Febuary 2018 Update / Issue: 325 / SWVA Membership: 1,800
More news so time for a Feb update, it’s also 2018 SW Champs entry time…
Past Newsletter: https://www.swva.org.uk/newsletter
SW Champs Entries are now OPEN…
This year the event will be held over the weekend of 12/13th May at Kitto Centre in Plymouth. Entries are invited from teams representing eligible clubs in the South West region.
Following the high demand from last year, initial entries will this year be limited to two teams per club per division. Please let me know if you would like a 3rd team and if there is any space after the closing date these will be allocated to those on the waiting list.
The closing date for entries is 28th March, however please remember that we were full long before the closing date last year, so I can’t offer any guarantees that places will still be available then. I would please ask that you do ensure that you have sufficient players to complete your teams before entering and note that all teams must represent an eligible club from the south west region using players registered to your club.
We will accept online payments this year, if you wish to pay online please contact Rachel Swindell ( Rachel.Swindell@Network100.co.uk ) directly for the account details.
The 2018 Exeter Men’s Challenge
Just a couple of places left in the Men’s – Ladies SOLD OUT
The Challenge: Can your team come out on top in a series of seventeen minute timed matches, it’s intense, competitive and enjoyable. A complete cross section of teams take part each year. As always, please book your place early, first come first served.
Entry forms are now available for the annual Exeter Men’s Challenge (15th Apr) : Details and entry forms at the Exeter Challenge web site.
South West Mini Champs – 10th March
Time to enter Junior GP season finale
The fifth and last in the season of Junior-Volleyball Grand Prix events takes place on Saturday 24th Feburary at LeAF, Duck Lane, Bournemouth, BH11 9JJ. It starts at 12:00 p.m. and expected to finish around 5 pm.
You can enter using the link https://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 Friday 16th February at 11 p.m.
Cup Finals Volunteers
As you may know, the National Cup Finals is taking place on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th April while the Super 8s Finals takes place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May.
As always it is proving to be difficult sourcing courtside assistants for both Events. Please could I ask that you ask your local clubs and see whether they can support the event by providing courtside assistants?
Should you have any questions regarding either event please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Laurence Shenker on behalf of Competitions Project Delivery Team Leader
Referees Courses and Upgrading Session
It was a full course for the Exeter Ref course lead by Nick Heckford and assisted by Chris Semmens this weekend with plenty of budding new referees from Exeter, Plymouth, Guernsey and Cardiff attending.
The next course is on the 4th May in Bristol, details at: https://www.swva.org.uk/news/grade-four-ref-bristol
The SWVA will be holding their annual upgrading session at this years SW Championship event over the weekend of the 12/13th May in Plymouth.
Come along and join in the fun with some of our top teams in the region, to book your place please contact Chris Semmens Chris.Semmens@talktalk.net
A Big Thank You from Malawi
One of the many up sides in running a newsletter are the many thankyou notes that you receive, and not just from within the region. Last week I received the following from Malawi following our Exeter Challenge Grant, so a Big thankyou to everyone who helped raise funds by entering the Challenge….
Dear All, I am Trust Joe Gome Mtegha, based in Lilongwe, Central Malawi. I am a volleyball player since my high school and college days, until now. I am also an administrator, The General Secretary for Central Region Volleyball League ( here is our facebook page link https://web.facebook.com/CentralRegionVolleyballLeagueMalawi/ and our twitter https://twitter.com/CRVL_Malawi ).
I happened to come across the article on your website ( https://www.swva.org.uk/news/malawi-volleyball-equipment-donation ) by Samantha Cory and Fi Pugsley under the subject heading.
Above – one of the three net sytems donated
I was so amazed to go through the content of the article and what your team did for volleyball. That was amazing and great. Thank very much.
My main aim writing this email, however is to establish contact between you and us, so that we can be sharing our activities and also learn how you do there.
All the areas they visited, fall within our volleyball administration jurisdiction and as reported by the two, it really true scenario on the ground here.
Hope to hear from you.
How to get your club sponsored
The SWVA has a number of sponsors and business partners, these are listed at the bottom of the page. If your club does not, the following VE item below may be of interest to you…
Building the commerciality of volleyball is on the agenda as Volleyball England looks to develop income which can be reinvested back into the game. As a vibrant and dynamic sport, there is also no doubt volleyball has many values that brands would want to share and promote.
In the first piece in our ‘Business of Sport’ series, we looked at the plans to increase revenue through commercial partnerships and the Volleyball England events which have been identified as the most attractive to potential sponsors.
As we delve deeper into the discussion on the commerciality of volleyball, we take a look at how your volleyball club can generate vital funds from its own commercial deals.
For a club based in the small village of Frinton-on-Sea, Tendring Volleyball Club are a shining light of how to raise money through sponsorship and partnerships. Incredibly, the club has seven sponsors, three commercial partnerships, and fundraising support from various companies.
For the full articule, please see http://www.volleyballengland.org/news/article/5705/business-of-sport-how-to
We have not relaxed our approach, these should be called as faults. However, referees are allowed some leniency in the interest of ‘keeping the ball flying’ but where faulty contact is obvious – it must be called in all circumstances.
Please continue to call these faults where necessary, bearing in mind that you have some degree of leniency from a perfect contact.
There has been a couple of excellent articles on the topic shared on the Volleyball England Referees Facebook page. The ’11 Points on Ball Handling’ (from www.referee.com) article digs into the thought process behind making a judgement on a handling call.
The idea of handling is also explored in another piece about just how difficult it is to make some calls and how the real important thing to do if you suspect you’ve missed a call – is not compound it with ‘phantom’ calls. The feature, called ‘Don’t Compound Missed Calls’ (from www.referee.com) is also well worth a read.
If you wish to discuss the issue of handling consistency, please contact one of your Volleyball England Officials Group members.
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