Because USA Volleyball (USAV) and the Intermountain Volleyball Association (IVA), a Region of USA Volleyball, set the standards and specialize in volleyball 24/7, 365 days a year. USAV, and the IVA, are non-profit, non-government supported organizations, connected at all levels from the National Teams to the youngest and oldest age groups in indoor, sand, grass and Paralympic disciplines for both genders. No other organization is so totally invested in creating volleyball as a lifetime sport from top to bottom. USA Volleyball is the National Governing Body (NGB) in the United States for indoor and sand volleyball, the only organization so recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB). College scholarships and Olympic dreams begin with USAV and their Regions, which has over 245,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,000 clubs nationwide. Membership in USAV provides opportunities for teams from all 50 states to compete for the title of “National Champion.” Of which the IVA has over 3,000 region members.
Local, Regional and National Events Players have the opportunity to play in quality, exciting USAV sanctioned competitions – both indoor and sand – that are open only to USAV members. USAV hosts National Championship level events for girls’ and boys’ youth under age 18, along with elite qualifying tournaments into their gender-specific USAV Junior National Championships and Sand Nationals. With set standards for the quality of these events and accountability for those that run them. Tournament sanctioning provides players and clubs with added assurance. Many of our competitors cannot provide the assurance that you are playing in a sanctioned event held with highest standards.
Security, Safety and Background Checks USAV and its’ Regions provide extensive safety and security checks in which every coach, official, team representative, or club staff member that has contact with youth-level players is required to have a bi-annual background screening. USAV and the IVA are leaders in protecting young participants. We are the ONLY Volleyball organizations that have this as a requirement to protect the USAV/ IVA youth. We have set the highest standard of screening in the business. USAV sets standards for the Regions and events for facilities and is proactive in teaching safety issues to players, coaches, club directors, officials and event organizers to ensure the safest environment possible. USAV members benefit from having a comprehensive insurance package provided to them as part of their registration fees. This insurance package is one of the best in the industry, which includes sports accident, facility usage and assistance with Directors and Officers (D&O) for Clubs’ Board of Directors Coverage.
Parent Involvement Opportunities exist for parents to be involved in the Regional Volleyball Association governance structure and to make positive changes in the sport at the national level. Parents can also become active in the sport as scorekeepers, referees, coaches or even play in their own adult league. USAV provides parent outreach programming to better educate the entire family unit on the sport of volleyball and the impact USAV can provide to the athlete.
USA Volleyball Sets the Standards USAV sets the standards for governance and specifies that every region in the country meet specific criteria to remain in good standing USAV recommends sand and indoor rules standards for use by every other youth and adult volleyball organization in the United States. USAV is affiliated with other organizations like the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) supporting our combined efforts to support our mission.
Educational Opportunities for the Beginner to the Advanced Coach/Official All USAV / IVA junior coaches must complete minimum coaching education requirements through the USAV Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP). A state of the art, annually updated introductory level coaching clinic, called IMPACT, is delivered both locally by the RVAs and in national webinars. USAV has partnered with the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) to offer the next level of training with a new online course. Individuals within USAV / IVA have the opportunity to advance their coaching skills through the CAP program with modules taught by highly qualified coaches including members of the National Team coaching staffs. The annual USAV High Performance Coaches’ Clinic brings in the top coaches from across the United States and around the globe to expand the coaching curriculum. The IVA High Performance Program coaches have attended this clinic since its inception in order to add to the quality of the program. USAV / IVA CAP, Sports Medicine and High Performance programs have access to cutting-edge teaching methods, information and technology through its relationship with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) programs and other national federations. USAV / IVA develops high-quality referees and scorekeepers who must undergo certification training, creating a pool of regionally and nationally certified court officials. We are the only training organization with a program for officials in the sport of club volleyball.
Programming Benefits for USA Volleyball Members USAV members are eligible to try out for and participate on IVA Regional High Performance teams or National High Performance teams, including Team USA squads that compete internationally in zonal and World Championship events that are part of the Olympic pipeline. Members receive the quarterly, full-color magazine Volleyball USA. In addition the bi-weekly electronic newsletter “Rotations” is part of a wealth of news and information distributed to the public. Individuals can sign up for free email subscriptions by clicking here. USAV has an extensive awards program with categories for athletes, coaches, officials/scorekeepers, junior representatives, sports medicine and leaders for the sport.
