Iowa Rockets Volleyball Club traditionally hosts several events each year. Below is a list of our upcoming events. We will provide more details and information on how to sign up as each date gets closer.
Rockets Blast 2020!
Rockets Blast I – January 26th, 2020
Information and Schedule for the 2020 Iowa Rockets Blast I is below. Please be aware that there are often last-minute changes – please check your tournament information on Saturday, Jan 25th.
12 Gold Tournament – North Dodge Athletic Club – Schedules and Info
13 Power Tournament – West Branch HS – Schedules and Info
14 Power Tournament – West Branch HS – Schedules and Info
15 Gold Tournament – Scanlon Gym –Schedules and Info
Iowa Rockets Jr HS 4s League
Iowa Rockets Jr HS 4v4 tournament brings out the best teams and the BEST effort. This past season the Net Ninjas squared off with New Chicks on the Block on August 12, 2019. It was a nail-biter game and EXCITING to the finish. Check out this AMAZING rally – 2 minutes 23 seconds, 37 times over the net, 106 contacts! Amazing Rally!
It’s a wrap!
Another year of Iowa Rockets 4v4 league for Jr High School players is in the books! 16 teams from around Eastern Iowa squared off for a 3-day fun festival. Day 2 was awesome…but Day 3 was amazing! Net Ninjas and New Chicks on the Block went head to head again in a battle for top honors. Congratulations to Net Ninjas to capturing 1st place and New Chicks on the Block for 2nd place. Here’s what some players and parents had to say about Iowa Rockets 4v4 tournament.
“We are having a great time. Lots of these teams are reallly good!”
“I like playing in the back row. I KNOW it’s made me better.”
And parents say:
“I didn’t realize how competetive this would be. But the great part is they are having so much fun.”
“We are so glad we came. I love to see the girls do ALL the skills – this is certainly a learning experience for them.”
Net Ninjas Capture First Place
Net Ninja’s & New Chicks on the Block (2nd place) Celebrate Together
You should have seen the LONGEST RALLY EVER!! Net Ninjas vs New Chicks on the Block went head to head for AT LEAST 2 minutes in a single rally! We’ll try to get the video and put a link to it…absolutely AMAZING!
3 nights – 16 teams – a TON of FUN
What: Iowa Rockets 4 vs 4 league. Players going into 6th or 7th or 8th grade. When: Sun, Mon, Wed August 11, 12, and 14, 2019. NEW This Year – Rockets will provide 1 hour of practice and instruction on the 1st date, Sun August 11th, from 5:00 to 6:00; competition from 6:00-8:30pm. Mon, Wed competition will be from 6 to 9pm. Where: Scanlon Gym (Mercer park) 2701 Bradford Drive, Iowa City. Format: 4 vs 4. Playing format will be 1 set to 25pts; playing against 3 different opponents each night. 4 teams per pool. Teams can have up to 5 players on the roster. One player may sub per game. Team must have a minimum of 3 players to play. Cost: $100 per team for 3 nights of competition. Prizes for first place team. Paid first referee will be provided. Other details:
- A responsible adult must be present at the gym. This adult is not a coach – they are a responsible adult affiliated with the team for supervision and assistance.
- If you don’t have a team or if you need an extra player we encourage you to sign up and indicate you are looking for more players – and we’ll help.
- First 2 dates will be pool play for seeding. Last date will be tournament format. Teams earn points on each date to determine final finish.
- Teams will have officiating assignments. Teams will provide 1 score flipper and 2 line judges.
- All game balls and warm-up balls will be provided.
- Warmup will be: Each team full court for 2 minutes followed by 1 minute shared serving.
- Uniforms are not needed.
- Each player must sign a participation waiver.
- Space is limited – sign up your team today. Your spot is guaranteed when your payment is received.
2018 Rockets Fast 4s League!!
2018 Iowa Rockets Pre-Nationals Scrimmage
Hello and welcome to the info page on Iowa Rockets Pre-Nationals Scrimmage. You will find the schedule HERE. Please double check that you are not scheduled in 2 places at once. Most teams only have to ref once, but often you will need to cover 2 courts. This means 2 up refs, 4 line judges and 2 score flippers. If you have enough for a down ref, that would be great. Please wear numbered shirts/jerseys and a distinguishable libero jersey.
Please stick to the listed times to BEGIN and END each match. Warm-ups may be 5 to 8 minutes (MAX) which gives you enough time for 2 sets to 25 (win by 2) and to start a 3rd set (even if the same team won both sets). Do “rock, paper, scissors” for serve; there are no line-ups to turn in or check – just start play. Teams may call time-outs and sub or exchange players as needed – please let the other team know if you have someone going thru the front row twice or have some other anomaly in your lineup.
Courts 1 & 2 at West Branch HS (sport court flooring in practice gym) are separated from courts 3 & 4 (wood flooring in the Main gym). As mentioned before the school has air conditioning, but it might not keep up, so bring extra shirts. You can bring in all your own food (no plug in appliances) – but PLEASE clean up your camp area before you leave. No food or drink other than water allowed in either gym. Both gyms have bleacher seating; NO chairs are allowed in the main Gym (courts 3 & 4).
Courts 5 & 6 are at Iowa City’s Robert Lee Rec Center. 220 S.Gilbert Street, Iowa City. There is a parking lot with meters – but parking is FREE on Sunday. Area for team camps is limited. Please stay in/around the gym. Do not camp or wander up stairs. Please stay off of the exercise equipment. You can bring in all your own food (no plug in appliances) – but PLEASE clean up your camp area before you leave. No food or drink other than water allowed in either gym. Seating is limited; you may bring in a soft-tipped chair but be prepared to share your chair (or remove it) when your team is not playing.
Doors to both facilities open at 7:45am.
Thank you very much for attending.
<!- Each year Iowa Rockets hosts a fun, fast, pre-national scrimmage. In 2015, 40 teams attended for a super-competitive day. Each team has 4 matches (60 minute timed match) against comparable and challenging teams. Tentative date is Sunday, June 4th. Check back on the home page when info is available in May. –>
Apple Pie Fundraiser
Each year Iowa Rockets girls and families make FRESH apple pies. It’s a marathon apple peeling fiasco! Lots of fun and team bonding, not to mention the yummy apples! The pies are absolutely delicious and we get requests all year round for these pies! We make the pies in late-November and December, just in time for Thanksgiving and your holiday parties. Contact ANY Iowa Rockets player to order your delicious, fresh, unbaked Rocket Pie.
Iowa Rockets December activities include:
- College Recruiting Video Sessions
- Iowa Rockets Play Days
- Rockets Pre-season Scrimmage (tentative)
- Strength & Plyometric Training
- Pre-season team practices
Iowa Rockets host their Tweener Clinic between Christmas and News Years (hence the name) each year. Dates for the this year’s Tweener Clinic will be Dec 28, 29, 30. Each age group will have 2.5 to 3 hours each day of All Skills, while setters will have additional hours of clinic. Clinic hours can be anytime during the day or evening. The clinic includes All Skills and specific Setter Training, and some Hitter training as well, to get a jump on the upcoming club season. The Tweener Clinic is only open to Iowa Rockets players. Check back on the clinics page when info is available in December.