A LITTLE ABOUT US
Training for Greatness
Feel like you're being left out? Some clubs boast members and attendees over 100+ members. Other clubs have a philosophy of performance by numbers. With such a large number of athletes, some athletes will naturally excel, but many will be left behind.
While you don’t get the attention you deserve in other places, you do and will with Team VA.
We don’t “cherry-pick” our athletes. Our commitment is on a first come, first serve basis.
LoJo’s Team Vault Assault is a track and field team based in the greater Philadelphia area and led by one of the top American vaulters over the past 50 years. Team VA's Head Coach Lawrence “LoJo” Johnson is a two-time Olympian, Olympic silver medalist, world champion, and former US Indoor and Outdoor American record holder. LoJo held the NCAA record for over 20 years.
Since Team VA’s inauguration in 2008, Team VA has consistently coached, mentored, and supported athletes to improved technique, consistent, and higher performances. Team VA and Coach LoJo have produced a NCAA national champion, 2 SEC titles, 5 All-America honors, 17 NCAA qualifiers, numerous HS National’s finalists, over 20 state champions or runner-up’s, numerous school records, and helped more than 80% of our athletes to earn athletic scholarships to premier NCAA collegiate institutions.
Serving athletes of all ages, levels, and abilities on a first come, first serve basis, Team VA’s team/club differs from other clubs and teams by building fundamental focus points to ensure the best results.
In the summer of 2015, Team VA expanded to include sprints (60m thru 800m), jumps (PV, LJ, HJ), hurdles (100m thru 400m) and throws to the ranks of the Vault Assault pole vault squad.
Team VA training is all year-round athletic development training program. We compete in track and field meets during all seasons.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
Team VA Club encourages life-long physical well-being through running and athletic development.
The Team VA mission is to positively influence and support athletic development and performance in youth, adolescents, emerging elite, and world class athletes, specializing in track and field with unique expertise in the pole vault; to improve pole vault, track, and field performance and consistency; to improve pole vault safety and awareness; and to promote the discipline of pole vault and the sport of track and field.
We are the Next Generation of Athletes.
We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and tries to spend your money wisely. Your dues and donations are spent in several ways. Among them are operational costs, i.e. management staff, coaching staff, AAU, USATF, dues, phone, postage, publicity, newsletter and printing costs. Additional money goes to our Youth Athletics Program, athletic development equipment, awards, social functions, sanctioning, certification, travel, and insurance.
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GENERAL INFORMATION AND AFFILIATIONS
Team Abbreviation: Team VA
Team Type: Club
Age Range: 5 - 70
Year Established: 2008
Team VA has Nationally Ranked Athletes
Cost/Fees: Open Sessions
$55/Per Session Per Athlete - Sprinters/Mid-Distance/Hurdlers/Jumpers Open Session
$65/Per Session Per Athlete - Pole Vault Open Session
Cost/Fees: Monthly Memberships
$520/Month Per Athlete - Pole Vaulters/Heptathletes/Pentathletes/Decathletes
$375/Month Per Athlete - Sprinters/Mid-Distance/Hurdlers/Jumpers/Throwers
Cost/Fees: Summer Memberships (3 Month Membership)
$1,560.00* for the Summer Per athlete - Pole Vaulters/Heptathletes/Decathletes
$1,125.00* for the Summer Per Athlete - Sprinters/Mid-Distance/Hurdlers/Jumpers/Throwers
*Summer membership can also be paid via monthly, please see our Summer Membership page for details.*
For full information About Team VA Competitive Track and Field Team, please take a look at the Team VA Athlete's Packet PDF.
Team VA is a registered USATF and AAU Traveling Competing Club. Our athletes compete in several events in track and field, not just the pole vault. All athletes must maintain an active affiliation membership with both AAU and USATF.
Mid-Atlantic USATF - Club Number - 08-1146
Mid-Atlantic AAU - Club Number - W38ECD
NJ USATF - Club Number - 07-1135
NJ AAU - Club Number - WY85A7
NY USATF - Club Number - 06-1361
NY AAU - Club Number - WY3486
Potomac Valley USATF - Club Number - 10-1260
VA USATF - Club Number - 12-8012
VA AAU - Club Number - WW9FD9
SC USATF - Club Number - 55-286
TEAM VA IS PREPARING THE
“NEXT GENERATION OF ATHLETES”
EVERYTHING IN TRAINING MATTERS
DO NOT USE THE WORD "CAN'T":
There is no greater asset than your mind. Your mental focus will help you to overcome some of your greatest challenges and give your best performance.
