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Minnetonka High School Volleyball

2020 High School Volleyball Season Restart!

Dear Volleyball Participants,

UPDATE: 9/22

Tryouts will be held on Monday 9/28 - Friday 10/2 from 3-7pm at MHS.  1st session of the day will run 3:00-4:45 and 2nd session of the day will run 5:15-7pm.  All players in all grades must attend all tryout sessions to be considered for a team.  If you have an extenuating circumstance, please contact ahead of time.  All players must be registered with the Activities Office in order to tryout.  Click here to register

The volleyball season will start September 28th, first competition will be Oct. 8th, and run 11 weeks.  Teams will be allowed 2 events per week, no large tournaments.  The Volleyball team will continue to have their training sessions this week.  Currently no spectators are allowed  indoors at swim meets, I can only speculate on what that will be right now for volleyball.  That said we do have live streaming set for the West Gym.  We are planning on having all our levels, likely our schedules will become conference matches, though that decision has not been made.   More details will be forthcoming. 

We are asking for all parents and athletes to commit to social distancing, sanitizing up, and masking anytime they are on campus indoors (minus strenuous exercise).  Watching our Fall sports we have worked long and hard to have five good weeks of activities with little disruption- it has been so enjoyable seeing our teams compete and students participating.  It will take all the coaches, families, students, and administrators for this to be a success.  Parents please discuss with your students the importance to taking these precautions.  They will allow us to meet the MDH and MSHSL guidelines in terms of managing the pandemic.

All athletes need to complete the registration process and pay $100 activity fee (you have already completed the other steps).  This must be completed by Sept. 28 to be able to practice.  

To pay the fee, please click on the following link:

Follow the instructions on the registration homepage.  Because you have previously registered for Volleyball Fall “Practice”, you have already paid the $75 Annual Participation Fee, as well as filled out all of the necessary paperwork to participate.  The only thing left to do to complete registration is pay the Volleyball Activity Fee $100.

Looking forward to the Volleyball Season!!!!  More information coming..


Returning to Volleyball in a world with COVID-19

1) PODS for week 1 beginning Monday 6/15 are posted here:

Your daughter may be in the 5-7 wave or the 7-9pm wave on Mondays and Wednesdays - also on Fridays your daughter may be in the 9-11am wave or the 11-1pm wave.

2) Private lessons will not change significantly.  If you would like to sign up for lessons - and then click on the google doc sign up.

There are also some mandatory restrictions placed on how we run things this year.  The biggest change is this: 

A) Until further notice, there will be a maximum of 10 people on a court at a time. (10 players, 9 players + 1 coach, etc...).  

B) Additionally, until further notice - those pods of athletes CANNOT be altered.  Meaning when the summer workouts start if John, Jim, James, Jerry, Joe, Jack, Jeb, Jonah and Jake.  Those 9 guys cannot be intermingled with anyone else.  If John and Jim are gone - that group trains with 7 that night. There is no temporarily adding others at all to the group.  

If a player has not yet been assigned a pod - then they could permanently join a pod with less than 10 players already in. If someone in that pod of 9 players gets sick, then the remaining 8 players must not return to play until after a period of quarantine.

C) These groups of 8-10 will be assigned by the coaching staff.  I can see from the perspective of a player or a parent that groupings could be "predicitive" of team placement in the fall.  Rest assured, team placement is based upon the 30 hour tryout process in August - not in June or July.  It boils down to the fact that groups need to get formed and coaches forming the groups is a better way than picking names out of a hat.

Pods will be posted on the Google Doc (there is a link on  Assignments for times and courts will also be found on the Google Doc.

D) Players must be able to attend open workouts from 5-7 or 7-9pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Your Pod of 9 will be assigned a time, gym and court for each workout.  In the event of more than 4 pods signed up for play, we will stagger Pods from 5-7 and 7-9pm.  I can see from a players perspective that this is annoying or difficult to plan for.  I can assure you that it is far from ideal to effectively double the amount of hours the coaches are asked to work this summer.

E) Gyms will be sanitized by custodial and there will be hand sanitizer and spray sanitizer for equipment.  All players should bring a mask.

F) These are restrictive measures, a big change and quite frankly a ton more work for coaches and less fun than true "show up and play" like we are used to in the summer.  All of us need to balance "I have a dislike for these restrictions" with "I highly value the privilege to return to play".  This is the world we now live in and fall sports are in the greatest jeopardy of being cancelled.  The volleyball program will not be accessory to the negligent spread of COVID nor will the hypothetical reason for cancelling fall sports be that the volleyball program didn't follow mandatory guidelines.

G) This is mostly nomenclature and is effectively the same thing as we have done in the past but it needs to be communicated in this way.  The fee for these M/W/F sessions is paid for instruction received by the coaches.  This is the exact same as paying a coach for a semi-private lesson.  If you choose the summer long option - and attend all 25 sessions - the cost is $2 per hour for small group instruction.  If for whatever reason, there is a reason you cannot pay for these workouts - please contact me.  Volleyball will be accessible to all - and money cannot be the reason a student doesn't attend. 

Bottom line: The players, families and coaches safety are the first priority.  If for any reason, you are not OK with these guidelines, or do not feel safe having your daughter participate - then exercise your right to stay home and there will not be any negative judgement for doing so.

We are all excited to return to volleyball.  There are some very specific things we MUST do to maximize player and staff safety.  None of these things are negotiable, nor are they "small details".  If these protocols are not followed, we are in jeopardy of losing the privilege to return to play.  It is everyone's responsibility to police themselves and each other.  Players will simply not be allowed to attend if they are non-compliant.  

