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Special Olympics Arizona and the Arizona Region Partnering

Special Olympics Arizona and the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball are partnering together to add volleyball to the Summer Games to be held April 30-May 2 at Mesa Community College.

The Region will be looking for Coaches, players and volunteers to play train and help facilitate the event. For more information on Special Olympics volleyball, go to their website at http://www.specialolympics.org/volleyball.aspx

To become a volunteer for Special Olympics, you must complete a three step registration process;

1. Fill out the volunteer application which can be downloaded at http://www.soaz.org/files/docs/pdf/volunteer/Class%20A%20Volunteer%20Application.pdf Fill out the application and mail it to the address at the bottom of the application.

2. Go to the General Orientation information and take the short online training course. That can be found at http://www.soaz.org/coaches/online_training.asp

3. Go to the Protective Behaviors information and take the short online training course. That can be found at http://www.soaz.org/coaches/online_training.asp
Once you have completed these three steps, you will be notified that you are available to work with Special Olympics Arizona.

Plans have been finalized for the Special Olympics Coaches Training for volleyball. It will be Sunday, March 8th from 7:00-9:30 P.M. at Mohave Middle School located at 5520 N. 86th Street in Scottsdale. If you are interested in coaching volleyball for Special Olympics, you must be there. There is no cost for this coaches training.
Special Olympics Arizona has secured a grant to expand and promote the “Unified Sports” Program of Special Olympics. Unified Sports is a moving and exciting initiative for higher ability Special Olympics athletes of all ages, from youth to adults to train and compete on the same team with their non-disabled peers. Mixed teams provide the public direct opportunities to experience first-hand the capabilities and courage of Special Olympics athletes. By having fun together in a variety of sports ranging from basketball to golf to figure skating, Unified Sports athletes and partners improve their physical fitness, sharpen their skills, challenge the competition and help to overcome prejudices about intellectual disability.

Please pass this on to those who might be interested.
For more information contact Eric Hodgson at erichbke@msn.com

2009 Boys National HP Tryouts

Dear Volleyball Athlete -  

We will be holding a Boys' High Performance Tryout at Grand Canyon University, in Phoenix, on Sunday, March 1st (registration and check-in - 1:00pm - 2:00pm; on-court tryout 2:00pm - 5:00pm). 

That evening, Grand Canyon will be hosting one of the top Men's volleyball teams in the Midwest, Loyola University of Chicago. Coaching staffs from both teams will be assisting in running the tryout and evaluating the participating athletes. If you were a participant in the tryout, please join us that evening in watching the first Men’s collegiate volleyball match in Arizona history. 

As you know, our USA Men's Volleyball Team is the reigning Olympic Gold Medal Team. In addition, our USA High Performance National Teams - Men's Junior and Boys' Youth - are qualified for World Championships this summer.  It is all about building a great athlete pipeline. 

I am letting you know about this tryout at GCU, because it is going to be an excellent event. 

To find our HP tryout schedule and registration information please go to http://www.usavolleyball.org/content/index/2819. You can pre-register online through Wednesday February 25. After that you can just walk-up and register, but it costs more. Last year was our first tryout in Phoenix. This year we are able to hold it at the first Men's varsity collegiate program in the Phoenix area. I hope you can be a part of this special event...

We have added two new levels of programs this year, including Continental Teams program and Training Camp programs. All USAV HP Programs are invitation-only offered to HP Tryout participants. By attending this tryout, you will be invited to participate at a Training Camp level, or higher. Here is a list of our offering:

     USA Junior National Teams (World Championships - India, summer 2009)
     USA Youth National Team (World Championships - Italy, summer 2009)
     USA Select A1 National Program (HP Championships - Fort Lauderdale, FL)
     USA Youth A2 (HP Championships - Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
     USA Select A2 (US Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO)
     USA Youth and Select Continental Teams - New Program (HP Championships - Fort Lauderdale, FL)
     High Performance A3 Camps (Long Beach State Univ., Ohio State Univ. and Wisconsin Dells, WI); and
     USA Training Camps - New Program (Long Beach, CA and Wisconsin Dells, WI)

Let me know if you have any questions. All the best - - I hope to see you at GCU.   


Collin Powers, Manager
USA Volleyball High Performance National Programs

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

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.

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


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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