Seminar “Dangers of Doping” at Regional Development Center

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, February 23, 2024.- Dr. Victor Figueroa, President of the NORCECA Medical Commission, conducted a workshop about the dangers of doping and the use of prohibited substances for members of the Dominican women’s team at the FIVB-NORCECA Regional Development Center in Santo Domingo.

As the world of sports continues to evolve and push the boundaries of human achievement, an educational program is necessary for athletes’ welfare as part of their preparation for high-level competitions.

Dr. Figueroa addressed the dangers of doping to reaffirm NORCECA’s commitment to clean and ethical sportsmanship in accordance with the World Anti Doping Agency -WADA- and the FIVB.

Participants learned about banned substances, methods to enhance athletic performance,  dietary or nutritional supplements, all which  pose significant health risks to athletes. From performance-enhancing drugs to blood doping and beyond.

The health risks associated with doping may destroy an athletic career, jeopardizing their physical well-being. The use of banned substances can lead to a range of adverse effects, including but not limited to cardiovascular issues, liver damage, hormonal imbalances, and psychological disturbances. Moreover, the quest for athletic excellence at any cost can exact a toll on mental health, leading to anxiety, depression, and addiction.

When athletes resort to unfair means to gain an advantage, they betray the principles of fair play and integrity that lie at the heart of athletic competition.

Athletes, coaches, administrators, and governing bodies must work together to raise a culture of clean sport and ensure a level playing field for all competitors.

Dr. Figueroa emphasized on the need for education and support initiatives to empower athletes with the knowledge and resources to make informed decisions and resist the temptation of doping.

International Level I Volleyball Coaches Course opens in Havana

HAVANA, Cuba, February 21, 2024 – The 2024 International Level I Volleyball Coaches Course was opened in Havana with the participation of 29 coaches from seven countries. This is the second time the course has been hosted at the National School of Volleyball.

Roberto León Richard, president of the Cuban Olympic Committee (COC), welcomed all participants and highlighted the presence of 13 coaches from six nations, as well as the respected instructor Antonio Rizola from Brazil, and Nelson Ramírez, director of the FIVB-NORCECA Regional Development Center in Santo Domingo, who will serve as supervisor.

“Our Olympic Committee feels very proud and satisfied to have this level of participation in a seminar of great importance for international and Cuban volleyball” he said.

He emphasized the significance for Cuban sports, noting that based on the experienced president of the Cuban Volleyball Federation, Ariel Sainz, similar courses could be developed in other well-known and high-level sports such as boxing and judo, especially in combat disciplines, where the island has a rich history of success.

Professor Ramírez communicated a message on behalf of Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz, president of NORCECA, who is also executive Vice President of the FIVB, wishing them success in achieving the course objectives.

“Our development center was founded in 1997, and its initial support came from instructors from Cuba, which undoubtedly strengthened us”, he acknowledged.

He recalled the contributions of Argelio Hernández, Jorge Pérez Vento, and Justo Morales, praising Morales’  reference book and his willingness to collaborate. Ramírez also highlighted Morales’ work over the years in a development program across English-speaking islands, as well as in Central America and the Caribbean.

“Our Regional Development Center was established by the FIVB, and out of the 12 worldwide, only those in Thailand, Argentina, and Santo Domingo remain operational, with Santo Domingo being recognized as the most active”, he said.

Ramírez appreciated these courses in Cuba, with the previous one held last year, and emphasized the importance of continuing such development programs to expand volleyball knowledge in Cuba at the Level I range, enabling promotion within national technical teams in the future.

“But you must work alongside your national federation, strengthening your country’s efforts, always in collaboration with them because that support is crucial and desired”, he urged all participants from Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, Sri Lanka, and Cuba.

Professor Rizola expressed his joy in learning that three of his students from the previous year, including the top performer Mario Izquierdo, are now part of the coaching staff at the National School of Volleyball.

“I want to thank the authorities for being in Cuba, which has always been my reference point. I can’t recall an international Level I course with the presence of a president of the Olympic Committee of that country. Thank you for this new opportunity; it’s an honor to share my experiences with you because I learn much more from you”, he declared.

The opening ceremony concluded with an emotional moment as four giant posters were unveiled in the lobby of the National School of Volleyball, honoring those who have dedicated their lives to Cuban volleyball: Eugenio George, architect of the Morenas del Caribe; and Olympic champions Regla Torres, Mireya Luis, and Yumilka Ruiz, all inducted into the Hall of Fame in the U.S. City of Hoyoke, Massachusetts.

AFECAVOL Confirms Working Commissions

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, February 1, 2024. – AFECAVOL Executive Committee and Delegates held a Virtual Session to confirm the Working Commissions, a structure which was established in November 2020.

“Working together for the well-being of our region has been a constant effort by AFECAVOL members”,  said AFECAVOL President, Félix Sabio, in his opening words. “As we start a new year, we ask for the Working Commissions of AFECAVOL to review their performance to strengthen their functions with the knowledge of each of its members”.

AFECAVOL replicated the Working Commissions of NORCECA, aiming to structure the path towards volleyball development and its members, who are projected to expand their knowledge beyond the Central American region.

Félix Sabio emphasized that this year, the NORCECA Congress will be held, where its Working  Commissions will be confirmed, “all NORCECA Commissions have members from AFECAVOL who will be reaffirmed during the congress, and proposals for new members will be presented from our region, providing opportunities for their professional development”.

During the session, coordinators for each AFECAVOL Working Commission were confirmed: Sports Organization Commission: Lic. Félix Sabio; Technical and Coaching Commission: Prof. René Quintana; Development Commission: Ing. Allan Sharp; Beach Volleyball Commission: Ing. Bertha Cuadra; Referee Commission: Prof. Marvin Mora; Press Commission: Lic. Carolina Rivas; VIS Commission: Ing. Judith Sandino; Medical Commission: Dr. Juan Carlos Rodas; Marketing Commission: Lic. Cinthya Velásquez; Legal Commission: Mr. Carlos Enrique Santis; Athletes Commission: Luis Membreño

The importance of the benefits of NORCECA and FIVB support plans for National Federations was highlighted during the meeting, which aims to progressively reduce the competitive gap among the Zonal Associations.

Each Working Commission will present its proposals on February 22 to meet its objectives for the year, which has many competitions and elaborating a schedule that allows proper preparation is a must,  taking in account that each Commission member will undertake their task responsibly.

Félix Sabio concluded the session expressing his gratitude for the commitment of all delegates, stating, “this will be a year of many successes for Central American volleyball”.

Continental Referee Courses Opening ceremony

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, January 19, 2024. – With the participation of 18 Indoor Volleyball referees and 10 Beach Volleyball referees, the continental referee courses were inaugurated at the Olympic housing facilities in Puerto Rico and the Beach Volleyball courts in the city of Guayama.

These courses are sponsored by the NORCECA Confederation, led by Cristóbal Marte, and the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation, presided by Dr. César Trabanco, under the coordination of the NORCECA/FIVB Regional Volleyball Development Center directed by Professor Nelson José Ramírez.

Indoor Referees

During his opening speech, Dr. Trabanco expressed, “I am pleased with the confidence that NORCECA has placed in the Puerto Rican Federation to host these important courses, with the participation of referees from 14 member countries of our Confederation and I am committed  to always support the Development Center in organizing more training sessions like these”.