Grassroots Development at Youth and Adult Levels USAV / IVA re-invests in the sport through financial support for under-represented populations including Starlings USA economically-disadvantaged clubs, boys’ youth/college men, military and a wealth of disabled programming. A huge amount of free grassroots sport development material is available on the USAV and IVA Web sites, including Best Practices and “How To” instructions designed for players, club directors, coaches, officials and parents for all levels.
We are the Future IVA has a full time office staff dedicated to club volleyball in the Intermountain Region. In addition to this highly specialized and available staff, USAV has a full-time Office staff, along with dedicated staffs and volunteers at all 40 of its Regional Offices. Both national and regional staffs deal with only indoor and sand volleyball – no other sport. This allows us to devote all of our time to Volleyball. Both the IVA and the USAV National Office are devoted to providing standardized governance and programming to grow and enhance the game. USAV holds regularly scheduled meetings between the National Office staff, Regional Volleyball Associations and Commission leaders to maintain the high level of quality members expect. THANK YOU!
USA Volleyball and the IVA would like to thank all of America, and especially those in our extended “Volleyball Family” for their support over the past years which led to our most recent history making performance in the 2008 Beijing Games. Three gold and two silver medals in our sport for the Olympic and Paralympic Games are the result of the Regions, Volleyball Clubs and USAV leadership working together with the US Olympic and Paralympic Committees to grow the game and sustain competitive excellence. We look forward to your participation in the years ahead.
The IVA www.imvolleyball.org is the place to start, but you can always contact USA Volleyball’s national office at 1-88USVOLLEY, or at email@example.com As with all things, you may find other options for volleyball, but nothing compares to the experience you will receive being involved with USAV / IVA. We encourage you to investigate and research the facts for yourself, and make sure you have the correct facts.
While sometimes it is difficult to compare apples to oranges. Here are a few questions that may help you decide: Is that representative truly involved with the organization they are representing, does the governing organization support that individuals or organization. Does the governing organization ensure that you receive what is promised? If you do not, what are your recourses? It is very important to know and understand all areas of what organization you choose. The ultimate goal is to always do what is best for the youth of Volleyball and give back to the volleyball community. We encourage you to compare USAV / IVA to all other volleyball organizations and we guarantee the best choice for a volleyball organization will be with the USAV / IVA.
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Last season the Intermountain Volleyball Association along with several other USA Regions and USA Volleyball, established a Women’s Pro League. The Intermountain Womens Pro Team is known as the Utah Unity Team. The USA PVL is a grass roots professional volleyball league that is sanctioned by USA Volleyball. The league consists of teams from the 40 regions of USA Volleyball. Teams must be sanctioned by the region in order to participate in the league. Additional information about the league can be found on www.USAPVL.com. In 2012, the Utah Unity team attended the USA National Open Championship in Salt Lake City to participate in the Professional Division along with 12 other teams from different Regions. Doug Beal, CEO of USA volleyball is excited about announcing the men’s version of the League and is asking for support from the 40 Regions. This email is being sent to all Adult Men in the Intermountain Region to inquire if there is any interest with-in the region to establish a Men’s Team for the 2012/2013 Season. If you are interesting in playing, coaching or just helping out please email firstname.lastname@example.org of your intent. If we receive enough interest, the Intermountain Region will pursue the prospect of putting a team together. If you can get back to us by October 10th that would be helpful, this way we can get back to Doug Beal at USA Volleyball. If you have additional questions please email them to email@example.com and/or call the Intermountain office at 801-534-1933 between 9 and 5pm. However, most of your questions will be answered by going to www.USAPVL.com.
The Intermountain Region of USA Volleyball is happy to announce that Donna Donaghy has accepted the position as Executive Director of the Intermountain region. Donna has been an instrumental part of Volleyball for years and has vast experience running a region. She is the Commissioner/CEO of the Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA) region and will use her expertise to help make the IVA an even better region. The IVA Board chose Donna for her vast experience in running a region and events. The board felt it was important for the region to have an Executive Director that not only knows volleyball and business but that has no affiliations to any of the clubs here in the region and can have a fresh perspective on how to grow the game and what will be the best for all the members of the region.
The Intermountain Volleyball Association Board of Directors announce today, that after more than 20 years of service, Kim Norman will be stepping down as the Executive Director and member of the board of directors of the Intermountain Volleyball Association. The move will be effective Friday, September 7th.
Norman is retiring from these leadership positions due to personal family obligations created after the passing of her father in July of this year.
