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Penalty Point Sanction Policy In Effect
In response to tournament officials and site personnal complaints of parents/spectator increasingly bad behavior the Arizona Region Executive Board approved a Penalty Point Sanction Policy. This policy was adopted last September and was put into effect for the 2013 tournament season.
The official volleyball rules allow for an official to give point sanctions to players and coaches for bad behavior during a match. The Penalty Point Sanction Policy gives the officials and site personnel the ability to give point sanctions to a team for parent/spectator/club personnel bad behavior or language before, during and after a match. Harrassing any member of the officiating crew, tournament personnel or members of an opposing team will not be tolerated. Point sanctions ranging from 1 to 5 points will be assessed against a team for foul language or behavior towards any member of the officiating crew - includes linesmen, score table personnel, R2 and R1 - and/or tournament personnel and opposing team members or staff. The coach of the team will be given the opportunity to address the offending parent/spectator before the points would be assessed. If the behavior continues the parent/spectator can be ejected from the premesis. If the harrassment occurs during the last match of the day the point assessment will carry over to the next tournament.
The Arizona Region would like to have parents/spectators and club personnel encourage and cheer for their teams/players in a positive manner rather than have to deal with negative attacks toward our officials, tournament personnel and members of the opposing teams. Unfortunately we must be prepared for the worst. We are 3 tournaments into the season and have ejected someone from at least one site at each touranment so far this season.
To read the policy in full - click here.
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Heads Up Concussion Education is Here
With the backing of the National Football League many states have enacted a "Concussion Law" aimed at educating the schools, coaches, players and parents to what concussions really are - A BRAIN INJURY. Senate Bill 1520 was signed into law last spring by Governor Jan Brewer. In effect what this law does is require that all student athletes and youth sports associations that use school facilities inform coaches, parents and players as to the signs and symptoms of concussion and what to do if you think you might have one.
Since the Arizona Region uses school facilities as host sites for our volleyball tournaments we now have a requirement that each parent, player and coach be educated about concussions. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has put together Fact Sheets for Coaches, Players and Parents. We are now requiring a form from each player and their parent or legal guardian that acknowledges that they have read the form and understand what a concussion is. This form (which requires signatures of both the player and parent) will be turned into club who will copy it for the coach of the team and then turn it over to the Region office to be kept on file until the players are the age of majority plus 2 years - which is 20 years of age. The coach of the team will be checked at each tournament to make sure they have a copy of this form along with the medical release form in order for the player to participate in the tournament. The coaches will be educated on the signs and symptoms of concussion in their IMPACT training as well as receive a copy of the Coaches Fact Sheet for their education. Anyone participating in high school volleyball has already had to view the 20 minute NFHS concussion education clinic online.
Please print off the Fact Sheets and the Acknowledgement Form below, read the Fact Sheets, sign the form and turn into your club with the other club related paperwork following tryouts.
If you have any questions about this form or procedures, please contact the Region office.
To learn more about concussions check these websites:
A Free 20 minute concussion education course can be taken at http://nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=15000
NFL Concussion Education Information - http://search.nfl.com/search?query=concussion+education