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From the JVA Office: Have You Discovered the New Route?

Many club directors begin every season the same way, with the same routine, a driver's route from point A to point B so to speak, and it's the only route they've ever known existed. Imagine if one day you discovered another route. Do you hesitate? Or do you try it? Let's hear from club directors that discovered the new route and opted to take it.

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Tackling the Tough Decisions at Tryouts with an Efficient Tryout Process

Your tryout participation numbers are through the roof. The marketing and recruiting efforts by your Director and Coaches have paid off. Now it is essential that you organize the 2-3 hours of your tryout as efficiently as possible to guarantee a fair evaluation of each player. KIVA, located in one of the largest junior volleyball hotbeds in the country shares how the club structures it's tryouts to ensure that each player has the opportunity to adequately display her skills and coaches can efficiently evaluate every player in order to make confident decisions when selecting their teams. View KIVA's tryout plan, a breakdown of the schedule and find out how they make the tough decisions.

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From the JVA Office: 4 Ways to Attract the Right Players to Your Club

Depending on your location, there could be several clubs within a driving distance of 20 to 60 minutes of your club, and for the right product, parents will drive their child even father if it means he or she will have a positive experience. Prior to tryouts, clubs are essentially performing in a tryout of their own as they try to attract players to their club. Is your club targeting the right kind of player for your program? Here's a look at what some clubs are doing to enhance their pool of tryout attendees.

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Identifying the Factors That Differentiate the Good from the Great

Success breeds success. It's a common phenomenon known as "The Winner Effect". Over the past few years and even decade the dominance of certain clubs raises the question, what are these top clubs in the country doing in their gyms? And what changes did they make that resulted in their success?

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Join the JVA Rally Against Harvey and Irma

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?

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JVA Fall Webinar Series Revealed

The 2017 JVA Fall Webinar Series features six webinars related to the business of running a junior volleyball club and training your athletes to be the best they can be on and off the court. Webinars are free for JVA members as part of their member benefit. Two of the webinars are also free to AAU members. Learn more and register today.

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From the JVA Office: On the Move Toward 2018

While most of the country has been on vacation or out of school, we know that Club Directors and club staff have been working hard. Your summer is a whirlwind of beach volleyball, camps and planning for the upcoming season. It is commonly stated: "If you are not moving forward, you are falling behind." Here are some ways the JVA is moving forward.

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JVA Sponsor Program Will Give $200,000 Back to JVA Member Clubs

For the third consecutive year the JVA will give $200,000 back to our member clubs through the JVA Sponsorship Program. The program is designed to reward JVA member clubs for promoting the JVA brand, supporting the JVA mission, and growing JVA at the regional and national level.

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Early Recruiting Vexes Prep Athletes … and their Parents and Coaches

Two years ago, for the first time ever, the number of high school girls playing volleyball (432,176) surpassed basketball (429,504). Currently, Division I schools are limited to 15 volleyball scholarships (12 for indoor, three for beach), the same limit as basketball. As the sport's popularity soars, volleyball coaches are offering scholarships to talented players earlier and earlier, which begs the question: Will it someday get out of control like boys' basketball?

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From the JVA Office: 3 Ways to Create a Balanced Competition Schedule

One way in which the JVA promotes the growth of junior volleyball is through high quality, well organized events. In 2017 2,107 teams from 327 clubs across the country participated in 6 JVA hosted events, which is more than double the number of teams the previous year. As more clubs continue to purchase or lease a facility, and clubs collaborate to co-host events together, the selection of tournaments grows. As you plan your tournament schedule for 2018, here are a few ways to create a balanced and ideal tournament schedule for your team.

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Beach Volleyball Shines in Summer - and now Beyond

The boom of beach volleyball is hardly set, with new clubs and tournaments constantly cropping up. But the sport's culture remains pure and party-centric. As NCAA's fastest-growing sport, starting with 15 Division I programs in 2012 and growing to 53 next season, beach volleyball is projected to top 100 collegiate programs by 2020. This huge influx of opportunities and scholarships for female student-athletes is having a big impact on the landscape of junior beach volleyball.

