Junior Volleyball is a program of the Delta Region of USA Volleyball directed at individuals 18 years or younger. The purpose of the Delta Region Junior Volleyball programs is to offer our youth an opportunity to become involved in a wholesome and beneficial athletic activity, which they can pursue at various skill levels. Youth participants should be introduced to the joys of athletic competition, should learn good lifetime physical activity habits during their formative years, and should be exposed to basic and complex volleyball skills. The Delta Region Junior Volleyball programs should be a bridge between Junior Volleyball (age 18 and under) and Adult Volleyball. The Delta Region Junior Volleyball programs are only a part of the development of our youth. Everyone involved should recognize that family and school issues have priority over these programs. The region does not guarantee that every youth participant will be invited to play on a team as clubs and teams are private enterprises.
Selecting the right sport and club for your child is about more than athletic development or playing time. Parents should do their homework – to learn about a club’s reputation and its policies and procedures to protect all athletes. By understanding the components of an effective plan to handle misconduct, you will be empowered to ask the right questions, spot potential risks and have conversations with your child to monitor activities.
When selecting a sport club or program for your child, an important factor to consider is whether the administrators and organizers have developed a strategy to address misconduct. While the existence of a plan is a positive step, how coaches, volunteers and staff enforce those policies is crucial.
As a parent, you should get straightforward answers to these basic questions before allowing your child to participate.