Junior Training Academy
May - July, 2023

Last update: July 30, 2023

Our final summer JTA for 2023!
July 28, 2023

Back row: Hannah Hayes, Ava Amos, Peyton Trammell, Emily Wells, Amelia Davis, Eva Arritt, Peyton Owen, Director Emily Dudley.
Middle row: Audrey Daniel, Harper Randozzo, Avery Doss, Alaina Waller
Front row: Abby Crosser, Emerson Motley, Kailyn Morris, Reagan Bowman, Emily Waller


"Thank you for all you all did for my daughter.
She learned and improved a lot and got her confidence back and wasn’t nervous like last year."


Our first evening together!
May 5, 2023

Back row: Camille O'Brien, Anne Hayden Hall, Sarah Crawford, Abby Crosser, Emily Wells, Layla Priddy, Alora Seitz, Peyton Owen, Molly Reid.
Next to back row: Chloe Ferguson, Amelia Davis, Eva Arritt, Harper Randozzo, Willow Trottier, Ainsley Schindler, Peyton Trammell, Madison Hare
Next to front row: Laura Kate Huffman, Emerson Motley, Emily Waller, Brylee Hatfield, Kailyn Morris, Elizabeth Carter, Delaney Wright, Audrey Daniel, Avery Doss.
Front row: Alaina Waller, Reagan Bowman

Not pictured: Alyssa Hight, Natalie Kraemer and Madeline Sciullo.


May 18, 2023
"Thanks for all you and the girls are doing, My daughter is loving it so far!"


June 1, 2023
"My daughter has learned a lot already, thank you all for all you are doing!"


July 22, 2023
"The staff has been absolutely amazing.
My daughter has enjoyed every single week doing this!!
She will be sad when this is over next week but is going to put all her skills to work for tryouts!"




May 7, 2023. I received this after our first JTA session:
"My daughter really enjoyed the clinic Friday night. She loved every minute of it!
That was the first time she was able to repeatedly get her serve over the net!! Thank you!! "



<-- The staff writing notes for the athletes before the final JTA!

What an incredible staff!!

--> Coach Emily's basket of gifts for the final night of JTA!



July 29, 2023
On the final day, an athlete had a goodie bag for each coach!
Here is the note she put in each bag.

"Thank you guys so much! You guys have been so supportive & helpful throughout these Friday nights.
Whenever I go home, I always want to come back. I am EXTREMELY sad that I won't have these anymore.
Each day I come back, I get more and more passionate about volleyball!







The details!
Dates:  Friday May 5 through Friday July 28, 2023
Location:  Penn Forest Worship Center, 3735 Chaparral, Roanoke, 24018
Cost:  $275 for all 13 sessions.   That's about $20/session!!
Maximum # of athletes allowed:  25
Frequency:  Once a week, on Fri evenings. Maybe one or two will be on Saturday mornings, but we're not expecting that.
Length:  2 hours each, 630 to 830pm.

A List Of Dates & Times! 
Fri May 5, 630 to 830
Fri May 12, 630 to 830pm
Fri May 19, 630 to 830pm
Fri May 26, 630 to 830pm
Fri June 2, 630 to 830pm
Fri June 9, 630 to 830pm
Fri June 16, 630 to 830pm. (Knee pads required starting on this date)
Fri June 23, 630 to 830pm
Fri June 30, 630 to 830pm
Fri July 7, 630 to 830pm
Fri July 14, 630 to 830pm
Fri July 21, 630 to 830pm
Fri July 28, 630 to 830pm


Emily Dudley, c/o '22, Hidden Valley. She and Coach Houser will be working together to ensure an awesome experience for the athlete!
Emily has been playing vball since the 6th grade, has worked with Coach Houser hundreds of hours, has attended the College Expectations camp, and is giving private lessons on her own and is working camps with me.
She is presently a freshman at the Univ. of Alabama.
She is the ultimate combination of kindness, teaching ability and encouragement. All with high expectations!
She has been a starting setter on the fantastic Hidden Valley varsity team the past two seasons.

Assistant Directors:

Abby Crosser, middle blocker, c/o '23, Hidden Valley High
Abby starting working with STAR Volleyball in the 8th grade. She has attended
Expectations Camps, given private lessons & worked with JTA in summer 2022 and winter 2022-23.
She's played school vball and club vball since the 6th grade.

Anne Hayden Hall, setter, c/o '24, Salem High
Anne Hayden has played 5 years of club volleyball and 5 years of school volleyball.
She has been on the Salem varsity team since her freshman season. Yes, I said that!
She is funny, happy, and your daughter will want to be her little sister!

Madison Hare, setter/hitter/DS, c/o '24, Roanoke Home School.
Madison has played 3 years of club volleyball, and 5 years of school volleyball.
She's am amazing combination of smiles, strength, skill and enthusiasm!

