Volleyball is one of the most popular girls high school sports, but during the 2014 – 2015 season, there were only 54,147 boys playing volleyball in high school versus 432,176 girls. To encourage more boys to learn the sport, Central Jersey Volleyball Academy (CJVA) is holding free clinics for boys entering grades 5 through 12. The free training, which is being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. through September 8, 2016, gives boys the opportunity to learn new skills and prepare for tryouts. The free clinics will be held at RAC Sports, 97 River Road in Flemington.
“Almost all high schools in the United States have girls’ volleyball teams, however, there are fewer opportunities for boys to learn the sport of volleyball,” says Kym Mottern, CJVA Club Director. “We believe every child should be offered to opportunity to play volleyball and we want to encourage more boys to gain knowledge of the game.”
Central Jersey Volleyball Academy (CJVA), which was founded in 2004, instituted a program for boys in 2013. Last season, CJVA fielded 16 girls teams ages U12 to U18 in Flemington, seven girls team ages U14 to U17 in Summit, and four boys teams ages U15 to U17 in Flemington.
In the Central New Jersey Skylands Conference, Bridgewater Raritan High School, Hunterdon Central High School, Basking Ridge High School, Hillsborough High School, and Watchung Hills High School all have boys volleyball teams but North Hunterdon High School and Delaware Valley Regional High School do not.
“Even if your son’s public or private high school does not offer a volleyball program, there are academies throughout the region that offer training, youth development, and competitive teams for boys,” says Mottern. “Volleyball is one of the best lifetime sports and we are seeing growth in opportunities for boys on every level, including collegiate teams.”
To sign up for the free boys volleyball clinics, visit CJVA or call 732-369-3226.
Founded in 2004, CJVA is a non-profit community organization dedicated to training and developing student athletes through competitive participation in the sport of volleyball. CJVA operates its own 15,000 square foot facility, RACsports in Flemington, NJ and also offers programs in Summit, NJ.
For more information on CVJA’s youth development programs, leagues, camps, clinics, recruiting seminars and open gyms, visit http://www.cjva.org or call 732-369-3226.