What is club volleyball?
Club volleyball refers to USA Junior Olympic (JO) Volleyball, which is a highly organized, national competitive volleyball network designed to provide training and playing opportunities for young pre-college athletes. Club volleyball is an avenue for players age 10 (and even younger) to 18 to receive advanced training and competition on local, regional and national stages. Many volleyball clubs exist both locally and nationally, most composed of multiple teams. All of these clubs compete under the same rules laid out by our national governing body: USA Volleyball.
Why play club volleyball?
Talented coaches. Many of the best volleyball minds choose to coach at the club level because of the opportunity to reach more players for a longer period of time.
Extensive practice. The extended season offered by club gives players a chance to get thousands of valuable reps that ensure improvement in skills and fitness.
Purposeful friendships. Club volleyball brings together like-minded athletes with similar goals and helps form friendships that can last a lifetime.
Wide-ranging competition. Club volleyball tournaments are some of the largest, most competitive and fun sporting events out there. You get to test yourself against players and teams from all over the region and possibly the nation.
College exposure. The tournaments provide athletes exposure to college coaches. Many of these coaches recruit exclusively through club volleyball. Last year over 98% of high school girls from Georgia and South Carolina who received college scholarships played club.
When is the club season and how long does it last?
In the Southern Region (which includes Georgia and parts of Tennessee and Alabama) club season usually begins in early November with team tryouts and typically lasts until the Regional Championship Tournament in late April. If a team qualifies for a National Championship tournament, these take place in either late June or early July.
My daughter is in middle school (or even younger). Should we play club now or wait until high school?
Ultimately it is up to each family to make the decision that is right for them. However, volleyball is becoming more and more competitive. Players are picking up the sport at earlier ages and there is really no substitute to developing good fundamentals and game knowledge early on. Players who start early, 6th or 7th grade or even sooner, typically have a huge advantage over their peers who do not pick up the sport until later.
Are all clubs the same?
In the greater Atlanta area alone, there are no fewer than 20 volleyball clubs. Even though each must abide by the general rules and guidelines of USA Volleyball and SRVA, each has its own set of policies, procedures and philosophies that are unique. It is important to make an informed decision when choosing the club that is right for you. At ProLink, we encourage you to ask any questions about our club that are important to you. We have worked extremely hard to put together a club that our members can thrive in and be proud of, but we certainly understand that we are not for everyone.