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JVA is Accepting Nominations for 2017 JVA AthLeader Award

The 2017 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeader Award selects 20 girls indoor junior volleyball players who exemplify outstanding volleyball performance, academic excellence, leadership, responsibility, and selflessness.

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JVA to Recognize Players on the 2017 JVA Beach Watch List

The JVA is excited to announce that nominations for the JVA Beach Watch List will open on April 17th. The JVA Beach Watch List recognizes JVA beach players who are expected to be among the best in their age division this juniors beach season. New this year are additional perks from NVL Rize and SandRecruits for players selected to the JVA Beach Watch List.

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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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From the JVA Office: A Coach's Impact Can Last a Lifetime

When I was a freshman in high school, I (unknowingly) began the recruiting process. I had never really thought far enough ahead to even consider playing volleyball in college, but before we knew it I was getting contacted by schools from all over the country- some I had never even heard of!
Being a 15-year-old girl who's parents never went through the recruiting process, we had no idea where to even begin. That was where my club coach stepped in.

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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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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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Ultra Ankle Named Title Sponsor of JVA Player Awards

JVA is pleased to announce the renewal of its partnership with Ultra Ankle®, the new title sponsor of the JVA Watch List, JVA All-National Team, and JVA AthLeader Awards.

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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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From the JVA Office: How to Score Better Officiating

January is just around the corner. Your teams will be headed off to tournaments. Do you want better officiating at your matches? Here are some ways you can make a difference.

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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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From the JVA Office: Preventing Injuries That Don't Heal

Athletic injuries, in most cases, can be treated and rehabilitated in a few weeks to a few months. The athlete returns to the team and life goes on. In the case of emotional harm due to harassment or abuse, the injury may not be apparent for weeks, months or years. The athlete may never be the same. This is a tragedy we want to eliminate from our sport. Here are three ways the JVA is committed to the protection of our athletes.

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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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JVA Adds NSR as Sponsor for 3 JVA Events

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.

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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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JVA Announces Partnership with TeamSnap

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.

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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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JVA Announces Partnership with BridgeAthletic

The JVA and BridgeAthletic are excited to announce a partnership to bring volleyball-specific strength and skill training programs and athlete performance management to JVA member 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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2017 JVA Challenge Series Features 12 Game Changing Volleyball Events

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.

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From the JVA Office: A Decade of Advocacy and Change

In October of 2005 when 33 Club Directors from all over the country met to talk about the state of junior volleyball, we had no idea that those discussions would lead to where we are today. Our goal coming out of that meeting was simply to form a voice for club directors to advocate for change in junior volleyball programming. What came out of that is the JVA that you see today, a strong, vibrant, evolving organization that has changed the dynamics of junior volleyball.

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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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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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JVA Announces 2017 Slate of Events

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.

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2016 JVA Beach Watch List

As the historical season for the JVA concludes, we are excited to honor 114 female junior beach volleyball players from across the country on the 2016 JVA Beach Watch List. This award recognizes the top female junior beach volleyball players from JVA member clubs in the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 graduating class who competed in the 16U and 18U divisions.

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From the JVA Office: Know Your Rights for Open Market, Gun Laws and Minimum Wage

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.

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JVA and BVCA National Junior Beach Doubles Championships

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.

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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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From the JVA Office: A Break Through Year for JVA Events

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.

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2016 JVA All-National Teams

This has been a historical year for the JVA. Surpassing 800 clubs and 2,000 members, the growth is not only evident in the number of clubs, but also the level of talent among JVA teams. 'Championship Day' during JVA hosted events has featured epic battles among every division, which increases anticipation of what's to come at the 2016 AAU National Championships in less than 2 weeks. Among those clubs who supported JVA events this season, we've selected the 2016 JVA All-National Teams, comprised of the top 75 players in the country graduating in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. See who was named the best in the nation.

