9-man is a street version of the sport volleyball. The sport originated from Chinese immigrants in the US who played during their free time. The sport was to socially connect laborers in Chinatown across the United States. The 9-man volleyball sport has its own rule set that is tweaked from the traditional rules. For example, each side of the net consists of nine players instead of the traditional six players.
The sport of 9-man drastically grew within the Chinatown community. What was your street volleyball turned competitive. Teams formed and competed in tournaments against others with the same interest. What was played in the streets of Chinatown grew to parking lots. With the exposure the sport is getting, games are slowly transitioning into convention centers.
The Philadelphia Suns have always been a basketball program and did not take part in volleyball until 2006. A longtime member, Stosh, played in Washington, D.C. for their Chinatown team CYC. It was then when the Suns were introduced to volleyball. The Suns managed to attract the interest of several young Asian American men and eventually formed their very own 9-man volleyball team. The Suns' 9-man volleyball team participates in multiple tournaments throughout the year including, The North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament (NACVIT).
In 2010, the Suns began hosting their very own Philly mini. These volleyball tournaments are hosted every year to keep Chinese Americans socially connected through the game and build teamwork skills among members.
LADY SUNS VOLLEYBALL
The Lady Suns Volleyball program was founded in 2006 and consisted of seven players who made their first debut at the New York Mini National Tournament that season. The team participated in their first North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament (NACIVT) in 2008, and by 2011 in Montreal, Canada we placed in the Silver Bracket. The Lady Suns managed to attract the interest of several young Asian American women and by 2012, the team had accrued 50 members.
Our weekly practices take place in the heart of Chinatown, Philadelphia, at the Chinese Christian Church and Center. We participate in three Mini tournaments located in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and New York City. However, the main event is the NACIVT which is hosted by a different city every year.
The Lady Suns Volleyball program strives to build both technical and strategic skills in our novice and advanced players alike, as well as friendship through team bonding events.