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Becoming a great volleyball parent
Whether your young athlete is just beginning their volleyball career or has played club volleyball for years, you can have a dramatic impact on their success on and off the court. That impact will come from supporting your child through the wins and losses, and encouraging them to do their best, and understanding what opportunities they have within the sport.
The Journey of Raising a Volleyball Player
1 Why Volleyball?
Your child will see several benefits from playing volleyball. From building fitness to teamwork, discover why volleyball is the perfect sport for your child.
2 Learning the Basics
How can I get my child started in volleyball? What are the basics they (and I) need to know? Are there ways we can play together before formally joining a team?
3 Find a Team
Joining a team is a great way for your child to build their skills. Playing for a school, playing for a club, it doesn’t matter. Find a team or a local club to give your child the opportunity to play and compete by contacting your Region.
4 Accelerate Their Training
My child is a good player and has the drive to compete at the highest possible level. They want to see how Olympians and Paralympians train and pursue their own Path to the Podium with the National Team Development Program.
5 Heading to College
My young athlete wants to play college volleyball, what should they know? What is the recruitment process? What do we look for in a school?
6 Making the Big Time
Does your child want to play volleyball professionally someday? Here’s what you need to know about volleyball at the pro level, either at home or internationally.
Get Started with a USA Volleyball Membership
Find your Region
Jennifer Armson-Dyer, Executive Director/Commissioner
2831 Grandview Blvd., Ste. 105
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Phone: (262) 349-9785Email Badger Region website
Referee Chair: Teague Prichard
Scorer Chair: Alexis Sheldon
Beach Chair: Sara Voigt
Meredith Coupland, Commissioner
408 N Mullan Rd Suite 101
Spokane Valley, WA 99806
Phone: (509) 290-5552Email Evergreen Region website
Referee Chair: Linda Kildew
Scorer Chair: Barbara Twohig
Beach Chair: Beach Commission
Great Lakes Region
Sandy Abbinanti, Commissioner/CEO
745 McClintock Dr Suite 314
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Phone: (630) 986-9000Email Great Lakes Region website
Referee Chair: Paul Albright
Scorer Chair: Paul Albright
Beach Chair: Paul Albright
North Country Region
Laura Bush, Executive Director
4445 West 77th St., Ste. 211
Edina, MN 55435
Phone: (952) 831-9150Email North Country Region website
Referee Chair: Travis Karlin
Scorer Chair: Travis Karlin
Beach Chair: Travis Karlin
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Participant safety is of paramount importance to USA Volleyball. USAV has a zero tolerance policy for abuse and misconduct, both on and off the court. Learn more about how USAV and SafeSport policies work to protect your children.
Becoming a Better Volleyball Parent
Your child will work to become a better volleyball player, but did you know that you can work to become a better volleyball parent, too? From drills to gifts (not the commercial kind), there are several ways you can support your young athlete.
Health and Recovery
Your young player wants to play volleyball, but they need to ensure that their body can hold up to the rigors of a match or a season. Here’s how you can help them train to best prevent injuries…and how they can best heal when injuries occur anyway.
Nutritional Information and Recipes
Your young athlete may be working out and improving their skills, but proper off-court health, including nutrition, is key to them reaching their full potential. Here’s how to keep your child properly nourished. You may even see some of Team USA’s favorite recipes!
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
USA Volleyball is committed to being a leader within the volleyball world and beyond by increasing and celebrating diversity, actively addressing any inequities within the organization and the sport. See how we’re doing it.