Q. Who can register?
A. The House program is open to girls and boys in grades 4-6, and girls only in grades 7-8. In Spring we also field teams in a girls high school House league as well.
Q. Is prior volleyball experience required?
A. No prior experience needed for the House program. It is open to athletes regardless of experience/skill level. Every registered player is placed on a team.
Q. May I coach?
A. Yes, please! Coaches are always in demand. Volleyball experience is not necessary; we will provide guidance and training. Adult coaches must undergo a background check. High school aged coaches, especially volleyball players, are welcome to coach ages at least 3 years younger than they are. For example, a freshman in high school could coach 6th graders and below. Juniors and Seniors could coach teams as old as middle school.
Q. What are the differences between clinics and league matches?
A. Clinics focus on developing foundational volleyball skills such as passing, setting, hitting and serving through expert instruction, drills and play simulation. League matches allow the application of volleyball skills in an actual game setting following youth volleyball rules.
Q. Is there an equal playing time policy?
A. Yes. In the instructional recreation program (House), we promote equal time on the court. During matches, teams utilize "Continuous Substitution" which uses the players on the bench and the players on the court as one continuous line-up. With each new service rotation, a player in a specific position leaves the court and the next available player on the bench enters the game into that position. Travel and Select teams do not have an equal playing time policy.
Q. On which day of the week do teams practice and play matches?
A. Practices and matchces take place weekdays between 5:30pm and 9pm. Depending on gym space, there may be one combined practice/match per week, or they may be on separate days. The exact times and locations cannot be determined until a couple weeks before the season starts, when Fairfax County Recreation publishes our spring gym allocation. Once announced, our league officials and coaches work out a practice and match schedule. Coaches will notify players accordingly. Schedules are team-specific, and can be found on this website or the SI Play app.
Q. Can participants identify teammate preferences?
A. Yes. During the registration process, participants can request 1-2 specific teammates (to accommodate carpooling). Vienna Youth Volleyball will attempt to accommodate these special requests as best we can, but cannot make guarantees. We also seek team parity, which can limit requests.
Q. What happens with those on the waitlist?
A. The hope is to pull everyone off the waitlist - anyone interested in playing volleyball should have the opportunity to play in our program. Unfortunately, the program is constrained by the availability of gyms and the number of volunteer coaches. The more coaches, the more teams and therefore the more players we can support. To this point, anyone on the waitlist with a parent who volunteers to coach will be switched from the waitlist to the active registion list.
Q. What is VYI Volleyball?
A. VYI Volleyball is the volleyball affiliate of Vienna Youth Inc. (VYI). VYI also sponsors youth basketball, lacrosse, tackle and flag football, cheerleading, wrestling, track & cross-country and rugby.
Q. Do participants need to live in Vienna?
A. No. VYI attracts athletes from locations around the Vienna area within Fairfax County.
Q. What gear do participants need?
A. Knee pads are the only specialized equipment recommended for participation - these may be purchased at local sporting goods stores or online. T-shirt uniforms are provided to all players at no additional cost. New court shoes are recommended.
Q. What do you recommend if we want to purchase a volleyball?
A. Our program uses Tachikara SV-MNC Volley-Lite volleyballs for grades 4-6 and Tachikara SV5WSC Sensi-Tec or Molten Flistatec V5M5000 volleyballs for grades 7-8.
Q. Does VYI offer a Select or Travel volleyball program?
A. Yes, VYI offers a programs for more experienced players in the 7/8th grade. Options depend on the season. Teams are selected by tryouts in the early part of the season and some players my be "cut" depending upon coach decisions. These teams usually take about 10% of kids out of VYI's House league to participate on these teams.