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WEVA 2020-2021 Registration is Now Open*NEW*

WEVA has moved away from Webpoint and switched to a membership management system (MMS) administered by SportsEngine (SE). There is information on the Registration page and a link to start the membership registration process. There is also a link to the old Webpoint system for individuals and team administrators to download their Webpoint information.

Registration for the 2020-2021 season starts September 5, 2020

Registration for the WEVA 2020-2021 season will start on September 5, 2020. WEVA will be transitioning from WebPoint to SportsEngine Member Management System (MMS) this season. More information is forthcoming.

All USA Volleyball/WEVA activities are Cancelled Through the Remainder of the 2019-2020 season

With the support of the WEVA Commissioner and Board of Directors, USA Volleyball:

It is with a heavy heart that USA Volleyball must announce the cancellation of the remaining USA Volleyball Indoor National Championships for the 2020 season. This includes the Girls 18s Junior National Championship, Girls Junior National Championship, Boys Junior National Championship and High Performance Championship. With safety as our top priority and upon further evaluation of the current and projected status of the COVID-19 virus in each of our respective cities, we cannot be assured of each venues’ ability to host safe and restriction-free environments for our events in June and July. We want to thank Dallas, Reno and Pittsburgh for their partnership and wonderful support as we navigated through this difficult decision. Most importantly, we want to thank our athletes, coaches, club directors and officials for their passion and patience throughout. We miss you already.

USAV will be issuing refunds immediately to all teams that have submitted a payment for each event, but please understand that these could take a few weeks to process. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to events@usav.org. All hotel cancellations will be handled by Team Travel Source. Please do not reach out to the hotels directly to cancel as this will cause more confusion and might cause you to have to pay a cancellation fee. Team Travel Source will make sure that there are no cancellation fees for our participants as long as the communication is through them. Please reach out to Team Travel Source if you have any questions about your hotel reservations at usav@teamtravelsource.com.

Although the Championship events will no longer be taking place this year, USAV will continue to provide wonderful online resources for our members and clubs through digital media channels. Please utilize our family and club resources page and follow us on social media for exclusive tips, drills, conditioning and other content created for you by the National Team athletes, coaches and training staff. New content is being produced and uploaded on a regular basis and is available free of charge.

Thank you again to all our members for your patience in this unprecedented time. We hope everyone stays safe and we can get back into the gym soon. We cannot wait to see you all again in the 2021 season.

USA Volleyball Selects Columbus and Kansas City to Host 2021 Junior National Championship Events

USA Volleyball has selected Columbus, Ohio, and Kansas City, Missouri, to host 2021 Junior National Championships.

Columbus will host the 2021 USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National Championship (GJNC18) from April 23-25 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Kansas City will host the 2021 USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championship (BJNC) from June 30 to July 7 at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Louisville Selected to Host 2021 USA Volleyball Open National Championship

USA Volleyball is proud to announce that Louisville, Kentucky, will host the 2021 USA Volleyball Open National Championship.

The 2021 USA Volleyball Open National Championship will be held May 28 to June 2 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Louisville last hosted the USA Volleyball Open National Championship in 2013.

All USA Volleyball/WEVA Activities are Cancelled Through May 22, 2020

With the support of the WEVA Commissioner and Board of Directors, USA Volleyball

As referenced in our communication on April 24th, a “return to play” task force has established by USA Volleyball to create a comprehensive roadmap to safely restart USAV’s sanctioning of activities when it is appropriate. The task force has been meeting diligently and gathering information from United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), medical experts, government entities, volleyball clubs and other national governing bodies to help pave our course of action. At this point, the group believes that it is premature to safely commence play and thus USA Volleyball is extending the elimination of sanctions for all USA Volleyball activities (including but not limited to events, practices, team activities, individual training sessions or anything covered by USA Volleyball insurance) through May 22, 2020.

