USA Volleyball selects Dallas for site of 2012 Boys’ Junior National Championships

College men’s volleyball coaches will be heading south next summer.

USA Volleyball announced Thursday that it selected Dallas to host the 2012 USAV Boys’ Junior National Championships.

The USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships is the top boy’s volleyball tournament in the nation and is comprised open and club divisions for 14 to 18 year olds. In addition, numerous men’s volleyball college head coaches traditionally attend this tournament each year for recruiting purposes.

“USA Volleyball is pleased to bring our signature event for boys’ volleyball to the city of Dallas,” USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said in a statement released Thursday. “The city has become a tremendous partner in showcasing volleyball at the regional and national levels for both genders and all age groups. The boys’ teams that will arrive in Dallas next year will have an excellent venue to compete in and great city environment to enjoy.”

About 400 boys’ volleyball teams from around the country participated at the 2010 national championships in Minneapolis. Twelve of the players who won a national championship in the Under-18 division at this tournament were also incoming freshmen recruits for NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams.

The 2012 Boys’ Junior National Championships will take place July 1-8 at the Dallas Convention Center and will be part of a multi-sport national sports festival with the taekwondo and fencing youth championships occurring at the same time.

This is the first time Dallas has hosted the USAV Boys’ Junior National Championships since 1998.