The SYA House Volleyball program is designed as a developmental, recreational league for beginning to intermediate volleyball players and for more advanced players that cannot make the commitment for travel or club volleyball. House teams are co-ed and broken into 3 leagues based on age:
Within each league (ES and MS), SYAV attempts to balance teams with a mix of skill levels on each. At the ES level, players are assigned to teams attempting to balance the number players at each grade level, the number of season of experience and the number of first time players. At the MS levels, the balance is achieved by means of a player assessment and draft by the coaches of the league. Participation in the MS player assessment is mandatory.
There is no assessment for elementary school players. Experienced 6th grade players who desire to play at the middle school level must attend the MS player assessment. If their skill is determined to be sufficient to play at the middle school level and there is room on middle school teams, they will be included in the middle school draft and placed on a team. 6th graders who do not wish to play at the middle school level, should not attend the assessment. 4th, 5th and 7th graders are not eligible to play up at higher levels.
All practices will be held on a weekday evening for 90 minutes. Typically, house teams practice on either Monday or Tuesday with the possibility of a Wednesday practice depending on gym availability. The practice night and time will be assigned to each coach based on the coaches’ schedule needs. Practices times can range from 5:30-7 pm or 6-7:30 pm or 7:30-9 pm during the week.
Matches for all leagues are once a week for 90 minutes and will occur between 5:45 PM and 9:00 PM, typically with an early and late time slots. The actual schedule will be determined per level (ES or MS) and will be finalized after the number teams per level is determined. ES House Teams will play on Thursdays at Stone Middle School, MS House Teams will play on Thursdays at Liberty Middle School.