John Hughes
WEVA Commissioner
58 Meadowlark Drive
Penfield NY 14526
(585) 259-6557

Office Hours:
9am to 5pm
Monday thru Friday

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IMPACT Clinics for the Buffalo Area*NEW*

​IMPACT coaching clinics will be available in the Buffalo area (Buffalo Niagara Court Center) on:
  • Tuesday December 12, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday December 19, 2017 from 6:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Thursday January 18, 2018 from 6:00-10:00 p.m.
To register, please go to the Services/Impact page of the WEVA web site.

IMPACT Clinics for the Rochester Area*NEW*

​IMPACT coaching clinics will be available in the Rochester area (Otto Shultz Center at Nazareth College) on:
  • Monday December 18, 2017 from 6:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Monday January 8, 2018 from 6:00-10:00 p.m.
To register, please go to the Services/Impact page of the WEVA web site.

Referees Clinics for 2017-2018 Season*NEW*

WEVA Clinic dates and locations:

​Buffalo/Jamestown Area:​
Rochester Area:​
There will be a nominal fee paid to the clinician on those dates, so please come prepared.

Next I would like to thank everyone that has registered on the WEVA website, applied for the background check and taken the Safe Sport clinic on line. For those of you that have not completed the process, I would take this opportunity to impress upon you the necessity to do so as soon as possible. The season will start soon, December 17th the region has a Boy's Tournament, each individual needs to complete the registration process by January 1st, 2018. Also, John Newland would like to remind everyone to update their ARBITER availability!!!

WEVA Coaching Scholarship Announced*NEW*

Thanks to a scholarship fund supplied by Western Empire Volleyball Association, WEVA is pleased to announce the second annual Coaching 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 2017-2018 season is January 31, 2018. For more information, please go to the WEVA Coaching Scholarship page.

Rostered Adult Required as 2nd Referee at Junior National and Qualifier Events*NEW*

Effective for the 2017-2018 season, USA Volleyball will be requiring that a rostered adult must be provided as the second referee at the USA Junior Qualifiers and USA Junior National Championships.

As a result, WEVA will also require this at the Girl's WEVA Bid Qualifier events and the Boy's Pace Bootlegger Rochester Can-Am (a national qualifier) hosted in our region.

Please plan accordingly to have an adult on your roster that is certified as a second referee.

Concussion Training Available*NEW*

WEVA highly encourages all coaches to complete the concussion training offered by Heads-up (click HERE). The on-line course is free. Once completed print the certificate of completion.

Just as a heads-up for the upcoming season, all coaches who will be coaching at a tournament in the Ohio Valley region will be required to show proof of completion for a concussion course.

USA will be looking into requiring a completion of such a course in the future.

Let's keep our athletes safe by requiring your coaches to have this training! With this being one of the hottest topics for athletes in the medical field today let's do what we can do to be prepared to handle any situation that involves this!.

2-Year Certification Now Offered for SafeSport*NEW*

USA Volleyball is now offering the SafeSport training course, with a 2-year certification, via the USAV Academy. Please select HERE for more information.

Pre-Season Clinic for Coaches and Players*NEW*

WEVA, in conjunction with Niagara Frontier, present a Pre-Season Volleyball Clinic for Coaches and Players (Boys and Girls) featuring Jeff Ptak and 6 other clinicians with international experience. Visit the following site for more info and to pre-register:

Coaches Clinic - Friday Night, December 1, 2017
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Led by Jeff Ptak and 6 other coaches from Indiana, Vancouver, Illinois and Miami - All have professional, international playing and coaching experience
2 hours of classroom session, on court drill demos followed by Q&A roundtable discussion
Ability to view Saturday players clinic free of charge
Portions of clinic will stream on website
Post clinic event for adult attendees
Cost: $40 per coach - The first 50 clinic registrants who are current WEVA members will receive a full $40 reimbursement from the region.

Players (Boys and Girls) Clinic - Saturday, December 2, 2017
Ages 14 through 18 (JV and Varsity experience preferred)
Jeff Ptak will lead 6 head clinicians in drills and instruction assisted by 12 court coaches from various boys and girls clubs in the region
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. with a break for lunch
4:00-4:30 p.m. Exhibition Match
6 courts, open to the first 120 players who pre-register
Streaming of selected portions of Player Clinic on website
Cost: $100 per player

Jeff Ptak- Brazil, Russia, US National Team, Puerto Rico, Greece, Bahrain…over 14 professional years
Jorge Ralat- Puerto Rico
Ivan Matos- Puerto Rico and currently under contact w/Yauco Cafeteros
Jodi Zbyszewski- Canada (beach)
Loren “Legend” Gerbert- Italy and USA (beach)
Matt Zbyszewski- Spain, Greece, Canada (beach)
Alain Arseneau- Canadian College Coach

2018 Boys Junior National Championships

Information regarding the 2018 Boys Junior National Championships in Phoenix, AZ on July 2-9, 2018 and the associated deadlines is available.

For more information, please click HERE

2018 Girls Junior National Championships

Information regarding the 2018 Girls Junior National Championships in Detroit, MI on June 25-July 4, 2018 and the associated deadlines is available.

For more information, please click HERE

2018 Girls 18 Junior National Championships

Information regarding the 2018 Girls 18 Junior National Championships in Anaheim, CA on April 27-29, 2018 and the associated deadlines is available.

For more information, please click HERE

2019 USA Volleyball National Championships Dates and Locations

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.
  • 2019 USA Volleyball Open National Championships (Open): May 24-29 in Columbus, Ohio
  • 2019 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC): June 27-July 6 in Indianapolis
  • 2019 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships (BJNC): June 30 to July 7 in Dallas
USA Volleyball will make separate announcements later this year for 2019 host cities for the USA Volleyball Girls’ 18s Junior National Championships and the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.

Club Admin WebPoint Manual Available

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

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:

Men's A
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)

Women's A
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)

Women's BB
Buffalo Blizzards finished T15th out of 33 teams (T3rd in Bronze division)

Women's 40+
NFVB Life Storage finished 8th out of 10 teams (8th in Gold division)

For full details, visit

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

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.

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

W​EVA has updated the ​By-Laws. Please select HERE for more information.

Updated WEVA Tryout, Registration and Recruiting Policy

W​EVA 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 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 ( or to the USAV Rules Interpreter at

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.

On-line registration is now available!

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