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Middle and High School Travel

Volleyball Travel Teams

Middle School Travel is open to girls in grades 7 & 8 and High School Travel is open to girls in grades 9-12 with intermediate to advanced skills. Unlike the inclusive nature of the Recreational program, Travel Volleyball pulls in top players based on tryout performance. It's ideal for athletes aspiring to play volleyball in high school and/or at the club level. 


SPRING 2024 Tryouts

Tryout Dates (Sign up for one tryout session only)

  • Middle School Players: Saturday, January 27 from 5PM-7PM.
  • High School Players: Saturday, January 27 from 7:30PM-9:30PM.

Tryout Location: West Springfield High School Aux Gym


  • Tryout Fee: $35  (Non-refundable)
  • Registration/Acceptance Fee: TBD


  • Two 90 minute practice each week
  • One match each week
  • Players are expected to attend most practices and matches
  • Special request for consideration will be limited to conflict/available practice days. 

Comparison of Travel vs. Recreational (Rec)

  • Key differences:

    • Travel Program = A more intense volleyball experience comparable to the competitive programs in High School and on club volleyball teams.
    • Rec Program = A more casual volleyball experience geared towards learning the sport and having fun playing with friends and classmates.

  • Travel players are chosen based on demonstrated volleyball skills, team-work, athleticism and coach-ability

  • Travel follows standard USA Volleyball Rules

    • This is similar to the SYC Volleyball Rules with the exception of the developmental rules.  Travel will not have continuous substitution and will not have a "step in" rule for the 6th graders.  Travel will use open substitutions, and ALL serves will be behind the end line.

  • Travel players DO NOT have equal playing time.  Playing time policy:

    • Individual playing time is influenced by positional needs, skills, effort, attitude, and practice attendance. There is no requirement for coaches to play any student athletes for a minimum amount of time during matches.
    • As practiced by most competitive volleyball program, MS Travel playing time is determined by Head Coaches as part of game strategy
    • There is no guarantee of a set amount of playing time. Some players will play more than others.
    • The unbalanced nature of playing time should be considered prior to attending a tryout or accepting a position on a team.

Selection and Tryout Process

  • Players wanting to participate with the Travel program must register for tryouts. Space is limited. 
  • TRYOUTS are  open to 7th - 12th grade girls.

Knee pads are required and will NOT be provided (loaned out) at tryouts.  No earrings or other jewelry is allowed.

We highly recommend that Middle School PLAYERS REGISTER for the RECREATIONAL VOLLEYBALL program to secure a spot in that program. If the player is offered a position on a Travel team, SYC will either issue a full refund of the Recreational Volleyball registration fees after the player accepts and pays for the Travel  program or adjust the fee for acceptance to the travel program.