swva newsletter – issue 294 – 2015-Mar

Mar 2015 / Issue: 294 / SWVA Membership: 1,400
Registered Players (2014-15): 470 / Registered Juniors (2014-15): 140

Hi all,

More news from around the region,

Dave Reece

2015 SW Champs Entry Forms

Entries are now open for this year’s South West Championships which will be held at the Kitto Centre in Plymouth on the weekend of 16/17 May 2015.

The closing date for entries is 1st April 2015 and there is a late entry fee for entries after this date (if places are available). Places are limited, so entries may also close before the entry deadline, get in quick! Entry forms at: SW champs entry form 2015

If you have any questions, then please get in touch.
Rachel Swindell Rachel.swindell@Network100.co.uk

Full results from 2014 at: sw-championships-results-2014

plymouth marjon ladies_web2014 SW Women’s Champions Plymouth Marjon

City of Bristol Men_web2014 SW Men’s Champions City of Bristol 1

Volleyball England Voice 2015

The 2015 Volleyball England Voice tour stopped off in Exeter the other weekend, at the SW IRC Girls training session. CEO Lisa Wainwright kicked off the meeting and introduced the rest of the team of Rohan West, Hannah Winsbury & Ian Poynton.

After the introductions, a slide show review of 2014 with SW highlights and the SW role of honour’s, followed by an update of Go Spike & This Girl Can campaigns.

SW VE Voice 2015-2880_web

After lunch and a few VE goodies, a photo opportunity with the Olympic Torch, which once again proved a popular event.

SW VE Voice 2015-2889_web

Once the girls had returned to the sports hall, the conference moved to an informal round the table affair. The main topics revolved around the various funding opportunities that existed and the £1 million already claimed by clubs and associations in the last year, plus a look at the 2024 Strategy.

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Back in the Sports Hall, a group photo for VE.

SW Annual Awards 2015

The South West Volleyball Association appreciates the importance of volunteers in our sport and the huge contribution they make. The Annual Awards go a little way to recognise their contribution and we hope that clubs and members will nominate those who they believe have put in their time and energy to assure the future development of volleyball.

All nominees for volunteer awards must be part of an affiliated club or association. Nominees for the coach or referee awards must be currently registered Volleyball England Coaches or Referees (or have recently retired from long standing registration / membership). Nominators must follow guidelines detailed on the form as well as providing any additional relevant information that may apply.

The 2015 Award Nomination form Annual Awards Form

Details of the 2014 winners https://www.swva.org.uk/awards

SW Junior Volleyball Championships and Final Grand Prix

Another reminder that the final Junior Volleyball Grand Prix of the season, which also incorporates the South West Junior Championships, takes place on Saturday 14th March at Wellsprings Leisure Centre, Cheddon Road, Taunton, TA2 7QP. It starts at 1 pm. and expected to finish around 5 p.m. You can enter using the linkhttps://www.swva.org.uk/junior-grand-prix-entry-form and the cost of entering is £15 per team. Teams are generally made up with three players, but two can play together or you can have a team of four where players rotate in. It is also allowed to include one younger boy in a girls team or one girl up to one year older in a boys team. The weight of balls should be appropriate to the age group playing and the team with the youngest player will always select the weight of the lightweight balls if there is a dispute.

I would like to make the closing date for entries Saturday 7th March at 6 p.m; early entries are welcome. All players must be registered to take part in the Junior Grand Prix. Player registration can be done by clubs by logging into the SWVA web site with your club login details (available from your club sec or coach) and fill in the Player Registration Form(Name & email adress required). Print off your Team Sheets and hand them into the event organiser. Direct registration to the SW Junior club is only for players who turn up from non VE clubs.

Please keep an eye on the competitions section of the SW website for information on the various events and ways to register for them.

( https://www.swva.org.uk/calendar )

I look forward to you attending this event and hope that everyone enjoys it. David Walrond, dc.walrond@ntlworld.com.

International Courses Announced

International Courses Announced

Volleyball England is pleased to announce the dates for its first two 2015 international courses and seminars:

The two technical seminars are taking place at the FIVB/CEV Development Centre, Kettering (ENG) from the 4th – 6th June 2015 and will be running at the same time. They are aimed at coaches and players who are looking to gain a deeper knowledge of two key technical areas of the game.

CEV President André Meyer says: “We are pleased to see the Kettering FIVB/CEV Development Centre yet again putting on a fantastic programme of events for coaches and players from the European Volleyball community and it is hoped further afield. These seminars are a great place to learn advanced technical knowledge that will be beneficial in developing top players and making better coaches. The latest techniques, theories, skills and drills will be delivered by internationally recognised tutors with the latest sport-leading knowledge, which will help to drive volleyball in Europe to greater heights’’

Geoff Allen, the President of Volleyball England said: “This is yet another exciting year for the FIVB/CEV Development Centre here in England. We are really looking forward to hosting the seminars and welcoming people from all across Europe and beyond.”

