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Region Championship Tournament Information

Region Championships tournaments are here. The format is very different than our regular power tournaments. The tournament will last most of the day instead of just half day. Lots of information follows. Please read it!!

Clubs that have a balance due to the Arizona Region will not have their teams entered into the Region Championships tournament. Payment of any balance due must be received before Noon on the Monday prior to the tournament. Once the tournament is posted on the website - the teams will not be placed into the tournament. The tournament will be posted by 1 pm the Monday before the specific tournament. The only exception for this is the 12's Region Championships because the clubs were just notified of this and their tournament will be posted on Monday.

Parents: There is no lunch break built into the tournament. Please bring food with you or send someone for food. Neither the coach nor the players should leave the site for food. Do not stop for lunch when moving to another site for bracket play. Penalties for being late to ref assignments or match play will be enforced. Several sites have snack bars open for business.



Coaches: Come to check in with a CURRENT Sign Up to Play roster (no handwritten rosters, no team lists) your picture ID and medical release forms for each player on your team. This should be a "no brainer" by now but we are still receiving handwritten rosters and coaches saying "we haven't had to do this before". There should be no Sign Up to Play rosters with IN PROCESS anymore. All participants should have a USAV #. The roster submitted should be current and signed by the coach. Any player on the roster that is not there should be crossed off. Any player or coach with IN PROCESS is not eligible to play.

Seeding -

The seeding is based on the finish of the last power tournament. There was no movement up or down after the last tournament. Teams stayed in the order of finish for seeding of the Region Championships. The teams are then snake seeded through divisions into 3 team pools. In the Club 14 and 16 divisions - the top 36 teams are snake seeded among themselves as the AA Division of their respective Club Division. The remaining teams in the division are then snake seeded and become the A Division of their respective Club Division. This is done to facilitate a one day tournament. There is no way to allow all 83 or 84 teams in the division to play for the championship in one day. In the 12's, Club 18's, Open 16's and Open 18's there are not 36 teams in the division so all teams are snake seeded. The AA and A Divisions will have their own champion with awards.

Format -

The teams are seeded into 3-team pools via 6 team divisions. The 3 team pools will play. After pool play is complete there will be one cross pool match for each level of finish - the #1 teams from the two three team pools will cross pool, the #2 teams will cross pool and the #3 teams will cross pool. The cross pool match will determine which championship division bracket the team will be placed in. Most teams will move to another site for their bracket play. For the most part, the brackets will be 6 team single elimination brackets with consolation games for place. In the 14's and 16 Club divisions, the A Divisions will have 8 team single elimination brackets with consolation games for place.

Tie Break Procedure -

The first consideration is games. If the games won/lost are different, the tie is broken. If just two teams are tied in matches AND games, the winner in their head to head match will be the determining factor. If there is a tie in matches AND games with all three teams in the pool there will be a playoff for finish. The teams will flip a coin to determine which teams will ref the other two teams in one game to 25. The winner will then play the ref team one game to 25, the loser will ref the game.

Region Championship t-shirts will be for sale at all sites. The cost is $15 per shirt payable in cash or check (to Arizona Region) only. We do not accept credit cards. Find your Team Name. They are all there - all 340 of them!!!

Medals and Champion t-shirts will be given to the winner in the Gold Divisions only. Runner up in the Gold Division will receive medals. All other Division champions will receive a Champion Certificate for winning the division.

Good Luck to all and have fun in the process!

Parents Please Read

The Arizona Region of USA Volleyball values sportsmanship and the enjoyment of the game of volleyball. We ask your help in those pursuits by maintaining a positive outlook throughout your experiences with us.

With the above in mind, we also ask for your help in fostering an enjoyable environment for all by refraining from using negative commentary directed toward the opposing teams, the site directors and the officiating crews. The complete officiating crew includes the head officials, line judges, scorekeepers and the scoreboard flippers. Negative comments might include, yelling, "Point, Point, Point" or "That was a LIFT", etc. Frequently the crew includes players or coaches who may be completing their officiating responsibilities for the first time. It will be a much more positive educational opportunity for them if they are permitted to work without the "help" of someone other than another crew member or site hosting staff.

