Comments from Surfside Parents
I just wanted to tell you that I am so impressed with Hayley as a coach. She is so involved in the game and constantly teaching the girls. I really enjoyed watching her this weekend during the tournament. They all look over at her if they lose a point and somehow her face never shows frustration or disappointment, just a look of, “hey, we have a level of expectation, and you’ll get there.” And then she gives them advice how to do so, without making them feel bad. They must love her at Mira Costa.
Thank you for preparing *** for tryouts. The information and guidance was extremely helpful. *** made the Frosh/soph team. She is excited to play at Costa.
Thank you so much for all your advice, training, and help!! You have made our entire volleyball experience such an enjoyable one. To have you and your daughters helping us just adds to the positive feeling we get with the sport. We can’t thank you enough!! You are such a blessing!!!
I was at the clinic for the last 45 minutes. It looked great. The two coaches were wonderful (of course you know that), the girls were focused, and they were given the feedback/coaching they desperately needed.
Carolyn and Hayley, Thanks for all your help and advice the last few weeks. **** is thrilled and looking forward to helping the Costa team. Not a bad day for Surfside girls!!
We want to thank you especially and Mandi and Hayley for helping out, without your help and tips, conditioning and truly helping to get *** to this point she would not have made it without you guys Thank you for everything!
*** really enjoyed her first indoor volleyball lesson! Thank you for making it such a positive and fun experience for her!
You have a rare, most wonderful, unique club that does not need to change in any way! Your family-style club has brought the love of volleyball in my daughter and family. We have been with you for two years and my daughter has played for middle school. She knows the difference that your club provides. She says it’s either Surfside or Nothing!
I feel my girls and I are incredibly fortunate to be a part of Surfside. Carolyn’s concept of developing the girls, having female coaches, and providing an encouraging environment for each girl have resulted in a great deal of success for my daughters, both on and off the court. Perhaps what I appreciate most is knowing that for the past two years, Anna, Kristin, Mandi and Carolyn, have always kept in mind the individual needs of my daughters, and as such, have facilitated their love of the game and have motivated them to reach their goals. I’m convinced that we couldn’t have received stronger support or guidance from any other club. With all of that in mind, consistent workout locations and times become secondary.
As “my daughter” has said, “Coach” is the best coach she has ever had. I can’t put into words what a special experience this season has been for her, and what an amazing role model “Coach” has been for her. I know “coach” will be in “ “ life forever, probably because “ “ won’t let her get away. My impression is that everyone felt a special connection with “Coach”, and there was never any question of her fairness, commitment or passion for what she does. That, in and of itself, is an exceptional accomplishment. In addition to that, what also sets “coach” apart is that as nice and fun as “coach” is, she knows when to get tough, and the girls respect her for that and work their hardest for her. What a gift she has. I truly wish every teenage girl could have “Coach” as a coach.
“Coach” is the dream coach for a young teen girl. She is kind, funny, warm, and connects with each girl. “S” truly adores her … our household joke is that we call “Coach” her big sister. That kind of sums up what I think “Coach” was for the girls on our team. She really became a big sister role model for them. She was always encouraging, but also knew when to give them tough love on the court if they weren’t performing. I’m sure you know that “Coach” spent the whole day a few weeks ago at Knott’s Berry Farm with her team. Now how many coaches would take their Sunday and spend it riding roller coasters with 9 giddy girls?!
We are really sorry to see the season end. I looked around after the last match in Minneapolis and got all teary, realizing that it was over. “ ” has been really lucky and has had no negative club experiences, but for her, this was the favorite team she has played on. There was no drama, no friction, just happy girls playing volleyball. There were times when they played brilliantly, and times when they kind of sucked, but they always seemed to stick together and encourage each other, and “Coach” was an amazing leader throughout.
“ ‘s” experience this season it was all positive. “Blank” is an excellent coach, very fair and even tempered. We had a wonderful time in Minnesota.
I think the club is run well. You are well organized, communicate clearly to everyone, and you appear to really care about the teams and the players.
“Coach” did an absolutely great job with these girls too! She was that wonderful combination of a skilled instructor, motivator and role-model. I am so glad that “my daughter” had the opportunity to play for her.
You and your club gave “my daughter” a terrific opportunity to increase her skills, meet new friends and continue with her love of VB. For that I want to thank you again!
Carolyn, I tried to call you as soon as I heard. “ “ made the Mira Costa V-Ball team, thanks to you and your club. You are like the V-ball mother of all time. I always feel so informed through your e-mails. Thanks again
I just wanted to thank you and Erika and Mandi for the wonderful coaching she received from you over the past three years. As you may know she made the volleyball team at Costa and we are just THRILLED. SHE is thrilled and we just wanted to say thanks because we know that your patience and dedication is, in no small way, much of the reason for her success.
You guys should be so proud of the work you do…
“ “ had a great, fun time. At 11, I think this is perhaps the most important thing. We really enjoyed the other girls on the team and the sense of team spirit.
“ “ was a terrific coach. She was instructive, motivating, and completely appropriate in her approach to coaching 11 and 12 year old players.
You are so organized it kept me organized. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated your reminders, time changes, tournament location information, etc.
I also appreciated that you took the extra step to keep the girls informed on volleyball activities and opportunities outside of surfside (Mira Costa games, summer tournaments, etc).
“ “ has improved her volleyball skills across the board — I think she got better at everything.
i think the experience “ “ had was priceless! “Coach” was amazing… I cannot say anymore except wow we had an amazing season..,.thanks so much!
Just a quick note to let you know how much “ “(and parents!) are enjoying our time with Surfside. “Coach” has been such a great mentor and friend to the girls. They all really look up to her and she knows how to inspire each one of them to do their best. “ “ looks forward to each practice and would play volleyball for “Coach” every day if she could.
You have a great group of coaches (which I’m sure you already know). “Coach” was so great with “ “ last year and Mandi, too, has been so encouraging with her. With Mira Costa try-outs coming up (and all the anxiety that comes along with that), it’s made me look back at how far “ “ has come from when she first tried out for the Surfside 12′s team. Her growth as a volleyball player, and more importantly, the confidence she has built that has carried over into other areas of her life, has been due in large part to the influence of her coaches at Surfside. Their impact on her has been tremendous and I look at “ “ now, ready to start high school, and am so thankful for all of the things that volleyball has given her. Whatever happens at MC, I know she’ll continue playing club and being a part of volleyball; and the work ethic, dedication, and camaraderie she has learned from volleyball will stay with her for the rest of her life.
So, thank you for putting together such a great club, for raising amazing daughters, and for giving our family the opportunity to be a part of it!
We just want to let you know what a great season “ our daughter” is having with “coach”. “ “ has really been able to grow as a player and a leader. We have seen such a change in her self-confidence as well as in her game. We see how “coach’s” coaching and encouragement has helped all of the girls. They have really come together as a team.
Surfside has a very positive coaching style. The various coaches were all friendly and positive. I have heard horror stories about coaches from other clubs being rude, verbally abusive and very strict. I am so happy my daughter never had that experience.
I think the preparation for the high school tryouts was OUTSTANDING! It started with Carolyn’s lengthy email about what they look at, how to act, etc. and up to the mock tryout. Plus so many of your coaches have played for Costa-everyone was a huge wealth of knowledge. You did such an excellent job – my daughter actually thought the try outs were easy!! Great preparation!
In regards to our clinics:
I had my daughter go to your Surfside training last night with her friend. She really enjoyed it, learned a lot and thought the coach was wonderful. “ “ did her first year of club at “Blank” this year. She felt she learned more last night doing drills, than she had all year. That was exciting. So thanks for taking her.