Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

About the NCYVL

What is the NCYVL?

The North Carolina Youth Volleyball League (NCYVL) provides positive instructional and competitive youth volleyball opportunities to a diverse membership of children ages 7-18 throughout our local communities by…

… developing the whole person physically, mentally, and socially;

… creating a culture of excellence through the constant pursuit of self discovery, greater learning, and collective achievement;

… promoting health, wellbeing, and an active lifestyle through diet, nutrition eduction, and injury prevention;

… contributing to a greater sense of community through local events, community partnerships, and community service projects;

… leveraging our time, expertise, and resources to support local school programs, host coaching education programs, and financial aid programs for the underserved; and

… connecting the support of our members and the generosity of donors to continually improve the quality and overall effectiveness of our programs.

The NCYVL is a member organization of USA Volleyball (USAV) and proudly supports the growth of USA Volleyball (USAV) and the Carolina Regional Volleyball Association (CRVA) within the state of North Carolina. All NCYVL programs are officially sanctioned by the Carolina Regional Volleyball Association (CRVA) and operated in accordance with USAV and CRVA operating procedures. All NCYVL staff, members, and volunteer coaches are registered members of USA Volleyball.

Why should I join?

The NCYVL was founded with developing volleyball players in North Carolina as its primary focus, the benefits of joining are two-fold:

(1) Learn volleyball, social, and life skills – Volleyball, as well as other team sports, affords the ability to learn individual skills within a team environment. Players will be taught skills and concepts specific to the sport of volleyball, as well as the invaluable social and life skills learned alongside and together with their peers. Volleyball is unique in many ways, allowing for many teaching moments valuable to life outside of the sport, here are just a few examples:

    • Volleyball is a team sport with a net and dividing line between the two teams competing (allowing little to no physical contact with opponents). Players and teams must learn to work together within the framework of their own team before they can be successful against the team on the other side of the net.
    • Volleyball is a rebound sport. There is no possession of the ball and most every ball contact is either before or after another player contacts the ball, making the sport not only exciting to watch, but also demanding that every player be alert, quick reacting, and collectively capable of fulfilling their role on the team.
    • Volleyball has a high concentration of players compared to the size of the court. The limited playing space requires awareness on the part of the individual in relation to their teammates around them. This requires a high level of team organization, ability to effectively communicate with others around you, and a thorough understanding of your teammate’s responsibilities in addition to your own.

(2) Growing the game – By joining the NCYVL you are joining many other volleyball enthusiasts and supporters throughout the state of North Carolina. Collectively we will be able to advance the sport at a rate conducive to supporting state-wide success on a national level. As is evident with other sports and strong volleyball hotspots throughout the country, the wider and stronger the base population of the sport in our state, the higher the sport will reach in both level of play as well as success nationally. Simply put, the more players we have learning, playing, and loving the sport, the more successful the sport will become for North Carolina.

What makes the NCYVL different from other youth volleyball leagues?

Our year-round programs provide an optimal environment for a wide range of players to discover, learn, and continue development in the sport.

For younger and new players, we provide an ideal entry point into the sport as it is local, low cost, and well organized with curriculum specifically designed with the new young volleyball player as the primary focus. As players age up and become more experienced, our seasonal league programs and classes offer the ability to continue playing year-round in addition to their school season. This essentially eliminates the cost/commitment barrier many have experienced in the sport due to the issue of high club costs and extensive, long-term team commitments.

Our goal and primary mission is to make the sport of volleyball accessible to ALL of our local youth (grades 1-12) who would like to learn and play, no matter their experience level, location, or demographic.

What is USA Volleyball (USAV) and the Carolina Regional Volleyball Association (CRVA)?

USA Volleyball (USAV) is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of volleyball in the United States and is recognized as such by the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).*

*excerpt from USA Volleyball’s website which can be found here: www.usavolleyball.org

The Carolina Regional Volleyball Association is one of 40 Regional Volleyball Associations of USA Volleyball, the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of volleyball in the United States. Our job is to promote the sport across the state of North Carolina in all its’ capacities:
(a) We provide local amateur tournaments opportunities for adults and juniors. The adult indoor season runs from December through March with National opportunities through June. The Junior indoor season runs from January through April with National opportunities through July.
(b) We provide Coaching clinic opportunities across the state. We sponsor USAV IMPACT clinics annually and CAP clinics every two to three years.
(c) We provide Officiating clinic opportunities for adults and juniors. Each year we certify over 4000 officials to work during our tournaments.
(d) We provide player clinics opportunities both indoor and outdoor. Our High Performance Program holds clinics across the state for juniors utilizing techniques taught by the USA Volleyball National team coaches.*

*excerpt from the Carolina Region Volleyball Association’s website which can be found here: www.carolinaregionvb.org

What is club volleyball?

