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For Parents

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 MAY play up in age groups, but may NOT play down.

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.  

The "age calculator tool," below, is handy for double-checking which age-group your student-athlete is eligible for!

 


24-25 Indoor age Definitions 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.


USAV Partners with VKTRY insoles

 

Dear RMR Volleyball Families, 

Here's a quick note to let you know that the RMR has partnered with VKTRY Performance Insoles - The Official Insoles of USA Volleyball.  

All of our RMR coaches, athletes and their  family members receive 20% off these exciting new products!

See Testimonials HERE.... and here are a few scientifically proven facts about how they can help your game:

JUMP HIGHER: Proven average +1.6” vertical jump increase

MORE QUICKNESS: The firm, stable foundation helps you get to every ball

RUN FASTER: Most athletes see speed in the 60 improved by > 0.2 seconds

REDUCE INJURIES: Maximum shock absorption means softer landings & less injuries (41%)

SOLES AND HOW THEY WORK

VKTRY also provides a 90 day money back guarantee and free shipping!

Please contact us at office@rmrvolleyball.org to receive your discount code!

 

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)

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/

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


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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.


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Town Hall Meeting Recording available

The RMR hosted a “Town Hall Zoom” Wednesday evening, April 10th, 2024

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

 

RMR Parent Town Hall #1

2 Jan 2024 RMR hosted Zoom with 100 parents to introduce various topics of discussion. SportsEngine, Officiating clinics, the USAV Learning Academy, TM2 and event formats, and the basics of our club-recruiting plan for 2024 were all touched on. Future plans include shorter "single topic" sessions one a month, under the same informal zoom environment.

Looking for a team?

Many clubs still have available positions to fill. This spreadsheet displays the most current information, as submitted by the club directors.

How to Access the USAV Learning Academy

Accessing the USAV Academy is much simpler beginning Spring 2024!  Just sign in to your Sports Engine Account, and you'll find a box at the top middle that has the USA Volleyball Academy name and logo and a blue "Launch" button at the far right.  Hit the "Launch" button, and you should be good to go.

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.

 

 

New to RMR and USAV?

RMR Membership for athletes falls into two broad categories:

Most athletes are returning to the RMR from last season. They can use their 22-23 Membership ( and their SportsEngine profile) for the new 23-24 season. Since their 22-23 membership is still "live" through August 31st, there's no need to buy a "tryout" membership, even if they are considering changing clubs.

If you were not a member of USAV/RMR last year, then you DO need to purchase a Tryout membership for the Tryout season. This low-cost membership covers your tryouts and any club practices or activities that you're involved in until Sept 1. The Tryout membership IS upgradable, into your "full season" membership once you find a club and settle in.

23-24 Season Memberships will open in two phases:

NEW: Phase 1: Referees, Coaches and Directors will be allowed to begin the process in mid-August, so that they can get their background screening and Safesport courses started.

Phase 2:  For athletes, the membership process opens on September 1st. Please don't accidentally buy a 22-23 membership before Sept 1... We want you to be ready for the 23-24 season!

Your Club will send you and your family a specific "Invitation Link" on or after Sept 1st. The link will take parents directly to the correct type of membership for their athlete. That membership will already be affiliated with your Club.. you get the right membership type, linked to the right club... all through the Invitation Link.

I mentioned above that if you are returning to USAV/RMR then you will use your existing profile at SportsEngine, to manage your membership. But If you're new to USA-Volleyball and the RMR, you'll be setting up a brand new family account at SportsEngine.

SPORTSENGINE is the fancy program that manages all of our memberships. PARENTS build "households," into which they add their daughters and sons, as RMR member-athletes. Club Directors build "Clubs," Coaches build "Teams"... and the RMR and other events use ROSTERS from these teams.... all within this one program.  SE is a  powerful tool, but it's not always easy to understand.

We've published some articles to help you get off to a great start, but here are two "pro tips" to point you in the right direction:

1) Your family only needs one account. 

     --> As the legal guardian, you as the parent, will set up the family account! THEN you add your student athletes to the family.  

