Get ready to Bump, Set, and Spike in another season of YMCA Youth Volleyball

The James Family Prescott YMCA’s 18th Annual Youth Volleyball League season is almost here. The League, which is sponsored by Foothills Bank, will kick off May 24th for practices and runs through the middle of July.

Did you know that volleyball was invented at the Holyoke, Massachusetts YMCA in 1895 by William Morgan, an instructor at the Y who felt that basketball was too strenuous for businessmen. Morgan blended elements of basketball, tennis, and handball into the game and called it “mintonette.” The name “volleyball” was first used in 1896 during an exhibition at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, MA, to better describe how the ball went back and forth over the net. In 1922, YMCAs held their first national championship in the game. This became the US Open in 1924, when non-YMCA teams were permitted to compete. And the rest is history….with your local YMCA carrying on the tradition.

Jaime DeJoseph says “The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. The benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in activities at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out.”

Our Youth Volleyball League exists for the youth of our community, providing them with the opportunity to experience and develop volleyball skills. The primary objective of the YMCA is to develop people, not professional athletes. Our volunteer coaches are dedicated to developing youth and will emphasize the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. We have two divisions:  “B”, which is a recreational league for girls and boys, ages 9-17; “A”, which is a competitive league for youth, ages 13-17.  “Our League provides a safe and fun environment where kids are able to learn the foundations of volleyball from people who care about them,” said Jaime DeJoseph, Sports Director.

We need YOU!! We cannot host this league without our volunteer coaches, assistant coaches, team parents and referees. Volunteering is more than just sharing your time and talent, it’s about the satisfaction of knowing you are helping people become stronger, giving back to your community and gaining valuable work experience that will enhance your career opportunities.

The James Family Prescott YMCA would like to thank the following people for helping make a difference in the lives of the youth in our community. Our Major Sponsor Foothills Bank, all of our individual team Sponsors, Volunteer Coaches, Portrati Park by J, Action Graphics and Prescott Unified School District. We couldn’t run this League without all of our amazing partners and volunteers. For more information, feel free to contact Jaime DeJoseph at jaime.dejoseph@prescottymca.org or 928-445-7221 x233

About James Family Prescott YMCA

The James Family Prescott YMCA is a community within a community serving our diverse population in the quad-city area. As a leading nonprofit organization since 1974, the YMCA exists to strengthen the foundation of the community. The YMCA serves local communities in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey/Humboldt since 1974; offering over 60 health, wellness and community programs within the four-building facility.

The YMCA is dedicated to providing affordable programs and services to benefit people of all incomes and backgrounds. Thanks to the generous support of those who donate to the Y’s Annual Campaign and other fundraising events, financial assistance is available to those who cannot afford the full fee and qualify for assistance.

The YMCA aims to provide each member with every opportunity to reach farther and improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the YMCA’s goal is to inspire positive and lasting social change. For more information visit www.prescottymca.org.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

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