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Arrowhead 18-Wilson Tops Storm for 18 Open Crown

In the cross over pool play match to decide a trip to the Gold bracket for the Az. Regionals held May 9th, Arrowhead’s 18-Wilson squad dug in against the Club Red 18-1’s. Early in the match, two of Arrowhead’s back row went for the same ball and crashed into each other, the ball ricocheting across the Grand Canyon University gym. The girls looked at each other and began to laugh hysterically. Coach Kathy Wilson just smiled and shook her head.

No angry stares, no terse words… laughter. And according to Wilson, it makes all the difference!

“We truly believe this made all of the difference this season.” Wilson says.  “Not once this season did we have any issues with girls not getting along or any type of drama.  From day one this group defined what it means to be a true team.  Every practice and every match was full of laughter, fun, and a genuine caring for each other.  These ladies are great friends both on and off the court.”

This mentality and some amazing defense helped the Arrowhead 18-Wison win the Az. Region’s 18-Open Title with a win over Az. Storm’s 18-1’s.   

“Storm is a great team and we have to give kudos to them.” Wilson says admiringly. “We had played them twice earlier in the season and just couldn’t seem to get by them. I think the difference was that it seemed that there was no other option in our girl’s mind other than to somehow win. In both sets we were down by at least 5 points and the thought of giving up never entered their minds.  Our defense came through time and time again and our offensive played incredibly smart against a physically taller team.”

Storm Coach Terri Spann agreed wholeheartedly. “My team was pumped to win this year.  It was a goal all year and hands down no one in the state of Arizona works as hard as this team mentally or physically.” Spann says. “Honestly, we expected a rematch against Spiral 17, but knew Arrowhead 18 was a phenomenal team. The difference, Arrowhead doesn't let a ball drop like a lot of other teams.  Every shot or straight down hit is always dug by them.  Hands down, no one is as scrappy as that team.” 

While other teams fought fatigue, burnout and indifference, Wilson’s girls never wavered in their commitment to the game or each other. “They want to be on the court all the time, which is what made them so special.” She says admiringly. “All in all, I think it is important to make sure there is a good mix of intensity as well as fun.  We try to do a lot of “bonding” activities and drills during practice.  It’s also important to mix things up at practice quite a bit so as not to get into a rut.”

Spann’s route to the finals was also one of laughter at times. “You can still have fun and be a hard coach.  My assistant Margie (Giordano) always tells me I am getting soft.  I have to remind her that the players are different from when she played for me.  And I was harder on her because I knew she could take it.  These girls can take it too, but they were just goof balls at times; constant joking around and doing "special" moves so you had to laugh.” 

Spann saw her girls improve with each outing. “Every practice and tournament they got better.  They know that they were held accountable all year at every practice and match.  It was always challenging, but they surpassed and improved.  They feel better about themselves and that is all that matters to me.” She says.

“After we lost, I never had a more devastated group of kids.” Spann reflected.   “They worked hard all year and they felt they disappointed me.  But in fact, this was one of my best years.  And it's not over!  We still get to be one of two Arizona teams to represent Arizona in Junior Olympics.  I am very proud of them.  And all six seniors are off to compete at the next level so I wish them the best as well.  They are definitely ready for any coach that they may have next.”
For Kathy Wilson, the win was bittersweet.  “This team will always hold a very special place in our hearts.  The core of the team has been together for several years and their dedication and loyalty definitely paid off.  They are one of the most talented, dedicated, hard working, and compassionate teams we’ve ever coached.  They have a ton of spirit and are tremendous young ladies.  The future is so bright for all of them.  We will definitely take away a whole lot of fun and great memories.”

And maybe even a laugh or two….

Mother’s Day Sand Tournament a Wringing Success

Despite a steady downpour throughout the tournament, Mother’s and Daughters from across the valley and as far as Wickenburg braved the 4th annual Mother/Daughter Mother’s Day Sand tournament held at Victory Lanes on May 21st.

The 12’s division was won by Shannon Nelson and her daughter Jordyn. The 14’s gold went to Julianna and Jenna Cummings while the 16’s were won by last year’s champs, Lexi and Kathy Anderson. The 18’s division was won by Amy Wong and mom Pat.

