How To Find A Club

Thank you for your interest in getting your child involved with club volleyball.

The Ohio Valley Region (OVR) is a member Region of USA Volleyball (the governing organization for volleyball in the US). The OVR is comprised of the states of Ohio and West Virginia as well as the western bordering counties of Pennsylvania.

Last season there were about 170 clubs in the OVR. Each is an independent organization but agreeing to abide by the policies developed by the OVR and USA Volleyball.

To see a list of clubs for this season, you can go to this page.

In the top of that page you can put in a search criteria like "25 miles from your zip code". That will list the clubs in your area. Below their name you might see the link: "Club website (external)". That will take you to their own club's web pages. These pages typically will include more information like where do they practice, what programs they offer and how much they may cost. There is typically contact information like phone number and/or email address.

But not all clubs have registered yet.

To see a complete list of last year's clubs, view this page.

One thing to look at is the types of teams each club offered last season. Team divisions like: G 13N are Girls 13s and younger National Division teams. These are the higher level players. G 13A are American Division teams and are the next level of players. G 13R are Regional Division teams and are more developmental.

USA Volleyball uses the age of the player at the END of the season. So whatever age your child will be on August 31, 2018 is the age division they will play in for the 2017-2018 season.

Clubs with boys teams are already starting to hold tryouts.

Clubs with girls teams can start holding tryouts for girls 10-14 on October 27. This is after the junior high school volleyball season is over. Clubs can start holding tryouts for girls 15-18 on November 12th. This is after the high school season is over.

Clubs with boys teams are already publishing their tryouts. Clubs with girls teams will start publishing their tryout dates, times, locations, etc. after September 15th. To see a list of tryouts, follow this link. Click on the button on the bottom of the page that looks like: "Let me see the list of tryouts ...".

For your child to attend a tryout, you will need to purchase a $10 Tryout Membership with the OVR. That will cover them with secondary medical insurance and cover the club with liability insurance. This Tryout Membership is good for up to 5 different club tryouts. The clubs will also typically charge a tryout fee of their own to cover their cost of running the tryout (like renting the facility, etc.). So you pay for the OVR Tryout Membership once but an addition $10 or $15 per tryout which the club will collect.

Here is a link to instructions on how to register a new player in the OVR. And here is the starting point.

Once you sign with a club for the coming season, then you will Upgrade their OVR Tryout Membership to a Full Membership. This will cost $52. The normal Full Membership is $62 but you have already paid $10 so you just pay the difference. This covers them with the secondary medical insurance for the entire season as well as supports our organization for things like our web site costs, cost of training officials, etc. $22.50 of that fee goes to USA Volleyball to support the national organization's programs.

The club will have their own club fee which will go towards uniforms, tournament entries fees, coaches stipends, renting practice facilities, etc.

If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to drop me a note at Al Herbert: herbert@ovr.org

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