Rocket Pie is Back

Iowa Rockets apple pie fundraiser! We are at it again – making those DELICIOUS, FRESH Iowa Rockets apple pies. We are making pies on Saturday, Dec 1 Sunday, Dec 9 If you need one pie or several you may contact Kyla via her Rockets email…or contact ANY Iowa Rockets family. Thank you for supporting Iowa … Read more

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Want more information…
in-a-nutshell-150… such as cost or tournaments or practices? Want more from volleyball? Find out more about Iowa Rockets on our “Rocket Science” page. Learn all about Iowa Rockets Volleyball In a Nutshell. Iowa Rockets provides clinics every fall and summer – visit our Player Clinics page. Iowa Rockets has more tournaments – visit our Tournament Schedule page for a look at last season’s schedule for an idea of what we do, where we go and how we did. Iowa Rockets has more alumni – check out the Recruiting Rockets Have Landed page to see a list of the 250+ Iowa Rockets alumni. Want more college recruiting – check out the Recruiting Recent Rockets Commitments for a look at the 16 college commitments – from just THIS YEAR. Want more training – you’ve come to the right place – where excellent training is a TRADITION!


She’s a Freshman

“She’s a FRESH-MAN – CLAP – CLAP – clap,clap,clap” a proud little cheer you’ll be hearing a LOT this high school season. Take a look at the various freshmen girls playing varsity volleyball for their high school and you’ll see there is a LOT to CLAP about!  There are a number of talented freshmen who … Read more

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2018 USA Volleyball Nationals Wrap-up: Five Rocket Teams Win Medals

Iowa Rockets volleyball had an unprecedented outcome at USA Volleyball Nationals. Ten (10) Iowa Rocket teams attended USAV National Championship tournament in Detroit, Michigan from June 24 – July 4.

  • 11 Black – 29th overall in National Division
  • 12 Black – 19th overall in National Division
  • 13 Black – 3rd overall in National Division
  • 14 Black – 59th overall in American Division
  • 14R – 3rd overall in National Division
  • 15-1 – 59th overall in American Division
  • 15R – 3rd overall in Patriot Division
  • 16R – 2nd overall in National Division
  • 17-1 – 25th overall in Patriot Division
  • 17R – 3rd overall in National Division

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#Spotted take the honors for 2018


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Rockets 4s League – Great Time

Iowa Rockets Jr HS 4s League 2018 Tough competition at the Iowa Rockets Jr HS 4s League – It was a BLAST!  12 teams battled it out for 3 days. With the many great teams… there were a couple upsets along the way.  In the end team #Spotted captured the honors with Net Ninjas as … Read more

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Open Letter to the Volleyball Community

Although the next volleyball club season is months away, there is a current stir with early tryouts and commitments. This is confusing and stressful for the players – and parents. Your best protection is to be well-informed and to understand things as you navigate your way through the tryout and commitment process.

USA Volleyball (USAV) is the governing body for Iowa Region volleyball. This is the organization most clubs (in Iowa) have been a part of and are familiar with. Iowa Region Volleyball abides by USAV regulations and policies.

Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) are separate volleyball governing bodies. They have separate club and team registration, separate insurance, and conduct their own tournaments. To our knowledge there are no JVA-exclusive teams in the state of Iowa (although there are a number of AAU-exclusive teams); and few JVA or AAU tournaments.

Tryouts can and should be specific for USAV, JVA, or AAU sanctioned teams. If you attend a JVA tryout, it should be for a JVA team. If attend a tryout for USAV, it should be for a USAV team.
Advice: Be aware of this distinction. Ask the club before the tryout which organization (USAV, JVA, AAU) the tryout is for. Be aware of attending a tryout for one organization and being asked to commit to that team using a club-created document. Nearly every club in Iowa will be competing in USAV sanctioned tournaments, which include Iowa Regionals and USAV National Qualifiers. So if the team you want to commit to is going to play in USAV tournaments, each member of that team must belong to USAV. So, why sign a club-created commitment letter when USAV already has one (USAV committment) with built-in safeguards for YOU?

The USAV commitment letter is designed to protect you; club-created commitment letters do not always have the same safeguards built in. Eg – if you are offered a position on a team (that intends to play in USAV sanctioned tournaments) you should have until the November dates to accept/reject, not just 3 or 4 days. The USAV commitment letter limits how many team offers may be given out – and has the maximum number of players per team listed. But the BIG ONE is – If players change their mind once they’ve signed a club-created commitment letter, there is no governing body to enforce it. They can just go play somewhere else. Not so with USAV.

