Volleyball through the Community Olympic Development Program is a very unique and exciting opportunity as we are currently the only CODP volleyball program in the country. Our program was created by the United States Olympic Committee to help identify, train and develop possible future Olympians.

The focus is building consistency in basic fundamentals and incorporating those skills into competition. The head coach of the program is 2-time Olympian and 1992 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Lori Endicott-Vandersnick. Lori is originally from Springfield and her experience as an Olympic athlete allows other young players to realize that Olympic dreams are possible.
2015 MEQ Champions, 17 USA Division, Indianapolis, IN, March 20-22, 2015

2016 Nationals Team - 14th Place

Head Coach Lori Endicott-Vandersnick

  • USA National Volleyball Team Member 1989 - 1996
  • 2 Time Olympian
  • 1992 Games, Barcelona Spain, Bronze Medal; 1996 Games, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Named Best Setter in the World, 1992
  • Named 2005 USAV All-time Great Player Award
  • 17 USA Division Volleyball Champions

CODP Volleyball Opportunities


VolleyKids / VolleyTikes

  • Fun introductory class for 4-9 year old boys and girls
    • VolleyTikes: 4-6 year old boys and girls
    • VolleyKids: 7-9 year old boys and girls
  • Focus
    • Ball Development: Kids will practice hand eye coordination skills.
    • Game Development: Kids will learn basic concepts associated with the sport of volleyball.
    • Motor Development: Kids will learn different movement patterns that will help them to be successful in all sports.
    • Skill Development: Kids will learn and practice three of the main volleyball skills of passing, setting and serving.
CODP Summer Training
  • Designed for 4th-8th Grade Girls and Boys:
    • In 2004, CODP volleyball began with 20 young ladies being selected to participate in the program. We have continued to grow through the years and now have over 165 athletes, boys and girls, participating.
    • Through a tryout process the athletes are selected based on skill and experience levels, then placed in a division which will give them the best opportunity to improve their skills and develop as a player. The Gold Division if for highly skilled players with a high level of experience. The Silver Division focuses on players with a high level of skill, but with a moderate amount of experience and the Bronze Division is designed for skilled athletes with less experience.
  • Development of Consistent Basic Fundamentals:
    • Our focus throughout the training session is to teach and develop consistent basic fundamentals.
    • Players will learn the skills and the game of volleyball in a way that makes sense. In every aspect of the game the athlete needs to understand why things are done a certain way. If they understand, they will be able to execute the skills more effectively and understand the game better.
    • Along with the understanding, the player must be taught in an efficient and consistent manner. Efficient and consistent training equals efficient and consistent results on the court.
    • The basic fundamental skills are broken down into segments and then the athlete practices each piece of the fundamental. This allows the athlete to learn that each part of the skill is important. The entire skill is then practiced with a high number of repetitions. Basic fundamentals are then integrated into competitive drills.
  • Structured Practices Helps Prepare Athletes for a Higher Level of Training:
    • Discipline is an integral part of a successful athlete. Parts of practice and rule following helps to train athletes in this area.
    • Drills teach skills, they also help teach perseverance, patience and teamwork
    • Organization is a key to success on and off the court.
  • Specific Training Tools:
    • Drills will be designed for optimal touches on the ball for all players.
    • The practice drills will put the athletes in game like situations as much as possible.
    • Practice goals allow the athlete to feel a sense of accomplishment which in turn boosts confidence.
    • Practices will be organized and each drill will have a goal or time limit and consequence or reward.
    • Various ball handling drills will be used as warm up in order to gain optimal touches on the ball.

Boys Volleyball

Boys Volleyball was new to the CODP for the 2011 season with 13 athletes participating in the program. These young men ranging is ages of 10 to 14 years trained for 7 weeks through the summer and learned the basic volleyball skills. There were also many competitive games that allowed them to put those skills into action during a game situation. The boys were coached by Ryan Lacson and Jake Martin, 2 very experienced men's players in the Springfield area.

CODP volleyball is about creating a complete player. We strive to help each participant to build the skill, character, and work ethic of an elite athlete, so that they can reach their own volleyball goals. Who knows, maybe it'll be Olympic Gold.