COA Volleyball Club has had a number of boys teams through the years. For 2024, we're bringing it back with a Boys - 18's team! Volleyball is already a boys high school varsity sport in 20 states. IHSAA has also recently identified boy's volleyball as an emerging sport and the time is right to ramp up boys volleyball in the Wabash Valley. Boys volleyball is one of the most rapidly growing boys sports in the world!
Check out this info from SportsEngine on why Boys Volleyball is becoming so popular!
"When some people think of volleyball, they imagine a game only played in a pool or at picnics, or a “girls sport.” Except those people haven’t played or watched much competitive men’s volleyball. Boys volleyball is one of the oldest, yet fastest-growing, sports in the country and one of the world’s most popular sports.
Fast-paced and high-flying: Men’s volleyball is played above the net and is considerably faster than the girl’s game. Take the best parts of basketball and tennis and mix-in the merciless slamming of a white ball into the floor, and you have volleyball.
Great cross-training: Football, basketball, tennis, and soccer players easily transition to the sport and find that it enhances skills and muscle group for these sports. No sport does a better job of training jump mechanics than volleyball. NBA players including Wilt Chamberlain, Kevin Love, Chase Budinger, Adam Keefe, and Jud Buechler agree.
Post-high school playing opportunities: From college leagues (NCAA and club), professional leagues, outdoor tournaments (for cash and recreation), and recreational adult leagues, volleyball has more opportunities and ways to play from high school and beyond than nearly any other sport.
Fun: There’s a reason people play volleyball at parties and get-togethers. When was the last time you saw wrestling or lacrosse played at a backyard BBQ?
Girls Sport: Remember that whole “it’s a girls sport” thing. It’s true, many girls play volleyball. It’s true that girl volleyball players are often tall, beautiful, and athletic. And it’s also true that you will be playing with and meeting a disproportionate number of them playing volleyball. Pretty good situation, if you’re into that sort of thing…
Lifelong sport: To illustrate, at U.S. Nationals, there’s a division for teams with players ages 70 & up. In 2013, nearly 100 male players showed up with their teams to compete in this division…
Careers: Opportunities abound for elite players: Dozens of NCAA programs offer men’s volleyball as a scholarship sport. Hundreds of U.S. men earn their living playing on pro beach volleyball circuits. Dozens more play in professional indoor leagues overseas (where it isn’t unusual to earn 6-7 figure salaries). Hundreds more have used their (somewhat rare experience) to coach at all levels and age groups, including men’s and women’s teams.
Safe: While volleyball has its fair share of minor injuries (e.g., sprains, strains, and scrapes), volleyball has one of the lowest injury rates of any sport and ranks near the bottom for concussions (well below soccer, lacrosse, ice hockey, wrestling, baseball, and football). "
The boys season will last from Nov. through February. Practices will begin in November (following tryouts and team placement). We will target 5-6 Nov. practices and then 3-4 practices per week in December (excluding holiday week). Once tournaments start, we will strive to have 3 practices/tournament days per week through the end of the season in late February.
Below is the current tentative plan for boys tournaments:
Jan 13-14 - Ft. Wayne MLK Challenge by AllVolleyball.com
Feb. 4 - Academy Boys Regional Clash #2 in Indianapolis, IN
Feb 17-18 - Midwest Boys Point Series - The Championship @ Grand Park
Tryouts to being Nov. 12th. Specific times for the boys division will be announced as we approach that date (follow us on social media for updates!)
All participants in tryouts will be charged $375 before they can enter the gym as part of their registration.
Register before Nov. 10th to avoid a $15 late registration fee (new this year to offset administrative overhead costs associated with planning for late registrants).
NOTE: Payments must be received BEFORE tryouts begin. Any athletes whose payments have not been received by COA Volleyball for any reason prior to Tryouts will be asked to submit payment online during tryout sign-in before being eligible to participate in tryouts. The try-out fee is NON-Refundable. Once you are participating in our try-outs, you are committing to being on one of our COA teams.
Payments thereafter will vary based on the team each athlete is placed on. See the fee schedule that has been provided. The remaining balances will be invoiced to you through the SportsEngine account and email you used to register and payments will be made through the SportsEngine secure payment portal.
There will likely be cuts in certain age groups if numbers are too large to accommodate. Our goal will be to place all players on teams, but it will not work out that way in certain situations. If a player is cut, a full refund will be given. Any child and their parents that choose not to be on the team assigned to them at the completion of try-outs will not be given a refund.
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