Over Norman’s 20-plus years of service to the Intermountain Region she grew the Junior Olympic Volleyball Program from 25 players in 1990, to well over 3,000 members in 2012. Under her leadership the Intermountain Region was also the creative leader in the development of what is now known as the USA Volleyball High Performance program. Along with University of Utah head volleyball coach Beth Launiere, Norman created the American All Stars in 1996, taking the first team overseas with USA Volleyball. The IM region still is the only High Performance program in the nation to have defeated a Junior National team on foreign soil, beating the Italian Jr. National team in Italy.
Since 2001 the Intermountain Region has been a frequent home for the highest levels of play in USA Volleyball. Five USA Volleyball National Championship events have been hosted by the region in that time frame, creating an enormous financial impact on the state of Utah.
Other accomplishments under Norman’s tenure include the creation of the Utah Unity professional team, who took fourth-place in the first-ever Premier Volleyball League event and the Intermountain Volleyball Training Center, which is the only USA volleyball dedicated training center operated by a region and has been home to region contests and championships since moving to its current location in 2004.
“This is a day of humble gratitude for the wonderful years I have spent leading the Intermountain Region,” Norman said. “However I have confidence in the Intermountain Region board and staff, that USA Volleyball and the Intermountain Region will thrive and exceed all of the past accomplishments.”
On behalf of the Intermountain Region membership, the members of the board want to express their gratitude, admiration and appreciation for the personal sacrifices that Kim has made in giving herself to the sport of Volleyball over the past 20 years.
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The Deseret News’ Amy Donaldson was on hand to see Lone Peak sweep Northridge. Read more about Lone Peak’s depth, which is even stronger with Women’s Junior National Team member/Club Utah’s Kizzy Willey back from the NORCECA Championships
Donaldson also wrote a story on Monday afternoon about Salem Hills volleyball here.
Bree Bailey of Lehi was named the Salt Lake Tribune’s Volleyball player of the week.
Danelle Parady was prep of the week for the Deseret News.
Ashlyn Bartlett of Vallivue was volleyball player of the week via the Idaho Statesman
We missed this volleyball preview by the Tribune over the weekend, but its still worth a read.
In college action Utah swept Utah Valley
BYU’s Jennifer Hamson was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week
Rebecca Fuchs was the Weber State student-athlete of the week
Josselyn White is the Utah State student-athlete of the week
Utah High School results from Tuesday via Deseret News:Bingham def. Alta, Final Copper Hills def. Tooele, Final Cyprus def. Granger, Final Davis def. Dixie, Final Desert Hills def. Bonanza, Nev., Final Enterprise def. Pine View, Final Grand def. Gunnison, Final Grantsville def. Wasatch, Final Green River def. Altamont, Final Herriman def. Kearns, Final Jordan def. West, Final Judge Memorial def. Carbon, Final Layton def. Woods Cross, Final Lehi def. Taylorsville, Final Lone Peak def. Northridge, Final Mountain Crest def. Bear River, Final North Summit def. Park City, Final Ogden def. Layton Christian, Final Payson def. American Leadership, Final Piute def. South Sevier, Final Pleasant Grove def. Fremont, Final Richfield def. North Sanpete, Final Rowland Hall def. Manti, Final Viewmont def. Clearfield, Final Waterford def. Wasatch Academy, Final Weber def. Bonneville, Final Wendover def. West Ridge Academy, Final Westlake def. American Fork, Final
If we missed anything make sure to let us know on our facebook page (facebook.com/imvball) so we can get it included next time!
Lots of volleyball played over the weekend in the region
USA Womens Junior National Team and Intermountains Kizzie Willey won Bronze at the 2012 NORCECA Women’s Junior Championships.
Utah won the Utah State Invitational. Former Spanish Fork and Utah Thunder star Erin Reed was named MVP. Chelsey Schofield (Mountain View High School), McKenzie Odale (Eagle HS/ Idaho Stars/ IM High Performance) and Morgan Odale (Eagle HS/ Idaho Stars/ Junior A2 Team) were named to the All-Tournament team.
Utah State went 3-1 during the Utah State Invitational. Josselyn White (Sky View High/ Mountain West Club), Elle Brainard (Westlake High/ Club Utah) and Ashlan Rogers (Lone Peak/UP2) were All-Tournament for the Aggies.
Weber State went 1-2 during the USU Invitational. Laurel Bodily (Idaho Falls HS) was named to the All-Tournament team for the Wildcats.
Southern Utah came away from the USU Invitational winless.