Virtual training/coaching/instruction/meetings are permitted during this period of sanction suspension. Any virtual training/coaching/instruction/meetings involving minors are subject to requirements of MAAPP, specifically the regulations on electronic communications and one-on-one interactions. These requirements include the following:
  1. All virtual trainings/coaching/meetings must be “observable and interruptible,” able to be ended at any time, and have at least two applicable adults on each session, i.e., coach and assistant, coach and club director, etc.
  2. All parents/guardians must be provided the code or link to join the virtual session.
  3. All parents/guardians must sign a waiver in advance as these sessions could be viewed as individual training. A record of which clubs/coaches have been approved to conduct these sessions should be kept. USAV has created a standardized waiver form if you care to use it.
  4. If a minor athlete ends up emailing a video to a coach for feedback or additional coaching, the coach needs to copy the parent/guardian and/or other applicable adult on all correspondences.
To be clear, virtual training/coaching/instruction/meetings will only be considered sanctioned so long as the above requirements are followed.

USA Volleyball has been asked by local clubs whether such ban applies to club activities covered under the club’s own (non-USA Volleyball) insurance. In these situations, USA Volleyball strongly encourages all member clubs and coaches to adhere to USA Volleyball’s policies. However, should a club decide to voluntarily disregard those policies and assume all risks associated therewith, we recommend that the club adhere to CDC; local, state and federal guidelines and recommendations when deciding whether or not to host practices or individual training sessions. If a club does host practice or individual training sessions, those activities would be considered a non-sanctioned activity by USA Volleyball and thus NOT covered by USA Volleyball insurance.

The health and welfare of our membership, volleyball families and fellow citizens is our primary concern in all decisions we are making during these uncharted times.

USA Volleyball is monitoring the situation daily and will continue to provide updates on a regular basis.

All WEVA sanctioned tournaments are cancelled through April 30, 2020

In continuing to follow the recommendations and mandates of USA Volleyball, WEVA is extending the following message to all members:

USA Volleyball is eliminating sanctions for all USA Volleyball activities (including but not limited to events, practices, team activities, individual training sessions or anything covered by USA Volleyball insurance) through April 30, 2020.

We know that some clubs have officially cancelled the remainder of their seasons, however, we are also aware that additional programming and opportunities to reinstate training and competition are in the works for a number of those same organizations.

Additionally, our WEVA BOD will be discussing qualification processes for any girls club teams interested in attending the Girls Junior National Championships, since our Girl's Regional Bid events have been cancelled. Our region's National and American bid recipients may be determined by but not limited to possible mini tournaments or single matches with dates TBA, results and current rankings to date and, as always, discussion with club directors and seeding committee members. Interested club directors should be on the lookout for additional correspondence from the WEVA staff in the next two weeks regarding regional qualification steps going forward.

For any GIRLS 18U teams in the region who may still consider attendance at USAV Girls Junior National Championships, and knowing that there will now be 18U divisions hosted at the summer GJNC, we have received word that the qualification process will be extended through May 31st. We do know that, "any remaining bids from cancelled 18's girl's qualifiers will be divided between MEQ & Southern California Qualifiers and given through the At-Large process. Under the circumstances we will be eliminating the trickle down rule at both qualifiers to allow all bids to be awarded for this year only."

Please direct any questions regarding future volleyball programming with your individual club directors. Club directors are invited to contact John Hughes or Rocco Lucci with any help or questions regarding club operations.

Thank you again for your patience as we navigate through these hectic times.

Rocco Lucci, WEVA Board of Directors President
John Hughes, WEVA Commissioner

All WEVA Sanctioned Tournaments are Cancelled Through April 15, 2020

Under the guidance of USA Volleyball and in the best interest of our members, the WEVA Board of Directors has decided that all WEVA sanctioned events (practices and tournaments) are CANCELLED through April 15, 2020. The Board of Directors will be monitoring USA Volleyball's mandates.

