Serve Receive – Proper Technique

This is the best video I’ve seen on proper technique for passing. The video editing must have taken some time but it is well worth it. It goes over proper stance or a good medium position as Terry Liskevych calls it, platform, sweet spot, and more.

“SA Volleyball Coach Terry Liskevych has coached for over 40 years – winning a Bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games and a Gold medal at the FIVB World Prix in 1995. In this Coaching Tip episode he shows us the fundamentals of Receiving and Passing in Volleyball. Don’t you want to know where the “Sweet Spot” is? If you want to learn from a Pro…don’t miss this lesson”

The detail in to the good medium stance is really helpful to new and seasoned volleyball players. I like how he also shows movement, dropping shoulders to get platform towards the setter.  Check out this video, it is worth the time.

Volleyball Sign Language (ASL) & Support Charity in the Deaflympics

If you play volleyball then you know how important it is to talk. If you’ve ever had a coach then surely they have yelled at you to talk more. It’s true, it helps the game. Not only does the communication help but the action of doing it keeps you mentally engaged with the game.

Have you ever played on a team or against a team that speaks a different language? Well I have! It actually was ok – even though I don’t know Spanish I was able to follow along by listening to who was speaking. If it was the setter and they weren’t near the 2nd ball I knew that the word I didn’t understand was probably help. But you can also tell a lot from what their body is saying. The setter wasn’t going for that ball so that alone told me that someone needs to get that ball.

Body cues can tell you a lot, you just need to “listen” and by “listen” I mean watching their body language. Have you ever played with a deaf person? Well I have! It was no different then playing with someone who spoke a different language. I just needed to watch for the body language.

However it is nice to know some signs. Have you ever wondered how to sign, serve, hit, pass, set, good job, good point, and so on? Well my team mate, Charity, put together a tutorial video with her girlfriend Robyn.


Charity is also looking for donations to sponsor her to go to the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria for beach volleyball, yes that’s doubles! Please support Charity by donating today!

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Fall 2012 Volleyball Season!

Hello volleyballers! In just a little over a month, our Fall 2012 season will begin. There are a few things you should know that have changed since last season:

  • This year we are trying to process all registrations online
  • There are discounts for registering early – after September 9th, fees will increase by about $10 (see fees below)
  • If there is enough interest, the board will consider adding a “Power” division this season
  • Spiker, Setter, and potential Power players will have the choice to “play down” one division (last season you could only choose to play in competitive and/or recreational)
  • Regular season games will be scheduled on Sundays from 4PM – 8PM (last season games were scheduled from 4PM – 9PM)

If you are new to the league and you would like to play in one of our competitive divisions (Setter, Spiker, Power) you MUST participate in one of our evaluation days (dates are below). Recreational players are also encouraged to be evaluated so that we can create teams in a fair manner.

If you are a returning member but would like to challenge your existing rating, you may also participate in one of our evaluation days.


We are trying to process all registrations online. The following link has a simple form for you to fill out, and a convenient way to pay. Please click below to register.

Click here to register

.Important Dates

  • Thursday, 9/6 – Evaluations for intermediate (Setter) level players / Open play (recreational)
  • Sunday, 9/9 – Evaluations for advanced (Spiker/Power) level players / Open play (competitive)
  • Wednesday, 9/12 – Evaluations for advanced (Spiker/Power) level players / Open play (competitive)
  • Sunday, 9/16 – Evaluations for intermediate (Setter) level players / Open play (recreational)
  • Sunday, 9/23 – Round robin play with assigned teams
  • Sunday, 9/30 – Regular season begins



Early registration (through 9/9/12):

  • One Division $56.95
  • One Division – student rate $36.35
  • Two Divisions $77.55
  • Two Divisions – student rate $56.95

Late registration (after 9/9/12):

  • One Division $67.25
  • One Division – student rate $46.65
  • Two Divisions $87.85
  • Two Divisions – student rate $67.25

Registration will close on 9/16/12. Click here to register!


For any other information, please visit our website:

Yours truly,
The SCVL Board.

Interested in Volleyball

Interested in Playing?

We typically start our Fall season the weekend after Labor Day. All you have to do is show up with proper volleyball attire (no need to form a team ahead of time). We will have a registration table setup at the gym where you will fill out some forms and can pay for your season registration. The first two Sundays of play will be devoted to developing basic skills and playing some 25-point pick up games so that we can assess which Division you will best fit into. We will be sending out emails to the league to remind people about this when it gets closer. Shoot us an email at to be subscribed to the email updates.

Outdoor Games

In the meantime, if you’d like to meet some of the league members, we play outdoors at the Schenley Park Oval(near the ice skating rink on Overlook Drive) on Sundays at 1:30. This is open play and is open to all skill levels. We also play at the same location on Tuesdays at 6:30 – this is for more competitive players who have a good amount of experience. The Summer Season is less formal than the Fall and Spring Seasons, you basically come whenever you want to play, you don’t have to sign up. We do not make teams that last for the entire season, instead we just have pickup games where we form teams on the spot by counting off. Also, the Summer Season is free of charge since we do not have to pay a fee to play at Schenely Park.If you have any other questions, feel free to email us!-SCVL Board

For more information, see our FAQs page.

NAGVA Championships Registration Open!!

The North American Gay Volleyball Association is a not for profit 501(c)(7) organization, committed to promoting and developing the sport of volleyball in the GLBT community. Our membership is diverse and non exclusionary. NAGVA is an organization of over 3,000 members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Registration is now open for NAGVA Championships XXX Las Vegas! You can register your team – make your payment soon to get the most affordable rate. The tournament takes place over Memorial Day Weekend, May 24th – 27th.