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Arizona Region a Catalyst for Special Olympics adding Volleyball to Summer Games

To support the UNIFY Project Grant that Special Olympics of Arizona received this year to encourage school age unified sports, SOAZ is excited to announce the addition of volleyball to the Summer Games line up of events.

If you are interested in starting a unified school age volleyball program, please contact Brian Quinn at brianq@soaz.org or 602-230-9135 as there is some funding allocated to assist with this process.

Volleyball events offered at Summer Games include: traditional volleyball, unified volleyball and volleyball skills.

In order to encourage participation in volleyball at Summer Games, eight weeks of training will be required to register for the event but an area competition is not required.
Special Olympics director Nadine Armstrong said, “SOAZ is also thankful for the assistance from the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball who is assisting with launching Special Olympics volleyball.”

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer coach or help with the games, contact Eric at erichbke@msn.com


2009 Boys National HP Tryouts

The AZ Region will again be hosting a Boys National HP Tryouts in 2009. The session will be March 1 at Grand Canyon University from 12 noon - 4 pm. This is during the Arizona boy’s high school season but participation is allowed by the AIA as explained below by Collin Powers of USAV.

"Our USA Volleyball High Performance tryouts are the recognized USA Volleyball National Governing Bodymechanisms for determining placement of Youth, Junior and Select – aged players into our USA National, A2 and Developmental summer training and competition programs."

"The Boys’ Youth National Team and Men’s Junior National Team are both officially-recognized USA National Teams – and both are competing this year in their respective FIVB (Federacion Internationale de Volleyball) World Championships." As a result the AIA (per Glen Treadaway) does not prohibit participation through the National Governing Body for this one time tryout event.

The age definitions for these three age groups are listed below and based on international age definitions and not USAV eligibility definitions:

This will be a one-time tryout for the athletes for 2009. USAV will have staff at the tryout who will evaluate the athletes and determine program placement.

Registration for the 2009 tryout sessions will begin later this year. Check the USAV website http://volleyball.teamusa.org/content/index/2815 to sign up.


Olympic Liberos to host Ball Control and Defense Camp

2008 Beijing Olympic  silver medal liberos Nicole Davis and Stacy Sykora will host a one day clinic on ball control and defense for all positions at Grand Canyon University (3300 W. Camelback) on March 8, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost for the clinic is $160 per athlete and only 60 athletes will be accepted to this very special event.  Ages will be 12-14’s and 15-18’s.

For more information or to register, go to www.finerpointsvball.com


Crush It ON THE BEACH

6 on 6 Sand Volleyball Tournament
Saturday, Feb. 21st, 2009
Tempe Town Lake Sand Courts
620 N. Mill Ave   Tempe AZ 85281
Fee - $250 per team
Play begins at 9 a.m.
4 games of pool play to 25, win by 2
followed by a single elimination tournament
Indoor rules / Womens’ net

Medals awarded to 1st and 2nd place winners
REFEREES PROVIDED!
so relax and enjoy the beach between games
Free Kayak available for use
Bring sunscreen, canopies for shade, chairs and lots of water
Also bring a lunch, there will be no food available
FREE T-SHIRTS!
10 shirts provided per team, extras may be purchased for $10
COME ON OUT AND HAVE A FUN DAY AT THE BEACH!
BUT DON’T DELAY, WE ARE LIMITED TO THE FIRST 12 ENTRIES!

 Tournament Contact Information:
Duane Willis
Phone: 480-734-0142
email: duane@clubcrush.net    fax: 480-308-8527


2009 Girls National HP Tryouts

The Arizona Region will again be hosting a National High Performance Tryouts for girls on Sunday, March 8, 2009. The tryouts will be held at Phoenix College - 12th Ave and Thomas Rd in Phoenix.

The Girls Select and Junior Age Groups will be from 8 am - 12 noon.
The Girls Youth Age Group will be held from 12 noon - 4 pm.

The HP age definitions for the 2009 season are the same as 2008. This is the second year of the two year cycle. Please note that these age-group classifications differ from USA Volleyball Junior club age definitions and also from grade classifications of US school systems.

Women's Junior - Women born in 1990 and 1991
Girls' Youth - Girls born in 1992 and 1993
Girls' USA Select - Girls born in 1994, 1995 and after
Men's Junior - Men born in 1989 and 1990
Boys' Youth - Boys born in 1991 and 1992
Boys' USA Select - Boys born in 1993, 1994 and after

The 2009 High Performance Championships will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. It is uncertain at this time if the AZ Region will field a team to send to the tournament. More will be known after the January 2009 HP Coaches Training Session in Colorado Springs. We sure would like to defend the Girl's International Youth Championship Title.

Registration for the 2009 tryout sessions will begin later this year. Check the USAV website http://volleyball.teamusa.org/content/index/2815 to sign up.


Graceland Looking For Boy’s for their New Program

Hello USAV members, friends and family,
 Let me introduce myself I am Chad McDole, the head men’s volleyball coach at Graceland University located in Lamoni, IA. www.graceland.edu/athletics/  We have some exciting news! Graceland University will be adding 2 J.V. men’s volleyball programs to it’s already existing varsity sponsored program. These programs will be funded with money for travel to dual matches, tournaments and scholarship money to assist in the financial aid process. This is exciting for us because we are expanding the role of men’s volleyball at Graceland and we are supporting the overall goal of giving young men another opportunity to compete in college. It is a win/win for everyone!

Graceland men’s volleyball is rich in tradition and success. Graceland men’s volleyball is the oldest running varsity program in the NAIA! Our volleyball program has been a sponsored varsity program since 1967. We have only had 3 coaches in the history of the program. Rod Schall (national championships 73,  76, 79) former assistant coach/statistician for the USA Men’s Volleyball Team. Stu Sherman (national championship 98) present USAV CAP (coaching accreditation program) clinician traveling across the country educating volleyball coaches, and finally Chad McDole (player on the 98 national championship team) evaluator for USA National High Performance boys program and coach for the A2 Camp/USA International High Performance Championships 08 and soon to be 09.

 We would love your help in communicating this opportunity to play college volleyball to current (and future) graduating seniors. We are looking for a substantial recruiting class this season to fill our varsity and J.V. rosters. Our goal is to have 40+ men’s volleyball players at Graceland next fall! We want to find great young men and give them a place to play.  How would you feel about posting this letter on your website to help communicate this opportunity? Is your website updated with director contact info?
 Thanks so much for your time and help,

Chad McDole
Graceland University
Wellness Degree Coordinator
Head Men's Volleyball Coach
One University Place
Lamoni, IA 50140
www.graceland.edu
cmcdole@graceland.edu
866.GRACELAND (toll free)
641.784.5317 (work)
816.582.2155 (cell)
641-784-5472 (fax)


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

 

 


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


Deaf Olympians Hosting Players Clinic with Gold Medal Squared

Mike Bruning and Scott Majorino - Silver Medalists in beach volleyball at the 2005 Deaflympics in Melbourne, Australia are hosting a clinic as a Fundraiser for the US Deaf Team participation in the 2009 Deaflympics in Taipei, Taiwan on September 5th - 15th, 2009.

 When: Saturday, February 21st, 2009
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Where: Kingdom Courts
11410 N. 19th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85029
How much: $40/ Cash or Check
(Make checks payable to: USA Deaf  Sports  Federation – “Mike Bruning” on memo line)
Register at:  www.goldmedalsquared.com
Contact: Patricia Becker (480) 283-1207


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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