Bottom Line – If the team you are trying out for is planning to play in USAV sanctioned tournaments, then you should ask for and receive a USAV commitment letter so that you are well informed and protected.
Advice: If a club (or team) planning to attend USAV tournaments does not provide a USAV Commitment letter, you should ask for one and beware if they are resistant to do so.

At Rockets, we strive for complete transparency. If you have any questions about this, please email Kyla at rocket-email

Food for thought: A lot can happen in the 4 to 5 months between now and when club season actually starts. Injuries, coaches and players moving out of the area, high school season that causes a player’s focus to change to another position or perhaps wanting to concentrate on another sport, college commitments that change what a player wants, etc. It’s best to make your commitments closer to the actual time that you will be starting, so that less is likely to change.

Nationals Wrap-up: Five Rockets Teams Win Medals

Iowa Rockets volleyball had an unprecedented outcome at USA Volleyball Nationals. Ten (10) Iowa Rocket teams attended USAV National Championship tournament in Detroit, Michigan from June 24 – July 4.

  • 11 Black – 29th overall in National Division
  • 12 Black – 19th overall in National Division
  • 13 Black – 3rd overall in National Division
  • 14 Black – 59th overall in American Division
  • 14R – 3rd overall in National Division
  • 15-1 – 59th overall in American Division
  • 15R – 3rd overall in Patriot Division
  • 16R – 2nd overall in National Division
  • 17-1 – 25th overall in Patriot Division
  • 17R – 3rd overall in National Division

Only three clubs in the nation had five or more teams medal at the USAV National Championships. No other club in the Iowa Region has ever had 5 teams to earn medals at Nationals. Congratulations to Iowa Rockets 13 Black, 14R, 15R and 17R on third place finishes. A special honor goes to Iowa Rockets 16R for a national-runner up trophy. Iowa Rockets teams are not strangers to the reaching the Gold bracket with usually one or two teams each year. Including 2011 when Iowa Rockets placed 5 teams in the Gold bracket at USAV Nationals in Atlanta, GA. In 2018, of the approximately 400 clubs who attended USAV Nationals, only 3 clubs (Iowa Rockets, Sunshine, and OTVA) sent 5 or more teams to the medal podium.

Congratulation to Iowa Rockets volleyball for putting Iowa on the national map with outstanding strength across all age groups! See below for pictures and a recap of each team’s performance.

Iowa Rockets 12 Black had a wild and crazy tournament for a young team from Iowa. In their first match of the tournament, they came against an exceptional MadFrog 12 National team (Dallas, TX). With grit, determination, and a little luck Rockets 12 Black defeated the number 2 seed in their pool. Then, pushing through pool play, Rockets 12 Black reached the upper half to remain after the initial pool. They eventually landed in the Bronze bracket where they defeated a talented Club North 12-1 (Kansas City) by 2 points in the 3rd set before losing to Absolute Volleyball Club (San Francisco) to finish 19th in the nation.

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14 Black and 14R started off their 4-day tournament on June 25th with a couple wins. Rockets 14R went on to secure a 4-1 record in their initial pool. They advanced to the upper half to win their next pool against NKYVC 14-1 and Black Swamp 141. On day 3, Rockets 14R defeated a very talented Circle City 14 Purple in the challenge match to go to the Gold bracket. 14R held steady to outlast Circle City 15-13 in the 3rd set. In the quarter-finals of the Gold bracket, 14R defeated AVA TX 14 Team Rox from Houston, TX. In the semi-finals Rockets 14R lost to a very tough Vegas Aces 14 Under Armour (Las Vegas, NV) who were the eventual 14 National champions.

14r-2018-3rdplaceIowa Rockets 14R – 3rd place overall

Iowa Rockets 16R took the courts on July 1 with 4 FULL days of volleyball. The 8-member squad played lights out with an amazing 11-1 record. 16R won 9 of their 10 matches in 2 straight sets against teams from Hawaii, Portland, Delaware, Colorado Springs, Springfield MO, and Phoenix. Day 4, in the Gold bracket, Rockets 16R had a sweeping victory against CC Force 161 (Corpus Christi, TX) (25-9, 25-8). Rockets then defeated a very good Elevation 16s (Cincinnati, OH) before losing in the finals for a national runner-up finish. This team has showed determination for the past 4 years. Each of the last 4 seasons the team has improved their national ranking and has steadily climbed from Bronze bracket, to Silver bracket, to Gold bracket, and now to a national medal. They achieved their team goal to earn a medal, but fell just short of taking home gold.

