“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” –Greek Philosopher Philo

About Kaplan Volleyball

Always go 110% but remember to play nice, share, and focus on the development of friendships rather than egos. We succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.

This quote from Phil captures the essence of his "No Attitudes Allowed" philosophy of volleyball, which has been very successful and very popular amongst participants. Phil's volleyball classes and "No Attitude" tournaments are known throughout the community for being a really fun, positive avenue to train and play as hard as you can, all within a friendly context.

Kaplan Volleyball, Indoor and Beach, has been around since 1978 and consists of very popular classes and tournaments led by Phil Kaplan and his assistant, Rowland Sushi. Currently Phil runs 8 tournaments a year to raise funds for local community non-profits and teaches Physical Education at Cabrillo College. Some of the non-profits we donate to include The Spinal Cord Society, Santa Cruz SPCA, Native Animal Rescue, Farm Sanctuary, Saint Francis Catholic Kitchen, Second Harvest, Project Purr, the Orangutan Conservancy and Save Our Shores. Over $70,000 has been raised for these organizations.

Very important to our program is plugging people into ways that help make this a better world. Thousands of hours of volunteer work have been generated from our participants. Many suggestions and tools are located throughout the website. Click here to get started Making a Difference.

Click here to see a list of the people and sponsors who help make Kaplan Volleyball the success it is. Special mention should be made of the dedication and hardwork of Rowland Sushi, Dave Sieburg, Fey Custodio, Craig Cocchi, Pete Burnight, Drew Freeman and Ian Webb.

Kaplan Volleyball in the news:

"Hunger Fighter of the Year"
"30 years of No Attitudes Volleyball"
Kaplan Volleyball in Nina Simon's book "The Participatory Museum"
Red Cross Community Hero

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Kaplan Volleyball artwork by Rene Denevan

Artwork by René Denevan. Tile is part of an amazing community art program along the Capitola Beach Esplanade walkway inspired by Dennis Norton.