Professor Nelson Ramírez said, “knowledge is the key to development, and therefore, Cristóbal Marte is willing to provide NORCECA’s support. I appreciate the effort of the Puerto Rican Federation for hosting more training courses”.

Beach Volleyball Referees

In their opening remarks, instructors Guy Bradbury and Andre Trottier also stated that as soon as they were notified by Professor Ramírez about these courses, they accepted the invitation to come to Puerto Rico, a country with a great tradition in the world volleyball family, to share their knowledge and experiences in refereeing within NORCECA and the FIVB, expressing their desire for all participants to achieve their goals”.

Guy Bradbury instructor

The course will conclude on January 24 with the presentation of certificates to the participants.

Andre Trottier, instructor

2024 In Focus: U19 Beach And U17 Indoor World Championships Set For 2024

China to host FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships while the inaugural FIVB Volleyball U17 World Championships hosts will be named soon.

Age group World Championships in both volleyball and beach volleyball will be part of the 2024 FIVB competition calendar, providing opportunities for young athletes to compete on the international stage. The 2024 FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships will take place in China from 27 August to 1 September, while the inaugural editions of the FIVB Volleyball U17 World Championships for both genders will be held in August at venues that will be confirmed at a later stage.

2024 FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships

The 18th edition of the FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships will be organised in the ancient city of Shangluo in central China, where a 2,000-seat centre court and four side courts will welcome athletes and spectators from all over the world.

The event will take place from 27 August to 1 September. 32 teams per gender will join the main draw action in Shangluo. They will be split into eight round-robin pools of four for the first stage of the main draw tournament. The pool winners will advance directly to the round of 16, while the pool runners-up and the third-placed teams will enter the playoff bracket from the round of 24.

2024 FIVB U17 Volleyball World Championships

The inaugural editions of the FIVB Volleyball Girls’ and Boys’ U17 World Championships will take place in August 2024, with the hosts for these historic events to be confirmed at a later stage.

A total of 16 youth national teams will compete in each of the two newly-introduced biennial FIVB tournaments over seven competition days.

For the first stage of each U17 World Championship, the teams will be split into four single round-robin pools of four and their places in the final pool standings will determine their starting positions in the single elimination, consisting of round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals at each level of the playoff bracket.

Nelson Ramírez confident in a successful plan for the Regional Development Center

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, January 19, 2024. – Professor Nelson Ramírez, Director of the NORCECA-FIVB Regional Volleyball Development Center in the Dominican Republic, expresses confidence in a successful plan of activities for the Center in 2024.

Under the slogan “Knowledge is the Key to Development”, Nelson Ramírez embarks on a new beginning of training programs offered by the Regional Center, “year after year, the Regional Center provides the necessary support to carry out activities that contribute to the growth, development, and improvement of volleyball in the region; this year is no exception, I am confident that all the program scheduled will be once again a successful one”.

With the sponsorship of NORCECA and FIVB, the 2024 activity plan already includes a variety of courses for coaches, referees, and physical education teachers who will have the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge through new tools that they can implement in their countries.

The training programs provided by the Regional Center are led by FIVB-certified instructors with extensive experience in indoor and beach volleyball.

Professor Ramírez urges National Federations to promote the activities of the Regional Center and make new proposals to strengthen the development of volleyball in their countries.

“Just as we have started in Puerto Rico with two courses for Continental indoor and beach volleyball Referees from January 19-25, and soon we will be in Cuba to offer an International Level I Coaches Course from February 18-25, I encourage more countries to host training sessions, courses or workshops” said Professor Ramírez.

The effort made by participants in these courses, putting in intense work and gaining experience, is recognized by the Regional Center with certificates and diplomas that enrich  their resume.

Professor Ramírez concluded by saying, “our development will lead us to greater achievements”.

Regional Development Center starts Referee courses in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, January 18, 2024. – The NORCECA-FIVB Regional Volleyball Development Center will begin the continental courses for indoor and beach volleyball referees this Friday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with the participation of representatives from ten countries.

The courses will run from January 19 to 24, with the support of the North, Central American, and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation NORCECA, along with the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation, at the Olympic Housing and the beach volleyball courts in Guayama.

Meeting room for theorical sessions

Dr. César Trabanco, president of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation, expressed his immediate approval to host these important training workshops upon receiving the proposal to host both courses from the director of the Regional Center Professor Nelson Ramírez and NORCECA President Cristóbal Marte.

Professor Ramírez expressed his satisfaction to be conducting these courses on the “Island of Enchantment”, home to one of the best continental tournaments. He highlighted that the instructors for the courses will be Guy Bradbury, president of the NORCECA Referee Commission, and André Trottier, member and beach volleyball coordinator of the same Commission. Additionally, both are members of the FIVB World Referee Commission.

Inspection Beach Volleyball court

With this activity, the NORCECA Confederation and the Development Center starts to prepare referees who will officiate in the 2026 Central American and Caribbean Games to take place in the Dominican Republic.

Jacqueline Cowan appointed to Olympic Programme Commission

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, January 16, 2024.- Jacqueline Cowan, President of Jamaica Volleyball Association, was recently appointed to be a member of the Olympic Programme. Commission.

Jackie, member of the NORCECA Board of Administration, was elected member of the Olympic Porgramme Commission this past August, a commission that has the responsibility for analyzing Summer, Winter and Youth Olympic Games programmes, which forms proposals for consideration by the IOC Executive Board.

This important commission makes sure that the Olympic programme remains relevant to young people by ensuring innovation and adapting to modern tastes and new trends, while respecting the history and tradition of the sports by thoroughly evaluating the sports and events in close cooperation with the respective International Federations.

In addition to developing a programme that maximizes the popularity of the Olympic Games while containing costs and complexity.

Jackie is also the First Vice President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), post to which she was elected in 2021, becoming the fist female to hold this post in the history of the JOA. She also is Chair of the JOA Women’s Commission, General Secretary of Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) and member of the NORCECA Sports Organizing Commission.

NORCECA held its 2023 Executive Committee and Board of Administration Meeting

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, December 21, 2023. – NORCECA held its 2023 Executive Committee and Board of Administration Virtual Meeting, where the working reports for the past two years (2022-2023) were discussed.

NORCECA President, Mr. Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz,  delivered the welcoming remarks, highlighting a fruitful 2023 from all perspectives, “I am very pleased that we were able to complete the competition calendar, allowing NORCECA to rebound from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by establishing a marketing strategy and providing support to all the National Federations”.

The Executive Committee and Board of Administration members had the opportunity to review and discuss NORCECA’s annual activity report, which included two multi-sport competitions, the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador  and the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago. Additionally, the first editions of the Under-17 Continental Championships in both genders and the NORCECA Under-23 Beach Tour.

President Marte Hoffiz presented a proposal for the NORCECA classification system for the FIVB World Championship, which will be further analyzed for its approval.

In 2023, NORCECA established a historic long-term partnership for eight years (2023-2030) with MIKASA to be the official ball for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball competitions within the Confederation. The Under-19 Men’s Pan American Cup held in Guatemala in March was the first official event to use MIKASA.

The reports from all NORCECA working commissions were presented after a detailed discussion of its Financial Statements audited by the external firm Ernst & Young.

