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The passing of Larry Matysik

Former Gateway Region Board member, Larry Matysik passed away November 25, 2018.  An active sports promoter and participant, Larry was well known and instrumental in the growth of VB on both sides of the river in the Gateway Region.  Visitation will take place Sunday December 2, 2018 from 4-7pm at the Renner Funeral Home - 120 North Illinois Street, in Belleville, IL.  A detailed remembrance of Larry's colorful life may be found here:

https://www.bnd.com/sports/article222160430.html

USAV the Weekly - December 14, 2018

Follow Your Path: Register Now for HP Tryouts
Tryouts are held around the country beginning in January.  MORE

John Kessel Selected as 2019 Frier Award Winner
Kessel has placed footprints all over volleyball’s three disciplines.  MORE

Stanford and Nebraska Advance to NCAA Finals
More than 17,000 fans watched the semifinals live in Minneapolis.  MORE

Be a Part of the HP Pipeline as a Coach
HP tryouts aren’t just for players; they’re also a chance for coaches to learn.  MORE

Robinson Sparks VakiBank to Club World Title
Robinson won gold, while Jordan Larson and Lauren Gibbemeyer won bronze.  MORE

All Events Calendar | U.S. National Beach Tour

Dec. 14-16 … CAP and BCAP at AVCA
Dec. 17-18 … U.S. Men’s National Team Open Tryout
Dec. 20-22 … Snow Volleyball European Tour - Moscow
Dec. 27-28 … Arizona Desert Freeze BNQ
Jan. 11-13 … Northern Lights Girls 18s Qualifier
Jan. 11-13 … SCVA Junior Boys Invitational Bid Tournament
Jan. 12-13 … Boys Far Western Bid Tournament
Jan. 19-20 … Molten CAN-AM Boys Bid Tournament
Jan. 19-21 … Boys Winter Volleyball Championships Bid Tournament
Jan. 19-21 … KC MLK Girls 18s Qualifier
Jan. 19-21 … Lone Star Classic Girls 18s Qualifier
Jan. 19-21 … Music City Championships Girls 18s Qualifier
Jan. 19-21 … Winter Volleyball Championships Girls 18s Qualifier

  • NCAA Semifinals TakeawaysNCAA
  • A Montage of the Husker Volleyball Line DanceLincoln Journal Star
  • Minnesota: The State of Volleyball?  – KSTP
  • Hames Takes Keys to Nebraska Volleyball and Drives to Final Four  – Lincoln Journal Star
  • Iowa State Volleyball: Cyclones Have Lowered the Boom on Adversity  – The Courier
  • Final Four: A Red-Hot Showcase for Women’s Sports Takes Over Target Center  – Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • NCAA Final Four Setters Dispel Notions of a Sixth Sense  – ESPN
  • BYU Women’s Volleyball Senior Class Leaves Strong Legacy  – Herald Extra
  • Illinois Watch Parties Turn From Elated to Stunned (video)News Gazette
  • MaxPreps 2018 High School All-American Girls Volleyball Team  – MaxPreps
  • Cardinal Devoted to Reclaim National Title  – NCAA
  • Beth Prince the Glue for Illini’s Final Four Team  – Indianapolis Star
  • Iowa State Tops Tulane for NIVC Championship  The Gazette
  • BYU’s Haddock Twins Overcome Adversity To Embody Cougar Strength  Deseret News
  • College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Will Add Men’s Volleyball  Kenosha News
  • After Losing Its Coach and Top Hitter, Maryland Volleyball Surprised Everyone in 2018The Diamondback
  • High School Coach Gets 600th Career Win Syracuse High School Sports
  • Westmont College Coach Steps Down After Successful Run KEYT
  • Amber McCray New Head Coach at Louisiana Tech  – News-Journal

USAV Updates to Regional VB Associations

SIESTA KEY TO HOST USA NATIONAL BEACH TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 2018 USA National Beach Tour Championships has selected Siesta Key, Florida, as host for the juniors’ event set for July 19-24. The tournament expects to feature over 400 boys’ and girls’ teams from across the country ranging in age from 10-18. MORE

VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE TICKETS ON SALE: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will return to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 2018 as it hosts a four-team round-robin pod May 15-17 in the opening week of the new FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL). The U.S. Women will host Italy, Turkey and Poland. To purchase tickets for this event, click here. Iran, Poland and Serbia will join the U.S. Men’s National Team for three days of FIVB Volleyball Nations League matches on June 15-17, 2018 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. To purchase tickets for this event, click here.

USAV DIG DEEPER Newsletter April 2018

 

 
 

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Blocking Middle
Learn 10 keys to blocking middle from three-time Olympian Heather Bown. She was a starting middle blocker on the U.S. Women's National Team for 10 years, plus she mentored Foluke Akinradewo, and that turned out pretty well. #ThrowbackThursday

Check out Heather's keys to blocking middle success.
 

Mental Injuries
Physical injuries are common in volleyball and all sports, but how do you recover from a mental injury? Superstars Carli Lloyd and Dustin Watten share their experiences and advice.

Take control of your mental game.

Carli Lloyd


The Lost Art of Shot-making: Terminate the Ball
Written by USAV High Performance coach Chris Larson, this article discusses tools for making better shots at the net, making you a more creative and wily hitter.

Terminate it!

 


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Opportunities

Beach HP Selection Camps
USA Volleyball is hosting selection camps ahead of the spring Beach National Qualifiers (BNQs). There are seven selection camps in total, two in April. Find out more.

