For those of you interested in the sport of Volleyball, this is some big news for the club scene. Crossfire Club with gym locations in Cherokee, Cobb, and Fulton is merging with Phoenix Rising from Knoxville, Tennessee.
Crossfire Volleyball was established in 2010 by director and founder Joe Auriemma and Phenix was established in 2007. The merger will be more than just a name change and new uniforms. It will propel the club to become one of the premier clubs in the southeast with a greater emphasis placed on high-level skills coaching and training. There will be more opportunities for players who want to play at the collegiate level.
Over the last 10 years the game has grown tremendously and become uber competitive. The game provides an athlete every opportunity of being part of team and pushes an athlete to learn strategy, how to win and lose. It has become a year-round sport from indoor to beach and skills training session.
Joe and co-owner Robin Emery will continue to manage the daily operations in Georgia, but will better serve our volleyball community with the additional support. This merge comes with aspirations for growth and enhancements in our indoor and beach programs.
The club is also partnering with another local club, Cobb Atlanta, with their Next league, which is geared for developmental players. The teams will play against each other at multiple locations. This will allow for more competitive game play and build the youth program even stronger in Cherokee and Cobb County.
The goal for Phoenix is to have 15-17 Club Teams ranging in levels and continue to build a club presence in Roswell. They will continue with their year-round beach program as well. The youth program covers 8-15U and Club covers 11-18U.
If you are familiar with volleyball, you have the opportunity to travel to tournaments to play other clubs. Phoenix will focus on play mainly in the Southeast, but will start to expand their tournament schedule in the USAV, AAU and JVA regions, including their own Great Smokey Volleyball Series. They’re also exploring the possibilities of adding more tournaments to their tournament series here in Georgia.
The key for any team is the coach. Many of Phoenix’s coaches are from Reinhardt University and they are focusing on bringing in talented and experienced coaches with a high volleyball IQ. Every coach is interviewed and will go through Coaches training with Master Coach Brian Goodhind.
They will continue to practice at Hopewell Baptist Church and Palmer Middle School for Indoor and Blitz gym for Beach while looking for future home gym. The club is working towards a seamless transition of the merge, while building on past accomplishments, and vaulting the club into the future!
Robin Emery said:
We’ve always focused on family first, creating a friendly, positive atmosphere. We will continue to support our community through donations, service and sponsorships to support school-sponsored volleyball programs.
If you or someone you know wants to rise to the next level, please join the Phoenix Rising Volleyball Club and staff for our Open House Celebration on August 26, 2018, from 3-6pm at Hopewell Baptist Church, 78 Ridge Road, Canton, GA. There will be food, fun and information available.
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