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Arizona Region Hosts Club Nights at 3 Universitites
The Arizona Region, in conjunction with 3 Arizona universitites, will host Club Nights at a university volleyball match. The purpose of Club Night is twofold: 1. to help those players looking for a place to play find out about many clubs at the same time. This will help introduce clubs that players may or may not have known about as well as help the player narrow down their search of a club prior to the Open House Period; 2. To introduce players to the collegiate matches in hopes of making new fans of the programs. The local universitites are great places for the players to go see what is available beyond junior volleyball and see great role models of our sport.
The Club Nights schedule:
- Oct 30 - NAU vs Idaho State University at the Lumberjack Gym in Flagstaff. Doors open at 6 pm, match starts at 7 pm and is being televised on the NAU TV station.
- Nov 3 - Grand Canyon University vs Weber State at the GCU Arena in Phoenix. Doors open at 6 pm, match starts at 7 pm.
Open House Periods and Tryouts begin soon for Junior Girls
The Arizona Region Open House periods are established time periods that clubs may offer pre-tryout workouts and informational nights for players at their practice locations. Clubs may offer no more than three 2-hour sessions during the established Open House Period. Players are encouraged to attend several different club Open House Sessions in an attempt to see what club fits them best. Clubs MAY NOT offer a player a position on their team NOR may they require any commitment to the club or accept any down payment prior to the completion of Tryouts. No commitment made during the Open House Period or any other time prior to Tryouts is binding by either party. Be CAREFUL of clubs offering positions on their team as they may be offering more positions on their team than the intend to carry.
Open House Periods are:
- 12's - 14's from Wed. Nov 5th - Fri. Nov 14th
- 15's - 18's from Thurs, Nov 13th - Fri. Nov 21st
Clubs may begin to hold tryouts and require commitments on or after the following dates:
- 12's - 14's - Saturday, Nov 15th
- 15's - 18's - Saturday, Nov 22nd
For a list of clubs here is our Club Directory
SafeSport Program Launches
The Arizona Region in conjunction with the US Olympic Committee and USA Volleyball have launched their SafeSport Programs for the 2015 season. The USOC has mandated that all National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of Sport launch a SafeSport Program with the goal to stop abuse in sport. There are 6 components of the SafeSport Program - Bullying, Hazing, Harrassment, Sexual Misconduct, Emotional Misconduct and Physical Misconduct. The Arizona Region first start is to define these 6 compenents as defined in the SafeSport Program. There is a form (Page 3 of the document) that is to be signed by the parent after discussing the 6 components of SafeSport with their child that is applying for membership in the Arizona Region. This form is now a requirement for membership along with the Concussion Acknowledgement Form and a birth certificate on file.
Other related components of the SafeSport Program are new policies regarding Social Media Communication between coach/player/club and Travel policies intended to reduce the opportunity for misconduct while travling. If the club does not tell you about these new policies - ASK THEM.
Everyone is encouraged to take the SafeSport Training. The SafeSport course is free and is approximately 90 minutes online. The course can be linked from either the USA Volleyball SafeSport Page or USOC SafeSport.org
Arizona Region SafeSport Document and Participant Form - Please help us with record retention and making sure both the Concussion Acknowledgement Form and the SafeSport form have been received by printing the Concussion Form and the SafeSport Participant Form (Page 3 of the document) back to back on the same piece of paper. Make sure to sign both forms before submitting them to the club. THANK YOU for your help with this.
Membership Fees Are Changing
The Arizona Region has kept our membership and tournament entry fees at the same prices for the past 6 years. With the downturn in the economy we did not want to increase our fees even though our costs have risen over the same period. We have absorbed increases from USAV for insurance, office and court costs have risen, underwrote new programming in the Region and increased the size of other programming in the Region without increaseing our fees. We can no longer absorb these costs without increasing our fees. Effective with the 2015 season start the membership fees will rise $5 across all membership types.
The girls membership fee structure is also changing. In the past the girls paid $25 to register and attend fall camps and clinics offered by clubs as well as tryouts. Once a girl made a club, the club collected the additional $25 to make the membership full. The club then forwarded the membership fees to the Region with their team registrations. For 2015, the girls will pay the full memberhip of $55 at the time of registration in Webpoint. For any player that does not go on to make a team with a club, a refund can be requested. Once registration is complete in February and the player does not show up on a roster, a $30 refund will be given.
||Heads Up Concussion Education Is Here
With the backing of the National Football League many states have enacted a "Concussion Law" aimed at educating the schools, coaches, players and parents to what concussions really are - A BRAIN INJURY. Senate Bill 1520 was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer. In effect what this law does is require that all student athletes and youth sports associations that use school facilities inform coaches, parents and players as to the signs and symptoms of concussion and what to do if you think you might have one.
Since the Arizona Region uses school facilities as host sites for our volleyball tournaments we now have a requirement that each parent, player and coach be educated about concussions. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has put together Fact Sheets for Coaches, Players and Parents. We require a form from each player and their parent or legal guardian that acknowledges that they have read the form and respective Fact Sheets and understand what a concussion is. This form (which requires signatures of both the player and parent) will be turned into club who will turn it over to the Region office to be kept on file until the players are the age of majority plus 2 years - which is 20 years of age. The coaches will be educated on the signs and symptoms of concussion in their IMPACT training as well as receive a copy of the Coaches Fact Sheet for their education. Anyone participating in high school sports has already had to view the 20 minute NFHS concussion education clinic online, however, we still need the signed form for our records.
Please print off the Fact Sheets and the Acknowledgement Form below, read the Fact Sheets, sign the form and turn into your club with the other club related paperwork following tryouts.
If you have any questions about this form or procedures, please contact the Region office.
To learn more about concussions check these websites:
A Free 20 minute concussion education course can be taken at http://nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=15000
NFL Concussion Education Information - http://search.nfl.com/search?query=concussion+education