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From the JVA Office: 3 Ways to Turn the Chapter on this Season

As your club is about to write the final chapter for the '16-'17 club season, club directors are already planning a new one. While you lay down the blueprint for next season, it's common to reflect, evaluate and raise some questions for next season. Here are some ways to turn the chapter.

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WAVE Volleyball Club Wins JVA Club of the Month

WAVE Volleyball Club formed in 2000 and began with only two teams. The teams trained out of the Encinitas YMCA. In 2012, Club Director Brennan Dean and his wife and co-Director Kristen Dean bought the club it was up to 22 indoor teams. Today, WAVE supports more than 700 athletes annually with 50 coaches who share years of competitive experience to train 38 indoor teams plus a beach program and an agility and strength program.

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2017 Ultra Ankle JVA All-National Team Announced

To coincide with the game changing year reaching nearly 1,000 member clubs and establishing 3 new events, one of which is the first JVA hosted event on the west coast, the JVA is proud to announce the most decorated Ultra Ankle® JVA All-National Team to date. The JVA Awards Committee has selected 80 female student athletes from JVA members clubs across the country to represent the top JVA member club players in the 15s-18s age divisions.

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From the JVA Office: Club Management Certification Program

One of the biggest changes in club volleyball over the last 20 years has been the development of club volleyball from small volunteer-run groups training in school gyms into businesses that support families, pay mortgages, pay taxes, and add, not only to our sport but, to the growth of our country’s economy. The growth and value of youth sports to the economy has been well documented.

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Growing a Boys Program and Maintaining Quality During Growth

Division1 VBC started as a boys only volleyball club, working to develop and adjust its club model before adding girls in the 6th year. During the decade of the club's existence, D1 has averaged 25-30% growth per year. With 12% more boys participating in high school boys volleyball than four years ago, let's examine the business factors that are critical to the growth and maintenance of a boys volleyball program.

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Top Flight Volleyball Club Wins JVA Club of the Month

Top Flight Volleyball Club was founded in 2008 by Sean and Cindy Gritzman. What began as a small club utilizing gyms in schools and park districts quickly grew under their leadership. Top Flight leased their first 6 court volleyball facility in 2011 and continued its steady growth. With the philosophy of training athletes in an intense controlled environment, Top Flight strives to be one of the top competitors in the volleyball community.

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JVA Beach Beginner Series: Stance, Movement and Spacing

The beach beginner series is designed to teach basic movement and technique for excelling in beach volleyball. The beginner beach series is lead by Rob Long, Director of Ohio Valley Next Level Beach. Many coaches and directors interested in starting beach programs fear they lack the general understanding of the beach game and why certain skills are done differently than the indoor game. That general lack of understanding keeps many coaches and directors on the side lines. The JVA Beach Beginner Series is designed to help your club implement a beach program and for coaches to have the resources to teach the game to your players.

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Beach Volleyball Provides Perfect Compliment for Indoor Volleyball Clubs

As beach volleyball grows in popularity, clubs with indoor instruction are expanding programming to meet the interests of their athletes. In turn, clubs are finding competing on sand has given their players improved mental stamina, physical endurance and a deeper love for the game when they return to the hard courts in the fall.

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Munciana Wins JVA Club of the Month

The Munciana Volleyball Club, formed in 1974 and is the longest running club in the country. Today, Munciana is one of the Elite Junior Volleyball Clubs in America, rich in tradition, culture and success. We are proud to honor Munciana Volleyball Club as this month's JVA Club of the Month.

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Make Boys Volleyball Appealing

In Nebraska, the sport of volleyball sells itself. After all, it's the home of Cornhusker volleyball, the 2015 Division I National Champions. However, in Lincoln volleyball is only viewed as a women's sport. VCNebraska is looking to change this perception.

