Volleyball Clubs, Teams & Camps for Kids Near Grand Rapids

Local Volleyball Clubs for Kids

Volleyball is super fun to watch, and even more fun to play. I played in high school and now my middle schooler has gotten into the game.

Volleyball is one of the many sports & classes for kids around Grand Rapids.

So where can kids learn and play volleyball in West Michigan? And how does it work?

We’re going to break down where to find volleyball programs in Grand Rapids, as well as the equipment needed and how tournaments work.

BattleGR in Comstock Park

Volleyball Clubs

284 Dodge NE Suite 100, Comstock Park MI 49321

Co-ed six-week Volleyball League (3rd-6th Grade) for young athletes. Spring leagues starting April 8, 2024 (check website for fall league dates).

1-hour weekly practice on Tuesday or Thursday nights, with a match on 5 Saturdays.

Small teams ensure personalized attention. T-shirt included. Perfect for learning. Advanced players can join the waiting list for a specialized league. This is a co-ed league.

Types of Volleyball Clubs in Grand Rapids

Volleyball programs run in a few different places in Grand Rapids.

Many programs offer both teams/leagues and training camps.

1 – Parks & Rec Programs

Many parks and rec departments offer volleyball programs and are a great place to learn the game.

Their leagues typically happen in the fall. You can also watch for summer and fall camps here.

2 – Volleyball Clubs

Local volleyball clubs offer camps for kids as young as kindergarten, with teams starting around fifth grade.

You can also find private lessons at many of these places.

The seasons are usually fall, winter and spring, so your kid can find a team just about any time of year.

See below for a full list of Grand Rapids volleyball clubs.

3 – Beach Volleyball

Beach volleyball is a whole other kind of volleyball beast, and is a blast!

T.A.G. Beach Volleyball Club out of Lowell has summer camps for both boys and girls.

You could also join West Michigan Beach Volleyball. They have lessons, tournaments and clinics for kids 12 and up.

The Score in Rockford has beach volleyball clinics & tournaments for kids each summer, too.

Full List of Volleyball Clubs in Grand Rapids

These clubs train athletes year round for volleyball.

BattleGR in Comstock Park

284 Dodge NE Suite 100, Comstock Park MI 49321

• Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8

Far Out Volleyball Club in Grand Rapids - SE

67 68th Street SW, Grand Rapids MI 49548

• Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Impact Dynamic Training Volleyball Club in Hudsonville

2830 Port Sheldon St, Hudsonville MI 49426

• Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Michigan Volleyball Academy in Cascade

5449 28th Street Ct. SE, Grand Rapids MI 49546

• Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Rivertown Christian Volleyball in Grandville

6816 Bliss Ct. SW, Grandville MI 49418

• Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Saints Volleyball Club in Greater Grand Rapids

4400 Ambrose Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525

• Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

The Score in Grand Rapids - NE

5301 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525

• Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

How Volleyball Clubs for Kids Works

At What Age Do Kids Start Playing Volleyball?

Unlike most other youth sports, kids can learn volleyball as late as middle school.

Because of the strength and gross motor skills needed to serve, set and hit, many kids typically don’t join a competitive volleyball team until 4th or 5th grade.

But until then, elementary kids can still learn techniques and rules through volleyball camps.

volleyball clubs in Grand Rapids

How Much Does it Cost to Play Volleyball?

Volleyball costs vary, depending on the level of commitment you choose.

Many parks and rec departments and some clubs offer volleyball for $100 or less per season. Once you get into competitive team, the cost can go from a few hundred dollars to play in an intro-level league, to thousands for elite or travel teams.

Travel teams usually involve more practices, and lots of travel, which includes hotel stays, food away from home and gas.

What Equipment is Needed to Play Volleyball?

Equipment needs for volleyball are pretty basic: kneepads, quality tennis shoes, and sports attire.

Many girls choose slim fit volleyball shorts, which are a lot like bicycle shorts. They reduce interference while the athlete is running the court.

Volleyball arm sleeves are also popular, with some players even opting for elbow pads for extra protection. A lot depends on the athlete’s position on the team.

Front row players (especially centers) may also benefit from ankle braces if they do a lot of pivoting and want extra support.

Most team fees include a team jersey or t-shirt.

How Do Volleyball Competitions Work?

Volleyball competitions work a little differently than other sports. Instead of playing against one team on game day, volleyball players are pitted against several teams in bracket-style play.

That’s why, once you get to the club level, you won’t often see games happening during the week.

Volleyball tournaments happen over one or two days on the weekend. You don’t always know your complete schedule ahead of time, because it depends on how well your team does in its first games.

Also, be prepared to be at the courts when your kid isn’t playing. These tournaments often require teams to “work” games that they’re not playing.

Teams share the duties of line judging and keeping scores during other games. Teams typically work one game a day during tournaments.

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