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Exciting news for RMR Beach players and coaches!
The RMR has partnered with Beach Nation to offer a full-day beach Player Skills Camp on Thursday June 22nd at The Island!
Coaches are also offered a Beach Coaching Clinic in this double-event. They will begin the day with a 2- hour classroom session where Olympic Gold Medalist Todd Rogers and his team will offer a targeted beach curriculum. Then they will work with the BeachNation team through the day, with all the athletes participating in the two-session skills camp. The day finishes for the Coaches, with another classroom session designed to "tie it all together."
Joining Todd on our RMR Sands are Beach Nation founder and Beach Coach Mark Fishman, as well as NCAA D-I Grand Canyon Coach Kristen Rohr and long-time USAV Volleyball Coach/Instructor John Kessel. What a fabulous crew!
For more about the program, see the information pages at Beach Nation. From there, you can navigate through to the VolleyBallLife registration pages. Cost of this full-day program is $150, and includes a free tee shirt, as well as the "priceless" experience of working with and in front of some our nation's elite beach coaches.
Go HERE to register players. Coaches may register for their program HERE
See you on the sand!
The RMR Season wrapped up the season with the Zelinkoff Bid Tournament. The ZBT is a 2-day tournament located at the Fieldhouse which is packed with competition and a great atmosphere. Thank you to all teams that competed in this year's ZBT tournament and congratulations to all bid winners. Best of luck to all teams competing in nationals this summer!
Results for 11s-13s on April 29th and 30th can be found HERE
Results for the 14s - 17s played on May 6th and 7th are located HERE
If you have taken any pictures at the ZBT, please send these pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
As we near the end of the season, our traveling teams inevitably look towards the annual Girls USAV National Championships (GJNC). At that event, eight different age divisions (18s, 17s, 16s, 15s, 14s, 13s, 12s and 11s) are hosted.
As many as seven different skill divisions are offered across the age divisions. In order, those are: OPEN, NATIONAL, USA, LIBERTY, AMERICAN, FREEDOM and PATRIOT. The chart attached to the right describes which Skill Levels are offered in each of the Age Divisions.
There are three paths to get to the GJNC: 1) Qualify at one of the Junior National Qualifiers (JNQs) that take place across the country. 2) Qualify at regional Bid-Qualifying tournaments (RQs), or 3) Pay-to-Play in the Patriot Division. Most of you are familiar with items 1 and 3 above, so let's turn to item 2, the Regional Qualifiers.
USAV grants each region a certain number of bids in each of three skill levels: National, American and Freedom. The RMR is a "mid-sized" Region, so we get ONE bid in each of those three divisions. But remember that not all age-divisions play in all skill divisions. (The 11s, for example, only play in the "National" category)
We take great pride in hosting our Regional Qualifiers. We host several:
The 18s Zelinkoff Bid Tournament (ZBT-18) in early March
The RMR National Bid Tournament (NBT, for 14s-17s) in mid-March
The Zelinkoff Bid Tournaments (ZBT 11-13s) and (ZBT 14-17s) in late April and early May
Of course, teams might participate in several JNQs and/or IQs during their season. As they get better, and win at ever-higher levels, the bids they win are "passed down" through a process we call "bid progression." It can be challenging to track all the progression moves through the spring, and so we publish "Bid Standings" for our RMR teams HERE (use the tabs at the bottom of the sheet to navigate between age-divisions)
Talk to your Coach or Club Director for more information about this important process, or send your question to: email@example.com
Not one, but FIVE of our Rocky Mountain members will be honored at the 2023 USAV Boyce Banquet in Dallas this May. The Banquet is hosted each year by USAV in conjunction with the Volleyball Hall of Fame ceremonies. The dual ceremony serves to identify and recognize unusual skills and service across USA Volleyball.
Our Hall of Fame Inductee will be (my great friend, the late) Dan Apol. He will be honored as co-winner ( along with fellow Beach Volleyball Referee Verna Klubnikin of Los Angeles) in receiving the Wilbur H Peck Referee Emeritus Award. This is our nation's highest referee award, and spotlights the career highlights of our most capable officials.
Front Range Coach and Club Director Jim Miret will bring home the most prestigious of the USAV Service Awards. Jim will receive the coveted "Girls Indoor Coach of the Year" award! Joining Jim as an award recipient will be Emily Lett, from the Elevation Volleyball Club. Emily will receive the USAV "Scorer of the Year" award. (Way to go girl!)
