HomeGrassroots Program

A Developmental Level Of Volleyball Training For Ages 7-12.

I am so excited to Open the Official Registration for Session 1 of the 2023 Waves Grassroots Volleyball Season.  (Finally !)

The first practice of Session 1 will be January 8th at the UWF HLS Building.

If you are interested in playing this season, please read all the details — (we have had  to make a few changes on facilities)  and follow all 3 Steps below to complete registration:

  1. Setup SportsEngine Account & Register as a USAV Member:
*Must have Sports Engine Account to be able to complete the USAV registration.

**Note: The first membership option available: 22-23 Gulf Coast Junior 17 & Under Player, is a $90 registration fee is not required. The grassroots program is a special classification, which does not require the full $90 membership level. Please choose the 8 & Under, 10 & Under Youth or Development Player option that will show up for your player’s respective age.

  1. Register for our Waves Grassroots Program – Session 1:  Grassroots Registration – Session 1 – 2023
  2. Pay $300 Grassroots Program Fee at Snap Spend Link:  Payment Link

Snap! Spend



We have had record interest so far on our contact info sign up form.  We still are finalizing locations for Sunday gym space between UWF, Washington High School and East Hill Christian to try an accommodate everyone.  Please be patient with us as we finalize the logistics and try to keep locations and times as consistent as possible.

All of the current program details are shown below.   If you would like to commit to the program, please complete the 3 steps to register using the links above.

Here are the details of the 2023 Grassroots program for Session 1 outlined below:

2023 Schedule:
1 Weeknight practice (choice between Tuesday @ Hillcrest Baptist Church or Wednesday @ East Hill Christian School) and 1 Sunday practice (current plan to be hosted at UWF with possible changes at Washington High or East Hill Christian.)

All Sunday locations will be finalized before January 6th.  

Tuesdays:      10 & Under: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

11s & 12s:  5:00pm – 6:00pm

(Times/Ages may be adjusted to better fit numbers / ages attending this practice.)


Wednesdays:  9 & under & 9’s       5:30 – 6:30pm

10’s & 11’s               6:30 – 7:30pm

12’s                          7:30 – 8:30pm


Sundays:        8’s & 9’s     – 12:30 – 2:00pm

10’s & 11’s   – 2:00 – 3:30pm

12’s              – 3:30 – 5:00pm

Date Day Event
Jan 8 Sunday Practice 12:30, 2:00, 3:30 @ UWF – HLS Building 72
Jan 10 Tuesday Practice @ Hillcrest 4 – 6
Jan 11 Wednesday Practice 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 @ East Hill
Jan 15 Sunday Practice 12:30, 2:00, 3:30 – Location TBD
Jan 17 Tuesday Practice @ Hillcrest 4 – 6
Jan 18 Wednesday Practice 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 @ East Hill
Jan 22 Sunday Tournament – Foley 2:00pm Start**
Jan 24 Tuesday Practice @ Hillcrest 4 – 6
Jan 25 Wednesday Practice 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 @ East Hill
Jan 29 Sunday Practice 12:30, 2:00, 3:30 – Location TBD
Jan 31 Tuesday Practice @ Hillcrest 4 – 6
Feb 1 Wednesday Practice 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 @ East Hill
Feb 5 Sunday  Tournament – Elberta 1:00pm Start**
Feb 7 Tuesday Practice @ Hillcrest 4 – 6
Feb 8 Wednesday Practice 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 @ East Hill
Feb 12 Sunday Practice 12:30, 2:00, 3:30 – Location TBD
Feb 14 Tuesday Practice @ Hillcrest 4 – 6
Feb 15 Wednesday Practice 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 @ East Hill
Feb 19 Sunday Tournament – Foley – 2:00 pm Start**
Feb 22 Wednesday NO Practice – End of Session 1

These are anticipated times and may shift slightly to accommodate numbers.  Weeknight practices will not go beyond 8:30pm.  Sunday practices should not start before noon. Additional facilities may be added.

**Also note, tournaments start in waves.  If your child’s team draws the late wave (starting at 6pm), they may be playing until possibly 8:30pm on Sunday night.  This happened frequently last season for the 11’s and 12s.

First Practice – Sunday @ UWF – Health Leisures & Sports Building (Bldg. 72)

  • See attached map
  • Please arrive 15 – 30 minutes prior to practice time on first day for check in

Whew! This is a LOT of info.  Please read through carefully.  If you have any questions, I am happy to help.  Please feel free to contact me via email or cell phone.  I am a school teacher and usually cannot answer the phone during the school day, but can text or call back on planning periods.

Go Waves!


2022-2023 Grassroots Sessions Preliminary Details!
I wanted to share with you another volleyball opportunity through the West Florida Waves Volleyball Club. The Waves Volleyball Club is the longest running volleyball club in Pensacola. I was first a player for what was then called Volleyball Pensacola in 1997 when it was formed. I later began coach with them after college in 2002 and took over as director in 2010. We began the grassroots program dedicated to introducing volleyball at a younger ages 11 years ago and the program has grown each year (from 15 players in our first 2011 VolleyTots program to more than 100 players in last season's grassroots training).

~Kelly Comerford / Grassroots Director

1st Session Jan. to mid Feb.
2nd Session Feb to April
2 Practices per week 1.5 hours
Sunday Afternoon and Wednesday Night
3 - 4 Sunday afternoon/evening tournaments
Player Jersey Included
Volleyball Provided by Region
USAV Membership Required
Free for 8 & under, $25 for 9 & 10 and $50 for 11 & up
$300 Total Cost per session(estimated)
If you are interested, please sign up to receive further details. The button below does not commit a player to the Waves. It is intended to keep everyone interested in our Grassroots program stays notified of details and further instructions. Hope to see you all on the court soon!

Go Waves!

Session 2 Schedule


March MadnessMarch 1stFoley, Alabama
LAV InvitationalMarch 22ndFoley, Alabama
Battle of the BayApril 5thFoley, Alabama
Gulf Coast Regionals April 17th Mobile, Alabama

The Future Of Volleyball Starts Here!

Practice Times:

Wednesday Practices
8 & Under 5:30 - 6:30
9s & 10s 5:30 - 7:00
11s & 12s 6:30 - 8:00

Sunday Practices
8 & Under 12:30 - 2:00pm
9s & 10s 12:30 - 2:00pm
11s & 12s 2:00 - 3:30pm

Cost: $250* (+ USAV Membership)

USAV Membership Cost:
For 11 years old & Up (as of 7/1/21) - USAV Membership is $50.
For 9 & 10 years olds (as of 7/1/21) - USAV Membership is $15.
For 8 & Under (as of 7/1/21) – USAV Membership is FREE
Fees include Jersey and insurance


West Florida Waves Volleyball Club is a proud member of the Gulf Coast Region Volleyball Association, and USA Volleyball


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