If you want to take your game to a higher level then you are fortunate that you live in an area that has a great support system for high school volleyball. Not only do you have a choice of several Club organizations, there is a variety of clinics and camps too. There is plenty of opportunity to get better if you want to.
What is 'Club' volleyball?
They are organizations run by volleyball enthusiasts to promote mostly girls volleyball. They hold tryouts for various age groups, select teams, conduct 2 or 3 practices per week, and attend tournaments on weekends from January to May. Depending on the age group and level of play, a team could attend anywhere from 8 to 15 tournaments. Most of the tournaments are local (within an hour or so) but at the higher levels, the teams can travel as far away as Texas, Colorado, Florida. Most tournaments are one day but some are two, and even three day events. They are extremely well organized and are great measuring sticks of your volleyball skills.
In our area the clubs belong to an umbrella group called Chesapeake Regional Volleyball Association. If you join a club team, they will register you with CHRVA as part of the Juniors team registration. You can find out a lot about Juniors (club) volleyball by visiting this website.
What should you consider before trying out for Club ball?
The number one question is whether or not you are willing to make the commitment of time and money. It takes a lot of both. It is unlikely you would be able to play other sports since you would be practicing 2 or 3 nights a week and playing tournaments 2 or 3 times a month. The practice sites will not be in your neighborhood so there is a good bit of driving to and from. The tournaments are basically all day events. You would need to juggle school work, friends, etc. The costs can range from $1000 to $2500. You can also expect some 'volunteer' requirements for parents. In other words- it is a BIG commitment.
What clubs are available in this area?
Here are links to the clubs in our area:
South River Volleyball Club (
All these clubs are very well run and if you make one of their teams you will get better. When you visit their websites pay close attention to the tryout dates, tryout locations, practice sites, costs, financial and time commitments, coaches, requirements, etc. Overall, they are all run by dedicated individuals, working for little or no money, with a passion to promote the game and make you better.
Keep in mind that you are 'trying out' to make a club. You do not necessarily make a team because you went to tryouts. Most clubs cannot support the number of girls trying out because of the availability of practice sites and coaches. Even if you do not think you are very good at volleyball, you still want to tryout; we encourage you to do so. Most coaches are looking for girls that are coachable, athletic, and have a great attitude.