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11s-nationalIowa Rockets 11s – 29th place overall

15r-nationals-2018-2Iowa Rockets 15R – 3rd place

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Additional Accolades to Iowa Rockets 18R, 18-1, and 16-1 teams

In addition to 10 teams competing at USAV National Championships in Detroit, MI, Iowa Rockets 18R and 18-1 team qualified and competed in the 18s USAV National Championship tournament in Anaheim, CA on April 27-29. Iowa Rockets 18R had a solid 6-3 record versus teams from San Francisco, Charleston, San Jose, El Paso, and Dallas. Rockets 18R lost their challenge match against River City Thunder 18, who was the eventual tournament winner. However, in the Silver bracket Rockets powered through for a 1st place Silver finish (9th place overall). Team members and their college commitments are: Riley Dolphin (Drake), Kennedy Drewis (Western Illinois), Colby Greene (Southeast Missouri), Kami Knutsen (Winona State), Mariah Mitchell (Western Illinois), Elissa Moylan (Southeast Missouri), Kelsey Ruff (Augustana, SD), Caitlyn Smith (Drake), Caleigh Smith (Purdue University Northwest) and Jenna Wagemester (U of South Dakota). 18R was coached by Stacey Ruff, Lauren Hansen, and Caitlin Ward.

Iowa Rockets 16-1 took Orlando by storm at the AAU National Championships on June 25-28. Iowa Rockets blasted through 3 rounds of pool play with a record of 9-0. Rockets defeated teams from Fredericksburg, Odessa, Indianapolis, Connecticut, Atlanta, New Orleans, Cincinnati, and Denver. Rockets 16-1 played solid volleyball with the occasional nail-biter match such as against Inside Out 16 National (Muskegon, MI) when Rockets won a see-saw match winning (25-23, 28-26). Advancing to the Gold bracket on day 4, Rockets faced a tough 1st Alliance 16 Red (Chicago) to finish 9th place at AAU National Championship tournament.

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Beach duo wins Iowa Open Beach Tournament-

Congratulations to Iowa Rockets duo of Kelsey Law and Claire Overton.  The girls won the 16 and under Iowa Open beach tournament in Des Moines on Saturday, June 16.  They swept in pool play then went on the finish first overall in the Gold Bracket.  Law/Overton earn a bid to Beach Nationals which will be held in Siesta Key, Florida on July 22-24.  The duo has been playing beach volleyball for 3 years.  They have won several Iowa Tournaments and qualified for nationals in previous years.  Congratulations Claire and Kelsey!kelsey-claire-beach-2018

Weekend in Chicago –

Congratulations to Iowa Rockets 17 Bold and 14R on a great weekend in Chicago at the ASICS Jr Naational Championships.  17 Bold finished the 3-day tournament with a record of 5 and 3 – losing to eventual winner Attack VBC in the semi’s to place 3rd in the Silver bracket.  Iowa Rockets 14R (with a little help from Jaclyn Bloem and Mazie Rubner) closed out a perfect weekend going 10 wins and 0 loses – to capture 1st place in the Girls 15s division.  Both teams are ramping up for their next big action – USAV Junior National Championships – where they will be joined by  8 other Rockets teams!!  Stay posted – Rockets are descending on Detroit!

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Monday – March 26

Congratulations to Iowa Rockets teams competing from Iowa to Indiana! Iowa Rockets 17R captured 3rd place overall at Mideast National Qualifier in Indianapolis – this qualifies 17R for the USA Division at this summer’s USAV National Championships in Detroit. Also, in Indianapolis Iowa Rockets 18-1 captured 9th palce overall along with Iowa Rockets 16-1 who also captured 9th place overall.  This weekend was also weekend #2 for Iowa Regionals.  Iowa Rockets teams were soaring at the end of Day 1 – MANY Iowa Rocket team finished first in their pools:  12 Black, 13 Black, 14 Black, 14R,  15R, and 15-1.  Going into Gold Bracket on Sunday – Iowa Rockets finished strong is every age division:  12 Black 1st Place, 13 Black 2nd place, 14R 3rd place, 14 Black 5th place, 15-1 4th place, 15R 5th place, 15 Black 1st in Bronze, and 17Gold 1st in Silver.  Iowa Rockets 12 Black, 13 Black, and 14R teams are qualified for the USAV National Championship tournament in Detroit in June!

