After 25+ years of excellence with SMASH girls program, SMASH Boys was created to proudly continue to teach high school athletes volleyball skills, teamwork, and self esteem through competition. Under the guidance of Judy Slamin and Richard Barton, the excellent SMASH Boys staff uses the latest individual and team based techniques to teach volleyball at the highest level and provide a great experience for our participants.
SMASH Boys competes in the New England Region of USAV Juniors (NERVA). NERVA hosts 5-7 tournaments around New England and includes all of the top teams in the region. ALL SMASH teams will compete in these tournaments. In the past FIVE seasons, SMASH has had the most total New England tournament wins at every age group. Most of our teams will compete in additional tournaments outside of New England in order to face national level competition. SMASH is the only club in Massachusetts that has consistently sent multiple teams from each age group to tournaments outside of New England.
Some SMASH teams will also compete at the USA Volleyball Junior Nationals in July. In 2015 and 2016 SMASH finished 18th in the U18 Open Division (top division). In 2017, SMASH finished 19th in the U18 Club Division. In the past three seasons, SMASH is the only club from Massachusetts to send any teams to USA Nationals.
Our teams train at a minimum of twice a week and each team will have two IMPACT certified coaches. Our primary training facility is Boston Basketball on Waverley Oaks Road in Waltham. Teams will practice for 2-2.5 hours with practices never ending later than 9:00 PM as we value players being able to get home at a reasonable time on school nights. Exact practice schedules will be set AFTER forming each team in accordance with the availability of that particular team.
Team Selection and Playing Time Policy
Teams are selected on the basis of performance at our competitive tryouts. SMASH boys intends to field multiple strong, competitive teams in each age group. SMASH Travel Team Philosophy: SMASH treats all players as serious athletes, and expects commitment, respect, effort, reliability, and adherence to all policies. We take our tryout process seriously, and feel every player selected should benefit from competition. Therefore all players receive regular playing time. We have no "bench" players.
Cost of SMASH teams vary from year to year and from team to team. The main factors in the fluctuating cost is the tournament and practice schedule for each team. The SMASH fee includes: hotel costs for out of region tournaments, practice fees, tournament fees, insurance fees, uniform package for each player, travel expenses for coaches, coaches' salary, and other costs. Total team cost last season ranged from $1200 - $2500.
For all questions, please contact Konstantin Dimov via email at konstdimov@gmail,com
SMASH Boys at Nationals