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AVP Pro Beach Volleyball is coming to never July 4-7!

AVP Pro Beach Tour Coming to Denver July 4-7!

Volunteers Needed!

Junior Athletes may sign up individually or as a team to volunteer at this fun event.

There's no better seat on the sand!                   Sign up  HERE

See you at The Island!

What age group should my player tryout for?

Please use the chart below to verify what age group your player is eligible for this season!  Player's CAN play up age groups, but CANNOT play down age groups.

For girls' teams: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2006, (who are defined as 18 & under by the USAV Age Definition) and are in the 11th grade for the current academic year are eligible to compete in 17 & under.  There is no waiver needed for this exception.  

 


24-25 Indoor age Definitioins Table

For use during the season
Note: Now "good for 24-25!" (This automatically converts to the new season on July 1st of each year.)





 Select the Month, Day & Year, then click on the button to see the youngest age group of that birth date.



Congratulations to the RMR's Rafa Urbina who has just competed with the U.S. Boys U19 National Team in Puerto Rico. The boys brought home the Gold Medal!

The U.S. Boys U19 National Team celebrates NORCECA Gold Medal

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 19, 2024) – The U.S. Boys U19 National Team defeated Cuba 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18) to capture the gold medal at the 2024 NORCECA Continental Championship on Sunday in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The victory gives the U.S. squad a berth in the 2025 FIVB World Championship.

The U.S. finished the championship 5-0 with a 15-1 record in sets. The win over Cuba was its second in three matches after a 3-0 win in the final match of pool play.

Outside hitter Aleksey Mikhailenko led the U.S. in scoring with 16 points on 15 kills and one block. He recorded six kills, including four consecutive, in the fourth set and was named tournament Most Valuable Player and Best Spiker. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my teammates supporting me and everything I learned from my coaches,” he remarked. “I’m really proud of our team and our coaching staff. I think we played great, and I am really happy with the result. I’m looking forward to World’s next year and I’m excited to keep working with this great group of guys.”

Middle blocker Roman Payne also reached double digits in kills with 10 to go with two aces for 12 points. Captain outside hitter Grant Lamoureux, who was named Second Best Spiker, totaled 10 points on nine kills and an ace.

Yosdani Medina Torriente of Cuba paced all scorers with 20 kills and 21 points.

Opposite Cooper Keane registered nine kills and led all players with 12 digs, five more than the next-best total. Middle blocker Luc Soerensen finished with seven points on three kills and a match-high four blocks. Payne was named the championship’s Best Blocker and Soerensen was chosen as Second Best Blocker.

Setter Rafa Urbina, selected as the Best Setter at the championship, added three kills and was the only other player in the match to post multiple blocks with two. He ran the efficient offense that hit .442 for the match.

Thomas Demps IV, chosen as Best Server, continued his strong serving with a match-best four aces, highlighted by consecutive aces late in the fourth set. Libero Layton Bluth contributed five digs with three coming in the final set. He was named Best Receiver of the championship.

The U.S. hit .692 with nine kills and no errors in 13 total attacks and took advantage of Cuba’s eight service errors to win the opening set. Five players scored either two or three points for the balanced U.S. attack.

Lamoureux and Keane each recorded four kills in the second set as the U.S. ended the set on an 8-3 run. With a 19-17 lead, the U.S. scored three consecutive points, keyed by a great dig by Keane for the 20th point and a kill by Urbina on the following rally. Keane scored to make it 23-18 and Demps served another ace for a six-point lead.

Cuba took its first three-point lead of the match at 12-9 in the third set. The U.S. pulled within two points on two occasions but could get no closer. The loss broke a 14-set winning streak in the tournament.

A Payne ace and a Soerensen block gave the U.S. an early 5-2 lead in the fourth set. Cuba pulled within one at 8-7, but a service error made it 9-7, and that was the closest the silver medalists could get.

A great dig by Mikhailenko led to an Urbina kill to make it 11-8. The two got on a roll later in the set with an Urbina block, and back-to-back Mikhailenko kills, the second set up by a tough serve by Urbina, to stretch the lead to six points, 18-12. Mikhailenko recorded back-to-back kills and Demps’ two aces put the set out of reach at 24-16.

