Club Update | August 2022
Welcome to the new Rockwood thunder quarterly e-newsletter! This e-news will be used to let families know about club achievements/victories, highlight staff/players, announce upcoming news, and more!
🏆U15 Elite are National Champions!
On June 30, the Rockwood Thunder Elite U15 girls volleyball team came away with the 2022 USA Volleyball Girls National Junior National Championship. Amongst 48 teams from across the country, Thunder faced off against the Wisconsin FC Elite in the finals and came away with a 17-25, 25-21, 15-8 victory!

At the end of the season, five Rockwood Thunder athletes were selected to the All-Tournament team at Nationals. 
  • Ella Brinkmann and Madison Scheer were selected for 18 Open Division and
  • Reagan Nelson, Jenna Cubbage, and Brytn Lyon were selected for the 15 National Division.
  • Nelson took home the MVP title.
On the National win, head coach Chris Reid said, "When you work together as a team for eight months, focused on playing your best volleyball of the season the last four days of June at Nationals, and when you achieve that goal, the joy and love for your teammates is incredible."
🏐Upcoming Tryouts!
U14 Boys Tryout Sept. 9-11; U9-U18 Girls Tryouts Oct. 21-23
How To Prepare For Club Tryouts
1. REGISTER NOW U9-U14 ($25 tryout fee)​​ 
Online registration closes at noon​ the Friday prior to each tryout weekend. 

2. KNOW YOUR AGE GROUP​
Tryouts are open to all athletes who meet the Gateway age requirements. Rockwood Thunder will not accept waivered players.​​​

3. PRINT THE FOLLOWING FORMS AND BRING WITH YOU

Make sure all paperwork is filled out when your child comes to check in.

4. ARRIVE EARLY
Please arrive 20 minutes early to turn in paperwork, get photo taken, and get dressed.
What are coaches looking for in a player at tryouts? Attitude, Athleticism, Adaptability, Coach​ability, Competitive Edge, and Potential. Some coaches are assigned to run drills, other coaches are dedicated to evaluation.

5. COMMITMENT
Once you have been selected & committed to a team, you will be provided more information regarding uniforms and paperwork from your coach. 
📣THIS JUST IN: So far, 200 high school players have committed to play for Rockwood Thunder this fall!
Good luck, high school athletes!
Missouri high school student tryouts are upon us for the upcoming season, and we want to wish all students across Missouri and Illinois good luck at trying out for the upcoming season!
🤝Commitment Announcements!
Congratulations to the following Rockwood Thunder players who have recently announced their commitment to continue their academic and athletic careers in college:
  • Claire Morrissey (17 Elite) '24 - University of Missouri
  • Madison Smith (18 Elite) '23 - Illinois State
  • Olivia Hasbrook (17 Elite) '24 - Ohio State University
  • Mia Berg (18 Elite) '23 - Nebraska Kearney
  • Kirsten Loyd (18 Navy) '23 - Missouri Southern State University
  • Tess McConnell '23 - University of Missouri Kansas City
  • Emma Breier (18 Navy) '23 - Pittsburg State University
  • Ava Roth (18 Elite) '23 - University of Arkansas
  • Juliette Myrick (18 Elite) '23 - West Point Academy
  • Madi Hartman (18 Navy) '23 - Arkansas Tech University
  • Josey Wahlers (18 Elite) '23 - Maryville University
  • Layne Witherspoon (18 Elite) '23 - Eastern Illinois University
  • Caroline Keithley (18 Elite) '23 - University of Missouri Kansas City
  • Megan Manaj (18 Elite) '23 - Washington University St. Louis
Claire Morrissey
Madison Smith
Olivia Hasbrook
Mia Berg
Kirsten Loyd
Tess McConnell
Emma Breier
Ava Roth
Juliette Myrick
Madi Hartman
Josey Wahlers
Layne Witherspoon
Caroline Keithley
Megan Manaj
🍂Upcoming Fall Camps/Clinics
This fall, multiple camps and clinics are available for players of all ages and skill levels to hone their skills for the court. Great preparation for tryouts! Upcoming programs include:
  • U10-U12 Pre-Season Volleyball Clinics
  • U10-U12 Pre-Season Volleyball Clinics SOUTH
  • U13-14 Pre-Season Volleyball Clinics
  • U13-U14 Pre-Season Volleyball Clinics SOUTH
  • Open Clinic: U10-U14
  • Open Clinic: U10-U14 - SOUTH
  • Pre-Season Volleyball Camp
  • Girls U10-U14 Competitive Team Tryouts
  • U10 Volleyball Program
  • U9 Volleyball Program
  • U8 Volleyball Program
  • Volley Totz
  • Developmental Volleyball Program
  • Overflow Summer Sizzler

Camps and clinics are filling fast! Register TODAY to secure your spot.
👋It's Not Goodbye, It's "See you later!"
Three experienced and beloved Thunder coaches announced their retirement at the end of the past season: Chris Reid, James (Zach) Zacherwicz, and Liz Haekel.

Thank you for your decades of hard work, dedication and coaching! Rockwood Thunder is a better club because of you!
🎉Oh, the Places You'll Go!
A very special thank you goes out to our Rockwood Thunder 18s as they get ready to go off to college!
18 Elite:
  • Vanessa Polk - Pepperdine
  • Madilyn Sell - University of Missouri
  • Madison Scheer - Auburn University
  • Ella Brinkmann - Maryville University
  • Gabby Saye - Wingate University
  • Annie Arand - Missouri S&T
  • Joelle Alexander - Lynn University
  • Ally Williams - University of Maryland
  • Maddie Hoffman - Wingate University
  • Carly Glendinning - University of Cincinnati
  • Tori Mohesky - Eastern Illinois University
18 Navy:
  • Lynsey Batson - Maryville University
  • Olivia Klump - Maryville University
  • Caroline Glastetter - Maryville University
  • Erin Treis - William Woods
  • Kennedy Lane - William Woods
  • Rachel Schipper - Maryville University
  • Lily Brown - Maryville University
18 White:
  • Lexie Vick - Winthrop University
  • Janneliz Miranda -Hernandez - University of Puerto Rico
  • Mia Hinkamper - Quincy University
Lastly, a major THANK YOU to all the players, coaches and families that helped make 2021-2022 an incredible season!
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