One common question that often pops up is whether you can play Fall Ball and still be part of your school’s volleyball team. Let’s dive into this FAQ and determine if you can balance both commitments.
Understanding the Distinction
For middle school athletes, the good news is that you can typically participate in both Fall Ball and your school team simultaneously. It’s a great way to develop your skills further, enjoy the sport, and make new friends beyond your school’s program.
However, things change when it comes to high school athletes. CIF rules (California Interscholastic Federation) restrict athletes from engaging in outside programs like Fall Ball during the CIF season. CIF prioritizes school team participation and requires athletes to focus solely on their CIF team during the season.
Making the Decision
If you’re in middle school, embrace Fall Ball and your school team experience. It’s an awesome chance to improve your game, get specialized coaching, and enjoy volleyball from different angles.
For high school athletes, it’s important to respect CIF rules. If you’re committed to your CIF team, prioritize your school season and follow the regulations set by your school and CIF. [You can still participate in the Travel Program’s Tryouts in July →]
Benefits of Fall Ball
No matter which option you choose, it’s crucial to recognize the benefits of Fall Ball. The program provides a supportive and inclusive environment for players of all levels. It focuses on skill development, teamwork, and nurturing a love for the game. Participating in Fall Ball allows you to refine your skills, expand your knowledge, and gain valuable experience on the court.
To sum it up, whether you can play Fall Ball and be on your school team depends on your school level and the CIF rules. Middle school athletes usually have the freedom to balance both commitments, while high school athletes must follow CIF regulations that prioritize the school team during the CIF season.
Remember, the Fall Ball Program offers a valuable opportunity to grow as a player, enhance your skills, and enjoy volleyball beyond your school’s program. Whether you choose Fall Ball, your school team, or focus solely on CIF, give it your best shot, embrace the opportunities available, and keep your love for volleyball burning bright.
Fall Ball Player Evaluations are August 19-20.
Space is limited.