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Registration under way for city youth volleyball program

July 27, 2018
By CJ HADDAD ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

For the first time, the city of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department will offer a youth volleyball program beginning in Sep-tember.

Youngsters from ages 10-17 will be able to participate Wednesday nights, 6:30-8:30 p.m., from Sept. 5 through the end of November in games and practices held at the Oasis Middle School Gym.

"The city of Cape Coral is moving forward with new programs based on the needs assessment completed by the citizens of Cape Coral," said Kerry Runyon, Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Director, in a written statement. "Volleyball has not been offered as a program in Cape Coral and has been a priority need for this city. We welcome the opportunity to work with Oasis Middle School for the development and partnership of this new youth volleyball program."

Registration will begin July 30, costs $60 per child and includes a T-shirt.

The kids will be separated into two age divisions-10-13 and 14-17.

Eduardo Ruiz, Recreation Specialist for the Cape Coral Athletic Division, will be overseeing the new program.

He has a long history in the sport - from playing as a child and adult, to coaching and being a referee.

Ruiz started a popular volleyball program at the youth center - in which he worked for four years- and felt that it would be great to create a league for kids who aren't familiar with the popular beach sport.

"I'm very happy they gave me a chance to run this program," he said. "I saw a need for the youth to learn the sport. I'm excited to bring my coaching ability to them."

Ruiz will have try-outs before teams are set so he will be able to level the playing field and make sure each team is evenly matched.

The program already seems to be getting attention according to Ruiz.

"Parents have been calling and waiting for registration to begin to sign their kids up," he said.

He hopes to have about five to six teams in each of the divisions with volunteer coaches.

Ruiz believes that children could fall in love with the sport and maybe turn it into a passion or college scholarship.

"This is a good opportunity to stay fit, to learn teamwork and how to win as a team," Ruiz noted. "This will be a good program."

For more information about the youth volleyball program, along with registration details, please visit, call 239-242-3486, or stop by the Parks and Rec Athletic Office on the second floor of City Hall at 1015 Cultural Park Blvd.

Oasis Middle School is located at 3507 Oasis Blvd.

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