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Youth volleyball league comes to Castle Pines for practice, play

By Tracy Dudley

Locally-owned South Metro Volleyball has partnered with Castle Pines school American Academy to create a synergistic relationship in youth sports. Since inception more than five years ago, South Metro Volleyball has been serving cities in the south part of the metro area like Englewood, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Parker and Castle Rock. Traditionally, games and practices have mostly been in the Denver Tech Center area. However, for the next year or so, South Metro Volleyball will be holding a great portion of its practices and games at American Academy, right here in Castle Pines.

“All of the women who work in the office are so excited to be able to have a new volleyball option right here at home! We have rented nearly all of our open gym times to South Metro Volleyball, and we are thrilled to work with a single tenant this year—and a really nice one at that!” said Trish Cummings, the executive assistant at American Academy.

South Metro Volleyball has changed strategies a bit with the intention of providing added income to as many community organizations as possible, rather than commercial real estate landlords. By holding practices, league games, and open tournaments at various small businesses in the south metro area, South Metro Volleyball is not only branching out to a wider variety of families, but is also helping raise funds for places like schools and churches that could really use the financial boost.

“The whole reason we created South Metro Volleyball was to serve a niche of young players who have a passion for the game but cannot necessarily afford the time and money associated with the more expensive elite volleyball clubs,” said Petra Naeff, general manager of South Metro Volleyball. “Some of our customers call us the best-kept secret in youth volleyball, but maybe it is time to work on changing that!”

Registration is near complete for the second fall session of the competitive volleyball league at South Metro Volleyball, which starts up in November.

For more information about the organization or to find out about the upcoming youth league winter session, go to



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