Mr Allen continues “the 2014 courses were a great success and this year’s programme will not only see more coaches being able to access world-leading knowledge but also the players. I would like to wish all delegates an enjoyable stay in England and hope you can make a real difference to the teams you are involved with.”

There will be more courses announced from the Centre soon.

For more information contact Volleyball England by emailcoaching@volleyballengland.org or call +44 1509 227730
Full details of the courses can be found on the Volleyball England, CEV & FIVB websites. (http://www.volleyballengland.org/getintovolleyball/coaching/courses/fivbcev_courses)

National Cup Finals Tickets are now on sale

National Cup Finals Tickets are now on sale

Tickets for this year’s National Cup Finals weekend (28th/29th March) are now on sale.

The National Cup Finals weekend is the highlight in the calendar for many within the volleyball community. It features a weekend packed full of high quality games from the top sides in the country, both juniors and seniors. Saturday 28th March will see the adults battle it out to be crowned National Cup or Shield Champions 2014-15 while the juniors take to the court on Sunday 29th March to play for the title of National U16 or U18 Champions.

Tickets can be purchased from the shop section of our website. For further information of the National Cup or Junior National competitions, please visit thecompetitions section of our website. The current schedule is as follows:

Saturday 28th March
10:00 Men’s Shield Final; Tendring VC vs Essex Blaze
12:00 Women’s Shield Final; Chester Amazons vs Ashcombe Dorking 1
14:00 Women’s Cup Final; Polonia SideOut London vs Team Northumbria
16:00 Men’s Cup Final; City of Sheffield vs Team Northumbria

Sunday 29th March
10:00 U16 Girl’s Final; TBC
12:00 U16 Boy’s Final; TBC
14:00 U18 Women’s Final; Tameside vs LeAF Wessex
16:00 U18 Men’s Final; The Boswells Blaze vs LeAF Wessex

Please note:
Match order and times are subject to confirmation
Tickets can also be bought on match days at our National Volleyball Centre Thurston Drive, Kettering NN15 6PB however availability is limited so buy now to avoid disappointment on the day.

NCAA Women’s – Instant Replay Challenge Rule

We have seen the introduction of the instant replay challenge system in various sports in recent years, with respect to volleyball, the NCAA is looking to try it.

From: http://www.ncaa.com/news/volleyball-women/article/2015-02-03/womens-volleyball-rules-committee-modifies-instant-replay

The NCAA Women’s Volleyball Rules Committee on Thursday modified a recommendation for an experimental instant replay challenge rule that can be implemented in the 2015 season.

The committee, which met via conference call, changed the proposal to allow coaches three instant replay challenges per match. The challenge must be made before the referee extends his or her arm to start the next point. The previous recommendation would have allowed coaches two instant replay challenges per set.

Before a rules proposal becomes official, it must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to discuss women’s volleyball recommendations via conference call on Feb. 18.

How coaches would formally make the request to challenge a call will be decided at a later date, although some committee members believe some sort of visual aid should be used.

The players would have to remain on the court while the instant replay review takes place.

Coaches could request instant replay challenges only to review:

• If a ball landed in or out.
• If the ball made contact with a player.
• If a net violation, as defined in the rule book, occurred.
• Foot faults on a serve.

The referee will decide whether the replay evidence confirms or overturns the original call. If the replay is inconclusive, the original call will stand.

If approved, the instant replay rule can be used only in conference games at schools that are able to provide the necessary equipment and personnel. The Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences have requested to use the rule next season.

NVL New Team Application

NVL new team application

Volleyball England are calling for applications from new teams wishing to enter the National League for the 2015-16.

Download an application form here. The deadline for applications is 31st March 2015.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Laurence Shenker on l.shenker@volleyballengland.org or 01509 227722

New Sponsorship Opportunity

Red Bull and it’s various marketing outlets are often seen on UK beaches, now they have added Beach Volleyball to their list of events. Time to look up your regional supplier and to introduce your event.


The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) today announced a historic new partnership agreement with the Beach Major Company – a joint venture between Hannes Jagerhofer (Acts) and Red Bull – demonstrating FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F°’s commitment to sport innovation as he looks to secure volleyball’s position as the most engaging sport entertainment in the world.

This ground breaking partnership will ensure that beach volleyball will set the benchmark as one of the world’s most dynamic forms of sport entertainment, with Red Bull bringing its full marketing, event management and media competence to the realisation of three Major Series events and the Swatch Beach Volleyball Season Final as part of the FIVB World Tour.

“Like the FIVB and volleyball, Red Bull is a dynamic, global brand and I look forward to working together to ensure that the FIVB’s beach volleyball events are a memorable spectacle for fans around the world.

“Red Bull is unrivalled in its marketing expertise. In combination with the Red Bull Media House with its outstanding network and knowledge of content production and distribution – this makes them an ideal partner for the FIVB.

“We are also delighted to be working closely with Hannes Jagerhofer – a renowned promoter who has set the benchmark for staging world-class volleyball events for many years.

From: http://www.fivb.org/en/BeachVolleyball/viewPressRelease