Mission Statement/ Goals
The URI Men’s Volleyball team consists of undergrad and occasionally grad students who have extensive competitive experience from high school, club or international programs. Considered to be one of the top programs in the Northeast, the URI Rams are a determined and dedicated squad who strive for perfection at all times, both on and off the court.
The Rams have produced some of the finest volleyball players in the area, both at indoor and the beach disciplines. Many have gone on to successful careers as players and coaches. Our alumni are dedicated fans and will often be seen supporting the current squad at events. Club volleyball at URI has a longstanding tradition of producing battle hardened athletes with a deep IQ for the game.
URI Volleyball is highly competitive and sets lofty goals to succeed at the local, regional and ultimately, national levels.
Practices are every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday from 7-10pm and attendance is mandatory. There may also be some optional practices depending on gym availability. Weight training is also mandatory during season.
The 2016/17 season is split into halves. The first semester is our fall “pre-season” where the team is formed, tryouts are held and players jockey for positions as well as hone their skills. Several pre-season “Friendship” tournaments are held in November and December to showcase the team and determine how they match up with rivals in the collegiate conference. Fall season ends before finals in December.
Spring season is where the matches count for the conference record. Practices begin when second semester starts in late January and runs until Regionals in late March. Then a roster is selected to attend the national championships in early April. Season officially ends after nationals.
URI’s tournaments are always on weekends. Most of the tournaments are at colleges that are in URI’s NECVL Southern D1 conference. Most are one day events, either on a Saturday or a Sunday. Regional tournaments are two days and will take the entire weekend. Conference play will consist of playing matches against teams in our division as well as crossing over into the North division. The regional tournament decides the final standings for the conference. The national championship tournament is held during the second semester, usually in the second week of April. It is a 5 day trip (Wed-Sun) in Kansas City, MO for the 2017 Nationals. This trip includes over 100 men’s volleyball programs being represented at Nationals, with 48 being in the D1AA Division which URI competes in.