Baker
“Todd has influenced me on and off the court. He’s great at coaching volleyball and is by far the best and most influential volleyball coach i have ever had. He gets so close with everyone of his players and cares for all of us just like we were his own daughters.” ~ Brianna Maddox
“Todd has always been a great coach and person to me. I have so many good memories of playing volleyball for Todd and I can’t thank him enough for always sticking with me.” ~ Kristen Hill
“I still remember every year I’ve played for Todd. He’s taught me almost everything I know and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s made me the person and player I am today.” ~ Kendall Hill
“Todd has been with me since the very beginning of my volleyball career and has guided me through more than just playing. He has taught me the beginnings of the sport I love, but also taught me the necessary tools to be an effective, caring coach. He is more than a coach, he is a motivator and an inspirer. Congrats on the 100th win Todd. You more than deserve it!” ~ Jessy Gooch
“Todd teaches more than his athletes the skills of volleyball, leadership and life lessons. No matter your age you can’t help but learn from him if you are around him very long. Thank you for what you have taught me and others. Thank you for teaching and loving my daughter. This achievement that you have reached is much deserved, congratulations! I hope there are many more years to come!” ~ Clint Baker
“I met Todd on a Volleyball court years ago at one of my kids games. I could instantly see his love for the kids and the games. I have had the opportunity to work for him and with him on the court. The 100 wins is a great milestone but it’s not about the wins. It’s about the 100’s of kids that he has helped learn about volleyball, hard work and how to compete on the court and in life. His heart is in the right place and that’s always a win. Thank You for the opportunities that you have give me, my children and the community.” ~ Ted Kinder
“I was blessed to play on the first ever team Todd coached. At that time, we were all learning volleyball together. He taught me one of the most important and valuable lessons in life: to do it all with heart. I played with heart, I cheered on the bench when I got injured with heart, and now I coach with my heart. My whole heart. I’ve had coaches of all sorts, and I’ve noticed that the teams that I played for that were successful were led by coaches that had a heart for their players. No coach has ever cared more for his players than Todd. I always new he wanted the best for all of us. And because he cares, not just about winning, but for the well being and the progression of his players on and off the court, he is one of the most successful coaches in the state. I love you, Todd!” ~ Nicole Atkinson
“Congrats to not only my stepdad, but someone who has been there to coach me and support me for more than half of my life. Thank you for letting me be a coach and teaching me what a great coach is supposed to look like. I aspire to be half of the coach you are today. Congrats on having a record of 100-26. That’s extremely impressive and I am so proud of you! I love you!” ~ Kristen Parrigan
“Todd Higginbotham is the reason I play volleyball. He has encouraged me and given me the confidence to keep playing. He is more than a coach. Coaches from other states have even asked if I was his daughter. When I had knee surgery in April, he was right there even though he had worked all night. That’s not your average coach. I can always depend on Todd to give it to me straight and I know that he has my best interests at heart.” ~ Cassie Workman
Good Luck in your the years to come and remember: “The Man On Top of the Mountain Didn’t Fall There.” ~ Vince Lombardi
Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia’s 20th Anniversary is this year and they wanted to give back to all of those who volunteer their time to the community. One way they did this was to pick 20 volunteers at TMMWV that give countless hours helping the community, Coach Todd and Putnam Volleyball Club was one of those nonprofits chosen to be acknowledged.
Putnam Volleyball Club would like to thank Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia for donating $1000.oo to the our club in appreciation for all the volunteer’s and time that has been spent helping make the community better. This is a great honor for all of those that have given their time volunteering and helping to make the club a success. The success that we have achieved is that of helping hundreds of young ladies reach their goals in the sport of volleyball and learning life lessons to have successful futures after the volleyball careers have ended.
“On behalf of Putnam Volleyball, I would like to thank TMMWV for the generous donation and all that they do for our community. I would also like to thank everyone that has helped make the Club a success over the years, without your countless volunteerism none of this would be possible. Also, with your continues help we can grow this clubs to be the top volleyball club in the state of West Virginia.” ~ Coach Todd Higginbotham
Todd was not able to attend the acceptance dinner due to the fact that he was doing what he loves and coaching volleyball. Angie Higginbotham (wife) and Clint Baker (Asst./Web Designer) accepted on behalf of Todd and the club.