High school levels in USA

Volleyball in the United States

First played 1895, Holyoke, Massachusetts (USA)
Characteristics
Contact No Contact
Team members 12
Mixed gender Single
Type
Equipment
Presence
1964

is popular with both male and female participants of all ages. Almost all high schools and colleges in the United States have female volleyball teams, and most regions of the country have developmental programs for girls of all ages as well. While many areas of the country are forming male teams and development programs, there are still fewer opportunities for young male athletes to play volleyball in the United States than for young females.

National teams[edit]

The United States men's national volleyball team has won three gold medals at the 1984, 1988 and 2008 Olympic Games, the 1986 FIVB World Championship, the 1985 and 2015 FIVB Volleyball World Cup, and the 2014 FIVB World League.

Meanwhile, the United States women's national volleyball team has won the 2014 FIVB World Championship and six editions of the FIVB World Grand Prix. Also, they finished second at the 1984, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, the 1967 and 2002 FIVB World Championship, the 2005 and 2013 FIVB World Grand Champions, and the 2011 FIVB World Cup

Professional volleyball[edit]

As a professional sport, volleyball has had limited success in the United States. Numerous attempts have been made to start professional indoor women's volleyball leagues. In 1987, the latest attempt went bankrupt due to lack of fan interest and hence advertiser interest. Two-man and two-woman professional beach volleyball leagues have done better, most notably the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), but none have gained a wide following that would get them consistent coverage by the major television networks. In 2002, United States Professional Volleyball League was begun as a women's professional indoor league, but only lasted one season. In 2004 and again in 2005, NBC aired the Nissan Championship series, with Fox Sports carrying the majority of the season. Those trying to make beach volleyball succeed as a professional sport are trying to pattern it after professional tennis. Those seeking to make indoor volleyball a professional sport are trying to pattern it after professional basketball.

Premier Volleyball League[edit]

A new indoor professional league, the Premier Volleyball League (sanctioned by USA Volleyball), began in 2012. The league was launched by Steve Bishop, PVL Asst. Commissioner, of Florida. Tom Pingel (USA Volleyball) serves as the League Commissioner. In 2013 the PVL incorporated and launched a men's division.

Women's Tournament
Team Founded Results
Arizona Sizzle 2012 2012: 5th
2013: 11th
2014:11th
2015: 3rd
Cheasapeake Rising Tide 2014 2014: 9th
2015: 7th
Florida Wave 2012: 5th
2013: Runners-up
2014: Runners-up
2015: 4th
Gateway Gateway (Southern Illinois and eastern Missouri) 2015 2015: 10th
Team GEVA Garden Empire (New Jersey, most of New York, western Connecticut) 2014: 5th
2015: 13th
Great Lakes Great Lakes (Illinois) 2012: 5th
2013: 7th
2014: 5th
2015: 5th
Team IE Iroquois Empire (Northeast New York State) 2015: 11th
Iowa Ice 2012: Runners-up
2013: Champions
2014: 3rd
2015: 6th
Lakeshore 2015: 7th
New England Night Riders 2012: 10th
2013: 10th
2014: 13th
2015: 13th
Team North Texas 2012: 3rd
2013: 5th
2015: Champions
NorCal Wildfire 2012: 5th
2013: 4th
2014: 11th
2015: 10th
SoCal Barricade 2016
Past teams
Badger Blizzards (Women) 2013 2013: 7th
2014:5th
Team Evergreen Evergreen (Eastern Washington, northern Idaho and Montana) 2012: 11th
2013: 13th
2014:13th
Great Plains Tornados (Women) Great Plains (Nebraska) 2013: 11th
Heart of America (Women) Heart of America (Kansas, Missouri) 2013: 9th
2014: 5th
Hoosier Exterminators (Women) 2012: Champions
2013: 6th
Utah Unity (Women) 2012: 4th
Carolina Flight (Women) 2014: 4th
Ohio Valley Ohio Valley (Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia) 2015: 9th (W), 13th (M)
Pioneer Mayhem (Women) 2013: 3rd
Sound Premier Volleyball Team (Women) 2012: 9th
2013: 13th
2014: 10th
Team Western Empire (Men) Western Empire (Western New York)
Team Western Empire (Women) Western Empire 2012: 9th
2013: 13th
2014: Champions
2015: Runner-ups

College volleyball[edit]

Volleyball is a popular NCAA sport, mostly for women. In the 2013-14 school year, 1064 NCAA member schools, 329 of them in the top-level Division I, sponsored women's volleyball at the varsity level, with 16, 647 participants across all three divisions. At the same time, 109 schools in all three NCAA divisions combined sponsored varsity men's volleyball, with only 23 of them in Division I; the number of men's varsity volleyball players was less than one-tenth of women's participation (1, 720 to 16, 647).

In 2012, NCAA sanctioned college beach volleyball (or, as the NCAA calls it, "sand volleyball") teams for women for the first time; 14 schools sponsored the sport, with slightly more than 200 participants. Also in 2012, the NCAA established its first-ever men's Division III championship.

High school volleyball[edit]

High school volleyball is a fall sport for girls and spring sport for boys (except in a few states). Schools typically have a varsity and junior varsity team, and many schools also have freshman teams. Teams play in pre-season and season competition, generally followed by a post-season that includes a regional or sectional championship and often a state championship.


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