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.
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. –>
Rockets Blast Tournament 2018
Information and Schedule for the 2018 Iowa Rockets Blast II is below. Please be aware that there are often last-minute changes – please check your tournament information on Saturday, Feb 3rd. We hope you have a great time! Thank you.
15 Gold division – Scanlon Gym – Schedule & Info
15 Qualifying division – U of Iowa Fieldhouse – Updated Schedule & info updated 2/2/2018
16 Gold division – Robert Lee Recreation Center (downtown Iowa City) – Schedule & Info
16 Qualifying division – U of Iowa Fieldhouse – Schedule & Info
17 Gold division – North Dodge Athletic Club – Updated – schedule & info Updated 2/2/2018
17 Qualifying division – U of Iowa Fieldhouse – Schedule & Info
18 Qualifying division – U of Iowa Fieldhouse – Schedule & Info
Iowa Rockets Jr HS 4s League was a HIT! August 2017
Thanks to the many girls and teams who participated in the 2017 Rockets 4s league! It was a super-fun time! Hear what some of the girls said:
“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 c0mpetetive 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.”
Check out the group of fun and talented girls! And Congratulations to “Game On” for 1st place at the 2017 Iowa Rockets 4s league!
Game On! 2017 Iowa Rockets 4s League champions
Great players having a super time at Day 2 of Rockets 4s league. See Wednesday’s schedule, below.
SEE you MONDAY for another round of GREAT Volleyball
Iowa Rocket volleyball is offering a fast-paced, exciting 4v4 league for Jr High School players! Stay fresh with volleyball while keeping up your competitive edge. League will meet for 3 dates – space is limited! Get your team together and sign up right away to join the fun. On-line registration link at the bottom of the page.
What: Iowa Rockets 4v4 league. Players going into 6th or 7th or 8th grade. When: August 13/14/15/16 2017. Three or four dates from 6pm – 9pm. Where: Scanlon Gym (Mercer park) 2701 Bradford Drive, Iowa City and Iowa City Rec Center at 220 S. Gilbert St, Iowa City. Format: 4v4. Playing format will be 1 set to 25pts. 4 teams per pool. Each team will have 3 sets per evening. 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.
- Players should wear a numbered shirt (a formal uniform is 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.
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.