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Tis the season where club coaches, directors and parents are involved in recruiting athletes for their teams for the upcoming season.

Remember that there are guidelines to recruiting athletes that must be adhered to. Here are some FAQ’s about Club Recruiting

Q: During a high school match, may a recruiter talk to a player’s parents that were not part of their club program last season?

A: No, a recruiter may not talk to a player or their parents until AFTER the school practice, match or tournament is complete. If there is a two or three day tournament, a coach may not approach the athlete OR Parent until your team is finished playing for the tournament.

Q: May a recruiter place literature on the tables of high school events?

A: Yes, providing no literature is handed directly to the players and permission of the High School Tournament Director is obtained prior to placement.

Q: May a recruiter give literature to a school coach or other school official to hand out?

A: Yes

EVP Tour brings Pro Beach Volleyball Back to Valley

The EVP Beach Volleyball Tour is coming to the valley on October 21st.

Victory Lanes Sports Complex, located at 43rd Ave. south of Pinnacle Peak Rd. is hosting 18 men's teams & 10 women's teams for the entire day. For more information, go to www.evptour.com.

Congratulations to the AVCA All-Academic Teams

The following high schools received the prestigious American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Academic team award for a cumulative GPA of 3.30 for the year. Congratulations go out to Coach Carol Jurn at Buckeye High School (Team GPA of 3.43), Coach Molly West at Desert Vista High School (3.70), Coach Bill Lang at Tucson’s Ironwood Ridge High School (3.57), Coach Brian Petzold at Yuma’s Kofa High School (3.68), John Kramkowski at Tucson’s Sabino High School (3.87) and Deb Moore, Coach at Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria (3.30).

Congratulations to all of these coaches and their athletes.

Changes in Store for Junior’s Divisions

The Jr Girls Club Division has grown so large in the 14’s and 16’s Divisions that an alternative format was needed to deal with the growth. Dividing the Club Division offered different opportunities for different types of teams that play in the Club Division. Below is a description of the Open Division, Championship Division and Club Division and how each division is scheduled to play.

Open Division

Open Division is made up of Elite teams. These teams will most likely travel to two or more National Qualifiers and attempt to qualify for the Jr National Championships. These teams are scheduled for 4 local tournaments to allow them time in March and April to travel to National Qualifiers. The format for Open Division tournaments is 8 team divisions that break into 4 team pools with bracket play to follow. The 1 st and 2 nd place teams in each pool will move into a 4 team championship bracket and the 3 rd and 4 th place teams will move into a 4 team consolation bracket. At the end of the day, 3 teams will move into the Division above and 3 teams will move into the Division below with two teams “staying” for the next tournament. The tournament day starts play at 9 am and ends approximately 7 pm.

Championship Division

The teams in the Championship Division are all of the Club 18’s, 36 of the Club Division 16’s teams (the highest ranking teams in the Club Division) and the top 36 teams in the 14’s Division. The 16’s teams will self select to enter the Championship Division. The 14’s teams will choose to enter the Division and then have to qualify by placing in the top 36 at the first tournament held in December. The 14’s teams that chose to enter the Championship Division and then did not finish in the top 36 at the 12’s/14’s tournament #1 will be placed in the Club Division. The teams in the Championship Division may possibly travel to one NQ and/or a season ending tournament.

These teams will be placed in a single ladder with divisions of 8 teams for play. Their play will consist of wave play starting at either 8 am or 3 pm. They will play a bracket format that allows for all 8 places to be determined. At the end of the day, the top 3 teams will move up a division and the 6 th - 8th places will move down a division for the next tournament. The teams will have 6 power tournaments and the Region Championships as their tournament schedule. The 14’s will not play in tournament #6 since they had a qualifying tournament prior to the start of the Championship Division tournaments. All teams will split out for their respective Region Championships tournaments. The 14’s and 16’s will play in the AAA Division of their age group on the same day as the Club Division teams play for the AA or A Divisions.

Club Division

The teams in the Club Division are the remaining 16’s, the remaining 14’s and all of the 12’s Division teams. These teams will be restricted to playing teams in their own age group – no movement between ages. These are developmental teams or lower ranked teams in a club with many teams in the same age divisions. The teams will be placed in a ladder within their age group. Play will consist of wave play starting at either 8 am or 3 pm. They will play a bracket format that allows for all 8 places to be determined. Places 1-3 will move up a division for the next tournament and places 6-8 will move down a division. Places 4 & 5 will stay in the same division for the next tournament. The 12’s will not play in the last two Club division tournaments so that they have 5 power tournaments plus their Region Championships. The 14’s teams will not play in the last power tournament so that they have 6 power tournaments plus their Region Championships. The 14’s and 16’s Divisions will be split into AA and A divisions for the Region Championships.

