The most important key is to stay focused on the greater good. Use a logical and simple format as the priority when making decisions.
The MN Boys High School Volleyball Association was established in 2018 to create opportunities and support boys playing volleyball in Minnesota high schools. Its mission is to help provide a low cost league and administrative assistance to relieve the amount of responsibility and functions in the school athletic departments. With the support of Hugh McCutcheon, Walt Weaver, and North Country Region, the Association had its inaugural Boys High School Volleyball Season in the Spring of 2018 with 22 schools fielding 38 JV and Varsity volleyball teams allowing 400+ boys to compete for their high school.
The ultimate goal is for Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) to recognize, support and sanction boys high school volleyball as a MSHSL sport.
If you are asking "why isn't there boys volleyball in my state?" Here are steps and information for you to turn your question into action.
The MN Boys High School Volleyball Association eases the start up by streamlining processes and reducing affordability barriers.
The most important key is to stay Focused on the Greater Good. Use a logical and simple format as the priority when making decisions. Go into it with a volunteer mindset, find people with connections, keep it simple and celebrate small wins. Do a few things "great" rather than many things "ok".
"We hoped for 10-15 teams TOTAL! That would be a HUGE win in our minds" shares MN High School Boys Volleyball Association Co-Director Krista Flemming. "We got 38 teams!! That was not anticipated. Response and interest was amazing. It is carrying over into 2019 for many schools that just couldn't pull the trigger in time last year. We already have 36 schools (72 teams for Year 2) with registration deadline being Feb 1, 2019."
There is always hesitation to try new things. The main obstacles that MN Boys HS Volleyball Association faced were:
"It's important to remember that the female and male versions of our sport help each other immensely. There are very few sports that can say that. Without question, having a boys volleyball team will help your girls team and vice versa." - Hugh McCutcheon, University of Minnesota Women's Head Volleyball Coach. Former USA/Olympic Men's & Women's Volleyball Coach
More specific information on starting a program can be found HERE.
Questions are welcome, so please do not hesitate to reach out to Jenny, Krista or the JVA staff for guidance and advice. It is an exciting time for boys volleyball and we look forward to growing the game together, one step at a time. Click HERE to visit the MN High School Volleyball Association website.