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Youth volleyball is an exciting sport combining team play and individual skills. YMCA youth volleyball promises no try outs, no getting cut and no bench warmers!  Your child will learn how to bump, set and spike correctly and the positions of the game. We use the YMCA Games Approach in our coaching methods where your child will learn the sport and have fun. Every child plays at least half of every game while making friends and learning new techniques.

Ages: 8 to 14 (Ages for leagues vary by YMCA branches)

Leagues feature:

  • Seven games - on Saturdays - per season
  • Trained volunteer coaches
  • YMCA trained and screened officials
  • Good portsmanship and core values modeled and promoted
  • Focus on fundamentals and new skill development
  • All players receive equal play time
  • Team shirts/jerseys and end of season awards


2017 Winter Session Early Bird Registration: October 11, 2016 – December 12, 2016
2017 Winter Session Registration: December 13, 2016 – January 2, 2017
2017 Winter Session Practices Begin: Week of January 16, 2017 | Season Dates: January 28 – March 11

2017 Winter Session Youth Volleyball Leagues Offered at: Monsanto, O’Fallon Family – MO, St. Charles

2017 Spring Session Early Bird Registration: December 17, 2016 – February 20, 2017
2017 Spring Session Registration: February 21 – March 6
2017 Spring Session Practices Begin: Week of March 20 | Season Dates: April 1 – May 20
Note: No Games Easter Weekend

2017 Spring Session Youth Volleyball Leagues Offered at: Carondelet Park, Clinton County, Downtown Belleville, East Belleville, Edward Jones, Four Rivers, Jefferson County, Mid-County, Monroe County, O’Fallon Family – MO, O’Fallon – IL, South City, South County, St. Charles, West County, Wildwood

2017 Summer Session Early Bird Registration: March 7 – May 8
2017 Summer Session Registration: May 9 – May 22
2017 Summer Session Practices Begin: Week of June 5 | Season Dates: June 24 – August 12

2017 Summer Session Youth Volleyball Leagues Offered at: Jefferson County, O’Fallon Family – MO, St. Charles, West County

Uniforms and Equipment: What Players Need to Bring
Each player will receive their team jersey/shirt before the first game of the season. These will be handed out to the coaches, and it will be their responsibility to distribute these to each of their players. Athletic or sport-appropriate shoes and shorts and/or sweats should be worn in addition to the uniform shirt. Mouth guards and eye goggles may also be worn but are not mandatory.

Volleyball players should bring water in spill-proof, non-breakable container. We recommend that they wear knee pads. Optional equipment is their own ball. Grades 3-6 use a Volley Lite. Grade 7-8 use a regulation ball.

Informational Youth Sports Handbooks​
Parent Handbook
Coach Handbook

Sports Safety
The Gateway Region YMCA partners with Cardinal Glennon SportsCare to give kids a healthy advantage through educational programs and support for parents, coaches and athletes. Cardinal Glennon representatives visit sports programs at our YMCA branches to share information on injury prevention, proper technique and overall athletic health. Here are tips for:

Volleyball Safety

Click here to view more Sports Safety and Injury Prevention sheets from Cardinal Glennon SportsCare. If you need help finding an expert physician for your young athlete, contact a local SportsCare representative at 314-577-5640 (this is a Cardinal Glennon phone number, for YMCA phone numbers, please view locations where this program is offered at left or click here for all YMCA locations.)