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Keep Your Team Engaged to Avoid the Mid-Season Slump

As the midpoint of the season nears and the weather starts to warm, club directors and coaches can find themselves facing the challenge of keeping athletes engaged. From setting new goals to re-evaluating coaches and players -- or even taking a break from competition and practice -- clubs use a variety of strategies to assist athletes in maintaining or regaining their focus. These actions also help coaches better connect with their players, aid a team in staying committed to its goals and keep everyone from suffering a "slump" when it matters most -- at the height of the club season. Two JVA member clubs share a few ways they keep their athletes engaged until the end of season.

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7 Player-Run Drills to Make Practice More Efficient and Effective

There are many philosophies and opinions out there about what makes practices efficient and effective, but in this instance, let's focus on removing the coaches from running the drill. That might sound crazy to some because the person running the drill, in many ways, controls its efficiency and effectiveness; but by placing the responsibility of controlling the pace, energy level, and the amount of effort on your players, you are accomplishing many things. To better understand, here are examples of player run drills.

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2017 Ultra Ankle JVA Watch List

The 2017 Ultra Ankle® JVA Watch List features over 830 girls indoor junior volleyball players from over 100 JVA member clubs across the country. The players nominated are recognized for outstanding achievement on the volleyball court during the juniors club season.

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Empowered Volleyball Academy Wins JVA Club of the Month

Empowered Volleyball Academy grew from a man's passion to grow and increase the level of the game throughout the Midwest. Upon arriving home from an overseas professional indoor season, Founder William Robbins and his wife Ashlee Robbins, revolutionized the local market by implementing the areas' first ever volleyball specific sports performance program, and a hybrid program of beach, indoor training and character building. We are proud to honor Empowered Volleyball Academy as this month's JVA Club of the Month.

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From the JVA Office: Building Great Sports Parents

When I talk to Club Directors and ask them "What keeps you up a night?" The #1 response I hear most often is "Parents". I had the good fortune to meet and talk with an amazing woman, Ruth Nelson, this past December at the AVCA Convention. She has a program that may help you cope with the nightmares. It is her BYOP®, Bring Your Own Parent Program. Learn how this program can serve as a connector between your parents, players and coaches from an early age.

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Academy Volleyball Cleveland Wins JVA Club of the Month

Academy Volleyball Cleveland was founded in 2006 as a small regional club but grew rapidly to the largest club in the Ohio Valley Region as volleyball popularity and demand for better play grew in the Greater Cleveland area. AVC has competed in 5 national title matches winning one National Championship in 2015. AVC's focus on continuously building a culture of discipline, consistency, and best volleyball coaching practices, plus their alignment with the goals of the JVA has earned the club the honor of winning JVA Club of the Month.

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Developing a Meaningful Appraisal System for Your Coaching Staff

Developing an appraisal system may appear time consuming. It actually isn’t. You are directing meaningful conversation based on reflection and goal setting. The development of the documents is the time consuming part, so we've consulted an experienced High School Athletic Director, former Club Director and long time junior volleyball coach to help you.

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Limit the Stress of Travel for Youth Volleyball Teams

Missing a flight on the way to a volleyball tournament can become a nightmare for coaches, players and parents. With all the hours spent on preparing for the trip, losing the chance to compete can kill a team’s morale. Here are some ways youth volleyball clubs can limit the stress associated with the challenges of travel.

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JVA Announces Jason Hames as Newest Member of the JVA Board of Directors

The JVA is pleased to announce the newest member of the JVA Board of Directors, Club Director Jason Hames. The Board Election was held in December, and included six candidates with diverse backgrounds in sport and a shared commitment to the vision and purpose of JVA. Jason received the majority of the vote, and will immediately begin his time on the JVA Board of Directors.

