About USA Volleyball

Learn why USAV should be your No. 1 choice in volleyball organizations.

Did you know that…
  • USAV offers competitive and instructional programming for youth, high school, collegiate and adult members from ages 7-and-under to 75-and-above.

  • USAV, in our ongoing effort to provide the safest environment for our junior aged members, has been conducting background checks on adults working with junior players since 2005.

  • USAV is the only volleyball organization to accredit volleyball coaches. Since 1977, when the first USAV coaching certification program began, more than 100,000 coaches have received training at the varying levels of accreditation offered.

  • USAV was founded in 1928 and was one of the 12 founding countries of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) in 1947. Currently the FIVB is the largest international sports federation in the world with 220 national federations.

  • USAV is the National Governing Body (NGB) of the sport, as recognized by the US Olympic Committee (USOC), per the Amateur Sports Acts passed in 1978. There are 44 NGBs for the other Olympic and Pan American Sports.

  • USAV currently has more than 364,000 members in the 2017-18 season, including players, coaches and officials. There are about 4,500 active clubs.

  • USAV began with eight Regional Volleyball Associations (RVAs), and now has 40 regions serving its members.

  • USAV also has 36 Affiliated Organizations (AOs), including founding member, YMCA. Others include the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) the National Federation of State High Schools (NFHS), and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

  • USA is the only nation in the world to have medaled at EVERY Olympic games since 1984 in a volleyball discipline (beach or indoor).

  • Kerri Walsh Jennings, a five-time Olympian, became the most decorated beach volleyball Olympian of all-time after winning bronze in 2016. Walsh Jennings has three gold and one bronze in beach volleyball and competed for the indoor team in 2000.

  • USAV sends teams to compete internationally in beach, indoor and Paralympic competition – from youth ages to seniors.

  • Volleyball is the most popular team sport for girls in high school with 432,000 girls on varsity level programs as of 2014-15. 54,000 boys also play varsity level in 22 states currently.

  • USAV helped conduct the first volleyball camp held in America in 1968, and continues to hold high performance camps for players ages 18 and under at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers and other top facilities around the United States.

  • Volleyball was first played in the Olympic Games in 1964 (Tokyo) for indoor and 1996 (Atlanta) for beach, and in 1988 (Seoul) for Paralympic competition. With over 200 nations potentially vying for an Olympic berth, there are only 12 Indoor volleyball nations participating and 24 pairs in beach, per gender.

  • USAV has organized our indoor national teams at full time training centers since 1974; currently both indoor teams train at the USA National Team Center located within the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif.

  • The Paralympic Men's and Women’s Sitting teams began full time training in 2006 at the University of Central Oklahoma Paralympic Training site; the USA women won a silver in Beijing 2008 and bronze in Athens 2004.

  • USAV conducts High Performance tryouts annually to make sure every player who wants to put themselves against the best – beach and indoor, gets that chance.

  • USAV helped to establish and continues to support the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass, the birthplace of the sport in 1895.

  • USAV assists with programming for teams from economically disadvantaged areas and at-risk populations through Starlings Volleyball Clubs USA.

  • USAV partnered with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to produce an online coaching course specifically for high school coaches in 2009.

  • Karch Kiraly, current head coach with the U.S. Women’s team, is the only gold medal winner in both indoor (1984 and 1988) and beach (1996).

  • 2004, 2008 and 2012 Beach Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor is the daughter of 1968 Olympian Butch May while 2008 gold medal winner Clay Stanley and Beijing MVP is the son of 1968 Olympian Jon Stanley.

  • 2008 Olympic Gold medal winner Lloy Ball is a four-time Olympian while 2008 and 2012 Olympic Silver medalist Danielle Scott-Arruda is a five-time Olympian.

  • Our website is listed as the No. 1 most visited site through the USOC portal of www.teamusa.org with traffic of more than a million page views monthly.

  • USAV has an active and engaging social media platform (@USAVolleyball). Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Other active accounts are Snapchat, Pinterest and YouTube.