2019 USA Volleyball National Championships Dates and Locations*NEW*
USA Volleyball is proud to announce site locations for three of its signature national championships events in 2019. Indianapolis, Dallas and Columbus, Ohio, will feature the top volleyball action in the country in 2019 for girls’, boys’ and adults’ national championships.
Club Admin WebPoint Manual Available*NEW*
USA Volleyball has provided a manual for Club Administrators on how to use WebPoint.
For more information, please click HERE
2018 Adult Open Championships Information and Deadlines*NEW*
Information regarding the 2018 Adult Open Championships in Dallas, TX on May 25-30, 2018 and the associated deadlines is available.
For more information, please click HERE
WEVA at the 2017 USA Volleyball Open Championships
The 2017 USA Volleyball Open Championships were held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 26-31. WEVA was well represented and congratulations to all who participated. The results were as follows:
NFVB Crank Blasters finished 3rd out of 58 teams (3rd in Gold division)
NFVB Life Storage Rhinos finished 21st out of 58 teams (1st in Copper division)
NFVB Notorious D.I.G. finished T31st out of 59 teams (T3rd in Flight 1 division)
NFVB Buffalo Beasts finished T33rd out of 59 teams (T5th in Flight 1 division)
NFVB Rage finished T57th out of 59 teams (T5th in Flight 5 division)
Buffalo Blizzards finished T15th out of 33 teams (T3rd in Bronze division)
NFVB Life Storage finished 8th out of 10 teams (8th in Gold division)
For full details, visit http://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/events/indoor/adults/2017-usav-open
2018 USA Volleyball Open, Boys, and Girls Championships Announced
USA Volleyball announced that Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix will host three of the organization’s signature national championship events in 2018.
The USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC) will head to Detroit for the first time and will be played June 25 to July 4 at Detroit’s Cobo Center.
The USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships (BJNC) returns to Phoenix for the third time and will be played July 2-9 at the Phoenix Convention Center.
The USA Volleyball Open National Championships returns to Dallas with competition May 25-30 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The USA Volleyball Annual Meetings will also take place in Dallas the week leading up to the Open.
For the full release, visit http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Features/2017/May/23/USAV-Awards-2018-Host-Bids-to-Detroit-Dallas-Phoenix
Coaches Panel Discussion from the Spring Collegiate Tournament
A collegiate coaches panel took place in conjunction with the Spring Collegiate Tournament hosted at BNCC. The collegiate coaches represented on the panel were from the following programs: Canisius College, Colgate University, Le Moyne College, Niagara University, SUNY Brockport, Syracuse University, & University of Buffalo. Please click HERE for a summary of the panel discussion.
It was a great event allowing players from the junior clubs in the area to watch some alumni club players and watch collegiate play for some programs that some of the athletes are considering or have committed to play at in the future. Some great volleyball was watched over the course of the day. Thanks to all WEVA members for their support shown for this event.
2016-2017 Girls 12-17 Bid Championships
This year is the second year that the WEVA region was awarded a BID at both the National division and the American division for ages levels 13-17 at USA Nationals in Minneapolis.
Congratulations to the following teams for earning the National BID by placing first at the BID Qualifier:
17's - VFX Rapture
16's - VFX Mantra
15's - NFVB 15 Navy
14's - NFVB 14 Navy
13's - NFVB 13 Navy
12's - VFX Wish
Congratulations to the following teams for earning the American BID by placing second at the BID Qualifier:
17's - Octane Terrors
16's - NFVB 16 Navy
15's - VFX Chant
14's - VFX Conjure
13's - NFVB 13 Red
WEVA is proud of all qualifying teams that had an opportunity to play in the BID event (not all teams are accepted). WEVA knows that all teams that will be participating at Nationals will play with heart and pride representing their club and region to the best of their ability. Good luck to all teams, have fun and enjoy the competition.
2016-2017 Boys Region Championships
Congratulations to all the boys teams that were crowned champions at the 2017 Boys Regional Championships. The competition was held April 2rd at various locations in the Buffalo area. The families/spectators witnessed some awesome matches over the course of the day from all participating teams! Some nail biter three sets matches that came down to the wire made it for some exciting volleyball!
Champions by age group are noted below:
12's - Pace 12-1
13's - Pace 13-1
14's - Pace14-1
15's - Pace 15-1
16's - Pace 16-1
17's - Eden Mizuno 17-1
18's - Pace 18-1
Good luck to all teams at the USA Boys Nationals!
2016-2017 Girls 18 Bid Championships
NFVB 18 Navy earned the National BID at the WEVA 18's BID Qualifier event held at Pinnacle Sports Complex as a result of being crowned the champion of the event. VFX Magic was a finalist earning them the American BID for the region.
