Youth League is designed to introduce players to club volleyball. The league cost is $120 per player. This fee covers all 4 league events and their NCVA membership during the league period.
Youth League offers both Boys’ and Girls’ Divisions.
Divisions are based on school years (i.e. 5th/6th or 7th/8th) rather than a strict age definition (12s, 13s, 14s) in order to make it easier to introduce new players to volleyball.
Unable to field a team for either division? We offer gender waivers. For example: Your club has open registrations/tryouts and is able to field a girls’ 5th/6th team but you have one boy that would also like to play. We will offer a waiver for that boy to participate on the girls’ team. The goal of Youth League is to encourage participation in the sport, we will do everything we can to make it possible for each and every player to play.
Have a question about Youth League? Please email Melissa Walker ([email protected]).
ALL Youth League tournaments: All Teams arrive no later than: 8:00 AM; First Serve: 9:00 AM
ALL teams must have a coach present at the Coaches’ meeting at 8:30 AM. Failure to attend will result in a team sanction.
|Fall 2019:||3rd / 4th Grades||5th / 6th Grades||7th / 8th Grades||9th Grade|
|League # 1||October 13||October 13||October 13||October 13|
|League # 2||October 27||October 27||October 27||October 27|
|League # 3||November 17||November 17||November 17||November 17|
|League # 4||December 1||December 1||December 1||December 1|
|Spring 2020:||3rd / 4th Grades||5th / 6th Grades||7th / 8th Grades||9th Grade|
|League # 1||January 26|
|League # 2||February 23|
Combined with 5/6th
|League # 3||March 22||March 22||March 22||March 22|
|League # 4||April 26||April 26||April 26||April 26|
Age Divisions Offered
3rd – 4th Girls
3rd – 4th Boys
5th – 6th Girls
5th – 6th Boys
7th – 8th Girls
7th – 8th Boys
- For the first serve of the match, player must start behind the end line
- If the player is unable to make their serve over the net on the first attempt:
- Player may re-serve
- Player is allowed to take a step into the court.
- If a player takes a step in and makes the serve over the net, then the player must take a step backward at their next serve attempt.
- If a player can jump serve, they may not step in or re-serve.
- If a player serves over the net and it goes out, they may not step in or re-serve.
- If the served ball becomes in play, regardless of the result, no re-serve is allowed.
3rd – 6th grade players
- This division uses timed matches
- 35 minutes each match, switching sides after 15 minutes.
- Officiating team should start score over at 15 minute switch.
- Team with the most points at switch and/or end wins the set. No score limit within these 15 minutes.
- The result is recorded by sets, not matches.
- All final pool results are done by set percentage.
- Warm-up time is not included in the 35 minute match.
- A limit of 3 serves in a row, then side-out, without awarding a point.
7th – 9th grade players
- This division has a two (2) set cap.
- There is not a point cap for this age group, teams must win by two (2) points.
- The result is recorded by sets, not matches.
- All results are done by set percentage.
- A limit of 6 serves in a row, then side-out, without awarding a point.
- At each event there will the following breaks:
- 3 Team Pools: 20 minute break between the second and third matches of the tournament.
- 4 Team Pools: 20 minute break between the third and fourth matches of the tournament.
- Uniform requirements are relaxed. Players should have matching shirts with a number on at least one side of the shirt.
- Each Youth League tournament starts at 9:00 AM and is scheduled to end by 3:00 PM.
- There are two TDs assigned to each Youth League tournament. This allows one to take care of the TD work and the other to work as a court monitor helping with scorekeeping and officiating duties.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many tournaments are included in the league fee?
A: There are four (4) tournaments in Fall and four (4) tournaments in Spring
Q: Where are the tournament locations?
A: Tournaments are held within 90 minutes of the teams competing in that area’s league. NCVA will offer 5 league areas: Bay Area, Sacramento, Fresno, Reno and Central Valley
Q: What are the uniform requirements?
- Players need to be in matching outfits (as far as color). Numbers on one side (front or back) are required – recommend both front and back
- Does not have to be expensive jerseys – teams may use simple white shirts with numbers drawn on the white shirts.
- Shorts/Shirts do not have to be the exact same – players may wear black shorts that are all different brands.
Q: Are the tournaments setup like league tournaments where teams and coaches will have to ref, keep score, and do lines?
A: Yes, teams are responsible for officiating duties. We have a second tournament director to help coaches and teams while performing these duties.
Q: How are the age group defined?
A: Divisions are broken up by school grades rather than standard USAV Age Definitions.