Rob Page Playing Professionally in Italy:*NEW*
Former WEVA member and UCLA graduate, Rob Page, is playing professional volleyball in Italy with Copra Elior Piacenza. Copra finished the 2013-2014 season in 2nd place in Italy's top division. This league is reputed to be the best professional volleyball league in Europe. Rob will be playing the role of right-side hitter.
For more information about the team, please go to http://www.copraelior.it/default.asp.
IMPACT Dates in Rochester Announced:*NEW*
IMPACT Certification in the Rochester area has been announced for Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 and Tuesday, January 6th, 2015. Register on the WEVA website HERE.
IMPACT Dates in Buffalo Area Announced:*NEW*
IMPACT Certification in the Buffalo area has been announced for Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 and Thursday, January 15th, 2015. Register on the WEVA website HERE.
Solid Color Jersey Rule Clarification:*NEW*
In an effort to alleviate some confusion over the solid colored jersey rule that went into effect on September 1, and to ease the transition to the new rule, the Rules Commission has agreed to the following modified interpretations for the coming season. Please select HERE for the modified interpretations.
2015 Boys' and Girls' Junior National Championships Deadline Dates:
Click HERE for the deadline dates for Boys’ Junior National Championships to be held in Columbus, OH in 2015.
Click HERE for the deadline dates for Girls’ Junior National Championships to be held in New Orleans, LA in 2015.
2015 Boys' Junior National Championships Dates:
Click HERE for the age division date breakdown for the Boys’ Junior National Championships to be held in Columbus, OH in 2015.
2015 Girls' Junior National Championships Dates:
Click HERE for the age division date breakdown for the Girls’ Junior National Championships to be held in New Orleans, LA in 2015.
New Safe Sport Club Directors/Coaches/Referees Requirement:
USA Volleyball & WEVA requires all registered club directors, referees, and coaches to complete the Safe Sport training. The link to the course is HERE. It is estimated to take about 90 minutes to complete. Please forward a copy of the course completion certificate to John Hughes in the WEVA office.
The course must be completed by April 1, 2015 otherwise you will be unable to continue in your position. Last year all clubs forwarded a Club Safe Sport Coordinator's name to the WEVA office. If that contact has changed please advise.
Please direct any questions to WEVA Junior Coordinator, Cindy D'Errico at 585-261-1803 or email address email@example.com.
Thanks so much for your cooperation and timely completion of the course.
Testimonials for the WEVA PVL Players & Coaches Clinic:
The WEVA PVL Player & Coaches Clinic, held on July 14th (Buffalo) & 15th (Rochester) was a success and received numerous testimonials. To review these testimonials, please select HERE.
Important Junior Highlights from the WEVA Annual Meeting:
The minutes from the junior year end meeting will be posted to the WEVA website. Please refer to the minutes for everything that was discussed. The important highlights are below.
WEVA is Now Accepting Tournament Sanction Requests for the 2014-2015 Season:
Acceptance of on-line submissions for TRADITIONAL 2-day events will start on 8/1 and be approved immediately
WEVA TEAMS Represent the Region Well with NFVB 15-1 WINNING the National Division:
Congratulations to the NFVB 15-1 team for making history this year winning the 15 National Division of USA Nationals. This is the first team from WEVA to ever win a division at Nationals. Over the course of the event the team was the only team to go undefeated as well. Great job! WEVA is very proud of your accomplishment. See the entire story by using the following link to the NFVB website.
GIRLS (unless noted all teams participated in the National Division)
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!
WEVA Wins the 2014 Women's PVL in Phoenix, AZ:
WEVA Pool Play Results:
Arizona Sizzle - Won - 25-21, 26-24, 25-10
Badger Blizzards - Won - 21-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-10
Dream Team NCVA - Won - 25-22, 25-23, 25-15
Team Evergreen - Won - 22-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-17
NE Midnight Riders - Won - 25-12, 25-14, 25-20
Team Iowa Ice - Won - 25-11, 19-25, 25-18, 14-25, 15-8
Semi-Finals Gold Division
Carolina Flight - Won - 18-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 15-11
Finals Gold Division
Florida Wave - Won - 25-20, 27-25, 25-18
WEVA Boy's Regionals and Girl's Bid Qualifier Champions:
Congratulations to all the champions at the WEVA Boy's Regionals and the Girls Bid Qualifier events. The level of competition throughout the events was exciting. Some great volleyball matches were witnessed by everyone in attendance. WEVA wishes all teams participating in USA Nationals the best of luck! The region knows you will represent WEVA with pride!
