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The Arizona Region’s 5th Junior Beach season is well under way. With the last four season’s unprecedented success, this program is now considered one of the premiere programs in the country thanks to YOU!
You will see some more changes for 2008.
First, you can now register for the program online or sign up at the tournaments.
We will be using the "under age" groups that USAV and the FIVB uses to keep continuity to those players who play around the country.

The Region has added an "22 and Under" division for those college age players who still want to compete on the beach
Tucson and Flagstaff will be running their own program under the umbrella of the Region's program
We will again be awarding the season point winners in each age division by paying their entry fee into Junior Beach Nationals in August.

Register now and be a part of the fastest growing volleyball program in the southwest and enjoy the fun, the sun and the challenge of beach doubles in the desert.
To get started, tournament information, match formats, rules differences, partner qualifications, costs and special tournaments, go to the Region website and click on the beach page…

The USA Beach Junior Tour makes it long awaited first stop in the Arizona Region on June 14th and 15th at Victory Lanes Sports Park located on 43rd Ave. south of Pinnacle Peak Rd.

This tournament is part of the USA Beach Junior tour that crosses the United States and helps identify the country’s exceptional Beach talent for future considerations. The “Desert Open” is the Phoenix stop on the tour.

Medalists in the 16’s and 18’s division are given an automatic berth into the 2009 International Developmental Beach camp held is Southern California next June. The USA Beach staff will also identify possible athletes for their High Performance programs from this tournament as well.

On Saturday, June 14th, both the boy’s and girl’s 12’s and 14’s divisions will compete from 5:00 p.m. till approximately 10:00 p.m. Registration and check in is from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

On Sunday morning, the Boy’s and Girl’s 18U divisions will compete from 8:00 a.m. till approximately 1:00 p.m. Registration and check in is from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

On Sunday evening, the boy’s and girl’s 16U divisions will compete from 5:00 p.m. till approximately 10:00 p.m. Registration and check in is from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You need to register for this special tournament online at http://www.usabeach.org/registrationTour.asp?event=19&name=Desert%20Open

Cost is $30 for this tournament and you MUST be a registered member of USA Volleyball. Walk up costs for this tournament is $40

The age groups being used for the USA Beach Junior Tour are:

12 and Under - Year Born: January 1, 1996 - December 31, 1997
14 and Under - Year Born: January 1, 1994 - December 31, 1995
16 and Under - Year Born: January 1, 1992 - December 31, 1993
18 and Under - Year Born: January 1, 1990 - December 31, 1991 (FIVB Youth U19)
20 and Under - Year Born: January 1, 1988 - December 31, 1989 (FIVB Junior U21)
(These are non negotiable age divisions)

For more information, e-mail erichbke@msn.com

Flagstaff Beach Program Announced

Under the direction of Katy Knowlton, the Flagstaff division of Arizona Junior Beach will run 4 tournaments in Flagstaff at the Flagstaff Athletic Club. The dates for those tournaments are as follows:

June 21st    8am 12U and 16U
  2 pm 14U and 18U
June 28 8am 12U and 16U
  2 pm 14U and 18U
July 5th 8am 14U and 18U
  2 pm 12U and 16U
July 12th 8am 12U and 16U
  2 pm 14U and 18U

Check in is 30 minutes prior to the tournament start.

These tournaments are in conjunction with the Arizona Region’s Junior Beach Program. You will need to register for the program before you can play in those tournaments. Phoenix and Tucson players who are signed up for the program are welcome to drive up and beat the heat!

For more information, contact Katy Knowlton

Tucson Jr. Beach Program Announced

Under the direction of Whitney Orton, the Tucson division of the Arizona Region’s Junior Beach Program will run tournaments for select age groups every Sunday at SportsPark.
The schedule looks like this:
June 1,      5-10pm,   12/16 age group
June 8,     5-10pm,   14/18 age group
June 15,   5-10pm,    12/16  age group
June 29,   5-10pm,   14/18 age group
July 13,    5-10pm,   12/16  age group
July 20,    5-10pm,   14/18 age group
August 3, 5-10pm,   12/16 age group

Registration begins at 4:30 for each tournament. Tucson will not  have a 22U division. For more information, contact Orton at whitneytorton@gmail.com

Region Announces Coaching Clinic

The Arizona Region is hosting its third Arizona Region Coaching Clinic to be held Sunday, June 8th from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. at South Mountain Community College.
Scheduled speakers include new ASU Head Coach Jason Watson and U of A Head coach Dave Rubio.

For those new coaches to the sport, a 3 hour presentation on teaching volleyball skills to younger players will be available.

