Volleyball for Kids: Leagues, Classes, Camps

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The Lions Jrs. Fall League is a fun, cost effective way for players to learn or enhance volleyball skills. Teams are coached by parent volunteers and the practices are run by experienced Lions staff. This convenient league allows you to choose your practice day and location. The Lions Jrs. Fall League has experienced tremendous growth since its inception in 2008, with nearly 1,500 players and almost 150 teams participating. The Fall league for 1st-8th graders will run for 8 weeks, with practice beginning the week of September 5th.  Lions Jrs.’ other offerings include a youth winter league for grades 3rd-5th, a volleycubs program for ages 4 1/2 – 6 1/2 and nationally competitive club program for 6th-12th.


Volleyball for Kids: Leagues, Classes, and Camps

A big thank you to Lions Jrs. for sponsoring this list of ways our kids can enjoy the sport of volleyball!

When I was a kid, volleyball was not commonly offered until you were middle school or high school aged. Today, there are more and more programs popping up for this popular sport. There are various leagues, classes and camps offered locally for kids from tots to tweens. Check out our list for what’s available near you!


Volleyball Leagues

Lions Jrs Volleyball Club
Phone: (708) 246.2543

Practice locations:
Max McCook Athletic & Expo
4750 Vernon Ave
McCook, IL

Lyons Township High School South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Rd
Western Springs, IL

St John Lutheran Church
215 S. Lincoln Avenue
Lombard, IL

Ackerman Sports
800 St Charles Rd
Glen Ellyn, IL

A fun, cost effective way for players to learn or enhance volleyball skills. Teams are coached by parent volunteers and the practices are run by experienced Lions staff. Kids ages 1st-8th grades.


Chicago Elite Volleyball Club
Phone: (773) 234-5048

Practice locations:
Quest Center
2641 W. Harrison
Chicago, IL

Gill Park
825 W. Sheridan
Chicago, IL

St. Nicholas Church
10301 S. Kolmar
Oak Lawn, IL

In the city and suburbs, players are taught the key fundamentals of volleyball and develop a strong work ethic and positive attitude. Sessions are available starting at Pre-K to 8th grade.


Darien Youth Club
Phone: (630) 205-0202
1702 Plainfield Rd
Darien, IL
Learn to play and have fun doing it. Darien’s program is co-ed and offers two leagues: Girls/Boys in 3rd-5th Grade and Girls/Boys in 6th-8th Grade.


Downers Grove Youth Volleyball League
Phone: (630) 960-7500
2455 Warrenville Road
Downers Grove, IL
The first two weeks of the season are used for practice and the following weeks are for games played in a round robin format. Teams are instructed and refereed by coaches from Serve City, Inc. Offered from mid January through mid March for grades 3-8.


Wheaton Park District Volleyball League
Phone: (630) 510-5129
102 E. Wesley St.
Wheaton, IL
This league emphasizes skills, fundamentals, sportsmanship and fun. At this age level, participants play on elementary high nets and use softer volleyballs. Grades 3-8.


Practice location: 
Oak Park River Forest High School
201 North Scoville
Oak Park, IL  
Instruction will focus on passing, setting, spiking, and serving. Team play and game situations will be reviewed through competitive drills and games. Grades 5-8.

Volleyball Classes and Camps

Register online via the park district’s website for these offerings:

Burr Ridge Park District
15W400 Harvester Drive
Burr Ridge, IL
Phone: (630) 920-1969
Learn how to bump, pass, set and serve along with the fundamentals of teamwork and sportsmanship. Ages 8-12.

Elmhurst Park District
375 W. First St.
Elmhurst, IL
Phone: (630) 993-8900
Designed to teach the fundamentals of the sport in a fun, supportive environment. Ages 5-9.

Glen Ellyn Park District
185 Spring Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL
Phone: (630) 858-2462
Volleyball is not offered every season. Please check the schedule for more information. Concentrate on the fundamentals of passing, setting and spiking to enhance skills for the upcoming season. Grades 3-8.

Lisle Park District
1925 Ohio Street
Lisle, IL
Phone: (630) 964-3410
Prepares players to succeed in volleyball via fun preparation drills and games that will increase skills and safety through fundamentals.  Co-Ed class for ages: 7-14.

Community Park District of LaGrange Park
1501 Barnsdale Road
LaGrange Park, IL
(708) 354-4580
Boys and girls will learn to bump, set and spike in this class where teamwork, participation and good sportsmanship are top priorities! A “game” is played at the end of each class. Ages 8-13.

Oak Brook Park District
1450 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL
Phone: (630) 990-4233
Experienced coaches will guide players in passing, serving, defense, setting, blocking and hitting. Learn offensive and defensive systems aimed at developing a well-rounded skill set, as well as teamwork and sportsmanship. Ages: 8-12.

Park District of Oak Park
21 Lake St
Oak Park, IL
Phone: (708) 725-2000
Volleykidz is an introductory camp that introduces the pass, set and spike using a very light volleyball. Led by EVP Volleyball Pros Certified Coaches. Ages: 6-16.

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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