Adult Volleyball Education (A.V.E.) is a small business which rents gym space in order to provide a variety of volleyball experiences for adults in the Seattle area.
Is A.V.E. new?
No, A.V.E. is over 30 years old. It was started by the late Harry Horman and Sheryl Barradale, at first just setting up a net in the parking lot of Hamilton Middle School in Wallingford. Over the years A.V.E. expanded into other sites, including the former Lincoln HS, the former Queen Anne HS, Ingraham HS, and others.
What programs does A.V.E. offer?
Over the years we have had three kinds of volleyball programs - classes and open play.
What classes does A.V.E. offer?
In the past we have taught volleyball skills and playing strategies at four different levels which we designate as Beginner, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, and Advanced. At present we are offering one class called Advanced Intermediate and occasionally we offer a basic skills development class.
How does a player decide which class to take?
We do not tell people what class to enroll in, but we do try to match player's skills/experience to the most appropriate class.
What are the classes like?
Classes run for 5 to 10 weeks (interrupted only by certain holidays), meeting for 2 hours one night a week.
What kinds of qualifications do the instructors have?
We think we have an excellent cadre of instructors. Our instructors have been teaching volleyball for many years, some have taught 30-40 classes over 15 years for A.V.E. Some have extensive experience as volleyball coaches and have received formal training from such organizations as USAVolleyball. Each class has a head instructor and may also have one or two assistant instructors (depending on the size of the class).
What does it cost to take a class?
The cost for A.V.E. classes vary depending on their length. Generally $40 to $70 per quarter.
What kinds of leagues does A.V.E. operate?
At present we do not offer any league play.
What kinds of open play does A.V.E. have?
We are presently offering open play one evening a week.