USA Women’s Professional Indoor Volleyball League:
On its Feasibility and an Examination of the WNBA
In 2016, more girls participated in high school volleyball (432,176) than basketball (429,504) for the first time (Friedman) in history. Girls in the latter sport have the WNBA and NBA to look up to, but there is still yet to be a professional indoor women’s volleyball league (from here on out, for sake of brevity, I will refer to this as a “volleyball league”). In comparison, boys in the United States have male professional leagues to look up to in almost all of the top boys’ high school sports. Although the prominence of female sports has risen dramatically since the implementation of Title IX, this is still evidence that there is a dramatic drop-off between male and female athletics. Recently, Jamie Davis, the new CEO of USA Volleyball, stated, “My target is to see the league launched within this Olympic quadrennial (before 2020)” (Fischer). While Davis does not specify the gender of his intended league, it is imperative that a women’s volleyball league be created for the reasons Davis suggests: “to create stars out of our athletes and build role models for our next generation of players.” In order to tackle the viability of such a league, this paper will examine the current state of volleyball in the United States. Then I will look at the performance of the WNBA as a model of a prospective volleyball league. Now that the popularity of women’s volleyball is surging, it is crucial to create female role models and sports icons for these young girls to look up to in order to bridge the gap between male and female athletics. (click "Read More" below)
With sponsor support from A Walk in the Park, TVP has been able to expand and extend it's reach into the community with its family-focused youth athletic program. TVP Director John Hartranft notes, "The Volleyball Practice welcomes alliances with good people, community organizations and businesses who understand and are committed to teaching and learning the lessons of team sports. A Walk in the Park shares our principles not only in our work with young people and families, but also in their work with families and their pets."
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Liam Morris and Victor de Avila, founding TVP members and currently TVP 18 teammates, are two of the three Marylanders (along with AVC's Jalen Jasper) named to American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America watch list. Morris (Walter Johnson High School) and de Avila (Wootton High School) have previously been named first team All-County in Montgomery County. Both are pioneer members of TVP's first U16 team in 2015, which competed at the USAV Boys Junior National Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Last year, de Avila and Morris helped TVP 18 earn a #29 national finish in Dallas, TX.
Morris has committed to play at Belmont Abbey College.. De Avila will play for Alvernia University.
AVCA Announces 2017 Boys High School Senior All-America Watch List
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 6, 2017) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce the sixth annual Boys High School Senior All-America volleyball athlete Watch List for the 2016-17 season. This year’s watch list features 244 total athletes. The list serves as the starting point for the Boys’ High School Senior All-America selection process.
View the 2017 AVCA All-America Watch List
For more information on the AVCA Boys High School Senior All-America volleyball awards program and to nominate additional athletes to the Watch List, please visit https://www.avca.org/awards/all-regional-all-america-awards/boys-high-school-nominations.html
On Sunday, March 26, TVP 16 and TVP 18 crossed the Potomac River to nearby George Mason University with anticipation to compete among the best teams in Maryland and Virginia. After a solid day in the gym, just short of earning a tournament playoff spot, each team returned home with respect and gratitude for the tournament hosts: the coaches, staff and players of the George Mason University Men's Volleyball Team. The Mason Patriots took time during their home stretch to defend their EIVA Championship to organize a fantastic day of junior boys volleyball....and to officiate the matches! Grow the Game!
The TVP 16s traveled to Spooky Nook on Saturday, January 21 to play in the 16 team Nook Mid-Winter Classic. Tournament organizers were faced with shuffling the schedule when a team dropped late on Friday. TVP offered to split its team into two teams to fill the open spot. Faced with the challenge of balancing competitiveness and full-time, 6 rotation playing time, the now two tVP teams--TVP 16 Blue and TVP 16 Black--stepped up. TVP 16 Blue swept its pool with a 4-0 match record, while TVP 16 Black finished second in its pool with a 3-1 match record. Both teams won their quarterfinal match; TVP 16 Blue earned a 2-1 victory in it's semifinal while TVP 16 Black fell 15-12 in the deciding third set in its semifinal. Though falling just short of an all-TVP championship match, TVP earned the championship and third place.
Back together as one team in Bethlehem on Sunday, January 22, TVP 16 advanced to the semifinals, finishing third. The weekend scoreboard tally: two tournaments, 12-4 match record, two third place finishes, one championship and 400 miles travelled.
TVP 18 travelled north to tournaments in Millersville and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on January 7 and 8. Early mornings and a late night on the road did not get in the way of longer days in the gym as the team advanced out of it's pool at each tournament in first place. TVP swept its pool at the January 7 Marauder Clash at Millersville University, advanced to the championship match after a solid semifinal win, finishing as silver medalists after a close tournament final.
The team again finished first in pool play, earning a bye in the first round of the playoffs and ultimately a top 5 finish. For the weekend, The TVP 18s earned a 19-5 record in sets, and 9-2 in matches.
The TVP 16ers traveled to Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Pennsylvania for the Mid-Atlantic Boys Kickoff Classic on December 3-4, 2016. Sixteen teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York competed during the weekend, along with our DC/Maryland TVP 16 team. TVP kicked off its season with eight matches and a Gold Bracket 3rd place finish. Congrats to Coach Sani and the boys!
The Volleyball Practice is proud to sponsor the Grow Your Game Volleyball Boys Clinic, led by TVP Coach Ryan Mullsteff, on December 3, 2016 from 8:30 am to Noon at the JCC (6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD)
Grow Your Game Volleyball Boys Clinic will offer top level instruction from successful coach Ryan Mullsteff. This one day clinic allows for a competitive and fun atmosphere for beginners all the way up to seasoned youth club veterans. Our engaging approach includes interactive drills used in Division 1 programs across the nation.
More to know about the clinic:
Our approach begins with breaking down the individual body movements, positioning and execution needed for passing, setting, attacking, serving and blocking. Our coaches teach by example. You will be able to actually see each movement during our interactive drills. We believe our approach fosters exponential growth in any level athlete.
Single Player: $45
For more information about Grow Your Game Volleyball, visit https://growyourgamevolleyball.wordpress.com/about-2/