NORCECA has been a pioneer in volleyball development programs, a model adopted by the FIVB to create the Volleyball Empowerment program with a larger budget.

Regarding refereeing, NORCECA is the only Confederation simultaneously conducting refereeing courses for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball, aiming to maintain refereeing standards through an education program for the integration of new referees, along with refresher courses for the development of active referees.

Among the responsibilities of the sports organization committee, NORCECA conducted several inspections before the two multi-sport events held this year, leading to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the organizing committee and ensuring the success of both competitions.

According to the discussions during the working session, it was highlighted that time, patience, and a dedicated group of volleyball enthusiasts are required to achieve success, which will help National Federations must find ways to face various challenges to attain it.

NORCECA is in continuous growth, and there is a need to enhance its structure, leading to a subsequent session to analyze various proposals from the FIVB legal commission  for constitutional changes which arose during the meeting.

An important change took place in 2023 with the implementation of the statistical software Volley Station, prompting various training sessions and an induction plan for the members of the VIS and Statistics commission and the Refereeing commission to adapt to the changes made in the e-score sheet.

A review of the 2024 Volleyball and Beach Volleyball competition calendar highlighted the classification system for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The session concluded with the announcement of the XXVII NORCECA Congress, scheduled to be held in Punta Cana from July 6 to 7, 2024. The next NORCECA Board of Administration session is set for July 5.

Mushtaque Mohammed Reelected: CAZOVA Embraces Continuity

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, December 17, 2023.- TTO’s Mushtaque Mohammed was reelected as president of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) at the electoral congress held at The Brix Hotel, in Port of Spain on Sunday 17th December 2023.

The congress in determining the new board to guide CAZOVA until 2027, witnessed a spirited contest between the incumbent President, Mushtaque Mohammed of Trinidad & Tobago, and Ms. Margarette Graham, the Treasurer of CAZOVA from Haiti.

Board of Directors

The congress was attended by 12 of 14 National Federation members and was held under the supervision of North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) President Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz.

The associations present included Aruba, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, Barbados, Bahamas, US Virgin Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The members of the new executive committee include the reelected trio of Cayman Islands’ Kennedy McGowan (First Vice-President); Bonaire’s Gisette Emer (Second vice-president), Jamaica’s Jacqueline Cowan (Secretary General) and Board Member Filomena Daniel-Curiel of Aruba along with newly appointed Bahamian Kurtwood Green (Treasurer), and Board Member, Mark Lewis of Barbados.

In addition, Martinique’s Phillipe Lirus was appointed by the CAZOVA Board  as an Honorary Board Member and TTO’s Volleyball Federation President, Daymian Stewart also retained his post as CAZOVA’s Executive Director.

With an active calendar year scheduled for 2024, the membership was encouraged to participate in the various events and to consider hosting both CAZOVA Beach and Indoor competitions. There will also be an emphasis in assisting the National Federations in improving their administration and governance structures. In closing, the CAZOVA members unanimously agreed to support President Marte Hoffiz in his bid for reelection as NORCECA President, with an election to take place in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in July 2024.

President Marte, in his remarks congratulated the new Board and pledged his support in continuing to work with CAZOVA, to further develop volleyball in the zone.

Successful Conclusion to the 2023 ECVA Congress in St. Kitts

St. KITTS, December 10, 2023.- The 2023 Congress of the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) reached a successful conclusion on Sunday at the St Vincent Meeting Room at the St Kitts Marriott. Delegates convened for insightful discussions, key decisions, and the election of officers, marking a momentous occasion for volleyball in the Eastern Caribbean.

One of the significant outcomes of the Congress was the unanimous approval of the addition of U19 men and women indoor editions scheduled for December 2024 in St. Maarten. This expansion signals a commitment to nurturing young talent in the region. The ECVA affirmed its support for the participating national federations, emphasizing collaboration and shared growth.

In the final session, the election of officers took place, reflecting a harmonious continuation of leadership. President Glenn Quinlan (St. Kitts & Nevis), Vice President Sabinah Clement (British Virgin Islands), Secretary General Shayne Felicien (St. Lucia), and Treasurer Wilbur Harrigan (Antigua & Barbuda) were returned unopposed. Additionally, member Elvin Henriquez (St. Eustatius) secured victory over challenger Leonardo Romeo (Sint Maarten) by an 8 – 5 vote, demonstrating the democratic process within the ECVA.

NORCECA President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz administered the oath of office to the newly elected executive, emphasizing their commitment to working in the best interest of the zone without fear or favor. This moment symbolizes a new chapter in the leadership of ECVA, dedicated to advancing volleyball in the Eastern Caribbean.

To celebrate the successful conclusion of the Congress, delegates will partake in a fun event this evening. They will boat over to St. Kitts’ sister island, Nevis, for a delightful dinner, fostering camaraderie and unity among the volleyball community.

St. Kitts Welcomes the 2023 ECVA Congress

ST. KITTS & NEVIS, December 9, 2023. – The picturesque island of St. Kitts hosted the highly anticipated 2023 Congress of the East Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA). Organized by the Amateur Volleyball Association of San Cristobal, this Congress serves as a vital meeting for the East Caribbean volleyball community.

Under the coordination of President Glenn Quinlan, who also holds the positions of ECVA President and NORCECA Vice President, the event showcased a harmonious blend of collaboration and shared dedication to the sport. Distinguished guests, including NORCECA Confederation President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, provided valuable insights into the regional volleyball scenery.

The elective Congress will feature crucial elections for key ECVA positions, with Glenn Quinlan as the current president, Vice President Sabinah Clement (BVI), Secretary General Shayne Felicien (LCA), Treasurer Wilbur Harrigan OBE, and member Elvin Henríquez (EUX). Their roles are fundamental in guiding the course of volleyball in the East Caribbean region.

Marking a significant return to in-person meetings since 2019, delegates engaged in discussions on the 2024 competition schedule, conducted comprehensive reviews of the activities carried out in 2022 and 2023, and expressed gratitude for the valuable contributions of member federations. The exchange of ideas underscored the collective commitment of East Caribbean nations to the growth and development of volleyball.

Representatives from Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Dominica, Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Eustatius, Saba, Anguilla, Saint Martin, the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, and the hosts, San Kitts and Nevis, gathered to foster unity and camaraderie.

The 2023 ECVA Congress celebrated past achievements while laying the groundwork for an exciting future for volleyball enthusiasts throughout the East Caribbean.

PHOTO GALLERY ECVA 2023 CONGRESS

VNL 2024 to take the Elite of the Sport to Four Continents

The Volleyball Nations League 2024 will take the elite of international volleyball to nine countries and four continents during six weeks from May to June, when the Preliminary Phase of the sixth edition of the tournament will take place.

The top 16 female and male national teams in the planet will compete in Asia, Europe, North America and South America before the best eight in each gender battle for titles in the VNL Finals. The women will play from June 20-23 and the men from June 27-30, just a few weeks before the start of the Paris 2024 Olympics, in cities yet to be determined.

Watch the VNL 2024 live and on demand on VBTV.

Besides the host cities (venues will be announced soon), the composition of the six men’s and women’s pools for the Preliminary Phase was also announced, setting up some exciting duels between the top national teams in every corner of the globe.

