The club season for the 18s teams has changed drastically over the past couple of years primarily with efforts to shorten the length of the club season, and a variety of season-ending championships to choose from. It is important that we identify the changes and continue to understand the needs of the club programs, as well as the athletes. After reaching out to several JVA Club Directors for feedback, here is a review of the current 18s championships, and some suggestions to improve the experience for the clubs and athletes.
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.
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.Read More
A fast-growing beach volleyball tournament format is the “Club vs. Club” or “School vs. School” format, generally referred to as a dual tournament. This is the format that made it practical for the NCAA to adopt beach volleyball. The Club vs. Club format not only encourages a sense of team and club loyalty, it also offers matched competition and more match play experience at the junior level. Here is a breakdown of the formatting options to run your own Club. vs Club beach event.
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.Read More
The JVA is pleased to announce a partnership with the National Volleyball Association to bring live professional men's volleyball to three JVA hosted events this season. Participants will have the opportunity to witness high level competition during the JVA event, and the NVA athletes will be available for autographs, photo opportunities, and to answer any questions for aspiring youth. Read more about this exciting opportunity.Read More
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.Read More
At The Academy Volleyball Club, we have talked a lot about the ideal training versus competition cycle for the younger ages throughout the club season. We find that the most important part of youth training is keeping younger players engaged. A lot of youth development research has led us to explore training our youth in more random or game-like situations. Here are some simple solutions we have integrated into our training that has been effective in keeping younger athletes engaged, which has improved their effort in 6v6 play throughout the season.
The 2018 AVCA Convention broke a record for registrations, and it's no secret why: this event is not only packed with educational opportunities for coaches of all ages and levels, it is the only time you will have so many world famous and passionate volleyball people in one place at the same time, all working to better our sport. Here are key notes from our weekend in Minneapolis, enjoying every minute of the 2018 AVCA Convention.Read More
The JVA staff always looks forward to attending the AVCA Convention. Meeting new members, catching up with long time members and attending and hosting educational sessions are among a few of the reasons this event is so special. Witnessing the semi-final and final matches with coaches and directors who are passionate about bettering our sport is icing on the cake. Here is the line-up of JVA hosted sessions in Minneapolis this December so you can make a note to attend!Read More
The Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) is pleased to announce Mizuno USA as title sponsor of six JVA hosted and run events in 2019.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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
This is the time of year when clubs begin to plan next season's playing schedule. New volleyball tournaments bring options to the table, and your long standing event may see some competition. Rather than focus on the negative impact this may have on your tournament, take the opportunity to recognize ways to improve your event. And if you are hosting a new event, you need to make sure you are offering a quality product. Here are 12 tips to make sure your tournament rises above the rest.
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.
As a facility owner making plans to host tournaments this year, are you happy with your options? Are you in a region that puts limits on your plans? Are you free to host the events that you need in order to support your facility? Can you charge admission fees and entry fees to meet your costs and provide a reasonable profit for your business? There are U.S. laws that support your right to host events of any affiliation.Read More
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.
“It is such a joy to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.” Each season, JVA member clubs are showing their young athletes the joy of giving back in their communities or around the world. There are many different ways to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. We've highlighted a few clubs this season that are showing their players the importance of giving back.Read More
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.
Two JVA member clubs in Minnesota have been running one of the most competitive and collaborate season-long competition series in the Midwest for ten years. The Molten Series is a joint effort between Club Directors Doug Bergman of Mizuno M-1 and Scott Jackson at MN Select. It's not only a fantastic competitive home state event, making it easier and more affordable for players lucky enough to grow up in the area, but one of the best examples of club directors working together on behalf of the players.
Running a successful volleyball tournament can be a great asset for a club, however it's important to make sure you do your homework prior to jumping into the tournament landscape. With the number of events being offered not every event is guaranteed to be successful. Here are a few tips to consider before starting your own volleyball tournament, along with a tournament checklist.
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.Read More
Clubs and teams at all levels realize the benefits of a power league with matched competition, a core tournament schedule, scheduling predictability, and lower cost of travel and participation. Not to mention, the collaboration of clubs, which is arguably the most challenging benefit to establish and maintain, but is essential to a power league's success over time. Since it's inception in 2010, the Mideast Power League has been one of the strongest, if not THE STRONGEST, junior volleyball power league in the country. At the core of the league's success lies the partnership of the host clubs.
We have just returned from the AVCA Annual Convention. Here's a shout out to all of our members who were able to take time out from the busy club season to join us in Kansas City. This is our JVA staff's favorite time of the year. We are able to interact with so many of our members, partners and colleagues. Here is a re-cap of the events and updates from Convention, including the JVA Annual Meeting.Read More
The JVA Annual Meeting is fast approaching and this year, the JVA is hosting nationally known keynote speaker Dr. Gregory Dale who will present "Strategies to Develop More Confident,Consistent and Coachable Athletes." If you are attending the AVCA Annual Convention in Kansas City, you do not want to miss the Annual Meeting Saturday, December 16th.
