2016 USA Volleyball Girls and Boys Junior Nationals Sets Participation Records On Sport Court® Surfaces

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When more than 15,000 girls volleyball players ages 12 to 18 descended on Indianapolis for the 2016 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC) all matches were played on Sport Court® playing surfaces that have transformed the sport of volleyball to allow for concurrent match play in a convention center setting.

2016 GJNC Championship Court from Sport Court

“It is difficult to overstate the impact Sport Court has had on our championships. It has enabled us to play the game in facilities that were never available before,” said Doug Beal, USA Volleyball CEO.

When more than 15,000 girls volleyball players ages 12 to 18 descended on Indianapolis for the 2016 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC) all matches were played on Sport Court® playing surfaces that have transformed the sport of volleyball to allow for concurrent match play in a convention center setting.

Sport Court installed 84 Sport Court Maple Select™ courts at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis for the USA Volleyball GJNC configuration that transformed the cavernous convention center into a hub of competitive volleyball for more than 6,000 players on over 1,200 teams and a cumulative total of 30,000 spectators.

Adding to the summer of 2016 USA Volleyball takeover, the Boy’s Junior National Championships was also played on 39 Sport Court surfaces at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas beginning Sunday, June 29 with an estimated nearly 2,500 matches to be played by more than 5,000 players on over 500 teams representing a record level of participation and a 17% increase from the 2015 championships.

“USA Volleyball and other volleyball officials have told us that Sport Court has had a hugely significant impact over the past 42 years on the growth of participation in the sport for girls and women,” said Ron Cerny, CEO, Connor Sport Court International.

Sport Court, a division of Salt Lake City-based Connor Sport Court International, has been the Official flooring partner to USA Volleyball since 1989. Sport Court has has helped transform the sport of volleyball to allow major tournaments to host games on multiple courts that are easily installed and a surface that provides increased cushion and lateral movement for players. Sport Court has also provided the sport gains in the area of decreased injury, exponential increases in general participation and exposure to college coaches for top players.    

“It is difficult to overstate the impact Sport Court has had on our championships. It has enabled us to play the game in facilities that were never available before,” said Doug Beal, USA Volleyball CEO.
About Connor Sport Court International (http://www.connorsportcourt.com)

Connor Sport Court is the market leader in sports surfacing and has built systems for many elite associations including the NBA, NCAA, FIBA, USATF and USA Volleyball. We specialize in both wood and synthetic surfaces and have appropriate solutions for every type of athletic, park or multi-use facility.

More athletic events are played on Connor Sport Court surfaces than on any other sports flooring in the world. Sport Court® is a registered trade mark of Connor Sport Court International. It is used to identify the original and authentic modular sport surfaces developed and continuously improved since they were introduced in 1974.

About USA Volleyball (http://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball)
USA Volleyball (USAV) is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of volleyball in the United States and is recognized as such by the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

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