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Running a Youth Volleyball Program and How to Find your Dragon

Perhaps you have listened to volleyball coaches complain they wish their current players would read the opponent better, or mention disappointment in a player's current form while performing a specific skill. I've heard numerous times a "next level" coach having to "fix" athletes when they get them, lamenting lack of volleyball IQ, lack of transition, or poor form. To this I say:

We didn't ask them "What color is your dragon" soon enough.

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Is It Time for My Own Indoor Beach Volleyball Facility?

Growing up in the Midwest, one quickly learns there is no predicting the weather. Therefore, planning an outdoor business in the Midwest, or any other "seasonally-challenged" climate, is very risky and has caused several of us to adapt and move our sports programs indoor. Due to beach volleyball gaining more popularity, here's the million-dollar question several have asked themselves across the Midwest and the colder parts of the world, "Is an indoor beach volleyball facility the right move, or next necessary step, for me and my beach program?" Before ever getting to the design phase, business plan development stage, or considering a plan for site acquisition, one must first ask themselves 3 very simple, yet extremely important questions.

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JVA Annual Meeting to Feature #1 Bestselling Author Brian Carter

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.

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JVA Honors 11 Recipients with JVA Junior Club Service Award

The growth of our sport, along with the consistent success of the JVA would not exist without the dedication and loyalty of the coaches, club directors and administrators of JVA member clubs. The JVA is proud to announce the 11 individuals honored with the Junior Club Service Award for serving junior volleyball for at least 20 years.

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Building Fearless Competitors

A critical aspect of coaching and teaching is creating the right environment for learning. How is the learning environment established in your gym? If we truly want to help young people become fearless competitors, we will spend time creating and cultivating a gym in which mistakes are welcome in order to cause growth. Let's explore practical applications for building confident leaders, competitive teams, and celebrated programs.

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14 Reasons Why the JVA is Excited for the AVCA Convention

When mid-November hits, junior volleyball club directors and coaches have passed the tryout season and are now amped up for the upcoming indoor and beach season with their designated teams. Line-ups, partner pairings, drills, club management, and practice planning are on the forefront of everyone's minds. As for the JVA, we are receiving numerous calls and emails from club directors planning their tournament schedule, prepping for the first week of practice, marketing their tournaments, and tackling parent communication. The AVCA Annual Convention arrives at just the right time for volleyball coaches and professionals to meet in one place for a week of education, networking, and charging our batteries for the season. Here are 14 reasons why the JVA is excited for this year's Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

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1 JVA Board Position Up for Election

The JVA is a dynamic, member and mission-focused organization, that simply put, serves junior club volleyball programs, athletes, teams, coaches, and administrators through educational resources, event management, and representation and advocacy in the greater volleyball community. It’s clear the JVA has had a significant impact on the junior club volleyball scene and the future is very exciting.

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9 Steps to an Easier Accounting Process for Your Club

The financial side of running a volleyball club can be very different from a traditional business, depending on the size, scope of business, and type of entity. Over the past 6 years, VCN has gone from a sole proprietorship, to an LLC, to an S-Corporation, all with the advice of my accountant. These all require different regulations from a legal perspective, and my accountant has been very helpful along the way. However, I wish I had had better resources early on to figure out the easiest and most cost-efficient way to handle my accounting. Here are the stages of what we experienced from an accounting perspective and what I learned along the way.

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2017 JVA Sponsor Clubs Announced

From it's inception in 2006, the JVA has always been a member driven association focused on the prosperity of its members, along with the goal of unifying clubs. Without the support and success of our members, the JVA would not be where we are today, a thriving association about to reach 900 clubs nationwide, doubling the number of JVA run events, and growing our education and resources exponentially. The JVA Sponsorship Program is our way of saying "thank you" for the support, and for the third year in a row the JVA is giving a substantial amount of money back to our members. With that, we are honored to announce the 2017 JVA Sponsor Clubs.

