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Tom Fuglestad with daughters Jenay (left) and Kaylee (right), both who coach for Crossfire Volleyball

September 9, 2020
COVID-19 dealt a blow to the youth sports community in 2020 and has fundamentally shaped how we move forward. The shutdown of nearly three months this spring gave us a new resolve and appreciation for the amazing sport of volleyball. We approach the 2021 season with a new sense of commitment to training, while raising the standard of health and safety on behalf of our athletes, parents, coaches and staff members.  
For those new to Crossfire, I'd like to highlight the philosophy and core principles that make us unique in the world of youth sports. A major theme for our training comes from a key scripture verse in Hebrews 12:1 - "Run with perseverance the race that is set before us". This scripture verse from Hebrews 12:1 continues to be a major theme for our training. Our goal is to train our athletes to fight the good fight, to run the race with a great attitude and supreme effort, to stay on course and finish well.
In my book, it’s not the “what” (results & outcomes), it’s the “how” (character & class) that’s most important. At a recent national championship, there were two situations where our players made “character calls” and admitted touching a ball to reverse the point to the opposition. Numerous spectators, coaches, officials complemented our team for playing the game with integrity. Situations like this make me most proud as a coach and in my opinion is greater than what the final scoreboard indicates.

While maintaining our unique personality and style from an organizational standpoint, I want Crossfire to improve each and every year in terms of it's knowledge and approach to training athletes. Consequently, we can't rely on what we did last year, but need to work very hard to employ new and innovative training methods and ensure we are directing our athletes based on sound, fundamental principles. 

To parents who are considering Crossfire as a home for volleyball training on behalf of your daughter, I hope the information on our website provides the detail that enables you to make an informed decision. If not, please let us know and we will be glad to answer your questions. Email is the best form of communication ( Crossfire Volleyball may not be the best fit for your family due to our location, practice schedule, cost of program, philosophy, etc. If that is the case, there are a number of terrific volleyball clubs in the Twin Cities to explore. 

To the prospective Crossfire athletes of 2021, I want to ask you a few questions as you consider our program. Are you willing to enter the race and run with all your heart? Are you willing to put forth your best effort with a great attitude? Are you willing to put your personal agenda aside in order to contribute to a team effort? Based on our unique approach and philosophy, does Crossfire Volleyball seem like a good fit for you? If the answer is "yes" to these questions, I hope to see you in October and November!

Tom Fuglestad
Club Director
Crossfire Volleyball