WOMEN’S VNL 2024 POOL OVERVIEW

The women will be the first to get on the court, competing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Antalya, Türkiye, from May 14-19. One week later, the men will start their campaigns at the same locations.

From Europe and South America, the VNL 2024 will head to Asia and North America. The women will play in Macau and Arlington, Texas, USA (the host city of last year’s VNL Finals), from May 28-June 2, with the men battling in Japan (with the host city to be confirmed), and Ottawa, Canada, from June 4-9.

The Preliminary Phase will come to an end for the women from June 11-16, with pools hosted in Hong Kong and Japan. In the following week, the men will complete their schedules in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Manila, the Philippines.

The top seven teams in each gender will advance to the VNL Finals, as well as the host countries.

MEN’S VNL 2024 POOL OVERVIEW

The 16 women’s national teams competing in the VNL 2024 will be Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, the Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Thailand, defending champions Türkiye and the United States.

The men’s title will be contested by Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cuba, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, defending champions Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Türkiye and the United States.

Olympic Spots in Play

The VNL 2024 will also play a major role in determining the last national teams that will qualify for the Paris Olympics. The result of each match of the tournament’s Preliminary Phase will impact the FIVB Volleyball World Rankings, which will determine the teams to occupy the last five spots in next year’s Games.

As of now, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, Poland and the United States are guaranteed on the men’s side while Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Poland, Serbia, Türkiye and the United States have qualified among the women – host country France will also be represented on both genders.

FIVB Executive Committee Looks Ahead To Volleyball’s Bright Future

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, November 30, 2023.- The FIVB Executive Committee this week hosted a hybrid meeting to discuss the latest innovations and achievements in sport while looking ahead to the bright future of volleyball with many new and important initiatives explored.

With the Continental Confederation Presidents joining from the FIVB Headquarters, the FIVB Executive Committee heard updates on volleyball and beach volleyball events and were also presented with the latest information from Volleyball World by its CEO, Finn Taylor.

2023 has been a very successful year for volleyball and beach volleyball, with the sports captivating audiences globally through a series of world-class competitions. These competitions included the Volleyball Nations League (VNL), Beach Pro Tour, Beach Volleyball World Championships, Olympic Qualification Tournaments and various age-group events.

In his opening remarks, FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° also shared the latest achievements through the revolutionary Volleyball Empowerment and Development programmes, stating:

“Over the past decade, we have not only transformed the reality of our sport by introducing a range of innovations on and off the field of play, but we have also provided opportunities to all 222 National Federations through our revolutionary programmes of Volleyball Empowerment and Development!

“Since 2017, the FIVB has approved a total of 840 projects from 194 National Federations across all five Continental Confederations. This support totals an investment of more than CHF 23 million. These projects are delivering great results, which we consistently share with you through the FIVB website and newsletters. All the data is transparently available through the FIVB Project Dashboard Data Visualisation tool.”

The FIVB Executive Committee also discussed the next steps on launching the FIVB Foundation and announcing the detailed Volleyball Calendar 2025-2028.

Volleyball Calendar 2025-2028 Approved By The FIVB Board Of Administration

All You Need To Know About The 2025-2028 Volleyball Calendar!

FIVB Foundation To Be Launched In 2023!

Additionally, the FIVB Executive Committee approved the re-location of Luxembourg from the Small Countries Zonal Association (SCA) to the Middle European Volleyball Zonal Association (MEVZA) following the approval of the CEV Board of Administration.

Soon Continental Volleyball and Beach Volleyball Refereeing Course

PONCE, Puerto Rico, November 29, 2023 – The NORCECA/FIVB Regional Volleyball Development Center announces the Continental Volleyball and Beach Volleyball Refereeing Course to be held in Ponce, Puerto Rico from January 19 to 24, 2024.

As part of the training activities conducted by the NORCECA/FIVB Regional Volleyball Development Center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the Continental Volleyball and Beach Volleyball Refereeing Course will be carried in person in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico.

The course will be conducted in both English and Spanish. Those interested should contact the Development Center directly for more details:

Email: centrofivb_rdom@yahoo.es

WhatsApp: +1-809-563-5642

Félix Sabio reelected President of AFECAVOL

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, November 18, 2023. – Mr. Félix Ambrosio Sabio González of Honduras was reelected President of the Association of Central American Volleyball Federations AFECAVOL for the 2024-2028 term during the 2023 Ordinary and Election General Assembly held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on November 18.

The seven National Volleyball Federations of Central America chose Félix Sabio for a second term as the President of the Zonal Association, a member of the NORCECA Volleyball Confederation.

The AFECAVOL Executive Committee is composed as follows:

President: Félix Sabio González, Honduras

First Vice President: Bertha Cuadra Cuadra, Nicaragua

Second Vice President: Allan Sharp, Belize

General Secretary: Carlos Enrique Santis Rangel, Guatemala

Treasurer: Shean Jyh Liou, El Salvador

First Vocal: Carlos Echandi, Costa Rica

Second Vocal: Marco Pérez, Panama

To the center Lic. Cristobal Marte President of NORCECA and Felix Sabio President of AFECAVOL, others members of the Board of Directors AFECAVOL

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The Ordinary General Assembly had the active participation of NORCECA President, Mr. Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz, who addressed the assembly, commending AFECAVOL’s work in 2023, stating, “Among the three Zonal Associations of NORCECA, AFECAVOL is an example of development and organization in our region. Its members have faced and overcome adversities in each of their countries, and with the work and assistance of NORCECA, they have managed to overcome them”.

President Marte Hoffiz emphasized congratulating AFECAVOL for fulfilling its competition schedule and ensuring the development of volleyball in Central America.

“AFECAVOL is an institution that has looked after the development of the zone and not just an individual country. In that sense, the evaluation by NORCECA is positive”, added Marte Hoffiz.

During the working session, the 2023 reports from the Presidency, Treasury, and Administrative Secretariat of AFECAVOL were approved. Additionally, working commissions presented reports for 2023 and proposals for 2024.

President Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz also presented the NORCECA Presidency report and informed the assembly that he would run for the NORCECA Presidency in the upcoming 2024 Congress for his last four-year term according to the FIVB constitution.

One of the highlights during the session was President Sabio´s new initiative and approval to create the AFECAVOL Women’s and Men’s Volleyball Final Four senior events, where the top four countries in the AFECAVOL ranking will compete.

In the 2024 plans, is the effort to organize the Central American Beach Volleyball Tour and incorporate it into the NORCECA Tour.

The host countries for the 2024 Competitions were also decided (dates to be confirmed).

Volleyball:

– VI Central American Women’s U-23 Championship *rescheduled* (born in 2002) – El Salvador

– I Central American Girls’ U17 Championship (born in 2008) – Nicaragua

– I Central American Boys’ U17 Championship (born in 2008) – Costa Rica

– XV Central American Women’s U19 Championship (born in 2006) – Honduras

– XV Central American Men’s U19 Championship (born in 2006) – El Salvador

– XX Central American Women’s U21 Championship (born in 2004) – Belize

– XX Central American Men’s U21 Championship (born in 2004) – Panama

– I Central American Men’s Final Four Championship – Guatemala

– I Central American Women’s Final Four Championship – Costa Rica/Nicaragua/Honduras

Beach Volleyball:

– The AFECAVOL Executive Committee will session in a future date to decide dates, integrate events into the NORCECA Tour, and determine the host countries and dates for U17 and U19 Central American Championships.

