River City Juniors Volleyball
River City Juniors Volleyball

River City Juniors Volleyball

We are entering our 29th season at River City Juniors. Our mission is to TEACH all phases of the game of volleyball, starting with sound fundamentals and building to team aspects. We will utilize practice and competition opportunities which will enhance and develop each player's skills. Considered by many coaches in college and HS, River City Jrs is one of the top teaching clubs in the midwest.


As in all club programs we feel it will take a strong commitment and networking of coaches, players, and family members to reach our goals. Together we can accomplish many of the tasks involved in running a successful volleyball club. 

4th year in the JVA and growing stronger and moving closer
Coming to Kansas City for 2016 is the JVA World Challenge. Last 900+ teams competed in Louisville, KY.
In 2015 RC the Northern Plains Power League (NPPL) doubled in size.  The JVA Midwest Challenge held last season in Des Moines will be moving to Iowa City due to needing a larger facility to handle the growth.  The the AAU Nationals in Orlando, FL in mid June for 2015 was the largest volleyball tournament in the world.
River City Juniors again had another outstanding year.
Our 181s finished 2nd in the country with three All-Americans.
Our 171s finished 5th in the country with one All-American.
10 teams attended the AAU Nationals in Orlando.
Our181s claimed one of the best seasons ever for any team in RC history.
  • Record of 59-4
  • Champions of the Best of the Best tournament
  • Champions of the Omaha Classisc AAU Grand Prix
  • Champions of the World Challenge
  • Champions of the All Iowa Attack Summer Showdown

The great opportunites JVA offers will include:
  • Attending the JVA World Challenge in KANSAS CITY in 2016
  • 4th year of the JVA Midwest Challenge
  • The opprotunity to start & grow a Power League
  • JVA tournaments accept all affiliations (a JVA event can include JVA, USAV or AAU teams in their event....USAV can only except USAV teams)
  • More college coaches attend JVA events (because they consider thecompetition stronger in the JVA)
  • JVA registration is only $100/team, an average of $10/player vs $65/player for registering USAV
  • Registering our coaches in JVA automatically makes them members of the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) the largest volleyball coaches association in the world.
  • We play more two day events than three day events, thus less missed school or work. Last year we averaged 1 day of missed school. The Friday of World Challenge.
  • Our Power League allows us to compete for 6 days over three weekends, vs only 3 days on a normal 1-day tournament format. Hotel is only needed for one night of the enitre 6.
The move to the toughest level of volleyball in the country has been excellent for raising our level of play.This year we will be entering the 3rd year of the Northern Plains Power League. Read more about the league on our Power League page.

Deb Grafentin, the Director of River City Juniors, started the club in 1987. With 35 years of volleyball coaching experience in college, high school, and club, her list of accomplishments are well noted, from State Championships to National Championships. Deb has trained numerous All American athletes (HS, college & club), All Conference (HS and college), All Metro (HS) in all positions.


Her staff again this year is loaded with experience and enthusiasm. Coaches in the RC program believe in the philosophy of teaching, and train highly competitive players with sound fundamentals.

Why does River City choose to have only two or three teams per age group? 
      As River City enters their 29th season as a club, more than any club in the Great Plains Region, we believe in quality over quantity.  Club is a different level of volleyball and deserves coaches on all teams, regardless if it is a 1s team or a 3s team, to be good at skill development, game aspects, and training the team.  We only wish to hire coaches who meet our standards of coaching. With parents investing in their child's volleyball development we believe the investment should be well spent.  We will only field the number of teams we believe have quality coaching.

River City Jrs are proud to be sponsored by

Our Location

River City Juniors Volleyball
8930 S 137th Cir
Omaha, NE 68138

Phone: +1 402 213-4644
Email: dgraf@cox.net

River City Juniors

JVA Club

of the Month

JVA 2013 February Club of the Month
River City Juniors recieved the award for Feb. For more.....here is the article.
JVA February 2013 Club of the Month.pdf
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