  • April 6 ... Santa Cruz Main Beach, California
  • April 6 ... Beach South Sandy Camp and Pinetop Club, North Carolina

USA National Beach Tour/BNQs
The new USA National Beach Tour is underway, as are Beach National Qualifiers. Moster blocks await on the beach ... sign up for the tour and the qualifiers.

  • April 7 ... Beach South VB BNQ
  • April 7-8 ... Northern California BNQ
  • April 15 ... Florida USAV Beach Series - SSOVA
  • April 28 ... Gulf Coast Region Beach Series
  • April 29 ... Arizona BNA (12U and 16U)

Indoor HP Tryouts: Register
There are 12 indoor HP tryouts for girls across the country in the month of April, with cities including Philadelphia, Kansas City, Dallas, Minneapolis and more. There are also a handful of events left in March. Check the schedule, then register.

 

Event Information

 

 

Collegiate National Team

 

  • Check out the roster for the 12-player U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team China Tour (CNT-China), comprised of current collegiate players who will train and compete in China from May 20-31.

 

 

Resources

 

College Recruiting Series No. 1
From our partners at SI Play and NCSA: Navigating through the recruiting process can be difficult. It's hard to know where it begins, what's expected of you, or even what your step-by-step game plan should be. Here are some beginner tips and tricks.

 

TrueSport
You've just finished an exceptionally hard practice ... or maybe you won a five-set match. Either way, it's time to eat. But, what's your best choice for food to replenish what you've lost? Fill up on these proteins and carbs.

 

SafeSport
The new SafeSport training course is now available in the USAV Academy. Coaches need to complete all three sections, which can be accessed through our training website. Direct questions to safesport.general@usav.org.

 

 

NCAA Beach Championships

 

Will USC three-peat, or will a new champion be crowned at this year's championship? BLOCK May 4-6 on your calendar and purchase your tickets to see the champions crowned in Gulf Shores, Ala.

 

 

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See the Best
Get tickets to great volleyball this spring and summer, including Girls '18s, GJNC and the new FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

  • Girls' 18 ... April 27-29 ... Anaheim, Calif. Tickets
  • FIVB Volleyball Nations League (w) ... May 15-17 ... Lincoln, Neb. Tickets
  • FIVB Volleyball Nations League (m) ... June 15-17 ... Hoffman Estates, Ill. Tickets
  • GJNC June 25-July 4 ... Detroit, Mich. Tickets (Advanced ticket sales open March 23!)

 

 

 

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Rhamat Alhassan

Get A Wicked Float Serve
Legendary coaches Hugh McCutcheon, John Speraw and Karch Kiraly, and players Kim Hill and FIVB Best Server April Ross, give you keys to developing a serve that will baffle your opponents.
 

The critical toss

 

Set Like a Pro
Two-time Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Berg shares 10 tips that will help you make a difference on the court. Learn how you can build a rapport with your hitters by knowing their strengths and weaknesses.

Be a leader


Prepare For HP Tryouts With These Tips from Coaches
Are you interested in preparing for the High Performance pipeline? Here are tips on what HP coach evaluators are looking for in a potential national-level player.

Defining an indoor High Performance athlete


Yoga Master
Yoga can help increase your flexibility and strength, improve balance and help prevent injuries. Olympian Kayla Barnwarth demonstrates the top five yoga poses for volleyball players. Take time out of your day for these exercises.

Threading the needle


Foam Rolling Exercises
USA Volleyball Beach National Team athlete Emily Day shows you seven useful foam rolling exercises. In a bonus move, she's throwing in two tennis ball exercises for your pecs and rhomboid. 

Roll on it

 

 

Girls 18s

Girls' 18s
The third edition of the USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National Championships kicks off tomorrow in Anaheim. USAV will be on hand with live streaming, results, photos and more.

Follow @USAVolleyball on Snapchat, Instagram Stories and Facebook Live for behind-the-scenes fun! Share your posts with us using #GJNC18.

Live streaming begins Friday, including a two-hour practice by the U.S. Women's National Team on the championship court at 9 a.m. Pacific. Championship matches are on Sunday.

Opportunities

Beach Camps
USA Volleyball is hosting selection camps ahead of the spring Beach National Qualifiers (BNQs). There are two more camps in May. Find out more.

Get evaluated for 2018 national beach programming at the Spring Open National Skills Assessment Camp in Playa Del Rey, Calif., May 18.

 

USA National Beach Tour/BNQs
The USA National Beach Tour is underway, as are Beach National Qualifiers.

 

Indoor HP Tryouts
There is just one more Indoor HP tryout for girls on the schedule: this Sunday in Las Vegas.

 

 

 

 

USA Volleyball Shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College Recruiting Series No. 2
From our partners at SI Play and NCSA: A major aspect of the recruiting process is understanding the importance of technology. Did you know that many coaches do their initial evaluation of recruits online? Get online or get in line!

 

 

TrueSport
I see coconut water everywhere; it's all the rage! Are there benefits to drinking coconut water over regular water? Learn the pros and cons of this latest trend.

 

 

SafeSport
Have you witnessed or experienced abuse? File a report.

 

 

 

 

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See the Best
Get tickets to great volleyball this spring and summer.

    • FIVB Volleyball Nations League (w) ... May 15-17 ... Lincoln, Neb. Tickets
    • FIVB Volleyball Nations League (m) ... June 15-17 ... Hoffman Estates, Ill. Tickets
    • GJNC June 25-July 4 ... Detroit, Mich. Tickets

 

 

 

 


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