President Félix Sabio expressed his gratitude for the commitment and support of all members in January 2020, just two months after the global Covid-19 pandemic declaration.

President Félix Sabio’s message was of gratitude for the AFECAVOL members’ commitment to support and contribute to his presidency when he took the position in January 2019, just two months before the global Covid-19 Pandemic was declared.

“We took on challenges and overcame them. We will continue to be a reference in NORCECA as the most active, organized, and forward-thinking Zonal Association. A lot of events are scheduled for 2024, where we will add four new events to our competition calendar, which I am convinced will be a success”, said Félix Sabio.

He also informed the assembly that AFECAVOL’s upcoming Assemblies will take place in November and concluded the session by thanking the trust and support of NORCECA President Cristóbal Marte and NORCECA General Director Arateide Cáceres”.

Beach Volleyball Referees Receive FIVB International Status

ROI ET, Thailand, November 16, 2023. – Three Beach Volleyball referees representing NORCECA have been certified as International Referees by the FIVB during the U21 Beach Volleyball World Championship, which concluded on November 12 in Roi Et, Thailand.

André Trottier, member of NORCECA Referee and Beach Volleyball Commissions and an FIVB Referee Instructor, made the announcement that Gilberto Magdalena Gleves from the United States, Alvaro Rivera from Mexico, and Simon Ouellet from Canada, representing the NORCECA Confederation,  successfully passed the FIVB Level C Referee Course during the U21 World Championship in Roi Et.

“This certification makes them eligible to officiate FIVB international competitions outside their countries,” said André Trottier. “All three had a successful involvement during the World Championship, and I am very proud of their performance”, he added.

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Magdalena Gleves was designated as First Referee for the women’s gold medal match, and Simon Ouellet served as Second Referee in the men’s final.

The NORCECA Confederation congratulates all three for achieving their FIVB International Beach Volleyball Referee status, knowing that they will continue to represent our Confederation successfully in future appointments”.

Zonal Association Presidents Share Latest Updates At Seminar

November 3, 2023.- The FIVB organized the fourth Zonal Association Presidents’ seminar on October 26, providing the Zonal Associations with an opportunity to share their latest achievements and updates.

Following presentations by a number of Zonal Association Presidents during the previous seminar, the remaining leaders have now shared details on their ongoing activities, achievements and future plans, which included Zonal members of our NORCECA Confederation

·       Association of Central American Federations of Volleyball (AFECAVOL) President Felix Sabio Gonzalez

·       North and Central Volleyball Zonal Association (NCVA) President Mark Eckert

·       Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) President Mushtaque Mohammed.

Additionally, the FIVB President updated the Zonal Associations on the FIVB’s achievements since the last meeting. These achievements include the highly successful Olympic Qualification Tournaments, which saw six teams per gender secured tickets to next year’s Olympic Games Paris 2024, the latest results of the Volleyball Empowerment and Development programmes, and the recent election of FIVB Board of Administration member Cecilia Tait as an IOC member.

The discussions also focused on the successful conclusion of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships earlier this month.

Highlighting the tournament, FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said:

“Just earlier this month, we concluded a 10-day celebration of beach volleyball – the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. For the first time in the event’s history, it was hosted in Mexico. Mexico did a remarkable job hosting these World Championships. From the very start of the event, they showcased warm hospitality as well as commitment to delivering one of the best events ever. From the Opening Ceremony and throughout the 10 days of exciting matches across three cities in the Tlaxcala region, Mexico once again proved its strong hosting credentials with full venues, passionate fans and an incredible atmosphere.”

FIVB General Director Fabio Azevedo, also highlighted some of the FIVB’s notable achievements through the Volleyball Empowerment and Development programmes:

“We are very proud of the results our programmes achieve all around the world. Just to share some examples with you, the Canada women’s national volleyball team has moved up to 11th place in the Senior World Rankings while fighting for a place at the Olympic Games Paris 2024. Meanwhile, the France women’s national team has qualified for the VNL 2024, while their men’s beach volleyball teams have greatly improved and are hoping to potentially qualify two teams to Paris 2024. Mexico’s beach volleyball teams won gold in the men’s and bronze in the women’s events at the Central American and Caribbean Games 2023.

“The Belgium men’s national team took the OQT by surprise with their impressive performance, coming very close to qualifying for the Games and beating strong national teams. Gambia men’s beach volleyball team qualified for the World Championships 2021 and 2023 and is now fighting to be in Paris next year. In addition, the beach volleyball national teams of Thailand have greatly improved their performance and saw good results at the Asian Games. The Dominican Republic women’s team qualified for Paris 2024, topping their pool at the competition. And of course, our pilot project, the Kenya women’s national team were this year crowned African Nations Champions for the first time since 2015.”

The Presidents of the Continental Confederations and members of the FIVB Development and Volleyball Empowerment Commissions were also invited to join the seminar.

The next Zonal Association Presidents’ Seminar will be scheduled for the beginning of next year.

Jamaica Volleyball Association receives a donation to safeguard their athletes

KINGSTON, Jamaica, October 20, 2023.- The Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA) was received the donation of an automated external defibrillators (AEDs) by Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB).

The handing over ceremony was held at the University of Technology on October 18. The presentation of the defibrillators was followed by an in-person training session on the usage of the AED and its importance, coupled with training in CPR.

Representatives from JaVA including athletes, coaches and referees attended the training.

President of JaVA, Mrs. Jackie Cowan, stated that she “was grateful for the defibrillator and having emergency resources readily available at volleyball events. Although it is hoped that it will never have to be used, it is reassuring that in a case of an emergency we will be able to respond quickly, which could assist in saving a life”.

FIVB President Receives Warm Welcome In Mexico During The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships

October 18, 2023.- Media, fans and beach volleyball enthusiasts warmly welcomed FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° during his stay in Mexico for the magnificent FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, showcasing the nations enthusiasm and passion for sport, that concluded on October 15 in Tlaxcala.

While media were interested in getting the FIVB President’s impressions on Mexico’s first ever Beach Volleyball World Championships and the upcoming Olympic Games Paris 2024, local fans and beach volleyball enthusiasts were keen to discuss their favourite teams, take photos and collect autographs as lasting memories.

Reflecting on his experience, the FIVB President said:

“I was extremely pleased to see such a huge interest from both media and fans at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Mexico. I would like to thank them all for their enthusiasm and dedication to making this tournament really special and for joining the celebration of our sport.

“It was a great pleasure for me not only to speak to many media outlets and share my experience of this event, but also discuss the future of beach volleyball and next year’s Olympic Games Paris 2024.

“And of course, I was very touched to meet so many passionate volleyball fans here in Mexico who were cheering for the teams at the venues and talking to us on the streets of Tlaxcala. The whole region celebrated our sport during the World Championships, this was truly amazing and will contribute to the event’s legacy!”

141st International Olympic Committee Session extends Luis Mejía IOC Member status

MUMBAI, India, October 16, 2023.- During the 141st International Olympic Committee -IOC- Session taking place in Mumbai, India from October 15 to 17, voted to approve the extension of the terms of office for four years to Luis Mejía Oviedo, President of Centro Caribe Sports, as a Member of the IOC.

