Salem Volleyball Club

Club History

Salem Volleyball Club is the most  established Club in the Mid-Willamette Valley.  Our Club started in the early 70s.  It began with Salem Men’s YMCA and the Capital Volleyball Club.  Kelly Wells (former head coach  at David Douglas high school in Portland), who played with Mike started the first junior  girls volleyball club in Salem in 1975.  They competed under the name of Mid  Valley Volleyball Club.

Over the years, the number of junior girls teams kept increasing.  Leading these efforts were Dave Haggerty (former  head coach at McKay and current OSAA official) and Karen McLellan (former head  coach at McNary).  In 1992, South Salem joined McKay and McNary to form the Willamette  Valley Volleyball Club.  Sprague and North Salem high schools joined in 1994.  By this time, all five Salem  coaches were working together to improve the level of competition in Salem.   In 1996, club name was changed to Salem Volleyball Club (SVC).  We totaled 16 teams that year.   In 1998-99, Mike Batlan lead the re-organization of our club.  We formed a public benefit corporation and have maintained our IRS section 501 (c)(3) non-profit status since then.  Our largest group was during the 2010-11 season, when  we reached 21 teams with over 240 members.  Over the years, we have averaged about 150  players serving 35 different school programs.

Many of our players have  gone on to play for NCAA Divivions I, II and III, NAIA, and junior  colleges.  Most recently Kaleigh Nelson who played for our 16 Black team is currently competing for the University of Washington Huskies.  Hannah Deede went on to play for Gonzaga and is currently having a great season at Western Oregon (WOU).  Over the years, our players have gone on to play for Oregon State University, Portland State University, San Diego State University, Linfield College and many other successful volleyball programs.

In the past decade, two players (Kristen Halleck and Lindsay Harksen) were awarded DIII All-American and All-Academic awards.  In 2007, two of our players, Maggie Rivers and Amber Kraaz (17 Black) were selected for  the CEVA Youth Regional High Performance team and traveled to Italy and Slovenia  to compete in the Junior Global Challenge.  They competed against several  European teams, made new friends and learned about new cultures.

We are a member of Columbia Empire  Volleyball Association that is a region of USA Volleyball, our National  Governing Body for the sport of Volleyball.  Our club always strives to do  what is best for our members and our goal is to create and provide an environment for middle and high school kids to play  this great sport, develop their skills and provide them with the opportunity to  continue playing in the college ranks.

About USA Volleyball

The USA Volleyball (USAV) is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of volleyball in the United States. Consistent with the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 and the Constitution of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USAV is recognized as an Olympic and Pan American Sports Organization by the USOC. It is also the recognized national federation to the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB).

The USAV maintains liaisons with the NAIA, NCAA, the NJCAA, and the YMCA. Other member organizations include the Boy Scouts, the Special Olympics, the Armed Forces, and a number of ethnic, recreational, and intermural groups. The USAV is divided geographically into 35 regions covering 4 zones. We are in the Columbia Empire Volleyball Association CEVBA) which governs Oregon and the three counties bordering Portland. There are over 75,000 members nationwide; total CEVA region nearly 5,000.

The national offices of the USAV is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado near the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Following, are additional information about USA Volleyball and CEVA:

USAV Web Site: Site:               CEVA Web site:

CEVA Address: 4840 SW Western Ave., Suite 450, Beaverton, OR 97005 Telephone: 503-644-7468.