Newport News couple hope their volleyball app is a game changer

pete.humes@insidebiz.com Our story begins with a husband and wife. He’s good with computers, and she has a passion for volleyball. You’d be forgiven if you assumed that they didn’t spend much quality time together. But Brian and Sanci Hall figured out a way to combine competitive sports and simulation software to create a commercially viable business model. The Newport News couple are the creators of VolleySim, a virtual volleyball training app that helps players and coaches “visualize specific decision-making aspects of the game.” How did two people, who first met while serving with the U.S. Army in Baghdad’s Green Zone, become the owners and designers of a sports training app? It all started when Sanci, a coach for the Peninsula Juniors Volleyball Club, “dragged her poor husband to volleyball games.” Brian sat in the bleachers. He watched the matches. He asked questions: Why does the libero – a defensive player…Keep Reading

In Their Own Words: Emma Keller and VolleySim

  My name is Emma Keller. I’m 14 and grew up in Hampton, Virginia. I am a sophomore at Hampton Christian Academy, volunteer at my church’s Sunday School ministry, and love to read. I became interested in volleyball when I was in the 8th grade (2013) and have played as a middle hitter for my school’s Junior Varsity and Varsity team, as well as for the Peninsula Juniors Volleyball Club. My goal in volleyball: improve my skill for recreation purposes. I don’t plan on playing in college or beyond high school. I just want to play and play well. I found VolleySim through my coach Sanci Hall (founder of VolleySim) and started using the app as a conditioning exercise before the season started. Mainly, I use it during the volleyball season, but occasionally off-season. My favorite part of the app is being able to choose my position on the court. VolleySim…Keep Reading