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It is official-Festival coming to Phx!

 The organizers of the Volleyball Festival announced that the tournament would begin a two year run at the Phoenix Convention Center starting this summer. Dates for the tournament are June 27-July 3.
The Volleyball Festival offers...

To register or to get more information, go to http://www.volleyball-festival.com/

Olympians Dazzle All at Libero Camp

Two Olympic athletes are back to work only months after winning a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

For Women’s Indoor Volleyball teammates Nicole Davis and Stacy Sykora, getting back to normal meant getting back in the gym.

With the 2012 Olympics in the distance, the duo is spending less time training and more time coaching.

Davis and Sykora began conducting their Ball Control Camps around the country in December. The camps focus on specific defensive skills and techniques that each of the liberos have learned in their Olympic training.

On March 8, Davis and Sykora conducted a clinic in the Arizona Region. Sixty juniors joined the Olympians at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix for the 8-hour clinic.

The Olympians warmed up the group with a version of the warm up they do before practices. Then, they began with the basics, focusing on form and technique. Soon enough, the athletes were then split into age groups for more individualized attention.

“Nicole and Stacy gave me my dream back to make it as an Olympic volleyball player. You two really do change lives,” said one athlete participant.

And that is their goal.

“Our coaches didn’t know they were coaching an Olympian at the time,” said Sykora. “So it’s our job as coaches to inspire, to coach, to encourage these young girls to really think they can.”

“The next Olympian could be in the gym today. We just don’t know but we could be a part of that as coaches,” said Sykora.

Davis and Sykora hope that their Ball Control Camps can instill more than just elite skills in its participants.

“There’s a need for us to give back. There’s also a need to promote the sport,” said Davis. “In the US we have millions of kids playing volleyball and millions of ways to play volleyball and we want to expose kids to what we’re doing so that we all get on the same page at some point.”

As athletes, Davis and Sykora said they always dreamed of being Olympians, but they never knew that it would happen to them. They hope to pass on those experiences to their campers just as they pass down their knowledge of the sport.

“I always say ‘keep dreaming’ and ‘why not you?’” said Sykora. “Who’s to say who can make a national team or an Olympic team? No one really can say it just happens.”

The coaching is top of the line, the material is top-notch, and the inspiration seems to flood the gym at these Ball Control Camps.

“You never know what lives you can change with a simple word or a simple pat on the back,” said Sykora. “That’s what this is all about, to inspire these kids to think they can be something great.”

Submitted by Christy Naughton

The Arizona Region’s Top Ten List…

Who fared well at the Colorado Crossroads? Look below to see…
18 Open Division
5th     Spiral 18-1
9th     AVA 18-Mizuno
9th Arrowhead 18-Wilson

17 Club Division
9th     Zia 17-Crew

16 Open Division
7th     Club Red 16-Red

16 Club Division

9th     Az. Sky 16 N1

15 Club Division

4th     Az. Sky 15 N1 Black Panthers

14 Club Division

1st      Az. Sky 14 N1
5th     Arrowhead 14 MCD X plosion

13 Club Division

3rd     Az. Sky 13 N1 Cyclonez
9th     Az Sky 13 N2 Impact

Countdown to AZ Region Jr Beach 2009...

The summer of 2009 marks the 6th season of Junior Beach Doubles in Arizona. The fun begins again in May at Victory Lane Sports Complex
New for 2009

For the schedule and for more information about the AZ Region Jr Beach Program, go to the Region website and click on the Beach link

2009 Summer Camps Directory

Club and college coaches were asked to provide links to their camps over the summer. Click on the links for information. The Arizona Region does not endorse one camp over any other, but is just a means for Parents and athletes to disseminating the information.