Open Division
Championship Division
Club Division

Elite Teams
16’s & 18’s
All day tournaments
Move between ages
Teams will travel
4 Power Tournaments
16 or 18 Open
Region Championships

Upper Division of Club
14’s, 16’s & 18’s
Wave play
Move between ages
Teams may travel
6 Power Tournaments
14s AAA, 16s AAA, 18s
Region Championships
12’s, 14’s & 16’s
Wave play
Stay in age groups
Teams probably won’t travel
5 or 6 Power Tournaments
12s, 14AA or A, 16AA or A
Region Championships

Q & A Regarding Seeding and Divisions

Q: Would 13’s teams be eligible for the Championship Division?

A: 13’s teams would be eligible for the Championship Division provided they qualify in the top 36 teams at the 14’s first tournament in December.

Q: My teams should be in the Club Division – which contracts do I submit?

A: There are three different Club Division Contracts for the Jr Girls. One is the 12’s only contract – different because they play only 5 tournaments plus the Region Championships so their cost is lower; two is the Club Division Contract – 14’s and 16’s are eligible to sign this contract – this is for those teams that do not want to be included in the Championship Division even if they qualify in the top 36 of the 14’s Division; Championship Club Division – eligible teams are Club 18’s, 16’s and 14’s – all 18’s Club, Club 16’s that are choosing to enter this division and the 14’s that want to play in this division should they qualify should turn in this contract. If more than thirty-six 16’s teams enter this division a determination will be made by the seeding committee as to which 36 teams should be included. The 14’s teams that are on the Championship Division contract and do not qualify at the first tournament will play in the Club Division tournaments.

Q: How the seeding is determined – is it based on Region evaluation or Director Recommendation?

A: The majority of the seeding is based on Director Recommendation. There may be times when the Junior Board seeds a team differently than the director recommendation. This is usually done when a director has attempted to place all their teams in an unusually high position. The Junior Board does look at past season finishes and coaches when making any kind of changes to director recommendation. When the Junior Board receives recommendations that 1/3 of the teams in any age group should be in the top 25% obviously that can’t happen when the seeding is all done so past experience does come into consideration. It is very important to be as reasonable as possible when filling out the Seeding Form. Clubs that do not turn in a Seeding Form risk being placed much lower than their team’s actual strength.

Q: At the first 14’s tournament which establishes rankings and qualifies teams for the Championship division does the top 36 automatically qualify or can teams choose not to be in it?

A: If a team does not want to be considered for the Championship division even if they should qualify, they should submit the Club Division contract. Teams that sign the Club Division contract will automatically be placed in the Club Division after the first tournament. If a team signed the Club Division contract and does qualify for the Championship Division they may contact the Region Office within one week after the first tournament to indicate that they do want to participate in the Championship Division.

Q: At the end of the season, teams from the Championship division are integrated back into their age group. Are they automatically seeded 1-36?

A: The teams from the Championship Division will be pulled out of the ladder and seeded for their Region Championship according to their age group and their current seeding in the Division. The Championship Division teams will not be integrated into the Club Division seeding but will contend for their own Region Championships on the same date as the Club Division Championships for their age group. The 18’s will play on the Club 18 Region Championships date for the 18’s Division Championships, the 16’s will play on the Club 16 Region Championships date in the 16AAA Division and the 14’s will play on the Club 14 Region Championships date in the 14AAA Division. The Club Division teams will play in the 14AA, 14A, 16AA or 16A Divisions for their Region Championships. The 12’s will play on the 12 Region Championship date for the 12’s Division Championships. The 12’s & 18’s will not be broken into divisions unless an unusual growth takes place in those divisions at registration time.

New Junior Board Position Filled

The Metro Southwest representative on the Junior Board which has been vacant for almost two years has been filled by appointment. Brooke Saunders, the Club Director for Grand Canyon Juniors will be appointed at the next Junior Board Meeting.

