1. What is Ohio Valley Volleyball Academy?

Club Volleyball is the best way for players to improve their skills and learn more about the game of volleyball. Girls’ volleyball has elevated to an extremely competitive level, and playing year-round from a young age has become imperative to the proper development of volleyball players. In addition, club volleyball helps to prepare players to reach their full potential for their junior high, high school, and college programs.

OVVA is a member of USA Volleyball and the Ohio Valley Region, which includes Ohio, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania. Learn more at: www.usavolleyball.org and www.ovr.org. You can learn more about the vision and mission of OVVA by visiting our “About Us” page.

2. When should I start playing club volleyball?

One of the questions frequently asked is, “when should my daughter start playing volleyball?” Youth volleyball is also growing in popularity. Players now play volleyball at a much younger age, just as they do in other team sports such as basketball or soccer, thus, making the players and teams at the junior high and high school level experience much more successful. Youth volleyball regulations adjust the size of the court, height of the net, and weight of the ball dependent on the age of the players participating. OVVA encourages players ages 8-18, to come out and try the fun, competitive, fast-paced sport of volleyball.

3. Why should I play club volleyball?

OVVA provides players the opportunity to tremendously improve their skills by giving each player court time and repetitions in addition to their school volleyball seasons. OVVA provides a premier coaching staff, including many coaches with experience at the collegiate level. In addition, the club volleyball program guides and challenges young women to build characteristics of good character, work ethic, integrity, responsibility, and the concept of team. Players will build lasting friendships and experience situations that will help them to develop into confident volleyball players, and young women.

4. When and where can I tryout for OVVA?

OVVA tryouts are held in November each year. Each player must be present for 2 tryouts for their age group. Go to the “Tryouts” page on this website to get more details on tryouts dates and times. Check back for updates. All tryouts and practices are held at Bethany College in Bethany, WV. Tournaments will be held at Bethany College and other local sites. See the “Locations” page for the address and directions to the practice site.

5. How are the teams selected?

OVVA invites players of all ages (8-18) and skill level to tryout. Each team is designated by an age and a team name. After tryouts in November, players are offered a position with the club. At this time, players must sign their commitment to play for the club. Practice will begin the 1st week of January.

6. How often will my team practice?

OVVA teams will have practice or skill sessions 1-2 times a week depending on their tournament schedule for the month. Practices are 1.5 - 2 hours in length. Practices will begin the first week of December and commence in mid to late April.

7. Can I participate in other school sports and activities during the OVVA season?

Yes, you can participate in a school-sanctioned sport or activity during club season. You will not be penalized for missing OVVA because of a school sport, musical, etc. You must notify your coach of all activities you will be participating in during the club season. Many past club players have participated in one or more school sports in addition to club volleyball.

8. What is my financial obligation to OVVA?

OVVA offers a first rate club experience at an extremely reasonable rate, and also offers players the opportunity to fundraise most, if not all of their club dues for the season. To see the payment schedule, visit the “Payments” link. This cost covers all player fees, coach, practices, tournaments, and uniform. Players travel to and from practice and tournaments is the responsibility of the player/parent and is not covered in the players dues.