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Travel Volleyball


Travel volleyball give High School and Middle School players an opportunity to play competitive volleyball at a higher level than recreational league volleyball. The program is ideal for skilled middle school players and experienced high school looking to increase their skill level and prepare for the high school team tryouts in August. Matches are played against other youth volleyball programs in Fairfax County, including area club teams (typically younger players). There is both a fall and spring season for the travel league.

Fall Season:

  • Limited to middle school (7 / 8 Graders) teams only
  • Tryouts in late August*
  • Practices start in September with matches starting mid/late September*
  • Single elimination playoffs in early November*

Spring Season:

  • Middle school (7 / 8 Graders) and high school teams with the high school teams broken into 2 leagues – HS 1 (9 / 10 Graders) and HS 2 (11 / 12 Graders)
  • Tryouts in mid-February*
  • Practices start in February/March with matches starting the first week in April*
  • Single elimination playoffs in early June*

* See below for detailed dates and times for the upcoming season.

NOTE: The middle school travel team is restricted to players who are in the 7th or 8th grades only. Experienced 6th grade players may NOT play up on the middle school travel team, but are encouraged to be assessed for the middle school house league.


The SYAV Travel program typically fields the following middle and high school teams:

  • MS (grades 7– 8) (Fall and Spring)
  • HS 1 (grades 9 – 10) (Spring only)
  • HS 2 (grades 11 – 12) (Spring only)

Teams are formed after an open tryout. Practices are held at least once a week in Centreville/Clifton gyms. Matches are played once a week on Wednesdays. Matches are typically played in Vienna, Springfield or Centreville. (The SYAV travel team’s home site will be Liberty Middle School in Clifton.)

Other youth volleyball programs in the league are from McLean, Chantilly, Vienna, Springfield, Manassas, Haymarket and Braddock Road areas.


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 allowed to tryout for a travel 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”.


Players must register on-line for volleyball at – please select the “Volleyball – Travel Tryouts” choice on the player registration page. The total cost for travel is $140 [$170 out-of-county –see below].  During registration, a $25 fee will be collected to cover the travel tryout cost. Once player makes a travel team, she will be asked to complete an online acceptance and pay the remaining $115. If a player wants to play on a house team if she doesn’t make the travel team then she should register for both the travel tryouts and the house league ($115 fee). If she is selected for the travel team, the house league fee will be transferred to the travel team fee.

NOTE: An additional Fairfax County imposed fee of $30 will be assessed if your child lives outside of the county.


For the spring season, SYA will field a middle school level team and up to 2 high school level teams (depending on player/coach availability) to  participate in the spring Northern Virginia Travel League. A tryout will be held on February 20th to select players for the team. Registration for the tryouts is currently open and will remain open through February 19th.

NOTE: Only registered players will be allowed to try out for the travel team.


Date: February 20th

Location: Liberty Middle School (6801 Union Mill Rd, Clifton, VA 20124)

Time: 6:30-8 PM


  • A-L   6:30-7:15 PM
  • M-Z   7:15-8 PM

NOTE: Players should arrive 15 minutes before their schedule start time to sign in. Players should only come to their assigned time slot as they will not be allowed to tryout in a different time slot.


For players who cannot make the initial tryout, a makeup will be held as specified below. Please note, it is likely that the majority of the travel team will be selected after the initial tryout so players should make every effort to attend the primary tryout.

Date: February 22th

Location: Mt. View Alternative High School (5775 Spindle Ct, Centreville, VA 20121)


  • 6-7:30 PM – Middle School Travel Makeup
  • 7:30-8:15 PM – High School Travel Makeup


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