About CVBC


The goal of the Charleston VBC’s Junior Olympic program is to enhance the skill level of its members by providing opportunities for quality instruction/training and the experience of high-level competition by participating in USAV, AAU, and other off-season activities.   


The Charleston VBC was formed in the late 1970’s by a group of male volleyball enthusiasts with varying playing background. A couple members played for Penn State University, while others were local athletes who learned to play in city recreational leagues. They registered with the USA Volleyball (known then as United States Volleyball Association) to become the first and only team in West Virginia. As the years past, the membership grew as new players from the Morgantown and Pittsburgh areas moved to Charleston. During a couple of years, a women’s team, comprised of wives and friends, was also organized and competed. In 1988, the Club formed West Virginia’s first USAV Junior Olympic team.  The team was comprised of a 16 & under and 18 & under squad.  Although, neither squad won any tournaments, they always managed to qualify for the playoff rounds. In 2002, the Charleston VBC once again reached out to share its knowledge and experience of volleyball with the youth of Charleston.  Since then, 52 former members have received scholarships to play collegiate 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.  The USAV is divided geographically into 41 regions covering 4 zones. We are in the Ohio Valley Region, which is comprised of Ohio, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania, and is the largest in the country with 17,250 members.  That number includes 13,450 female junior players ages 10-18, which represent about 1,500 female junior teams.


The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.
The AAU was founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sport. During its early years the AAU served as a leader in international sport representing the U.S. in the international sports federations. The AAU worked closely with the Olympic movement to prepare athletes for the Olympic Games. After the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, the AAU has focused its efforts into providing sports programs for all participants of all ages beginning at the grass roots level. The philosophy of "Sports for All, Forever" is shared by nearly 500,000 participants, and over 50,000 volunteers. The AAU is divided into 57 distinct Associations. These Associations annually sanction more than 34 sports programs, 250 national championships, and over 10,000 local events.

Staff Members

Executive Director

Paul Claridades
Phone: 304.552.5416


Michael Claridades
Phone: 304.205.2319