House Volleyball Program
We are committed to providing opportunities for our local youth to learn, play and excel at a level of volleyball play that is both fun and challenging. With this goal in mind, we have created different levels of opportunities, based upon the skills, desires and goals of the individual players- there is a program for every player.
Coaching Clinics for Volleyball are offered periodically throughout the year, particularly leading up to house league assessments. As a local, volunteer, community-based organization, we are always looking for new coaches who either want to connect with their kids through coaching, reconnect with the sport that they played, or just give back to the community. You provide the passion; we’ll provide the training.
Although it may feel intimidating at first, coaching is a fun and rewarding experience. As coaches, we provide an environment in which players:
- can experience constant incremental improvement in technical volleyball skills
- can learn to be a good sport and teammate
- can gain confidence in a safe and nurturing environment
- can experience the principles of growth mindset
- can develop a lasting love for the sport of volleyball
The success of our coaches is not based upon a winning or losing record. Instead, we measure success in the improvement of the players and the team, and in the enjoyment of the experience. We believe that winning is a byproduct that will follow these core values.
Recreational House League Volleyball makes up the majority of our program- it is our most popular program. Our Spring house league provides opportunities for girls from grades 3 through 8 to learn and enjoy the sport of volleyball. There is no previous playing experience required to enjoy the house league. Our coaches will provide the training necessary for your player to understand the game and learn the basics of volleyball. This is also a great opportunity for parents to get involved as coaches or assistant coaches.
The league is broken down into three age groups:
- 3rd grade/4th grade
- 5th grade/6th grade
- 7th grade/8th grade
The DSYS Spring Volleyball House League runs from early March to late May. Typically, house teams are selected based upon a try-out assessment program (3rd grade/4th grade does not participate in tryouts). Assessments provide information to the coaches regarding the skills needs of the players and allow the coaching staff to select teams that provide the greatest opportunity for competitive play. House teams have one practice a week (1-1/2 hour) and games on Saturdays (typically two games lasting one hour each). Our spring season concludes with a playoff tournament, in which all teams participate.
Practice for this program is 1 day during the week. Practices can start at 6pm or 7:30pm depending on the age group and the coaches schedlue. Below is an example schedule
Wednesday- House team practice (unless a travel player)
Saturday- House team games
During the season the coaches select players they feel display the skill set, sportsmanship, and positive attidude that represents the DSYS image. These players are selected to try out for the DSYS All-Star team from amongst the house players. These players go on to represent DSYS at local all-star tournaments typically in June.
A registration fee per player is due at the time of registration for the DSYS Spring Volleyball House League. Each player receives a personalized DSYS volleyball jersey in their house team color. The fee is announced at the time of registration.
Travel (HEAT) Volleyball was introduced to bridge the gap between house league play and our competitive club program. Players are selected, based upon the Spring assessment tryouts for the house league. HEAT players practice and play on regular house teams, but assemble and practice together as a team once a week, and play against representative teams from other local area volleyball leagues.
HEAT players practice twice a week (once for house, once for HEAT), and normally play twice a week (one weeknight HEAT match and Saturday house games). Travel is local (usually Chantilly, Centerville, Vienna, etc.). This is a competitive program. It is intended for those players who are looking for an additional challenge. Our HEAT team from last year competed with our Club Volleyball teams and played against the same local teams in hosted play.
Each teammember had 1 weekday practice for house, and a Heat team practice below is a sample schedule. The House team practice can be on any weekday execpt Wednesday.
Monday- House team practice
Tuesday- HEAT practice
Wednesday- HEAT league match (local)
Saturday- House team games
Besides the regular registration fee oper player that is due at registration for the DSYS Spring Volleyball House League, an additional $50 is assessed for players who are selected and accept to join the HEAT program. The additional cost covers the additional travel league registration fees and the HEAT team uniforms.