‘Club Volleyball’ is a term used to refer to the national network of volleyball clubs competing at the state and national level as members of their local USAV Regional Volleyball Association (RVA), or similar governing body. Most all volleyball clubs have team programs for girls ages 12-18, although some clubs offer teams as young as 10 or 11 as well as boys teams.

Typically club costs are considerably higher and time commitments are substantially more involved than recreational sports. Club volleyball is great for the determined, college bound athlete pursuing the sport at its highest levels.

How is the NCYVL related to USA Volleyball, the Carolina Regional Volleyball Association, and club volleyball?

All members of the NCYVL are members of USA Volleyball (USAV), while also supporting the local growth of the Carolina Regional Volleyball Association (CRVA). TheCarolina Regional Volleyball Association (CRVA) ‘sanctions’ NCYVL league play by making sure certain requirements are met in terms of practice/competition time, volunteer/staff background checks, and ensuring proper insurance coverage.

How do I get in contact with the NCYVL?

The best way to contact us is through our contact page, via email at contact@ncyvl.org, or by calling our main office at (919) 694-0440.

Registration

How do I register my child?

To register your child with the NCYVL:

  1. Click on the ‘Register’ button in the navigation menu located at the top of this page.
  2. Select your desired program based on the given options (ex. location, age range, practice day/time, etc.).
  3. Complete your registration by clicking the “Complete Registration: button located in the clipboard (sidebar).
Is there financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid is available based on the charitable contributions of our generous donors and supporting members.

For more information about the NCYVL’s financial aid program and application instructions, please visit our financial aid information page: Financial Aid Program

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please call our office at (919) 813-0940.

What ages can participate?

The NCYVL is open to ALL youth ages (grades 1-12). Programs are organized based on the following age divisions:

  • Early-Start (grades 1-2)
  • Youth Academy (grades 3-5)
  • Recreational (grades 6-8)
  • Club (grades 6-12)
Does my child need to have prior volleyball experience?

No prior volleyball experience is required to participate with the NCYVL. We take pride in offering learning and playing opportunities for the new young volleyball player, as well as the older more experienced high school player.

We believe in participation for all who want to play, have fun, and learn the great sport of volleyball!

I need to participate with a specific player due to carpool reasons. What should I do?

All of our program schedules are posted prior to registration. This is done in part to allow for families and friends to coordinate carpooling.

When registering for your desired program(s), be sure to select the same location, practice day, and time as those you wish to carpool with.

We encourage players to bring and participate with their friends too, the more the merrier!

Is there a multi-child (sibling) discount available?

Yes, for 2 or more siblings, deduct $10.00 from each registration after the first child. The registration form allows up to 3 siblings (same household) to be registered on the same form.

I made a mistake on the registration form, How can I fix it?

We are happy to work with you to correct any mistakes made on your registration form. Please contact our main office by phone at (919) 813-0940 and we will take care of any issues.

What is the refund policy?

To receive a refund in full for any reason, a written request (via email to contact@ncyvl.org or standard mail) must be received no later than seven (7) days prior to the start date of the program. If a written request is received within less than seven (7) days prior to the start date of the program, you will receive a refund of 50% of the registration fees paid or a nonrefundable credit valid for one year from the date of issue.

Programs / Sites

What will my child be learning?

Your child will be learning a combination of the following:

(1) Volleyball skills and concepts – All fundamental volleyball skills will be covered, including: serving, passing/ball control, setting, hitting, and blocking (at the older age divisions). Although each team will learn and advance at it’s own pace, most attention will be given to serving and passing/ball control at the younger ages.

(2) Game rules, team concepts and systems – These concepts will be taught through various team formats including: 4 v 4, 5 v 5, and 6 v 6. Small group games will be utilized as well (1 v 1, 2 v 2, and 3 v 3) for maximum ball contact per player and to encourage each player to learn all skills of the game.

