Q: How is club volleyball different from recreational volleyball?
A: While we believe there is a place for recreation style programs, we are passionate about playing volleyball year around. The club plays indoor 6v6 and beach 2v2. We play inside via gyms, outside via grass, outside via sand – basically whenever and wherever I can find a net, we are playing volleyball. Our practices, events and leagues focus on players getting a large number of game like ball touches, thus creating volleyball IQ (reading of the ball). The more you play, the more you learn, the more you grow.
Q: How is outdoor volleyball different from indoor volleyball?
A: Indoor volleyball is played with six per side. As the players develop and progress – each person has a specialized position and there are complex rotations and switches going on throughout games to ensure that each person remains in their designated position. Outdoor (beach) volleyball is typically played with doubles. On grass and on sand. There are no specialized positions, only a left and a right side. Most beach players are well-rounded and can hit, dig and block.
Court sizes for indoor and beach volleyball are very different. Indoor courts are 60′ x 30′, with a parallel attack line that is 10′ from the center line. Back row players must stay behind this line when attacking the ball. Beach courts are smaller, 26’3 x 52’6 and there is no attack line. A player may hit the ball from anywhere on their side of the net. If you wonder why the beach court is smaller, try a quick lateral sprint through the sand and see how much speed (and breath) you lose. A smaller court ensures that the ball will stay live longer and rallies will be more entertaining.
Indoor volleyballs are made of leather and are heavier than outdoor balls. Indoor volleyball is a game of power and the heavier balls move quicker and can be hit harder. Beach volleyballs are softer, lighter and a bit bigger than indoor balls. The lighter weight allows them to float more in the air, allowing good players to use the weather to their advantage.
Beach volleyball there are no tryouts, there are no cuts. Anyone is welcome to participate. We have plenty of space available.
Indoor volleyball there are tryouts, and there are cuts. We are extremely limited on indoor court space.
With 6 people on the floor and a massive block, it is much harder to score in indoor.
There is more size and power involved in indoor.
Indoor players are highly specialized in their skills, and are very good at the skills required by their positions.
Indoor is a much faster game than beach, and is harder to keep up.
Having a coach on the sideline makes it tougher on the other team because they are making analyses and adjustments with their teams during the match.
In beach, there is nowhere to hide. If you are struggling, there are no substitutions so you either figure things out, or lose.
There is no coach, so players have to make in-game adjustments on their own.
With only 2 people on the court, there is a lot more area to cover.
Beach is much more physically demanding than indoor.
There is more strategy involved in beach than in indoor.
Beach is much much cheaper, money wise. Events are typically 25 dollars per player and our leagues last year were $37.50 per player.
Indoor age divisions:
U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, U18
Beach age divisions:
U12, U14, U16, U18
Beach volleyball is recognized by NCAA Division I and II schools as an emerging sport for women and is an equivalency sport which means athletic scholarships can be split into partial awards in any proportion up to the maximum allowed.
Common myths when it comes to indoor club volleyball:
- Bigger is better.
- A #1 team in any club is better than a #2 team in any club.
- Team labels can be misleading. “Elite”, “Select”, “National” etc. mean nothing within the club volleyball world. It all boils down to which division you are playing in. The strongest teams will be playing events where an “open” division is offered.
- More expensive is better.
- A paid coach is better than a volunteer coach.
- A coach who played DI is better than a coach who never played at a high level.
- If I play club volleyball, I will get a scholarship.
College statistics when it comes to indoor volleyball:
- % of US high school female volleyball players competing at any college level 5.7%
- % of US high school female volleyball players competing at NCAA DI schools 1.1%
- Odds of a US high school female volleyball player making an NCAA or NAIA roster 23:1
- Odds of a US high school female volleyball player making an NCAA DI roster 92:1
Questions to discuss as a family:
- How much time do I have to dedicate to volleyball: will it interfere with school, with other sports, hobbies?
- How much can we afford: dues, travel, family travel?
- How important is it that I am on the same team as my friend(s)?
Q: How many indoor teams do you anticipate having for the 2018-2019 season?
