Club volleyball, also referred to as Junior Olympic or JO Volleyball, has grown in popularity in the past twenty some-odd years. Eventually, most players really committed to the sport of volleyball will choose to play club ball. They’ll go through the tryout process and be assigned to a team at a club, usually with other players their age, and will train and compete in tournaments throughout the off-season of their school teams.
So why should you play club volleyball?
In a nutshell, club volleyball can help a player meet several goals, including:
- Improving their skills and game experience – With the length of season, weekly practices and numbers of tournaments played, skills can’t help but improve…sometimes dramatically.
- Receiving strong coaching – Many clubs hire coaches who have been coaching for a long time or were players themselves and now coach. It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of a wealth of knowledge and experience.
- Preparing players to better compete for playing time or starter positions back at their schools
- Gaining exposure to college coaches and programs – For the volleyball player who wants to play at a collegiate level, club is a must, as most recruiting doesn’t happen through high school sports as with football.
- Getting to compete at a higher level – Players may find themselves at less competitive high schools when they could handle more competitive play. Club volleyball allows that player to get matched to a team commensurate with her skills set where she can experience a more challenging level of play.
- Improving physical fitness – With two-three practices per week and day-long tournaments, players build strength, stamina and overall conditioning.
- Meeting new friends with similar goals – We all know that school volleyball players can vary with their commitment and interest in the sport. With club ball, players are likely to be a team with other like-minded players that they’ll bond with both on and off the court.
- Extending the season of the sport they love!
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