Welcome to the JVA sponsored blog on starting and operating a volleyball facility. This blog features stories about volleyball facilities all over the country. JVA Club Directors provide advice and guidance to help others who are looking to take this step to grow junior volleyball in your region, while also growing your business.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Louisville: OVVC Gets the Ball Rolling
OHIO VALLEY VOLLEYBALL CENTER
By Ron Kordes, Club Director of Kiva and Head Coach at Assumption High School
In 1993 I was fortunate enough to have a local contractor’s
daughter playing on my high school team. I coached and still coach at a
private high school named Assumption High School. We were playing and
practicing in a high school gym that was not much larger than many walk in
closets that you see today. One particular day we were having lunch and
we drove by a construction site as he needed to check on a job they had going
on at the time. In talking volleyball, I told him about a facility in
Chicago that my club team had played in called the Great Lakes Center owned and
operated by Rick Butler and Sports Performance Volleyball Club.
About three days later I get this phone call and he asked if I
was interested in pursuing the notion of building and operating a volleyball
center. Obviously, I was in his office in less than 15 minutes. We laid out the initial plans, and he began the construction project while I focused on the volleyball side of things: vendors, equipment, programming, etc. The start-up capital was provided by my partner. At the time, banks were not fond of lending money for a volleyball center as there was no track record of success to reference. My partners' borrowing power made it happen. Even his bonding company questioned him as to why a contractor was getting involved with a volleyball venture.
Just over three months later we opened the Ohio Valley Volleyball Center.
When we built OVVC, there were very few volleyball facilities in the country. We started
with four courts and were at capacity with adult night leagues within a
month. At that time we also rented space to a local junior club I was
associated with called KJVA. Approximately 18 months later we expanded to
6 courts of which we have today.
The features of the OVVC:
6 indoor volleyball courts using Sport Court playing surfaces
SENOH net systems
NEVCO electronic scoreboards
Full service grill Pro shop Weight training room Spacious mezzanine for watching games and socializing Televisions and arcade games
In the year 2000, we formed the Kentucky Indiana Volleyball
Academy, which operates out of the center and today includes about 30 girls teams. Today, our revenue is spread
among KIVA club activities, hosting junior club tournaments, adult night
leagues, camps, clinics and numerous other junior events. Since we opened in 1993, there have been four other sports centers that opened in the metro Louisville area. This has provided the opportunity for so many young girls and boys to get involved in the great game of volleyball. We will be
celebrating our 20th anniversary next summer and look forward to
many years ahead.