Department of Parks & Recreation Column

Community members are invited to take part in volleyball.

Last call for volleyball. This winter as the temperatures drop, the Moorestown Department of Parks & Recreation is heating up with its volleyball clinics and leagues for all interest levels and ages. This winter, the volleyball program promises to be full of energy and excitement as the Department welcomes new instructors and programs.

The Volleyball Winter Clinic kicks off on Friday, Jan. 6 and runs through Friday, March 3. Under the instruction of John Grossman, this program promises to energize beginners, improve novice players and even challenge those past the beginner’s stage. Teaching fundamentals like passing, serving, setting and basic hitting, Grossman’s focus is on the fundamentals of the sport — emphasis on “fun.” His 15-year career with the sport has given him the opportunity to coach players from 8 to 18 years old.

As the Technical Director for Cherry Hill Volleyball club, Grossman coaches two teams where he brings his decade of playing experience to the court. This winter, Moorestown’s youth will receive the benefit of his expertise through this nine-week clinic where following fundamentals players will engage in inter-squad play.

Yet, volleyball is not limited to youth this winter. The Moorestown Recreation Adult Co-Ed Volleyball League will run for 16 weeks starting on Thursday, Jan. 12. The league will be held Thursday evenings with game times at either 7 p.m. or 8:15 p.m.

Team captains can enter their own teams, as space allows, or individuals can seek to fill existing vacancies. Teams must consist of a minimum of five players and at least two players of the opposite sex in order to qualify — for example, three women and two men.

Registration should be done directly through Mary Stefano at the Department of Parks & Recreation (mstefano@moorestown.nj.us).

Over the last few years the sport of volleyball has experienced significant growth and development that can be seen in the Moorestown High School teams. Both the boys and girls volleyball teams at Moorestown are projected to have improved seasons with key players returning and positive records to show. The Recreation volleyball clinic hopes to encourage younger players to try the sport and develop a love for it. The Adult League hopes to capture those athletes who have long loved the sport and offer them a place to continue their passion for it.

For more information about Recreation volleyball and other winter programs, please visit www.moorestownrec.com or http://www.moorestown.nj.us/253/Parks-Recreation. Start the New Year perhaps by trying something new, whether it is volleyball or one of the many other programs offered by the Moorestown Department of Parks & Recreation.