On the administrative side, long-time International Scorer Becky Brockney will receive the "Edward P Lauton Scorer Service Award," in recognition of her years of tireless work keeping score at countless events, and recruiting and training our next generation of scorers. Finally, RMR Executive Director Keith Murlless will receive the "Junior Club Service Award." (evidently they give points for "trying hard!")
To read more about all of the Hall of Fame Inductees and the USAV Award winners, navigate HERE
This Sunday almost all of our courts will play under our new format, with six teams playing on two courts. This "modified" pool plays each team against only four of their five potential opponents, so that everyone gets four matches under a fixed schedule. That's the "sweet spot" for length of day, I'm told.. and there's no waiting around for "the other pool to finish" before you can play your crossover. In fact, no teams are "off" at any time. With only three teams per court, you're either reffing or playing all the time. There are fewer teams (fewer people overall) in the gym too! We do schedule a 30 minute lunch break in after the first three rounds, so that everyone gets a chance to have a bite to eat.
SOS rankings for the RMR Girls division for the 22-23 season are now public. To find your team, please click on this rankings link and see where your team stands!
Best of luck to all teams as we continue our season!
This year we have some of the largest registration numbers ever! The recent Girls Power-1-Even saw more than 320 teams play on more than 100 courts!
Most RMR events play at 20 or more different sites, and those sites change every week. Depending on site availability, we utilize gyms from Ft. Collins to Colorado Springs. Different age divisions and pools will play in different areas each week, depending on the numbers of teams registered and how those best fit into the available gyms. It's a big puzzle, every week!
Since registration closes "Mondays at noon" only 6 days before any given Power, we are not able to publish playing sites until Tuesday evening. We understand that it is of the utmost importance to get out the schedule in a timely fashion, and we do appreciate your patience throughout the season!
Inclement Weather Policy
The RMR does not dictate whether teams or participants should or should not travel in any inclement weather or other conditions. Club/Team travel to any RMR event is always at your own risk and expense . In the event of road closures (verifiable by State Patrol) due to inclement weather on the date of the tournament, it is the responsibility of the Club/Team Representative to notify the Tournament Director that the team will not be participating in the tournament. Only notify the RMR Office if the Tournament Director can not be reached. The team will forfeit all matches which will result in receiving last place in that division. If deemed appropriate, the Junior Committee of the RMR Board of Directors may reimburse tournament entry fee (s) based on the above noted criteria.
... MORE VOLLEYBALL IN DENVER AND THE RMR!
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 23, 2023) – The Rocky Mountains will be alive with the sound of volleyball in 2025 when Denver hosts the USA Volleyball Open National Championship on May 23-28 at the Colorado Convention Center.
The Open National Championship is the longest-running volleyball tournament in the United States and features women’s and men’s teams with players ages 18 to 80.
The field will include teams comprised of former USA Volleyball national team players and national team development program (NTDP) athletes.
“We are happy to be bringing the 2025 USA Volleyball Open National Championship to the Mile High City of Denver,” said USA Volleyball President and CEO Jamie Davis. “The Open Championship provides adult teams at every level a chance to compete against others from both foreign and domestic. This tournament epitomizes the essence of USAV and shows that volleyball is truly a sport for life. We thank the Denver Sports Commission for all its support.”
In addition, USA Volleyball will celebrate volleyball leaders and stars at its Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony ahead of the 2025 tournament.
Here's some exciting news, just posted by USAV!
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 13, 2023)
The 2023 USA Volleyball Mountain Classic Boys Junior National Qualifier will be hosted in Denver, Colorado, on December 1-3 at the Colorado Convention Center. The 2022 Mountain Classic made its successful debut in Salt Lake City.
“We are excited to bring the 2023 Mountain Classic to Denver,” said USA Volleyball President and CEO Jamie Davis. “Athletes and their families will experience fantastic competition on the court as they pursue a coveted bid to the 2024 USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championship. The area is filled with great sports and entertainment attractions for families to enjoy and is a short drive to Colorado Springs – home to USA Volleyball and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Thank you to the Denver Sports Commission for its partnership and support.”
Registration information will be announced soon.
“Denver has always been a hub for high-level volleyball, and we’re looking forward to welcoming all of the young players and their families to The Mile High City for this elite competition,” said Matthew Payne, executive director of the Denver Sports Commission. “As a premier sports destination, we have a longstanding relationship with USA Volleyball, and we are always happy to partner with them in support of these top-tier sporting events.”
The 2023 Mountain Classic will be a qualifier towards the 2024 Boys Junior National Championship on June 26-July 3 in Dallas, Texas.
To view all upcoming boys junior national qualifiers, visit USAVolleyball.org.
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