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Welcome to Nighthawk Volleyball

The great thing about being a Nighthawk Volleyball player is that you get to be a part of a program and school that thrive on building tradition and excellence...  This means that you are committed to hard work and dedication not only on the court, but off the court as well ... It means playing in front of some of the loudest and most supportive fans in the city ... It means playing against the best teams in the State in one of the highest Divisions ... It means traveling to compete ... It means wearing the school colors with pride ... It means doing your best in athletics and academics ...

If you have what it takes to reach our level, we'd like to see you at Player Evaluations!


The Ironwood Ridge Volleyball program strives to be a model program - promoting dedication, commitment, pride, loyalty confidence, competitive spirit, and tradition.  Our tradition of athletic and academic excellence began in 2001 with our first teams and we believe that it is the responsibility of every student-athlete to maintain that tradition of excellence.  We believe that the volleyball court is an extension of the classroom as stated in our coaching philosophy… a place where we strive to promote the development of the whole person. 


COACHING PHILOSOPHY:  Our main philosophical belief is that we want players to be better people when they walk out of here, in addition to being great volleyball players.  High school athletics provide student-athletes with excellent real-life situations and guidance without real-life consequences.  We believe this is a fundamental element of participation in the volleyball program.  We subscribe to the theory that the competitive athletic experience can enhance social development, contribute to mental and physical health, as well as teach the values of teamwork, goal-setting, responsibility, self-discipline, and self-motivation.  


In the IRVB system, each player must understand and appreciate their role on the team and in the program.  Further, players will understand and appreciate the values of discipline, accountability, sacrifice, selflessness, determination, competitive spirit, commitment, teamwork, and pride. 



The transition from middle school volleyball to high school volleyball can be difficult.  Playing in middle school is not required to play volleyball at Ironwood Ridge, however prospective student-athletes must understand that at the high school level, the commitment level requires that all practices, meetings, and competitions are mandatory.

High School Volleyball vs. Middle School Volleyball

  • The High School Season is longer (August – November)

  • High School Practices are typically scheduled five times a week 

  • High School Competitions are every week; scheduled at 4:00 PM; 5:00 PM; 6:00 PM


At Ironwood Ridge, the Indoor Volleyball Program competes during the Fall Season (August-November) and the Beach Team plays in the Spring Season (February-May). All practices, meetings, and competitions are mandatory for both programs.


  • IRVB offers three levels of teams:

    • Varsity, Junior Varsity Team, Sophomore/Freshman Team

    • Each Team typically carries 12-14 players on the roster​

  • IRVB practices six times a week (including most Saturdays)

  • High School Competitions are every week, generally two matches (or a total of 18 matches)


  • IRVB Beach offers two levels:  Varsity, Junior Varsity​

  • IRVB Beach practices four to five times a week

  • High School Beach Competitions feature 6 pairs (12 players total) and two alternates


Volleyball is a team sport where everyone works hard together.  The goal of the coaching staff is to place players in the best situation for the success of the program first, then each team, and finally, the players’ individual development.  Competition for a team uniform, playing time, and/or a starting position at Ironwood Ridge will be intense.  We believe that selection to a high school team is an honor and privilege.

Volleyball Tryouts begin the first week in August - regardless of when school starts.

For more information regarding the start of the new season, please visit our Pre-Season Information page. 


All prospective student-athletes must have a current clearance packet (including a current physical and health history form) on file with the Athletic Department BEFORE they are allowed to participate in any off-season activities. Physicals for the new season must be current and dated on or after March 1 of the same year. 

Please contact the Athletic Department with any questions or concerns.


As you prepare to explore being a part of the Volleyball Program, you'll notice the work ethic of the student-athletes and coaching staff as they get ready for a new season.  Preparation is the key to maintaining a top-notch volleyball program. Ironwood Ridge has built a strong tradition of developing excellent volleyball players and teams. Expectations are high here and you must make a choice to share these expectations or make the commitment to meet them. Those that wish to become a member of one of our teams, at some point, will need to put in the work in order to be successful.

Ironwood Ridge Volleyball provides a comprehensive Off-Season Program open to all current and prospective student-athletes at Ironwood Ridge High School, specifically designed to acclimate players into the volleyball program and to provide opportunities to improve as a player. 

Please review these training activities on the Off-Season Opportunities to plan your Summer and Fall.

IRVB Off-Season Newsletter

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