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It is official-Festival coming to 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/

Az. Region/ SOAZ Make Volleyball Splash

The Arizona Region helped make the reemergence of volleyball a big splash at the Special Olympics Arizona Summer Games held at Mesa Community College April 30-May 2.

A Region sponsored clinic was held on Saturday morning and saw several athletes learning the basic skills of the game. Afterward, an exhibition was played between two teams from the Coconino chapter of Special Olympics Arizona and a unified team of athletes and partners from the East Valley of Phoenix. Four sets were played to rousing applause from the fans, parents and athletes in attendance.

The Coconino team is what is called a traditional team, made up completely of Special Olympians. The East Valley team was made up of Special Olympics athletes and their teammates without intellectual disabilities practicing and playing together on Unified Sports teams. 


  Region help was abundant.  Longtime Valley high school and club coach Leaven Eubank raced from Buckeye, nearly 60 miles away where he had just opened his gym for a Region tournament, just to take part in the clinic and the exhibition. Kathy Anderson, also a local coach, brought her three daughters to help as well.

Teresa Scobee, the Grassroots director for the Arizona Region enlisted the help of her husband and children to help make the East Valley’s Unified team a reality. She contacted the Special Olympics Coordinator for the City of Tempe Parks and Recreation Adapted Recreation Programs Yolanda Matthews who worked quickly to garner athletes and coaches.   She enlisted the help of local coaches Craig Pratt and Livia Pearce and the Golden Thunder Unified team was born.


For Arizona, it’s a start to bring volleyball back into the local chapters after a long absence and with the interest generated, odds are next year’s summer games will see a complete tournament and in years to come, perhaps even a beach doubles competition.
For now, these coaches, volunteers and athletes enjoyed an inspiring morning together and together helped put a face on our game not soon forgotten.

The Arizona Region’s Top Ten List…

Who fared well at the Colorado Crossroads? Look below to see…
Lone Star 16 Club Division
9th     Spiral 16-1

Southern California N.Q.-12 Club Division
5th     AZ Sky 12N Black Aces
9th     12 Arrowhead  Sparks

Southern California N.Q.-13 Club Division
5th     Az. Sky 13 N1 Cyclones

Southern California N.Q.-16 Club Division
92nd   Az. Storm 16-T

Far Western N.Q. - 16 Open Division
2nd   Club Red 16-1

Far Western N.Q. - 18 Club Division
9th         Club Red 18-1

Far Western N.Q. - 17 Club Division
5th    Club Red 17-1

Making Festival Happen for One Team

When we found out that Volleyball Festival was going to be held in Phoenix this year, our 14's team decided they wanted to attend.  This cost would be over and above their already paid season fees.

Attached is a picture of one of our top 14's players, Rachel Fagerburg, making cookies that she's taken orders for as a fundraiser to earn her $$ for the tournament.  Rachel is also washing cars in her neighborhood to earn her way and she’s raised over $200 already.  Hopefully she'll inspire other players to earn their own way to extra tournaments.

Peg Rockwell from the Eastside Spikers Volleyball Club

Countdown to AZ Region Jr Beach 2009...

The summer of 2009 marks the 6th season of Junior Beach Doubles in Arizona. The fun begins again in May at Victory Lane Sports Complex
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.

Rhonda’s Hope Breast Cancer Tournament

Team Az. out of the Salvation Army is hosting a tournament to benefit one of their team Mom’s, Rhonda, who is fighting breast cancer.

The tournament is for 12’s and 14’s team and all the funds raised go directly into the Rhonda’s Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

The tournament is May 30th and will be held at the Salvation Army gym at 1351 E. Broadway Rd. Cost is $200 per team.

For more information on this great cause, contact Christina at volleydiva9@aol.com or call 602-363-5193

For more information on Rhonda, go to www.rhondashope.com 

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


A Note from Southern California

This note was received from a former high school and club coach that lived in the valley but moved back last year.