The Father/Daughter Father’s Day tournament is scheduled for June 23rd at Victory Lanes with registration at 5:00 and the tournament to begin at 5:45. Cost is $10 for the daughters, Dad’s are free. 

Festival Preparing for 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/

Familiar Faces Stay Successful on the Sand

Anna Gott and Betsi Metter have been sand partners since the Az. Region Junior Beach program began and their success has been unrivaled over these last 6 years.
And they’ve made it clear to the rest of the Region they have no intention of fading into the sunset.

Anna and Betsi won the Jr. Beach Open Division tournament on May 19th and followed that up the next week by coming from the loser’s bracket to win the 18’s tournament on May 28th.

The Open division saw another pair of familiar faces; Micah Briscoe and Sean Rade take the gold for the boy’s side of the draw.

On May 26th, east valley girls Monica Tabajia and her partner Sara Mackey won the 12’s division while Lexi Anderson and Logan Rae topped the 17 team 16’s division. Andrew Gott and Matt Dorney won the boy’s 16’s draw the same night.

On May 28th, the boy’s 18’s was won by Jeff Dumbrell and Zach Hearne while the 14’s girl’s title was won by Jordan Anderson and Carson Nies.

June 2nd will be another 12’s and 16’s tournament with the 4th of June the second Open division tournament of the young season.

Tournaments are held for different age divisions every Tuesday and Thursday nights at Victory Lanes. The schedule was recently updated so please check the revised schedule on the Region’s website under the Beach link.

It’s not too late to join the AZ Region Jr. Beach 2009...

The summer of 2009 marks the 6th season of Junior Beach Doubles in Arizona. The fun has already begun at Victory Lane Sports Complex but it’s not too late to join!
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

For a complete list of volleyball camps going on in Arizona over the summer, go to the Region website at www.azregionvolleyball.org and click on camps. They are not in any particular order and while the Region does not recommend one camp over another, it does want to get the information out to our members. If you have specific camp questions, contact the camp personnel directly.

Beach Volleyball in the Pines is back!

Under the direction of Katy Knowlton, the AZ. Region’s Jr. Beach program will have a bigger presence in Flagstaff this coming summer, with a clinic and 5 tournaments scheduled throughout the summer at the Flagstaff Athletic Club’s 4 courts.
Come beat the heat and download the Flagstaff information off the Region’s website under the beach link.

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

Marv Dunphy Coaching Clinic in Flagstaff

Dr. Marv Dunphy -- one of America’s most renowned coaches -- will be on the campus of Northern Arizona University, June 12 and 13, 2009, to conduct a coach’s clinic.  The current head coach of the Pepperdine’s men’s team and part of the men’s coaching staff that won the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, will discuss all facets of volleyball and give his insight on what it takes to be a highly-successful coach.

The 1994 Volleyball Hall of Fame inductee is widely considered to be one of the game’s premier coaches.  His 26-year head-coaching stint at Pepperdine has earned the team an amazing .718 winning percentage.  Dunphy is noted for this technical approach to the game and diligent training methods.  His impressive tenure with U.S. National Team led to the team’s No. 1 world ranking as well as the team winning every major international tournament: the 1985 World Cup, the 1986 World Championships, the 1987 Pan American Games, the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.  And of course, who could forget the men’s run to the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics in China.

The clinic will be conducted over two days and will include 3 sections of discussion.  The first block starts Friday, June 12, at 6 p.m., in the Recreation Center on the campus of Northern Arizona University.  The remaining blocks will be conducted in two sessions, Saturday, June 13, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.  Following the last session will be an informal question and answer session with the coaching legend.

Also included in this clinic will be a demonstration of the latest computerized volleyball statistics program.  Most high-level coaches use this program because it allows the coaches to really understand what is going on in a match and practice.

The clinic is open to anybody interested in the sport of volleyball.  So whether you’re a coach, parent, or just a huge volleyball fan, this is a rare opportunity to see one of the best volleyball coaches in the world speak in Arizona.  (Per NCAA rules, current club players are not allowed to attend.)

