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Slam Volleyball
SLAM Volleyball began as Thunderbirds Volleyball, founded by John Kubilis and Scott Wright in 2014 as a Beach Volleyball Club operating out of Acton, MA and Brookline, NH. Our beach program quickly grew to multiple locations throughout the region. In 2016 we decided to rename our beach club to North East Beach Volleyball to better describe what that program was all about. In 2016 we also began a girls indoor league at St. John's Gym in Clinton, MA. 2017 was a big year for the Thunderbirds as we have grown to add a boys indoor league and a girls junior olympic volleyball club. In 2018, we added boys junior olympic volleyball club and also have rebranded the club as SLAM Volleyball Club.
Our 2020 - 2021 Season is kicking off our new location at 78 Jefferson St. in Marlborough, MA.

Coaching Philosophy

Our coaching philosophy is divided into three segments; commitment, confidence, and composure. Part one is commitment, there are plenty of talented teams that do not win championships; this is often due to athletes and staff sharing a common goal. Athletes must buy in to the culture of a program created by the coaching staff.

Traditionally, the teams that thrive operate as a unit, or in the case of our practice, a family. A strong support system from staff to student is the precursor to the success of a program. The programs level of commitment to the ideology of family leads to equal achievement in their performance.

The characteristic of confidence is something to be valued, enforced and monitored as athletes grow within a system and a successful program. To be confident in themselves; appreciating their abilities, the work it took to develop those skills and the knowledge of how to use them. Enforcing confidence in your teammates, continuing to develop the support system, trust and credibility it takes to have a champion’s mentality and understanding what it takes and how to get through those on the floor next to you as well as those guiding and pushing from the side. Confidence can breed success or create a window for failure; we monitor our level by appreciating what a team does for one another, knowing a team is a unit and cannot succeed without all its pieces. The concept of composure is the unifying piece that separates a good team from a great team. This stems from the leadership, coaching staff to captains to players on and off the court. Preaching composure is not enough, one must demonstrate the value and how it can promote growth and stability. Understanding how to maintain this ability supports the other values. A composed program is viewed as a confident program and confidence supports commitment. When all three are together teams can overcome adversity, see past an obstacle, find solutions and succeed.

SLAM Volleyball is an official club of USA Volleyball


SLAM Volleyball Club is a proud member of the New England Regional Volleyball Association (NERVA). We follow all policy guidelines of USA Volleyball including SafeSport, court house background checks, coach education and playing in ONLY USA / NERVA sanctioned events. Players and Parents should expect high standards from a volleyball club and we believe that USA Volleyball and NERVA strive to attain these standards.

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8 A Street, Billerica, MA 01821

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72 Jefferson St, Marlborough MA 01752