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2020 JVA Challenge Series presented by i6 Features Record Number of Events

The JVA is pleased to announce a record breaking 31 events named to the 2020 JVA Challenge Series presented by i6. These events share in the JVA’s ideology to provide high quality events and a great experience for all their participants. Learn more about the variety of events in the 2020 JVA Challenge Series presented by i6.

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A Summary of the Girls 18's Indoor Championships Survey Results

This past summer, we posted an article about the various options that U-18’s have to finish their season. We also addressed feedback from some of the coaches who attended the various championships, and concluded with a survey to gather input from a larger audience. Here is a summary of the survey responses.

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Train Your Teams to Officiate and Keep Score

Once tournament play begins, it is apparent which clubs have done their due diligence to train and prepare the athletes for their work team responsibilities, and which ones have not spent the time. Every director should make it a priority to train your athletes to officiate and keep score/book. Here's how one JVA member club organizes their officiating and scorekeeper training to make sure every team is prepared for their role once tournaments begin.

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4 Ways to Create a Balanced Competition Schedule

As clubs continue to purchase, lease or rent facilities, and collaborate to co-host events together, the selection of tournaments will grow. Looking ahead to next season, here are 4 ways to create a balanced and ideal tournament schedule for your teams.

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From the JVA Office: Sights are Set on Houston's JVA Southern Sprawl

There is a growing demand for junior volleyball events that raise the bar, and offer a quality product for the participating clubs, coaches, athletes and parents. For the past several years, the JVA has been strategic in deciding where and when to host events. After all, the JVA is not an event organization. However, in our mission to grow and develop junior volleyball, one catalyst is events. The southwest is the next destination for JVA to make an impact with the 2020 JVA Southern Sprawl.

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3 Benefits of the Club vs. Club Format and Why It Is Essential for Junior Beach Volleyball

Similar to indoor, collegiate beach volleyball is a team game, and it is the fastest growing NCAA sport over the last five years in Division I. And the juniors are following suit. Now it's time for junior beach events to mirror the college game. Here are three benefits of the Club vs Club format and why it is essential for the continued development of junior and collegiate beach volleyball.

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JVA Announces BVCA Club Challenge Series

Junior beach volleyball is now one step closer to the college game with the start of the BVCA Club Challenge Series powered by JVA. The new format includes 4 weekend events where junior beach volleyball clubs align their ranked teams to compete against one another for the win. Learn more about this new competitive format and how it will positively impact the beach volleyball community across all levels.

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A5 Trains and Competes in Japan: Key Takeaways for Coaches and Directors

Over Thanksgiving of this year, A5 was fortunate to travel to Japan with a select group of 16 athletes from three different age groups. The trip to Japan marked the club's 9th international outing, and from a volleyball perspective, was in many ways the most impactful trip to date. Club Director Bob Westbrook shares the important takeaways from a coach's and club director's perspective.

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JVA Event Registration is Now Open

This season the JVA is hosting 6 indoor events, all of which are among the nation's elite events. Registration is open and if you have not experienced a JVA event before, now is the time.

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JVA Announces 2019 JVA Challenge Series powered by TeamSnap

We are thrilled to announce the events named to the 2019 JVA Challenge Series powered by TeamSnap. This season the JVA Challenge Series features 23 events in 14 states across the country. As you plan your competition schedule this season, here are events that raise the bar.

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From the JVA Office: Basketball Clubs Form New Grassroots Volleyball Movement in the Northeast

Over the past decade there has been a decline in girls basketball participation numbers, which has been partially accredited to the influx in girls volleyball athletes. Three years ago, for the first time, more high school girls played volleyball than basketball according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. A group of basketball club directors in the Northeast is recognizing an opportunity to utilize volleyball to their advantage, and form volleyball clubs to keep their athletes in-house. Read how this movement has created excitement and growth for girls volleyball in the Northeast.

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Boys Volleyball Calendar

Yes, boys volleyball can be a year-round sport. However, in most parts of the country, the participation numbers are not high enough to offer dedicated boys programs and travel teams. According to the NFHS.org the participation rates in boys high school volleyball has risen 12% in the last five years, which is the second highest among any sport. If you want to start or grow your boys program, take a look at this boys programming calendar from JVA clubs who started with small participations numbers and are now offering year round boys volleyball.

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One Nigerian Volleyball Organization is Changing Lives

5 years ago grassroots junior volleyball did not exist in Nigeria. The only sport kids knew or played was soccer. Through his playing experience Vincent UnogwuI realized the importance of teaching kids volleyball at an early age, and was inspired to start a youth program. Gradually the trend in the community started shifting from soccer to volleyball thanks to three basic factors. Learn how this Nigerian youth volleyball program is changing lives and how your school, club or organization can make a difference.