The cost per person will be $100.
Make your check out to "NAU Volleyball."
Mailing address:

NAU Volleyball
c/o Dunphy Clinic
PO Box 15400
Flagstaff, AZ  86001

Craig Choate
NAU Head Women’s Volleyball Coach
(928) 523 – 1532

Alex Dunphy
Pepperdine Volleyball Director of Operations
(310) 506 – 7101
Cost is $75 per coach and $100 after June 1st. For more information, go to http://nau.newtier.com/index.php?module=pnNews&tid=22&sid=2975


Olympian Ryan Millar Wants You…

Registration is filling up fast for an unbelievable summer camp event at Phoenix College on June 15th and 16th for girls and June 17th and 18th for boys. 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Millar will be hosting this great event and sharing his experiences to all in attendance. Ryan
will also be joined by fellow Team USA libero Paul Munoz. The cost of camp is $190. This fee includes instruction by Ryan, Paul, and the great staff at Phoenix College as well as a pair of Mizuno volleyball shoes, a Mikasa volleyball, a camp T-shirt, and lots of other goodies from all of our great sponsors. Do not miss this amazing opportunity to be coached by two great Champions and play some high level volleyball. For information on registration please contact Ryan at ryan@ryanmillar.com. See you at camp!

White Tank Mountain Volleyball Club Hosting Friendship Tourney

White Tank Mountain Volleyball Club is pleased to announce the 2009 Tune-Up Friendship Tournament on Saturday, June 13th, 2009.

We are hosting this tournament in order to provide an opportunity for Clubs that are
members of the AZ Region with teams participating in one of the major year-end
tournaments (e.g., JOs, Volleyball Festival, Starlings National Championships, etc.) an
opportunity to participate in some competitive play prior to heading to their

Age Groups: This tournament is open to age groups 12 through 16; teams must be
registered with the AZ region and a valid sign-up to play roster and applicable USA
Volleyball Medical Release forms are required.

Entry Deadline: June 4th, 2009

Format: AM Pool Play with elimination bracket play in the afternoon; all teams
guaranteed 4 matches. Only the first 8 teams registered will be guaranteed a spot in
the tournament. Additional teams will be accepted on a space availability basis.
Teams will not be placed in age-specific brackets unless there are a sufficient number
of teams registered to reasonably allow for a breakout; such determination will be
made at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director.

Referring Assignments: All teams must provide a qualified R1 (up ref); R2
(down ref), minimum of 2 scorekeepers, and 2 line judges. Generally, losing team in
afternoon bracket play will referee next match on their court. AZ Region electronics
policy will be in effect.

Play Venue: Primary venue will be:
Heritage Elementary School
6805 N. 125th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85307
(School is located off of Glendale Ave, west of El Mirage Rd.)
Pool play commences at 8:15 a.m.; coaches meeting at 7:45 a.m.
Tournament Fee: $59 per team.
Registration Form: Available May 25th; you may reserve your spot by e-mailing us at
Questions: Please contact Paul Vitola at wtmvc@yahoo.com or at (602) 421-8010.

with Robert Wilson

Defeating the De-Motivator

The sweet strains of a Puccini aria cut through the Saturday night clatter of the busy Italian restaurant in New York City, but it wasn't coming from the aging voice of the Sicilian baritone who was hired to belt out favorites like Funiculi-Funicula.  It was a soprano  whose crystal clear voice filled the room.  Within moments all the ambient noise came to a halt. Diners stopped eating and talking, busboys stopped clearing tables, the cooks even came out of the kitchen. 

Singing on the tiny stage was the skinny moon-faced waitress from Ohio. The Sicilian heard she studied opera, so he invited her to join him, but what began as a duet ended in solo as he too was mesmerized by the beauty of her voice. When she finished, the place thundered in  applause and I saw tears of gratitude glistening in her eyes. She had hit each note perfectly. 

If only she had done that when she auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera.  But she choked, flinched, allowed a seed of doubt to creep into her consciousness and thus her voice.  

She told me her story over a couple of beers after work.  It was the fall of 1984, and I was a fellow waiter at the restaurant; just another struggling artist in the city that never sleeps. She explained that she got nervous during her audition and couldn't hit the high notes.  She would get one more chance to audition, but she would have to wait an entire year.