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From the JVA Office: No Tricks Just Treats

Let's be honest, nobody wants to be tricked. But everyone undeniably craves the treats. As a society we have become accustomed to turning a blind eye at the trick because we absolutely can't wait for the treat. 30 day trials, money back guarantees, zero money down, short term deals with a long term commitment. The tricks can often times leave us, well... a bit deflated, so much that we are not able to enjoy the treat. Junior volleyball, although fun and innocent in many ways, can have it's share of tricks. Here is a case where there are no tricks, just treats.

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Making the Transition from High School to Club Volleyball

There are nearly 900 Junior Volleyball Association clubs across the country working each year to help players achieve their goals -- whether that is to improve their skill level, make a high school varsity team or get recruited by a college program. With club volleyball continuing to grow as a popular complement to the high school sport, players and their families often have questions about the differences between the two and what are the benefits of playing both.

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Adding a Functional Strength Training Program for Your Volleyball Club

Like any club in the country, when budgeting time comes at the beginning of each year, it means hard choices sometimes have to be made. Do we add the new program we have been discussing for a couple years? Do we expand on what we are already doing? Do we invest more in equipment and training tools? Can we finally hire that new full or part time staff member? For us, one program that we have sought to have in place over the last couple of years is a functional strength training program for our older National teams.

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JVA Sponsorship Program Extended for 2016-2017 Season

The JVA is proud to announce that the JVA Sponsorship Program returns for the third consecutive year. After naming 46 JVA Sponsor Clubs last season, the JVA hopes to grow the program this season with new Beach Only Club sponsorship levels.

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Estimating the Cost of Club Volleyball

The time of year has come. The temperatures are falling; the sun is setting earlier. The leaves are beginning to change color and everyone's stress level is rising while trying to decide which volleyball clubs to try out and play for this season. In order to help families navigate through the decision process, here are some ways to estimate the cost of club volleyball.

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Agenda Items and Advice for Pre-Season Club Meetings

As September arrives, so does the important informational club meetings, followed by tryouts and parent meetings. It's a critical time to share your club's brand and identity, as well as emphasize the culture that you've established. Mintonette Sports shares how they structure their parent meetings and the goals they look to accomplish.

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Classifying Your Coaches: Are They Independent Contractors or Employees?

The vast majority of clubs classify their coaches as Independent Contractors. In some ways it would seem to make sense. Club Coaches are most often working on a part time and seasonal basis. As some clubs have found out, the various State Departments of Labor are questioning and, in some cases, disallowing the independent classification for youth coaches for tax purposes. They are also requiring that Worker's Compensation Insurance be provided for the club coaches.

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From the JVA Office: An Invitation to Be the Change

It is the month of August, and the life of a junior volleyball club director has geared up, or for some it never stopped. You are sitting in your office, looking at your to-do-list, and cannot believe club season preparation has already begun... but have you even given yourself a chance to reflect on last season?

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From Humble Beginnings to Building a Legacy

Legacy Volleyball Club in Michigan found it's first home in 2008. The first lease coincided with the first year that high school volleyball in Michigan was played in the fall. Club season used to start in March at the time MHSAA district championships would begin. For Club Director Bryan Lindstrom, it's so crazy to think back and realize that the first tournament of the year used to be a qualifier.

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Utilizing a Multi-Colored Net Tape to Train Volleyball

Premier Volleyball Associate Club Director Chad Rutkowski explains the multi-colored net tape and how it is used for training the club's many players 18 and under.

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Olympic-Bound or Not, JVA Competition Develops High-Level Volleyball Players

The U.S. Women's National Volleyball team boasts five players with Junior Volleyball Association ties, but their presence provides only a snapshot of the junior club association's success in developing talent.

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Sponsorships: A Lucrative Opportunity for Volleyball Clubs

Volleyball clubs are a very attractive sponsorship opportunity for local businesses. They are highly visible entities that can galvanize an entire community. Clubs typically cater to a desirable demographic and embody the values and persona that businesses covet. What business wouldn't want to associate itself with a wholesome, family based activity that impassions its patrons? Below are several ways a volleyball club can capitalize on its sponsorship opportunities.