(3) Social & life skills – Within the framework of each team, players will naturally learn many of the concepts which youth sports teach so well, a few examples include: foundations of teamwork, sportsmanship, fair play, how to communicate and work alongside their peers, the relationship between working hard and better results, self awareness, etc.

What kind of attire should the players wear?

Players are encouraged to wear standard volleyball attire: athletic shoes, a t-shirt and spandex (girls) or shorts (boys). We also encourage all players wear knee pads.

Who are the coaches?

Each NCYVL program is overseen and directed by staffed NCYVL coaches and supported by parent and other volunteers.

Our Early-Start, Youth Academy, and Recreational programs will utilize the most volunteers (usually parents of players in the program), while our Club program is coached exclusively by staffed NCYVL coaches.

What is the policy on playing time?

We look at playing time in terms of the amount of ball contacts per player, both in practice and game situations. Our #1 mission in terms of players learning the game is to have each and every player playing as much volleyball-like game play as possible (while experiencing a constructive amount of success) regardless of their skill level or playing experience.

Practices and games will be setup accordingly (within reason) to ensure kids are not standing around or not touching a volleyball. To accomplish this we will utilize small groups and low coach/player ratios.

Should my child participate in both the NCYVL and middle school / high school volleyball?

The NCYVL supports and encourages players to also participate in middle school and high school volleyball (as well as other school sports). In fact, we take pride in equipping and preparing our members to be successful at their current level, as well as future levels of the sport. With this in mind, our programs are scheduled after typical middle school / high school practices (to minimize any scheduling conflicts) and designed to enhance their school play.

We believe strongly the game itself is the best teacher of the game and greatly encourage young athletes to play as much volleyball as they have the desire to play!

Will my child be safe?

We go to great lengths to ensure the personal and social safety of every child. All adults working with children are required to become a member of USA Volleyball (USAV) and pass a background check.

Each site will be adequately staffed to help oversee and ensure the maximum safety possible for every child.

Do girls and boys participate together?

Yes! Although, the exact program make-up will depend on the number of boys and girls signed up to participate in each age division.

What if my child needs to miss a practice or game day?

If your child needs to miss a practice or game day, please contact your Site Director or Coach as soon as possible so they can plan accordingly.

What is the inclement weather policy?

The NCYVL will follow the local county’s public school system inclement weather policy of the scheduled program site. An alert will be placed on our website at ncyvl.org to notify participants as soon as the local weather updates are made public.

Volunteers / Staff

I would love to volunteer, but I don’t have any volleyball experience. Can I still Volunteer?

Yes! Volunteers are the lifeblood of the NCYVL and we take great pride in the training and support of all volunteers willing to offer their time and talents to make a difference.

All programs are directed by a staffed NCYVL coach which will be there to help support and guide you along the way. Volunteer Coaches are not responsible for practice planning, parent meetings, disciplinary actions, or carrying around any equipment at any time.

Coaching is an extremely rewarding experience and we invite all of you who are interested to join us in making a difference in the lives of our local youth.

To volunteer in any capacity, please complete the volunteer sign-up form.

How do I become a Site Director or Lead Coach?

If you would like to join the NCYVL as a Site Director or Lead Coach (previous volleyball experience is required for this position), please contact our main office at (919) 813-0940. We look forward to hearing from you!

I would like to start an NCYVL program in my area, where do I start?

If you are interested in starting an NCYVL program in your area, we would love to talk with you more!

Please contact our main office at (919) 813-0940 for more information.

Do you offer coaching clinics or volunteer educational training?

Yes! Prior to the start of each league season, we offer a local coaching clinic for all volunteers involved with the upcoming season. We also provide training materials to all coaches and volunteers to familiarize each coach with the volleyball skills, drills, and NCYVL policies & procedures, we incorporate in our programs.

Do all volunteers need to go through a background check?

All NCYVL volunteers are also members of USA Volleyball (USAV). Volunteer USAV memberships are created by the volunteer and reimbursed by the NCYVL.

All adult volunteers (over the age of 18) are required to pass a background check as part of their USAV membership application to ensure the safety of league operation.

Can I get community services hours for volunteering?

Yes! If you are a high school or college student looking to volunteer and earn community service hours while doing something you love (playing and coaching volleyball) please complete and submit the volunteer sign-up form.