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2021-2022 Fall Salem Academy

 NPJ Fall Academy Program for intermediate/ beginner volleyball players (4th-6th,7th-8th, 9th-12th Grades)

NPJ Salem is offering two levels of academy training.  Playing experience requirements are listed for each academy. 

Beginner Girls’ Volleyball Academy

 Monday's & Wednesday's 6:00pm-7:00pm


Every Monday & Wednesday starting September 1st - October 27th

Where: NPJ Sports Complex

4050 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem, OR 97302

Our Beginner Volleyball Academy is meant for rising 4th-6th graders who are ready to try more complex sports. Volleyball is a sport that requires complex visual and motor skills, quick decision-making, and teamwork. The sport of volleyball involves lots of running, jumping, throwing (serving and hitting), and potentially, diving, sliding, sprawling, and rolling. This program accommodates individuals of various states of readiness; therefore, no previous playing experience or skill is required.

In our Beginner Volleyball Academy, the drills, equipment, court dimensions, and games are all scaled down, and the rules of play are semi-flexible to promote success, action, and engagement. Participants will focus on learning new skills, having fun, and playing with others. Our coaches and staff pay close attention to each participant to ensure that they stay interested in the activity and want to keep playing. In addition to learning to practice and play the key aspects of volleyball, participants will:

  •  Learn simple drills and lead-up games, with elements of cooperation and/or competition to facilitate learning, engagement, and personal development.
  • Learn basic position play as well as offensive and defensive strategies.
  • Be introduced to basic rules of volleyball.
  • Be introduced to basic skills and variations.
  • Continue to build, refine, and strengthen important social skills for kids.

Note: We recognize that some kids develop sooner than others. We will always let you know if we see that your kid is ready for a higher level of play.

Bring a large water bottle and, if possible, wear spandex shorts, t-shirt or dri fit (moisture-wicking fabric), volleyball knee pads, and court shoes.

Beginner Academy 

September - $95/month

October - $95/month

$175 for both months

Intermediate Girls’ Volleyball Academy 

Monday's & Wednesday's 7:00pm-8:30pm


Every Monday/Wednesday starting September 1st- October 27th

Where: NPJ Sports Complex

4050 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem, OR 97302

Our Intermediate Volleyball Academy is meant for rising 7th graders and higher (ages 13 and up) who may still be new to volleyball or have played for a couple seasons at the BNG, YMCA, or local club (or equivalent) level. Participants at this level have a moderate understanding of the rules, team organization, and volleyball strategy. Our Intermediate Volleyball Academy is great for those who hope to improve or advance their skills, but still enjoy the social aspect. This program is a great fit for those who aspire to play for their school, are beginning to excel at the sport, and could see themselves playing for a long time.

Our coaches regularly seek feedback from participants and ask for their input on what they want to work on. Engaging participants in the decision-making process is part of our athlete-centered coaching philosophy, and helps us draw out maximal effort, interest, motivation, and engagement from each participant. Our coaches are trained to meet players where they are at, while helping them find the inner desire, passion, and persistence that is needed to get good at something. Having fun is still the primary focus. Skill development is emphasized over competition or results. Activities are adapted or modified where appropriate to promote success, build confidence, and stretch current abilities.

  • Feedback is kept simple and focused on what changes need to be made rather than on what was done incorrectly.
  • Our coaches use positive feedback so that unsuccessful attempts are viewed as learning and not as failure situations.
  • Our coaches adjust the learning environments to match the capabilities of the participants. This has been shown to have a strong and positive influence on their “readiness” to acquire new skills.

Note: We recognize that some kids develop sooner than others. We will always let you know if we see that your kid is ready for a higher level of play.

Bring a large water bottle and, if possible, wear spandex shorts, t-shirt or dri fit (moisture-wicking fabric), volleyball knee pads, and court shoes.

Intermediate Academy  

September - $135/month

October - $135/month

$215 for September & October 

NPJ Director of Volleyball Mike Gee will be the lead coach for our Academy Programs. 

Mike Gee is in his 18th year of coaching and fourth season with NPJ. His teams have seven top 10 finishes at USAV Girls Junior Olympics (now called Girls Junior National Championships) including three in Open. In 2017, he helped NPJ 18 Forefront win the CEVA Regional Championship to go along with a top 20 finish at nationals. Prior to coaching club at NPJ, he coached at Golden Bear Volleyball Club in Berkeley, California. Mike coached multiple teams each of his seven years with the club, and always assisted with Golden Bear 18 Forefront. Between 2006 and 2008 Golden Bear 18 Forefront made three consecutive trips to nationals in 18 Open. In 2006, 18 Forefront finished 5th, and in 2007, they finished 13th.  In 2008, all three of Mike’s teams qualified for Junior Nationals. His 15’s team placed 27th in 15 Open, his 17’s team won the bronze medal in 17 American, and his 18’s team finished 5th in 18 Open. Also in 2008, Mike led Golden Bear 18 Forefront to its first ever NCVA Regional Championship. In 2009, he won the silver medal in 18 American. In 2010, he and the team qualified up a division and won the silver medal in 18 National. To date, Mike has coached 14 years of club volleyball and 67 of his former players have gone on to compete at the NCAA Division I level, nine went on to Division II, and five went Division III. Eight more players went on to play NAIA and Junior College. Seven of his former club players played professionally, one on the beach.

In five years of coaching high school girls’ varsity volleyball his teams won five conference titles, four NCS Championships, and made three appearances in the CIF Northern California Finals. In 2006, he helped coach Campolindo High School to its first State Championship title in school history. In 2009, he was selected as the Contra Costa Times Coach of the Year.

From 2011-2016, Mike coached NCAA Division I women’s volleyball. He spent three seasons at Cal State Fullerton, and three more at University of Central Florida. In 2014, the UCF Knights won the American Athletic Conference Championship earning them a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Mike helped five of his former college players move on to play overseas at the professional indoor level, and two of his players currently play professional beach volleyball.

Mike is an active USA Volleyball High Performance Indoor Pipeline coach and has worked countless tryouts, holiday, and summer programs since 2005. In 2017, he served as assistant coach for the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team. The team traveled to Argentina and placed 7th at the FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship. In 2010, he served as an assistant coach during the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team tryouts, but did not travel with the team that year. The team went on to win Gold at the FIVB U18 NORCECA Continental Championship.

Unsure what  level of clinic your athlete should join? Please contact Mike Gee at and he will be happy to help answer any questions!