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In 1895, William Morgan, an instructor at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) decided to blend elements of basketball, baseball, tennis and handball to create a game for his classes that would demand less physical contact than basketball.

The “Y” took this new game around the world and introduced a uniquely American sport to many foreign lands. In 1916, the Philippines made its own contribution to volleyball by introducing an element of offense that would forever change the game. A receiving player would pass a ball in a high trajectory that would then be struck by another player. The set and spike were born. By 1928, tournaments and rules were needed already, and The United States Volleyball Association (USVBA) was born.


Now, USA Volleyball (USAV), formerly USVBA, is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport and the parent organization of the USA Men’s and Women’s National Teams. As such, USAV is recognized by the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), the international governing body of volleyball. It is USAV’s mandate to nurture all variations of the game - indoor, beach, grass, six-person, doubles, coed, disabled (sitting and standing) - at all skill and age levels.


BRAVO ACADEMY follows the rules of International Volleyball and apply those rules both for the oficial games, and for the practices. All practices consist of 2 hours and include both theory and practical learning. Practices occur twice a week and are mandatory for the players who wants to engage in competition.

All BRAVO players need to be AAU MEMBERS and have to keep their membership for as long as they stay enrolled at BRAVO. They are also obligated to keep AAU Insurance for the period they stay in the Academy. 

BRAVO's main purpose is to provide a selected group of athletes with an overal volleyball continuous improvement training that will help each one of the players to have a better performance. We are open to answer any question or discuss any special needs that your child/teen or you as a parent may have.

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