Shortly after the local BID event, VFX Magic earned a USA BID at the Nashville Qualifier. Congratulations to Magic for earning a BID at a National Qualifier event. This type of accomplishment does not happen frequently by teams in the region. The team played the best volleyball of their season at this event to earn the BID!
Good luck at the upcoming Nationals in Dallas Texas!
WEVA is confident that you will represent WEVA and your club well!
WEVA 12 and Under Serving Standards
The Junior Committee of the WEVA Board of Directors has established serving standards for 12 and under competition. Please click HERE for more information.
Opportunity for Clubs to Run Coaching Clinics
The Education Committee of the Western Empire Volleyball Association (WEVA) is interested in providing resources for coach education in order to enhance general knowledge of the game as well as elevate the skill level of the junior players in our region.
This message is to invite your organization to host a WEVA Coaching Clinic at your practice or competition facility to benefit your club coaches as well as those from area high schools and other volleyball clubs. The goal of this clinic series is to educate coaches regarding technique training, skill development, drill structure, practice planning, strategy and other volleyball related skills desired by coaches. The WEVA Education Committee would like to see at least one or two clinics each month leading up to and throughout the season. The WEVA Board of Directors has approved a budget line to assist in subsidizing some of the costs involved in hosting these clinics in order to help compensate visiting clinicians, facility rental fees or additional clinic expenses.
Please look over the this information (INFO) which includes some ideas and recommended formats. Clinic schedules and topics can be unique to each club’s needs. If you are interested in organizing such a clinic in your area, please contact Rocco Lucci to discuss options and possible timelines.
WEVA Coaching Scholarship Announced
Thanks to a scholarship fund supplied by Western Empire Volleyball Association, WEVA is pleased to announce the first annual Coaches Scholarship Program. The program will provide scholarships to aspiring coaches hoping to attend established coaching clinics and/or the AVCA Annual Convention. This opportunity will allow the scholarship recipients to explore the limitless networking and educational opportunities available. This is a unique opportunity to develop professional skills and learn about becoming a better coach and leader.
The deadline for 2016-2017 season is January 31, 2017. For more information, please go to the WEVA Coaching Scholarship page.
Adults Affiliated with Juniors MUST Get Safe Sport Certified
Starting in the 2016-2017 season, ALL registered adults, affiliated with a junior club, will be required to complete the Safe Sport Certification Course. The course, and more information regarding the course are found HERE.
New Housing Company for USA Volleyball Championship Events
Team Travel Source has been named the official housing company for all USA Volleyball Championship events in 2017. Please click HERE for more information.
WEVA Adds Corporate Attorney
August 2016: WEVA is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa Siragusa as it's corporate attorney. Please click HERE for her bio.
Updated WEVA By-Laws
WEVA has updated the By-Laws. Please select HERE for more information.
Updated WEVA Tryout, Registration and Recruiting Policy
WEVA has updated the Tryout, Registration and Recruiting Policy. Please select HERE for more information.
IMPORTANT: Libero Solid Color Uniform Rule Change
USA Volleyball passed a major rule change regarding the Libero and fast-tracked its implementation to immediate status during its Rules Commission Meeting on Feb. 25 in Denver.
A motion was made and passed to change the wording of USAV Rule 19.2 to read as: “The Libero(s) must wear a uniform which clearly contrasts with the rest of the team.” A second motion was passed that made the implementation of the new rule immediate. The new rule replaces the "Solid Color Jersey" rule. Pati Rolf, chair of the USAV Rules Commission, stated that the new rule was approved in response to the concerns of the membership. "We strongly believe this rule change, which was strongly supported by the membership, will be less restrictive and more flexible,” Rolf said.
One key point in the discussions was to ensure that any team that currently had legal uniforms would still be able to use those uniforms. Paul Albright, USAV indoor rules interpreter, emphasized that training will start as soon as possible to get that message out to the membership. "Obviously we have a challenge to get the word out, but we already have people working to update our training materials, including the new jersey gallery on https://VolleyballRefTraining.com to explain the rule change,” Albright said.
USA Volleyball will also work to widely distribute the new rule to the clubs and tournament directors as the season is in progress. Any questions regarding the rules change can be directed to your local region referee chair, Fred Chase (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to the USAV Rules Interpreter at email@example.com.
The mission of the Western Empire Volleyball Association is to promote and develop growth of the sport of volleyball in the counties it represents in Western New York from the grassroots levels to adult leagues. WEVA fosters learning the sport of volleyball by providing classes designed to teach the latest methods and strategies in coaching, as well as providing highly trained officials to referee tournaments and matches.
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