COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 14, 2019) – USA Volleyball is proud to announce that its Girls 18s Junior National Championship (GJNC18) will be held in Reno Tahoe, Nevada. The event will be held May 1-3, 2020, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.
The GJNC18 is expected to draw approximately 300 teams, nearly 3,000 players and over 5,000 family and friends of the players from across the country. The event will crown champions in five age divisions: Open, National, USA, American and Patriot Divisions.
The GJNC18 is the first of two signature USA Volleyball events Reno Tahoe will host in 2020. Earlier this year, the Reno-Sparks Convention Center was selected to host the 2020 USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships June 27 to July 4.
Congratulations to all the teams who competed at the 2019 18's Girls Junior National Championships in Dallas, TX!
|NORCO 18 Black||5th||National|
|The Diff 18 Black||5th||
|CoJrs 18 Kevin||5th||American|
|303 VBA 18 Alpha||25th||USA|
|CoJrs 18 Malia||27th||USA|
|CVA 18 Mizuno||47th||USA|
Contract Signing Policy for 2019 – 2020 Girls Division Only Approved 8/24/18 RMR Junior Forum and Ratified by the RMR Board of Directors 8/28/18.
The time period from the day after the 2019 Girls JNC (July 7, 2019 at 12:00 am MST) up until 10am MST on the 3rd Friday in July as a tryout period for clubs. Clubs can hold tryouts after the 3rd Friday in July if they choose to. Note: an offer given by a club to a player from another club, by any means of communication (email, verbal, text, etc) will not be considered a binding offer. Only written contracts sent from the club to the prospective player starting at 10am MST on the 3rd Friday in July will be considered binding, once signed and counter signed.
No written contracts or request for deposits can be requested of a player until 10 am MST on the 3rd Friday in July. Clubs can accept written contracts after 10am MST on the 3rd Friday of July, these contracts will be considered binding, once signed and counter signed. Verbal commitments to own club players can be made after the ZBT. Verbal commitments to club members not affiliated with your club may be made the day after the final date of competition of the Girls Junior National Championships ( July 7, 2019 12:00 am MST). Note: verbal commitments are not binding, but they will allow players to know that a contract will be offered.
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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.
Congratulations to 303 VBA 18 Boys Mizuno and Front Range 17 Boys on earning bid to the 2019 Junior National Championships. See "Boy" tab for more info.
Congratulations to all teams who represented the Rocky Mountain Region at the Girls' Junior National Championships in Detroit, MI!
|Colorado Juniors 16 Ashley||5th||16 Patriot|
|Colorado Juniors 15 Kirk||13th||15 Patriot|
|303 16 Alpha||17th||16 Patriot|
|CVA Colorado 16 Roshambo||19th||16 Patriot|
|CVA 17 Roshambo||19th||17 Patriot|
|The Diff 15 Black||27th||15 Patriot|
|Momentum 17 Josh||27th||17 Patriot|
|CVA 14 Roshambo||33rd||14 Patriot|
|CVA 15 Roshambo||33rd||15 Patriot|
|CVA 17 Green||39th||17 Patriot|
|Momentum 16 Nissa||43rd||16 Patriot|
|Mile High Warriors 15||53rd||15 Patriot|
|CVA 15 Green||55th||15 Patriot|
|CVA 16 Green||61st||16 Patriot|
Momentum 15 Elsa- 3rd Place 15 USA
Norco 15 Black- 5th Place 15 National
Momentum 12 Kia- 5th Place 12 National
Joan Powell (second from right) with her family after receiving the Frier Award
DALLAS (May 23, 2018) – USA Volleyball honored Joan Powell with its Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award, the highest honor bestowed by the national governing body, during the Dorothy C. Boyce Awards Recognition Banquet Wednesday evening in Dallas.
Powell has enriched the lives of countless people within the volleyball world, whether as an administrator, player, high school coach, referee, teacher of the game or simply a mentor over the last 40 years.
“Absolutely humbling to be among the group of Frier award winners,” Powell said after being introduced as the 2018 Frier recipient and what it means to her being added to that list of volleyball’s legends. “That group of people and what they have done for the sport of volleyball… I am the recipient of what those people did for this great game. No award necessary. Being introduced to this game, and for them being the care givers of the game provided me great opportunities. Wow. Wow.”
Powell was one of 17 recipients honored at the Boyce that showcases the sport’s legendary athletes, coaches and administration.
