Arizona Region of USA Volleyball
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High Performance Teams Ready to Compete

Congratulations on the following players for making the AZ Region Indoor and Beach High Performance Teams. The Beach teams will compete July 15-19 in Hermosa Beach, CA and Santa Monica, CA. The Indoor teams will compete July 22-25 in Des Moines, IA.

Beach HP Teams        
U15 - Girls U17 Boys   Beach Coaches
  Mykenna Nelson/ Kate Spellman   Chris Davis / Brendan James   Ben Lee
U17 Girls U19 Boys   Bethany Jorgensen
  Macy Gordon / Alexa Rockas   Alex Marsh / Bryson Varney   Emily Haas
  Joey Benson / Alyna Draper        
  Kelli Agnew / Ellie McDonald        
U19 Girls        
  Makenna Martin / Molly Scheel        
  Natalie Braun / Kara Woodward        
  Candace Lacour / Moira Murphy        
           
Indoor HP Teams
Boys' International Youth Girls International Youth Girls National Select
  Preston Brown   Tyler Gebhart - Captain   Tori Anderson
  Ryan Chapman   Alex Koehler   Jennessey Cain
  Jordan Cox   Courtney Laliberte   Kyla Chavez
  Ian Fields   Kayla Long   Sierra Dominguez
  Caelan Huffman   Ashtyn Lunt   Claire Dunn
  Kaelon Lattomus   Jessica McNeese   Kamaile Hiapo - Captain
  Andrew Lincoln - Captain   Emily Rowlison   Rylee Johnson
  Fred Miller, Jr   Joliana Sadler   Avery Luoma
  Conner Nagaki   Margarete Schepelmann   Isis Mitchell
  Liam Santa Cruz   Taylor Sheppy   Jordan Simon
  Garrett Wagner   Diamond Sims   Terayah Stukes
  Britton West   Tiana Weeks   Kennedy Wright
  Ryan Woodworth - Head Coach   Chris Lishko - Head Coach   Megan Taylor - Head Coach
  Trent Bruns - Asst Coach   Ashley Kastl - Asst Coach   Shelby Taylor - Asst Coach

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.

2016 Acknowledgement Form 7.15

To learn more about concussions check these websites:

http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/index.html

A Free 20 minute concussion education course can be taken at https://nfhslearn.com/courses/61037

Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation ImPACT Program - Baseline testinghttps://www.impacttest.com/audience/?parents-3