     --> Athletes are not allowed to set up accounts in their own names. (because they are minors)

2) Be careful to only use "passport quality" names. The SportsEngine computer is a real stickler for correct spelling. Nicknames, or anything else other than "passport names" leads to confusion when your coach is trying to assign their players  to the team roster!

3) Choose one very solid email address for your family account. This address will be the whole key to your household. Your athletes will be able to enter their own private email addresses later in the setup.

4) We can help! We have lots more information about going USAV and the RMR at our "Membership" page. And don't forget that we have our own "membership expert" available to help you! Send any questions that you may have to membership@rmrvolleyball.org. Kirsten will get right back to you with helpful notes and online articles... all the stuff that "new members" and their families need to hear!

See you soon!

The RMR

Membership Types

Athletes who have signed with a club for the 23-24 season are reminded to wait for an invitation link from their club, that will help them affiliate with that club as a regular member. Beyond the regular club membership the RMR does offer several specific special use"membership types:

 

FOR ATHLETES:

The upgradable 23-24 Tryout Membership is still available and does includes the option to upgrade to a full 23-24 membership after you affiliate with a club. Get the "tryout membership" and you'll be good-to go for any club tryout... and eligible to upgrade to a full membership when you've chosen your club! 

Young athletes who are joining low-cost beginner leagues do so through their league administrator, or may contact the RMR at office@rmrvolleyball.org. 

Athletes who will join beach clubs either separately, or in addition to their regular indoor full-season membership may contact the office as well. (Yes, you can join one club as an indoor member, but play beach for another club!)

 

FOR ADULTS: 

Club Parents are not required to be USAV members. Many often do join however, in order to serve as team chaperones, as site directors, or as scorekeepers or referees.

Adults intending to become professional Officials; please see our "For Officials" page. 

Adult players please go to our ADULTS page.

 

RMR and USA-Volleyball: The Right Choice

 

OUR MISSION:

 

NATIONWIDE

USA Volleyball  is the only volleyball organization within the United States recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The Rocky Mountain Region (RMR) is a member organization of USAV, and along with the other Regions across the country, supports their mission to 'grow the game." Our national umbrella supports not only youth and adult amateur sport, but also the Indoor, Beach and Para-Olympic International Teams. Additionally, education of athletes, coaches and officials is core to the USAV mission. 

 

HERE AT HOME

Our goal as a non-profit organization is to foster growth and participation in all modalities of the sport of volleyball here and across the nation. The RMR is dedicated to providing a "best you can find" sort of volleyball experience to all age players, on hardwood, grass and sand courts across Colorado and Wyoming. We directly offer thirty or more high-quality, competitive and safe  competitions each year. We are proud to be a part of the explosive growth of our sport!

 

SAFELY

USAV and the RMR are committed to offering a safe competition environment, and to protecting the mental and physical health of our participants. We are active engaged in the US SafeSport program, and are strict adherents to its principles. Every adult over the age of 18 working with RMR-USAV junior players must be cleared through a comprehensive background check and must be SafeSport Certified annually. The RMR registers and certifies participants solely under the auspices of USA-Volleyball, and offers all of its competitions in full compliance with all USAV doctrines and regulations.   The RMR recognizes and adopts (for purposes of RVA activities and privileges) any penalties imposed by the USA Volleyball Ethics & Eligibility Committee.

 

The RMR commitment to participant safety includes embracing a tolerant and inclusive philosophy, free of bias or prejudice. See our equity/diversity/inclusion statement (scroll further down this page)

 

AT THE OLYMPIC LEVEL

The RMR is proud to claim a number of Olympians as our own. We have a rich history of providing athletes and coaches to the US national teams, as well as to NCAA institutions and to professional volleyball leagues both indoors and out. The USA Volleyball National Office is located in Colorado Springs, which allows RMR members an excellent opportunity for collaboration with our National Teams and its coaches. For more about the USOlympic Sports Movement  in general, and USAVolleyball in particular, Click HERE.

 

A LIFELONG SPORT

 

Volleyball never ends.! Truly a life-long sport, volleyball offers "something for everyone!"

The RMR offers juniors programming for the grassroots and development levels as well as for elite programs. We host age groups 8 to 18 years in our support of youth sport!

