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.
June 15 is the initial contact date for volleyball college coaches at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels to reach out to rising juniors. Once this date hits, more direct communication can begin between college coaches and the student-athletes. What does that mean? We’ll go through five things to know about June 15.
Watching the kids in a small indoor gym training over three nets, I thought of all the lines we put kids into, the way we ignore the net, the way we inflict pain via the forearm pass and the way 6v6 is experienced by beginners. I get angry inside at knowing billions of kids over my lifetime have walked away from our sport for a lifetime because their introduction to the game is BORING. We must do better when we introduce this sport.
Mental wellness can be difficult for parents, coaches and other guardians to cope with when it comes to young athletes. Is a bad grade on a test just because an athlete didn’t study, or is it a sign of something deeper? Coaches and parents should be on the lookout for signs that an athlete’s mental health is suffering, and while they may not be equipped to help the athlete, guardians can help connect an athlete with the right professionals.