Austin Junior Volleyball is a non-profit youth organization founded in 1984 as a girl's volleyball club and has steadily grown over the years to include over 40 teams of all levels ranging from 10- to 18-year-olds. The teams participate extensively throughout Texas and in other tournaments around the country from late November through early July. This includes participating in National Qualifying tournaments, AAU Nationals, and the USA Volleyball National Championships.
In addition to fielding Central Texas' most competitive teams, Austin Junior Volleyball also runs several nationally recognized tournaments each spring. These include the Tour of Texas Qualifier, ATX Showcase, Lone Star Regional Championships, Lone Star Classic National Qualifier, and the Southwest Boys Classic.
Austin Junior Volleyball picks the best players in the Central Texas Area to compete locally, regionally, and nationally in USA Volleyball sanctioned tournaments. The junior volleyball teams that Austin Juniors hosts are a vehicle for young athletes to improve their skills and to be seen by college coaches in hopes of being recruited and receive a college athletic scholarship. Over 400 AJV athletes have continued their volleyball career in college. AJV provides a full-time staff member that is dedicated to assisting its athletes in the recruiting process. Whether you are looking to compete in college or make your school team, Austin Junior Volleyball has the resources to allow you to achieve your goals.
AJV practices are designed to enhance the training and skills needed to compete at the optimal level. Practices are 2 hours for 2-3 times a week depending on the level of team for the 13s and up. Practices are 1 and a half hours for 2 times a week for the 11s and 12s.
Helix Elite Performance is the official Speed, Agility, and Strength Conditioning Training Partner of Austin Junior Volleyball. Together, we have created a program to increase performance and reduce injuries for Austin Junior Volleyball athletes.
The program will focus on improving the athlete's speed, agility, and quickness while also working on their verticals, strength, and balance. This program is highly recommended by the AJV staff and coaches. We believe that the training will help individual athletes improve their play on the court and help teams realize their highest potential.
AJV has two state of the art facilities to serve the Central Texas athletes (one facility north and one south) looking to hone their volleyball skills. The Austin Sports Center Cedar Park facility is home to our teams from the north while the Austin Sports Center Central facility hosts our teams from the Austin area.
AJV is proud of our coaches and we feel they are the strength of our program. AJV coaching is led by Glen Lietzke, who has coached three of AJV's National Championship teams (17 Open in 2011, 17 Open in 2008, and 18 National in 2005). Glen is a former collegiate coach at the University of Texas where he helped train one Player of the Year, nine All-Americans and 14 All-conference Middle Blockers. He has also served as an assistant coach for the USA Youth and Junior National teams.