As we move towards the end our of volleyball season, we usually get some emails and calls from parents moving into the area from out of state, or girls' parents who want them to play competitive volleyball in high school and train and learn at a high academic school and play volleyball with a high level coach and team.
Here's a few highlights about Fort Mill High School:
For 2020 and 2021, Fort Mill High School ranked 8th for all high schools in South Carolina by U.S. News & World Report.
Fort Mill Schools receives Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards from the State Board of Education.
Fort Mill Schools outperforms state and national averages on SAT and ACT.
Fort Mill Schools Top S.C. Report Cards.
For our volleyball team, coach Jim Seidel was the 2020 North Carolina Volleyball Coach of the Year and has coached in 3 state volleyball championships. He coaches at Carolina Union Volleyball Club, the only top 100 club in Charlotte where is leads their 17's national team. In 2020 coach Seidel's 17's team was ranked 11th in the Carolina Region. At Fort Mill coach Seidel's 2021 team was ranked as high as 6th in the state of South Carolina for all AAAAA high schools and finished the regular season .710 for the 2nd best win/loss % since 2005. The team had two AVCA Phenom Watchlist players and one AVCA All American Watchlist player. The team won the Chesnee Invitational and took 2nd at the Byrnes Invitational and have made the SCSHL playoffs in 2021. This year we are graduating 7 seniors and will have an amazing returning class and incoming class from our feeder middle schools and JV. Our last few volleyball players players to be recruited have played at University of Tennessee, App State, USCL and Radford University.
If you're considering moving to Fort Mill to live and choose to attend Fort Mill High School, please see the following map and look in the green area where it says Fort Mill. Or use this locator map to plot which school you would attend.
The district does require proof of residency to attend any of our fine schools and here is the form you will need for that.
After that, here is all the information you'll need to transfer to Fort Mill High School and begin or finish your high school career at our amazing school. Click here for all transfer student information.
If you are currently attending a "non member school" in the area and live in the attendance zone for Fort Mill High School, you will not have to sit out a year to play sports or volleyball. You will have to go through the transfer process for school and academics and be accepted, but that's it.
For home schooled athletes who live in the district (and in our school's zone), and want to play volleyball at Fort Mill High School, here is the information you'll need to participate. And this form as well will also help with sports.
We hope you have learned a little about Fort Mill High School, the amazing staff and academics we have here as well as the ever evolving, growing and beginnings of a volleyball dynasty at Fort Mill High School. We welcome you to our school and hope to see you.
Fort Mill Volleyball Defeats Nation Ford
The Yellowjacket team played lights out on Tuesday September 14th to beat long time rival Nation Ford High School. Our senior class was in the 7th grade the last time Fort Mill beat NAFO to give you some idea how big a win this was. In 3 straight sets we defeated NAFO 25-18 25-19 25-23.
Then on Tuesday September 21st the Yellowjackets made another clean sweep of our other cross-town rival, the Catawba Ridge Cobras. Defeating them in 3 sets 25-17 25-18 25-16.
Our other region win against Boiling Springs last night, Thursday 9/23 puts us in 2nd place in the region at 2 & 1 behind Clover, whom we lost to at Clover on 9/16.
Overall the Fort Mill Yellowjackets are 14 & 4 on the season with 6 matches yet to play in region, two of which are against Gaffney.
Congratulations go to Fort Mill senior, Kennedy Robinson for making the All America Watch List. Other congratulations go to junior, Grace Duey and freshman, Katelyn Rutledge for making the AVCA Phenom Watch List.
The requirements for having an athlete on the AVCA Phenom List are: the student-athlete must be an underclassmen who has been recognized in some form for her outstanding volleyball abilities (All-Region, All-State, PVB Watchlist, USAV HP team, etc.) AND the student-athlete's high school head coach, club coach, or club director must be an active AVCA member. Uncommitted athletes on the AVCA Phenom Watch List are invited by the AVCA to participate in the Phenom College Preparatory Program.
For the tenth year, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) will host the invitation only AVCA Phenom College Preparatory Program. Since the start of the Phenom College Prep Program, 80% of participating athletes end up on college rosters! The program is the only showcase that consistently has more than 200 college coaches in attendance.
For tickets to attend a Fort Mill High School volleyball match, please visit our GoFan page to purchase your digital ticket. Tickets are just $5, kids 6 & under are free.
