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American Volleyball Championships Coming to Tucson

The Arizona Region will be hosting a Nationals-style tournament, the American Volleyball Championships, at the Tucson Convention Center on March 17th and 18th.

Teams can register for the event on the Sign Up to Play registration system. The cost per team is $350.

All girl’s age divisions will be accepted, however any age division that does not meet an 8 team minimum by March 1, 2007 will be dropped and their money will be refunded.

For more information, contact Lisa Naughton at lnaughton@qwest.net

National High Performance Tryouts  

USA Volleyball has announced their tryout dates and sites for both boys and girls for consideration for the upcoming Youth, High Performance and Junior age groups. For the tryout schedule, click here.


If you aren’t sure what age group your athlete should be trying out for, go here.


Before you tryout, you must fill out an HP application. The girl’s application is here


and the boy’s is here.


A national meeting will be held in Colorado Springs in late January. The Arizona Region’s High Performance course for 2007 will be decided at that meeting.

In-Season Junior Beach Tournament Information

By popular demand, the Region will be sponsoring a monthly in-season beach tournament held on Sundays. The information, costs and times are as follows:

Tournament Dates:

February 11th, March 11th, April 22nd

Tournament Site:

All Tournaments will be held at Victory Lanes Sports Complex located on 43 rd Ave. ¼ mile South of Pinnacle Peak Rd. in Glendale (Behind WaterWorld) Victory Lanes does not allow coolers in the park. Water only.

Tournament Cost:

Cost per player per tournament is $10 per player as long as the player is registered with the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball for the 2006-07 season.

If a player is not a registered member, they can pay a $7 one-time event fee the day of the tournament or pay the $40 for a full membership that would cover you for all three tournaments AND the Region’s Summer Junior Beach Program that is run over the summer.

Tournament Format:

Pool play followed by bracket play. Game points (15, 21, etc.) are decided at tournament time based on the number of teams and the time allotted per age group.

These three tournaments are run independently with the Region’s Summer Junior Beach Program that will begin in May and run through July. There are no points earned in these three tournaments.

Registration and Playing Times:

16’s Finalists Betsi Metter, Katie Rutherford, Jordan Smith and Anna Gott
ready for their final in the less than ideal weather at the first in-season
beach tournament on January 21st. Metter and Gott won the gold medal.

12’s and 16’s Boy’s and Girl’s will begin registration at 8:30 a.m. Pools will be announced and play will begin at 9:00 a.m.

14’s and 18’s Boy’s and Girl’s will begin registration at 1:30 p.m. Pools will be announced and play will begin at 2:00 p.m.

If you are going to be late, please call Eric at 623-703-0496 and put your name in the draw. IF YOU DO NOT CALL, YOU RISK NOT HAVING YOUR NAME PLACED IN THE TOURNAMENT.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Eric at erichbke@msn.com


The Arizona Region’s nationally recognized program to develop and train current junior players in the art of officiating is in full swing.  The program has 15 or so juniors hard at work learning and applying the rules.  The program has picked up several additions after the initial December meeting.

These junior official’s commitment to working the 12’s & 14’s Club tourneys creates an opportunity for the young official, and is a great addition to our Region core of officials.  We are delighted to have Junior Officials as part of the crew. For information on how to get involved, contact the Region office.

Upcoming Tournament Information

For tournament information, go to the Region website at www.azregionvolleyball.org and pull down the juniors menu at the top of the page. From there, click on girl’s, then tournament info and the age group you are looking for.

You can click the name of the site at the top of your pool for a mapquest map to the facility. We urge you to double check the directions as mapquest is not always 100% accurate.

USA Volleyball Board of Directors Votes to Restructure

The USA Volleyball (USAV) Board of Directors unanimously approved a motion to restructure itself at its winter meeting, held Jan. 12-14 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Board’s size will be reduced from its current number of 30 voting members to 15 voting members and one non-voting, at-large member. The Executive Committee structure will be eliminated. The new Board will be seated at the conclusion of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

"After almost 30 years, it is time for governance change in order to reflect the sport today and as the near future of the sport is anticipated,” said current USAV Board President Al Monaco. “The critical concern is that the change be significant without USAV being unduly at risk of losing all of the good governance methods and traditions in existence today. The concept adopted by the Board is a very good start that now has to be fleshed out over the next 18 months with great wisdom."

The new Board will be comprised of Athlete Directors (one from each gender of each of the Olympic disciplines - volleyball and beach volleyball); Independent Directors; and Directors from the constituencies of USAV Regional Volleyball Associations; Indoor High Performance; Junior Elite Indoor; National Beach Tour; Beach Elite Development; Coaching; Officiating and one (1) At-Large Director. The restructured Board more directly reflects the current structure and character of the sport of volleyball in the United States and provides appropriate representation for both Olympic volleyball disciplines.

A Transition Committee was also established to develop the specific criteria, processes and substructures related to Directors' qualification, nomination and selection, Committees of the Board, corporate substructures and other operating procedures that will drive USAV as a Board-governed, staff-managed organization. The Transition Committee has also been charged with developing recommendations that will ensure the continued participation of a wide range of member organizations that conduct volleyball programming such that USAV remains an “organization of member organizations.

“It was extremely gratifying to see the current Board members prioritize USA Volleyball’s overall success and operating efficiency and the interest of the sport in general ahead of what could have been more narrow self interests,” said USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal. “In creating this new vision-based Board structure, the opportunity and road map for positive change has been realized.”

This restructure culminates three prior initiatives at re-organization taken by USAV in 1991, 1995 and 1999 and brings USAV into compliance with the Governance Guidelines recommended by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in May 2005.

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