We found the best of the best by searching all of North America's nooks and crannys, and the home bases of our Top 5 sites span from Northern Virginia to the nation's heartland to Southern California.
With sites as flashy as a hard-struck spike and practical as a perfectly placed set, club volleyball produces some of the best quality websites on the SportsEngine platform.
Hundreds of them exhibit great design and user-friendly features, making it difficult to whittle the list in a Top 5.
After many hours of scrutiny, we came up with our Top 5 and a whopper of an honorable mention list. We found the best of the best by searching all of North America's nooks and crannys, and the home bases of our Top 5 sites span from Northern Virginia to the nation's heartland to Southern California.
Each site was subjected to examination of its basic features – depth and breadth of content, design and ease of navigation. Our top sites excelled in these categories, and had unique, robust content for coaching, recruiting and team pages.
It's worth noting that 10 points were awarded for mobile responsiveness, and in a highly competitive category with so many high-quality sites, it's no surprise that all five of our top picks are optimized for mobile devices.
Location: Sterling, Virginia
Webmaster: Rodrigo Gomes
Overview: Northern Virginia Volleyball Association offers indoor and beach volleyball leagues and camps for players ages of 10 to 18. Its headquarters, the 55,000 square foot Virginia Volleyball Center, is equipped with six indoor courts with LCD TVs, one beach court, a full weight room and classrooms.
What we like: A high-quality video tour of the Virginia Volleyball Center greets users as background on the NVVA’s homepage, putting this site in a class of its own. Sharp design, easy navigation and multi-platform accessibility crown this site king of its class.
Coaches, recruiting, team pages: A short scroll down the homepage reveals a clickable slideshow of the NVVA’s coaching staff, complete with their backgrounds and photos. There is also a Coach Portal under the Club tab that calls up a coaching checklist, important dates, frequently asked questions and important links. Each team page includes updated rosters, practice and game schedules, team fees and payment plans.
Navigation: Top navigation tabs organize the site’s extensive content into eight categories, however it is just as easy to scroll down the homepage and navigate using clickable graphics just under the NVVA mission statement. There is also a search bar in the upper right of the homepage.
Did you know: Users can browse NVAA apparel and must-have volleyball gear by clicking the Shop button on the top right of the homepage.
Bonus content: Toward the bottom of the homepage users can access the NVVA’s News & Updates, Instagram and Blog & Podcast.
Location: Foothill Ranch, California
Webmaster: Joaquin Acosta
Overview: While the A4 Promise states that it is “here to grow slowly and naturally,” the three-year-old club has found early success at the state, regional and national levels. A4 offers elite, travel and regional teams for girls 11-18, club teams for boys 12-18 and a variety of camps and clinics.
What we like: The sleek homepage design, mobile responsiveness and, especially, the detailed staff and college commitments pages. The A4 Staff page has headshots and in-depth bios of each coach and staff member. The site also succeeds in incorporating photo and video into its homepage.
Coaches, recruiting, team pages: As mentioned, the A4 Staff page is in a league of its own, and can be found under the About tab in the top navigation. College committed players are displayed in the College Commitments top navigation tab and are sorted by year. The team pages are complete with a practice and game schedule and updated rosters.
Navigation: The site is organized using nine top navigation tabs which include Calendar, News and Past Teams among others.
Did you know: A4 Volley is ranked 28th in the US Volleyball Club Rankings and its 18Purple team finished fourth in the nation in 2017.
Bonus content: Under the Programs top navigation tab users can access the Sports Performance and Performance Rehab pages, which offer resources for athletes looking to strengthen and heal their bodies.
Location: Seneca, New York
Webmaster: Kate Braun
Overview: Niagara Frontier Sports provides house and travel league volleyball teams for boys and girls ages 11 to 18, youth programs for kids K-6 and adult leagues. The elite sports facility provides state-of-the-art resources for the development of youth and amateur volleyball and basketball players.
What we like: Sleek, mobile-responsive design and user-friendly navigation. The homepage is simple and clean with eight top navigation tabs and three clickable graphics to guide users to the appropriate pages. NFVB also has an updated calendar and news feed for those looking to stay informed.
Coaches, recruiting, team pages: The coaches page is found under the Club Info top navigation tab. Coaches are listed by team alongside contact info for the master coaches and coordinators. College recruiting has its own page under the Pride tab in the top navigation. Information for recruiters and players looking to be recruited can be found along with testimonials from college coaches who have recruited Niagara Frontier players. Team pages can be found in the Team top navigation tab and include current rosters including the coaches contact information.