17R-MEQ-2018-75017R – 3rd Place Mideast National Qualifier

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Iowa Rockets weekend summary

January 27-28, 2018 A fun time for ALL with success across the board.  Congratulations to the Iowa Rockets teams. Iowa Rockets 11s – 1st place Cedar Rapids Prairie tournament. Iowa Rockets 12 Gold – 2nd place Rockets Blast. Iowa Rockets 12 Black – tied 3rd place Rockets Blast. Iowa Rockets 12 Silver – tied 3rd … Read more

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2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to former Rockets players  Jess Gehrke (2010) and Ali Stark (2011)! Jess and Ali join other former Rockets players and coaches in the Hall of Fame – Haley Eckerman inducted Nov 2016 – Chelsey Semprini inducted Nov 2015 – Brynja Rodgers inducted Nov 2013 – Shannon Aschoff inducted Nov 2012 – Molly O’Brien inducted … Read more

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Rockets 4s League – Great Time

Iowa Rockets Jr HS 4s League 2018 Tough competition at the Iowa Rockets Jr HS 4s League – It was a BLAST!  12 teams battled it out for 3 days. With the many great teams… there were a couple upsets along the way.  In the end team #Spotted captured the honors with Net Ninjas as … Read more

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Iowa Rockets weekend summary

January 27-28, 2018 A fun time for ALL with success across the board.  Congratulations to the Iowa Rockets teams. Iowa Rockets 11s – 1st place Cedar Rapids Prairie tournament. Iowa Rockets 12 Gold – 2nd place Rockets Blast. Iowa Rockets 12 Black – tied 3rd place Rockets Blast. Iowa Rockets 12 Silver – tied 3rd … Read more

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Rocket Pie is Back

Iowa Rockets apple pie fundraiser! We are at it again – making those DELICIOUS, FRESH Iowa Rockets apple pies. We are making pies on Saturday, Dec 1 Sunday, Dec 9 If you need one pie or several you may contact Kyla via her Rockets email…or contact ANY Iowa Rockets family. Thank you for supporting Iowa … Read more

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After you make a Rockets team

Congratulations and welcome to the start of a great Rockets season!  Below is important info and several tasks for you. FIRST – our All-Club kick-off meeting is Thursday, Nov 15 – from 7:15-9:00pm at First Christian Church; 900 Lincolnshire Place, Coralville, IA.  We need (at least) one parent to attend and the player as well.  … Read more

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Greatest Coaches!

Many thanks to all the Iowa Rockets coaches!  Over 500 players have tried out for Iowa Rockets volleyball in the past 5 weekends.  Players did an AWESOME job – sooooo much talent.  Coaches were outstanding.  15 – 20 coaches at every tryout session have made this the biggest and best tryouts ever.  Their dedication and … Read more

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More Info…

Want more information – such as COST or TOURNAMENTS or Practices?  Want more from volleyball?  Find out more about Iowa Rockets on our “ROCKET SCIENCE” page. Learn all about Iowa Rockets Volleyball In a Nutshell. Iowa Rockets provides clinics this coming October – visit our Player Clinics page.  Iowa Rockets has more tournaments – visit … Read more

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She’s a Freshman

“She’s a FRESH-MAN – CLAP – CLAP – clap,clap,clap” a proud little cheer you’ll be hearing a LOT this high school season. Take a look at the various freshmen girls playing varsity volleyball for their high school and you’ll see there is a LOT to CLAP about!  There are a number of talented freshmen who … Read more

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Player Videos

Last season was terrific. Iowa Rockets is blessed with so many young, talented players.  They are leaders on their school and club teams – and are working hard to land the college of their dreams!  Check out these skills and game videos of Iowa Rockets players.  See them in action – from Chicago, to Denver, … Read more

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Congratulations to the many, many Iowa Rockets players and their high school teams for participating in the 2017 High School State Tournament and outstanding high school seasons.


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More Info…

Want more information – such as COST or TOURNAMENTS or Practices?  Want more from volleyball?  Find out more about Iowa Rockets on our “ROCKET SCIENCE” page. Learn all about Iowa Rockets Volleyball In a Nutshell. Iowa Rockets provides clinics this coming October – visit our Player Clinics page.  Iowa Rockets has more tournaments – visit … Read more

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