It is our recommendation that club directors follow the updates on the USAV page here: https://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/features/usa-volleyball-response-on-coronavirus.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Rocco Lucci, WEVA Board of Directors President
John Hughes, WEVA Commissioner
Scott Seabridge, WEVA Tournament Coordinator

All WEVA Sanctioned Tournaments are Cancelled for March 14-15 & 21-22

In the best interest of our members, the WEVA Board of Directors has decided that all WEVA conducted and WEVA sanctioned tournaments are CANCELLED immediately and through the weekend of March 22nd. The situation will be re-evaluated as that date approaches. This means that all of this weekend’s tournaments in Rochester and Buffalo are cancelled as well as those on March 21st and 22nd.

Club teams scheduled to play in WEVA run events including the WEVA 18U Girls Bid event, the 13U, 14U, 15U and 16U WEVA Challenge events will be issued a refund or their checks will not be cashed.

It is our recommendation that club directors follow the updates on the USAV page here: https://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/features/usa-volleyball-response-on-coronavirus.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Rocco Lucci, WEVA Board of Directors President
John Hughes, WEVA Commissioner
Scott Seabridge, WEVA Tournament Coordinator

US Olympics Schedule Available

The FIVB has set the competition schedule for indoor volleyball at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and fans in the USA will have plenty of prime time viewing to watch Team USA.

For more information and the schedule, please click HERE.

AVCA-RAPP Educational Material Available

WEVA has joined an important venture with AVCA to promote video training for coaches and provide valuable assistance to athletes who wish to pursue college volleyball.

WEVA encourages you all to watch these videos and forward the link to players and families who may benefit. Additional video will be available on a weekly basis so please check back often.

You can access the Educational videos/PDFs and Recruiting videos HERE.

AVCA USAV Update Session

To All Junior Club Directors and Coaches attending the upcoming AVCA Convention in Pittsburg.

You are cordially invited to attend the USAV Club Directors and Coaches update to be held at the AVCA Convention in Pittsburg. The Update will include keynote presentations from Jamie Davis CEO of USA Volleyball and Karch Kiraly, the USAV Head Coach of the USAV Women’s National Team. There will also be an Olympic and Paralympic Leadership Panel providing insights into how Club competitions and preparedness correlate to Olympic development as well as other important updates.

Please join us for this opportunity to meet key leadership of USAV.

Who: Club Directors, Coaches and High School Coaches
When: Saturday December 21, 2019
      11:45am to 12:45pm
Where: AVCA Convention
      Pittsburgh, PA

Check the convention program for the exact location.

USA Volleyball Changes Requirements for Safesport Compliance Starting in the 2019-2020 Season

USAV has recently changed requirements for Safesport compliance. The new standards state that ANY person affiliated with a club and 18 or older MUST complete Safesport. The rationale is that any person 18 and older is legally required to REPORT transgressions and as a result, should be trained to know the process.

This means that any of your players who turn 18 during the season will be dropped from team roster on the day they turn 18 unless they have completed Safesport program.

To avoid problems we encourage you to request any players who will become 18 during the season to complete the Safesport training prior to their birthday. Note that any player who is younger than 18, needs to have their parent’s complete this consent form before taking Safesport: https://fs28.formsite.com/USAVolleyball/MAAPPconsentform/index.html.

REQUIREMENTS:
IMPACT
- required to coach
- has no expiration date

Safesport
- required for any member 18 y.o. or older who is affiliated with WEVA/USAV (players, coaches, adults)
- now expires every year on October 31st
- new adults take Safesport Core Training
- current players/adults take Safesport Refresher Training re-certify

TRAINING:
1) Via the WEVA website, LOG IN to USAV/Webpoint (Registration as a current member link)
2) Once logged in, click or cut-n-paste this link:
https://webpoint.usavolleyball.org/wp15/Events2/Events.wp?evt_CategoryID=16&RF=CH&evt_ChapterID=25984
3) Select course of interest:
- Safesport Core Training
- Safesport Refresher Training
- IMPACT On-Demand (list in September 2019 section)
Note: if “hotlink” didn’t display course, go to #4
4) Navigate to Course Manually
- click (lower left on screen) USA Volleyball Events - > USAV Coaching Clinics

There is also direct Safesport links (upper left on screen)

2020 Boys Junior National Championship Bid Tournaments

For information regarding the 2020 Boys Junior National Championship Bid tournaments, please click HERE.

