As volleyball has exploded in popularity, it is girls who have powered that growth, which is why it’s largely perceived as one of the few “girls” sports. According to the National Federation of High School Associations, only 22 states even recognize high school boys volleyball as an official sport. The only real volleyball Clayton Zimmerman could participate in early on was a scaled-down co-ed league that competed in some local tournaments. Learn how he found his path toward a scholarship to play collegiate men's volleyball.
There are roughly 6,000+ junior volleyball clubs nationwide, and each year brings more growth for the sport. But boys volleyball still has a way to go as the majority of junior clubs do not offer a boys program. This untapped market is sometimes overlooked because Club Directors are not ready to take on a "project." But what if a boys program was more attainable and less of a "project" than you thought? Here is a look at JVA clubs around the midwest that have started a boys program in the past year.
When prospective male student athletes think about playing volleyball at the college level, images of competing under the bright lights at a powerhouse volleyball school often come to mind. On the other hand, many boys are not aware of the options to play at the next level. The truth is that there are several different factors to consider in order to find your best college fit—and level of athletic competition is just one of them. Let's take a look at the opportunities for boys to play volleyball at the varsity collegiate level.
It can be tricky for a volleyball athlete to understand if and when he/she is being recruited by a college coach. Do recruiting questionnaires count? How about camp invites? A phone call? Not every coach is going to show interest the same way, and interest will mean something different for every program. Here’s what you should look out for.Read More
Yoga is oftentimes only thought of as a way of calming down and relaxing, but it has many more benefits than those two, especially for volleyball athletes. Here are five yoga poses that will directly benefit a volleyball athlete's performance on the indoor and sand court.
Is your club passionate about starting a boys program? One misconception is that a boys program should field travel teams immediately. However, here's an example of a boys program that began simply as a development league, with very low overhead cost. Learn how KIVA's boys program went in year one, and some easy steps your club can mirror.
The 2019 JVA Boys Watch List features 190 boys indoor junior volleyball players from JVA member clubs across the country. The players nominated to the inaugural watch list are among the best in the nation in their age division this season.Read More
The JVA is pleased to announce a partnership with the National Volleyball Association to bring live professional men's volleyball to three JVA hosted events this season. Participants will have the opportunity to witness high level competition during the JVA event, and the NVA athletes will be available for autographs, photo opportunities, and to answer any questions for aspiring youth. Read more about this exciting opportunity.Read More
The JVA is pleased to announce the annual JVA Boys Watch List to recognize the top JVA boys athletes for outstanding achievement on the volleyball court. Boys high school volleyball is growing at a 21% rate over the last five years, and this growth is also represented in the rapid growth of boys volleyball programs among JVA member clubs nationwide. Learn more about this award and how to nominate your athletes.Read More
At The Academy Volleyball Club, we have talked a lot about the ideal training versus competition cycle for the younger ages throughout the club season. We find that the most important part of youth training is keeping younger players engaged. A lot of youth development research has led us to explore training our youth in more random or game-like situations. Here are some simple solutions we have integrated into our training that has been effective in keeping younger athletes engaged, which has improved their effort in 6v6 play throughout the season.
Two iconic figures in the world of volleyball asked "why isn't there boys volleyball in Minnesota?" A few other passionate people got on board to help make it happen. What started as a VERY low key, casual meeting of like-minds quickly evolved into a mission, 501c3 organization, and a thriving league for boys volleyball. Learn about the rise of the Minnesota High School Boys Volleyball Association and, more importantly, how it can be replicated.
Girls volleyball has become the #1 female team sport in America for girls, our NCAA National Championship Semis and Finals are on ESPN and we are filling arenas. Boys high school volleyball is growing at a 21% rate over the last five years! Over 60 universities have added varsity men's volleyball in the last 5 years, however it is still far behind the women's game. One of the strongest advocates for the growth of boys' and men's volleyball is MotorMVB Foundation, which is making a big impact. As such, JVA is investing $125,000 in the form of a grant to MotorMVB to grow boys' volleyball.
Looking into 2019, the recruiting landscape will definitely be ‘different’ in Division I with a later start for college coaches to get on the recruiting trail and most of the month of May cut short as an evaluation period. It creates the need for prospective student-athletes, college coaches and parents to take advantage of the time allowed, and puts a larger emphasis on the process of decision-making. Let's examine four key factors to consider as PSA's work through their recruiting process and four common methods to make the decision making process more efficient.
Yes, boys volleyball can be a year-round sport. However, in most parts of the country, the participation numbers are not high enough to offer dedicated boys programs and travel teams. According to the NFHS.org the participation rates in boys high school volleyball has risen 12% in the last five years, which is the second highest among any sport. If you want to start or grow your boys program, take a look at this boys programming calendar from JVA clubs who started with small participations numbers and are now offering year round boys volleyball.
Nobody wants to call a time out. It almost always indicates your team is struggling or doing some things you certainly didn't train them to do! In terms of match impact, however, your time outs are your best opportunity to influence your team and players. Here are some ways for coaches to maximize the potential of a timeout by the delivery and content of communication to your team.
Boys volleyball isn’t one of the first, let alone tenth sports that comes to mind when discussing boys athletic programs in the south. But those that have played or watched men’s volleyball, have witnessed first hand the excitement, fast pace, and power that accompanies the sport. When we started our boys program at Carolina Union Volleyball Club we had no idea what to expect, however here are nine keys that we believe helped the growth of our program, as well as boys volleyball in the area.
