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Cleveland (Northeast Ohio) Volleyball Leagues and Info

If you know of other leagues, please email me and I will add them to this list.

Links are listed next to the hyperlink so you can copy and paste them if you choose.

We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
Never Be The First To Get Old!!!!!

Indoor Court Size  ·  Formations: 4-2, 6-2, 5-1

I created this page to keep track of the Cleveland area volleyball information that I find and information that people give me
Please double-check the information with the original website for the current information.
Please notify me if you find any inaccurate information, and I will try to correct it as soon as possible.
I just want to get the information out there so others can make their own decision about when and where to play.

After The page ( ) a local website that has a list of gigs for Cleveland area bands Groups :
Ohio Beach VB   ·   Ohio Beach Volleyball Network   ·   Ohio Indoor Volleyball Network   ·   Lake Erie Volleyball Association   ·  
Lakeview Beach & PIB Volleyball   ·   Akron Area Volleyball   ·   Outback Volleyball  ·  
VB Pimp  ·   Middle Bass VB and Cornhole  ·  Mitchells Tavern  ·   Voodoo Athletics  ·  Notre Dame College Sand Volleyball  ·  
* Cleveland area VB fans  ·   * OhioVolleyball   ·   <------ you must be a member of to view these 2 groups

A complete listing of regional events and tryouts appears each Thursday in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and
online at ( ) (not very helpful, IMO) or ( )
(you can read messages, but you must join to be able to post a message)

Cleveland Plays ( )   ·   Beach VB  ·   Indoor VB  ·   Events   ·   Classifieds

Lakeview Beach (Lorain, Ohio) Page ( )

Force Sports formerly One Wellness Sports & Health ( )  ·  

Razzles Sand Volleyball ( )

Rocky River Indoor Volleyball ( )

VB Pimp Volleyball Page ( ) Andy Z's Volleyball Page   ·  

Volleyball Associates Page ( ) ( )    ·     The Volley Project ( )

Voodoo Athletics page ( )  ·  Voodoo Athletics - Indoor  ·  Voodoo Athletics - Outdoor  ·  


Each link opens at this site, with more information

Scheduled: Tournaments and Camps & Clinics

Volleyball Calendar (in a new window)


Open Gyms, Open Sand

INDOOR Open Gym Volleyball at Parma Comm. Gen. Hosp Health Education Center...walk-in cost= $4.00, MONDAYS (Intermediate), starting June 3, 2013 for 14 weeks

INDOOR Open Gym Volleyball at Green High School MONDAY evenings, 8pm to 10pm

INDOOR Open Gym Volleyball at Grindstone Elementary School, Berea, Ohio TUESDAY evenings, 7pm to 9pm

INDOOR Open Gym Volleyball at Copley High School WEDNESDAY evenings, 7pm to 9pm ... FREE

INDOOR Open Gym Volleyball at Solon Middle School gym WEDNESDAYS 6:30pm to 8:30pm, $3.00

INDOOR Open Gym Volleyball at Parma Comm. Gen. Hosp Health Education Center walk-in cost= $4.00, THURSDAYS (Advanced), starting June 6, 2013 for 14 weeks

INDOOR Open Gym Volleyball at Rocky River's Don Umerley Civic Center gym 3 courts, THURSDAYS (Advanced & All Skills), from THURSDAY September 12, 2013 to December 12, 2013

INDOOR Open Gym Volleyball at Tallmadge Recreation Center THURSDAYS 8pm to 10pm, $8.00 for non members, FREE for Rec Center members

INDOOR Open Gym Volleyball in Cuyahoga Falls THURSDAY evening, "A LEVEL" COED

INDOOR Open Gym Volleyball at Christ Community Chapel, Hudson, Ohio COED open volleyball on FRIDAY nights from 7:00-11:00 PM

League Info: Indoor, Sand, Grass

If you know of any other leagues or links, or have any suggestions or ideas, please email me, Dave H, at volleyball1962 AT yahoo DOT com   
My Webpage

Volleyball "Divisions" are: (from most experienced to least experienced)

Open, AA, A, BB, B, CC, C, Recreation
Some tournaments / leagues use: Upper, Intermediate, Lower

Rules of the game: Volleyball court: The court
The game is played on a volleyball court 18 meters (59 feet) long and 9 meters (29.5 feet) wide,
divided into two 9 m 9 m halves by a one-meter (40-inch) wide net placed
so that the top of the net is 2.43 meters (7 feet 11 5/8 inches) above the center of the court for MEN'S competition,
and 2.24 meters (7 feet 4 1/8 inches) for WOMEN'S competition (these heights are varied for veterans and junior competitions).