 

Our athletes have a great chance to "move to the next level." Over 90% of the Collegiate Division I and II volleyball athletes in Colorado and Wyoming have participated with USAV, in regions like the RMR. And we offer Beach opportunities as well as indoor, to complement the explosive growth of "collegiate beach!"

 

We serve the adult playing community as well, with programming for young-adult, adult, and senior/masters level athletes. We're proud that RMR teams have posted so many "podium finishes" at the US Open National Championship over the years!

 

COACH TRAINING

The RMR supports and develops coaches. The USAV IMPACT program was one of the country's first fundamental training grounds. Today, Coaches continue to advance, through CAP and BCAP and with the support to fate USAV Learning Academy. Coach-development will be one our new points of emphasis this year, and for years to come!

 

REFEREE DEVELOPMENT

USAV is THE place to learn all about officiating! From "team scorer" all the way to "Olympic Referee" the RMR has a proud tradition of providing officials to every volleyball scene in the nation, and around the globe!

 

STATEMENT OF INTENT

The RMR believes in USA-Volleyball and in its mission. We register coaches and athletes only into USA-Volleyball membership, and proudly offer programming solely within USAV jurisdiction. 

 

 

Anti-Discrimination Policy

The RMR shall not, nor shall anyone acting on behalf of the RMR, discriminate against any person, or group of persons, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, age, national origin, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY and INCLUSION

 

EVERY MEMBER AND FAMILY OF THE Rocky mountain REGION SHOULD FEEL WELCOME, REGARDLESS OF RACE, GENDER, IDENTITY, SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS OR OTHER IDENTIFICATIONS.

 

We know that racial and other forms of discrimination are not new, however recent events have made it painfully clear that progress cannot be made unless each individual and organization within our community makes a decision to step out of their comfort zone, learn something new about someone different than themselves, and take action to make inclusion a priority.

The racial, socioeconomic status and gender identity demographics in our region and in volleyball are significantly different than our state and especially of our country. At the RMR we are committed to an internal examination to address the shortfall of diversity and inclusion within our organization, in our clubs and in volleyball as a sport and community.

Our Board of Directors and staff commit to:

  • Listening and learning with open minds, and assisting others in doing the same, so that volleyball can be a sport where everyone feels safe and welcome.
  • Exploring our organizational structure, policies and procedures to examine ways to be more inclusive
  • Creating a Diversity & Inclusion Committee and seeking input from our membership
  • Reaching more areas of need through our Shinkara Hardship Program
  • Reducing current barriers to entry into volleyball, and collaborating with other entities to increase access to our sport
  • Creating opportunities for outreach to under-served communities and populations
  • Increasing access to employment opportunities for families and individuals in need
  • Looking at ways to develop a minority coach and official scholarship and mentoring program
  • Developing a resource and outreach page on the RMR website for diversity and inclusion initiatives and information
  • Diversifying our social media following and shared content

Read on (below) for more information on these initiatives as we examine how to best implement and expand access to our sport. If you would like to volunteer or have ideas for implementation, please contact Executive Director Keith Murlless

DEI Resources

It's important to increase awareness!

Watch this video to see how DEI influences everyone, through the eyes and voices of our own volleyball community.

--> Thank you to “Match Point” for speaking so eloquently to this topic!

  • See the “Match Point” documentary: Click here
  • USA Volleyball partners with RISE: Click here
  • Become a Sister Club for the Starlings Volleyball Program: Click here
  • Check out the hashtag #VolleyTheChange on social media
  • For Mental Health Resources, please scroll to the bottom of this page. 