A four year player at Duquesne University in Pennsylvania, Saunders has been the Assistant Coach at Glendale Community College for the past two seasons. She became the Club Director for Grand Canyon Juniors, the club she played 6 years for as a junior player and coached with the past 4 seasons, in 2005.

Education Weekend Planned for Region  

In the continuing effort to become a national leader in coaching education, the AZ Region is hosting a Coaches Education Weekend Nov 3-5th at Kingdom Courts (11410 N. 19th Ave.) in Phoenix. No tournaments or tryouts will be held over this weekend.

CAP I, CAP II, VCAP (volleyball condition course), IMPACT and IMPACT Instructor training will all be offered over the weekend in the most comprehensive Coaches Education program in the state’s history.

The cost for CAP I is $150 per person, CAP II is $265 per person and VCAP is $65 per person. These early bird prices are effective through October 9th. Don't wait to sign up. The cost above does not complete the course - one additional module is required. You can take it the same weekend and sign up for it at the same time online. It is an additional $35-$65 depending on the course and your membership status.

You can register for all the offered courses on the USA Volleyball website at www.usavolleyball.org, and pulling down the Education menu, then pulling down the About CAP menu, and clicking on on-line registration.

The Cadres for this Education weekend represent the finest collection of USA Volleyball Cadres that Arizona has ever hosted:

John Kessel

John brings a wealth of experience as a player, coach, author, administrator and clinician to USA Volleyball and serves as its number one ambassador for the sport. In 1995, Volleyball Magazine named him as one of the 50 most important people in the sport of volleyball in the first 100 years.

Bill Neville

Bill Neville is considered one of the pioneers of the modern day version of volleyball and nearly every coach knows of or implements some of his theories and ideas. His extensive and heralded stints as both a college and a national team coach have given him a distinction as one of the sports leading voices in coach's education.

Stu Sherman

Stu Sherman was a cadre in 2000 when he taught the biggest CAP Clinic Arizona had ever hosted. He is currently at Graceland University capping a long and illustrious coaching career.

Robert Brown

Robert Brown will be the VCAP Master Instructor. Robert operates the Robert Brown Performance Center out of Grand Prairie, TX. The facility specializes in speed, agility and quickness programs.

Contact: Diana Cole or Carla Beaudet for more information on any of the courses offered (719-228-6800).

Volleyball Hall of Fame Seeking Donations

The Volleyball Hall of Fame, located in Holyoke, Mass. is asking for your help. This history filled site operates on donations. Please take a few minutes to check out their site at http://www.volleyhall.org/and give what you can.

USA Volleyball Mall Open for Business

USA Volleyball is proud to announce the grand opening of the USA Volleyball Mall. USAV joined with Fundlink to build an online shopping site that allows users to benefit USA Volleyball and its regions by purchasing items from their favorite web sites.

Users can visit more than 1,000 retail web sites including Wal-Mart, Target, Macy’s, Dell, Barnes & Noble and Best Buy. When a customer makes a purchase, the retailer will donate part of the profit – from 2 to 15 percent – to the region the user chooses. Users can also make a donation to USA Volleyball or the USA Volleyball Foundation.

“Users will not pay any extra on their purchases to make the donation,” explained Kerry Klostermann, USA Volleyball’s secretary general. “It’s not a surcharge; it’s a click-through directly to the retailer. The store gives the donation from its profits.”

To visit the virtual mall, just go to www.vballmall.com. When a user chooses a store to shop from, a drop-down menu appears. The shopper picks a group from this list that will receive a donation. Then the user goes straight to the merchant’s web site and shops as usual.

Other non-profit organizations that have created online malls include National Future Farmers of America, the Florida State University Alumni Association, and Children's Wish Foundation International.

Web Sites
USA Volleyball Mall – USA Volleyball Mall
USA Volleyball – USA Volleyball

Helping Our Friends up North

The region recently got a letter from a coach and a P.E. teacher in Manitoba Canada. Coach Taylor is involved in teaching and coaching 3rd through 6th grade special education/ special needs students who are “very keen on all sports- especially volleyball!”

Taylor writes, “We are always looking for special rewards from different locations to give to our students who don’t have very much.”

To that end, if you or your club has any hats or t-shirts from past camps or clinics or seasons you are looking to throw away, send them to Canada.

Send them to the attention of Coach Taylor at:

J.R. Reid School
813 26 th St .
Brandon , Manitoba

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