Improve Your Volleyball

Girl Volleyball Players Learn To Play and 
Make The School Team

Learn how to play girls volleyball so you make your school or club team.

It's true. You can improve your volleyball game performance.

If you are a high school or middle school player looking to make

your school team, whether JV or've come to the right place!

Got goals? 

Having problems with serving the ball over the net?

Need to learn how to pass the ball up to the setter?

Need to learn defensive skills so you can be a libero?

Can you hit the ball in the court yet?

Maybe you have bigger goals?

  • Are you interested in learning more about the collegiate volleyball experience?
  • Want to know more about the best players in each conference?
  • Are you interested in playing in Division I? Division II? Division III? or NAIA?
  • What does it take to play in each division? 
Learn how to play girls volleyball so you make your school or club team.Learn how to play girls volleyball so you make your school or club team.

You've come to the right place to find the answers to these questions and



My name is April Chapple, editor and creator of Improve Your


Whether I was

  • playing on the US National team
  • playing volleyball in a European or Italian championship final
  • competing on ESPN with my Budlight Four vs. Four championship team
  • travelling the states and internationally as an AVP pro beach player
  • winning the annual Manhattan Beach 6-man tournament 
  • playing professionally as New York Liberty in the first US Pro league for women 
  • coaching at the USA High Performance Championships
  • being one of the few USA High Performance evaluators in Las Vegas 
  • directing and coaching as founder of the weekly Volleyball Voice Boot Camp Classes and Clinics 
  • coaching as founder and director of the Volleycats Elite VBC in Las Vegas

I've seen how players worked to improve their volleyball skills  by

studying pictures, watching videos and exchanging inspiring stories 

with each other about the personal life lessons learned from

overcoming addition to good old fashioned court


Luckily, while playing internationally, I asked some famous 

female Olympic indoor and beach volleyball teammates to share

their stories of some obstacles they had to overcome.

And they did.

  • Were you ever told you were too short to be a setter?
  • What if you were kicked out of your house, because you

told your family that you made the USA national volleyball team, how

would you handle that?

  • What if you were told you were too big to be a middle blocker? How could that not hurt your feelings? What would you do to prove the negative talkers wrong?

Or like yours truly, what if you had to wear Forrest Gump leg braces

and if that weren't enough what if your hair fell out which everyone told

you, made you look like a boy?

Could you possibly become a professional female volleyball player

after enduring that kind of drama?

Trust me, you can't help but be motivated by these inspiring female

players stories. I was. And so have others.

You'll find lots of inspiring information here but there are still three

things missing.

You, your pictures, your inspiring story and your desire to improve

your volleyball game.

Improve Your Volleyball

Learn from Players

For inspiring female players and fans of all ages to celebrate, share and

learn from stories, information, videos and pictures.

Awards for the best players in the country

Watch training videos to improve individual skills

Here's an amazing collection of inspirational stories written by the players, many who are Olympians, about the obstacles they had to overcome and the sacrifices they made in order to reach their collegiate and professional goals.

Don't miss one of the most popular areas of this site.

Improve Your Volleyball interviews top collegiate players. 

Becoming a professional volleyball player requires an American to travel and live outside of the US.

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Learn How to Play

Go deeper into learning how to get better at certain aspects of the game. 

Terms are defined for words commonly used by referees and vocabulary not so commonly used by players.

Complete breakdown of the basic skills like hitting, setting, serving, spiking, blocking, defense. Find what can help improve your game and what a varsity coach is looking for in a player.

Read a brief history of American females in the Olympics. Also, learn how the game and its rules developed in the past 100 years to what it is now. In a hurry? Then check out our  basic history facts

Basic volleyball rules for beginner and advanced players along with rules for playing.

Exercises and volleyball drills are essential in the learning process for young players.

Each of the player positions are explored and discussed in addition to the importance of communicating on the court.

Learn About College 

Find college news in one place.

Collegiate conference volleyball schedules and predictions

Collegiate preseason rankings by conference

The collegiate volleyball season

Summer camps are a great way for players to build confidence on the court, learn skills, socialize with better players and visit college campuses.

Reviews of popular volleyball clubs.

Be Motivated and Develop Inner Power

Inspirational sayings and slogans

Clever sayings and slogans for setters on t-shirts

Motivational quotes and sayings on VolleyBragSwag shirts

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Volleyball uniform reveal videos

My playing shoes reflect elements of my career as a professional volleyball player.

Girls volleyball spandex shorts

Take the quiz

Reduce the chance of getting blisters by buying the right athletic socks.

What's in my volleyball bag? 

Volleyball knee pads are produced by major manufacturers like Mizuno, ASICS, Nfinity and Mikasa. Shop for them here.


Courts in Battery Park, New York (Dan Nguyen)Courts in Battery Park, New York (Dan Nguyen)

Indoor court measurements, and information about the lines, antennae and other equipment.

Popular nets for collegiate and recreational matches

Popular balls and ball reviews

Pole net systems commonly used

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