Volleyball for Kids: Leagues, Classes, Camps

Is your child interested in learning more about volleyball? Whether kids are learning for the first time or improving fundamental skills, there are quite a few opportunities for kids to play volleyball! Check out these classes and clinics — as well as more competitive leagues. Ages range from preschool all the way into high school. This article is sponsored by Lions Jrs. Volleyball for kids!

Lions Jrs 2018 Fall Volleyball League
Offered in various locations, including La Grange, Western Springs, Lombard, Woodridge, Hinsdale, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, and Tinley Park
Contact: melkeck1@aol.com

Grades 1st-8th
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 3rd. Lions Jrs other offerings include a youth winter league for grades 3rd-5th, a volleycubs program for ages 4.5-6.5 and Nationally competitive club program for 6th-12th.

Volleyball Clubs and Leagues in the West Suburbs

Lions Jrs. Volleyball Club
(708) 246-2543

Practice locations:
Max McCook Athletic & Expo
4750 Vernon Avenue
McCook, IL 60525

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Lyons Township High School South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, IL 60558

St John Lutheran Church
215 S. Lincoln Avenue
Lombard, IL 60148

Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center
800 St Charles Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60148

An 8-week league is offered for players interested in improving their volleyball skills. Grades 1 – 8.

Chicago Elite Volleyball Club
(773) 234-5048

Practice locations:
The Community House
415 W. Eighth Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Depaul College Prep High School
3633 N. California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618

Gill Park
825 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60613

St. Nicholas Church Complex
10301 S. Kolmar Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Taylor Lauridsen Park
704 W. 42nd Street
Chicago, IL  60609

An 8-week league offered in the city and surrounding suburbs. Grades Pre-K – 8, but not all ages offered at each location.

Cyclones Volleyball
(630) 730-1464

Practice locations:
Vaughan Athletic Center
2121 West New Indian Trail Road
Aurora, IL 60506

Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center
800 St Charles Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

College of DuPage – PE Building
425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL  60137

Teams, clinics, camps and private instruction are offered for children ages 5 years old and up.

Darien Youth Club
1702 Plainfield Rd
Darien, IL 60561
(630) 205-0202

Learn the basics in Darien’s co-ed program. Teams are divided into two leagues, grades 3 – 5  and grades 6 – 8.

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Downers Grove Youth Volleyball League
4500 Belmont Road B
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 960-7500

This league consists of two weeks of practice, then the remaining weeks playing matches. League does not start until January, and is for grades 3 – 8.

Wheaton Park District Volleyball League
102 E. Wesley Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 510-5129

This league consists of practices one night during the week, and games played on Friday nights. Participation is for grades 3 – 8, with sessions beginning the first week of October.

Ignite VBC
Practice location:
Oak Park River Forest High School
201 North Scoville
Oak Park, IL 60302

Tryouts are the first week of October, for girls ages 9 – 18.

Illinois Performance Volleyball Club

Practice locations:
Edwards Health & Fitness Center
6600 S Rt 53
Woodridge, IL 60517

Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center
3551 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Woodridge Recreation Center (ARC Center)
8201 Janes Avenue
Woodridge, IL 60517

Illinois Performance Volleyball Club offers a variety of options for girls interested in playing volleyball. Volleylites for younger children learning the fundamentals, and 3rd – 7th graders can focus on skill work and team activities. Private and group lessons are also available,  as well as club teams 12u through 18u.

Top Flight Volleyball Club

Practice locations:
Clauss Rec Center
555 W. Bryn Mawr
Roselle, IL 60172

Falcon Park Recreation Center
2195 North Hicks Road
Palatine, IL 60074

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Freeman Elementary School
153 S Randall Road
Aurora, IL 60506

St Peter Lutheran School
111 W. Olive Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Top Flight Athletic Center
2739 Alft Lane
Elgin, IL 60124

Clubs, clinics, leagues, and skill lessons are all available. Clubs have a variety of levels depending on performance and player interest. Leagues compete in-house. Both boys and girls teams, with ages and availability range from K through 12th grade. Not all ages available during every season.

Volleyball Camps and Clinics

Register online via the park district’s website for these offerings. Some park districts did not have their fall/winter schedules available as of July 27, 2018. Call your local park district to confirm availability.

Darien Park District
7301 Fairview Avenue
Darien, IL 60561
(630) 968-6400

Co-ed classes for ages 8 – 12.

Downers Grove Park District
2455 Warrenville Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 960-7500

A variety of options are available through the Downers Grove Park District. Both weekly classes and leagues are available, for ages 8 – 14.

Glen Ellyn Park District
Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center
800 St Charles Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60148
(630) 858-2462

Volleyball is not offered every season. Fall 2018 classes will be held on Monday nights for grades 3 – 8.

Park District of La Grange
536 East Avenue
La Grange, Illinois 60525
(708) 352-1762

Volleykidz is an introductory class for young children ages 5 – 8.

Lisle Park District
Kids First Volleyball
Jefferson Jr. High
7200 Janes Avenue
Woodridge, IL 60517
(630) 964-3410

Co-ed program will give players ages 6 -14 the chance to improve their fundamental volleyball skills.

Lombard Park District
Madison Meadow Athletic Center
500 E. Wilson Avenue
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 519-5859

Lombard Park District offers a variety of levels of volleyball. Children ages 6 – 9 can take part in an introductory class, ages 9 – 14 will solidify their fundamentals, and ages 10 – 14 can take part in match play. Winter break camps are also available.

Naperville Park District
320 W. Jackson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 848-5000

For fall 2018, a few different options are available for children interested in learning the foundations of volleyball. Basic classes focus on skill work, as well as more advanced coursework and weekly match play. Ages 6 – 15.

About the Author

Katie Mayle
Katie is a mother of two girls and a baby boy (ages 5 1/2, 4, and 6 months), and has lived in the Chicagoland for her entire life. A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. The girls keep her family very active, and she is grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs. She looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

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