Junior Training Academy
Friday Session: May 10 - August 2, 2024
Sunday Session: May 12 - August 4, 2024

Last update: June 22, 2024

Our first Friday JTA for summer 2024!
May 10, 2024

Very back row: Mary Mae DeMont, Coach Myah Crews, Drew Tuggle, Coach Abby Crosser, Coach Emily Dudley, Coach Teagan Pratt, Coach Ripley Hunter
Middle row: Cara Millot, Sadie Miller, Teagan Johnson, Trinity Clay, Liv Lubeck, Addi Graybill, Carson Powell, Evelye Pait, Emma Morgan, Chelsea Compton

Front row: Allie Lashley, Bethany Hubbard, Caroline Weaver, Charlotte Louhoff, Reagan Bowman, Carlee Hensley, Savannah Shelton


After the first Friday JTA:

"The group was great last night! One of the best JTA groups I have worked with!!"
Coach Abby Crosser
"Please thank the your sweet staff who were helping my daughter!"
"I am so grateful that you are all teaching and coaching volleyball.
So grateful she has the opportunity to learn to play one of the funnest sports!!"
"My daughter had a wonderful time last night. She's looking forward to this summer!"
"It was awesome! My daughter loved it!"
"My daughter really enjoyed last night! I was impressed with the leader of the camp and her positivity!"
" She is so excited. JTA is all she has talked about. lol.
She's already finished her homework."


Our Sunday JTA for summer 2024!
May 19, 2024

Very back row: Coach Rachel Horsley, Coach Hannah Hayes, Halo Martin, Katherine Daniel, Lauren Mosley, Mia Fowlkes, Kylie Hamilton, Coach Jayden Armstrong, Coach Hayley DeShazo
Middle row: Jayna Williams, Abigail Joseph, Ella Ridinger, Jayda Baldwin, Krya Agbo, Kinley Clark, Hadley Turner, Coach Emily Dudley, Rhaylee Schumann, Taelyn Noel

Front row: Kyndal Hayes, Sophie Osborne, Arabelle Williams, Mollie June Bogan, Lydia Walters, Audrey Daniel


More JTA feedback!

"My daughter is loving it. And she loves the women who are working with them!"
"Oh the girls had a ball!! They can’t wait to come back!!"
"She had a great time. There is a very positive aspect to your camp that helps her feel like she can do it :)"
"I wanted to reach out and thank you for yesterday.
I felt like you really made an impact on my daugther's game and did it with positive instruction.
We look forward to coming back!"
Love the photos you sent me!
So excited for these girls and this program!
Thank you to the staff members. It’s going to be an awesome summer."
She is really enjoying JTA so far!!
She's determined she's gonig to get that overhand serve before summer is over!"
"Our girls absolutely loved it!"
My daughter is always a little nervous coming in…
Her anxiety can beat the best of her sometimes.
But your coaches have been wonderful and she always leaves feeling a bit more confident in her volleyball game!'


After JTA Friday June 22.
THANK YOU Coach Emily!!


The details!
Dates:  Friday May 10 through Friday August 2, 2024
Or Sunday May 12 through Sunday August 4, 2024
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
Length:  2 hours each. Fridays: 630 to 830pm. Sundays: 3-5pm.

(The Friday session is full as of March 20! Please hurry to get into the Sunday session!)

A List Of Dates & Times! 
Fri May 10, 630 to 830 or Sunday May 12, 3-5pm
Fri May 17, 630 to 830pm or Sunday May 19, 3-5pm
Fri May 24, 630 to 830pm or Sunday May 26, 3-5pm
Fri May 31, 630 to 830pm or Sunday June 2, 3-5pm
Fri June 7, 630 to 830pm or Sunday June 9, 3-5pm
Fri June 14, 630 to 830pm Thursday June 13, 630-830pm or Sunday June 16, 3-5pm
Fri June 21, 630 to 830pm or Sunday June 23, 3-5pm. (Knee pads required starting on this date)
Fri June 28, 630 to 830pm or Sunday June 30, 3-5pm
Fri July 5, 630 to 830pm or Sunday July 7, 3-5pm
Fri July 12, 630 to 830pm or Sunday July 14, 3-5pm
Fri July 19, 630 to 830pm or Sunday July 21, 3-5pm
Fri July 26, 630 to 830pm or Sunday July 28, 3-5pm
Fri August 2, 630 to 830pm or Sunday Aug 4, 3-5pm


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 sophomore 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, c/o '27, North Carolina State University. 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.

Myah Crews, outside hitter & libero, c/o '25, Salem High School
Myah is a tremendous player who can litterally play all positions! She's highly sought
after by every team. She was the starting libero for the SHS varsity team fall '22 and is a starting OH fall '23.

Teagan Pratt, right side hitter, c/o '25, Glenvar High School
Teagan is a crushing hitter and monstrous server, who has played 3 years of club and 5 years of school ball.
She's positive, always smiling and a joy to be around.

Ripley Hunger, setter and DS, c/o '25, Cave Spring High School
Ripley is a happy, cheerful volleyball person who is full of energy. She is also gifted at teaching the game in a positive manner! Riply has played 5 years of club and 5 years of school ball.


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 $30/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
When you contact Coach Houser, please give him this information:
- your daughter's name
- her grade
- the high school she'll be attending
- the parent's name(s)
- the parent's email address(es)

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



April 5, 2024
"Thank you for the photos AND for coordinating such a wonderful program! Our daughters both LOVED it and left SO encouraged and touched by the personal cards sent home with them on the last day. Thank you to all your amazing staff/coaches that also made this happen…we are so grateful to all of you!! "

March 6, 2024
"I'll never be able to thank you enough for keeping her spirits up and interested in this sport!
The experience has changed us all!! 💙
Amy Wells, mother of Emily, Franklin County High, c/o '29


January 9, 2024
"You came very highly recommended and there were multiple families where we saw their girls grow leaps and bounds in just one season and we asked each of them what they attributed it to and each time it was your academy."
Brent Hersey, father of Avery, Roanoke Valley Christian c/o '27

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.

March 20, 2024

I highly recommend this for any girl wanting to learn this game!
Coach Houser and his staff are AMAZING!"

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