Hi Becky
I just wanted to thank you for requiring the Arizona Region to go through the reffing and scoring clinics at all levels. I have recently moved back to California and found that a lot of the girls (younger ones) do not know how to call or score the game, and same goes to some of the coaches. I appreciate all the time that goes into those clinics you have planned.
Thanks again
Janna Corbett

Thanks to our officiating staff on handling this daunting task!

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

Northern Arizona University  Coaching Clinic

Dr. Marv Dunphy -- one of the best volleyball coaches in the world -- 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 $75 before June 1, $100 after.
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

Success in Sport Starts with Understanding

With Beach Volleyball season upon us here are some tips to help improve your game and more importantly stay healthy.  Education is the number one thing I would recommend to athletes.  Using a professional strength and conditioning specialist is a great tool for the athlete to educate and achieve their goals of improving their game and staying healthy.  Unfortunately that specialist is only with them for a small fraction of their day, the rest of the day the athlete is usually reversing all the work done in the gym, thus the investment is wasted. Athletes are great at their sport, but they are also great compensators.  Due to repetitive movements and aches and pains, they will avoid quality movement at the expense of getting from point A to B to get the work done. This compensation creates imbalances which lead to injury.  As an athlete, educating yourself will help carry over all that hard work from the gym to competition. Setting yourself up for success by staying healthy and being able to compete at high levels without breaking down.

POSTURE! POSTURE! POSTURE! A concept you have heard since childhood.  But do you really know what good posture is? Is it simply sticking out your chest? Do you maintain good posture throughout most of the day or allow your body to create compensations and imbalances that will lead to injury?  Why is it so important? Maintaining good posture will help prevent two major areas of injury in volleyball players- the back and shoulders. Most of these types of injuries occur through repetitive stresses on the body over time. Unlike in a sport such as football where the injury is more likely to occur at impact. That is why something as simple as good posture throughout the day can be very beneficial to a volleyball athletes’ career.

Now, for something you have probably never heard of, GLUTES! GLUTES! GLUTES! This I cannot stress enough. The muscles you spend most your time sitting on, the glutes are key to feeling good and performing well.  In most athletes the glutes  do not function properly. Strong glutes, that move and fire correctly, help to take the stress off the back, hamstrings, and knee. Proper glute function is instrumental to preventing injuries in the low back, hamstring, and knee, which are common areas of injury in volleyball athletes.
Purposeful training will help an athlete be more successful. An athlete spends hours practicing the technical aspects of their sport so optimizing the little time left in their day working on exercises that will improve their game is key. There is no time to waste doing exercises in the gym that will not directly carry over to improving their performance or decreasing their injury potential. For example, because the sand dissipates ground reaction forces more relative to volleyball played on a court, it will be much more important to focus on two areas: 1. Core training and 2. Elasticity training. Increasing core strength/stability will have numerous benefits.  It will help transfer energy throughout the body more efficiently. As a result, there will be less energy leaks  in their movement making jumps more powerful, and spikes harder, while at the same time keeping the back, hips, and knees healthy. Elasticity training, such as adding plyometric training will help to increase elasticity in the body, making it more powerful and reactive. This will allow the body to store and release energy more efficiently when jumping off the sand, perfect for a beach volleyball athlete.

Many of the above training aspects are not all that straight forward. There are many small details that ensure the exercises are executed properly, to get the most of the exercise. Without the details the focus on eliminating movement compensations will be lost and the athlete will continue with bad habits which lead to injury. All of the details cannot be covered completely in this article. Educating yourself on the ideas of core training, elasticity and injury prevention can take you to the next level. This is only a start. Be proactive to find the path of success that is best for you, read, search the web, and talk to professionals in the sports performance industry. For more information, check out www.coreperformance.com powered by the leaders in ethical performance enhancement training, Athletes’ Performance. Educate yourself, motivate yourself, and prepare yourself for success.

Yours in Sport,

Eric Dannenberg
Performance Specialist
Athletes’ Performance, Tempe AZ

Eric Dannenberg is a performance specialist at Athletes’ Performance specializing in performance training with youth, high school, collegiate and professional athletes.




Dinosaur Tournament Coming

A Dinosaur Tournament will be held at Kingdom Courts on Saturday May 30th.