2019-20 GJNC Bid Allocation

USA Volleyball is proud to announce the Girls Junior National Championships Bid Allocation for 2020. For the details, click HERE.

2020 USA Volleyball Championship Deadlines

USA Volleyball has made available the deadline information for the 2020 Boys Junior National Championships, 2020 Girls Junior national Championships, and 2020 Open Championships.

• 2020 Boys Junior National Championships (BJNC)
• 2020 Girls Junior National Championships (GJNC)
• 2020 Open Championships (Open)

2019 WEVA Girls Bid Event 12-17 Results

This year is the fourth year that the WEVA region was awarded a BID at both the National division and the American division for ages level 13-17. The region was also awarded a BID in the American division for the 12's through a reallocation from USA volleyball. USA Nationals will be held in Indianapolis, IN June 26th through July 6th.

The competition was held April 27th and 28th at Pinnacle Athletic Complex in Victor, NY. The families/spectators witnessed some awesome matches over the course of the two days from all participating teams! Some nail biter three set matches that came down to the wire made it for some exciting volleyball!

In addition, VFX Conjure and NFVB 14 Navy earned USA division BIDS at the Northeast Qualifier. This allowed WEVA to have four bids to Nationals at the fourteen and under division. Based on NFVB 14 Navy taking second place at the BID Qualifier the team will keep their USA BID from NEQ. The USA BID that VFX Conjure earned stayed in the region and awarded to the third place finisher that voiced interest in participating in Nationals.

Congratulations to the following teams for earning the National BID by placing first at the BID Qualifier:
17's - Paradigm Revolt
16's - NFVB 16 Navy
15's - NFVB 15 Navy
14's - VFX Conjure
13's - VFX Mystic
12's - VFX Wish

Congratulations to the following teams for earning the American BID by placing second at the BID Qualifier:
17's - VFX Rapture
16's - VFX Mantra
15's - Paradigm Ruckus
13's - NFVB 13 Navy
12's - NFVB 12 Navy

Congratulations to the following team for earning the USA BID by placing third at the BID Qualifier:
14's - Octane Panthers (trickle down from USA BID that VFX Conjure earned at NEQ)

Congratulations to the following team for earning the American BID at the BID Qualifier:
14's - VFX Spell (trickle down to fifth place finisher)

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.

2019 WEVA Boys Regional Champions

Congratulations to all the boys teams that were crowned champions at the 2019 Boys Regional Championships. The competition was held April 7th at Niagara Frontier Sports and SUNY Brockport. 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:
12s - Pace Bootlegger 12-
13s - Pace Bootlegger 13-1
14s - Pace Bootlegger 14-1
15s - Hot Shots 15-1
16s - Niagara Frontier 16-1
17s - Pace Bootlegger 17-1
18s - Pace Bootlegger 18-1


Good luck to all teams that will be participating at the USA Boys Nationals in Dallas, Texas June 30th through July 7th!

2018 Girls & Boys Junior National Championship Results

GIRLS (both American and National bids awarded this year for 13’s and up). If number of teams in division is 64 that represents the American Division and teams of 48 represents the National Division. 18’s in Anaheim, California and 11’s-17’s in Detroit, Michigan.

