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Important Dates

  • Registration will start on August 1, 2022 at noon
  • Evaluations will be the weekend of August 27th/28th
  • Practices will start after Labor Day weekend
  • Matches will begin on the weekend of September 10th/11th
  • The season ends with a final tournament on the weekend of October 29th/30th

COVID Policy

We take the health of our players, their families, our coaches, and the community at large very seriously. With the recent uptick in COVID (variant) cases, we are planning practice schedule adjustments and reserve the right to limit spectators for matches based on the venue. We will make additional modifications during the season as necessary.

Girls Rec Program

MVSA Volleyball Club offers a girls' recreational league that runs from late August/early September through the end of October. The league has multiple divisions (based on age and experience level) and can therefore be a wonderful fit for a wide range of athletes. It is open to all girls from grades 4 through 9 and will teach volleyball skills and tactics while in competition with other girls of a similar age and skill level. Whether you have never played before or are seasoned club player,  there is a place for you in the league.

Division Criteria Approach
1 Grades 4-6 without club experience Clinics, volley-lite, 7’ net
2 Grades 5-6 with 10/11U club experience Clinics, volley-lite, 7’ net
3 Grades 7-9 without club experience Clinics, regular balls, 7’ 4” net
4 Grades 7-9 with 12/13/14U club experience Clinics, regular balls, 7’ 4” net

Program Structure

At a high level the MVSA Volleyball recreational league is structured as shown below. Please see the individual sections further down for more information on each topic.

  • Registration - Opens every year on August 1st at noon from the registration page.
  • Evaluations - Evaluations happen the last weekend in August. This process is an important part of making sure everyone has the best experience possible.
  • Practices/Clinics - Practices start the week after Labor Day. Teams will practice once a week for 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • Matches - Teams will participate in at least one match each weekend of the season.

Evaluations

Evaluations occur on the last weekend in August at Lake Marion Community Center. This is NOT a tryout. Everyone who registers for the league will make a team and will play. Instead, the evaluation process is an effort to measure the overall athleticism and skill of each player so that we can create evenly matched teams within each division. This ensures the best possible experience for everyone involved.

Practices/Clinics

Teams will have one practice/clinic a week at a school in the Montgomery Village area. Practice/clinic sessions are run by a master coach with team coaches assisting. Our master coaches come from MVSA's club volleyball program and have years of experience coaching young athletes. 

Matches

The season is eight weeks long and every team will participate in at least one match each weekend. The first seven weeks are the "regular season" while the final (eighth) week is a season-ending single elimination tournament. Team performance during the first seven weeks will determine team seeding for the tournament. The tournament is a wonderful finale to the season and a lot of fun for everyone.

The match format and rules will differ from division to division, but players in all divisions will be given the opportunity to apply what they have learned during practices in real game situations. The rules of each division are tailored to ensure that:

  • Every player has equal opportunity to participate in matches
  • The game mechanics are both age and skill level appropriate
  • We are rewarding volleyball-positive behaviors (e.g., three contacts) as seen in the higher levels of the sport

Team Coaches

The MVSA recreational program relies on parent volunteers to serve as team coaches. Without these volunteers, the league would not be possible. The use of a master coach for practices/clinics ensures that all players receive high quality instruction and limits the amount of work that needs to be done by individual team coaches. There is no need to plan practices and you always have someone to go to if you have questions. If you have ever wanted to get into coaching, want to know more about volleyball (techniques, rules, etc.), or want to be more involved in your child's life, volunteering as a team coach can be a great way to get started. If you are ready to learn and can organize an email list, then you can coach in the rec league.

You can indicate your desire to serve as a team coach at player registration time.

Payment & Refunds

Payment will be made via SportsEngine at registration time. You should receive an email confirmation following successful payment.  Once registered, please monitor the schedule page for the final evaluations schedule. It is your responsibility to come to the correct one. For more information on the registration process, including program cost,  please see the registration page.

A full refund of the registration cost (minus fees) may be requested up until a week prior to evaluations. After that, refund requests will not be granted. A partial refund may be provided in the event of injury at the discretion of the director.

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Contact

MVSA Volleyball Club
10079 Stedwick Rd Unit 2114
Montgomery Village, MD 20886