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Lessons and Clinics

2017 Clinic Registration is open!

Join us in welcoming three-time Olympian Stacy Sykora to the Empire gym on Sunday, October 8th! Stacy is widely regarded as one of the best liberos to ever play the game. Stacy and Team USA brought home a silver medal from one of her three Olympic appearances, and Stacy has earned both the “Best Receiver” and “Best Digger” awards at the FIVB Worlds and 2004 Olympic Games respectively. When Stacy’s playing career was prematurely cut short by a serious bus accident in Brazil, she turned her attention to bringing her knowledge and infectious enthusiasm for the game to young players through coaching. USA Volleyball named Stacy as the Assistant Coach for the Women’s Junior National Team, where she helped lead them to a gold medal effort in the European Global Challenge in 2015. Stacy joined the staff of the USA Youth National team in 2016 and helped them qualify for the 2016 FIVB World Championships by making the finals of the NORCECA (The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation) competition.

Stacy will bring her considerable knowledge to clinics scheduled on October 8th in the main gym at SSU. Space is limited so please register early!


Clinics on October 15th, 22nd, and 29th and will be run by Empire and Sonoma State University Head Coach, Bear Grassl and Assistant Coach Daryl Kapis. Bear is the reigning CCAA Coach of the Year, leading his SSU team to the NCAA Elite 8. Bear's Empire team was a silver medalist at the 2015 Junior National Championships. Daryl has recently joined us from Oahu, where he was the Head Coach at Hawaii Pacific for the past 10 years.

New Players: Empire clinics are OPEN to ALL athletes interested in improving their volleyball skills and knowledge. For athletes who are interested in trying out for club teams, the clinics are a great opportunity for Empire coaches to get to know you.

Returning Players: We encourage all returning athletes to attend pre-tryout clinics. The more we see you, the more accurate our final evaluations will be! Clinics are not mandatory but they are highly recommended.

Clinic Schedule:

Sunday, October 8th with Olympian Stacy Sykora
Sonoma State University Main Gym

12-14 under (8th grade & younger) 4:00-5:30 pm
15-18 under (9th-12th grades) 6:00-7:30 pm

Sunday, October 15th
Sonoma State University Main Gym

12-14 under (8th grade & younger) 4:00-5:30 pm
15-18 under (9th-12th grades) 5:30-7:00 pm

Sunday, October 22nd
Sonoma State University Main Gym

12-14 under (8th grade & younger) 4:00-5:30 pm
15-18 under (9th-12th grades) 5:30-7:00 pm

Sunday, October 29th
Sonoma State University Main Gym

12-14 under (8th grade & younger) 4:00-5:30 pm
15-18 under (9th-12th grades) 5:30-7:00 pm

Cost: $25 per session for regular clinics, $75 for the Stacy Sykora clinic


Individual and small group lessons

Are you looking to enhance your skills for your middle school, high school, or club program?  

Several Empire Junior coaches are available for private and semi-private lessons. 

Players from any club or not club players, are permitted to contract with coaching staff.  Interested athletes would contact the coach directly and the coach will schedule court time(s).  Coaches will be paid directly for lessons received.

Prices will vary due to number of participants, and will be negotiated with by each coach.  These hour long lessons sessions are structured for 1 on 1 training or small groups (up to 8 girls per session).  Small groups are $25 per session (4 or more) and scheduled directly with the Coach leading the session. 

After scheduling a lesson, should a conflict arise, please contact the coach via cell phone to cancel.  If you fail to contact or do not leave at least 3 hours notice, you must still pay in full for the lesson before scheduling again.

Contact information is below and coordination is through the coach directly.

All-Around Skills, and Video Analysis    Contact  Daryl Kapis or  (408)-332-5495

For Setting Lessons - Contact Michaela Ebben at or (707)-799-7114

For Hitting - Contact Ally Deal at