Established in 1981, USA Deaf Volleyball (USADVB) has produced some of the world’s best deaf beach volleyball and volleyball teams. The USADVB is committed to the development of athletes and organizes year-round training programs and local, regional, and national tournaments. National teams represent the US in the PanAm games, international indoor and beach deaf volleyball championships, and at the Deaflympics.
About Beach Volleyball
Beginning in the 1920s, traditional six-player volleyball was contested on the beaches of southern California, and in 1930 the doubles format was “invented” when four players decided to split up and play while waiting for the others to show up. Beach volleyball has grown in popularity to a point where it was added to the Olympic program in 1996. The sport was introduced as a Deaflympic sport during the 2005 games in Melbourne, Australia.
Volleyball is a popular sport in American schools, and many deaf and hard of hearing athletes continue to play in clubs or leagues beyond university. The US sent a team to the 1969 Summer Games when volleyball was first inducted as a Deaflympic sport, and has sent a volleyball team to every Summer Games since.