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Why Us?

Our Mission

Our focus on the 360 Progression helps set us a part in that we focus on growth for the entire athlete by investing in them Mentally, Athletically, Spiritually, and Socially. We base this off of Luke 2:52 where it says "Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and men." This year we have measurable goals that will help our athletes grow in those four ways.

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Tournament Schedule

We are the only club in South Carolina that has been Nationally Ranked over the last five years. Because of that, we have been invited to the most competitive tournaments in the country (like the Triple Crown NIT). We also have received bids for our 1st AND 2nd teams to compete in tournaments like "The Beast of the Southeast".   We also compete in more tournaments than most clubs.  We want our athletes to train and to compete as often as possible. See the PDF below to view our tentative schedules for each age/level.


Coaches

We believe we have the best coaching staff around. We have over 12 head and assistant coaches who have collegiate coaching experience (including our 141, 152, 161, 164, 171, 172, 181, 182 teams), 10 who played in college, and many who have coached school ball (varsity and middle school) (including our 131, 132, 141, 142, 151, 163, 164, 183 and more).  Our coaches are committed to use our 360 Progression to make a positive impact on our athletes on and off the court.


Gear

We are an Adidas club. All of our athletes will get the following items in their player gear.  Adidas Long Sleeve Custom Jersey, Adidas Short Sleeve Custom Jersey, Adidas Backpack, Adidas Knee Pads, Adidas Spandex, an Adidas Amplifier Tee/Practice Shirt, a team issue pullover, and a pair of Adidas Shoes.  


Facilities

We have not 1 but 2 "homes" for our Stars coaches and athletes. These two facilities are two of the best Volleyball Facilities in the Southeast. "The Luke" and The Star Center provide a place for athletes to call home and to be a part of something bigger than themselves. All Upward Stars players have access to these facilities throughout the season (and most of the off-season).

SMI Sports Performance

A new value this year for our athletes.  The majority of our teams will be getting strength, speed, and recovery training weekly to add to the experience within our club. The SMI Sports Performance training staff has done an excellent job over the years working with athletes individually and we felt that now is the time to help provide that for a majority of our club.


Facilities

We have not 1 but 2 "homes" for our Stars coaches and athletes. These two facilities are two of the best Volleyball Facilities in the Southeast. "The Luke" and The Star Center provide a place for athletes to call home and to be a part of something bigger than themselves. All Upward Stars players have access to these facilities throughout the season (and most of the off-season).


Recruiting

Christina Glover Talley is  coordinating our Upward Stars recruiting service.  As a high school coach (Dorman) and former college athlete (U.S.C.), she is uniquely qualified and excited to help our athletes make their goals of playing college volleyball a reality.

Coach Talley will be sending out recruiting tips/information throughout the season to our athletes. She will also lead a couple classes on "Recruiting 101" as well as will be a resource for your family throughout the season.

With the recruiting rules changing daily because of the Pandemic, we will have ample strategic opportunities that will allow our athletes to be able to get in front of coaches throughout the year (on top of playing in elite level events. 


Staff

We have 4 full-time employees to help make this the best sports experience possible. Our Volleyball Director is one of the best in the Nation.  Coach Corey was a D1 coach for 17 years and has coached club ball for over 25 years.  Our other 3 employees have been in sports for a combined 50+ years. 


20-21 Fees

We do everything we can to make the fees as affordable as possible.  We are not raising our fees at all for the 2020-2021 season. They are exactly the same as last year.

Our fees cover everything (outside of uniforms and travel). We will be providing Velocity training (see below) for a majority of our athletes. We will be providing a media day for all of our athletes that is a part of your fees (no more paying for pictures). If you are an Upward Stars player you also have access to come up to the Luke or the Star Center to work out.

Level/Fees Open Premier Power Regional Local
Acceptance Fee $150 $150 $150 $150 $150
7 payments $425 $395
6 payments $325-$375
5 payments $250-$330 $190

Success

Last year our 40 travel teams across the Upstate of SC and Savannah won over 1000 matches and collectively we won over 60% of our matches (from our 12 local team to our 18 Corey team).  We had multiple teams win close to 80% of their matches.  Our teams, from the Local level to the Open level, are competitive in their tournament schedules. Our top 2-3 teams are extremely competitive in the state as well as nationally (see the "top team or bust" document).  We find this success through working hard in practice, providing additional clinics for those interested, and competing in better/more tournaments than the other clubs in our area.