SHOOT FOR THE STARS:
Never limit yourself by assuming the something is impossible or out of reach.
Believing that something is impossible or out of reach is one the first steps to failure.
Escape the pitfall of psychological defeat by denying yourself the opportunity to believe in failure.
YOU CAN NOT TRAIN IN FRUSTRATION:
Frustration is a negative emotion that invites more problems and swamps the learning process. When learning new exercises and drills remember to be patient and focus on your positive gains.
COMPETE AS A CHAMPION:
Team Vault Assault is a family of champions. Competing as a champion is not all about winning, but competing in good sportsmanship and character regardless of whether or not your goals were accomplished on any particular day. Champions win well, but more importantly lose respectfully. Vault Assault members deliver their best in training and competition.
Below are the Team VA Principals
TEAM VA PERKS/GEAR/SUPPORT
When you become a Team VA Member
Maintain a maximum capacity of ten (10) vaulters on the Vault Assault's Pole Vault Squad (10 vaulters per vault session)
Team VA’s team capacity is smaller than any other pole vault or track and field club which means more focus on individual growth and performance. A major component of training is frequency and repetition. In training and performance each athlete receives specific guidance and support throughout their training session. Frequency and repetition in training is limited, so fewer athletes equals better performances.
ALL INCLUSIVE TRAINING
Improving performance is more than just running reps. Team VA meets three to four times a week to supervise and improve through various training techniques.
IMPROVE FUNDAMENTAL SPRINT, MOBILITY, AND INSTILL TECHNIQUE
Efficiency in skill execution improves athletic performance in all capacities.
INCREASE MOTIVATION, FOCUS, AND PERFORMANCE
Motivation and focus are necessary for consistent and efficient performance. Team VA uses efficient coaching and training techniques to improve motivation, focus, and performance.
UTILIZE OBJECTIVE RESULTS TO MONITOR AND TRACK DEVELOPMENT
Feelings are unreliable subjective tools for evaluating athletic performance and development. Vault Assault uses dependable and standard metrics to assist in objective evaluations of training and performance.
CONSTANT HANDS ON COACHING FROM A 2X OLYMPIAN AND WORLD CHAMPION
One month of training with Team Vault Assault is less expensive than attending a summer camp which may feature drop-in stars and guest coaches. Lawrence “LoJo” Johnson’s Olympic and professional pole vault career; and NCAA Division I & HS coaching performance and experience combined, exceeds any other American vaulter over the past half century. LoJo is fully invested in Team VA coaching, mentoring, and the performance of all Team VA members.
USATF CLUB AFFILIATION WITH USATF PRACTICE INSURANCE
Each Team VA member will be covered under the USATF General Liability Insurance Program. Each athlete must be a "in good standing" athlete with USATF and must be included and/or registered as a Team VA Club Member athlete with USATF to be covered under the USATF General Liability Insurance Program.
AAU CLUB AFFILIATION
Each Team VA member must maintain their AAU membership and be registered as a Team VA Club Member to receive this affiliation status.
TEAM VA MEMBERS RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT ON PRIVATE LESSONS
All active Team VA Members will receive 10% discount on all private lessons.
TEAM VA MEMBERS RECEIVE A 25% DISCOUNT TOWARDS CAMPS AND CLINICS
All active Team VA Members will receive 25% discount on Team VA and LoJo Vault Assault Camps and Clinics.
TEAM VA GEAR
All active Team VA Members will have access to our online team store. We offer discounts and run sales throughout the year.
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
A personal letter of recommendation for all active Team VA members from LoJo reflecting on your training and performance with Team VA. The letter can also include the athlete's potential as a pole vaulter, sprinter, jumper, hurdler or thrower on a collegiate level and detailing where the athlete’s development is currently and what the athlete has accomplished and improved while being coached as part of the Team VA Training Program. (provided upon request)
TEAM VA HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITING SUPPLEMENTAL PACKET
The Team VA High School Recruiting Supplemental Packet including tips and guides to Identifying the Right Colleges, Scholarship Advice, NCAA Clearinghouse Information, Financial Aid information and more.