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The Arizona Region kicks off its 20th Anniversary with the General Assembly

Nearly all of Arizona's Club Directors, several Adult Team Reps and officials showed their presence at the Region's General Assembly on Sunday, September 21st, enjoying a catered lunch, good company and an Olympic Medalist.

USA Libero Nicole Davis flew down from Colorado Springs and gave the pre-Assembly's IMPACT clinic crowd an impromptu passing clinic and talked about her up bringing and who and what motivated her to get to her current status as a Silver medalist at the Beijing Olympic games.

She then joined the General Assembly and started off thanking the group for their efforts in building athletes and training them to get to the Olympic programs she now enjoys. Davis then answered the questions of the group for almost an hour, ranging from her Martial Arts background and the food choices in China to her belief in John Wooden's Pyramid of Success.

The assembly was a precursor to the upcoming season. Officiating, new rules, new club policies and a review of the 2007-08 season were all discussed.

Boy’s Season Kicks off This Weekend

The Boy’s Club season kicks off this weekend with both the Open and Club divisions playing their first matches. The Region is scheduling for 38 different teams for the 2008 Boy’s season.

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.

Distinguished Service Awards Given Out at General Assembly

The Arizona Region’s Distinguished Service Awards were presented at the General Assembly for those Region people who performed above and beyond the call of duty last season.

Earl Capps and Bob Tang were both awarded for their efforts with the Junior Officiating Program.  The program’s participants increased and are now a model for other programs across the country.

Also awarded was Dysart High School volleyball coach Celeste Taylor for her hosting of tournaments for last girl’s season just about every single tournament weekend to raise money for her school team.

Congratulations Celeste, Bob and Earl on an amazing job this past season.

Parent Information Nights

If you are or know of a Parent that may not understand all that is involved in Club Volleyball, the Arizona Region is hosting several Parent Information Nights around the Valley.

These 90 minute seminars will focus on how Club Volleyball works, what the Region does to facilitate the process and a lengthy discussion on how to help Parents new to the sport, choose a club that fits best with their needs.

In addition, Clubs are invited to join the program and answer questions after the program is finished from perspective Parents and athletes.

These Nights will be posted on the Region’s website within the next week or so. The cost of these seminars is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Blackout Period is In Effect

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.

Dig Pink Game Set for October 23rd

Desert Vista High School will not only be the site of a conference duel on October 23rd, but it’ll also be part of the Dig Pink program to raise money and awareness for breast cancer across volleyball gyms across the country.
Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe join hundreds of College and High School teams across the country who are committed to support the goals of the Side-Out Foundation by participating in the Dig Pink Breast Cancer awareness rally across the country. The Side-Out Foundation will support health care professionals in their pursuit of practical solutions for women and men with this dreaded disease thus enabling those affected to regain control of their lives and living them to the fullest. The Side-Out Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit, #20-251-0044.
Here's how players, parents & the community can get involved.

For more information, go to the link above.

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.

API Volleyball Bringing Halloween Tournament to the Valley

API Sports is bringing another Beach Volleyball tournament to Victory Lanes Sports Park on October 23rd. There will be Men’s Open and A/B, Women’s Open and A/B and Coed 4’s. Cash prizes will be awarded.

For more information go to www.apivolleyball.com
Or contact Bonnie at 443-834-5083


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.

2008 Region Golf Tournament Postponed

The Arizona Region’s 2nd Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament has been postponed till 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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