A: U12, U13, 2 U14, U15
Q: How large are the indoor teams?
A: Gaston Galaxy will try its best to cap teams at 11 players. In order to form 2 teams for U14, we will need at least 9 players committed per those teams.
Q: How many coaches per indoor team?
A: Each team will consist of at least 2 coaches. A head coach, and an assistant (or multiple) assistant coaches.
Q: What is your policy on playing time?
A: All decisions about playing time are left to the coach. At younger age levels, we believe it is important for each player to have the opportunity to play in matches and will do our best to make sure this occurs (even at younger ages, however, equal playing time is not promised, and in truth, is sometimes not possible due to the randomness of the game and coach’s limitations on substitution logistics).
Q: When do indoor teams practice?
A: 2018-2019 U12 U13 U14 U15 will practice Thursday and Sunday nights at the Bethlehem Baptist Recreation Center.
Q: Do teams scrimmage other clubs?
A: Absolutely. We are always looking to setup scrimmages with clubs within our area.
Q: What are the fees for each indoor team?
A: Gaston Galaxy Volleyball is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Equipment, coaching, business/Website fees, tournament entries etc. require money. Below are estimates prior to the season starting. These numbers were budgeted with 5 teams. *Numbers subject to change.
2018-2019 U12: $360
2018-2019 U13: $500
2018-2019 U14: $500
2018-2019 U15: $500
*Club fees do not cover USAV junior membership and personal travel expenses.
If money is an issue, please do not let that be a determining factor in your junior trying out for the club. Gaston Galaxy will try it’s best to provide fundraiser opportunities to help athletes pay for uniforms and club dues. We are always looking for sponsors to cover team uniforms. The club pursues every outlet possible in order to keep club dues minimal.
Q: Is my child too old to play U12/U13/U14/U15?
A: U12 age cap – girls must be under 12, or have turned 12 on or after September 1st, 2018. For example, if your junior turned 12 on September 5th, 2018 she is cleared to play U12 for the 2018-2019 season.
U13 age cap – girls must be under 13, or have turned 13 on or after September 1st, 2018. For example, if your junior turned 13 on September 5th, 2018 she is cleared to play U13 for the 2018-2019 season.
U14 age cap – girls must be under 14, or have turned 14 on or after September 1st, 2018. For example, if your junior turned 14 on September 5th, 2018 she is cleared to play U14 for the 2018-2019 season.
U15 age cap – girls must be under 15, or have turned 15 on or after September 1st, 2018. For example, if your junior turned 15 on September 5th, 2018 she is cleared to play U15 for the 2018-2019 season.
Q: When are indoor Open Gyms and Tryouts?
A: We will be having Open Gyms on Sunday evenings starting September 30th, October 7th/14th/28th, 5:30-7:30 PM. Open Gym is available for anyone to attend who is interested in trying out for the club – a coach (or coaches) will be there to answer parent questions, set up the nets, provide balls etc. for the girls to play. Open gyms are free and a great way to check the club out, play with friends, and see where your junior is – skill wise alongside other peers her age, before any sort of commitment. Open Gyms will be at the Bethlehem Baptist Recreation Center.
Gaston Galaxy will have tryouts for 2018-2019 for U12 U13 and U14 on Saturday November 3rd. U12 9:00-10:30 AM, U13 11:00-12:30 PM, U14 1:00-3:00 PM. Tryouts for U15 will be held on Sunday November 4th 5:30-7:30 PM. The location for tryouts will be the Bethlehem Baptist Recreation Center.
Q: What do I need to do before coming to indoor tryouts?
1.) Please register online for tryouts.
2.) Please print and complete the Player Medical Release Form, the Parent/Media Consent Form, and Gaston Galaxy Player Information sheet below. The forms must be turned in when you arrive to tryouts.
USAV Junior Player 2018-2019 Player Medical Release Form
Gaston Galaxy 2018-2019 Parent/Media Consent Form
Gaston Galaxy Player Information sheet (this information will be used by the club to facilitate communication with players and parents)