Sports for youth

Girls volleyball prep league at Waynesville Recreation Center

A volleyball development league for girls in fourth through sixth grade will be held on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. in March and April, except for April 21, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. The purpose of the league is to expose girls to volleyball before they reach the seventh grade, when they can try out for a school team. Hosted by the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department, the league will teach athletes the basics of passing, setting, spiking, offensive strategies and defensive strategies. Registration will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a brief parent meeting, Monday, March 3, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Jennifer Parton will oversee the league, with assistance from student athletes from Pisgah and Tuscola high schools’ volleyball teams.  The cost is $40. For more information, call Jennifer Parton at 734.1298 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


Basketball camp for boys and girls with Coach Derek Thomas

The Innovative Basketball Training Summer Basketball Camp will take place Sundays, March 9 through May 25 at the Waynesville Recreation Center in Waynesville. The camp is for boys and girls ages seven to 18. The camp will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for beginning boys and girls and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for advanced boys and girls. Space is limited. 

The camp will be directed Derek Thomas, who spent 32 years as a head coach, two years as a college coach, was Coach of the Year six times and is in his high school and college Hall of Fame. His coaching career includes 425 wins with 35 different types of championships. 

The cost of the camp is $120 per person for four sessions per month and is payable in advance or upon registration. Credit cards will also be accepted.  

For more information, call 246.2129 or the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department at 456.2030.

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