2 Divisions:  230 and older (BRAWN) and 275 and older (BRAIN)
Theme: Your favorite place/hang out

1) Total age ON THE COURT must meet the minimum age requirement, at all times unless it's a tournament ending injury.  Age is determined by how old you are in 2009.

2) Men must be at least 35 years old.

3) Co-Ed format, NO more than 4 men on the court, minimum one woman, loss of rotation rule applies.  Games will be played by USAV rules.

4) Format will be determined base on the number of teams.  Round robin pool play followed by a single elimination.  Registration fee submittal deadline is by May 16th.  Total of 12 teams for both divisions.

Where    :  Kingdom Courts, 11410 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029
When     :  Saturday May 30th from 9 am to 5 pm, lunch break at 11:45 am-12:30 pm
Contact:  DT Nguyen at 602.300.1398 or Mike Bacha at 602.826.1300
Cost       :  $25/person, lunch is provided & small prizes will be given to the top 2 teams. 

All paid players will receive a t-shirt.  Send names, ages, t-shirt size, and contacts to kingdomcourts@cox.net to reserve your team.

with Robert Wilson

Will You Freak-Out or Hunker Down?

Sometimes motivation is forced upon us.  We are thrust into the Un-comfort Zone.  And, whether we sink or swim depends on how we respond to the situation.  How do you react during a crisis?

Here are the stories of two men who faced a crisis late in life and how they dealt with it.  One was a restaurant owner; the other a janitor.  The former went into bankruptcy at an age when most people retire, and the latter was fired from a job he'd had for nearly 20 

The restaurant owner enjoyed a successful business in a small town at the edge of the Appalachian Mountains.  It was a great location along busy U.S. Route 25.  And, because he offered the best food and service around, his eatery was jammed from sunup to sundown.  But it wasn't to last.

The janitor started his job at St. Peter's Church in London as a teenager. Over the years he married and raised a family and enjoyed a perfectly predictable profession with solid job security.  That is until the new vicar came along.

Over the course of 26 years, he was honored by the state governor for his recipes; and was praised by famous restaurant critic, Duncan Hines, in his column Adventures in Good Eating.  Then in1956, the new super highway by-passed the little town.  It's amazing the difference just a few miles can make.  Two years later the restaurant was closed and the property auctioned off to pay creditors.  At 64 years old, the restaurant owner was broke.

It was around the turn of the twentieth century when the new vicar, a stickler for decorum, took over St. Peter's Church. When he learned that the janitor could not read, he gave him three months in which to learn. Quite depressed by the news, the man thought it might make him feel better if he smoked a cigarette.

Unable to afford the cost of opening another restaurant closer to the highway, he reviewed his assets.  All he had left was his knowledge and the delicious recipes that made his food so popular.  So, he got into his car.

As he walked home, the janitor searched for a tobacco shop.  There was usually one on every block, but there were none near the church.  He walked block after block without finding one.  By the time he reached his house he knew exactly what he was going to do. 

Town by town, he drove, stopping at every restaurant along the way.  He told the owners they would be more successful if they served his secret recipes under his brand name and paid him a royalty.  Two years later, in 1960, he had 400 restaurants serving his food.  By 
1963 he was making a profit of $300,000 per year.  And, in 1964, Colonel Harlan Sanders sold Kentucky Fried Chicken to investors for $2 million, plus a lifetime salary of $75,000 per year. 

With his meager savings, he opened a tobacco shop near the church.  
It was an immediate success.  His profits went to open a second, then a third and before long he thriving tobacco shops all over London.  Ten years later, he met with his banker about investing his earnings. The banker gave him some papers to sign.  The man asked the banker to read the papers to him, explaining that he didn't know how.  Shocked, the banker exclaimed, "You are so successful, just think where you'd be today if you could read!"  Albert Edward Foreman smiled and sighed,” I’d be the janitor at St. Peter's Church." (Based on a true story by Somerset Maugham)

Did you know that in Chinese, the symbol for the word "crisis" is the same symbol used for the word "opportunity?" Two sides of the same coin.  In other words, it's all in our perspective.  Will you find the opportunity in your next crisis?

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


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