Arizona Region of USA Volleyball

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Want to Become an Offical?

The Arizona Region is always looking for more officials to cover our expanding use of courts on any given Saturday in the spring. There is an Official's Orientation meeting for those that are interested in becoming an official followed by a training session.

Officials Orientation Meeting Saturday, Dec 2nd - 9 am - 10 am
New, Probationary, Provisional Training Saturday, Dec 2nd - 10 am - 2 pm

The Orientation and Training Session will take place at the Salvation Army Kroc Center - 1375 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85040.

For more info on becoming an official contact JR Salima at 602-614-9263 and click here

Club Nights Are Here!

The Arizona Region is offering 2 Club Nights for parents/players to attend and gather information from several clubs in one location prior to the Open House Periods and Tryouts for girls clubs. The Club Nights are in conjunction with a collegiate match following the Club Night time. Come support the Mesa Community College Thunderbirds and Phoenix College Bears as well as the Arizona State University Women's Sun Devils.

October 20 - Mesa Community hosts Phoenix College at 7 pm. Club Night will take place on the walkway outside the gym from 6 pm - 7 pm.

October 27 - Arizona State University hosts Stanford University at 8 pm - it is a televised match. Club Night will take place under the covered lot on the east side of Wells Fargo Arena from 6:30 pm - 8 pm.

Clubs wanting a spot at either Club Night session should send an email to lisa@azregionvolleyball.org no later than Thursday, 5pm prior to the appropriate night. Clubs should plan to bring their own table to set up. No tables, chairs or power will be provided at either location.

Unfortunately attempts to set up a Club Night on the west side of Phoenix were unsuccessful this year. West side clubs have reserved space at the ASU Club Night.

Girls Open House and Tryout Periods

Girls Open House Periods are: Nov 1-10 for girls 14 and younger and Nov 8-17 for girls 15 and older. Tryouts may begin on Nov 11th (14s and younger) and Nov 18 (15 and older). No binding commitments (verbal, financial or written) to the club may happen before the tryout dates.

Girls Club Directories > > > Girls Open Houses & Tryouts > > >

Purple Card Policy to be effective with Boys #1 - Sept 23

In response to tournament officials and site personnal complaints of parent and spectator increasingly bad behavior the Arizona Region Board of Directors approved the use of the Purple Card. This policy was adopted in August 2017 and will be in use for the 2018 season and beyond.

The official volleyball rules allow for an official to give point sanctions to players and coaches for bad behavior during a match (Yellow Card = Warning, Red Card = Penalty). The Purple Card has been added to the officials tools of the Yellow and Red cards but will be used to address spectator behavior during a match.

The 1st issuance of the Purple card will be displayed in one hand together with a Yellow card. The captains will be called over and the offending spectator will be identified with a team or club. The TEAM will then be issued a warning regarding spectators.

The 2nd issuance of the Purple card during the same match to a spectator from the same team (it does not have to be the SAME spectator that was issued the purple card the 1st time) will result in a Penalty and will be displayed in one hand together with a Red card. This will cause the TEAM to be penalized. They will lose the serve and a point will be gives their opponent.

The 3rd issuance of the Purple card during the same match to a spectator from the same team will result in an ejection of the offending spectator from the tournament facility. The Purple card will be displayed with the Red card but held up in separate hands of the offical. The official will come off the stand, the site director and lead official will be called to the court and the offending spectator will be removed from the tournament site for the remainder of the day.

In the event of aggressive behavior, defiant behavior, fighting or any other behavior directed towards anyone or deemed unsafe toward others, the spectator will be BANNED from futher Arizona Region tournaments for the rest of the season. The spectator will have to appeal to the Region Ethics and Compliance Officer to be reinstated and allowed to return to any Arizona Region events.

This Policy replaces the Penalty Point Sanction Policy. Before and after matches, the spectator behavior will be governed by the Parent/Spectator Code of Conduct. Being a spectator at an event is a priviledge - it is not a right. NO ONE paid enough for club volleyball to disregard the rules of the facility or behave badly at an event.

The Arizona Region would like to have parents/spectators and club personnel encourage and cheer for their teams/players in a positive manner rather than have to deal with negative attacks toward our officials, tournament personnel and members of the opposing teams. Unfortunately we must be prepared for the worst.

To read the policy in full - Purple Card Policy.

Arizona Region SafeSport Program

The Arizona Region in conjunction with the US Olympic Committee and USA Volleyball have launched their SafeSport Programs. 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 .

NOTE: For an official or coach /other person associated with a Junior Club to complete this requirement the full 90 minute SafeSport course must be taken. The Parent Course or the Refresher Course do not fulfill this requirement. Until the 90 minute full course is taken an official or coach / other person associated with a Junior Club cannot be put on a roster or is not elilgible to work.

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 an annual 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 appropriate 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.

Parent Fact Sheet Player Fact Sheet Ages 11 - 13 Player Fact Sheet Ages 14 - 18
   
2018 Concussion Form 7.28.17 Coaches Fact Sheet  

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