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1 1 Convention 101 Maximizing Your AVCA Convention Experience December 2008

2 2 WELCOME! 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. 2

3 3 Registration 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 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. 3

4 4 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 1 st 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 4

5 5 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 5

6 6 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. 6

7 7 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 staff. 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 7

8 8 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. 8

9 9 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 more. 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 day. 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. 9

10 10 Volunteer 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. 10

11 11 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 home. 11

12 12 Questions Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns: AVCA Headquarters 866-544-2822 12

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