Each year the JVA sponsors educational sessions at the AVCA Annual Convention, and holds it's Annual Meeting, featuring a nationally known key note speaker. This year the JVA will host one hard court session, one beach court session, one beach classroom session and two hard court classroom sessions. The topics are geared toward club management, indoor coaching, and beach coaching. In addition, we will have an excellent session focused on recruiting. The presenters all share a wealth of knowledge, expertise and respect in the junior volleyball and collegiate volleyball realms.
The Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) is pleased to announce Lucky Dog Volleyball as title sponsor of seven JVA hosted and run events in 2018.Read More
The JVA is proud to announce the addition of Samantha Dobrzynski to the JVA staff as the Event Coordinator. A Wisconsin native and no stranger to junior volleyball, Samantha will work alongside JVA Director of Events Steve Bailey, and together they will oversee all facets of JVA hosted and run tournaments.Read More
We have over 100 member clubs in the areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In addition to our members and their families, there are numerous schools and colleges whose volleyball programs have been affected. They may have lost access to their training facilities or worse, lost their gym all together. They may have lost all their equipment, uniforms, etc. Their athletes may not even have shoes, knee pads etc. Our hearts go out to them. We want to help, but how?Read More
The JVA is proud to announce the addition of Steve Bailey to the JVA staff as the Director of Events.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Sports fans and current or former athletes still have the MLB World Series fresh in our memory, the football bowl season upon us, and the NCAA Basketball "March Madness" around the corner. We all have the opportunity to show our pride and complete our brackets. Cinderella stories, top plays, unique athlete stories are featured to draw spectators in.
For the NCAA Women's Volleyball community, the "Road to the Final 4" is HERE! It's important that youth volleyball athletes have the experience of watching and analyzing the championships, and possibly detrimental to our athlete(s) if they do not, here's why.
The JVA is thrilled to announce that we are bringing nationally known keynote speaker and #1 bestselling author, Brian Carter to the JVA Annual Meeting. The AVCA Convention and JVA Annual Meeting are important times for our staff to catch up with JVA members, as well as partners, and to meet new faces of JVA club directors, coaches and members of the volleyball community. This year the JVA invites you to attend the JVA Annual Meeting and listen to prominent keynote speaker and #1 bestselling author Brian Carter.Read More
The JVA is pleased to announce National Scouting Report as a championship court sponsor of the 2017 JVA JVA Rock 'N Rumble, JVA World Challenge, and JVA West Coast Cup. NSR is the world's largest and one of the most respected NCAA compliant on-the-ground scouting organizations helping high school athletes get recruited since 1980.Read More
The JVA is pleased to announce TeamSnap as the repeating title sponsor of The 2017 JVA Challenge Series featuring 12 events nationwide that are among the best junior volleyball tournaments in the country. In addition, TeamSnap, the leading tool for organizing and communicating every aspect of active sports life, is the title sponsor of the new JVA Club Director video series scheduled to launch in January that is centered on managing a junior volleyball club.
Volleyball is unique in the world of sports. Participation in our sport has continued to grow despite a lack of major corporate sponsorships, mainstream TV coverage or huge financial incentives for professional athletes. Regardless of the source you site, volleyball ranks among the highest participation sports in the United States, behind only baseball, basketball and soccer. Now can you imagine the explosion in volleyball if our athletes, coaches and clubs had access to the financial resources and capabilities similar to other top-tier sports like baseball, basketball or football?
Dodgeball is a sport known in many countries as just a kid's school game. But in actuality, the sport is played at the high school age, as well as adult, with many countries now fielding international teams. With 9.7 million players in the USA alone, this sport is on the rise, and if you're looking for other ways to book off peak court time at your volleyball facility, dodgeball can be a lucrative addition.Read More
As the population of girls playing volleyball increases, so does the number of junior volleyball events. The JVA has identified 12 junior volleyball events that go above and beyond in delivering a great experience the players, clubs and spectators. We are proud to announce the 2017 JVA Challenge Series featuring 12 events nationwide that are among the best junior volleyball tournaments in the country. These events are another attribute to why 2017 is a game changing year for junior volleyball and for the JVA.
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.Read More
The Beach Volleyball Clubs of America has partnered with the JVA to bring back the BVCA National Championships to Hermosa Beach, CA. Rox Volleyball, the presenting sponsor, is bringing in Pro Beach Athlete Brooke Sweat who has been chosen to play for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics in Rio; and the famous Pro Beach Team of Trevor and Taylor Crabb, best known as the Crabb brothers.Read More
As the 2016 club season winds down, some teams have already ended their seasons at local/regional events, while others are in final preparations to "peak" for the national championships. For me, a self-proclaimed volleyball-nerd/junkie, it is an awesome time of the year. The 2016 season has been a break-thru year for JVA events. Whether it be JVA-hosted events or JVA-member-hosted events, together we are truly changing the landscape of junior volleyball.Read More
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.Read More
Beach volleyball is one of the largest growing sports in the world, and this holds true for any level, because it's fun. Adults have been competing in co-ed after work beach volleyball leagues for many years. As more volleyball clubs are owning and leasing facilities, Club Directors are realizing the demand for indoor and outdoor sand courts. During off-peak times when your teams are not practicing on the sand courts or your club is not hosting a beach tournament, running a beach league is the perfect way to increase the bottom line, while bringing new customers to your facility. Here are some ways to get started.Read More
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.Read More
t's been almost 30 years since I began coaching volleyball and running the Fort Wayne Volleyball Club, which was formed in 1987. Tournaments back then had entry fees of $50 dollars per team. Multi-day tournaments were unheard of except for the national championships run by USAV or AAU. We played in small gyms off the beaten path. Most had low ceilings and very little space in between courts. It was rare to find two courts side by side because most auxiliary gyms were found downstairs in a basement or in a non-joining building with no air conditioning. We always played for something. Ribbon, metal, certificate. Something to walk away with to prove we played and maybe won or maybe didn't.