This notice is intended as a friendly reminder that negative comments or behavior will not be endured and that we all are examples to each other. However, if negative behavior presents itself we will ask the individual(s) to remove themselves from our gyms. In addition, parents and other spectators must remain in the spectator areas only. Any parents or spectators that come onto the playing surface or approach the score table may also be asked to remove themselves from the arena. This is for the protection of our athletes, coaches, and officials and violations of these policies will not be tolerated. It is the coach's responsibility to question the official about events of the match, not the parent's.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball Set for September 21-23 in Huntington Beach

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (March 13, 2007) --- With the number of beach volleyball players around the country growing, volleyball legend and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Karch Kiraly today announced plans for the U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball which will be played Sept. 21-23, 2007 in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Sanctioned by USA Volleyball, the tournament is expected to draw more than 250 volleyball teams and approximately 1,000 beach volleyball players in the first year. Tournament play will take place in up to 15 different divisions, including draws for men, women and co-ed two-person, four-person and six-person teams. In addition there are plans for two divisions of masters' categories for both men and women with one division for those players 37 and older and a second one for those 45 and older.

"For years I have wanted to establish an event that would bring serious beach volleyball players together in Southern California, the birthplace of the sport, and thanks to USA Volleyball that dream will become a reality this year," Kiraly said. "Just as we did in the old days, the event will showcase the many faces of beach volleyball with men and women competing in two-person, four-person and six-person teams. Our hope is that we will be able to bring this great game to more people with a nationwide grassroots approach."

Qualification tournaments will take place throughout the summer in numerous markets across the country. Winners in each division at each official qualification event will earn a guaranteed berth in the U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball. The schedule for the qualification dates will be released in the coming weeks.

"Our primary goal is to grow volleyball at all levels all across the country," said Doug Beal, CEO of USA Volleyball. "We have dedicated funding and resources to showcase beach volleyball, especially at the grassroots level. We believe strongly that to upgrade our programs and events, we must partner with those organizations which have a strong desire to see our sport grow."

For more information on the upcoming U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball, visit www.usopenbeachvolleyball.com or www.usavolleyball.org.

USAV Offering Free Online Newsletters

USA Volleyball is offering free specific online newsletters for Junior Girls, Junior Boys, Beach, Women’s National Team, Men’s National Team and Coaches Education. You can go to http://www.usavolleyball.org/FreeNewsletter/ to sign up for the newsletter you want.

In order to make these newsletters as timely and as interesting as possible, USAV is asking for your help.  Please let them know about stories that feature junior players, coaches, and programs.  They want to know about accomplishments on and off the court.  Do you have any photos to share?  Are there any budding poets or authors in our junior ranks?

Please help us recognize these talents and accomplishments that we know flourish at the high school and club levels.  Feel free to submit photos and story ideas at any time to Bill Kauffman (girls) and BJ Evans (boys).  Please get the word out to coaches, players, parents and tournament directors that USA Volleyball wants and needs your ideas and contributions.


AVP Needs You!!!

The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour is looking for volunteers for the Westgate Open held May 10-13th at the Westgate Center in Glendale.

Volunteers receive an AVP Tour "Event Staff" t-shirt, lunch and beverages, and plenty of interaction with AVP athletes.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer member of the AVP 2007 team, the AVP would love to hear from you. A brief description of each volunteer position is below.

Volunteers are accepted on a first come first serve basis. Applications are NOT being taken at the Arizona Region Office and need to be faxed, e-mailed or mailed to the AVP office numbers listed on the application.  All applicants need to fill out the application and waiver that can be downloaded at the by clicking on this link.


Check the Arizona Region site at www.azregionvolleyball.org and check out the Camps link to find links to several volleyball camps going on around Arizona and surrounding areas.

2007 Arizona High Performance Announces Camp

 The Arizona Region, in conjunction with Phoenix College,  will again support the USA National High Performance Program with their second annual 2007 High Performance Camp.

After last year’s successful venture, and by popular demand, the Region’s HP Camp has been expanded.
Head Coach Melissa Wolter led West Florida to their first national tournament appearance in 2006.
The HP Select Camp, for those athletes born 1992, 1993 and after, will be held June 11-13th at Phoenix College main gymnasium, located at 1202 E. Thomas Rd. in Phoenix. The parking for the gym is in the back of the campus, east of the tennis courts.

The lead cadre for the HP Select group will be Melissa Wolter.  

The itinerary for the HP Select camp is as follows

Monday June 11
Check in from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Session I from 9 a.m. to Noon.
Session II from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday June 12
Session III from 9 a.m. to Noon.
Session IV from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday June 13
Session V from 9 a.m. to Noon

Cost is $225 for the camp which includes a Camp T-shirt.
Meals and snacks are NOT provided by the Camp.
We will have water available at the site to fill up bottles.