During the working Session on October 16, the Session voted to approve the extension of the terms of office for four years IOC Member Mr. Luis Mejía Oviedo, whose age limit, 70, will be reached at the end of 2023, starting from 1 January 2024 and running until the end of 2027.

The decision is due to Oviedo’s position as President of the Organization Centro Caribe Sports and to his pioneering role in promoting the Olympic Movement and its values through a national Olympic Channel.

The news of this extension of terms of office came with great joy by NORCECA President, Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz for Luis Mejia Oviedo’s valuable support to the NORCECA Confederation  in towards the development of volleyball in our Continent.

“Luis Mejía Oviedo has been an ally to our sport; his support in various initiatives that our Confederation has undertaken in recent years, even in challenging times, has been unwavering, and we congratulate the extension of his term as IOC Member, which will benefit all sports in our region” expressed Marte Hoffiz.

NORCECA and FIVB Mourns Passing of Volleyball Family Member Mark Tennant from Canada

October 12, 2023.- NORCECA and the FIVB is deeply saddened by the passing of Mark Tennant from Canada, whose contributions to the sport of volleyball spanned over four decades, encompassing roles as a player, coach, technical leader and international representative.

Tennant was a cherished and prominent figure within the global Volleyball Family. His knowledge and expertise were invaluable contributions to various NORCECA and FIVB Commissions, in addition to his role as a Technical Delegate at several volleyball and beach volleyball events.

His legacy in the development of volleyball in Canada includes his key role in staging international events, such as the 1999 Women’s Junior World Volleyball Championship among others. While leading the women’s programme at the University of Saskatchewan, Tennant pioneered Supervolley, one of Canada’s largest and most prestigious open tournaments. Over its 20-year history, it evolved into the biggest tournament in North America, drawing teams from across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

NORCECA, the FIVB and global Volleyball Family extend their heartfelt condolences to the Canada volleyball community, as well as his family and loved ones, at this difficult time.

Opening Ceremony International Course for Level 1 Coaches

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, August 28, 2023.- An International Course for Level 1 Coaches organized by the NORCECA/FIVB Volleyball Regional Development Center in Santo Domingo, sponsored by the National Physichal Educatioin Institute (INFEI), the NORCECA Confederation and the International Volleyball Federation, which will conclude on Friday October 1. 

31 coaches are taking part of the course, from Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curazao, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, conducted by Instructor Juan Cartagena of Puerto Rico.

Attending the opening ceremony were Garibaldi Bautista president of the Dominican National Olympic Committee, Ángel Rivas president of the National Distrit Volleyball Association, international instructor Juan Manuel Cartagena and professor Nelson José Ramírez director of the Regional Development Center.

The president of the Dominican National Olympic Committee Garibaldi Bautista motivated the participants to put in practice all the knowledge they will acquire in benefit of volleyball in their respective countries, recognizing the Development Center´s great work and that is why FEDOVOLI is one of the Federations that has developed the most, obtaining great international results.

International instructor Juan Cartagena of Puerto Rico explained that the FIVB has recognized the quality of the Center, which is an example for volleyball around the world, and personally as well, preparing a great number of Coaches from members of the NORCECA Confederation.

Ángel Rivas representing FEDOVOLI congratulated all the participants for their efforts in taking this important course and hopes that all of them finish with the best grades.

NORCECA awarded a recognition to Dr. Ary Graça for his valuable support during his presidency

PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, June 24, 2023.- The North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation NORCECA awarded a special recognition to FIVB President Dr. Ary Graça, for his valuable support to all the successful actions towards NORCECA during his presidency.

NORCECA President, Dominican Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz, handed out the recognition to Dr. Graça in appreciation for all the support to the National Federations members of NORCECA during his presidency.

“There is no way to thank all the support you have given to the different initiatives presented by NORCECA to the FIVB and we’ve received their solidarity, even at hard moments, such as those during the COVID pandemic in 2020-2021”, said Marte Hoffiz.

FIVB President Dr. Ary da Silva Graça, was thankful for the recognition from NORCECA and motivated them to continue working hard, with planning and vision to keep the global volleyball family together.

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“We are a family, and we are always seeking the best for every actor who intervenes for a solid and robust FIVB, where innovation can reach every corner of the world” said FIVB president.

The FIVB Board of Administration, presided by its President Dr. Ary Graça, concluded this past week a productive three-day meeting in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, where they discussed several important topics.

During the meeting, all members were presented with a complete report of Volleyball around the world by its General Director, Finn Taylor.

He highlighted the remarkable success of the ongoing 2023 VNL, with a 50% improvement in attendance compared to last year, as well as substantial improvement in subscribers since the beginning of the event.

Highly Successful FIVB Board Of Administration Meeting Concludes In Dominican Republic

Updates to the composition of the FIVB Athletes’ Commission were also approved

The FIVB Board of Administration, led by FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F°, today concluded its productive three-day gathering in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with a number of important topics discussed.

During the meeting, the members received comprehensive updates on Volleyball World from its CEO, Finn Taylor. He highlighted the remarkable success of the ongoing VNL 2023, with a notable 50% increase in attendance compared to last year’s edition, as well as substantial growth in OTT subscribers since the beginning of the event.

In addition, the Board discussed and approved a number of proposals from the FIVB Commissions and Councils.

Beach volleyball Olympian Doaa Elghobashy from Egypt is now part of the Athletes’ Commission

In particular, the FIVB Board of Administration approved, with immediate effect, the following proposals of the Athletes’ Commission:

1) For Simone Anzani (ITA) to substitute resigned Samuele Papi (ITA) as an Athletes’ Commission Member

2) For Sam Deroo (BEL) to substitute Samuele Papi (ITA) as the Athletes’ Commission Secretary

3) For Doaa Elghobashy (EGY) to substitute resigned Anouk Verge-Depre as an Athletes’ Commission Member.

World champion, Simone Anzani joins the FIVB Athletes’ Commission

Moreover, Kare Mol (NOR), a head coach of the Norwegian Vikings, Anders Mol and Christian Sorum, joins the Technical and Coaching Commission as an observer representing beach volleyball.

During the meeting, the Presidents of all five Continental Confederations presented their projects for the years 2023-2024, while updates on volleyball and beach volleyball events were also shared, including the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

Level I Coaches Course concludes in the Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, June 24, 2023.- With the participation of 35 coaches from the National District Volleyball Association of the Dominican Republic, the Norceca/FIVB Regional Center for Volleyball Development held a course for Level 1 Regional Volleyball Coaches.

The five-day course was conducted by Venezuelan instructors Alexander Gutiérrez Sánchez and Rómulo Hernández.

In the closing ceremony, Mr. Ángel Rivas, President of ASOVODINA, who is at the Central American and Caribbean Games in El Salvador, via zoom, expressed “our organization will spare no effort to continue preparing coaches in charge of clubs and schools all over the country”.

Ángel Rivas thanked the Juancito Sport Foundation for their support in organizing this important course, as well as FEDOVOLI and the NORCECA Confederation.

Financial And Legal Presentations Discussed At The FIVB Board Of Administration Meeting

FIVB accounts 2022 approved alongside some changes to the FIVB Regulations

The FIVB Board of Administration meeting continued today with the 2022 Accounts and legal presentations, as well as the reiteration of the initial decision, in line with the latest IOC recommendations, regarding the participation of the national teams from Russia and Belarus in international and continental events.