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K2 Volleyball Wins JVA Club of the Month

K2 originates its name after the second highest mountain in the world. The mountain is 28,251 ft above sea level and is located on the China-Pakistan border. K2 Volleyball (Louisville, TN) Club Director Christine Hames is originally from Australia and set on the Indoor Australian National Team in 1993-94. She is also a former FIVB Beach Volleyball Tour player who represented Australia on the world tour. Together, Jason and Christine Hames both serve as the directors of K2 Volleyball since it's formation in 2009, and have 3 children who play for the club: Nicklin Hames a 2018 Nebraska Commit sets 18 JOTA, Kayleigh Hames is an OH for 15 Cory, and Eli Hames sets for 12 Cory. In a short period of time this JVA member club has made a name for itself not only in the Southern Region, but nationally as well.

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From the JVA Office: 3 Steps to Plan for Next Season

May is the last leg of the season for clubs competing at the AAU or USAV National Volleyball Championships. While coaches and teams are focusing on the finish, Club Directors are already laying plans for the start of the next season. Here are a few ways to get started.

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2016 JVA AthLeaders Announced

Congratulations to the 20 student-athletes awarded as the 2016 JVA AthLeaders for outstanding academic achievement and leadership, as well as involvement in extra-curricular activities and community service.

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Adrenaline Volleyball Academy Wins JVA Club of the Month

Adrenaline Volleyball Academy is only in its second year of existence, but the club is already making a statement on the regional and national level. The club hosts 7 National Teams consisting of 70 players, 5 Regional Teams consisting of 50 players, a youth program and mutiple events at Northwestern Mutual Iowa Sports Academy in Hiawatha, Iowa. In only 2 years, Adrenaline Volleyball has achieved what takes most clubs a decade to accomplish.

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The JVA World Challenge Lands in Metropolis of Sports

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.

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The Academy Wins JVA Club of the Month

The Academy name originates from the club's tireless dedication to teaching the physical and mental skills needed to play volleyball at the highest possible level. The club motto is Train Your Game, encouraging players and coaches to focus on being technically sound and give full effort in their pursuit of development, not just winning.

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From the JVA Office: Every New Question Opens Up a New Door

I am really happy that Club Directors are turning to us, JVA, for help running your volleyball club. It is rewarding to know that we are accomplishing our mission of providing resources for club directors and our members are reaching out to us.

Most often when we get a call or an email we are able to provide a link to the information in our resource library. However, there are times where the question sends us on a search for information. This situation arose on three occasions this last month.

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Announcing the 2016 JVA Watch List

The 2016 JVA Watch List features nearly 700 girls indoor junior volleyball players from over 80 JVA member clubs across the country. The players nominated are being recognized for outstanding achievement on the volleyball court during the juniors club season. All players nominated will be eligible for selection to the JVA All-National Team in June.

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Summit Volleyball Wins JVA Club of the Month

The name Summit Volleyball is derived from two different meanings. A summit is the highest attainable point, which is what the Summit program reaches towards every day. Secondly, the club is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, whose nickname is the “Summit City” because when the Wabash and Erie Canal were built here, it was the highest point above sea level along the entire canal. Trish and Allie Miller, Summit’s two JVA Club Directors, are a mother and daughter coaching duo who had a vision of building an elite volleyball club in the Fort Wayne area.

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What's On Your Plate in March?

We're halfway through the indoor club volleyball season and in the midst of hosting tournaments and running youth programs, it's also time to plan for the summer! Find out what's on the to-do-list for a JVA Club Director in the busy month of March.

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From the JVA Office: Our Volleyball Community

I spent this past weekend in greater Chicago at the Sports Performance President’s Day Challenge. It is one of my favorite weekends of the year; by now clubs have had a couple months of practice under their belts, my college coaching friends are out on the recruiting grind, and there are multiple, high-level events around the country to compete in. It is a weekend when the club and college volleyball communities show up in full-force. However, this weekend I looked at this community, this group with the common interest of volleyball, a bit differently.

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What's On Your Plate in February?

Even though it's the middle of winter and feels like club season just began, most Club Directors are already planning summer programs. Ethos Volleyball Club Director Troy Helton (Nashville, TN) shares what's keeping him busy in this month's "What's On Your Plate" feature.

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JVA Continues Partnership with BVCA National Club Championships

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.

