Summer Season | 2021
Learn how to play volleyball with more serves, more contacts, and more rallies than a traditional rec league!
- Beginner level athletes | Grades 3rd-8th
- See our Play page for descriptions of skill levels
One week of evaluation, eight weeks of practices and games!
- Evaluation #1 | Tuesday, June 1 | 6:30-7:20pm
- Evaluation #2 | Thursday, June 3 | 5:30-6:20pm
- Please attend both Evaluations, if possible.
- Practice/Game Nights | Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 8-July 29 | Either 5:30-6:20pm OR 6:30-7:20pm (depending on team placement)
Every other Thursday is a game day!
- $225 for nine weeks total
- Includes two eval nights + 16 practice/game nights)
JOIN THE WAITLIST (if your age group is full)
To learn more about Mini-Volley and find answers to other FAQs, keep reading this page!
What is Mini-Volley?
Mini-Volley is the perfect way for Beginner athletes to learn how to play volleyball!
When young athletes have to learn volleyball on a regular-height net and a regular-size court, it can feel a lot like this:
(Adults playing on a double-sized court—this net is sky-high!)
Besides being pretty intimidating, it’s hard for young players to make serves over the net, practice using three contacts (pass-set-hit), and experience rallies back-and-forth over the net.
In fact, when skilled adults are forced to play on a scaled-up volleyball court (like the one pictured above), they make the same number of passing and hitting errors as do new kids who are forced to play on an adult-size court!
Mini-Volley was developed by elite FIVB and USAV coaches as a better way to introduce players to volleyball and to develop their skills for long-term success.
How is Mini-Volley different from a traditional Rec League?
- 4 players per side instead of 6: Exponentially increases the number of times each player touches the ball, which increases the rate of their improvement.
- Smaller court size and lower net height: Allows Beginner players to focus on their skills, rather than forcing them to cover a court that was designed for much older athletes. This translates into more rallies!
- Points awarded per contact instead of per rally won: Incentivizes the players to use all three contacts (pass-set-hit) to score the most points, instead of incentivizing them to pass the ball over on the first contact for an easy win. Learning to use three contacts is KEY to long-term success in the sport.
How do you win a Mini-Volley game?
Each game is timed, and each team earns a point for every contact they use (pass, set, and hit). Whichever team uses the most contacts over the course of the game will earn the most points. When time runs out, the team with the most points WINS!
How many players will be on each team?
We plan to field a maximum of eight players per team—on game nights, four players will play at a time. This will allow for lots of reps and feedback during practice nights, while also giving the athletes the opportunity to experience player substitutions on game nights.
Our family has vacation plans this summer. What if we can’t make every practice?
We expect that many players will have to miss a practice or two at some point this summer. However, if you reach a point where you are no longer able to attend practices this summer, we will give you the opportunity to find someone to replace you from our waitlist.