Champions at Chesnee High School
The Fort Mill Yellowjackets travelled to Chesnee High School for their annual volleyball invitational on Saturday August 28th, 2021. The Jackets defeated Blue Ridge High (2-0), High Point Academy (2-0), Daniel (2-0) and R-S Central (2-0) in the championship gold match.
This puts the Yellowjacket volleyball team at 9 & 1 for the season, their best start to a season since at least 2007. The Yellowjackets were led by senior Kennedy Robinson and junior Grace Duey, both outside hitters. Setters Hannah Behrman, Martina Puno and Ella Martinez, middles Nyla Snipes and Tori Bolling and the back row was led by Logan Yarbrough and Ava Clancy. The Yellowjackets are coached by Jim Seidel, with 3-time North Carolina State Volleyball appearances and the 2020-21 North Carolina Volleyball Coach of the Year. Coach Seidel also coaches the 17 national team for Carolina Union Volleyball Club.
August 14th, 2021 - Duncan, SC - The Fort Mill varsity volleyball team jump started their 2021 season with 5 wins and a 2nd place finish at the Byrnes Invitational held Saturday August 14th at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, SC. Compared to the Yellowjackets 0-2 start in 2020, the Jackets came out strong to defeat many Spartanburg area volleyball teams. The Jackets are led by coach Jim Seidel, the North Carolina Coach of the Year in 2021 who also has three North Carolina state championship appearances as a coach with Gaston Day, (assistant) and Mountain Island Charter School, (head coach) . The Jackets defeated Riverside High School, Belton-Honea Path, and Eastside first in morning pool play. Their pool play wins catapulted the Jackets to the Gold Bracket play where they defeated Chapman High School and then handed Spartanburg Christian Academy their first loss since September 2019 in 3 sets, winning the 3rd set 15 to 9. The Yellowjackets fought hard in the championship against 3-time South Carolina state champions, Powdersville High School, but eventually lost the match 0-2, losing the final set 23-25. Senior Jacket #12 Kennedy Robinson and junior #13 Grace Duey both earned coveted awards as "All Tournament Selections" for the entire invitational. Grace Duey had 35 kills and hit .411, while Kennedy Robinson also had 35 kills and hit .282 for the invitational. As a team the Yellowjackets had 143 kills, hit .280, had 35 aces, 31 blocks, 158 digs and received 173 volleyballs.
The Yellowjackets next take on the Rock Hill Bearcats in Rock Hill on Tuesday August 24th, starting at 6:30 pm. Follow the Fort Mill Yellowjacket Volleyball team for all your up to date scores and announcements, including live score updates during matches on Twitter.
Middle School Camp #1 of 2
Over 120 Fort Mill and area kids packed The Hive last week to take in some volleyball, have fun with our players and coaches and of course our mascot, Buzz! So many kids got better in just the few days they were there. Some just learning for the first time, some getting ready for middle school tryouts, and a few for high school tryouts.
Here 's typical review from a parent: "My daughter and 3 of her friends attended last week and had a great time but they are rising 5th and 6th graders. They all attended (company named removed) earlier this year in gold and silver however they all said they learned more in your 3 day camp than the couple of months spent at (removed).
Thank you parents and campers, our players, coaches and of course Buzz for a successful Fort Mill High | Middle School Volleyball Camp.
Please join us this season for all the high school action at our matches. JV starts at 5:30 and Varsity starts at 6:30pm. We'll have highly competitive volleyball, lots of fun and music to help us along on our #1 goal, getting to the State Championship!
Attention all Fort Mill area middle school volleyball players. It does not matter what middle school you attend, all are welcome!
Coming this July (19-21) 2021 is our annual Middle School Volleyball Camp, open for all rising 4th- 9th graders.
Coached by the new head coach for the Fort Mill Yellowjackets, coach Jim Seidel. Coach Seidel just won the North Carolina Volleyball Coaches Association's "Coach of the Year", and is coming off three straight years of going to a state volleyball championships, three conference championships and the NCHSAA Western Region Championship. Coach Seidel will be assisted by his varsity assistant coaches, head coach JV, and athletes from the Yellowjacket Volleyball team.
Training will be focused by group, from basic volleyball skills and games, to expert individual volleyball training from setters, to outside hitters, to defensive specialists and liberos and middle blockers. Coach Seidel has trained volleyball athletes in high school and at the Carolina Union Volleyball Club with many career tournament wins, Gold placement in National Qualifiers, to helping many players signed to play volleyball in college. Come get to know coach Seidel and his Yellowjacket team, he's here to build a volleyball program that starts in our middles schools and grows right up to his high school teams.
