Gateway Region Board - At-Large Nominations

May 20, 2016 is the deadline to make nominations for At-Large Representatives for the Gateway Region Board. Nominees will need to turn in a profile to the office by May 31, 2016. A Ballot with all Nominees and their profiles will be sent to membership on June 20, 2016. Membership will have until July 10, 2016 to vote. There are 3 seats up for re-election (each is a 3 year term), as well as a 2 year term that was vacated. Please send all Nominations and Profiles to Steve Mueth at mueth@gatewayvb.org.

USAV Beach Officials - May 1, 2016 Clinic Cancelled!

USAV Beach Clinician had to cancel due to unexpected emergency. A re-schedule is in the works with the potential date within the next few weeks. Click here for a current nationwide schedule!
Questions or concerns send to: Augie Werner at werner@gatewayvb.org

Sad News

Gateway Region has lost one of its long time volleyball ambassadors. Sadly, Janet Baer Howes passed away April 27, 2016. Janet was part of the 1980 Women's Volleyball Olympic Team that boycotted the Moscow Olympics. She was a player, coach, referee, and mentor in the St. Louis area, and instrumental in growing the game for Juniors and Adults alike. Memorial plans are being made for a date in June. Details will be shared as they become available. She is survived by her husband Alan, and their two children, RJ and Emily. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Summer Playing Opportunities!

For Junior and Adult players of all levels and ages, Click here for playing leagues and open play around the St. Louis Metro Area. For Youth and Junior players looking for summer camp opportunities, Click here! For Families new to organized volleyball for their son/daughter, you can begin by clicking here to access our parents page, or clicking here for a list of junior clubs in our region.

USAV High Performance Beach Tryouts!

Test your skills among the best beach players in the midwest as athletes are considered for spots in the USAV beach VB training pipeline. 2016 Tryouts will take place May 14, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, click here!

USAV Junior Beach Tour: The Gateway Open

The Gateway Region is hosting a USAV Sand Doubles National Qualifying Tournament for Junior Players! Come be a part of this growing sport! Event information may be found by clicking here!

Event Registration may be found by clicking here!

Nominations for the 2016 Service Awards are now being Accepted!

Please consult the 2015 Guidebook for more information. http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/About-Us/Guidebook Section 1.

  1. Outstanding Program Director
  2. Outstanding Female Coach
  3. Outstanding Male Coach
  4. Outstanding Parent
  5. Outstanding Clinician
  6. Outstanding Service This category is reserved for those people who are not eligible for any other of the other classifications.
  7. Outstanding Referee
  8. Outstanding Scorer

Attached here you may find information and the official nomination form.

Gateway Policy Changes for the 2015-16 Season

Policies that impact both Adult and Junior Participants
  • E-cigs and Vapor Cigarettes are considered tobacco products.  Parents and/or Players must abide by facility or event rules with tobacco restrictions.
Policies specific to the Juniors Program
  • Club Directors must become Safesport certified before their Club's tryouts may be sanctioned
  • Due to the change in timeframe for U18s Girls Junior National Championships, The 18's bid event will take place the weekend of March 12-13, 2016.  All U18's bids will be awarded at this event.
  • Seeding Tournaments will not be offered in the 2015/2016 season.
  • In the event that a team has less than 6 committed players by 8am the Friday immediately following tryouts, the commitment letter, if signed, will be voided and those players released to find another team.
Policies related to Tournaments
  • If a Tournament Director sanctions a tournament and the entry fee reflects the provision of 1st officials, teams may expect that 1st officials will be provided throughout that tournament.  If a team is without a paid 1st official, the Tournament Director shall refund the difference between the entry fee and the maximum fee of $100 to each team affected.  Refunds will be postmarked within 14 days from the event.
  • Refunds to teams/clubs for cancelled tournaments or absent officials will be issued and postmarked within 14 days of cancellation or the event.
2015-2016 Season Official Notes
  • New 19.2 rule in 2015-2017 DCR: A motion was made and passed as of 2/25/16 to change the wording of USAV Rule 19.2 to read as: “The Libero(s) must wear a uniform which clearly contrasts with the rest of the team.” A second motion was passed that made the implementation of the new rule immediate.  The new rule replaces the "Solid Color Jersey" rule.
  • NET CHANGES—review DCR FIVB 11.3.1.  Contact with the net by a player between the antennae during the action of playing the ball is a FAULT this season. 
  • Coaches are no longer required to sign scoresheets.  DCR USAV 5.1.3 and 25.2.3.3
  • Libero can now be Captain.  DCR USAV 5.
  • Unused points on the Scoresheet are now zero'd out with a "T-Bar" instead of an "Hourglass" at regional level competitions.
  • Goto volleyballreftraining.com and roll over the resources tab to click on "indoor scoring materials" for the 2016 forms. PDF's of the new scoresheets may also be found on our Tourney Forms page, under the publications tab

If you have further questions or need clarification of officiating items, please contact Melissa Pouyer (pouyer@gatewayvb.org) or at 314-849-1221.