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What's on a JVA Club Director's Plate in August?

High School season is underway and so is the planning process for the upcoming junior volleyball indoor season. JVA Club Director and Board Member Sherry Fadool (Triangle Volleyball Club) shares what is on her to-do-list this month.

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Club Travel Tips and Tricks

Let’s face it, club travel can feel somewhat like herding cats at times. After being at the helm of Virginia Elite travel for over 5 years, I have learned a few shortcuts and tricks to make my life easier when trying to move a team or an entire club in symphony.

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The Business of Forming a Volleyball Club

There are many important decisions to make in forming your volleyball club. From partners to business structure, here are important considerations and tips when forming a volleyball club.

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A Year in Review

As we approach the end of the 2015-2016 junior volleyball season, we are happy to report that this has been another year of growth and innovation for the JVA. Similar to any team, our organization set measurable goals last summer and have met each of those goals. Here is a year in review of the JVA, including the JVA Mid-Year Report and details of what we've accomplished this season.

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Why a Staff Handbook is Critical for a Volleyball Club and Where to Begin

Managing a large club with over 70 coaches is quite a task. Among the many challenges are the recruitment, retention, performance management, and on-boarding of staff. With a direct and measurable impact on young people it is essential that your staff understand their responsibilities, your expectations, and abide by the organizational vision and policies set forth by your club. An employee handbook provides them with the essential information to be an effective and compliant staff member. It also serves as an invaluable tool in managing employee performance when behaviors are inconsistent with stated policies and expectations.

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Announcing the 2016 JVA Sponsor Clubs

You may notice a lot of JVA logos on the jerseys of your opponents this season. That was the case at the 2015 AAU National Volleyball Championships. For the second year in a row, the Junior Volleyball Association is giving over $200,000 back to its member clubs through the JVA Sponsorship Program. 46 JVA member clubs from around the country received a check from JVA and in return, agreed to promote JVA on their uniforms, their webpage and in their facility. We appreciate their support of the JVA and it’s mission.

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Creating an Effective Logo

While many articles try to dissect the process of designing a logo itself, I will attempt to share tips from my experiences with branding-focused logo design for the real world.

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25 things that make you look dumb on Facebook

No one wants to look dumb. Especially when it comes to Facebook, where there’s the potential for thousands of people to see it. And when you’re first getting started, it’s easy to make some rookie Facebook mistakes. Many of these mistakes happen simply because newbies don’t know any better. So in an effort to help you avoid any embarrassing moments, I asked our resident experts here at Constant Contact what they thought were some of the Facebook mistakes that can make a business look dumb.

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A Quick Guide to Social Customer Service

The social media revolution has seen many businesses gladly embracing this culture of social customer service. However, not everyone is doing it right. It is well obvious that customers who resort to social media for customer service are likely to be more sophisticated than the traditional customer we have always known. As a result, it is best that social customer service be treated with care and efficiency to serve customers the best. This article is a quick guide to social customer service.

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The Power of Facebook for Small Businesses

Facebook has become an indispensable tool for large brands, but many small businesses are still sitting on the sidelines. Many -- if not most -- small businesses have Facebook Pages, but one recent study found that 70% of such pages are inactive, meaning they haven't been updated in the last month. As Facebook continues to gain users at the astonishing clip of 250,000 per day, this inactivity is an increasingly important missed opportunity.

Local businesses fear Facebook for a number of reasons, from concerns about losing control of their brand and their customers, to the simple fear of wasting time. To calm those fears, consider the following.

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How to optimize your Twitter account

This month, we're going to take one post a week to help you make the most of your social media profiles with a social media optimization series! We're doing this because there's more to your social presence than the content you post.

So for the next five weeks, we're devoting Mondays to helping you improve your profiles. We'll be tackling Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. If there's another profile you want optimization tips for, just tweet us and we'll share some tips!

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Iowa Volleyball Region - AES Registration Tutorial

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