VOLLYBALL PROGRAMS CATER TO ALL
(Active Alex 3/2012 - Full Article)
By Sam Newkirk
The Triangle has some of the best recreational volleyball programs for girls in the nation. All parents have to do is find the appropriate one for their daughters. Area volleyball programs are open to girls ages 2 to 18, available practically all year and cater to all performance levels from light recreation to advanced teen leagues and Junior Olympic programs.
One of the largest organizations is the Triangle Volleyball Club
in Morrisville. The club has a program called Volleyball Tots for kids 2 to 5. It also has an extensive club program of 20 teams in the 12 - 18 age groups that compete in national tournaments.
“It is important to get kids in a program that is a fit for the family,” Triangle Volleyball Club assistant director Logan Striebel said. “All of our programs have discipline, but (the girls) also still have fun. As long as they want to do it, it will be fun.”
The club, which has alumni playing for most of the major college volleyball programs in the state, also has an extensive summer camp program, which Striebel said had 500 participants last summer.
There are several other volleyball programs in our area including parks and recreation departments.
Garner resident Donna Mitchell found a good program through Cary Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
for daughter Katherine, 14. Katherine, who has played in the league for three years, played on the Shamrocks, who won the summer league championship last year.
“It's a new league, but it's outstanding,” said Mitchell, who coached her daughter's team last year. “The league fine-tunes girls to get ready to play on the middle school or high school levels.” Katherine also played for her middle school team at Magellan Charter School.
For the novice, there is an easy solution to see if volleyball is a good fit: “My advice would be to sign up for a summer camp,” Mitchell said. “It will start them learning about the positions and the skill level needed. The earlier they start, the better.”
Striebel also stresses the value of summer camps. “We try to steer kids to summer camps,” Striebel said. “Whether on the recreational scale or wanting to take it to the next level, it is important for them to find a program that will challenge them.”
Even programs that offer volleyball programs to just adults may be starting children's programs in the future.
“We are absolutely interested in starting one,” said David Cooper, director of volleyball for ClubWorx
in Fuquay-Varina. “There are limited opportunities in Fuquay-Varina. It is certainly possible that we could start a kids’ volleyball program here soon.”
With the U.S. women's team competing in this year's Summer Olympic Games in London, volleyball will have a large presence among spectators and will likely see a spike in participation as well.
To find area volleyball programs, go to ActiveAlex.com under Sports & Activities.
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