The Los Angeles Volleyball Academy (LAVA) is a premier youth and junior volleyball organization based in Southern California. The program is the combined effort of multiple distinct locations working in tandem with one another and boasts collectively more than 50 teams and 500 competitive athletes. Director of Operations Nabil Mardini and Director of Development Trevor Julian oversee the LAVA collective, both founding members of the organization as a whole.

LAVA SOUTH (STUDIO CITY, CA) — LAVA South teams are considered some of the finest collections of coaching and athletic talent in the SCVA region with an excellent history of success. Based out of Oakwood School in Studio City, the program fields twelve to fifteen teams annually across the seven age divisions of the SCVA. The Director of LAVA South is Sheldon Sheehy alongside Assistant Director Ryan Duncan.

LAVA South teams are consistent performers at the highest levels in the region, with top “1’s” teams often competing in the Gold Divisions of the Southern California Volleyball Association Power League for their respective age groups. LAVA South is also recognized nationally as a strong program with myriad excellent finishes at national travel tournaments, including multiple gold, silver, and bronze medal finishes at mid-year and year-end tournaments.


Club Tryouts for the 2017-2018 club season (click here for more info) opened on August 12 for the 15’s-18’s age groups and on October 07 for the 11’s-14’s age groups. Tryouts have concluded and teams have been finalized. LAVA South houses full travel teams and limited travel teams. What is Full Travel? Click here. Have interest or want more information? Please contact our staff.


What is non-travel? Non-travel programs are skills training and development programs with no competitive travel component. These programs tend to be session-based (a certain number of weeks) and seasonal (one session per season), not team-based with a variety of programs available for youth and junior athletes from grades 03-09.

# – Lava Lite … Youth Skills Training … For 1st-5th Graders
# – Lava Juniors … Skills Development … For 6th-8th Graders

Registration and payment for non-travel programs is accomplished online. Online forms for the above listed programs are available via the links provided above.

The LAVA South coaching staff always features an excellent mix of experienced, exciting new faces and popular, recognizable returning coaches; success is built into their very tin and timber. The group has won awards and accolades as players and coaches at nearly every level, bringing centuries of experience and a pedigree of sustained success to the table for the oldest of the LAVA girls branch locations.

LAVA South features multiple program offerings with options for all ages and skill levels, including non-travel and skills development programs. Our youth skills program for 1st-5th graders, also known as LAVA Lite @ LAVA South, run over four seasonal sessions — Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall — with 6-12 practices per session (depending on season) at total cost of ranging from $125-$195. We also offer our advanced youth program for 6th-8th graders called the Juniors @ LAVA South, formerly known as the Walk-Ons Program, which also runs over seasonal sessions with 6-12 practices per session at total cost of $95-$225. All this, in addition to the LAVA South competitive travel teams for ages 10-18.

For more information on LAVA South, our travel teams or non-travel programs, or the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy as a whole, please contact our staff.


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