There is a line 3 meters from and parallel to the net in each team court which is considered the "attack line".
This "3 meter" (or 10 foot) line divides the court into "back row" and "front row" areas (also back court and front court).

The three standard volleyball formations are known as "4-2", "6-2" and "5-1", which refers to the number of hitters and setters respectively.
4-2 is a basic formation used only in beginners' play, while 5-1 is by far the most common formation in high-level play.


The 4-2 formation has four hitters and two setters. The setters usually set from the middle front or right front position.
The team will therefore have two front-row attackers at all times. In the international 4-2, the setters set from the right front position.
The international 4-2 translates more easily into other forms of offense.
The setters line up opposite each other in the rotation. The typical lineup has two outside hitters.
By aligning like positions opposite themselves in the rotation, there will always be one of each position in the front and back rows.
After service, the players in the front row move into their assigned positions, so that the setter is always in middle front.
Alternatively, the setter moves into the right front and has both a middle and an outside attacker;
the disadvantage here lies in the lack of an offside hitter, allowing one of the other team's blockers to "cheat in" on a middle block.

The clear disadvantage to this offensive formation is that there are only two attackers, leaving a team with fewer offensive weapons.

Another aspect is to see the setter as an attacking force, albeit a weakened force, because when the setter is in the front court
they are able to 'tip' or 'dump', so when the ball is close to the net on the second touch, the setter may opt to hit the ball over with one hand.
This means that the blocker who would otherwise not have to block the setter is engaged and may allow one of the hitters to have an easier attack.


In the 6-2 formation, a player always comes forward from the back row to set. The three front row players are all in attacking positions.
Thus, all six players act as hitters at one time or another, while two can act as setters.
So the 6-2 formation is actually a 4-2 system, but the back-row setter penetrates to set.

The 6-2 lineup thus requires two setters, who line up opposite to each other in the rotation. In addition to the setters,
a typical lineup will have two middle hitters and two outside hitters. By aligning like positions opposite themselves in the rotation,
there will always be one of each position in the front and back rows. After service, the players in the front row move into their assigned positions.

The advantage of the 6-2 is that there are always three front-row hitters available, maximizing the offensive possibilities.
However, not only does the 6-2 require a team to possess two people capable of performing the highly specialized role of setter,
it also requires both of those players to be effective offensive hitters when not in the setter position. At the international level,
only the Cuban National Women's Team employs this kind of formation. It is also used in Women's NCAA play,
partially due to the variant rules used which allow 12 substitutions per set (as opposed to the 6 allowed in the standard rules).


The 5-1 formation has only one player who assumes setting responsibilities regardless of his or her position in the rotation.
The team will therefore have three front-row attackers when the setter is in the back row, and only two when the setter is in the front row,
for a total of five possible attackers.

The player opposite the setter in a 5-1 rotation is called the opposite hitter. In general, opposite hitters do not pass;
they stand behind their teammates when the opponent is serving. The opposite hitter may be used as a third attack option (back-row attack)
when the setter is in the front row: this is the normal option used to increase the attack capabilities of modern volleyball teams.
Normally the opposite hitter is the most technical skilled hitter of the team.
Back-row attacks generally come from the back-right position,known as zone 1, but are increasingly performed from back-center in high-level play.

The big advantage of this system is that the setter always has 3 hitters to vary sets with. If the setter does this well, the opponent's
middle blocker may not have enough time to block with the outside blocker, increasing the chance for the attacking team to make a point.

There is another advantage, the same as that of a 4-2 formation: when the setter is a front-row player, he or she is allowed to jump
and "dump" the ball onto the opponent's side. This too can confuse the opponent's blocking players: the setter can jump and dump or
can set to one of the hitters. A good setter knows this and thus won't only jump to dump or to set for a quick hit, but when setting
outside as well to confuse the opponent.

The 5-1 offense is actually a mix of 6-2 and 4-2: when the setter is in the front row, the offense looks like a 4-2;
when the setter is in the back row, the offense looks like a 6-2.

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