All camp attendees will also recieve a certificate of completion, a camp t-shirt and copies of digital pictures of them with our varsity players in uniform. All camps will be at Fort Mill High School, at "The Hive", (inside our air conditioned gym).
All proceeds will benefit the Fort Mill High School Volleyball team to help offset costs on equipment, buses and travel to volleyball matches. We have an aggressive schedule this year with big plans to make it to "states", please help us get there.
Spots are limited, so hurry and save your place now as these always fill up fast.
To reserve your spot click this link here and pay online now. Please include t-shirt size and sign waiver. THIS CAMP IS FULL. BUT WE HAVE OPENED ANOTHER
2ND Middle School Volleyball Camp is open, July 22nd & 23rd. Here are the details and link to reserve your spot. Only 40 spots available and then that is it for our volleyball camps. https://form.jotform.com/211364024613141
ALL CAMPS ARE NOW SOLD OUT. THANK YOU EVERYONE! We'll see you soon...
Summer Workouts in Full Swing | 2021 Volleyball
Summer workouts have begun for 2021 per the SCHSL.
Where: the Fort Mill High School Gym
Time: Times vary, check the calendar for updates
Mandatory? No - However, since I'm new and don't see you at any or few practices and if you were to happen to have a bad tryout, you could lose your place on the team. Just because you were on JV or Varsity last year is no guarantee that you will make this team.
Who may join? Anyone going to or is enrolled in Fort Mill High School.
Tryouts will be Friday July 30th from 4-6pm and a 2nd (make up) tryout will be Monday August 2nd from 1230-230pm. If no make ups are needed this will be a practice/tryout.
Forms and Physicals: The forms for all of what you'll need are online and here, https://www.fortmillathletics.com/page/show/533317-forms-and-information
They include: Athletic handbook, Physicals, Eligibility, Concussion and Transportation waiver. Please turn in completed forms to the Athletic Department.
Those that want more volleyball training outside of school, there are local volleyball clubs that are willing to help, like. Coach Seidel does not offer volleyball lessons outside of FMHS but can refer you to a highly qualified coach that may.
Currently there are no times for rising 9th graders to join until after middle school is out for the year. Sorry, our coaches are finishing up another club season and are out of town competing until 6/28
Tryouts are planned for Friday July 30th from 4-6pm and a 2nd tryout date (for make ups), will be Tuesday August 2nd from 12:30-2:30pm. If no make ups are required, this will be a practice and is required if you make the team. Written exceptions are made on a case by case basis.
All forms and handbooks are here and updated physicals must be completed, if required, before you tryout. All Forms
New Fort Mill Varsity Volleyball Head Coach and Program Head Jim Seidel
Coach Jim Seidel was recently named varsity head coach and program head for the Fort Mill Yellowjackets. Coach Seidel just came off a state championship season in North Carolina as head varsity coach and program head for the Raptors of Mountain Island Charter School where is amassed a varsity record of 18 & 1 for varsity and 12 & 2 for JV, was the NCHSAA state championship runner-up and awarded the North Carolina Coaches Volleyball Association, Coach of the Year. Prior to Mountain Island coach Seidel had been to two other volleyball state championships, (back to back) as assistant coach and head scout for Gaston Day School in the NCISAA. Coach Seidel also coaches volleyball at Carolina Union Volleyball Club where he coaches a 17's national team.
Coach Seidel brings to the Yellowjacket Nation his coaching and team management that in the last three years has produced three state championship appearances, dozens of All Conference and All State players, numerous players signed to play in college, three ACVA All American Watch List players and a 3 year win/loss record of 104 & 23 for an .818 coaching record, (coaching both JV and Varsity). Along with three Conference Championships and an NCHSAA Western Region Championship. When asked about his volleyball coaching style coach Seidel quoted Wisconsin Volleyball head coach Kelly Sheffield, "We'll set up a system that plays to the players' strengths, while understanding that teams that serve tough and control the ball are usually the ones that win."
Coach Seidel is married and lives in Fort Mill with his wife and two daughters where he is an avid beach volleyball player, owns the award winning Carolina Meat & Fish Co and coaches club volleyball.
Fellow YellowJackets, please help us in congratulating an amazing fellow student and rising senior, Ms. Hannah Behrmann being nationally recognized by the Junior Volleyball Association.
South Carolina AAAAA High School playing in Region III, Upper State Division.
Fort Mill High School
215 N Hwy 21 Bypass
Fort Mill, SC 29715
Phone: (803) 548-1900
Fax: (803) 548-1911
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