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How NorthStar Volleyball United is Paving the Way

The concept began two years ago as a conversation between a few club directors with similar goals to grow their grassroots programs and to save a significant amount of money by working together. They knew what their community needed and saw the opportunity with JVA as a direct catalyst to provide more. Learn how NorthStar Volleyball United is increasing opportunities for all athletes, families, teams and clubs in the upper Midwest

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2019 JVA Challenge Series

The JVA is now accepting applications for the 2019 JVA Challenge Series, a series of elite tournaments hosted by JVA member clubs across the country. Learn how you can be a part of the nation's elite volleyball events.

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UK Training Program Finds Niche Through Camps

Volleyball is still a minority sport in England, despite a respectable record for British athletes having played ball at North American universities and in European professional leagues. Host nation entitlement to enter a team in the 2012 Olympics created a spike of interest in the sport, though not enough for it to break out of its minority status. Nevertheless, recent years have seen a steady increase of interest in the sport by juniors, driven by commercial interests such as JVA member VbDC. Learn how this development training program for junior volleyball athletes is also training coaches, and providing assistance for high level athletes who wish to investigate their potential for playing at a US or Canadian university.

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From the JVA Office: The Official Impact of a Volleyball Event

There are two keys to hosting a high quality volleyball event: (1) having competitive teams who elevate the level of play and (2) having great officials who love and understand the game. It is of utmost importance for the JVA to make sure every official who works a JVA event feels appreciated. Many do not realize, but aside from teammates, coaches and parents, the next most visible figure at a volleyball event is the officials, and in many ways they are the ambassadors to the teams. Let's take a more in depth look at the role of an official.

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Securing a Hotel Block for Your Volleyball Event Without a Stay to Play Policy

The U.S. hotel industry has seen eight straight years in revenue growth, and forecasts point to the highest hotel occupancies in 2018 since the 1980’s. In general, hotel room rates seem higher than in the past – and they are! There are many factors that should be considered when booking a city for a volleyball event, and hotels are one of them. Let's look at these factors, as well as how the JVA manages to secure reasonable hotel rates without a "stay to play" policy.

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AAU and JVA Unite to Create West Coast Boys Championship

This June the AAU and JVA are joining forces to run the AAU Boys West Coast Championships, a competitive boy's volleyball tournament in Anaheim, CA. The two organizations joining together to run an event is nothing short of promising for the future of boys volleyball.

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Attracting the Multi-Sport Athletes to Your Club

There are many factors that multi-sport athletes look for when choosing a volleyball club. Many clubs have found ways to appeal to the multi-sport athlete, and VC Nebraska is one of them. Based on the club's demographics, VC Nebraska made some adjustments in order to attract multi-sport athletes to the club. Based on her experience, Club Director Maggie Griffin shares three ways to attract the multi-sport athletes to your club.

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5 Methods for Collecting Unpaid Club Dues

Now that club season has arrived, most club directors know that they’ll be facing some issues with the timely collection of club dues, travel fees, camp fees, etc. during some course of the season. There are no easy solutions and most of us want to avoid a formal collection using the court system. Here are some steps you can take to collect unpaid club dues this season.

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JVA Announces Partnership with RallyMe

RallyMe and the Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) have partnered to provide a new, state-of-the-art fundraising platform exclusively for JVA member athletes and teams.

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JVA to Host Kansas City Classic April 28-29, 2018

The JVA is excited to bring another high quality event to the Midwest next season. The JVA Kansas City Classic will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri April 28-29, 2018. With the continued growth of the JVA and demand for high quality, well run events in the Upper Midwest, there is a lot of excitement about the JVA Kansas City Classic.

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Is Summer Camp a Recruiting Opportunity?

The regular season of club volleyball has ended, and while many teams are still training in preparation for the national championships, summer is rapidly approaching. With summer, comes summer camps and unofficial visit opportunities. Here is some advice to help players and families decipher whether to attend a camp for the training opportunity and fun experience, or to attend the camp as a potential recruiting opportunity.

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From the JVA Office: JVA World Challenge Delivers a Game Changing Event Once Again

2007 marked the first ever JVA National Championship. Until 2010 the event was a year-end championship in mid-June. Fast forward to 2017 and the JVA World Challenge championship is the largest and most competitive to date. There are many reasons why the JVA World Challenge is a game changing event for our sport, from the moment you arrive, until the last whistle, followed by the anticipation of next year.

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Beach Competition: How to Select Events for Your Players

As a coach and father of a dedicated and aspiring 15 year old beach volleyball player it can become confusing and overwhelming when deciding which tournaments to compete in. Below are a few variables to consider in order to have a better perspective on choosing beach tournaments that are best for your players.

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Limit the Stress of Travel for Youth Volleyball Teams

Missing a flight on the way to a volleyball tournament can become a nightmare for coaches, players and parents. With all the hours spent on preparing for the trip, losing the chance to compete can kill a team’s morale. Here are some ways youth volleyball clubs can limit the stress associated with the challenges of travel.

