Q: I’m looking for tryouts for U14 girls.
A: Vancouvervolleyball.com provides information for adult recreational players. For youth, you can try Volleyball BC.
Q: I’m living in Brazil, 16 years old and an awesome player and would like to play for a club in Vancouver. How do I go about this?
A: Since there aren’t any professional leagues or teams in the city, your odds are pretty low. University varsity teams don’t tend to recruit outside of the province and scholarships typically won’t cover living expenses. Please don’t send me your picture unless you’re cute, female and over the age of 21.
Q: I’m having problems registering for a league through the online form?
A: Vancouvervolleyball.com provides information on leagues and tourneys run by different organizations in Vancouver. If you are having trouble registering or want more details, contact that organization directly.
Q: Your listing is incorrect, that tournament/league was cancelled.
A: Though we strive to have accurate listings, organizations may change or cancel tournaments and leagues without any notice. Information on this site is usually updated only twice a year – before indoor season in the fall and before outdoor season in the spring.
Q: What are the dimensions of a volleyball court? How high is the net?
A: Playing Area
FIVB, USAV, CBVA, WPVA – Indoor courts are 18m x 9m (29ft 6in x 59ft). Indoor courts also include an attack area designated by a line 3m (9ft 10in) back from the center line. Lines on the court are 5cm (2in wide). In 2001, FIVB outdoor doubles courts were reduced to 16m x 8m
AVP – The playing court is 60ft long by 30ft wide. An unencumbered area for play of at least 10ft should surround the court.
Q: I haven’t played volleyball before but want to learn. How do I get started?
A: I’d recommend taking a course offered by the Vancouver school board or a camp offered by Volleyball BC. See the information in the Instruction section. Once you have some basic skills, sign up in a league as an individual and they’ll put you on a team.
Q: I’m new to the city and want to meet people and play volleyball. What should I do?
A: Volleyball is probably one of the best social sports. You can play on the beach, in a co-ed environment, and go for beers after. You can sign up for a league as an individual with most leagues in the city and they can put you on a team. Show up at tournaments or go to drop in or check out regularly scheduled leagues. Teams almost always have no shows and are always short women. If you want to improve your skills, take a clinic or a course. You can also post in the Teamfinder section if you’re looking for a team.
Q: I’ve played competitively in the past and signed up as individual for leagues but the level is pretty poor. I want to play with a more competitive team. How do I go about it?
A: It’s tough when you sign up as an individual to get on a team with everybody at the same skill level. Leagues may also fill up the individual teams with extra players. Use the opportunity to meet other players and form your own team. Go to community centre drop-ins catered to advanced or intermediate players. I play in several leagues and am always looking for new players as well so send me a message via the contact page (always looking for middles and women). Coed 4’s, reverse 2’s or 4’s tend to attract more intermediate players. And there’s always King and Queen of the Beach run by Volleyball BC in the summer.
Q: I play volleyball, enjoy the social atmosphere but need more of a workout. Any suggestions?
A: Try playing Ultimate. Vancouver is home to one of the largest ultimate leagues in Canada. Check out the Vancouver Ultimate League at www.vul.bc.ca Again, you can sign up as an individual and the league runs free clinics at the start of the summer though the league plays year round. Ultimate teams are always short women as well.
Q: I want to buy an outdoor net system? Which one should I get? The Volleyball BC net systems are real expensive?
A: Well you get what you pay for. If you want a net with steel cables and good tape, you’ll have to pay at least $100. A steel cable is needed to maintain tension and to last awhile. Park and Sun systems are available locally and the main advantage is the lightweight aluminum poles. The nets don’t detach from the poles so they tend to be better for the grass or the log tie-downs by Locarno.
Q: This site is great but there hasn’t been a lot of new info lately. How come there hasn’t been an update for awhile? How come my email wasn’t answered?
A: This site isn’t my full time job and I work on it when I have time. I try to keep it updated when possible with info on new leagues, tourneys and information. Please contribute by emailing me information and contributing to the message boards. If you sent me an email and I haven’t answered, send it to me again. I tend to file website related email away until I have time to update. This site is evolving and I’m constantly making it a easier to maintain and update.
Q: I showed up for drop in and it wasn’t scheduled. How come your information was wrong?
A: Drop in schedules and locations change. The drop in section is meant to be a guide to find places to play during the week and not a completely accurate listing. If it’s your first time playing at a facility or it’s during the holidays, PHONE FIRST to confirm that there is drop in.
Q: My kids have shown interest in volleyball and I want to get them some instruction. What should I do?
A: Volleyball BC offers youth programs. Contact them or check the Youths section on their website. Universities also offer camps in the summer so check out those options. Community centres may also offer youth programs. Check your local leisure guide.
Q: I’m 6’2, good-looking, enjoy walks in the rain, have a cat and play volleyball. Can you put me on a team with cute, single girls in the Kits area?
A: This isn’t a dating service buddy. And I don’t run any leagues. Try lavalife.com