Circle City Volleyball Club was originated by Tom Pingel in 1984. In its first season, Circle City Volleyball Club fielded 35 athletes on 3 teams (one 18 & under, two 16 & under) and 3 coaches. Now Circle City is much larger than the size of the original version. Offering teams in age groups 10 & under through 18, Circle City Volleyball Club has become one of the largest clubs to attempt to meet the needs of the various levels of volleyball athletes.
In 2009, Circle City had 11 teams qualify for Nationals. Circle City 18-1’s finished as one of the top teams in the country
finishing fifth in the 18 Open Division and being ranked top ten all season long. This continued Circle City’s trend of having their 18-1’s qualify for the top division of Nationals in 24 of the 25 years of Circle City’s existence. Also, Circle City’s 15-1’s finished third at the Junior Olympic Nationals, losing to eventual National Champion Laguna Beach. Circle City also showed the depth of their club by qualifying five 2’s teams for Nationals. Circle City has a great history of being successful on the national (201 teams qualified, 78 in the Open Division) and on the individual level (nearly 400 college scholarships received).
is the governing body for competitive volleyball in the United States. In 1981, it made
a commitment to provide opportunities for young players to play outside of their school programs
and in 1991 created a Division of the USAV exclusively devoted to Youth & Junior Olympic Volleyball
development. The USAV states that junior volleyball programs represented ... the future of volleyball in
the US. [Its junior program] was created to serve as a major building block for scholastic, collegiate,
recreational and club play throughout the country.
Circle City Volleyball Club is one of a very small number of clubs that promotes all of the goals set forth
by USA Volleyball. Most clubs are geared either for elite athletes, or for less skilled players. Our graduates
have played in the US Olympic Festival and have represented USA on the Youth National Team. Many
have played on top-ranked college teams. Many have also been All-State or All-American in High School.
On the other hand, many of our players enrolled are just trying to make their school’s team. Our training
group allows players of all skill levels to learn, improve, and progress at a pace they can achieve.
We have 7 courts under one roof that are used for volleyball. The Circle City Volleyball Club also has
access to Capitol Sports Fitness
, which offers an aerobic room, cardio theater, spinning studio
and weight room. Also available are 2 tanning beds, 2 racquetball courts, and a dance studio.
What We Provide
- A good training ground provided by experienced coaches
- Olympic techniques for advancement of volleyball skills
- A high profile among high schools and colleges
- A great training facility highly focused on volleyball
- Assistance with the college recruiting process
Some Of Our Accomplishments
- 2009 JO 3rd Place Finish in 15-National Club
- 2006 JO National Champions in 15-American Club
- 2006 JO Runners-up in 18-American Club
- 2005 JO National Champions in 17-American
- Over 200 Teams Qualified for Junior Olympics
- 78 Qualified Open US Junior National Teams
- Nearly 400 Scholarships Received
Why Play Junior Volleyball?
Junior volleyball programs have exploded all across the country. The first AAU National tournament
was held 30 years ago, and only 20 teams made the trip. Last season, there were more than 100,000
registered junior players in the United States.
Why this incredible growth? There are many factors, but the overall growth of women’s sports programs is
important. As women’s collegiate programs have prospered, the level of play has increased greatly. The
average level of ability of junior players has increased as well. So successful are junior program athletes
that most NCAA Division I coaches recruit exclusively from the junior program ranks. The reason for this is
simple. Coaches can see many solid prospects in a single day at a junior tournament, while it is difficult to
see more than one prospect a day during the high school season. This becomes even more true with the
NCAA rules governing the number of times a collegiate coach can contact or observe in person a given
Is junior volleyball only for the college bound athlete? Certainly not! Our program begins in the fourth
grade. Who can say whether these kids are even headed for college at all, let alone to play volleyball?
For most of our members, junior volleyball is simply another challenging experience which should lead
to a lot more fun on the court as playing skills increase. Playing for college teams is far from the minds
of most our players. Traditionally, nearly half of our program has been comprised of players in the 16 &
under age division (freshmen and sophomores). In most cases, these players have recently been exposed to
high school programs and a higher level of competition than they have previously experienced. Many new
applicants are freshmen team or junior varsity players who are trying to move up a level for next season.
We have a training program designed to help them do just that. We can help, but much of an individual’s
advancement and improvement is still up to that individual. Athletic talent, size, speed and good work
habits are all necessary for top success as an elite player. Players who lack in any of those qualities have to
make up for the deficiency in one area by working harder to improve another. If you’ve got a sincere desire
to improve, then you will do well in a junior volleyball program.
So what about scholarships? Well, they do exist, and many of our players go on to play in college; most of these receive partial or full scholarships. About 98% of our graduating seniors become college athletes, including all of our 2007, 2008 and 2009 alumni. Let’s put that in true perspective, though. Many more players are involved in Circle City Volleyball Club as underclassmen than as seniors. By the time the senior season is reached, players usually know whether they have the ability and the desire to compete at the college level.
In conclusion, club volleyball is a great place to meet friends, sweat a lot, get lost trying to find gyms, and
feel good about yourself. If you want to experience that, join us for the 2010 season.