Boys U19 Roster for the NORCECA

No., Name (Pos., Ht, Hometown, School, USAV Region)
Layton Bluth (L, 5-8, Gilbert, Ariz., Casteel HS, Arizona)
Malakai Tuakoi (S, 6-3, Los Angeles, Calif., Da Vinci HS, Southern California)
Thomas Demps IV (OH, 6-4, Raleigh, N.C., Broughton HS, Carolina)
Noah Meabon (OH/Opp, 6-4, Fairport, N.Y., Fairport, Western Empire)
Myles Jordan (OH, 6-5, Houston, Texas, Ridge Point HS, Lone Star)
Dante Cayaban (MB, 6-6, St. Cloud, Fla., St. Cloud HS, Florida)
11 Cooper Keane (Opp, 6-6, Hermosa Beach, Calif., Mira Costa HS, Southern California)
12 Rafa Urbina (S, 6-6, Broomfield, Colo., Legacy HS, Rocky Mountain)
14 Aleksey Mikhailenko (OH, 6-7, Mequon, Wis., Homestead HS, Badger)
16 Luc Soerensen (MB, 6-8, Meadville, Pa., Meadville Area Senior HS, Southern)
19 Roman Payne (MB, 6-10, Carlsbad, Calif., Carlsbad HS, Southern California)
20C Grant Lamoureux (OH, 6-10, Clemmons, N.C., West Forsyth HS, Carolina)

Alternates
Titus Brown (OH, 6-4, Groton, Conn., Robert E. Fitch HS, New England)
Joel Eanes (Opp, 6-9, Virginia Beach, Va., Floyd E. Kellam HS, Old Dominion)
Blake Fahlbusch (OH, 6-8, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Loyola HS of Los Angeles, Southern California)
Matt Fisher (S, 6-6, Camarillo, Calif., Adolfo Camarillo HS, Southern California)
Tristan Hassell (Opp, 6-5, Toronto, Ontario, Emily Carr SS, Western Empire)
Isaiah McCoy (MB, 6-7, Lantana, Fla., The Kings Academy, Florida)
Leon Meng (L, 5-8, Los Altos, Calif., Homestead HS, Northern California)
Lincoln Myers (MB, 6-9, Madison, Wis., Vel Phillips Memorial HS, Badger)
Thomas Phung (L, 5-10, Dallas, Texas, North Garland HS, Southern)

Head Coach: Charlie Sullivan (Springfield College)
Assistant Coach: Pat Shawaryn (Penn State)
Assistant Coach: Chris Seiffert (Concordia Irvine)
Performance Analyst: Evan Metzger (Springfield College)
Team Doctor: Dr. Chris Cornell (Coduhi Clinic)
Team Lead: Sean Byron (Marist College)

Schedule
All Times PT

May 14
USA def. Canada, 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-23)

May 15
USA def. Suriname, 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-16)

May 16
USA def. Cuba, 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-18)

May 17
Quarterfinals (USA earned a bye)

May 18
Semifinals: U.S. def. Canada, 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 29-27)

May 19
Gold Medal Match, U.S. def. Cuba, 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18)

Local setter Rafa Urbina named to USAV 19U National Squad

We're very excited to announce that Rafa Urbina has been named to the U-19 USAV NORCECA Championships squad. Rafa, a setter for Lobos VBC and Legacy HS, will represent the USA at the NORCECA Championships playing May 14-19 in Ponce, PuertoRico!

What an honor... CONGRATULATIONS RAFA!

2024 Boys All-Star Information

2024 RMR Boys All-Star Information

This year’s All-Star Championships will be held in Des Moines, IA July 18-21.  

The RMR will host two teams
U19 (athletes born in 2006 or 2007)
U17 (athletes born in 2008 or 2009)

RMR Teams Have a Blast at USAV Girls Junior Nationals 18s


CVA 18 Black at GJNC 24


Norco 18 Black at GJNC 24

It's Beach Season!

CONGRATULATIONS TO COLORADO MESA'S JOHNSON AND OLLINGER!

The RMR has announced its summer beach calendar HERE

But NCAA has already been in play for two months. This week, we offer CONGRATULATIONS to our friends at Colorado Mesa, where Hahni Johnson and Amanda Ollinger have been recognized as the AVCA/CVBV "Beach Athlete Pair of the Week!"

ARTICLE with Video



RMR teams making an impact on the National stage!

As the RMR Power series is nearing the end, many of our RMR teams are hitting the road to compete on the national level.  "Qualifier Season" is when teams from all over the country compete at National Qualifiers for an opportunity to earn a bid to play at Girls Junior National Championships this summer.  There are 6 divisions that teams can earn a bid: Open, National, USA, Liberty, American and Freedom.  Earning bids nationally is very difficult as teams compete on a much larger scale and against the best teams from all over the country.  National Qualifiers are 3 day events that award anywhere from 1-3 bids/division.  Some of the teams qualifying at National Qualifiers already held region bids from the RMR Zelinkoff Bid Tournament.  So they accept the higher bids they earn and the region bids come back to the RMR to "trickle down" to the next highest finishing teams from the ZBT. (The RMR is working with teams now, regarding which bids they're receiving, and  whether or not they will accept)

We are so proud of all of our RMR teams that are competing and representing our region so well!  Congratulations to all the teams that have earned bids, here in the Region, or out at the Qualifiers ... and punched their tickets to the GJNC!  