Erikka Gulbranson Volleyball 2006-07
The HP Youth Camp, for those athletes born 1990 and 1991 will be held June 18-20th, also at the Phoenix College main gymnasium.

The lead cadre for the Youth Camp will be Erikka Gulbranson.

The itinerary for the HP Youth camp is as follows:

Monday June 18
Check in from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Session I from 9 a.m. to Noon.
Session II from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday June 19
Session III from 9 a.m. to Noon.
Session IV from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday June 20
Session V from 9 a.m. to Noon

Cost is $225 for the camp which includes a Camp T-shirt.
Meals and snacks are NOT provided by the Camp.
We will have water available at the site to fill up bottles.

To Register for the HP Camps:
A $50 deposit must accompany your High Performance Application and Medical Release form.
You can download those applications here

Even if you already have a medical release form filled out from your club team, you will still need to download this and fill it out.

Mail the completed registration form, and the medical release form with your deposit to:
The Arizona Region of USA Volleyball
2105 S. 48th St. Ste #108
Tempe, AZ.  85282-1019
Attn: High Performance Camp

For questions, contact erichbke@msn.com

Serve-a-thon to Benefit Schools

On April 21, 2007, the 14th Annual Make A Difference Serve-A-Thon for Schools will bring together the talents, time and energy of 3000 hard-working volunteers to meet the needs of the community's most valuable resource: our schools. Volunteers will be helping approximately 40 under-resourced schools with large-scale revitalization and beautification projects as well as hosting social activities to serve students and families! Through corporate sponsorship and individual pledges, the event will also raise vital funds that allow Make A Difference to continue meeting needs in the community through meaningful volunteer action throughout the year.  Contact Make A Difference to see which schools still need your help.  For more information, contact Brandy at brandy@makeadifference.org, visit their website at www.makeadifference.org or call 602.973.2212.

VAO to offer up Beach Clinic with Defending Champs

Volleyball Arizona is holding a beach clinic featuring the 2006 Tempe AVP men’s Champions Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers on May 10th at Victory Lanes Sports Complex.

For more information on this unique opportunity, or to get more information on VAO’s summer beach events, go to www.volleyballarizona.org or call Aaron at 602-532-7931

Arizona Boy’s Game Showing National Muscle

Arizona showed it growth in the boy’s game with some top 10 finishes in the 15 th Annual Las Vegas Invitational Boy’s Tournament held April 1 st through 3 rd.

Arizona sported three of the top eight teams in the 56 team field which included teams from Nevada, Utah and Southern California. Brophy Prep took third overall, while Highland and Catalina Foothills both got to the quarterfinals. Desert Vista finished 13 th.

For more information on the boy’s game and the upcoming boy’s club season, visit the Region website.


Region’s Summer Beach Program Posted

The 2007 Arizona Region Junior Beach Program is back and bigger than ever. You can download a brochure and register and check the summer schedule by clicking the Beach link on the Arizona Region webpage.

Turf Challenge Welcomed Back Warmly

The 2007 Turf Challenge sponsored by Gold Medal Squared was welcomed back with open arms and lots of exciting volleyball as the southwest’s biggest grass tournament made its return to ASU on April 6-7 th after a two year absence.

The tournament sported 192 athletes participating. Harold Johnson was the big winner, taking both the coed open title with partner Shoni Rama and winning the men’s Open with partner Tyler Hildebrand. The Women’s Open winners were ASU’s own Margie Giordano with partner Kaili Kimura. The Women’s A division winners were Tricia Melfy and Beth Schneider. On Friday, the Coed 4’s division was won by former University of Washington standout Paige Benjamin and her partners Freddy Perales, Dan Mihm, and Sara Little.

Tournament Director Benjamin Corbett said it was a great event for all. “I heard nothing but great things and thank-you’s from everyone for bringing the event back. I foresee it getting bigger and bigger in the coming years.”

Congrats to all the winners and participants.

AVP Sanderson Ford Glendale Open Ticket Pricing

May 10-13, 2007

Date: May 10, 2007 - Complimentary

Dates: May 11 – May 13, 2007 (Pricing Table listed below):

Type Price Discount Available Quanity Available

Premium Seating Reserved
(1st Row Only)

$80 None 142
Stadium Reserved
(Courtside Rows 2-5)
$40 None 713
General Admission $20 Group/Student 2700
Group 20 or more $15 Included GA Only
Group 40 or more $12 Included GA Only
Student (Valid with ID) $10 Included GA Only

For Group Tickets please contact Genevieve Villegas at 623-772-1264.

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