To register, go to the Arizona Region website and click on the Coaches Corner. You can download the form and mail it or bring it with you to the clinic.

Pre Registration cost for the clinic is $50, walk ups will be $65.  For more information, e-mail erichbke@msn.com

Mother’s Day Tournament Sees Double!!!

Kathy Anderson and Shannon Nelson did double duty on June 1st as they led the participation in the second annual Mother’s Day volleyball tournament held at Victory Lanes.

Kathy Anderson teamed with daughter Lexi to win the 14’s division and then took the gold with daughter Jordan in the 12’s division.

Shannon Nelson teamed with daughter Jordan to take the silver in the 12’s and took the gold in the 16’s division with her niece Kayla.

Congrats to all who participated and we’ll see you again next season.

Proper Conduct from All expected as Season Winds Down

This club season, the Region Office has experienced a rash of behavioral issues coming from our tournaments. 

As the season winds down please check your attitude and behavior at tournaments.  Parents please respectfully cheer for good play by all, refrain from approaching or yelling at the officiating crews (including the girls working the lines or score), make sure the team camp areas are clear of all trash and food, keep siblings away from the court and please watch what they are doing with markers/crayons that may be occupying their time. 

Players please pay attention while you are officiating/scorekeeping, leave your cell phones at home for the tournament and display good sportsmanship regardless of the result of the match. 

As the temperature heats up outside we don’t want behavioral issues to heat up inside. 
Thanks for taking this to heart!

Paid Volunteers Needed for HP Championships

If you are interested in being a paid line judge or a libero tracker for the upcoming HP Championships in Tucson, below is the basic information.  If you are interested please email AJ Joseph at josephaj1@aol.com back with the following information to confirm your spot in working the event:


Email Address
Cell Phone Number
Age (if junior athlete)
Club (if junior athlete)
Referee Certification Level
Dates and times available
(between 8am Wed, July 23 to 12noon, July 27)

This is a GREAT opportunity for any coaches, USAV-registered parents, or SOLID junior athlete line judges/libero trackers who would like to work a National event. There will be 13 courts with five to six best 3 out of 5 matches per day per court per day Wednesday through Saturday and then 1-2 matches on Sunday morning.

Most all staff will work 5-6 matches the first 4 days and 1-2 on Sunday morning.
Pay will be $20 per match and each person working as a line judge/libero tracker will also receive two HP Championships t-shirts to wear during the event and keep.

Staff will be selected to work as Line Judges/Libero Trackers will typically work 4 matches line judging or and 2 libero tracking each day Please forward this to interested USAV members and have anyone interested email me to sign up for the event at josephaj1@aol.com

Summer Memberships Available

USA Volleyball has changed the Outdoor membership category to Summer Membership to include more than just outdoor play.  The membership period is from May 1 to Oct 31.  For those athletes that were not registered through a club for the 2008 season and will playing in our Beach program or attending a summer camp that requires membership this membership category is for you.  The cost is just $15.  You can print the form off the AZ Region website – www.azregionvolleyball.org  The form is located under the tab Forms and then Membership link.  Please mail it to the AZ Region office with your payment.  Contact the AZ Region office with any questions.

Adult Beach Volleyball Still Going Strong

The  Arizona Beach Volleyball Association, or the AZBVA is going strong with Adult tournaments throughout the winter and spring. For more information, go to their website at http://www.arizonavolleyball.com

AVP Schedule is Announced

The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour announced their schedule for 2008 with Glendale reaping one of the bigger prizes on the tour.
Glendale’s Westgate Center  will host the King and Queen of the Beach tournament that wraps up the season on September 26-28th. This is the tournament where the players play with different partners earning points and eventually the title King and Queen of the Beach.
For more information, or to buy tickets, go to www.avp.com


2008 Region Golf Tournament Information Announced

The 2nd annual Arizona Region Golf Tournament will be held September 20, 2008 and will be played at the Phantom Ranch golf course at the Pointe South Mountain.

Anyone may participate. The Region is not only looking for golfers, but for those willing to involve themselves with sponsorships and donations as well. All donations will be used as prizes at the event or included in our Development Grant fund.

The Arizona Region aims to facilitate both indoor and outdoor volleyball in a safe yet competitive environment for all those interested. As we continue to grow and our athletes continue to thrive, it is our goal to continue to provide for them as best we can. In doing so we have created a fund that will benefit projects to grow the sport of volleyball here in Arizona; for example, the money may be used to create a club in a low-income area where volleyball may not exist for financial reasons. By playing or making a donation, you will be promoting a safe and competitive environment for our athletes.


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