Three Misconceptions about Volleyball

  1. “Volleyball isn’t even a real sport!” Far from true. Ask FIVB, AVCA, AAU, JVA, CEV, AVP, NFHS, NAIA, NCAA and USA Volleyball (just to name a few) if volleyball is a sport and you’ll get a resounding, “yes!” Whether it’s rec, school, club or professional, players across the globe enjoy this fast-paced, competitive sport.
  2. “Well, it can’t be that intense since it’s a girls sport anyway…” If you are talking about the chemistry you have to build to create trust, the tolerance to jump and dive, the wit required to strategize, and the commitment to develop the game then sure, let’s call it a girl’s sport.
  3. “Only white girls play volleyball.” That may have been true decades ago but it’s no longer the case. Volleyball has been embraced across the globe, in many cultures and yes, ethnicities as well.  Black girls are playing volleyball and they’re winning in more ways than one.

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Black Girls Flying High

“I had to learn to be honest with myself. I had to recognize my pain threshold. When I hit the floor, I have to realize it’s not as if I broke a bone. Pushing yourself over the barrier is a habit. I know I can do it and try something else crazy. If you want to win the war, you’ve got to pay the price.” Flo Hyman

Black women (and other women of color) have had a presence in the sport for quite some time. These women have also plowed the road, making it easier for the current generation of volleyball players in both the college and professional ranks.

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Playing for Fun (for the young and not so young)

Whether it’s playing in the backyard or organizing a pick-up game at a local gym, there are many more opportunities to play volleyball for fun!

Many recreational centers offer open gym for volleyball – call your local rec center, grab a few friends and play a pick-up game (or two).  And this isn’t just for the young…adults can participate as well!

Boys and Girls clubs, YMCAs, churches and rec centers also offer organized recreational leagues. For a small fee — $50-$100 is the norm – you can join a team (or bring your own) to compete against other teams. These seasons run 6-8 weeks and normally end with playoffs and a championship game.

Looking for something more competitive? Many volleyball clubs also offer house leagues. Again, for a small fee ($75-$150), kids and adults can compete over a short season. Teams in these leagues are usually organized by skill level.

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Club Volleyball

Junior Olympic or “club or travel” volleyball takes competition to whole other level for those for players 12 to 18 years old (or in twelfth grade). USA Volleyball, AAU Volleyball and the Junior Volleyball Association offers young players the opportunity amp up their level of play — whether it’s on a local, regional or national team.

Need more details or specifics about youth club or travel programs? Visit this post, All You Need to Know About Club Volleyball for more information.

Have your graduated or you’re an adult looking for something more competitive than a rec program? USA Volleyball — through its regions — also offers competitive adult leagues based on skill level (A, B, BB) with team and/or co-ed options. Many established volleyball clubs will help form teams or you can come with your own. High ranking teams can go all the way to Nationals!

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