Men's seasons are mostly in the spring, whereas women's seasons are mostly in the fall. However, there are a few men's teams that play in the fall, such as those in Wisconsin, Virginia, and New York. Women's sports leagues may have separate schedules for men and women.
Volleyball is one of only two team sports that are played in the spring (the other is basketball). This is because volleyball needs open space to be played in, which can be hard to find during the winter months.
There are three seasonal divisions in college volleyball: Division I, Division II, and Division III. Division I schools include all BCS conference members, while Division II schools typically are small colleges and universities outside of the BCS that sponsor men's volleyball. Division III schools usually are smaller than Division II institutions but larger than community colleges and cannot receive any form of athletic funding from their school districts. There are 16 Division I programs, 44 Division II programs, and 36 Division III programs.
Division I schools can sign athletes under the age of 18, while Division II and Division III schools cannot. However, many young players choose to stay with the team that recruited them rather than go to another school if they haven't graduated yet. The major difference between Divisions II and III is that money plays a much bigger role in determining who recruits athletes.
Spring Men's volleyball is a rapidly expanding sport in high schools, with male volleyball programs in 36 states. Men's games are usually played as doubleheaders on weekends or during holidays (New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, etc.).
Men's teams often have more players than women's teams because there are more boys' clubs than girls' clubs in middle and high school. A typical men's team will have between 15 and 20 players on it, while a women's team will usually have between 12 and 16 players.
There is no national organization that controls men's volleyball, but the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) manages the sport for girls. In addition to creating rules for play, the NFHS sets standards for boys' sports programs in order to ensure they are comparable to those for girls. For example, all states must allow boys to compete against one another in basketball, football, and soccer; therefore, these are considered major sports for boys.
The number of boys playing volleyball has increased greatly over the past few years. This is probably due to the fact that boys who wouldn't otherwise play basketball or football can do so because of the men's volleyball program at their school.
Every sport has its own season: football has the autumn, while baseball has the spring. Basketball and hockey are winter sports. Girl's volleyball is another sport where it is unclear when it begins and when it concludes....
Volleyball has four distinct phases: offense, defense, transition, and rest.
The offense consists of setting the ball in play near the opponents' net or behind their back row of players. A setter will usually call out the number of serves required before the match starts. The server then hits the ball into the court over the net toward the opposing team's side of the court. There are two ways to score at this stage of the game: if the ball goes out of bounds, then no point is scored; otherwise, the receiver touches the ball behind his/her own net and scores one point for his/her team.
The defense consists of any action taken by a player who is guarding an opponent. This could be jumping, blocking shots with legs or arms, or even catching the ball with hands or feet! But once a player has been designated as a defender, he/she must stay on the floor until the ball is out of play.
The transition phase occurs between sets when the referee gives the signal for change-over.