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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


Parent Information Nights Fuel Growing Interest

The Arizona Region’s sponsored Parent Information Nights have started to draw more interest from those Parents looking to get their athletes into club volleyball.

The first, held on October 20th at Southwestern College in North Phoenix saw several Parents walked through a 30 minute power point presentation that features info on the sport, USA Volleyball, the Region and its functions and how to choose a club and what to look  for.

Club Directors are encouraged to come and talk to these Parents after the presentation about their clubs, to help Parents answer their specific questions.

The next Parent Information Nights are at Highland High School on October 27th from 7-9 p.m.  On November 1st, the Ahwatukee YMCA will host from 10:00 a.m. till noon and on November 3, Valley Vista High School will host from 7-9 p.m.

For those that cannot make the presentation, the Power Point is on the Region website under the Parent link.

For more information, go to the Region website.

Dig Pink Nights Held for the Cure

On October 23rd, Mountain Pointe and Desert Vista high schools squared off for a spirited Region match up…all dressed in pink!

The “Dig Pink in Tuke” night was one of dozens of matches in Arizona and one of over 500 held across the country to raise money and awareness of breast cancer.

Working with the side out foundation, the “Dig Pink in Tuke” night raised over $10,000 by selling raffle tickets for such prizes as cruises, remote control cars and Suns and Coyotes tickets.

In the spirit of the event, Jonathan Norris, the voice of University of Arizona basketball and volleyball drove up from Tucson to emcee the event, and officials Beverly Nielson and Kathy Langston donated their paychecks back to the cause.

For more information on how you can donate or work to set up a Dig Pink night at your high school or college, go to www.sideoutvolleyball.org

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

Arizona Region’s New Website Unveiled

The Arizona Region of USA Volleyball has a new look to the website to help launch our 20th anniversary year.

Webmaster Steve Cecil worked with the Region staff and looked at other Region’s websites to come up with the current site, which is much easier to navigate than the old site.

Thank you Steve on a job well done.

If there’s any information you would like to see on the site that is currently not there, please let us know.

Blackout Period is In Effect Nov. 1

The Arizona Region’s recruiting blackout period is from November 1, 2008 through November 18, 2008.
This means that a Coach, Club Director or a Club representative, which included Parents, may not speak to prospective athletes during this team.

The above Club personnel MAY contact players beginning at Midnight on November 19th, 2008.

This policy is in place ONLY for 15-18 year olds prospective athletes.
Club Officials listed above CAN answer questions from athletes and Parents, but CAN NOT INITIATE CONTACT during this period.

Anyone caught or reported violating this policy will be brought up before the Ethics and Compliance Officer for disciplinary action.

New Electronics Policy to be in Effect for 08-09 Season

The Officials division will enforce a new Electronics policy for the 2008-09 Boy’s, Girl’s and Adult volleyball seasons. It reads as follows:

With the rise of cell phone and iPod usage by members of the officiating teams a new policy has been written called the Electronics Policy.  The policy is putting into writing what should already be obvious. There are no electronic devices allowed at the score table or on the person of any of the members of the officiating crew when they are working.  This includes but is not limited to the following portable electronics devices:  iPods, MP3    players, game systems, palm pilots, dvd players and cell phones.

There will be a warning assessed to the team for the first instance.  For the second offense the team will lose 3 points to their next opponent.  In the event of a third violation the team will forfeit the first set of their next match and the coach will be referred to the Ethics and Compliance Officer.  

Coaches MUST Be Pre Registered

All coaches are to be registered and background screened prior to their club tryouts. 
Registration forms and background screen forms are due in the Region office no later than 2 weeks prior to their club tryouts.  Coaches that have not completed the registration process prior to their club tryouts are not allowed to participate with the club until such time as their registration is completed. 

Coaches that are hired after their club has held tryouts may not participate with any team or players until they have completed the registration process.

Prescott Hosting Halloween Benefit Tournament

There will be a VB tourney in Prescott 1 day only Nov 01, 2008.  It's a 4 X 4 format w/one woman included. You may have 5 players if you want a sub on your roster.  The tourney is all day and only 20 teams allowed, so get your info in ASAP.  Food & drinks for sale @ Prescott High-Boys Gym, with prizes and a complimentary T-shirt for all players.  THE ENTRY FEE IS $100.00. For more information, contact Florina at flogodouglas@msn.com

Dinosaur Tournament at Kingdom Courts

A Dinosaur Tournament to be held at Kingdom Courts on Saturday Nov. 15th, 2008
There are 2 Divisions:  230 and older (BRAWN) and 275 and older (BRAIN)
The total age on court must meet the minimum requirement at any given time. Age is determined by how old you are in 2008.

Men must be at least 35 years old.
It’s a Co-Ed format, on more then 4 men on the court. Games will be played by USAV rules.

Format will be determined based on the number of teams. Round robin pool play followed by a single elimination. Registration is by Nov. 1st. Total of 12 teams for both divisions.
Kingdom Courts is at 11410 N. 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029. The tournaments is Saturday Nov. 15th from 9 am to 5 pm, lunch break at 11:45 am-12:30 pm. For information, contact  DT Nguyen at 602.300.1398 or Mike Bacha at 602.826.1300. The cost is $20/person, lunch is provided & small prizes will be given to the top 2 teams.

Junior Officials Development Program Expands

The Junior Officials Development Program will be expanding this year to Tucson.  Fifteen’s and older aged players are encouraged to learn more about the game by officiating and make some money doing it. 

Join the Junior Officials Development Program.  The Jr. Officials officiate the 12’s & 14’s girls matches and are trained and mentored as paid officials.  They learn to R1, R2 and keep score as a provisional and higher official.  This will build confidence in the player as an official, builds the Arizona Region’s officiating core and enables players to continue in volleyball long after they might play. 

Those interested should contact Earl Capps or Bob Tang at jrrefs@qwestoffice.net  There will be training sessions upcoming.  Watch the Az. Region website under Officials>Jr Officials for the exact date and time of the training and for what to do to become a Jr Official.

Golf Tournament Postponed until April

The Arizona Region’s 2nd Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament has been postponed until April. Details will be coming forth in the next month.

If you are still interested in volunteering, donating prizes or playing, you can contact Christy in the office at 602-454-1367.


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