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									 Convention 101
Maximizing Your AVCA
Convention Experience
      December 2008

    The AVCA Annual Convention is the
    largest gathering of volleyball coaches
    and club directors in the country. We
    are excited you’ve chosen to attend.
    This presentation will better acquaint you
    with the convention and help you
    maximize your time while in Omaha.

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    • Registration for the convention is quick and easy. To
      register online or to access a printed registration form
      go to the convention page at and click
      on the registration button. If you have any questions
      feel free to contact AVCA Headquarters at or 866-544-2822.

    • Please pay special attention to the deadlines as noted
      on the Web site. For the best deal be sure to register
      by the early bird deadline of November 7. Registering
      by this date can save you up to $150.

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          Must Attend Social Events
    • AVCA’s social events are a great opportunity
      for you to network and interact casually with
      your colleagues. These events are often the
      highlight of the convention.

    • Don’t Miss Events:
       Molten Opening Night Reception featuring Casino Night
        presented by 1st Place Volleyball
       jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon (featuring the Hall of
        Fame inductees and the Coach of the Year winners)
       AVCA All-American & Player of the Year Banquet
       Spalding Reception & Coaches Tournament
       Tachikara “Game 5” Party

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    Must Attend Professional Development
             & Leadership Events
    • The AVCA Convention is the place to network,
      become better informed about our sport and to learn
      the latest techniques in coaching. These events will
      help you do all of these things and more!

    • Don’t Miss Events:
        AVCA Annual Meeting
        Your Divisional Meeting
        AVCA Volleyball Marketplace
        Classroom, On-Court & Sand Educational Sessions
        AVCA Talent Showcase
        Under Armour High School All-American Match

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         AVCA Volleyball Marketplace
    • Anything and everything volleyball can be found
      in the AVCA Volleyball Marketplace.

    • The Marketplace offers access to over 100
      vendors who are there to show you the newest
      products and services available in the sport.

    • Many exhibitors have show specials exclusively
      for AVCA member coaches so be sure to take
      advantage of these discounts.

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                 Educational Seminars
    •   Whether you coach at the college, high school or club level the
        AVCA Convention offers educational sessions that are sure to
        make you a better coach and leader.

    •   The schedule includes more than 60 on-court, classroom and
        sand sessions with topics ranging from coaching philosophy and
        match strategy to sports psychology and new drill ideas. Seminar
        highlights include a Q&A session with NCAA President Dr. Myles
        Brand, an Olympic volleyball match analysis led by Hugh
        McCutcheon, Sue Woodstra and members of the USAV coaching

    •   There will also be presentations by top coaches such as Mary
        Wise, John Cook, Jerritt Elliott, Mick Haley and Al Scates.

    •   A complete listing of seminar topics and speakers can be found
        on the convention page at

             AVCA Talent Showcase
    • The AVCA Talent Showcase is a great recruiting event
      developed for coaches attending the AVCA Convention.
      High school junior and senior volleyball players who are
      uncommitted and unsigned will be invited to this event as
      an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of
      volleyball coaches from around the country.

    • The event will be held from 8 a.m. – Noon on Sunday,
      December 21 in the Qwest Center Omaha. There will be two
      waves of participants demonstrating their talents.

    • The NCAA has granted an exemption for coaches to
      participate so make plans to stay over on Sunday for this
      event and the Under Armour High School All-America
      Match that will follow.

       Other Things You Should Know
    • The AVCA Career Center is located in the AVCA
      Volleyball Marketplace. You can post your resume,
      view open positions, schedule an interview room and
    • Come sit a while in the Coaches Zone. Located in the
      center of the AVCA Volleyball Marketplace, this is
      your area to meet friends and take a break from the

    • AVCA staff will be dressed in business attire and have
      a blue staff ribbon on their badge. Feel free to ask
      staff members any questions you may have while you
      are at the convention.

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     One of the best ways to jump right
     into the convention is to volunteer
     during the event. This is a great way
     to learn more about your association
     and meet new coaches from around
     the country. Visit the “Convention
     Volunteer” section on the AVCA Web
     site for more information.

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                  What’s Next?
     • Be sure to check out the Convention
       web site at You’ll find
       discounts for airfare, car rental and
     • Once the Convention is over be sure to
       complete your convention evaluation
       received via e-mail after you return

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     Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns:

                 AVCA Headquarters

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