During the meeting, the Board of Administration approved the Business Report 2022 – Profit and Loss and Balance Sheet, as well as the report of the FIVB Controller 2022 and the Deloitte External Auditors’ Report 2022.

Additionally, the Board of Administration was presented with the legal presentation and proposals of the Legal Commission, which included changes to a number of FIVB Regulations, the appointment of the FIVB Disciplinary Panel and approval of the CAVB Constitution.

Following the detailed review of the FIVB Legal Commission, the FIVB Board of Administration also reiterated its previous decision that all Russian and Belarusian national teams, clubs, officials and beach volleyball and snow volleyball athletes are not eligible to participate in all international and continental events until further notice, which is in line with the latest IOC recommendations. It has also been decided not to display Russia and Belarus in the World Rankings for the duration of their non-participation at events as their ranking points remain frozen as per the decision of the FIVB Board of Administration in October 2022.

FIVB Executive Committee confirms commitment to innovation in sport

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, June 21, 2023.- The FIVB Executive Committee, led by FIVB President Dr Ary S Graça F°, today met in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic, to discuss further innovations and opportunities for the sport and its development all over the world.

The meeting provided an opportunity for the Executive Committee to discuss the agenda planned for the Board of Administration meeting, set for 22-24 June 2023, as well as several other important topics. These included the timeline for the Continental Confederations’ Congresses 2024 and the change of National Federation of Origin requests.

Opening the meeting, the FIVB President said:

“The FIVB will never stop innovating and providing more opportunities for our sport. During this week’s Board of Administration meeting, we will present a number of important innovations that will be the next major milestones for our sport and I am delighted that the Executive Committee is fully aligned in its support for these projects.”

NORCECA Mourns Passing of Volleyball Referee Hernán Casamiquela

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, June 16, 2023.- The NORCECA Confederation is deeply saddened by the loss of Argentinean Referee Hernán Casamiquela who passed away in Brasilia, Brazil.

Hernán Casamiquela was currently in Brasilia fulfilling his  referee duties at the Volleyball Nations League and passed away for natural causes.  

Casamiquela had a remarkable career as a national and international referee, with a long trajectory at World Championships and Olympic Games; he was current director of the National Refereeing Secretariat in Argentina.

NORCECA extends its deepest condolences to the international refereeing family, the Argentinean Volleyball Federation, and his loved ones during this difficult time.

NORCECA mourns the loss of Guido Salvo

SANTO DOMINGO, 6 de junio de 2023.- NORCECA is saddened to learn about the loss of Guido Alberto Salvo Pelleiro, former President of the National Volleyball Federation of Uruguay.

Guido Salvo presided Uruguay Volleyball from 2016 to 2021 and was member of the South American Volleyball Confederation, from where he supported and collaborated with NORCECA in organizing numerous Pan American Cups and Multisports Events that have united both Confederations.

NORCECA and president Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz express their deepest condolences to his respected family and to the Uruguayan volleyball family.

NORCECA is saddened to learn of the loss of Raiza O’Farril, former member of las “Morenas Del Caribe”

HAVANA, Cuba, May 30, 2023.- The North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation NORCECA is saddened to learn of the loss of Raiza O’Farril, ex member of the legendary “Morenas Del Caribe” of Cuba.

Volleyball Cuban legend, performed as setter of the Cuban team that won both Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games and several world championships, was a key piece of the famous Morenas del Caribe under the direction of mythical coach Eugenio George, who captivated the world during the 90’s.

The news was confirmed to NORCECA by Mireya Luis NORCECA Vice President and former teammate who expressed “a beautiful person has passed away, an excellent woman, excellent athlete, a Morena del Caribe; it’s painful, rest in peace my child”.

Raiza O’Farril passed away this morning at the age of 51 after a short battle against cancer and leaves to mourn two daughters to whom we send our deepest condolences.  

Level I Beach Volleyball Course closing ceremony

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 26, 2023.- With the support of the National Physical Education Institute and the North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation NORCECA, the Level I Beach Volleyball International Course for Coaches and Physical Education professor concluded successfully.

Ten professors from the INEFI joined professors and coaches from Ecuador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Cuba, Italy and the Dominican Republic took part of the International Course.

FIVB instructor Mauro Hernandez of Spain conducted the course, he is one of the most respected instructors worldwide, who has taken part in Olympic Games, several World Tour stages, Pan American Games, Central American and Caribbean Games, among others.

The participants were subjected to a five-day working program that included theory and practice at the Volleyball Training facilities at Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center.

After handing out the certificates, Mauro Hernandez said “I am satisfied with the great level and knowledge of the participants, especially from the Dominican professors, who are ensuring a promising future for volleyball in at a school level throughout the country”.

Hernandez congratulated the National Physical Education Institute for joining the Regional Volleyball Development Center in Dominican Republic directed by Professor Nelson José Ramírez for his initiative, “I will take this idea to my country to start a program like this one, as one of the FIVB politics is to integrate schools to our sports’ programs”.

Professor Ramírez stated that NORCECA president Cristobal Marte is interested in schools to be part of the development of volleyball in the region.

Ramirez closed the ceremony thanking Alberto Rodríguez director of INEFI for his support, as well as that of the Dominican Olympic Committee and the Dominican Sports Ministry.

NORCECA mourns the passing of Bill Kauffman

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 21, 2023.- The NORCECA Volleyball Confederation was saddened to learn of the death of Bill Kauffman, former member of the NORCECA Press Commission.

Bill Kauffman served as senior manager of communications at USA Volleyball from where he was appointed for many international volleyball tournaments and held the position of secretary of the NORCECA Press commission.

Kauffman died on May 20 of natural causes.

NORCECA sends our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

International Course for Beach Coaches to get underway

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 20, 2023.- The NORCECA/FIVB Regional Volleyball Development Center in Dominican Republic will conduct an International Course for Beach Volleyball Coaches from May 21-25.

A total of 27 coaches from Aruba, Cuba, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Dominican Republic will be taking part in the event.

Mauro Hernández, a well-recognized beach volleyball coach with experience coaching in several countries in Europe and South America, will be conducting the theorical and practical sessions at the Volleyball Pavilion of the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center in Santo Domingo and on Juan Dolio beach.

Professor Nelson José Ramírez, director of the Development Center stated that this course is part of the 2023 program of courses and workshops sponsored by the NORCECA Confederation and the National Institute of Physical Education of the Dominican Republic.

FIVB Hosts Second Zonal Association Presidents Seminar

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 4, 2023.- The FIVB this week hosted the second Zonal Association Presidents’ Seminar in a hybrid format with most participants connecting online while the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) Zonal Association Presidents joined from the FIVB Headquarters where they are currently taking part in a three-day mentoring program.

The second seminar follows the first gathering in early March, with the sessions aimed at discussing opportunities to further the growth of volleyball across all 222 National Federations (NFs). The Zonal Association Presidents were provided with a report summarizing the activities of all the Zones in  2022, and also learned more on how to best support the NFs within their respective Zones to develop volleyball all over the world.

In addition, the Zonal Association Presidents had an opportunity to ask various questions including those on Volleyball Empowerment, the competitions calendar, good governance, and safeguarding. The seminar was also attended by the Presidents of the Continental Confederations and members of the FIVB Development and Volleyball Empowerment Commissions.

