The game of volleyball has come a long way since its origin when YMCA instructor William Morgan invented it in 1895. Today, the OPY Volleyball Club proudly accepts the responsibility to carry on this YMCA tradition for our area's next generation of volleyball players.

Our program helps competitors develop their skills under the direction of our highly qualified coaching staff, which has extensive experience coaching at the middle school, high school and club levels. Teams will play in at least six regional tournaments over the course of the season.

The OPY Volleyball Club welcomes any interested volleyball player to come tryout for one of our tournament teams. To do so, we ask that you first register for an HOA Junior Tryout Membership in addition to registering for the tryout event itself, scheduled for Sunday, October 31. USA Volleyball is the governing body for competitive volleyball in the United States. The competitive season of the HOA region typically runs from November-April with most tournaments starting mid-December.

The OPY Volleyball Club is committed to offering the best competitive youth volleyball experience at the most affordable cost in our area. Our experienced and certified coaching staff have the best equipment available to offer the highest level of instruction. The Osage Prairie YMCA will be the home of the OPY Volleyball Club, offering two regulation volleyball courts to conveniently host all practices and home tournaments.

For more information, contact Brian Doussa, Associate Director of Sports and Recreation at 417-667-9622 and join the club Facebook group.

All participants


Please register for a $10 HOA Junior Tryout Membership. The OPY Volleyball Club is a member of the Heart of America (HOA) region of USA Volleyball.

Ages 9-12


Tryouts for this division will take place from 1:00-2:30 pm on Sunday, October 31. There is no cost for tryouts, but registration is required.

Ages 13-18


Tryouts for this division will take place from 3:00-4:30 pm on Sunday, October 31. There is no cost for tryouts, but registration is required.





When will I find out if I qualify for the tournament team?

All tryout participants will be contacted within 24 hours to either receive an invitation to join one of our tournament teams or an invitation to join our prep team. Our prep team participants are for those who may not quite be ready for the tournament team just yet, but still interested in developing their volleyball skills under the instruction of our coaches.

When is the Team Parent Meeting?

There is a mandatory Tournament Team Parent Meeting at 6:00 pm on November 3. At this meeting, we will complete HOA Registration, make team assignments, fit players for jerseys. The first payment is also due at this meeting.

When does practice start?

The first skills practice will take place 4:00-5:30 pm on November 4. Further team practices will begin November 7, times TBD.

From November through March, skills practices will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 pm. The team practice schedule and tournament schedules are TBD.

How much are Tournament Team dues?

The cost for YMCA members is $450 per player for the season. For non-members the cost is $600 per player.

  • Payment option 1: Pay in full at the Tournament Team Parent Meeting on November 3.
  • Payment option 2: Payments are accepted! The first payment of $150/Members; $200/Non-Members is due at the November 3 meeting. Four subsequent monthly payments of $75/Members;$100/Non-Members is due on the first of each month.

Club fees help offset the cost of coaches, uniforms, practice t-shirts, equipment, gym space, tournament fees. Dues also cover two weekly skills practices (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and up to two weekly team practices (Wednesdays and Sundays, pending tournament schedule).

Fees for all tournaments, including the season-ending Regional Tournament, are included in club dues.

How much are Prep Team dues?

OPY Volleyball Club Prep Team dues are paid monthly. The first payment of $40/Members; $65/Non-Members is due November 3, and on the first of the month thereafter. Dues cover the cost of coaches, practice t-shirts, equipment, gym space, two weekly skills practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

What if I need financial assistance?

With this commitment to growing the interest of competitive youth volleyball in our area, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to grow at the competitive level regardless of ability to pay the stated fees. As with all YMCA membership and programing, financial assistance is available upon request.

Is there a team mascot?

Our symbol is the YMCA's Spirit, Mind and Body Triangle! This is the foundation of our club's player developmental philosophy. Using volleyball as our vehicle, we focus on building confidence through encouragement, resilience through competition and physical skill through quality repetition. We are committed to nurturing the potential of all our youth volleyball players and helping them reach their highest level of play.