Play Volleyball at the YMCA of San Diego County

Created at the YMCA

Volleyball has been a favorite sport for people of all ages over the last century. Like the game of basketball, volleyball was born at the YMCA. Inspired by James Naismith, the inventor of basketball at the YMCA in 1891, William G. Morgan — a graduate of the Springfield College of the YMCA - created volleyball in 1895, originally calling it “mintonette." The game was derived from the game of badminton and created as a less vigorous team sport more suitable for older members of the YMCA but still required athletic skill. Morgan designed the game to be a combination of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball.

After observing the game in play, Springfield College Professor Alfred Halstead stated that while the game was a masterpiece it should be renamed "volleyball" since the object of the game was to volley a ball back and forth over a net. With a more accurate name and rules to follow, the game’s popularity promptly took off. Though the game’s rules and setting have changed slightly over the years (the original net was only 6.5 feet high!), volleyball remains one of the most popular sports programs at the YMCA and is now estimated to be played by over 800 million people throughout the world.

Volleyball leagues are a great way to improve your skills and stay in shape while playing with old and new friends! We offer both competitive and recreational leagues for male, female and coed teams throughout several branches in San Diego.

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VOLLEYBALL LEAGUES & CLINICS

Volleyball is an exciting team game that requires communication and teamwork while developing positive, social interaction and a love for physical activity and fitness. The YMCA of San Diego County offers leagues for youth and adults, as well as instructional clinics for kids. 

YOUTH VOLLEYBALL LEAGUES & CLINICS

The YMCA youth volleyball program focuses on skill development for all levels and abilities, and fosters self-confidence, teamwork, perseverance and good sportsmanship. Perfect for those who want to try the sport, as well as those who want to continue to develop their volleyball skills, the youth volleyball program includes both leagues and instructional clinic. Registration is required for leagues and clinics.

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YOUTH VOLLEYBALL LEAGUES

Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, our inclusive leagues prioritize teamwork and sportsmanship, creating an environment where everyone can thrive and enjoy the excitement of volleyball! At the YMCA, our volleyball leagues are more than just games or competition — they're opportunities for everyone to improve their skillset while creating connections that last a lifetime.

UPCOMING LEAGUES:

BORDER VIEW FAMILY YMCA

  • First week of practice begins July.  - Register now!
  • Assessments may take place the week prior. Check with sports department.
    • Games on Saturdays. Practices during the week.
      • Ages 10-13 | Tuesdays/Thursdays at 6:30pm
      • Ages 14-16 | Tuesdays/Thursdays at 7:30pm

 

T. CLAUDE & GLADY B. RYAN FAMILY YMCA

Clinics take place monthly, and are in an hour long sessions divided based on age. - Register today!

  • Summer season takes place July-September. Practice times will be distributed after registration.
    • Girls' League | Ages 11-13 | Games on Fridays
    • Coed League | Ages 5-13 |  Games on Saturdays

YOUTH VOLLEYBALL CLINICS

The YMCA offers month-long instructional cliinics that teach the core fundamentals, skills and rules of volleyball. The clinic is purely skill-focused with no official games played. 

UPCOMING CLINICS:

COPLEY-PRICE FAMILY YMCA 

Clinics are weekly, hour-long sessions divided based on age. - Register today!

  • July sessions
    • Ages 6-12 | Tuesdays, 4:00pm

DAN MCKINNEY FAMILY YMCA

Clinics are weekly, hour-long sessions divided based on age. - Register today!

  • July sessions
    • Ages 8-10 | Wednesdays, 3:30pm
    • Ages 11-13 | Wednesdays, 4:45pm

MISSION VALLEY YMCA

Clinics are weekly, hour-long sessions divided based on age. Available for intermediate or beginner levels. - Register today!

  • July sessions
    • Ages 8-12 | Thursdays, 5:15pm | Beginner clinic
  • August sessions
    • Ages 10-15 | Wednesdays, 5:15pm | Intermediate clinic

RANCHO FAMILY YMCA (play takes place at Palomar Family YMCA)

Clinics are weekly, fifty-minute sessions divided based on age. - Register today!

  • July sessions
    • Ages 6-10 | Saturdays, 10:00am

T. CLAUDE & GLADY B. RYAN FAMILY YMCA

Clinics take place monthly, and are in an hour long sessions divided based on age. - Register today!

  • July sessions
    • Ages 6-9 | Thursdays, 5:30pm
    • Ages 10-13 | Thursdays, 5:30pm

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