Arizona State University Sun Devil Camps- http://www.sundevilvolleyball.com/
Northern Arizona University Lumberjack Camps- http://www4.nau.edu/athletics/camps/volleyball/campinfo/
Dave Rubio Volleyball Camps- http://www.davidrubiovolleyballcamp.com/
Phoenix College Camps- http://www.pc.maricopa.edu/athletic.php?page=3198&subpage=3274
Ryan Millar Volleyball Clinic and Coaches Clinic- http://www.ryanmillar.com/camps.html
Zia Volleyball’s Coyote Camp- http://www.clubziavball.com/2008season/camps.html
Scottsdale Elite Volleyball Camp- http://www.sevc.org/
Aspire Volleyball Club- http://www.aspirevb.com
Mesa High School- http://www2.mpsaz.org/taylor/staff/amstrawn/vball/camps/
Sideout Volleyball Club- http://www.sideoutvbc.com
Victory Volleyball Camp- http://www.moltenvbc.org/

Region Making Grassroots Efforts a Reality

The Arizona Region is making the grassroots part of volleyball a reality with the hiring of Teresa Scobee as the new Grassroots Director for the Arizona Region.

With the USA Volleyball mantra of “Grow the Game” fresh in everyone’s gold and silver medaled minds, Scobee will be working to get the game out to those organizations and athletes the Region is currently not reaching.

If you have an organization that is interested in learning more about volleyball, please contact Teresa at treasu@aol.com


Cactus Park Grass Tournament April 4th

Up to 15 teams of coed 4’s (all ages) are invited to play in one A/B division for prizes in our first grass volleyball tournament in quite a while. Teams must have one female minimum and have team names, two words or less, having to do with speed, quick or fast.

We'll play 3 random pool games, then all teams will advance to double elimination tournament.  Entry fee is $80 per team.

Come enjoy the weather, some fast competition, and some good socialization.
We'll check in at 8:30 and start play by 9AM.

Location is Cactus Park at 39th Ave and Cactus Rd in Phoenix, behind the pool. Park has restrooms, nice grass fields, large shade trees and plenty of food places nearby.
Register online at www.outtatownproductions.com, and then call 623 465-8611
with credit card to enter.

Or contact Luis@outtatownproductions.com

Ryan Millar Chats with Quick-e-Sets

Ryan Millar, middle blocker for the men’s 2008 U.S.A. Gold Medal winning team in Beijing recently spoke with the Arizona Region about his experience, the state of the men’s game and his upcoming player and coaches clinics he is running in June.

Where do you see USA Men's volleyball going in the next quad, both personnel wise and system wise?

“I think with winning the World League title in Brazil and the Gold Medal in Beijing our team is now looked upon in a different light. I think teams respected us before, but we have proved to the world that the USA should never be looked past. If we have our core group of players back for 2012, I see us being one of the favorites again. Right now the biggest thing on everyone's minds is who the coach will be. I know USAV is doing a very extensive search for the right person. I am very anxious to see who that is.”

 How does the men's game and USAV get more boys involved in the sport?

“Again I think the success in Beijing will help, but it really is a matter of showing young kids how great volleyball is. I really think a strategic marketing campaign could really do wonders for boy’s volleyball in the US. A creative way to show young athletes what is available to them when it comes to choosing volleyball as the sport that they want to focus on. I don't think that has really ever been done. With our recent success, it seems like now is the best time possible.”

What is the biggest difference you've seen in the Men's game, both internationally and collegiately in the past 5 years?

“The biggest difference I have seen in the last 5 years is just the overall quality of volleyball has gotten better. I think internationally the amount of countries with good programs in astounding. When that happens, the level of competition increases. That is great for the game. Collegiately I have not seen too much change apart from the fact that some of the best teams are not only in Southern California any more. I think college players are very lucky in the US because the level of coaching is very high. These players should learn and grow as much as possible to get ready for the International game.”

Now that you're doing camps and clinic, what is the common thing you see with your athletes? Positive OR negative?

“The best camps are the camps where you can genuinely see that the players at camp want to get better. They work hard, listen, are coachable, and are fun to instruct. If I am a player going to a camp, I would prepare myself to get as much out of it as possible. When you are a junior player the most important thing you can do to get better is to play as much volleyball at the highest level available to you. Camps are a great place to do this.”

Finally, what will you bring to Arizona coaches in your coaches clinic that will make them better coaches today?