Northern Lights Qualifier (Minneapolis, MN):
17 Liberty-Colorado Springs Altitude 17 Navy

Pacific Northwest Qualifier (Spokane, WA):
18 Open-NORCO 18 Black
17 Open-Colorado Juniors 17 Kevin
17 Open-NORCO 17 Black
17 Liberty-Colorado Juniors 17 Jayne
17 Liberty-Team Colorado 17N1
16 USA-Rocky Elite 16 National

Red Rock Rave (Las Vegas, NV):
15 USA-Front Range 15 Black

Salt Lake City Showdown (SLC, Utah):
17 Open-Colorado Juniors 17 Kevin
17 USA-Colorado Juniors 17 USA
16 Open-Colorado Juniors 16 Kaleena

Lone Star Classic (Dallas, TX):
16 USA-Front Range 16 Black

Northeast Qualifier (Philadelphia, PA):
17 USA-Colorado Springs Altitude 17 Navy

Teams who won Regional Bids at this event are posted to our BID STATUS page.

They may "move up" by winning in higher divisions at Qualifiers, or when teams above them do so.

See the BID STATUS page for current standings!

 

Current RMR Bid Status

How do Bids Work?

The system of bids, leading to the Girls USAV National Championship, can be confusing. Read on, for a short introduction...

USA Volleyball offers different levels of play at their National Championships. From the top down: Open, National, USA, Liberty, American, Freedom and Patriot. While the Patriot division accepts all comers, in order to play in the higher divisions, you have to "earn a bid." This can be done by winning at one of the USAV Junior National Qualifier tournaments, or here at home through "Regional Bids."

The RMR, like all USAV Regions, receives bid allocations based on both membership size and historical participation at the USAV Championships (see chart below)

Regions are granted three different types of bids: National, American and Freedom, respectively. Additionally, USAV offers bids in the Open, USA and Liberty Divisions through their Junior National Qualifiers. And finally, USAV does offer the pay-to-play Patriot division for teams that would like to enjoy the experience, but have not yet earned bids.

Here at the RMR, we are granted all three bid types (National, American and Freedom) for the 14s-18s. We have only two bids… National and American... for the 12s and 13s. And only a single bid, the National, for our 11s.

This year, we've put all of these bids onto the table in a single large tournament. The ZBT plays Saturday-Sunday March 16-17. Saturday plays on 27 courts spread across 6 sites.   Sunday we'll use about 18 courts at 3 sites to offer Gold, Silver and Bronze elimination brackets. Although we use both neutral and club-owned facilities, no team gets to pay in their "home gym." 

We play the ZBT  “by Age Division.”  The 1st place finisher (in all divisions) takes home the National bid. In the 12s and up, the 2nd place team also earns a bid.. the American. And in the 14s and up, the 3rd place finisher takes the Freedom!

All bid-earning teams are required to accept their bids (fines and sanctions apply) Forfeits or other “gamesmanship” will be treated the same as non-acceptance

It's important to stay prepared to travel, since MORE BIDS CAN  COME IN! When the teams that won bids here at the ZBT go out to the Qualifiers and win "higher" bids, the regional bids that they hold now "trickle down" to the teams that finished "next" here at the ZBT.  Also,  USAV is frequently  able to offer “re-allocation” bids (from other Regions that don't use theirs) ...  and those can “trickle down” to the RMR teams that finished 4th, 5th, 6th, etc in their age division at ZBT.  (see pp2-3 in the PDF for Reallocation details). That's why we "played out all brackets" yesterday at the ZBT. 

The RMR has a tradition of sending lots of teams to the GJNC every summer. We fight hard at the ZBT for the privilege, and we proudly accept the bids that USAV can send our way. 

"Best of luck" to all of our teams this summer!

The RMR

USAV Announces change in leadership

USA Volleyball President and CEO Jamie Davis has announced that he will not be renewing his contract with USAV after it expires at the end of the year.  He will continue to oversee the organization through the Olympic and Paralympic games and will then serve as an executive consultant to assist the board of directors with a smooth leadership transition.  In addition, Davis has agreed to assist the board in the search for his successor.

