About Travel Volleyball

Travel Volleyball



Travel volleyball give High School and Middle School players an opportunity to play competitive volleyball at a higher level than recreational league volleyball. The program is ideal for skilled middle school players and experienced high school age players looking to increase their skill level and prepare for their high school team tryouts in August. Matches are played against other youth volleyball programs in Fairfax County, sometimes including area club teams (typically younger players). There is both a fall and spring season for the travel league.

Fall Season:

  • Limited to middle school (7 / 8 Graders) teams only
  • Tryouts in late August*
  • Practices start in September with matches starting mid/late September*
  • Single elimination playoffs in early November*

Spring Season:

  • Middle school (7 / 8 Graders) and high school teams with the high school teams broken into 2 leagues – HS 1 (9 / 10 Graders) and HS 2 (11 / 12 Graders)
  • Tryouts in mid-February*
  • Practices start in February/March with matches starting the first week in April*
  • Single elimination playoffs in late May*

* See below for detailed dates and times for the upcoming season.

NOTE: The middle school travel team is restricted to players who are in the 7th or 8th grades only. Experienced 6th grade players may NOT play up on the middle school travel team, but are encouraged to be assessed for the middle school house league.


The SYAV Travel program typically fields the following middle and high school teams:

  • MS (grades 7– 8) (Fall and Spring)
  • HS 1 (grades 9 – 10) (Spring only)
  • HS 2 (grades 11 – 12) (Spring only)

Teams are formed after an open tryout. Practices are held at least once a week in Centreville/Clifton gyms. Matches are played once a week on Wednesdays. Matches are typically played in Vienna, Springfield or Centreville. (The SYAV travel team’s home site will be Liberty Middle School in Clifton.)

Other youth volleyball programs in the league are from McLean, Chantilly, Vienna, Springfield, Manassas, Haymarket and Braddock Road areas.


SYA requires players, parents, and volunteers to complete a Concussion Training course (offered by INOVA) each year. Each player and at least one of her/his parents will be required to complete the training before being allowed to tryout for a travel team. For parents who volunteer as a coach, their Coach Concussion Training will meet the requirement for the parent (parents will not have to complete both the parental Concussion Training and the coach Concussion Training). Coaches must also complete the Concussion Training to be authorized to be assigned to an SYA team. To start the process, each family or individual coach must create an INOVA Family Account at:


When creating the Family Account, please select Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) as the organization of which you are a member, so that your Concussion Training is recorded and tracked properly by the system.

NOTE: With regards to concussion training and SYA sports, a particular “year” begins with the fall season and continues through the following summer season (much like a school year). If a player/parent completes the concussion training for a fall registration, they will not need to repeat it until the following fall registration. However, if a player/parent completes the training for a spring/summer registration, they will need to repeat it if they wish to register in the fall as the fall season is the start of the next “year”.


Players must register on-line for for the tryouts at the SYA registration site. – please select the “SYA Volleyball – Middle School Travel Tryouts – Spring 2019” choice on the player registration page. The total cost for travel is $155.50 [$185.50 out-of-county – see below]. During registration, a $25 fee will be collected to cover the travel tryout cost. Once player makes a travel team, she will be asked to complete an online acceptance and pay the registration fee of $130.50. If a player wants to play on a house team if she doesn’t make the travel team, then the player should register for both the travel tryouts and the house league. If the player makes the travel team and has already registered and paid for the House program, you will be refunded the full amount for that registration. A written submission to the commissioner@syavolleyball.org email address is required to start the refund process. If player is not selected for the travel team, then the fee for the house league should be paid as soon as possible to maintain the player’s position if there is a wait list for the house league.

NOTE: An additional Fairfax County imposed fee of $30 will be assessed if your child lives outside of the county.


For the spring season, SYA will field one middle school level team and two high school level teams to participate in the spring Northern Virginia Travel League. A tryout will be held on February 19, 2019 to select players for the team. Registration for the tryouts is currently open and will remain open through February 18, 2019.

NOTE: Only registered players will be allowed to try out for the travel team. Registration closes on February 18, 2019.


Date: Tuesday February 19, 2019

Location:  Liberty Middle School, 6801 Union Mill Road, Clifton VA 20124

Time: 6:30-8:40 PM

Schedule (Time based on player last name):

  • A-G: 6:30-7:10 PM
  • H-M: 7:15-7:55 PM
  • N-Z: 8:00-8:40 PM

NOTE: Players should arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled start time to sign in. Players should only come to their assigned time slot as they will not be allowed to tryout in a different time slot.


There will be ONE makeup session held on Friday February 22, 2019 from 8:00 to 9:00 pm at The NZone, 14550 Lee Road in Chantilly. This session is for BOTH Middle School and High School players. Only previously registered players will be allowed to attend the make-up sessions; walk-ins are not allowed.

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Office Location:
5950 Centreville Crest Lane
Centreville, VA 20121
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 471
Centreville, VA 20122
Phone: (703) 815-3362
Fax: (703) 815-2180
E-mail: admin@syayouthsports.org