Sarah Crawford, middle blocker, c/o '24, Cave Spring High
Mackenzie has played 3 years of club volleyball and 4 years of school volleyball.
She is recovering from ACL surgery which took her away from playing in the fall.
She is happiness and excitement 24/7!

Camille O'Brien, libero & OH, c/o '25, Hidden Valley High
Camille has played 3 years of club volleyball and 4 years of school volleyball.
She is a wonderfully skilled passer & hitter.
Her smile will charm your daugther into learning everything Camille teaches!

Molly Ried, setter, c/o 26, Patrick Henry High
Molly started working with STAR Volleyball as a 7th grader.
She is known as the ultimate setter: smart, analytical, low-mainteance, coachable, etc.
She is also a very strong server! Her smile will warm every little one's heart.

Other bits of information!

* If Coach Emily has a conflict, then another quality coach or Coach Houser will take over.
* We ask for payment to be made up front.  This means the athletes have a reservation for EACH session, and the parents never have to contact me if their daughter is attending or not!  Coach Emily will be prepared to work with the girls who attend.  
* Girls can attend by reservation only. No walk-ins are allowed. IF there is enough staff and IF there's room, we may consider allowing a few kids to come and pay $40/session.

Goals of Junior Training Academy:
Coach Emily's goals are:
* Every girl will be able to serve over the net.  Overhand preferably.  Underhand if necessary. 
* Every girl will know the correct technique to spike a volleyball.
* Every girl will know how to pass and dig w/o unnecessary arm movement. 
* Every girl will know/learn the B.E.S.T. way to set. 
*** Every girl will gain enough skill to make the next team that she tries out for!

There are 3 ways to pay:
* You can send payment by Venmo: I'm at @Thomas-Houser-10. It's very easy, just like PayPal; but there's NEVER a service charge to you or to me.
* You can send a check in the mail. I'll let you know the address.
* Or you can come by the gym where we give private lessons and drop off the payment.

Want to register?

* Contact Coach Houser at coachhouser@yahoo.com
I'll take registrations anytime!


Do you have any questions or concerns?
If so, please email Coach Houser at coachhouser@yahoo.com or text him at 540 793 0250. 

May I ask a favor:  If you know someone whose daughters might be interested, would you please forward this website to those families!

As you know, the earlier an athlete begins to get involved in a sport, the most successful she is!
Coach Houser



January 28, 2023
"My daugther is loving JTA on Fridays. She finds the coaches fun and helpful!
Her response is the same everytime I ask how it’s going . She says she is getting stronger and doing better.
And she loves the other girls!
She says it is a lot of fun and can’t wait to sign up again."

May 29, 2021
"Your staff is so amazing with the girls!!!"
Mary Tyree, head coach, Covington High School

October 15, 2021
"I just sent you money via Venmo for Ainsley-Grace's volleyball registration for the Jan-March JTA.
Looking forward to having her learn more good stuff. Her serve this year has been incredible!!"



Our final summer 2022 practice together!
July 29, 2022

Back row: Ally Parris, Macie Short, Madeline Scuillo, Natalie Kraemer, Coach and JTA director Claire Jenkins,Sage Abercrombie,
Peyton Rosen, Olivia Pierce, Haley Davis, Taetym Russell, Coach Lain Pigg.

In the front: Brooklyn Floyd, Baylor Martin, Zena Cook, Mallory Short, Coach Cara Butler


July 9, 2021

"I can't believe how far these kids have come. It's truly amazing! Your staff is wonderful!"

July 14, 2021
I just saw a JTA camper here at Myrtle Beach, she came up and spoke to me and said she loved the camp! how amazing!!
Emily Dudley, JTA Trainer!

July 26, 2021
"Addalyn has really enjoyed the trainings on Friday and excited about trying out for RM next week."
"Thank you for holding the JTA. Lillian really enjoyed it & learned a lot!"
"Emery loved the Friday night sessions over the summer and training with the high school girls.
She’s learned a lot and will miss it. Thank you for doing it.
She’d be interested in participating in other things like this if you have it."

August 3, 2021
"My daughter made the middle school team! She got her overhand serves in. She couldn't do that 3 months ago.
Thank you for the opportunities to help her improve."
Jim Barber, former head coach, Westover Christian School, and father of Kate, c/o '27

August 4, 2021
"Wanted to share the good news!! Ava made the 7th/8th grade team!! Thank you all for everything this summer!!
We are so excited and looking forwad to a great season!"
Dawn Lewis, mother of Ava, Salem, c/o '27

August 9, 2021
Ashley make the Centra Academy volleyball team. :)
Tara West, mother of Ashley, Lord Botetout, c/o '27