Club volleyball is one of the fastest growing sports in Nebraska. Over 5000 junior girls in the State of Nebraska ranging in age from 10 to 18 registered with the Great Plains Region in 2014. The Great Plains Region (which is a region of USA Volleyball) also had over 130 junior clubs with over 500 teams registered in 2014.
USA Volleyball is the national governing body for volleyball in the USA. It is the same organization that trains and sponsors our national teams who play in the Olympics. It is through USAV club volleyball that such Nebraska notables as Jordan Larson, Nancy Meendering, Allison Weston, Cathy Noth, Lori Endicott, & Julie Vollertson, have played. It is a charter member of the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The USAV provides research, coaching education, insurance, and acts as a resource for all organizations involved in volleyball across the United States for all age levels from youth through adult.
The Great Plains Region is a non-profit corporation and became an official region of the United States Volleyball Association in 1985. Nebraska was originally grouped together in a region consisting of Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri.
Each year junior clubs form their own teams and register to play volleyball as members of the Great Plains Region. Our region is one of 40 regions in the USA making up the Regional Operations Divisions (ROD) of USA Volleyball.
The purpose of the USAV Junior Olympic program is to offer teenagers an opportunity to become involved in a wholesome and beneficial athletic activity, which they can pursue at various skill levels. In many cases it is a chance for athletes to receive high QUALITY instruction in skills development and team strategy. The program is an extension of learning from the high school program and a natural bridge between youth volleyball and college volleyball or USAV adult volleyball. Many athletes go on to college earning valuable scholarships through their development with the USA Volleyball program.
Clubs across the state of Nebraska may run tournaments or the region may run tournaments. Tournaments occur almost every weekend from January through the first part of May. These tournaments follow rules and regulations from national and regional guidlines set by USAV and the Great Plains region. Girls, boys and adults compete in regional and national tournaments throughout the United States. Many of our Nebraska teams have finished very high in their age group at the national level. We also have a Starlings Club, which is a nationally organized volleyball club for inner city youth. With the Greast Plains Region support, the Omaha Starlings won their national tournament in their age division in 2012 and 2013.
Players learn the official rules of the game by attending clinics scheduled across the state. The region offers assistance to many municipal and recreation leagues through officials’ and players’ clinics. Many players also become “certified” scorekeepers and referees by attending clinics, passing rules exams and being evaluated by their peers. This process is designed to be a relaxed and positive experience.
While the program is mainly comprised of girls youth teams, the Great Plains Region also has boys club volleyball and adult volleyball. The High Flyers boys' team won their division at the Boys National Tournament in Dallas, TX in 2012. Our Men's and Women's adult teams have finished in the top 10 in their divisions at the USA Volleyball Adult Nationals tournament.
If you are interested in playing, please call the region office. You don’t have to be a super player, just a willingness to play and devote the time to practice and tournaments.
If you would like to form a club team, please call the Region office at 402-593-9670. We will help you get started.
Sue Mailhot, Commissioner
7515 Main Street
Ralston NE 68127
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