I never found out if she made it; as a writer my art is portable and a few months later I moved to a city where they still have a bedtime. I suspect she did, because that night she received a proof - a vital beginning step.

Doubt is a silent killer.  We transmit feelings of doubt to others through subtleties in our body language, facial expression and tone of voice.  It is picked up subconsciously by those with whom we communicate.  Worse than that, we communicate it to ourselves, and it  seeps into our performance.  Doubt is the De-Motivator and all too often it prevents us from even trying.

We all suffer doubt occasionally, and its cure is always the same: proof.  Proof that we are indeed talented enough to do what we set out to do.  A proof doesn't need to be big to eliminate doubt.  A series of little ones can be just as effective. 

I keep a journal - a log - of accomplishments.  Both small and large, because they all add up to reasons for believing in my abilities.  It is especially important to log the little ones, because they are so easy to forget or overlook, and yet they carry tremendous weight when  it comes to giving ourselves confidence.

You say, " I'm just starting out and have no accomplishments."  That just means you're not looking in the right places.  We all have successes, some of them may be found in different areas of your life. I often read in the Wall Street Journal about women, who after years  as stay-at-home Moms, return to the work force in well-paid management positions.  They acquire these jobs by citing in their resumes the many skills and achievements they learned through their volunteer work. What talents are you racking up through your hobbies and leisure activities?

Sometimes proof comes to us by comparing ourselves to others.  Simply ask yourself, "Out of all the people who have ever lived, how many have attained what I want?"  The sheer numbers alone will often be all the proof you need. 

When all else fails, fall back on faith. Some of the most successful people in the world had absolutely no proof that they could achieve their dreams.  All they had was a strong desire and a belief in themselves.  As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Take the first 
step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

Robert Evans Wilson, Jr. is a motivational speaker and humorist.  He works with companies that want to be more competitive and with people who want to think like innovators.  For more information on Robert's programs please visit www.jumpstartyourmeeting.com.




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

Good Soft Skills - One of the Things I Learned from Sports

Growing up playing sports I never realized the impact it would have on me as an adult.  I was an all-star on some teams and rode the bench on others.  Lessons were learned through each experience, how to deal with success, and how to cope when things don't go the way you hoped.

I had some great teammates and coaches, and some bad ones.  As I look back on twenty five years of life in "Corporate America", I can say this....I had good co-workers and bosses, and some bad ones.  I realize now, the good teammates, co-workers and bosses, were those that had great soft skills. 

Simply put, soft skills are a set of skills that influence how we interact with each other.  Being strong in the following areas are a few characteristics of soft skills:  communication, problem solving, leadership, positive attitude, ability to listen, flexibility, motivation, adaptability, confidence, work ethic, following direction and cooperation.   

Good soft skills are transferable to a variety of situations.  Whether you are a coach for a sports team or a manager in the work environment, it is essential to be able to lead others.  When conflicts arise, which they always do, you need to know the proper way to address the situation.  I like to use the phrase, "some horses respond to the whip, others don't," people are the same. 

Let's be very clear here....I am saying it is never ok to physically whip an individual under any circumstances.  What I am saying is that good, positive motivation will yield better results in most circumstances than a severe butt chewing.  I had coaches and bosses that dealt with people both ways.  I can honestly say the ones that made a positive impact on me, and made me more productive, were the ones that had the better soft skills.

I know there have been professional sports teams that have succeeded when the head coach was not afraid to get in a players face.  I am certain that type of coach had built a relationship with his players so that type of behavior would motivate an individual to reach their potential.  As human beings we are all different, so motivating and getting along with others is a learning process.  Sports should not be life and death, but a joyful experience to look back on and learn from. 

As I got older, I played slow pitch softball for many years and enjoyed the experience.  It stopped being fun once it became too serious and competitive.  I decided to find an activity that I could participate in without having to worry about somebody else's behavior......so I turned to marathon running. 

Now the only one who influences me from an athletic point is that little voice in my head that says," go out and run....or take the day off."

John Rossi is a motivational speaker who works with the 320 To Boston LLC. For more information, go to www.320toboston.com or contact John at john@320toboston.com


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