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Beach Elite Wins JVA Club of the Month

Virginia Beach Volleyball Academy (Virginia Beach, VA) was founded 10 years ago this year. 6 years ago Beach Elite became the juniors program name and over the past few years this club has found ways to introduce the indoor and beach game to play of all levels. In addition, the club has found unique ways to bring value to the training their players receive. Find out why Beach Elite has earned our vote for JVA Club of the Month.

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JVA Rocks and Rumbles into Cleveland Volleyball History

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.

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From the JVA Office: What's Your Why?

I wish it were possible for all JVA members to attend the AVCA Convention. It is such an energizer going into the club season. This year we were especially fortunate to have an amazing keynote speaker at our Annual Meeting in Rhonda Revelle. Rhonda is a passionate speaker and spoke from the heart and personal experience on how to develop a winning culture in our club programs: a culture that permeates your entire club from leadership, through coaches, players and families; a culture that builds trust, respect and unity. Rhonda spoke to us about "game changers": the things that will energize you and your program.

And she asked us: "What is your why?"

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From the JVA Office: Setting Up For Success this Holiday Season

Every Club Director, coach or youth sports leader has an opinion or concern about the entitlement of our youth. It's easy to point fingers at the parents, but junior volleyball clubs and youth organizations have the opportunity to make an impact as they provide a platform for building character and selflessness. There are many ways in which a club and its coaches can positively build character and encourage excellence. Here are 4 examples of organizations who give back to others, helping them set up for success this holiday season.

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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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JVA Board of Directors Slate of Candidates

Voting will open Monday, December 21, 2015 for 2 positions open on the JVA Board of Directors. The slate of candidates includes 11 dedicated JVA Club Directors from across the country. JVA members will each be able to place their vote for their top two candidates. Learn more about each candidate here.

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What's On Your Plate in December?

The holiday season has arrived! Don't feel the holiday spirit quite yet? Maybe it's because 'tis the season for club directors to be knee deep in paperwork, excel spreadsheets, tournament registrations and practice scheduling. Find out what else is keeping these JVA Club Directors busy this month, can you relate?

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2 Positions up for Election on the JVA Board of Directors

There are 2 JVA Board Positions up for Election! We are looking for two passionate, dedicated visionaries to join the JVA Board of Directors, and help lead the JVA into another successful season.

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Ashley Krage Joins the JVA Staff

The JVA is excited to announce the addition of Ashley Krage to the JVA staff. Ashley is stepping into a new position, Program Assistant, created to assist in the responsibilities of Membership, Events and Insurance. Ashley shares her background and a fun fact in her JVA debut.

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AAU Leadership Conference Volleyball Meeting

Last week, Zach Colston and I attended the AAU 2015 Leadership Conference in Orlando. Zach was a guest of AAU and I represented AAU WI. As with most conferences the best part is being able to meet up with old friends and make new friends. This was no exception.

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From the JVA Office: The Scary Myths About the JVA

Sometimes the truth can be scary. And in honor of Halloween, we thought we'd try to frighten you with some scary myths, as well as facts about our organization. There are many assumptions and misunderstandings about the JVA, so we hope this article helps clear some of them up, while getting you in the Halloween spirit!

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JVA and PrepVolleyball Announce Partnership

PrepVolleyball, the leading destination for girls’ club, high school and college volleyball, and the JVA, the only nation-wide association for junior volleyball club directors and their staff, are pleased to announce a new marketing and events partnership for 2016 and beyond.

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From the JVA Office September 2015

Summer in the JVA office was jam packed with preparations for the season about to begin. You will see some significant changes.
Plus, Kathy DeBoer, Executive Director of our partner AVCA, visited our offices in Milwaukee last month. I asked Kathy to share her thoughts on where JVA was in 2006 and where we are now.

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JVA to Host 8 Educational Sessions at 2015 AVCA Convention

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.

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JVA Adds 3 New Indoor Tournaments in 2016

(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.

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2015 BVCA National Championships Recap

JVA partnered up with the Beach Volleyball Clubs of America to host the BVCA National Championships in Hermosa Beach, CA

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