BYU swept Rice to win the Rice Invitational. Jennifer Hamson (Pleasant Grove/ Utah Elite) was named MVP of the Tournament. Alexa Gray and Heather Hannemann (Lone Peak High/UP2) were on the All-tournament team for the Cougars.
Idaho State’s Breanne Van Every was named to El Paso Sports Commission Invitational All-tournament team. Van Every (Highland High (ID)/ Four time IVA High Performance Team) helped ISU to a 1-2 record during the tournament.
Boise State beat Gonzaga and went 1-2 in the Northwest Invitational.
Salt Lake Community College went 4-0 and did not drop a single game at the Buffalo Wild Wings/Hilex Poly Invitational. The Bruins are ranked #7 and will face #5 Western Wyoming tomorrow night.
At the same tournament College of Southern Idaho also went 4-0.
Snow College is 3-1 after beating Northwest College, Phoenix College and Sheridan College this weekend.
Utah Valley went 1-2 in the Wildcat Classic in Tucson. Brookelyn Hall and Lauren Stringham (Davis High) were named to the All-Tournament team for the Wolverines.
Thursday 8/23 results (UTAH): via the Deseret NewsBonneville def. Hillcrest, Final Box Elder def. Bear River, Final Emery def. Beaver, Final Enterprise def. Piute, Final Herriman def. Clearfield, Final Logan def. Tooele, Final Lone Peak def. Brighton, Final Manti def. South Summit, Final Ogden def. Roy, Final Park City def. East, Final Parowan def. Escalante, Final Payson def. Wasatch, Final Richfield def. Carbon, Final Rowland Hall def. Layton Christian, Final South Sevier def. Panguitch, Final Summit Academy def. Rockwell, Final Westlake def. Cottonwood, Final Woods Cross def. Uintah, Final
Friday Utah High School ResultsTabiona def. Dugway, Final Grantsville def. Juab, Final Provo def. Grantsville, Final Springville def. Grantsville, Final Saturday Utah Results Hurricane def. Uintah, Final Hurricane def. Viewmont, Final Hurricane def. Syracuse, Final Park City def. Duchesne, Final Bingham Tournament Hurricane def. Riverton, Final Riverton def. Roy, Final Riverton def. Syracuse, Final Riverton def. Jordan, Final Riverton def. Murray, Final Riverton def. Mountain View, Final Riverton def. American Fork, Final Riverton def. Salem Hills, Final Salem Hills def. Riverton, Final Provo HS Tournament Copper Hills def. Grantsville, Final Copper Hills def. Grantsville, Final Grantsville def. Wasatch, Final Sky View def. Grantsville, Final
Idaho results for Thursday are here via the Idaho StatesmanHave a great week!
Tons of volleyball being played as high school and college seasons are just about in full swing:
HIGH SCHOOL RESULTS TUESDAY 8/21
Missed this over the weekend but Enterprise High won the 14-team Tournament of Champions.
American Fork beat Jordan 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-21).
Davis took down Pleasant Grove 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 27-25). Camille Walker had 11 kills and two digs to lead the Darts, Melissa Fuchs had 12 kills for PG.
Grantsville prevailed over Payson 3-1 (25-21, 28-30, 25-21, 25-19). Whitney Turner had 15 kills for Grantsville.
Herriman swept Copper Hills 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-20). Kenzie Jackson and Masi Steel had eight kills each for the Mustangs.
Highland defeated Ben Lomond
Hunter came back from 2-0 down to beat Murray 3-2 (21-25, 15-25, 25-15, 25-18, 15-3). Shalai Matagi had 13 kills and three blocks for the Wolverines.
Lehi got by Brighton in four close games 3-1 (25-27, 26-24, 25-18, 26-24) Breelle Bailey had 23 kills and Carly White collected 27 digs.
Richfield hung on against Delta 3-2 (27-25, 25-20, 13-25, 24-26, 15-11).
Riverton took out Alta 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-18).
Rockwell defeated Oakley 3-1 (25-19, 13-25, 25-19, 25-17).
South Summit snuck by Wasatch on the road 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13).
Spanish Fork blitzed Granger 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-23)
Viewmont won at West Jordan 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-20)
White topped blue at Utah State’s opening scrimmage. Season starts for the Aggies on Friday in Logan. Utah and Southern Utah will also start their seasons on Friday in Logan
White was also victorious in Utah Valley’s scrimmage, beating Green.
If we missed anything please let us know on our facebook page (facebook.com/imvball)!
