Volleyball is a fun competitive team sport that continues to gain popularity. A recent ESPN story sited the National Federation of State High School Associations finding that more high school girls are playing volleyball than basketball, a shift that has been trending for many years.
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Volleyball is a great activity for school-aged boys and girls. It's an open and friendly game available at different levels of play that welcomes anyone interesting in learning, playing and enjoying the sport. It can also teach several valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment, perseverance, and sportsmanship.
Here are some guidelines for parents interested in starting their children playing volleyball.
WHEN TO PLAY?
The availability of school gyms usually determines when volleyball programs are run. Many regional school systems have policies to avoid conflicts with other indoor sports (ex. basketball) by giving certain sports preferential gym access during certain seasons. Here's a rough outline.
WHERE TO PLAY?
Always start local. Northern Virginia is fortunate to have a large number of youth recreational volleyball program in all counties and major localities. This allows younger players the opportunity to learn and enjoy team volleyball in a comfortable and safe environment. All recreational programs should be considered equal with committed volunteers helping to teach fundamental skills.
Once players move up the skill and experience curve, it may make sense to travel to more advanced programs, usually club teams, that best align with an individual's coaching and playing interests.
For adults, volleyball can be both good exercise and an enjoyable social vehicle. It is a welcoming sport available for both men and women at different levels of interest, skill and experience. The team aspects can also create friendship and social bonds that last for a lifetime. Visit the adult section of this website for more details.
Volleyball is very egalitarian with few limits on who can play. Many of those in leagues only started playing volleyball as adults or rekindled their love for the sport after a period of absence. The game is not limited to only tall people and those who are highly athletic. Program usually have different leagues based on skill level (see the skills chart on the adult indoor page).
There are a wide array of leagues, drop-ins, meet-ups and clinics available to adults. Link to these programs can be found throughout this site.
WHEN TO PLAY?
For adults, there usually just two seasons: indoor and outdoor. Based on gym availability, indoor programs run basically from September through June. Outdoor programs from May to October while the weather is nice.
WHERE TO PLAY?
Look at the adult section of this site to find opportunities. Local is always nice, but many adults will need to travel to the limited locations that run adult programs.