Let's fast forward to present day.
The JVA is pleased to partner once again with the Beach Volleyball Club of America to bring back the 4th Annual BVCA National Club Championship in Hermosa Beach, California. The event will be held July 11-15 and is expected to bring in 50 beach clubs and over 350 teams in age divisions Girls 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U.Read More
This past MLK weekend was the 1st annual JVA Rock 'N Roll Rumble in Cleveland as 36 volleyball courts filled the entire floor of the Convention Center in Cleveland for the JVA Rock 'N Rumble Presented by Rox Volleyball. This first time event, co-hosted with Munciana Volleyball Club was extremely well-received.Read More
Have you ever wondered if hosting your own volleyball tournament is something you should consider for your club? The answer is a resounding "maybe". Tournaments can run the gamut from a three day convention center mega event to a simple one day round robin scrimmage where the participating teams provide their own referees for free. The one common element that all tournaments hold in common is the need to attend to 100 little details, any one of which can sabotage your event if mishandled. Fortunately, you do not have to start from scratch as there are many wonderful resources available to you that can help you prepare your tournament checklist.
Each year the JVA sponsors educational sessions at the AVCA Annual Convention, and this year we've doubled the number of sessions with 2 hard court sessions, 2 sand court sessions, and 4 classroom sessions. The topics are always geared toward the business of junior volleyball and training junior volleyball athletes. This year we are beyond excited for the sessions we will be hosting, as the presenters share a wealth of knowledge, expertise and respect in the national and international volleyball industry.Read More
(July 23, 2015) As the 2015 indoor club season is officially behind us, I hope that everyone had a great experience in your season ending events. It was great seeing so many JVA-member clubs during my 2-week stay at the AAU National Championships in Orlando.Read More
JVA partnered up with the Beach Volleyball Clubs of America to host the BVCA National Championships in Hermosa Beach, CARead More
To encourage the growth and development of youth volleyball (ages 8-14) in the greater Chicagoland area, the Great Lakes Center Youth Academy, Chicago Elite Youth Academy, Energy VBC and Rolling Thunder VBC partnered together to form the Mizuno Youth Grand Prix Series.Read More
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
By Julie Matthews, Special Projects Coordinator, The Side-Out Foundation
The JVA World Challenge was The Side-Out Foundation's last stop on the 2015 Dig Pink® Tour, and a weekend in Louisville was the perfect way to finish the season! We met wonderful people
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 theirRead More
Power Leagues are tournament series comprised of junior volleyball clubs located in a specific region of the U.S. that compete against one another for rankings. Power Leagues are structured to maintain a high level of competition for every team throughout theRead More
It's Championship Eve...
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Tell grandma, tell your neighbor, cousins, everybody - they can watch the Gold Medal matches tomorrow! Register for access to live webstreaming with the Volleyball Network. It's FREE!The schedule and results are
The JVA World Challenge Presented by Rox Volleyball is more than just a volleyball tournament; it's an event for the entire family. Teams travel from near and far, from our neighbors to the north and south, and the goal is for everyone to have a memorableRead More
It doesn't take long to get hooked on volleyball. Indoor volleyball continues to grow at the juniors level and it's not surprising when 2 and 3 day tournaments can become fun-filled events for the entire family. Everyone wants to come home with a gold medal,
No more guessing. No more what-ifs. No more complicated seedings or math. Finally, a comprehensive youth volleyball ranking system that's definitive, easy to use and nationwide reach. Below is a summary of the rankings, however the full article from the April/Read More
The energy was out of this world as the JVA World Challenge held Dig Pink day and the second day of competition in Louisville. The morning started off with a 79 court Harlem Shake among over 300 teams and let's just say we "ROX-ed" it AND made history! ThankRead More
We played, we reffed, we danced, we played some more. And just when you least expected it, you saw a t-shirt launched 50 feet into the air from the JVA staff! Keep your eyes open when you enter the main doors because we will be launching a couple hundred t-Read More
Welcome to the 2013 JVA World Challenge in Louisville! You've weathered the storms and it's time for a long, fun weekend of volleyball. Over the next 3 days, 650 teams from all over the U.S. and Canada will compete for a bid to the AAU National Championships.Read More
By Chris BeermanAs a newbie club director I am constantly amazed at the multitude of responsibilities that are a part of this job. As a former collegiate coach, scheduling was always a part of the job, but in comparison to making schedules for 23 differentRead More