Parents/Students are required to monitor their child’s health. If symptoms exist they should not come. Err on the side of caution. (Staff members as well) 

Participants are required to practice social distancing. This will be incredibly hard as players have not seen each other in a while and it will be natural to want to be together.

Entering the building or facility. 

  1. Groups should stay at their cars or outside until the camp leader comes and gets them. All athletes playing in the West Gym enter in the West entrance marked Tonka Center. All West Gym Athletes must exit out the anteroom leading directly outside. All Athletes playing in the East Gym enter the Main Entrance into the school and enter the 4 doors adjacent to the restrooms. All East Gym athletes must exit the doors leading directly to the parking lot. All Back Gym players enter using the indoor hallway. All back gym players must exit the doors leading directly outside.
    1. Students do not enter the building until the coach comes and gets them.

    2. All sessions will end 5 minutes early. All athletes must exit before another session can begin.

    3. Students should not arrive significantly early (10 minutes is the earliest)

    4. Students need to leave immediately after workout Exit the building as soon as session is over.

  2. Bathroom use is encouraged at home

    1. students should use the restroom prior to and after they leave our facility.

    2. Bathrooms can be open for force majeur - but we are discouraging any use.

  3. Bring your own water bottle- label it with name on it

    1. There will be no drinking fountains YOU MUST HAVE WATER!

  4. No changing clothes and no bags.  

    1. Come dressed completed

    2. Leave valuables in car or drop off.

  5. Wash hands before and after participation!

Questions - please let me know.


Karl Katzenberger

Head Volleyball Coach

Minnetonka High School

2020 Fall VB Safety Protocols

UPDATE:  9/12/2020

Players must refer to, complete and abide by the following steps in order to participate.

  • All players must be registered online with the Activities Office in order to participate.
  • Registration includes a COVID waiver.  Volleyball is a voluntary activity.
  • We will limit participants to PODS in an identical structure to this summer
  • The POD size goes by MDH guidelines.  Total players will determine number of PODS.
  • Entry protocol is temperature check, symptom free, hand sanitzation and masking.
  • Separate exits will be used to safely avoid contact of players entering and exiting
  • Players should leave immediately at the end.  No congregating is allowed before or after
  • Masks must be worn by all players.  Unless they are participating or recovering from drill
  • Distancing will be enforced by ground markings and spaced chairs around the courts
  • Players should come dressed ready to play.  Bags are not allowed.  Bring water to gym.
  • Use of public areas like the restroom is discouraged.  There is no source of water at MHS
  • This information will be sent to all participants and posted at

Our first concern is the safety of players, staff and families. A reminder that volleyball this fall is 100% voluntary. If you are at all uncomfortable with these protocols, then exercising your right to keep your daughter at home in the name of safety will be viewed as you are doing what is right for your daughter and family. This will not be viewed as negative by the volleyball program.

Failure to adhere to these policies will jeopardize the group as a whole and will not be tolerated. Infractions can and will lead to suspension of the privilege to play volleyball this fall at Minnetonka High School. If you have any further questions – please email

Thank you!

Fall Volleyball FAQ

Hi Volleyball Families.

What an unusual fall for volleyball.  With uncertainty - there is a thirst for information - and please check back here frequently for all the latest info regarding High School/Club rules and how they will be different from any other year.

UPDATE 9/9/2020

Fall Volleyball practices for Minnetonka High School students in the high school program will take place on Monday through Thursday the weeks of 9/14, 9/21 and 9/28 from 3-7pm (All 11th and 12th graders from 3-5pm and 9th and 10th graders at 3-5pm to keep our "Pod" structure intact.  The hours of 5-7pm will be used for overflow and students who cannot make the 3pm time in all grades.  Pods may have a different start time on different days due to coach availability.  Total participants will likely cause us to alter our times to ensure everyone can participate, yet still be compliant with current protocols and rules.  You must register with the activities office in order to participate - there will be a $75 activities fee to participate. (In order to participate in spring volleyball, you would have to pay that fee anyways.  Thus - these practices are essentially "no cost".) Please let me know if you have any questions.

UPDATE 8/11/2020

1) Players in all grades will not risk their High School eligibility (abbreviated as HSE) by participating in a fall club program.  

2) Players should start having an internal discussion with themselves as to how to proceed in the "normal" November - June club volleyball season.  There are two scenarios:

A) The MSHSL does not relax their rule stating that athletes may not be on a club team and a HS team at the same time.  Being on a team is defined as attending any practice, meeting, travel, competition or organized volleyball activity.  Basically they need to pick between finishing the club season - or cease all club volleyball activities during the spring HS season to retain their HSE.

B) The MSHSL does relax their rules about being on a club team and a HS team simultaneously.  This is less restrictive, but still daunting as daily HS practices and matches will directly compete for the athlete's time and efforts with their club team.

In either case  - you should have very specific conversations with the club program you choose this October.  Ask questions like "Do you allow players to play in the HS season?" and "If there is a direct conflict between club and HS - how should I proceed?"

If you need guidance through this process, all of the coaches at Minnetonka High School  are available to you as a resource if you have questions in your decision making progress.

3) There will be 12 after-school hour practices over the course of the fall that will be open to MHS volleyball players that are interested in participating.  These will take place at Minnetonka HS and days/times are TBD.

As soon as more info becomes available - we will post it here with newest dated updates at the top of this announcement.  As always, if you have questions -