18's - Pace 18
17's - Pace 17
16's - Eden 16
15's - Victor 15
14's - Pace 14 Black
12's - Pace 12
18's - VFX Magic
17's - NFVB 17-1
16's - NFVB 16-1
15's - NFVB 15-1
14's - VFX Conjure
13's - Octane 13
12's - VFX Wish
WEVA Sponsored Coaches Clinic:
WEVA is excited to announce the 2014 Coaches Clinics on July 14th at the Buffalo Niagara Court Center and July 15th at the Rochester Main Street Armory. The coaching staff for the clinic includes members of the Western Empire Premier Volleyball League team. Click here to see bios of the staff, detail plans along with the registration requirements.
WEVA Sponsored Junior Girl's Player Clinic:
WEVA is excited to announce the 2014 Players Clinics on July 14th at the Buffalo Niagara Court Center and July 15th at the Rochester Main Street Armory. The coaching staff for the clinic includes members of the Western Empire Premier Volleyball League team. Click here to see bios of the staff, detail plans along with the registration requirements.
WEVA Announces 2014 Women's Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Team:
WEVA is excited to field a women's team at the 2014 PVL Championships in Phoenix Arizona over Memorial Day weekend. This is the third year that WEVA has fielded a team. Click here to view the team roster along with the players individual bios along with our generous PVL sponsors.
WEVA Service for College Recruiters:
As a service to college coaches as well as the potential collegiate student athletes playing in the Western Empire Region, we have assembled the names of Junior and Senior class players participating on club teams within our region. Click here to view this information.
USAV Rule Changes for 2013-2015:
The USA Volleyball Domestic Competition Regulations for this season are now available and there are several significant rule and interpretation changes you need to know about. Click here to view a summary of these changes.
For our WEVA Referees, there are two ways to get re-certified: 1) At no cost, you can go online through your Webpoint member, select "Event Management", select "My Region Events", and select one of the "WEVA Referee Re-certification Clinic" (Provisional or Regional) depending on your rating. 2) Attend a re-certification clinic. Clinics are listed HERE.
USA Volleyball Launches SafeSport Microsite:
USA Volleyball has launched a micro website for its SafeSport Program, which is devoted to the overall safety of participants. The site can be found here.
As part of the SafeSport Program’s mission, USA Volleyball is a committed leader in providing a safe and fun environment for youth, adults, officials, spectators and event staff. USA Volleyball, which has a zero tolerance for abuse and misconduct, places a paramount importance on the safety of its participants on and off the courts.
“USA Volleyball is excited to take this next step in launching its SafeSport program”, said USA Volleyball Senior Director Margie Mara. “We appreciate the enthusiasm of our regional leadership and Board of Directors who have embraced the importance of this program. Many thanks to the USOC and other National Governing Bodies who helped guide us in the program’s creation.”
As part of the SafeSport Program, USA Volleyball has developed a SafeSport Handbook intended to be a central location for all of the policies and procedures that are designed to protect its youth participants from all types of misconduct and abuse. It also includes information and education for adults on how to be proactive, to recognize areas of concern and signs of abuse. The SafeSport Handbook includes the various policies that apply to all USA Volleyball member programs and address the following areas: sexual abuse; physical abuse; emotional abuse; bullying, threats and harassment; and hazing.
As its guiding principles, USA Volleyball is committed to providing a safe, healthy and positive environment for its participants’ physical, emotional and social development; believes that all non-athlete members share a collective responsibility to protect our membership; will make training available for all members to increase awareness and understanding of athlete protection policies and best practices.
The SafeSport program includes training, educational materials and resources for our regions, clubs, coaches, parents and athletes. The components are: 1) Policies and guidelines; 2) Education and awareness training; 3) Background screening of adult staff; 4) Reporting and responding to abuse; 5) Monitoring and supervision; 6) Grassroots engagement and feedback.
Effective with the 2013-2014 Season:
The annual WEVA board meeting was held July 15th at Genesee Community College. Based on that meeting, I would like to share the following news:
Junior Program Director
Sport Accident Excess Medical Coverage:
The USA Volleyball master insurance policy provides excess medical coverage for injuries sustained while participating in an approved or sanctioned volleyball event. This document explains the details of this coverage and how it applies.
Updated Heads Up Online Training for Coaches Now Available!
We are excited to unveil an upgraded version of the “Heads Up” Online Training Course for Youth Sports Coaches and Parents!
It is hugely important we provide the latest and best information possible to you on concussion in sports. We listened to your feedback and took action.
Check out all the details here.
The “Heads Up” Online Training Now Offers:
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.
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