A big congrats to all the Intermountain region athletes that participated in High Performance Beach Championships, you made the region proud!
Here are the results:
Girls U17 Rhead-Sederholm- Showed the best of all the Intermountain teams winning the Bronze bracket. The duo went 2-0 on Friday and after falling in both matches on Saturday bounced back on Sunday going 3-0 to win Bronze. The only two teams to beat Rhead and Sederholm finished 13th and 5th overall.
Girls U17 Pearson-Bedrov- Finished 29th overall.
Girls U19 Gregory-Eng finished 26th. Finished 2nd place in the Copper bracket.
Girls U19 Steel-Moore finished 27th.
Boys U15 Nilsen-Mau finished 15th. The boys played well despite playing U17 teams in half their matches. The team never gave up and had one of their best matches in their final game on Saturday.
Great job everyone! We look forward to doing even better next summer!
The competition is stiff at the 2012 High Performance Beach Championships, but the Intermountain Region has showed that we can play a little beach volleyball up in the mountains as well.
Leading off after the first day of play are the team of Kristi Rhead and Britt Sederholm competing in the girls U17 division. Krisit and Britt won both of their matches on Thursday beating the Goldberg-Bragado team from USA National 2-1 (14-21, 21-18, 15-12) and then kept the momentum going by beathing USA High Performance’s Durney-Groth combo 2-1 as well (21-17, 19-21, 15-7). Going 2-0 moves Kristi and Britt into the gold bracket where they will teams from the SCVA and Aloha regions. Follow along with their results here.
Also in the U17 division Intermountain’s Person-Bedrov duo will play in the silver bracket after falling in both of their matches on Thursday.
On the boys side the team of Marcus Mau and Bryatt Nielsen showed well. Nielsen and Mau are in the U15 division, but had to play up into the U17 division and drew tough competition from USA National and USA High Performance teams. Mau and Nielsen went 0-2 on day 1, but didn’t give up against much bigger opponents. The team will get two more chances as pool play continues today.
Check AES all weekend for more updates on all our Intermountain athletes, including the U19 girls division which begins this afternoon.
As summer materializes and formal indoor volleyball training dies down many indoor volleyball players find themselves at a loss for how to continue training. Common misconception makes some of these individuals believe that outdoor beach volleyball would not be a good substitute because it is not “specialized” like the indoor game. IVA would like to demystify beach volleyball for these individuals and coaches since for many, especially in Utah, they see beach as a foreign sport that should not be practiced, when in fact it is one of the best and cheapest trainings a volleyball player could have in the summertime.
To begin, we will list some of the common inaccurate claims about beach volleyball and dispel the false accusations surrounding:Beach is not a specialized game. How will I be able to become a better hitter, digger, setter, etc.? Beach will cause burn-out since it is an add-on to club and school volleyball. The skills on the beach are not the same as in indoor. There is no coaching, so how could I get better?
Responses to the claims:Beach will help you become better at all the skills listed above and more. This is so because unlike indoor where you share responsibility with six other individuals, two-player-beach forces you to take action on most plays. Players will be responsible for a full volleyball skill set as all are necessary at one point or another in a rally; players do not have the option to be one-dimensional. Thus beach volleyball has a positive effect on a player because not only does the individual get to improve upon the skills they are already good at, but also get to work on those they are not. While indoor promotes specialization, we all know that the person with the greatest skill set will be the most attractive to coaches. When people complain of getting burnt out from volleyball the blame generally falls on the coaches. Players get tired of the seemingly monotonous drills, begging to just play or scrimmage. Beach is perfect for the frustrated volleyball player since almost all skill development comes in the form of game play. By playing more instantly gratifying and competitive games, the worn down player can find why they loved volleyball again. While there are slight differences in the skills indoor and outdoor, in general the skills are the same. In beach, as discussed earlier, all skills must be mastered and perfected since you and your partner are responsible for the whole court. In fact the beach players that simplify their skills the most end up being the best. What coach wouldn’t want their player to have relaxed, informed, and fluid movements to the ball. Most beach players will tell you that they learn more without a coach in the outdoor game than with a coach in the indoor game. This is so because every movement counts in beach, so the player must be constantly tweaking skills to conserve energy, take stress off their partner, and win more points. Not having a coach, forces the player to make adjustments on their own which not only empowers the player, but gives them more confidence in their ability to adjust during play.
We hope that with this information we have been able to convince you of the merits of beach volleyball. Sign up for our beach camp July 9-11 and find out for yourself how amazing beach volleyball can be.