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Thanks to Jeff Ptak, his Staff and Our Pre-Season Clinic Sponsors

After all the planning and work leading up to the 2017 Pre-Season Coaches and Player Clinic we can all reflect on a spectacular event held in Buffalo, NY the weekend of December 2-3, 2017.  Over 60 coaches and 80 players walked away from the courts with a higher volleyball IQ and motivation to work hard during each opportunity to train and compete.  Many thanks to clinicians Jeff Ptak, Jorge Ralat, Ivan Jose Matos, Omar Rivera, Alain Arseneau, Matt Zbyszewski, Jodi Zbyszewski. and the local coaches who helped out on the courts.  Thanks also to the contributions by Gadget from The SpikeNet, John Hughes and the Western Empire Volleyball Association Board of Directors and Tie Dye Bros.  Coach Dan Johnson and Coach Rocco Lucci heard the buzz in the gym about future summer camps and fall clinics so they'll start planning. Stay tuned and watch the awesome video links below...

Player Clinic Overview

Check out some comments from lead coach Jeff Ptak and his staff about the Coaches and Players clinic held on December 2-3, 2017

Coach Rocco Lucci Interview

Niagara Frontier General Manager, Rocco Lucci, gives some insight on the growth of the club since it's inception and the importance of player skill development and coach education in the Western Empire Volleyball region.

Coach Dan Johnson Interview

Niagara Frontier Boys Club Director, Dan Johnson, speaks about the Jeff Ptak clinic and how important it is to player growth.

Carson Tyler Interview

Carson Tyler speaks about why she loves playing club volleyball on a Niagara Frontier team. She gives some shout outs too!

Julia Carter Interview

Listen to Niagara Frontier player, Julia Carter as she talks about her playing experience with the club.

Campbell Schoenfeld Interview

Video Interview with local boys club player and clinic attendee Campbell Schoenfeld

Pre-Season Coaches Clinic 2017

Here is some video captured from the 2017 Friday Night Coaches Clinic with Jeff Ptak and his staff.

Jeff Ptak Pre-Season Clinic Promo

Western Empire Volleyball and Niagara Frontier present:


Coaches Clinic - Friday Night, December 1st, 2017

  • 6:30-9:00 PM
  • Led by Jeff Ptak and 6 other coaches from Indiana, Vancouver, Illinois and Miami - All have professional and international playing and coaching experience
  • 2 hours of on court drill demos followed by Q&A roundtable discussion
  • Tee Shirts and giveaways for all attendees
  • Ability to view Saturday players clinic free of charge
  • Portions of clinic will stream on The Spikenet website
  • Post clinic party for adult attendees
  • $40 per coach - The first 50 clinic registrants who are current WEVA members will receive a full $40 reimbursement from the region.

Players Clinic - Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

  • Saturday Players Clinic for Boys and Girls
  • Ages 14 through 18 (JV and Varsity experience prefered)
  • Two sessions - 9am through 4pm with a break for lunch
  • 4-4:30pm Exhibition Match
  • 6 courts, 120 players maximum
  • Streaming of selected portions of Player Clinic on The Spikenet website
  • Jeff Ptak will lead 6 pro coaches in drills and instruction assisted by 12 court coaches from various boys and girls clubs in the region
  • $100 per player
Jeff Ptak - International Competition

Who Is Jeff Ptak?

Jeff Ptak is a professional volleyball player born in Hamburg, NY who attended Frontier High School.  He started his international career at the age of 17 while playing for the US Junior National team.  He was a standout NCAA player for Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne. Over the course of his career, Jeff has played on 20 different professional teams and under the direction of some of the top coaches in the world.  Jeff currently resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Clinic Co-Sponsors

  • Western Empire Volleyball Association (WEVA)
  • The Spikenet
  • Tie Dye Bros.
  • Niagara Frontier Volleyball
  • Wegmans

If you are interested in being a Co-Sponsor or need info on future events like this, please contact Dan Johnson.