AVCA Raises the Spring Conference Bar Another Level


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2011) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association completed another successful Spring Conference last weekend, the association announced today.  Over 180 coaches and exhibitors descended upon the Doubletree Hotel Anaheim/Orange County and American Sports Center for the AVCA's fourth-annual spring event on May 12-14.


"The Spring Conference is one of the best things we do," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "It's a very interactive learning environment with coaches engaging with the presenters and each other well after sessions end.  Attendees walk away feeling like they are better coaches and that is immensely gratifying."


New to the Spring Conference in 2011 was special programming for Sand Volleyball.  The Pre-Conference Sand Volleyball Course, which kicked the event off on Thursday, focused on training indoor coaches on the essentials to get started in sand volleyball. This day-long course was taught by USAV Beach Certified trainers, Jon Aharoni and Angela Rock, and fulfilled the "on the sand" requirements of USAV's Beach Accreditation Program.


Also new to the event was the opportunity for attendees to watch, listen to and engage with the U.S. Women's and Men's National Team Coaches while they took their teams though a facilitated practice.  On Friday, Hugh McCutcheon, Alan Knipe and their staffs gave those in attendance an insider's look at the drills, training methods, and feedback they are using to prepare for this critical qualification summer, as the 2012 London Olympics are only a season away. 


Other presentations by elite collegiate coaches Brian Gimmillaro, Anne Kordes, John Kosty, Rob Patrick and Cecile Reynaud, as well as a Line-Up Optimization workshop by Kyle Mashima, inventor of Rotate 123, and a User Course provided by Jenni Hirneisen of Data Project, highlighted three days of educational sessions. 


In four years, the AVCA Spring Conference has grown from 35 attendees to over 180.  In 2012, the event will head to Los Angeles will be partnered with the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship, May 3-5, at the University of Southern California.  


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