— By GREG WEBB
The Weatherford Independent School District’s Community Education department provides a myriad of opportunities for the area youth and adult population, from classrooms to athletic venues. ComEd recently closed out another term of court competition with a season-ending tournament for its Girls Winter Volleyball League.
What began as a partnership with the Weatherford Volleyball League in the fall of 2008 with about 200 girls from grades two through six participating, has grown considerably in the past six years. When ComEd took over sole administration of the league the following year, it expanded the scope to include seventh and eighth-grade students.
The history of the volleyball league since then has been earmarked by even more steady expansion.
Prompted by requests, Community Education organized a Spring League in 2010 while continuing its offering of the original league in the fall. The interest in the leagues were well-founded, as the enrollments increased to the mid-300’s. But the number of participants, and the ensuing popularity of the leagues, has prompted even further expansion with each subsequent year.
In 2012, many participants who were not involved in other sports (basketball, e.g.) wanted to continue playing volleyball. Again, ComEd responded, this time by offering a winter league, which had an inaugural season enrollment of 225 kids.
ComEd volleyball enjoyed its highest enrollment thus far in the 2013 Fall League when 391 girls signed up to play. With many parents and other volleyball mavens filling the coaching ranks, the leagues have continued to prosper. The league attracts team entries from other Parker County communities, as well as Weatherford.
WISD’s ComEd touches on all four seasons with a volleyball camp, offered each summer since 2007. WISD coaches and able assistants provide instruction to aspiring young volleyball players.
In addition to its youth volleyball leagues, WISD Community Education also offers a Women’s Volleyball League and a Co-Ed Volleyball League. There are also offerings of a Women’s Basketball League and a Youth Basketball League.
Interested parties can inquire/register at the Community Ed Office located at 900 N. Elm Street, or call 817-598-2806. Spring leagues for youth and adults are currently open for registration.
Editor’s note: ComEd’s Carla Stone provided statistics and historical data for this article. Additional team photos for the Winter League Tournament winners will run throughout the coming week.