“I think coaches will find my clinic interesting and informative because I bring with me an extreme amount of playing experience. I know exactly what it takes to win. I hope to inspire coaches to look at the game from different angles. To be creative and not repetitive. Keep the game fresh for their players. I look forward to helping coaches understand exactly what it takes from themselves and their players to be champions.”
You can get more information or register for Ryan Millar’s camp at http://www.ryanmillar.com/camps.html

Side out Club offering Beach for East Side

Side out Volleyball Club’s beach volleyball season runs from June thru July. Practices will be held once a week at the Tempe Town Lake sand courts located in Tempe, Arizona from 6:30pm-8:30pm. They will be overseen by Coach Karyn Lumm.

The season will only cost $200. This includes: Baden Sandshark volleyball, practice tee, eight practices, and a beach volleyball clinic.
For more information, e-mail info@sideoutvbc.com

Dinosaur Tournament Coming

A Dinosaur Tournament will be held at Kingdom Courts on Saturday May 30th.

2 Divisions:  230 and older (BRAWN) and 275 and older (BRAIN)
Theme: Your favorite place/hang out

1) Total age ON THE COURT must meet the minimum age requirement, at all times unless it's a tournament ending injury.  Age is determined by how old you are in 2009.

2) Men must be at least 35 years old.

3) Co-Ed format, NO more than 4 men on the court, minimum one woman, loss of rotation rule applies.  Games will be played by USAV rules.

4) Format will be determined base on the number of teams.  Round robin pool play followed by a single elimination.  Registration fee submittal deadline is by May 16th.  Total of 12 teams for both divisions.

Where    :  Kingdom Courts, 11410 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029
When     :  Saturday May 30th from 9 am to 5 pm, lunch break at 11:45 am-12:30 pm
Contact:  DT Nguyen at 602.300.1398 or Mike Bacha at 602.826.1300
Cost       :  $25/person, lunch is provided & small prizes will be given to the top 2 teams. 

All paid players will receive a t-shirt.  Send names, ages, t-shirt size, and contacts to kingdomcourts@cox.net to reserve your team.

USA Volleyball Announces Dates of Beach High Performance Tryouts

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Volleyball has announced its schedule for the 2009 Beach High Performance Tryouts (formerly known as the International Selection Camp), which are open to all beach athletes ages 14-25.

Selected athletes will comprise the Youth or Under-19, Junior or Under-21, and A2 or Under-26 Beach National Teams representing the United States in international competitions and beach high performance camps.

The FIVB U19 Beach World Championships are scheduled to be held Aug. 16-24 in Alanya, Turkey. The U21 Beach World Championships are scheduled for Aug. 30-Sept. 7 in Monterrey, Mexico. The dates and site of the U26 event has not yet been confirmed.
A training team of eight athletes for each event will be chosen. From that group, two teams per gender will be selected to travel to the event.

The tryouts will be led by USAV beach staff. Beach volleyball experience is a plus but not required. All athletes will receive a written evaluation to be mailed after the camp. Athletes are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations.

For more information and to view the schedule, go to http://www.usavolleyball.org/news/article/9490.

Maccabi Games Offering Volleyball at Sports Festival

The Maccabi Games is a sports festival type event for Jewish athletes. If you have any Jewish athletes that might be interested in participating on a volleyball team please give them this information. The Games are next summer well after JO's are over with so there is no interference with club volleyball.  The games are August 2-7th in San Francisco, Ca.
The contact is Brian Katz. Phone 480-221-4790 or email katzbs@earthlink.net

Help Us Grow the Game!!!

If you are 16 and older and a volleyball player who wants to help others, we want YOU!
The Region is looking for both male and female players that want to donate their time to help teach the game of volleyball. The Grassroots division is working on clinics and camps for outside organizations, schools, etc. to help grow the game.

The Region is assembling a team of volunteer youth coaches to help with these camps. These hours can be used for community service for National Honor Society, Boy and Girl Scouts, etc.

For more information, contact erichbke@msn.com


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