FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FIRST TIME CLUB VOLLEYBALL QUESTIONS
- Club Volleyball are organizations that train athletes in the sport of volleyball so they can compete following the normal school season. Volleyball clubs are independent of each other and privately owned. The word “club” typically
describes an organization that has teams for many different age groups and levels. Clubs vary in size from 1 or 2 teams to up to 80 plus. (LAVA had 83 teams
this past season across all of its divisions)
- Club volleyball is a HUGE commitment of time. The club season generally begins in November and runs through mid-April for in region play and can run through early July for teams going to the Junior National Championships, Volleyball Festival, or AAU's. Teams generally practice around 2 hours at a time and practice 1-3 times per week. Teams will generally play in at least 6 tournaments (some will play in as many as 12). Tournaments last from 1 day up to 4 days.
- Tryouts for u15-18s are in July.
- Tryouts for u11-14s will be October.
- How to compete in a positive and respectful environment
- What it means to represent a team and an organization
- Learning to set short term and long term goals
- The values of teamwork, composure, and self-motivation
- That winning requires hard work and losing means learning
- One plays more than 50+ matches in a club setting versus 20-30 in high school. The value of touches and the competitive environment
accelerates the learning curve.
- For all athletes who have aspirations in playing at the next level in
college, then club volleyball is necessary. College coaches do the
majority of their recruiting during club season and are at many of the
national qualifier & showcase tournaments. At LAVA we work hard with
our athletes through the entire recruiting process. We make sure you
are doing all the things you need to do. At LAVA we have contributed
and helped numerous athletes reach the collegiate level.
- We encourage our players to stay active by playing other sports, especially off season! We designed our practices to be after normal HS practice hours not to conflict with high school practices. We also work closely with the other coaches to make sure that the player is not getting penalized, on both sports, if they have to miss due to a game. We also have our tournaments on weekends which
rarely conflicts with HS sports.
- We have several programs for girls wanting to get into volleyball. Our
introductory LITE Clinics (ages 8-12) offer once a week instruction on the basic fundamentals from our seasoned club coaches. Click here to go to LITE Clinics.
- Our JUNIORS program caters to athletes (ages 9-14) who are interested in receiving more club-like experience. Juniors practice once a week and participate in tournaments against other LAVA divisions. Click here to go to JUNIORS Clinics.
We typically take between 10 to 12 players on each team.
- Sometimes as parents we wonder and even worry about whether we should encourage our kids to jump into a sport or whether we should possibly slow them down until they’ve gotten a little older. When it comes to volleyball, it’s
- It’s good for younger children that are 5, 6, or 7 years old to start playing games that are similar to volleyball or based on volleyball skills even though they may not be big enough and physically able to play full-scale volleyball.