On average, a volleyball player spends only 1% of the time in a match actually playing the volleyball. The rest of the time is spent tracking the ball, moving around the court, and communicating with teammates and coaches. Here are four ways to better your team's volleyball game without a ball.
This is an exciting, yet stressful time for you. One sport, two sports, three sports, National Honors Society, mock governments, club or travel ball, SAT, ACT, GPA, and more – you have or will put a lot into your four years of high school. So much of those efforts are to set you up for a four-year experience at your dream college. So let’s talk about your dream college.
Boys volleyball is becoming increasingly popular, as many decide to leave the field and step onto the hard court. With the transition, male athletes are entering an entirely new competitive environment. In every sport male athletes are naturally driven to use their physicality to be the best at what they do. In volleyball, however, their physical strength and build alone will not win them games. It is up to the coaches to train male players to become more mentally and technically sound, to increase their volleyball IQ, and to use more than just their physical strength to dominate. But how? We reached out to a few successful JVA coaches in the boys’ community to give us some advice.
If you don't have access to a gym or performance training coach, there are still ways to improve at home. Take your game to the next level with this equipment-free home workout to improve your vertical jump.
Our club runs several seasonal leagues, youth development programs, camps/clinics and club teams so I observe and work with a variety of volleyball athletes. Over the past couple of years I have noticed a growing trend among our youth, which is a lack of ambition. Based on my experience, here are 3 ways to develop and increase ambition in your players.Read More
As the sport of volleyball continues to grow across the nation, the bar for excellence is constantly on the rise. There is more to "making it" than the skills learned in practice, watching videos, and completing drills. The addition of weight lifting, specifically Olympic-style weightlifting, is proving to elevate individual performance by increasing strength and speed of movements, boost athleticism, and lessen injuries. Here are three movements that have been proven to increase the speed, power and explosiveness of a volleyball attack.
Players and parents are starting to look for more than just games and victories. What a club provides, in terms of physical development, could be the determining factor in choosing one club over another. Here's a look at how a few JVA member clubs are emphasizing strength and conditioning for their volleyball athletes.
Scientifically, it has been proven that physical activity leads to an increase in academic performance, testing scores, and mental acuity. However, it takes dedication and commitment by the student-athlete to balance both worlds, especially when you add the travel and late nights that accompany the demands of club volleyball. Here are some ways to help student-athletes successfully balance academics and athletics.
This June the AAU and JVA are joining forces to run the AAU Boys West Coast Championships, a competitive boy's volleyball tournament in Anaheim, CA. The two organizations joining together to run an event is nothing short of promising for the future of boys volleyball.Read More
The growth of our sport, along with the consistent success of the JVA would not exist without the dedication and loyalty of the coaches, club directors and administrators of JVA member clubs. This year the JVA is honoring 8 individuals from JVA member clubs with the JVA Junior Club Service Award for their service to junior volleyball for over 20 years.Read More
Although many areas still lack opportunities for boys volleyball, there has been a recent push to grow the sport. It's exciting to see colleges add mens volleyball, as witnessed with the recent NCAA Division III explosion. As more junior volleyball clubs attempt to add boys volleyball, the next step is to educate the players about the college options that are available for them to continue their careers beyond high school. Here's a look at the boys volleyball recruiting timeline and what college coaches are looking for in a recruitable student athlete.
You’re starting to plan for next club season and have a long wish list of ways to improve your club. Many of these improvements require additional cash flow to move from wish list to fruition. What can you do to generate the needed revenue without charging your players more? Sell Sponsorships! Don’t know the first thing about selling sponsorships? Well, here are 7 steps to guide you.
Division1 VBC started as a boys only volleyball club, working to develop and adjust its club model before adding girls in the 6th year. During the decade of the club's existence, D1 has averaged 25-30% growth per year. With 12% more boys participating in high school boys volleyball than four years ago, let's examine the business factors that are critical to the growth and maintenance of a boys volleyball program.
In Nebraska, the sport of volleyball sells itself. After all, it's the home of Cornhusker volleyball, the 2015 Division I National Champions. However, in Lincoln volleyball is only viewed as a women's sport. VCNebraska is looking to change this perception.
JVA is pleased to announce the renewal of its partnership with Ultra Ankle®, the new title sponsor of the JVA Watch List, JVA All-National Team, and JVA AthLeader Awards.Read More
A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can put an end to an athlete's season and even worse, their career. It's a twisting knee injury that progresses with swelling over a 24-hour period and is commonly associated with a distinctive "pop." It can be an extensive healing process with even more frustrating consequences. Too many ACL injuries are due to improper landings and quick changes in direction. In order to prevent this, athletes, especially volleyball players, need to be mindful of how they land on their feet after a jump and how quick they cut in to another direction. By learning proper form and techniques, athletes can prevent ACL injuries from occurring.
By Molly Menard - Pro Beach Volleyball Player and CFO of the National Volleyball League
You want to be 100% focused on the court and I promise you'll be thinking about your aching skin and not the next point if you're
Few things scream "summer" more than the start of the beach volleyball season. It is a time for soaking up some rays with the scent of salt water in the air and sand between your toes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans take about twoRead More
You're a few weeks into your club season and you realize your teams have qualified for more tournaments than expected, but you don't have the funds to front the tournament fees. What can you do to generate the needed revenue without charging your players more?Read More