Age
Division
Team Name Record Place
11s NFVB 11 Navy 0-6 45 out of 48 – lost in semis of Flight 3B
12s VFX Wish 1-7 45 out of 48 – lost in semis of Flight 3B
13s NFVB 13 Navy 2-7 35 out of 48 – lost in semis of Flight 2A
13s VFX Mystic 3-6 43 out of 64 – lost in finals of Flight 5
14s NFVB 14 Navy 2-6 45 out of 48 – lost in semis of Flight 3B
14s NFVB 14 Red 3-7 57 out of 64 – won Flight 9
15s NFVB 15 Navy 4-4 29 out of 48 – lost in semis of Flight 1A
15s VFX Chant 1-8 55 out of 64 – lost in semis of Flight 8
16s NFVB 16 Navy 4-5 33 out of 48 – won Flight 2B
16s VFX Mantra 2-8 54 out of 64 – lost in finals of Flight 8
17s VFX Rapture 2-7 43 out of 48 – lost in semis of Flight 3A
17s Xtreme Xplosion 0-9 64 out of 64 – lost in semis of Flight 10
18s NFVB 18 Navy 1-5 37 out of 48 – lost semis of Flight 2B

BOYS – Phoenix, Arizona

Age
Division
Team Name Record Place
13 Club Pace 13-1 4-4 10 out of 22 – lost in semis of Silver
14 Open Pace 14-1 7-5 13 out of 34 – won Bronze
14 Open NFVB 14 Gold 2-9 33 out of 34 – lost in semis of Flight 2A
14 Open LVC 14 Black 4-6 31 out of 34 – lost in semis of Flight 2B
15 Open NFVB 15 Gold 4-7 11 out of 36 – lost in semis of Silver
15 Open Pace 15-1 5-6 10 out of 36 – lost in finals of Silver
16 Open NFVB 16 Gold 4-6 30 out of 40 – lost in finals of Flight 3
16 Open Pace 16-1 5-5 29 out of 40 – won Flight 3
16 USA LVC 16 Black 3-7 13 out of 24 - lost in quarters of Silver
17 Open Pace 17-1 6-4 21 out of 40 – won Flight 2B
17 Open LVC 17 Black 4-5 31 out of 40 – lost in semis of Flight 3
17 Open NFVB 17 Gold 3-7 33 out of 40 – won Flight 4A
18 Open Pace 18-1 3-7 19 out of 40 – lost in semis of Flight 1
18 Open NFVB 18 Gold 3-6 19 out of 40 – lost in semis of Flight 1

Congratulations to all teams that participated at Nationals and represented WEVA with pride and passion. WEVA, clubs and families are all proud of your season culminating with the opportunity to represent the region at the highest level of competition! To seniors, good luck in your future endeavors. To all underclassmen, continue to work hard and see you next season as you pursue your dreams and goals!

Zachary Schneider Makes 2018 U.S. Boys’ Junior National Training Team

Congratulations to Zachary Schneider for making the 2018 U.S. Boys’ Junior National Training Team! The Boys’ Youth National Team will compete at the NORCECA U19 Continental Championship on June 6-10 in Costa Rica. The championship will be a qualifier for the 2019 FIVB U19 World Championship. The Boys’ Youth National Training Team will train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on May 25-June 4. The roster will be cut to 12 before the team heads to Costa Rica.

For more information, please click HERE.

2018 WEVA Girls Bid Event 12-17 Results

This year is the third 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 Detroit, Michigan. The competition was held April 28th and 29th at the BNCC facility in West Seneca. The families/spectators witnessed some awesome matches over the course of the two days from all participating teams! Some nail biter three sets matches that came down to the wire made it for some exciting volleyball!

Congratulations to the following teams for earning the National BID by placing first at the BID Qualifier:
17's - VFX Rapture
16's - NFVB 16 Navy
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 - Xtreme Xplosion
16's - VFX Mantra
15's - VFX Chant
14's - NFVB 14 Red
13's - VFX Mystic

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.

2018 WEVA Boys Regional Champions

Congratulations to all the boys teams that were crowned champions at the 2018 Boys Regional Championships. The competition was held March 25th at various locations in the Rochester 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:
12s - Pace Bootlegger 12-1
13s - Pace Bootlegger 13-1
14s - Pace Bootlegger 14-1
15s - Pace Bootlegger 15-1
16s - Pace Bootlegger 16-1
17s - Lockport 17-1
18s - Niagara Frontier 18-1


Good luck to all teams at the USA Boys Nationals!

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.

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.