FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is there volleyball currently being played in Ballarat?
 
All volleyball competition and training is currently suspended until further notice in Ballarat due to the closure of stadiums and the restrictions in place to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
When will volleyball return?
 
At this stage there is no set return date for either training or competition. It is possible a restart could occur pending the further easing of government restrictions on November 22nd, however this would be limited and only for a period of 3-4 weeks before Christmas holidays start.
 
Where is Volleyball normally played in Ballarat?
 
Social competitions and tournaments are played on Courts 1 & 2 at the Mars Minerdome, 994 Grevillea Rd, Wendouree VIC 3355
Training is currently hosted at Ballarat Grammar’s Rintel Centre, 201 Forest Street, Wendouree, VIC, 3355 – accessible via the pedestrian gate adjacent to the main bus stop on Forest Street
 
What competitions will be available to play in when volleyball restarts?
 
Currently we have a Mixed Social Competition of 12 teams played on Monday nights. Match times are 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm and there are two seasons played in line with School terms
SUMMER SEASON Term 1 & 2 (February to June) with an Easter and/or April School holiday break
SPRING SEASON Term 3 & 4 (July to December) with a September School Holiday break
We are working towards differentiated competition levels and a possible second night of competition but at this stage we are restricted by venue availability
 
How much does it cost to play?
 
Payments are made per team rather than individual and the cost per team is $45 per game.
Prior to competition, all players must have registered with Volleyball Victoria as a member which provides you with accident insurance and member benefits among other things. Details on how to register are on our home page. and cost for a Social Membership in 2020 is $50 ($44 for Volleyball Victoria and $6 for Volleyball Ballarat).
 
I am new to Volleyball Ballarat and would like to join a team, what do I do?
 
You can contact us via contact@volleyballballarat.com.au or come down to the stadium during a competition night to check it out and discuss options. Depending on the time of the season and the numbers in each team, we may be able to add you to an existing team or create a completely new one with interested players as we have done regularly in the past.
I have my own team organised, can I enter the competition?
 
New teams are always welcome to join the Monday night Social Competition. Depending on the status of the season, this may be able to happen immediately or it may take some time to fit you into the draw and make any operational arrangements necessary to support new teams. Please email contact@volleyballballarat.com.au with any inquiries or entries.
 
Do I need a uniform to play?
 
We strongly encourage all teams to have a playing uniform but it is not compulsory. Our major sponsor S3Promotions can assist you with design and creation of a uniform if your team wishes to buy one. The Association also has sets of uniforms teams can hire for a season.
 
Are there referees provided?
 
In order to keep our playing fees low, we do not have paid referees to officiate matches. Due to the social nature of the competition, teams have been traditional scheduled to to duty for matches they are not playing in. At the moment we ask any team rostered for duty to provide a main referee and a scorer for 2 matches in the same time slot. This means that you may only be required to duty once every 3-4 weeks for an hour. We have a number of qualified referees that can help teams to learn the processes when they first start and it is quite a simple system we use.
 
Is there a junior competition?
 
Unfortunately at this stage we do not have a junior competition running, however depending on age and ability we do have some juniors playing in more experienced teams on a Monday night. We do have a junior squad training that is held at Ballarat Grammar on a Tuesday night from 6pm-7pm which any juniors are welcome to join. Please email contact@volleyballballarat.com.au for more information.
 
Does Ballarat have representative teams?
 
Ballarat has a long and proud history of representative volleyball. Currently we enter Men’s and Women’s teams in our own Annual Skins Tournament held in November and in the Victorian Country Volleyball Championships on the June long weekend each year. There are also a number of other regional tournament opportunities to participate in based on player availability.
 
Are there other higher level competitions to play in?
 
Volleyball Ballarat have a number of members that either play, coach or administrate with the Phantoms Volleyball Club, a combined team that draws players from all the Western Victorian afffiliate Associations to play in State League (Victorian Volleyball League). Phantoms play home matches in Bendigo, Ballarat and Horsham and offer teams in all levels of the competition from Honours to Division 3 for both Men and Women. For more information, please visit Phantomsvolleyball.com.au
 
Do Volleyball Ballarat run school clinics?
 
We have the capacity to run school clinics on request and to service Sporting Schools program requests that may come to us from local schools. If you are considering this option or require some assistance in puttingin a Sporting Schools application, please email President@volleyballballarat.com.au for more information.