Navigation: The site features eight top navigations tabs such as Club Info, Teams, Tournaments, Programs, Pride, Facility, Calendar and Home. Users can also navigate by clicking on the slideshow and graphics on the homepage that link to various pages.
Did you know: NFVB alumni who have gone on to play college volleyball are listed under the pride tab sorted by the year they committed. Their names link to their college bio pages.
Bonus content: The Pride tab also features a pro shop and The Champion Project page for those able to donate to NFVB. The Club Info tab has a Parents Site Help for those that need a little guidance on how to use SportsEngine platforms.
Location: Plainfield, Indiana
Webmaster: Scott McQueen
Overview: Circle City Volleyball Club began with just three teams in 1984 and has grown into one of the largest clubs in the nation. In its history, more than 250 teams have qualified for Junior Olympics and nearly 500 players have received college scholarships.
What we like: Great homepage design (it’s tough to beat an exploding volleyball in the middle of the homepage), mobile responsiveness and incredible Coaches and team pages. This is one of the few sites to include headshots and attributes (block jump, approach vertical, standing vertical, etc.) for each its players. To top it off, each coach has a high-quality headshot and bio information.
Coaches, recruiting, team pages: Coaching information can be found on the Coaches page under the Club Info top navigation. The names are clickable and lead to bio information and qualifications. Recruiting has its own top navigation tab with important dates, eligibility information and helpful links for each grade level. Team pages, as mentioned, are detailed with player information and tournament schedules.
Navigation: Seven top navigation tabs lead to Home, About Us, Club Info, Camps, Recruiting, Practices and Alumni. Much of this information can also be accessed via clickable images and links further down the hompage.
Did you know: Circle City has information and accolades displayed for notable alumni dating to 2004. The club’s achievements are also listed on the Club Highlights page under the About Us top navigation.
Bonus content: The Sideline Store has an extensive array of Circle City apparel, made by Nike, in various colors, sizes and styles.
Location: Parker, Colorado
Webmaster: Jason Smith
Overview: With the mantra “Work. Grind. Hustle.,” relentless Volleyball Club has teams for girls ages 13 to 18. The club’s experienced staff focuses on building players from the inside out by instilling a “relentless” mindset both on and off the court.
What we like: Great homepage design and color scheme throughout. The website is mobile responsive, easy to navigate and includes graphics and video on most pages. The webmaster clearly applied “Work. Grind. Hustle.” to this website.
Coaches, recruiting, team pages: Coaches are listed (with headshots) on the team roster pages. The coaching directors and their contact information are listed on the Contact page. RVC has little in the way of recruiting information, but its team pages are complete with updated rosters, schedules, team photos, player headshots and inspirational videos.
Navigation: The top navigation is divided into six dropdown tabs: Home, About, Parents, Contact, Teams and Calendar. But most of the site's information can be accessed through buttons and hyperlinks on the homepage.
Did you know: You can keep up with RVC by signing up for “The Grind” newsletter.
Bonus content: RVC has pump-up videos on its homepage and each team page, leaving no excuse for its members not to be inspired.
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Austin Performance has a great recruiting section that includes a timeline, coordinators and resources. Its homepage has a flashy design that links to social media sites Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Capital Volleyball Academy cracked the Top 5 last time, and it remains an outstanding site set back only by its lack of mobile responsiveness. It features an outstanding homepage with high quality graphics and videos.
Chicago Elite has an outstanding homepage that features a photo gallery and several videos. The site also has a scrolling banner with news and accomplishments.
With so many great sections chock full of valuable information (all of it displayed impeccably), this is a great site for beginning administrators in search of ideas to scour. We especially like the Coach Bios page.
Legacy was No. 1 last time we ranked club volleyball websites and was strongly considered this time for its still cutting-edge design and Recruiting Videos page.
Another mobile responsive site, Michigan Elite has a unique homepage filled with quality clickable graphics. MEVBA also offers a wide variety of training programs and resources for college recruits.
NKYVC was strongly considered for a return to the Top 5 for its vast recruiting information, use of photos and video and Training section.
We loved Premier’s minimalistic homepage design and Player’s Corner that links to videos for game skills, fitness training and coaching. Premier has two online stores, the Netzone Store and a used equipment store for players and fans to find equipment and apparel.
Supernova’s site is No. 1 in inspiration with a tab dedicated to Powerful Videos on its homepage. It also has great information about its club director and alumni playing at the college level. This site was strongly considered for the Top 5.
Tsunami Volleyball Club’s site has a great home page design and smoothly integrates graphics and video. Tsunami’s Check Us Out section has great videos of commitment ceremonies and Tsunami Mantras.
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