Parent Letter



Welcome to Columbine Middle School Volleyball. We look forward to a great season!

  1. Practice begins
    1. 7th grade has practice after school from 3:45pm to 5:00pm
    2. 8th grade has late practice from 5pm to 6:15pm  
    3. A season long practice schedule will be sent out once teams are developed. Practice times can rotate weekly; morning (6:30-7:45am), after school (3:50-5:00pm), or late (5:00-6:15pm) depending on the number of teams formed.
    4. Practices are closed to spectators (no friends, parents or family members). This is school policy.
    5. Athletes need to be picked up promptly after practice.


  2. No athlete can practice without a current physical on file in the office! If your child doesn’t have a physical, then they should still come to practice, sit on the stage and watch drills. Physicals are due by Monday April 5th or your child will not be able to play volleyball this season.


  3. All other paper work (Training Code, Insurance Form, fee) needs to be turned into the office as well as the $50 fee. Fees will need to be paid in full, or arrangements made with Mr. Gaber, prior to the first game of the season. No athlete will be allowed to play in a game until the $50 fee is paid. Packets are in the office or can be printed from the web site.


  4. Eligibility will occur every Monday. Athletes are ineligible if they have an “F” in any class. They will be ineligible to play any Monday-Saturday games that week. Athletes are still required to attend practice. Also, any athlete with a “D” or an “F” should attend Wednesday study table from 2:35-3:50.


  5. All 7th grade players will need to take a computer Impact Concussion Test. The time for the test will be determined once school starts.


  6.  8th graders who did not participate in CMS sports last year will also need to take the computer Impact Concussion Test..


  7. Please talk to your coach if you are going to miss practice. A parent note is required. 


  8. Jerseys are provided for game use only and are not to be worn during school. Jerseys are new! Please take care of them and DON’T put in the dryer. The style of shorts will be determined by individual teams, and shorts are not provided.


  9. On Wednesdays, if your child has the early practice from 3:45pm-5:00pm, then she will need to either attend study table or leave campus until practice starts.


  10. We ask that girls dress up on game days, but a dress is not required.


  11. A game schedule will be sent home once it is finalized. On game days, matches start at 4:00pm. The following games will start at the conclusion of the previous game.


  12. As the season progresses, please look at the website for updated information.


We look forward to an exciting and enjoyable season. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Thank You,

Columbine Middle School Volleyball Coaches

(970) 249-2581



Volleyball Philosophy

As coaches we believe that Middle School Volleyball provides the opportunity for players to develop strong fundamental volleyball skills along with increasing their knowledge about the sport.  Participation is one of our main areas of focus.  Playing time will be determined by the coaching staff and will be as equitable as possible. We will promote a team atmosphere in all aspects of our program.  All players will be expected to respect and encourage teammates not only during volleyball activities but at school as well.  Players will also show respect and cooperation to all coaches, teachers, and administrators as well as represent Columbine Middle School with the highest integrity.

Academic Expectations

  • Eligibility: Teachers will post grades by noon on Monday.  Coaches will receive an eligibility list every Monday.  Students failing one or more classes will be ineligible to participate in games that week Monday through Saturday. If a student is ineligible for two consecutive weeks, then they may be removed from the team.
  • Wednesday Study Hall: Any player who has a “D” or an “F” on eligibility, will be asked to report to study hall on Wednesdays from 2:35-3:45pm.  Players will report to a designated classroom no later than 2:45. Players are encouraged to bring all school work and personal belongings to study hall, they will not be allowed to return to their lockers or leave the campus without parent permission.  Players are allowed to bring a light snack to study hall to have before practice. 
  • We expect players to work as hard in the classroom as they do on the volleyball court.   


Concussion Test

  • Every 7th grade player (and 8th grade players who did not play last year) will be given a computer based impact concussion test. 6th graders that participated in cross country or wrestling will need to retake the test.
  • It is the policy of Columbine Middle School that players suffering head injuries or concussions may not participate in practice or games until there is a written release from a physician.



  • Players will be issued a game jersey that is to be returned at the last game of the season.
  • Players are responsible for having kneepads, black shorts (style will be determined by each individual team), and tennis shoes.
  • Players will be asked to wear nice dress clothes to school on game days (Friday for Saturday games).
  • We will need parents and family members attending games to help with line judging.



We will have practice every day Monday through Friday.  All practice schedules and game schedules will be posted on the webpage as soon as teams have been formed. Coaches will determine practice schedules for game days and inform parents through the webpage or letters home about any changes in the schedule. Practices may be cancelled due to holidays or other scheduling conflicts. NOTE: Players attending late practice must leave campus after school. Girls are not allowed to hang out in the building or in the practices of other teams. Practices are closed to the public (no family members or friends).



  • Players will be required to attend and participate in all practices.
  • Players will be given a warning for their 1st unexcused absence.
  • A player receiving a 2nd unexcused absence will be required to set up a meeting with their parents and coaches.  This meeting will be used to discuss a plan to improve attendance and possible consequences.  A player will not play until the coach meets with parents/guardians.
  • Players must have written parent permission or a written doctor’s note to be excused from practice. If a student is excused from school (sick, out of town, etc.), then they are excused and no written notice is needed.
  • Absences (excused or unexcused) may affect playing time.


Away Games

  • Teams playing first will dress out at CMS before leaving the school. Teams playing second can dress out at the site of the match. 
  • We recommend that players bring a small snack with water to have prior to the game. 
  • Ineligible or suspended players will not be able to participate. They will not be allowed to travel for away games.
  • All Players ride the bus to the away destination. Parents wanting to take players with them following an away game must sign them out with a coach prior to leaving.  Parents are only allowed to sign out their own child unless other arrangements have been made with Mr. Gaber prior to leaving CMS.


League Teams and Rules

Our school league consists of Columbine Middle School, Centennial Middle School, Olathe Middle School, Gunnison Middle School, and Crested Butte Middle School. When away games are played at schools not in our league, we follow their league rules.

General League Rules:


**Matches will be the best 2 out of 3

**Rally score to 25 pts (first team to 25), with the third game to 15, win by 2

**Matches will begin 8 minutes after the conclusion of the previous match

**Each team must provide a line judge for their match. Sometimes we need parents to help with this.

**Please help us out by keeping your area of the bleachers picked up.

Coaches Contact Information

            As coaches we have an open door policy and feel that communication is a big part of the success of our program.  We understand that throughout the season players and parents may have questions or concerns about things that are going on.  We encourage players and parents to use the CMS Grievance Policy to get clarification or help to resolve these concerns.  An explanation of the CMS Grievance Policy can be found by clicking on the “Athletics” tab on the left hand side of the page.  Our schedule this season is only about six weeks long and as coaches our practice time and game time is very valuable to us.  It is our goal to devote our entire attention to the players on the court during practice and games and we hope that parents will respect this and voice any questions or concerns they may have at the appropriate time and manner.  We would like as many parents, students, and other spectators to come and watch our games both home and away.  It is important that our players get the encouragement and positive feedback that they deserve for all of their hard work.  We look forward to a great season and hope to see everyone! 


For more information about Columbine Volleyball please see our webpage at , go to Columbine Middle School and go to the athletics pull down menu.  Final step is to click on the Columbine Volleyball Page.


Leslie Maddox, 8th Grade Coach                                        249-2581           


Steve Gaber, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director         249-2581