Spring 2019 season registration is Open!
HOUSE VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM
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:
- Elementary School (ES)– 4th thru 6th grade
- Middle School (MS) – 7th and 8th grade
update: there will not be a High School league offered in Spring 2019.
SYA requires players, parents, and volunteers to complete a Concussion Training course (offered by INOVA) each year. Each player and at least one of her/his parents will be required to complete the training before being authorized to be assigned to an SYA team. For parents who volunteer as a coach, their Coach Concussion Training will meet the requirement for the parent (parents will not have to complete both the parental Concussion Training and the coach Concussion Training). Coaches must also complete the Concussion Training to be authorized to be assigned to an SYA team. To start the process, each family or individual coach must create an INOVA Family Account at:
When creating the Family Account, please select Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) as the organization of which you are a member, so that your Concussion Training is recorded and tracked properly by the system.
Note: With regards to concussion training and SYA sports, a particular “year” begins with the fall season and continues through the following summer season (much like a school year). If a player/parent completes the concussion training for a fall registration, they will not need to repeat it until the following fall registration. However, if a player/parent completes the training for a spring/summer registration, they will need to repeat it if they wish to register in the fall as the fall season is the start of the next “year”.
Within each league (ES, MS, and HS), 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 and HS (when offered) levels, the balance is achieved by means of a player assessment and draft by the coaches of the league. Participation in the MS and HS player assessment should be considered mandatory – players who do attend the assessment will still be place on teams, but no special requests will be considered/honored.
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.
PRACTICE / MATCH SCHEDULE
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.
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, MS, HS) 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.
Please note the practice and match nights for each league – do not register for a league for which the player cannot attend participate on the match night and at least one of the practice nights.
REGISTRATION / COSTS / DROPS
Players must register on-line for volleyball at syasports.org during the specified registration period (see below). The cost is $130.50 per child. There is a $10.00 discount for siblings. All siblings must all register at the same time in order for the discount to be applied. A $20.00 late fee will be charged for those who register after the start of the late registration period, February 21, 2019. There will be a $35 fee charged for requesting your child be removed from the program before the team rosters are formed. Any request for a refund after that date will not be granted unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as an injury to your child that prohibits him/her from participating. An additional Fairfax County imposed fee of $30 will be accessed if your child lives outside of the county – for a total of $160.50 for out-of-county players..
Each player should wear white-soled or non-marking athletic shoes and should consider wearing volleyball knee pads. A volleyball jersey will be provided to each player as their uniform.
2019 SPRING SEASON DETAILS
Registration Period: December through February
Please Note: Registrations on or after February 21, 2019 will incur a $20 late fee and require the permission of the SYA Volleyball Commissioner.
Player Assessments: will be held February 26, 2019 at Liberty Middle School, 6801 Union Mill Road, Clifton VA 20124
Middle School & High School Assessment Schedule (time based on last name): THESE TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CHECK BACK THE DAY BEFORE THE ASSESSMENT TO CONFIRM THE SCHEDULE.
- A – G : 6:30-7 PM
- H – K : 7-7:30 PM
- L – P : 7:30-8 PM
- Q – Z : 8-8:30 PM
Note – The assigned times above are tentative, you should check back before the assessment to verify the correct time. Each group defined above should show up 15 minutes before their schedule times to check in. DO NOT come to an earlier time period as you will have to wait for your assigned time.
6th Graders Playing Up: 6th grade players who desire to play at the middle school level must attend the MS player assessment. There will be no exceptions even if the player had played up in the past.
Season Schedule: The fall season begins mid-March and concludes late May. The exact schedule will be determined once teams are formed.