USA Volleyball is the national governing body for the sport of volleyball and the parent organization to the men's and women's national teams. USAV's involvement ranges from the highest level of international competition through the national teams to grass roots competition through
USAV Regions and member organizations.
There are currently 40 regions throughout the United States. Each region is an independent, non-profit organization whose purpose is the promotion of volleyball competition on a local level as well as a national level. The local region of USA Volleyball, Gateway, was established in 1994.
The Gateway Region encompasses the eastern part of Missouri and the southern part of Illinois. Our membership comes from cities as far away as Quincy and Springfield in Illinois to Rolla and West Plains in Missouri. Our membership is growing every year and presently we have approximately over 7000 members. Members include adult players, youth players, coaches, referees, scorers and parents.
Youth Volleyball Opportunities
Our youth program is the largest sector of our Region with over 6200 boys and girls ranging in ages 8 through 18. Gateway has a strong Junior program with opportunities for all skill levels through a variety of Junior clubs and teams. Juniors are selected for clubs/teams following tryouts which begin in the early fall. Competition consists of local tourney play to larger national events. New clubs form yearly. A club may be as small as one team or may have unlimited numbers. Cost to play varies with the club/team and generally is based on the amount of travel planned. Fundraising events are often used to minimize the costs.
The Gateway Region has many opportunities for adult players at all ages and skill levels. Adult members form teams and/or clubs and compete both locally and out of Region. USA Volleyball has set four skill level divisions for men and women and plenty of tourneys are run for all levels of teams each year.
Outdoor volleyball, both sand and grass, is becoming more and more popular every year in our region. A special outdoor membership is available at a reduced rate for the summer months. Many events will allow you to register for that event only.
As a member of USA Volleyball you will receive many benefits including liability and sport accident insurance. Our website is updated frequently to keep you current on all local volleyball events and tourneys. As a member you are eligible to participate in USAV sanctioned tourneys and national championships.
How do you join USA Volleyball Gateway Region
Yearly membership runs from September 1st through October 31st of the following year. Registration costs are $50 for the entire year and include both indoor and outdoor seasons. Our home page contains webpoint membership application instructions for individuals. Additional material can be found on the Publications page, including both the Player's Handbook and the Junior Handbook. If you are new to USA Volleyball or were not a club/team representative the previous season, contact the Region office for information.