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JVA Announces 2017 Slate of Events

If the 2016 season was a "break through year for JVA events", the 2017 season is bound to be a game-changer! With that, here is our slate of JVA-hosted events for JVA's 10th Anniversary – the 2017 season.

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Olympic-Bound or Not, JVA Competition Develops High-Level Volleyball Players

The U.S. Women's National Volleyball team boasts five players with Junior Volleyball Association ties, but their presence provides only a snapshot of the junior club association's success in developing talent.

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Club Travel Tips and Tricks

Let’s face it, club travel can feel somewhat like herding cats at times. After being at the helm of Virginia Elite travel for over 5 years, I have learned a few shortcuts and tricks to make my life easier when trying to move a team or an entire club in symphony.

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JVA SummerFest Arrives in Columbus: The City That Does Volleyball

Columbus, Ohio does volleyball. The popular hashtag #cbusdoesvb fills a Twitter feed with articles, photos, and volleyball moments captured in the heart of the Ohio Valley Region, one of the largest regions of USA Volleyball. The JVA is excited to be a part of the hype as JVA SummerFest kicks off this weekend as the fourth and final consecutive weekend of volleyball hosted by the Greater Columbus Convention Center. JVA SummerFest is a 2 day event bringing 230 girls volleyball teams from the Midwest, Mideast and Mid-South competing in age divisions 12U-18U.

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The JVA World Challenge Lands in Metropolis of Sports

For more than a hundred years, Kansas City, Missouri, has been known as the City of Fountains, and it is widely known for serving up some of the world's best barbecue. But in the last few decades, Kansas City has added a new nickname to its list: City of Fanatics—sports fanatics, that is. How fitting that the 2016 JVA World Challenge makes its debut in Kansas City, as the JVA embarks upon it's 10 year anniversary, a huge milestone for what once was a very small organization with a very large purpose.

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5 Strengths of Japanese Volleyball

A few JVA members recently traveled to Tokyo, Japan to observe and learn from different volleyball groups. After more than 20 hours of watching elementary to high school players train, there were 5 aspects of the game that differetiated Japanese volleyball and U.S. volleyball. Below are the 5 things Japan volleyball does that we can do better.

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Learning Toughness Abroad: SPVB Travels to Dominican Republic

By Rachael Fara, Player, Sports Performance 18 Elite

From March 27 to April 3, SportsPerformance Volleyball Club traveled to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. As a four year member of SPVB, and a two year member of 18 Elite, I have been provided with three

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Creating a Volleyball Tournament Schedule

By Mark McCloskey, Club Director, Pentagon Volleyball Club

Whether you are a long established club or a fledgling first year club, the process of putting together a tournament schedule that meets the needs of all your teams can be a daunting task. Here are

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Volleyball For a Cure

What do you get when you mix an accessory line with youth volleyball teams? The VB 4 CURE SERIES! The newest Power League sponsored by JVA member clubs Premier Academy, Pineapple SportONE Volleyball and A2 Volleyball that brings teams together to compete not

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International Division Makes It's Debut at AAU Nationals

The 2014 AAU National Championships is once again making history by having over 2,100 teams among 29 divisions, one of those being an INTERNATIONAL DIVISION! 8 teams from across the world, including a few very talented junior national teams, have made their

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Ohio to Nicaragua to Houston in 10 days

This year Premier Volleyball Academy (Maumee, OH) was able to bring its 18-Onitsuka and 18-Antare teams on an overseas trip to Nicaragua. Here is a memoir of what was one of the most influential volleyball trips for everyone involved in making the trip, told

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International Game Grows at the Junior Level

Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break. These are breaks, right? Yes. These are breaks from school. They are also the perfect time of the year to take a junior volleyball team to Europe, Asia or South America to train with and compete against

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Keys to a Successful International Trip for Junior Volleyball Clubs

2013 A5 China Thoughts and RuminationsBy Bob Westbrook, Club Director of A5 Volleyball Club This is a follow up to summary of Part I posted on December 4th. During the Thanksgiving Break, JVA member A5 Volleyball Club (Atlanta, GA) traveled to China on a

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A5 Chasing the Sun Volleyball Tour 2013

By Bob Westbrook, Club Director, A5 Volleyball Club During the Thanksgiving Break, JVA member A5 Volleyball Club (Atlanta, GA) traveled to China on a volleyball tour with a team of high school players and club coaching and administrative staff. Here is a

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Understanding True Love and Respect for the Game

By Julie Dailey, Club Director, Team Sting Volleyball Club(Birmingham, Alabama) As a partner club of Sports Performance Volleyball Club, I was given the unbelievable opportunity of traveling to Nagano and Tokyo, Japan with Rick Butler and the staff of the

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