Colorado Juniors was formed by Bill & Judy Peer in 2000 with 2 teams - 18's and 16's. Both teams qualified for the 2000 USA Junior National Championships. That year, the 16's earned RMR's only medal, finishing 3rd in 16 Club. In 2001 Colorado Juniors expanded to 4 teams - 18's, 17's, 16's and 15's. Three teams qualified for USA Junior Nationals, all in the Open Division - as well as winning 3 regional championships. The 2002 season added a 14's team, for a total of 5 teams. The 15's and 16's teams won regional titles and the 16's and 18's qualified for JO's in the Open division. The 2003 and 2004 seasons saw MANY success stories, to include ALL 5 TEAMS attending the USA Junior National Tournament! The 16's earned the only RMR medal in '03 at JO's by finishing 3rd and in 2004 -- three teams finished top 10 at Nationals.
The 2005 season brought CJ their 1st National title in 17's, while the other 3 teams at Nationals earned top 20 finishes. Another two regional championship teams were crowned - and we expanded to 7 teams. in 2006, juniors added their first 13's team, earned four more regional titles and sent four teams to JO's.
2007 saw expansion to eleven teams, plus 3 development teams and learn to play programs. Four teams earned bids to USAV Junior Nationals with 2 going in the OPEN division. Two region championships were earned with 16 All-Region player selections. In 2009 - we expanded to 8 development teams and began the ACES Power league. Over 75% of all our teams (in the last 12 years) have gone on to participate in the USA Junior Nationals. In 2009 - we sent seven teams - the most in the region, and at least one per age (that we compete in). 2010 brought another record - 9 teams earned the right to play at JR nationals - both region and club records!
And yet another first in 2011 - 5 teams earned open bids (one per age offered) - only 6 clubs in the country qualified as many in the open division. the last four years we've sent two teams at the 18's age - never done in the region before, and very few clubs in the country!
The 2012 year ties club record 9 teams qualifying for Junior Nationals! Both 18's for 6th year in a row and both 13's -- another first for CoJrs. All seniors will playing in the fall, collegiately.
The 2013 year broke last year record with 11 teams qualifying for Junior Nationals! All seniors will be playing the fall, collegiately. Another 9 teams qualified in 2014.
Then, 2015 was another banner year with 11 teams qualifying for Junior Nationals - another club record! One of only 4 clubs in the country to qualify one team in each OPEN division 18-13s ! all 26 seniors played the fall collegiately. 2016 - another 10 teams qualified to USA Junior Nationals!
To date, every senior has earned a college scholarship -- 403 total. We are ranked 5th in the nation in total number of athletes playing at the collegiate level from club. Furthermore, Colorado Juniors has won more region titles since it began in 2000 (40) than any other club over the same time period! We have represented ourselves and RMR with 134 Junior National appearances, 55 in OPEN since our inaugural 2000 season.
What have we done lately numbers for qualifying teams to USA Jr Nationals, are --
- since 2010:
- CoJrs 79, next 4 clubs in RMR 24,24,16,14.
- In Open: CoJrs 31, all others 11.
- Okay -- even more recently, last 5 years:
- CoJrs 47, next 3 clubs 18,15,13.
- In Open CoJrs 18, all others 5 .
Colorado Juniors can raise each girls level of volleyball, and expose her to high-level team volleyball and collegiate coaches. It is very important your daughter play with good athletes and has good coaching. Colorado Juniors can provide both, at a relatively low cost. We also encourage the well-rounded mulit-sport athlete, as long as they can be committed to their club team and academics too.
The Colorado Juniors Difference:
Learning, not just doing. Thinking on the court!
Accountability and empowerment through positional responsibilities.
Fewer practices, but more out of each practice.
Only 2 practices per week mandatory - 1 school night!
Optional skills training and strength/conditioning training also offered
Have a life outside volleyball
Lower cost for amount of travel and exposure
Practices take advantage of other coaches expertise and experiences - one big staff
Colorado Juniors Expectations:
Appreciate parents time and financial commitment
Contribute all the time, on court, bench, and in practice
Communicate on and off the court to coaches/parents/teammates
Attend 100% of practices (unless prior coordination)
Attend 100% of tournaments (unless coordinated before tryouts or emergency) - qualifiers are mandatory
FUN - growth as a person
Life skills of communication, interaction, responsibility, and time management.
Vast improvement in individual skills and team concepts -- high level concepts
Excellent opportunity for collegiate scholarships - many contacts and visibility / previous track record
Regional and national exposure
Best club experience EVER
Player/parent meeting on recruiting process - no extra cost
Help make recruiting tape and communicate with colleges - no extra cost