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Beach High Performance Ready for Tryouts

The Arizona Region Beach HP tryouts will be held on Saturday, June 13. The site has changed from Grand Canyon University to Mesquite HS - 500 S. McQueen Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85233. Check in at 8:30 am. Tryouts will run from 9 am - 12 pm. Cost is $50.

The Arizona Region will be selecting girls and boys for teams in the U15, U17 and U19 age divisions.

Please register for tryouts in Webpoint under Region HP Tryouts.

The teams will be selected and will practice in July with the coaches, then travel to Hermosa Beach, CA for practice and the HP Championships the week of July 15th.

For questions about the AZ Region HP Beach teams contact Ron Pelham at azhp@azregionvolleyball.org or 520-661-4695

4 Arizona Junior Girls selected for USA Girls Youth National Training Team

Congratulations to Hailey Harward, Khalia Lanier, Mia Sokolowski and Lauren Stivrins for making the USA Girl's Youth National Training Team. These girls are 4 of 20 that were selected to train. 12 athletes will be selected to continue training and travel together to Argentina on July 28. Friendly matches in Buenos Aires will commence on July 29. The team will head to Lima on Aug. 4 to acclimate until the tournament begins on Aug. 7. These athletes have the longest and most significant time commitment of all programs.

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.

CDC Heads Up Concussion 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:

http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/youth.html

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