Pipeline Girls FAQ

Q: Pipeline Girls was established in 2017. Why should we choose Pipeline over other reputable clubs in the area?

We understand that we are a newer girls program in the area.  However, all great things must start somewhere!  In our inaugural season Pipeline Girls led 9 teams to successful seasons. In the 2018-19 season, Pipeline Girls grew to 15 teams and trained over 175 athletes. In addition to high finishes for our Premier program in the Great Lakes Volley League, Pipeline saw much success on the national stage, bringing home a 3rd place finish from the JVA World Challenge (Louisville) and the Windy City Qualifier (Chicago), before two top ten finishes at the AAU National Championships in Orlando. We have a talented Director / Lead Trainer in Coach Stephanie Holthus and an impressive coaching staff eager to see their players succeed, both on and off the court.  We have big goals and would love for your family to be part of it!

Q: What are Pipeline’s future goals?

Pipeline strives to be the premier volleyball club in the Chicagoland area.  Our goals are to consistently compete on the national stage and provide our players with an elite volleyball experience that will set them up for future success.  All the decisions we make reflect these goals. 

Q: What is Pipeline's playing time policy?

Pipeline is dedicated to providing all athletes with equal attention and opportunity to improve during practices.  However, we are a competitive program.  Therefore, we believe playing time is earned.  Multiple variables are considered when creating lineups: practice attendance, effort, growth, skill level, attitude, etc.  We trust our coaching staff to consider all variables when making their lineups.  

Q: What other programs does Pipeline offer throughout the year?

We offer players amble opportunity to improve their volleyball skills throughout the year.  In addition to our National / Premier level programs, we offer numerous programs throughout the year: 

  • Summer / Holiday Camps

  • Higher Level Training (HLT)

  • Private / Group Lessons

  • Pipeline Peanuts (volleykidz program, grades K-6)

  • Sand Volleyball

Q: How / when are teams divided?

Teams are broken up first by age group, and then by skill. Pipeline works to create the correct mix of players on each team in order to place every player in the best position to succeed. If there is more than one team in a particular age group teams are usually broken up a few weeks into practice.

Q: How many teams does Pipeline carry per program & age group?

In the 2018-19 club season, Pipeline carried a total of 15 teams:

Premier Level: 1 U17, 2 U16, 3 U15, 2 U14, 1 U13, 1 U12

National Level: 1 U17, 2 U16, 1 U15, 1 U14


Q: Where will practices be held?

Hanover Park Park District (1919 Walnut Ave) is the girls home practice facility. All Premier program practices, and the majority of National level practices, will be held here. In January, February, and March, National program position training (1 practice / week) will be held at a local offsite location.

Q: How does Pipeline approach practices?

We believe that practices offer our players opportunities to improve and those improvements are showcased during tournaments.  Improvement is an individualized learning process.  Our practices are designed to push players outside their comfort zones, increasing their physical skills and mental understanding of the game.  We believe that continually raising the bar and expectations are how players grow and develop over the course of their careers.  

Q: Who is responsible for running practices & training?

Director Stephanie Holthus is Pipeline's "lead trainer" and is responsible for creating practice plans and running all practices.  Her extensive playing resume and coaching experience allow Pipeline to offer all its players (National and Premier programs) an elite training program unmatched by others. 

Q: How do practices differ for the Premier and National programs?

Premier programs practice 2x a week and National programs will practice 3x. Both programs will benefit from the same master training coaching staff.  We pride ourselves on the ability to offer quality coaches and training to both programs.  

Dues / Payments 

All clubs offer different experiences, therefore, pricing varies between clubs.  Our prices are a reflection of our talented coaching staff, practice schedule, and competitive tournaments our teams compete in.  We strive to offer a high-level volleyball experience for all our athletes and believe you will see the value in your daughters experience, separating us from other clubs in the area.

Q: Does Pipeline offer payment plans?

YES!  More information will be released at tryouts.

Q: Does Pipeline offer any fundraising opportunities for their players?

YES!  Fundraising will be offered for those players who are interested.  The earnings will be credited directly to the players account, lowering their dues.  More information will be released at the parent meeting.