How does my child get on a team?

LYV is a recreation league. We take every child who registers as long as we can recruit the necessary coaching personnel. Middle School female players must attend at least one of the skills assessment sessions at NVVA's Virginia Volleyball Center (VVC) during the time reserved for the middle school they attend in order to get placed on a team. Please see the Events Calendar for the specific date and time. High School female players must attend a skills assessment at the VVC. Please see the Events Calendar for the specific date and time. If your middle school player is unable to attend the skills assessments on the dates offered or if your high school player is unable to attend the skills assessments on the dates offered, you must contact the LYV Middle School Representative for your school or the LYV High School Girls Representative, respectively.


What exactly are skills assessments?

Skills assessments are how LYV assigns the players at each school on to teams and assigns the High School players to teams based on location and skill. Skills assessments are held before practices begin. For middle school girls, they are held at the VVC during the time reserved for the middle school they attend. Please see the Events Calendar for the specific date and time. 4th and 5th grade girls attend skills assessments at the middle school they would attend if they were going to be in 6th grade. Players must attend the skills assessments during the time reserved for the middle school they attend.


There is one Skills Assessment at the VVC and one make-up night at the middle school for each middle school. The actual assessment sessions will consist of drills and game like situations that every participant will be asked to perform. The make-up Skills Assessment session at each middle chool will also be used for final placement of players on the Open 1 and/or Open 2 teams.


Do participants have to "try-out" for a team?  Are players "cut" from the teams?

LYV is a rec league where every participant makes a team provided we can recruit enough volunteer coaches. There are no "cuts". LYV does divide its participants by skill level, so those players wishing to be considered for the higher skilled Open teams should look at the skills assessments as a try-out. The house and 4th/5th/6th grade teams are "drafted" so we have equally skilled teams in those divisions.


What are the differences in the different middle school divisions LYV offers?

4th/5th/6th grade division – beginner skill level

House division – beginner – intermediate skill level

Open 2 division – intermediate – advanced skill level

Open 1 division – most advanced skill level

See Divisions page, under Information, for more detailed descriptions of divisions.


Can my 4th, 5th, or 6th grader play up?

Yes. Typically, 4th graders will not play up and are allowed to do so. 5th and 6th graders are allowed to play up. In certain cases, 5th and 6th graders might be needed to play up to fill out a house team. A 4th, 5th, or 6th grader will not be pulled up to a House team without consulting with the parents first.


Are walk-in registrants accepted?

Yes, LYV will accept walk-ins at our skills assessments provided the parent is present to sign a liability release. Walk-ins will be placed on a waiting list and have no guarantee of getting on a team. Walk-in registrants successfully placed on a team must register on-line and pay in full prior to the team’s first practice.


Does LYV accept participants who do not reside in Loudoun County?

Applicants from outside of the county of Loudoun are permitted to participate provided there is space on a roster. The non-resident may not displace a resident of Loudoun County. Non-residents will usually be placed on the team that is geographically closest to their home. If that is not possible, the non-residents will be offered an opportunity to play on a team with roster space available. Non-residents may not play on an Open 1 or Open 2 division team. They can only play on a House or a 4th/5th/6th grade team.


When will I know what team my child is on?

Some coaches will begin notifying team members as soon as the skills assessments are done. Other coaches might wait a day or two. If you have not heard from a coach by the practice start date at your school, contact your LYV Middle School Rep.


When and where will my player's team practice?

Your player's team will practice at their home middle school or an LYV designated elementary school close to your middle school. This includes the 4th/5th/6th grade teams. Each team practices twice a week for a maximum of three hours total. Practice sessions are 90 minutes in length. Schools that are operating at or above capacity may have 60 or 75 minute practice sessions. Sunday practice slots may be offered if necessary. Practices are scheduled between 6:15pm – 10:15pm Monday - Friday and there may be practices from 1:00pm - 7:00pm on Sundays. Practice times are dependent on number of teams at your middle school and your volunteer coach’s availability.


Where does LYV get their coaches from?

All of our coaches are volunteers. The majority of LYV’s coaches are recruited from the pool of parents at each school. LYV offers coaching clinics at the beginning of the season for volunteers who want to coach  but have no volleyball experience. Refer to the Coaches Clinic link on our website for more details.


When and where are games played?

Regular season games, or matches, are always played on Saturdays. Matches generally start at 9:00 am and continue throughout the day until 7:00 pm. A match consists of three games, regardless of who won the first two, with a time limit of 50 minutes. Typically teams plays two matches back-to-back, for a total of 6 games. The time commitment on Saturdays is approximately two hours. LYV has used up to 10 different middle schools and the Virginia Volleyball Center as game sites throughout the county during the regular season. There is no guarantee you will ever have a match scheduled at your home middle school. There are occasional scheduling irregularities that could result in your team getting a bye week, only playing one match on Game Day or playing an extra match on Game Day. Parents, please be advised that Loudoun County middle schools have bleachers in the MAIN gym only. When your team is scheduled to play in the AUX gym, please bring your own chairs.


Are there any special rules or modifications?

LYV follows USA Volleyball’s rules with some slight modifications. LYV does allow a modified service line for 4th/5th/6th grade league. LYV also allows continuous rotations.


Does my child need any special athletic equipment or clothing?

All volleyball equipment, including balls and ball carts, are provided by LYV. Participants are asked to wear appropriate athletic wear. Knee pads are strongly recommended. Your child will be provided with a team t-shirt before your first match. Many coaches like to coordinate matching shorts and/or socks, but they are not provided or required.