“I am very proud of what our team has accomplished at USAV since I began in 2017”, said Davis.  “USA Volleyball memberships have grown by nearly 30% over that span to 425,000, our teams won three gold medals at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games, our women are the reigning beach world champions and the organization is in the healthiest financial situation in its history.  I feel that following this Olympic quadrennial it is a good time for another leader to take the reigns and to build on the solid foundation we have created.  I would like to thank our dedicated staff, the 40 USA Volleyball regions and our board of directors for all of their hard work and support.  Without them, such success could not have been achieved.  I look forward to working with the board and our management team to ensure a smooth transition over the remainder of the year.”

Dave Gentile, USAV Board Chair summarized Jamie’s leadership as follows: “Jamie’s departure will surely create a void for USAV, as he has been instrumental in leading the enterprise to new heights and accomplishments during his seven-year tenure. The Board appreciates all he has done for USAV and the Sport of Volleyball. He clearly is leaving the organization in a much better position than when he arrived. For all he has done, the USAV Board is genuinely proud to have collaborated with Jamie these past seven years. We wish him only the best in his new ventures.”


Cool Article about the Growth of Volleyball in the US

This article form Sportico magazine discusses the amazing growth of our sport, with USAV CEO Jamie Davis. Enjoy the  read!

https://www.sportico.com/leagues/other-sports/2023/us-volleyball-participation-surging-1234742921/


More Great news from USAV...

... 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.


Inclement Weather Policy

The RMR does not dictate whether teams or participants should or should not travel during inclement weather or under any other unsafe condition. Club/Team/Personal travel to any RMR event is always at your own risk and expense. Safety first!

 

That said, we rarely cancel events. In the event that interstate highways are closed, or if gyms are closed by their school districts or owners, we publish these closures both at the RMR Home Page, and directly to all involved TEAM COACHES, via the TM2 email system.

 

In the event that a team is running late or cannot attend, it is the responsibility of the Team Coach or Representative to notify the RMR as early as possible. We can be reached by text at our office cell phone 303-584-0376. 

 

Weather-related cancellations may be eligible for refund if highway closure is corroborated by State Highway Patrol. Cancellations for any other reason substantially affect all attending teams, and are therefore not eligible for refund, and may be subject to fines or other club sanction.

 

 

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The RMR event schedule and results program! Where do we go? How did we do? It's all here!

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The RMR event schedule and results program! Where do we go? How did we do? It's all here!

Shinkara Hardship Fund

 

The Shinkara Fund was established to assist junior athletes who might need a little help with the expenses related to club volleyball.  

 

The RMR thanks "legendary local volley-philanthropist" Tom Kawano for all of his support over the years. So many adults and juniors have come to love the sport, and have enjoyed expanded opportunities to play, thanks to Tom and his good works! 

 

Application for Shinkara support is due March 1st, and can be made using this online FORM Awards are traditionally granted in early April.

 

 

Inclement Weather Policy

The RMR does not dictate whether teams or participants should or should not travel during inclement weather or under any other unsafe condition. Club/Team/Personal travel to any RMR event is always at your own risk and expense. Safety first!

 

That said, we rarely cancel events. In the event that interstate highways are closed, or if gyms are closed by their school districts or owners, we publish these closures both at the RMR Home Page, and directly to all involved TEAM COACHES, via the TM2 email system.

 

In the event that a team is running late or cannot attend, it is the responsibility of the Team Coach or Representative to notify the RMR as early as possible. We can be reached by text at our office cell phone 303-584-0376. 

 

Weather-related cancellations may be eligible for refund if highway closure is corroborated by State Highway Patrol. Cancellations for any other reason substantially affect all attending teams, and are therefore not eligible for refund, and may be subject to fines or other club sanction.

 

 

RMR CONTACTS

The street address of our office is: 10579 Bradford Rd #103, Littleton, CO 80127.  

     -->  We enjoy visitors but are frequently away at events, so drop us a line before you drop by!

Our office phone number is (303) 584-0376

The general-contact email address for the RMR is: office@rmrvolleyball.org

Email addresses for our various departments at the RMR:

General Questions & COIs Marcie Schaap  office@rmrvolleyball.org or marcie@rmrvolleyball.org
Membership Kirsten Boessneck membership@rmrvolleyball.org
Accounting Brandi Wierenga accounting@rmrvolleyball.org
Events Jill Simpson events@rmrvolleyball.org or jill@rmrvolleyball.org
Executive Director Keith Murlless kmurlless@rmrvolleyball.org or executivedirector@rmrvolleyball.org