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American Volleyball Championships Coming to Tucson

The American Volleyball Championships tournament is a new tournaemnt for Arizona. We are working with Andy Reitinger from North Texas Region and the YJOVD Competition Committee. Andy has been involved with USA Volleyball setting up the National Tournaments for several years. He brings a wealth of experience to our first stab at convention center tournaments.

When: March 17 & 18, 2007
Where: Tucson Convention Center
Divisions offered for 2007: Girls 14's, 16's and 18's

If interested in entering a team, call the Region office immediately!

Tournament entry is $350 per team. Please mail payment and entry form to the Arizona Region Volleyball Office.

Remember March is the height of Cactus League Baseball play in Arizona. There are 3 major league teams based in Tucson. One of them will be playing at home (Tucson) the same weekend we are there. Please make your reservations early as the rooms may fill up with those coming to town for the Cactus League games.

Hotel Information*:
Inn Suites-800-842-4242 – Block in place through March 1st.
Days Inn – 520-791-7511 – No Block but as of 2-15-07 rooms were available
River Park Inn-520-239-2300 or 800-551-1466 – Block in place through March 10th
All include breakfast in price. The Days Inn is less expensive than the other two.

*Please refer to AVC (American Volleyball Championships) when making your reservations.

More information to follow!

Please call or email Lisa at the Region Office with any additional questions.
602-454-1367 or lnaughton@qwest.net

Free Beach Clinic with AVP Professionals

The AVP will be hosting a FREE beach volleyball clinic at the Westgate Center in Glendale,  the site of the 2007 AVP Westgate Open on Thursday, May 10th.

ONLY registered members of USA Volleyball, ages 12-18, are qualified to attend. Parents may observe but cannot participate. Only the first seventy five athletes to sign up will be eligible to participate.

To be put on the list, please e-mail the athlete’s first and last name, age, sex, emergency phone number and an e-mail address. The athletes will NOT be enrolled unless all the criteria above is e-mailed to erichbke@msn.com. You will receive a confirmation e-mail if you are one of the first 75 athletes. We will meet at the main entrance.

Athletes will need to bring a water bottle, and be dressed for beach volleyball instruction and play.

AVP Needs You!!!

The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour is looking for volunteers for the Westgate Open held May 10-13th at the Westgate Center in Glendale.

Volunteers receive an AVP Tour "Event Staff" t-shirt, lunch and beverages, and plenty of interaction with AVP athletes.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer member of the AVP 2007 team, the AVP would love to hear from you. A brief description of each volunteer position is below.

Volunteers are accepted on a first come first serve basis. Applications are NOT being taken at the Arizona Region Office and need to be faxed, e-mailed or mailed to the AVP office numbers listed on the application.  All applicants need to fill out the application and waiver that can be downloaded at the by clicking on this link.


Check the Arizona Region site at www.azregionvolleyball.org and check out the Camps link to find links to several volleyball camps going on around Arizona and surrounding areas.

2007 Arizona High Performance Announces Camp

 The Arizona Region, in conjunction with Phoenix College,  will again support the USA National High Performance Program with their second annual 2007 High Performance Camp.

After last year’s successful venture, and by popular demand, the Region’s HP Camp has been expanded.
Head Coach Melissa Wolter led West Florida to their first national tournament appearance in 2006.
The HP Select Camp, for those athletes born 1992, 1993 and after, will be held June 11-13th at Phoenix College main gymnasium, located at 1202 E. Thomas Rd. in Phoenix. The parking for the gym is in the back of the campus, east of the tennis courts.

The lead cadre for the HP Select group will be Melissa Wolter.  

The itinerary for the HP Select camp is as follows

Monday June 11
Check in from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Session I from 9 a.m. to Noon.
Session II from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday June 12
Session III from 9 a.m. to Noon.
Session IV from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday June 13
Session V from 9 a.m. to Noon

Cost is $225 for the camp which includes a Camp T-shirt.
Meals and snacks are NOT provided by the Camp.
We will have water available at the site to fill up bottles.

Erikka Gulbranson Volleyball 2006-07
The HP Youth Camp, for those athletes born 1990 and 1991 will be held June 18-20th, also at the Phoenix College main gymnasium.

The lead cadre for the Youth Camp will be Erikka Gulbranson.

The itinerary for the HP Youth camp is as follows:

Monday June 18
Check in from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Session I from 9 a.m. to Noon.
Session II from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday June 19
Session III from 9 a.m. to Noon.
Session IV from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday June 20
Session V from 9 a.m. to Noon

Cost is $225 for the camp which includes a Camp T-shirt.
Meals and snacks are NOT provided by the Camp.
We will have water available at the site to fill up bottles.

To Register for the HP Camps:
A $50 deposit must accompany your High Performance Application and Medical Release form.
You can download those applications here

Even if you already have a medical release form filled out from your club team, you will still need to download this and fill it out.

Mail the completed registration form, and the medical release form with your deposit to:
The Arizona Region of USA Volleyball
2105 S. 48th St. Ste #108
Tempe, Az.  85282-1019
Attn: High Performance Camp

For questions, contact erichbke@msn.com

Gold Medal Squared Coming To Tempe

Gold Medal Squared is offering a Coach's clinic April 20, 21 and 22nd at ASU. Go to www.goldmedalsquared.com for further info.
Coaches can use this Clinic as a recertification for their IMPACT for the 2007-08 season. If you aren’t sure whether you need recertification, contact the Region Office.

Gott/Metter Staking Claim to Region Beach’s Best!

For the second In-season beach tournament in a row, Betsi Metter and Anna Gott, both from Ahwatukee, captured the 16’s division gold with a straight sets win over Daryn Serna and Nikki Burke, cementing their stranglehold as the # 1 juniors team in the Arizona Junior Beach program.

They have domninated the competition thus far, and are filling expectations after losing only one match together all last summer. The duo also decemated a field last summer at the AAU tournament in Florida and finished in the top 7 at the AAU Championships in Va. last August.

The next In-season beach tournament is March 11th at Victory Lanes Sports Complex. For complete information, go to the Region website and click the Beach link.

Region’s Summer Beach Program Posted

The 2007 Arizona Region Junior Beach Program is back and bigger than ever. You can download a brochure and register and check the summer schedule by clicking the Beach link on the Arizona Region webpage.

Turf Challenge is Back!

The Turf Challenge, the biggest adult grass tournament in the Southwest is back. April 6th and 7th at the Arizona State University Soccer Stadium. For more information, or to register, go to www.goldmedalsquared.com

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