In 2018 we ran our first 4x4 league for youth boys at Elite Sports and it was a blast! 7 teams competed from Louisville, Jackson, Kent, and Stow. In 2019 we expanded and ran two tournaments (Jackson High School, Hiram College) with 14 teams competing, doubling our growth! The goal of these events is to give male atheletes the opportunity to compete against other athletes interested in playing volleyball. These are free events to attend and particpate in.
We run two grade based divisions; a 5th & 6th grade division and a 7th & 8th grade division. The 5/6 division will use the 12U OVR USAV ruleset and 7/8 will use the 14U OVR USAV ruleset. If you have an exceptional 6th grader, yes they can play up. If you have a smaller 7th grader just starting out they can play down. We are asking everyone to use their best judgement. Please do not put us in a position to have to start being strict about age and grade. This opportunity is meant to foster growth of boys volleyball. And yes, not all players need to come from your school district. Again, this is about creating more opportunities for kids to play.
Last year we had a diverse group. Some kids were serving underhand, some kids were jump serving. As you register your teams, let us know if you think they are more advanced (already having experience playing and demonstrate good fundamentals) or are just learning (this is their first or second experience playing). Based on how everyone responds we may or may not create divisions based on experience within each age group.
There will be a mechanism for grouping like level teams and then getting in as many matches as possible over a 3-4 hour period. Once we know total number of teams and levels of play this will be set.
To register a team, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with number of teams per age group and each teams level of experience. Please do so by the end of this week (March 22).
In 2019 we had:
It's great to seeing growing interest in our area, especially at this age level. If you know other coaches/programs who could field teams, please pass this along to them.