Volleyball is a lifelong sport, and there’s no reason to stop playing, either recreationally or competitively, once you’ve finished your junior or collegiate career.
The USA Volleyball Open National Championship has been held every year since the organization’s founding in 1928, except for 1943, 1944 and 2020. The event is one of the largest national championships in any sport in the United States. Players range in age from 18 to 80-plus with the oldest age division being the Men’s 78-and-Over bracket.
You can find adult volleyball programs at USA Volleyball clubs, along with local parks and recreation departments.
Setting goals outside of sport is important because we want young athletes to not over-identify as athletes, or put too much emphasis into a sport. Learn more about how to help your child set goals that don't involve the volleyball court.
In the Fundamental Beach Skills module within the USA Volleyball Coach Academy, educational provider Beach Nation shares examples of cues, drills and best practices related to coaching fundamental beach skills. Check out this excerpt from the full module.
While perseverance sounds like a very serious skill, it can be fun to learn for your young athletes if you make persisting through tough challenges into a playful activity. These activities for every age group will spark conversations around perseverance while encouraging experimentation and play.
When you coach a young athlete who’s shown ‘natural talent’ or who has committed to one sport, it can be tricky to handle their expectations for their future in sport. Check out these tips on how to handle early high performers and their expectations around success and perceived failures.
A strong team ensures that every member is receiving necessary feedback—but also feels appreciated and valued. It’s easy to point out what an athlete did wrong in a critical moment during a game. Is there something you could do instead?