Arizona Region of USA Volleyball

The Arizona Region is committed to creating and upholding traditions of excellence through volleyball, focusing on responsibility and accountability.  Everyone involved in the sport of volleyball is responsible for his or her own behavior whether on the court, the bench, the stands or the parking lot.

Check out the new "Court of Parent Opinion Blog" - click on the link above to access

USA Volleyball Parent Page

Are You an Elite Sports Parent? Asia Mape on

Sports Illustrated Podcast - Brain on Sports - How Abusive Coaching Affects Performance

Tennis Great Pete Sampras - Letter To My Younger Self - June 29, 2015 - The Players' Tribune

A Personal Lacross Epiphany and Public Thank You - Jan 19, 2016 - Seeing things from the other side of the whistle.

Blog - How to Overcome Fear of Mistakes - One Coach's Story - Daniel Coyle - author of The Talent Code

Liberty Mutual - Responsible Sports Newsletter - Dropping out of Sports

Liberty Mutual - Play Positive Newsletter - Respecting Officials

NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete - any athlete that thinks they might want to play collegiate athletics should begin consulting this manual in their freshman year of high school. There are course requirements they must take in high school that if missed could cause them to be ineligible in college - no matter what their GPA or SAT scores.

Familiarize yourself with the rules regarding NCAA participation - the sooner the better.

Athlete Health Issues

Article on Aug 3, 2013 - Athletes Feeling the Pain of Too Much Play

New York Times Op Ed - All Played Out - July 27, 2014 - Regarding Specialization Injury and "Youth Athletes"

Watch this hour long Frontline report, "Inside the Teenage Brain."

Kim Gorgens discusses "Protecting the Brain Against Concussions."

The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS - the national goverining body of high school sports) has a Free online course on Concussion Management. To watch click here. You will have to register to take this course. There is no cost to register. All Coaches are required to take this course - All Parents of athletes are strongly encouraged to take this course.

CDC Fact Sheets on Concussions:

Athlete Fact Sheet - Ages 11-13 Parent Fact Sheet 2018 Concussion Form
Athlete Fact Sheet - Ages 14-18    

The acknowledgement of the parent and the athlete reading these Fact Sheets and signing the concussion form is an annual requirement for junior registration in the Arizona Region. There is a state law that requires concussion education for organizations that use school facilities. These concussion forms must be kept by the AZ Region until the player is the age of maturity plus 2 years and we must collect them each year. Coaches must also be educated but they are taught in our IMPACT clinics.

ESIX Info on ALS and Concussions (ESIX is the USA Volleyball Insurance Broker)

ESIX Fast Facts - Head Trauma Update - Spring 2013

National Council of State Legislatures - Traumatic Brain Injury Legislation by state

Parent Behavior Items

Blurred Lines - Parents Getting Too Involved In High School Sports - Richard Obert, AZ Central Sports 7.26.2016

Your Paid Admission to This Event Challenges You To . . . Dan Schall, Court and Classroom

A Plea to Parents of Young Athletes: Simmer Down - Ted Spiker - Time Magazine online 11/25/14

Great article and video on "Grounding Helicotor Parents."

Watch this report from The Today Show regarding, "Babies Going Pro."

Read about the Realities of Sports Scholarships in this provocative article from the New York Times.

Are you hurting your child's chances of an athletic scholarship? Read this article with interviews from many college coaches for their take on Helicopter Parents.

Know the AIA Rules - read this letter from a family that unknowingly almost cost several girls their opportunity to participate with their high school teams at the state tournament.

Arizona Region contributor and syndicated columnist Tom Kuyper has a website of his youth sports articles geared toward Parents. You can find the site here

Purple Card Policy

In response to tournament officials and site personnal complaints of parent and spectator increasingly bad behavior the Arizona Region Board of Directors approved the use of the Purple Card. This policy was adopted in August 2017 and will be in use for the 2018 season and beyond.

The official volleyball rules allow for an official to give point sanctions to players and coaches for bad behavior during a match (Yellow Card = Warning, Red Card = Penalty). The Purple Card has been added to the officials tools of the Yellow and Red cards but will be used to address spectator behavior during a match.

The 1st issuance of the Purple card will be displayed in one hand together with a Yellow card. The captains will be called over and the offending spectator will be identified with a team or club. The TEAM will then be issued a warning regarding spectators.

The 2nd issuance of the Purple card during the same match to a spectator from the same team (it does not have to be the SAME spectator that was issued the purple card the 1st time) will result in a Penalty and will be displayed in one hand together with a Red card. This will cause the TEAM to be penalized. They will lose the serve and a point will be gives their opponent.

The 3rd issuance of the Purple card during the same match to a spectator from the same team will result in an ejection of the offending spectator from the tournament facility. The Purple card will be displayed with the Red card but held up in separate hands of the offical. The official will come off the stand, the site director and lead official will be called to the court and the offending spectator will be removed from the tournament site for the remainder of the day.

In the event of aggressive behavior, defiant behavior, fighting or any other behavior directed towards anyone or deemed unsafe toward others, the spectator will be BANNED from futher Arizona Region tournaments for the rest of the season. The spectator will have to appeal to the Region Ethics and Compliance Officer to be reinstated and allowed to return to any Arizona Region events.

This Policy replaces the Penalty Point Sanction Policy. Before and after matches, the spectator behavior will be governed by the Parent/Spectator Code of Conduct. Being a spectator at an event is a priviledge - it is not a right. NO ONE paid enough for club volleyball to disregard the rules of the facility or behave badly at an event.

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.

To read the policy in full - Purple Card Policy.

Parent Code of Conduct

      As a Parent, I:

  • Will remain in the spectator areas during all games.

  • Will not advise the coach on how to coach, who to put in the game and/or who to take out of the game.

  • Will respect the integrity of the officials and not advise them how to call the match.

  • Will model sportsmanship for my child by treating all coaches, officials, tournament directors and players of either team with courtesy and respect.

  • Will encourage hard work and honest effort that will lead to improved performance and participation.

  • Will emphasize the cooperative nature of the sport.

  • Will not try to coach my child during the game.

  • Will encourage athletes to participate in volleyball drug, tobacco and alcohol free.

  • Will not bring to or consume alcohol or drugs at a volleyball event.

  • Will cheer for my child’s team.

  • Will encourage my child to participate for enjoyment as well as competition. 

  • Will applaud good and fair play during matches.

  • Will be in control of my emotions.

  • Will learn the rules of the game to help me better understand what is happening on the court.

  • Understand that physical or verbal intimidation of any individual is unacceptable behavior

  • Will be supportive of all attempts to remove verbal or physical abuse from organized volleyball activities, including language.

  • Understand that conduct that is inappropriate as determined by comparison to normally accepted behavior is unacceptable.

  • Will protect the ability to continue using the facility by following all the rules of the facility, such as NO FOOD, DRINK OR COOLERS IN THE GYM, smoking in designated areas only, throwing all trash in an appropriate receptacle, etc. 

  • Will protect athletes from sanctions and/or suspension by producing accurate documentation

  • Will honor financial commitments.