AVCA Convention Goes Global
LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 7, 2011) The 2011 AVCA Convention will have some added international flair this year when coaches and athletes from nine different countries make their way to San Antonio, TX. Some come as presenters of educational sessions; some come as attendees; some come as exhibitors, and some come as participants in the Under Armour/AVCA Holiday Tournament. Representatives from Canada, Barbados, Brazil, China, Japan, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Spain will be present in San Antonio.
Francisco Hervas (coach of Spain's Junior National Team) and Cilene Drewnick (former Brazilian Olympic Team player) will each share training materials and techniques from their countries. Canadian attendee Ard Biesheuvel, author of Coaching Volleyball Champions, will do a session on six v. six drills.
Larger delegations will be travelling in from Iraq and Germany. Thirteen female volleyball coaches from Iraq will be attending the convention as part of a U.S. Department of State program. The group will be in the U.S. from December 8 to 20, attending both the 2011 NCAA National Championship matches and the 2011 AVCA Convention. The coaches are hosted by the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs SportsUnited office. Building on Secretary Clinton's vision of "smart power diplomacy," which uses the full range of diplomatic techniques-in this case, sports-this sports diplomacy volleyball program aims to transcend cultural barriers and advance mutual understanding.
A team of young athletes will also be making their way to San Antonio from Europe. Comprised of volleyball players from the Department of Defense Dependent School System, the players will participate in the Under Armour/AVCA Holiday Tournament and AVCA Talent Showcase. The students are mostly from military families, with bases spread throughout Europe including Ramstein High School (Germany), Vilseck High School (Germany) and Rota High School (Spain).
The global marketplace will also be on display at this year's convention. Japanese-based Zamst will have an expanded presence and continue to present the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. Representatives from Italy will be present at the Data Project booth, and Chris Chen from China will be working with the Insight Sports vendors.
"The growth in global outreach is mainly the result of our ability to deliver so much more education electronically," said AVCA executive director, Kathy DeBoer. "Being part of Associations International, an international management company, has given us a real competitive advantage from a technology standpoint. We see only good things coming from these expanded connections."
The AVCA Convention and Volleyball Marketplace is the largest gathering of volleyball coaches in the world. The convention will be held from December 14-18, 2011 in San Antonio, TX