The CBVA mentorship program offers a way for members to seek guidance and camaraderie from their fellow players! The league pairs members up for half a season (September – December, January – May), though mentor/mentee partnerships can extend or end at any time. Each partnership is determined using information provided by players upon sign-up.
Mentors can have varying styles of mentorship: one-on-one coaching, giving advice as a teammate, and question-answering. If you are interested in being a mentor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Mentors will be guided through a training/discussion prior to the start of mentoring.
- Ground rules: Be nice and respectful!
General Mentor Expectations
- Mentor for the duration of the half-season (September – December, January – May). Mentors and mentees will be asked, at the end of each half-season, if they would like to continue the partnership during the next half-season.
- Be available, responsible, and responsive when mentees reach out. If the mentee is a new CBVA member and/or inexperienced player, you should reach out at least once a month or more to see how they’re progressing and enjoying the league. If the mentee is a seasoned CBVA member and/or experienced player, then mentees will be encouraged to initiate more. Be communicative when you are unavailable to meet up or help a mentee.
- If you, as a mentor, have selected to have a higher involvement coaching role or a medium involvement teammate/advising role, reach out to mentees and find time to play or work together on skills.
- Avoid giving false information. It’s better to admit you don’t know the answer (explain that you don’t know the right way to, for instance, back set) than to give an incorrect answer! Direct mentees to other sources of knowledge if necessary (i.e. other coaches, clinics).
- Maintain a degree of confidentiality and respectfulness. Do not, for instance, complain about mentees to others. If a relationship doesn’t work out, report it to the mentorship program director and look for ways to resolve conflicts, or terminate the mentorship.
- Email email@example.com if you need to end the pairing for any reason.
Foster Positive Relationships:
- Be reliable and responsive! Notify mentees if you are too busy.
- Offer praise and encouragement!
- Name ways in which players can improve (rather than criticizing what they are doing wrong).
- Be friendly and invite mentees to CBVA/non-CBVA social events!
- Communicate what kind of mentorship role you are able to be for your mentee (i.e. if you choose not to do one-on-one coaching, explain that so that the expectations are clear from the beginning).
- For coaching/teammate mentorship roles: Ask mentees what their goals are, if any. Talk about what you can work with them on to meet their goals.
- Other than helping mentees directly, mentors can suggest possible clinics (and skills drills) as well.
- Familiarize yourself with what CBVA has to offer and let mentees know about them. There are programs (i.e. clinics, tournaments, socials, etc.) each season that mentees (especially new members) are not aware of.
- We discourage mentors from forming romantic relationships with mentees during the duration of the program.
Interested in being mentored? Want to request a specific mentor? Take a look at the active mentor list and sign up below!
- Be nice and respectful!
- Mentees should reach out to mentors and have a conversation at the beginning to establish goals, expectations, and the best style of communication.
- All mentees should feel free to reach out to mentors if they have any questions (whether they be about clinics, specific volleyball advice, or the league in general). Experienced players/CBVA members, especially, should reach out to mentors for specific questions. Mentees who are looking for more of a coaching/teammate mentor should reach out to schedule time to play/work on skills together. Talk to your mentor to establish what the expectations are.
- Mentees should be responsive and communicative when mentors reach out.
- Mentees can elect to end the mentor/mentee pairing at any point. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mentees who are looking to be paired up with a new mentor must either notify the mentorship program organizers via email (email@example.com) or fill out a new mentee form.
- Mentorships last for the duration of the half-season (September – December, January – May). Mentors and mentees will be asked, at the end of each half-season, if they would like to continue the partnership during the next half-season.