Frequently Asked Questions

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 serious is my daughter about volleyball, how much does she love to play?
  • 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 2019-2020 season?

A: U12, U13, U14, U15, U16

Q:  How large are the indoor teams?

A: Gaston Galaxy tries its best to cap teams at 9 players. In order to form 2 teams for an age division, we will need at least 9 players committed per those teams.

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:  2019-2020 practices 2 nights a week. U12 will practice Thursday and Sunday nights, at Bethlehem Baptist Recreation Center. 13/14/15/16 will practice Tuesday and Thursday nights at Belmont Foursquare Gym and/or First Baptist Church of Lowell. We will also hold random (optional) Saturday morning practices at Clover Middle School.

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 6 teams. *Numbers subject to change.

2019-2020 U12: $450

2019-2020 U13: $750

2019-2020 U14: $750

2019-2020 U15: $750

2019-2020 U16: $750

*Club fees do not cover USAV junior membership and personal travel expenses.

Q:  Is my child too old to play U12/U13/U14/U15/U16?

A: U12 age cap – girls must be under 12, or have turned 12 on or after September 1st, 2019. For example, if your junior turns 12 on September 5th, 2019 she is cleared to play U12 for the 2019-2020 season.

U13 age cap – girls must be under 13, or have turned 13 on or after September 1st, 2019. For example, if your junior turns 13 on September 5th, 2019 she is cleared to play U13 for the 2019-2020 season.

U14 age cap – girls must be under 14, or have turned 14 on or after September 1st, 2019. For example, if your junior turns 14 on September 5th, 2019 she is cleared to play U14 for the 2019-2020 season.

U15 age cap – girls must be under 15, or have turned 15 on or after September 1st, 2019. For example, if your junior turns 15 on September 5th, 2019 she is cleared to play U15 for the 2019-2020 season.

U16 age cap – girls must be under 16, or have turned 16 on or after September 1st, 2019. For example, if your junior turns 16 on September 5th, 2019 she is cleared to play U15 for the 2019-2020 season.

Q:  When are indoor Open Gyms and Tryouts?

A: We will be having Open Gyms on Saturday October 12th 5PM-8PM and Saturday October 19th 5PM-8PM @ Belmont Foursquare Gym. 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 a great way to check out the club, play with friends, and see where your junior is – skill wise alongside other peers her age, before any sort of commitment. Cost: $5.

The sand court will also be open Saturday September 21st and Saturday September 28th 5PM-8PM.

Gaston Galaxy will have tryouts for 2019-2020 for U12 U13 and U14 on Saturday October 26th @ Bethlehem Baptist Recreation Center. U12 10AM-12PM, U13 12PM-2PM, U14 2PM-4PM. Cost: Free.

Tryouts for U15 and U16 will be held on Sunday November 10th @ Bethlehem Baptist Recreation Center. U15/16 will be a combined tryout 5:30PM-8PM. Cost: Free.

*A make up tryout for U12/U13/U14 will be held Tuesday night, October 29th @ New Hope Sandbox 6-8PM. (4328 S New Hope Rd Gastonia NC 28056).

*A make up tryout for U15/U16 will be held Tuesday night, November 12th @ Belmont Foursquare Gym 6-9PM.

Q:  What do I need to do before coming to open gym/indoor tryouts?


1.) Please register online for tryouts.

2.) Please print and complete the Player Medical Release Form and the Gaston Galaxy Player Information sheet below. The forms must be turned in when you arrive to open gym/tryouts.

USAV Junior Player 2019-2020 Player Medical Release Form

Gaston Galaxy Player Information sheet (this information will be used by the club to facilitate communication with players and parents)