ADDITIONAL DEI INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

  • Podcast: Dual Pandemics – Coronavirus & Racism (Hilinski’s Hope): Click Here
  • Art of Coaching: Critical conversation about diversity, wellness and inclusion in sports. Click here.
  • Athlete Ally Training Module: Click Here
  • Transgender College Student Resource Guide: Click Here
  • Video diaries on experiencing and dealing with prejudice from Awareness Harmony Acceptance Advocates (AHAA): Click Here
  • Panel discussion from RISE – “Athlete Activism & The Fight For Equality” – Highlight Video – Full Panel Discussion
  • “How To Challenge Discriminatory Comments” from Basic Diversity: Click Here
  • “Beyond The Golden Rule” – A Parent’s Guide To Preventing & Responding To Prejudice: Click Here
  • “What Inclusion Is & Is Not” – from Diversity Central: Click Here
  • Understanding Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity – from the American Psychological Assocation (APA): Click Here
  • Talking To Kids About Discrimination – from the APA: Click Here
  • The Role of Recreation Leaders in Preventing Bullying – from StopBullying.gov: Click Here
  • Preventing Bullying Toward LBGTQ Youth – from StopBullying.gov: Click Here
  • Successful Teams & Respectful Team Members: Click Here
  • Preventing Bullying: What Great Coaches Need To Know: Click Here
  • Positive Coaching Alliance Development Zone: Click Here
  • Could You Be Racist And Not Know It?: Click Here
  • Trainings For Youth-Serving Professionals – From The Trevor Project: Click Here
  • Resources For LGBT Youth – From the CDC: Click Here
  • Online Guide & Resources For LBGTQ Students – From Marysville University: Click Here
  • Cyber Bullying Information: Click Here
  • Port of Seattle Anti-Racism Resources: Click Here

Websites & Other Resources

Racial Justice Online Resource List

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION ONLINE EXERCISES & EDUCATION

  • Printable educational exercises from RISE: Click Here
  • Educational exercises from Awareness Harmony Acceptance Advocates (AHAA): Click Here
  • Online Implicit Association Test – from Understanding Prejudice: Click Here (Read articles about this test here)
  • Implicit Bias Tests – from Harvard University (multiple options): Click Here
  • Bullying Prevention Online Training Center from StopBullying.gov: Click Here
  • Quizzes on Bullying & Cyberbullying from GirlsHealth.gov: Click Here
  • USOC SafeSport Online Training: Click Here
  • TrueSport Bullying Prevention Lessons: Click Here
  • TrueSport “Respect” Lessons: Click Here

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

  • Hilinski’s Hope Foundation: Click Here
  • Statistics about mental health in youth/teens: Click Here
  • NCAA’s mental health page & resources: Click Here
  • NCAA’s Proposal For Mental Health Resources at Power 5 Schools: Click Here
  • Pac-12 Putting More Money Toward Mental Health: Click Here
  • “Your Life Matters” Video: Click Here
  • Black Mental Health Alliance: Click Here
  • Latinx  Therapy: Click Here
  • South Asian Mental Health Initiative & Network: Click Here
Talk to someone. If that seems too daunting, contact us.    Remember, depression lies

 

U.S. Center for SafeSport

 

 The U.S. Olympic Committee  announced the  members of the Board of Directors. I have included a link to the press release below. I hope to have more updates for you soon. Thank you for your continued support of the USA Volleyball SafeSport Program.

 

MAKE A SAFESPORT REPORT

 

This page offes guidance regarding SafeSport issues and how to report. It also offers a "REPORT A CONCERN" link, as well as a REPORT phone number.

 

SAFESPORT VICTIM SERVICES HELPLINE

SafeSport Helpline Access

Have questions about Safesport and the types of concerns that are addressed by the Safesport program?  The HelpLine link above, or the phone number below, give you access to safeSport resources. These tools can guide you if you have a concern that may merit being reported.

 Phone: 866-200-0796 (open 24 hours

Online: safesporthelpline.org

Questions about Safesport?

For questions about the Safesport program and its implementation in the Rocky Mountain Region, please contact Executive Director Keith Murlless. (safesportquestions@rmrvolleyball.org)

This "safesportquestions" email address is for program inquiries; it is not the emergency reporting line To make a report, contact local authorities and Safesport directly, at the contact points posted above.

Parent Resources

Below parents can find easy references to help navigate SportsEngine. 

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.

 

How to Access the USAV Learning Academy

Accessing the USAV Academy is much simpler beginning Spring 2024!  Just sign in to your Sports Engine Account, and you'll find a box at the top middle that has the USA Volleyball Academy name and logo and a blue "Launch" button at the far right.  Hit the "Launch" button, and you should be good to go.