Awards Presented at Boyce Banquet
Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award: Joan Powell
Tom Haine All-Time Great Player Award (Indoor): John Brame
Flo Hyman All-Time Great Player Award (Indoor): Polly Lowery Simmons
All-Time Great Player Award (Beach): Randy Stoklos
Donald S. Shondell All-Time Great Coach (Contemporary Division): Anna Collier
Bertha Lucas All-Time Great Coach (Pioneer Division): Jeff Mozzochi
George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball: Steve Robb
George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball: Lynne Updegraff
Wilbur H. Peck Referee Emeritus Award: Doug Wilson
Junior Service Award – Outstanding Program Director: Dan Smith
Junior Service Award – Outstanding Male Coach: Joe Hovanes
Junior Service Award – Outstanding Female Coach: Karen Schmitz
Junior Service Award – Outstanding Parent Award: Kathy Gettinger
Junior Service Award – Outstanding Service Award: Joe Thomas
Junior Service Award – Outstanding Clinician: Sarah E. Hammers
Junior Service Award – Outstanding Referee: John Bear
Junior Service Award – Outstanding Scorer: Lauren Lange
About Joan Powell
A year after graduating from University of Arizona, Powell became involved with USA Volleyball in 1974 and has been an active member ever since. As a player, she received regional all-star honors seven times and led her Colorado Connections team to three USA Volleyball Open National Championships titles in the 30-and-Over Division. Powell was selected USA Volleyball All-American five times.
Powell’s interest in officiating emerged from a college class while attending Arizona in the early 1970s. That one class led to an officiating opportunity while still in college and a long-standing refereeing career was born. She was a PAVO nationally certified official for nearly 40. In 1987, Powell earned her USA Volleyball national referee patch and stayed active for 27 years. Along the way, she has officiated the NCAA Division I, Division II & III championships several times, including multiple semifinal and title matches. Her latest NCAA championship was in 2009.
Powell’s administrative role in the sport has kept her active. She served five terms as president of PAVO, starting in that role in 1997. She was selected as the first NCAA National Coordinator of Officials in 2011, thus forcing her to let go of her NCAA whistle. In this new role, Powell coordinated officials’ assignments, nominations and advancement process for the Division I, II and III NCAA Volleyball Championship committees. She served as a consultant to the NCAA Volleyball Rules Committee while also developing educational tools for over 3,000 officials nationwide, coordinating clinics throughout the country and editing the annual referee exam.
In April of 2016, Powell took on the role of coordinator of women’s volleyball officiating for the Pac-12 Conference – a similar role she held at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference prior to her job with the NCAA.
Powell has served on the USA Volleyball Board of Directors and completed two terms on the National Association of Sports Officials Board of Directors. She has previously served on USA Volleyball’s Rules Committee.
Powell’s involvement in volleyball was not squarely in officiating or administration – she had a full-time volleyball job outside those realms for many years. She retired from a 32-year high school volleyball coaching career after the 2006 season. Her final 30 years coaching was at the helm of Coronado High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Powell led Coronado to four state championship titles and coached hundreds of athletes along the way. And she excelled teaching in the classroom as well. In 1998, Powell was named Disney Teacher of the Year.
Her educational background and coaching skills combined to form another avenue to reach the volleyball community. Since 1989, Powell has been a cadre member in USA Volleyball’s Coaching Accreditation Program since its inception. She has mentored other volleyball coaches to become better coaches. Joan has authored numerous officiating and coaching articles, including two chapters for two coaching books.
Powell has also been to the Olympics. In 2008, she served as the team leader for the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team at the Beijing Olympic Games after serving in the same capacity at the 2008 Pan Am Cup and 2008 FIVB World Grand Prix.
Powell has received several honors for her service. In 1999, she was selected as both the George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball and Karen M. Johnson Human Resources Award winner. In 2009, Powell was honored with the Glen G. Davies Referee Service award. And in 2014, she was bestowed the Joseph B. Sharpless Arbitrator’s Award for her event arbitrator work at USA Volleyball National Championships events. Powell has been inducted into seven Halls of Fame.
2018 Awards Presented at Other Venues
Dr. Neville A “Doc” Booth Commissioner’s Award: Kent Ma, Aloha Region
Best Regional Web Site: Keystone Region
E. Douglas Boyden Media Recognition Award: Mechelle Voepel, espnW
James E. Coleman USA National Team Award: Tony Lovitt
Harry E. Wilson Distinguished Service: To be presented later
Jonathan Reeser Sports Science Award: To be presented later
Joe Sharpless Arbitrator Award: To be presented later
Glen G. Davies Referee Service Award: Presented May 24
Lauten Scorekeeper Service Award: Presented May 24
Gold Whistle: Presented on May 24
Silver Whistle: Presented on May 24
Bronze Whistle: Presented on May 24
Gold Pen: Presented on May 24
Silver Pen: Presented on May 24
Congratulations to Momentum 18 Sanchez Boys and 303 VBA 16 Neo Boys on winning the gold at the Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Event this past weekend. Each team earned in their respective age group in the USA Division.
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RMR serving up 40 years of volleyball. Check out these fun articles from the Dec 1977 Newsletter "Christmas Wish List" & "What's in a Name?" Are you one of the players mentioned? Or maybe one of them is your mom or dad? Remember to to stay tuned for our 40 year anniversary celebration at The Island in May! (We'll tag the names of folks in the articles on Facebook so they are sent an email that they've been tagged in a photo)
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