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Rafa Urbina (#12 center) is representing the RMR and USAV in Puerto Rico.

Congratulations to the RMR's Rafa Urbina as he competes with the U.S. Boys U19 National Team.  They finished pool play at the 2024 NORCECA Continental Championship undefeated and move on to the semifinals on Saturday!

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. Raffa, 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!

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


CVA 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.


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)
Unfortunately, the “birth year” requirements are absolute. (No “senior in High School” waivers) 

Tryouts for RMR Boys All-Star will be May 18th, 2024, at Panther Volleyball Club (7246 S Revere Pkwy, Centennial, CO 80112). We will offer two sessions. The skill session will run 9:00am-12:00pm.  Players will then have a 1.5 hour lunch break (they are responsible for their own lunch and are more than welcome to leave and go get something to eat).  The competition session will run from 1:30pm-3:30pm.  Players are expected to attend both sessions. Players will receive a t-shirt for tryouts with their tryout number on it.  The registration fee is $50.  

Regarding May 12th: We had hoped to offer a tryout immediately following the Colorado HS Association State Tournament. Our thinking was that this would allow greater opportunity to athletes who live outside the Denver metro area, but would be in-town for the CHSAA tourney. We’ve received quite a bit of direct feedback, though, from coaches and parents concerned that May 12th is Mothers’ Day. With that in mind, we’ve canceled the May 12 All- Star tryout date.→ Go spend time with your Mom!

Space at tryouts is limited. To ensure a quality experience for everyone, we will utilize a tryout invitation process. Eligible returning players from All-Star 23 will receive direct invitations from the RMR to attend the 24 tryouts. New players who would like to be considered for tryouts should BOTH 1) ask their club coach or director to nominate them HERE and 2) send a LINK to their highlight videos to AllStar@rmrvolleyball.org. If selected to tryout, you will receive an invitation with a link to register for the May 18th tryouts.  

Both our returning players, and the selected new tryout players must pre-register with the invitation link emailed to them by the RMR. Deadline to register is 5pm Friday May 17th.

 

Important All-Star Dates:
Tuesday May 14th: 6:00pm PARENT ZOOM to answer all your questions.

Saturday, May 18th: Tryouts 9:00am-3:30pm

Tuesday-Saturday, July 9, 10, 12 and 13: Team practices (all players expected to attend)

Wednesday, July 17: Practice in Des Moines.  All players must arrive in Des Moines by noon.

Thursday-Sunday, July 18-21: Competition (Schedules posted to AES closer to the event)

The All Star Event plays late on Sunday, July 21. Players may not leave until Monday July 22.  

Monday, July 22: Travel day

 

Town Hall Meeting Recording available

The RMR hosted a “Town Hall Zoom” Wednesday evening, April 10th

If you missed it, here's a recording of the zoom

TOWNHALL#2

 

Topics covered included:

    * Power 6 Even, its cancellation, and whether we’re able to offer any re-scheduling

     * End of Year Regionals and where that event will play

     * How “Bids to the USAV Girls Junior National Championships” work 

          ... and where things stand for all our the RMR teams (see the RMR Bid Page)

     * Behavior (and picnic trash) at RMR tournaments

     * SafesportIt’s there for a reason

and of course...

    * Tryouts and Recruitment for the 24-25 season

 

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