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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 are offered in our Spring and Fall I sports sessions. Some branches offer Youth Volleyball Leagues in our Winter, Summer and Fall II sports sessions as well.
- 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
Fall I Session
2017 Fall I Session Early Bird Registration: May 23 – August 7
2017 Fall I Session Registration: August 8 – August 21
2017 Fall I Practices Begin: Week of September 4 | Season Dates: September 16 – October 21
2017 Fall I Session Youth Volleyball Leagues Offered at: Carondelet Park, Chesterfield, Belleville, Edward Jones, Four Rivers, Jefferson County, Mid-County, Monsanto, O’Fallon Family – MO, O’Fallon – IL, South City, South County, St. Charles, Wildwood
Fall II Session
2017 Fall II Session Early Bird Registration: July 24 – September 25
2017 Fall II Session Registration: September 26 – October 9
2017 Fall II Session Practices Begin for League Play: Week of October 23 | Season Dates: November 4 – December 16
Note: No games Thanksgiving weekend (November 24 weekend)
2017 Fall II Session Youth Volleyball Leagues Offered at: Belleville, Monsanto, O’Fallon Family – MO, St. Charles
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.
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.)
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