Volleyball and beach volley in constant growth in USA colleges

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The constant growth and popularity of  volleyball and beach volleyball in USA colleges is impressive. Women's volleyball is already one of the most practiced sports in colleges: in the 2018-19 academic year, a total of 1,073 NCAA colleges are sponsoring volleyball teams: 334 of those teams are competing in Division 1, 303 in Division II and 436 in Division 3; NAIA institutions currently sponsor 226 women's volleyball programs along with 456 two-year colleges in the United States.

These numbers confirm the increasing popularity of women's volleyball in universities but the good news comes from the men's sector: in 2019 there will be 150 teams competing in NCAA divisions, certifying it as the fastest growing  collegiate sport. Moreover in April, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced men's volleyball as their 26th championship sport with 42 teams ready to compete this season.

News also from beach volleyball: the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) added women's beach volleyball to the list of the emerging sports , meaning that junior colleges may start adding programs for their first season (Spring 2019). The NCAA made beach volleyball a Championship sport by the end of 2015 and now there are 75 institutions sponsoring varsity programs in 2018-19.