I don't really have a point to make or a question to ask, but I thought I would post on this subject anyway because it takes up a huge amount of my time and I'm curious to see if anyone else here has been involved or has kids involved currently. My youngest daughter Stephanie is 15 and has been playing organized volleyball since she was 12. If you're not familiar with the way volleyball is organized in the US, basically there is the school season which lasts from August to November and then the club season goes from December to June. Within the club system there are three levels: regional level, American level, and National Level. Steph played one club season on a regional team as a 12, then moved up to american as 13, and then has played national level the last two years. She's been moving around to different clubs as she improves and moves up. Hopefully she's finally found a good home where she can stay for a couple more seasons. On the school side, she attends one of the largest public high schools in the state and they are always pretty competitive until about the district level. In junior high, her 7th and 8th grade teams went a combined 45-1 and won the conference tournament both years. This year she was one of 2 freshman to make the varsity team. She didn't get a lot of playing time, but it was still a great experience for her. Southwest Ohio is sort of a hot bed of volleyball talent. There are 5 all girls Catholic schools in the Cincinnati area that all play in the same league. At one point during the school season Maxpreps had the top 3 teams in that league ranked #1, #6, and #11 nationally. Her school team would have to get through at least two of those teams to ever make it to the state finals. For the last 9 years in a row her school has been the district runner up; losing to one of those teams each year. But these are the girls that she is playing with and competing against during the club season. She is currently playing on a Cinci area club team that is a 40 min commute from our house. The team has it's issues, but looks pretty good. They are pushing hard to try to qualify for the USAV National Championships that take place in June in Detroit this year.