Opening the meeting, FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said:

“We are already working very hard on our vision to develop volleyball all over the world by empowering the National Federations, national teams and players to realize their full potential.

“Again, let me emphasize that as Zonal Association Presidents, you are very important members of the Volleyball Family. We rely on you to provide valuable support to the National Federations in your respective Zones both by supervising and monitoring existing projects and equally helping the NFs to identify their needs, develop strong projects and subsequently apply for the support.

“You are also key in facilitating communication and knowledge transfer, as well as providing more opportunities for teams to play at the Zonal level.  I strongly believe that by working together as a team, we can achieve great results for our sport all over the world!”

The FIVB President shared some examples of the Volleyball Empowerment and development projects that have already achieved great results from all five Continental Confederations, including those in ColombiaMalawiCanadaFrance and New Zealand

The Zonal Association Presidents are planning to meet again after the FIVB Board of Administration meeting.

International Coaching Symposium Registration is Now Open in Canada

OTTAWA, Ontario, April 26, 2023.- Registration is now open for the 4th edition of the International Coaching Symposium (ICS), held in conjunction with the upcoming 2023 Volleyball Nations League event in Ottawa, Ontario. The ICS will run from Friday, June 9 to Sunday, June 11 at the University of Ottawa (Montpetit Hall).

The Ottawa 2023 Volleyball Nations League (men’s week one) provides an environment where coaches are not only entertained by world-class volleyball, but are also able to learn from some of the most expert and experienced international and national-level coaches in the sport. 

The 2023 ICS includes 14 one-hour sessions over three days, covering a myriad of topics in both classroom and gymnasium settings. Four of the 14 sessions will be targeted for development coaches. Four distinct registration packages are offered, including: Day Passes, Two Day Passes, Full Packages without Accommodation and Full Packages with Accommodation. See this page for details: https://bit.ly/3oGvCzK

For further information about the ICS and to register via Volleyball Canada’s registration system provider SportLoMo, please refer to the following:

Check out the ICS schedule here:  
https://volleyball.ca/uploads/Competitions/Internationals/ICS_schedule_april24.pdf
SportLoMo registration link:  
https://volleyball.canada.sportsmanager.ie/sportlomo/registration/event-registration/index/12316
(please note you have to create an account to register)
Event web site: https://volleyball.ca/en/competitions/2023-volleyball-nations-league 

  • Contact info@volleyball.ca if you have any questions and/or require additional information.

Upcoming Course for Level I Beach Volleyball Coaches

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 11, 2023 – The NORCECA/FIVB Regional Center in the Dominican Republic for the Development of Volleyball is announcing their upcoming Level 1 Beach Volleyball Coaches Course.

Professor Nelson Ramírez, director of the Development Center informed that the International Course for Level 1 Beach Volleyball Coaches will be held from May 20-26 in Santo Domingo and registration will be closed on May 15.

All interested in being part of this course can contact the NORCECA/FIVB Regional Center via centrofivb_rdom@yahoo.es or WhatsApp +1 (809) 563 5642.

Mushtaque Mohammed inducted into Sports Hall of Fame in T&T

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, March 30, 2023.- Mushtaque Mohammed, the former T&T Volleyball Federation President and current president of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association CAZOVA was inducted into the First Citizens Sport Foundation Hall of Fame in Trinidad and Tobago.

The 60-year-old Mohammed was one of the nine current or former national sports personalities who were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2022 First Citizens Sports Foundation Awards ceremony themed ‘Passing the Baton’ which was held at MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday.

The winner of the 1993 WITCO Sport Foundation Administrators Award as head of the T&TVF Mohammed, and a member of the Federation International Volleyball (FIVB) Executive said, “this recognition is indeed a humbling and proud experience”.

He added, “When I started in administration it was never to get recognition but to assist the development of the sport, however, being recognized for your contributions is always a good feeling especially when it is from a national perspective”.

The Piparo-born Mohammed added, “Induction into the Hall of fame is a great recognition, and it means that my involvement is now etched into the history of Sports in T&T”. 

A Vice President both at the FIVB and North Central American and Caribbean Confederation of Volleyball (NORCECA) Mohammed stated, “I came from a very humble beginning playing sport in my village in Piparo and with the discipline, dedication and the pursuit of excellence, I was able to make this contribution to sport as a volunteer, serving selflessly at all levels to positively impact the youth and our society at large”.

Among his achievements, Mohammed was key to the success of the T&T senior women’s volleyball team’s qualification to two major events, the FIVB Women’s Grand Prix and World Championships, the first time ever in both instances as a result of his assistance to the T&TVF in planning and developmental program which commenced in 2009 and formed the pathway for T&T to qualify for the 2018 FIVB World Championships which was held in Tokyo Japan.

Mohammed was also the pioneer and first president of the National Schools Volleyball Association, which was formed in September 1990, and assisted with organized tournaments in the schools and paved the way for the development of our younger volleyball players to become National players.

The development of sport was trusted upon him in NORCECA in 2001 and since then the sport in the islands and Central America has grown significantly, which led to him being recognized by the FIVB and appointed as President of its Development Commission in 2016.

The FIVB  has trusted the Development Commission on his shoulders since May 2017 and the development of the sport has initiated many new projects to enhance the growth of both volleyball and beach volleyball.

As an official Mohammed has participated as supervisor of numerous multi-sports events such as the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, Pan American Games, NORCECA Tournaments, FIVB World championships, World Cups and three Olympic Games.

Development Center conducted Level I course in Santiago

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, March 15, 2023.- The NORCECA/FIVB Regional Volleyball Development Center conducted a Level I course for Physical Education professors with the joint effort from the Volleyball Association of Santiago, Dominican Republic.

The three-day course, from March 10-12, had a total of 51 Physical Education professors from different schools and public education centers.

Wilson Sánchez and Francisco Lerebours were the instructors, who completed 30 hours divided in theory and practice sessions.

During the closing ceremony José Aybar, president of the Volleyball Association of Santiago, thanked the Development Center in supporting the fulfillment of this course and motivated all the participants to pass on to their students the knowledge they acquired, with the goal of promoting the practice of volleyball in their education centers.

Professor Nelson José Ramírez director of the Development Center congratulated the participants for showing great interest during the course and expressed that the NORCECA Confederation presided by Cristóbal Marte wishes to continue supporting National Federations in carrying out training courses for Physical Education professors.

AFECAVOL holds 2022 General Assembly

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, March 10, 2023.-  Representatives of the seven Central American National Federations members of AFECAVOL met in Guatemala to hold their 2022 General Assembly.

AFECAVOL president Félix Sabio expressed it was a successful General Assembly, highlighting the zonal associations’ efforts has been facing to overcome the difficulties after the pandemic, taking up challenges to organize zonal competitions and thanked the hosting countries.

Cristóbal Marte presented the NORCECA 2022 President report highlighting AFECAVOL organization skills and that of its members, as well as the support they have received from NORCECA.

Reports from AFECAVOL president, administrative secretary, treasurer and of the different working commissions were discussed, which also included presentations from the hosting countries.  

The beach volleyball commission emphasized it will determine the grounds to organize the first Central American Tour in 2024 with the support from all seven National Federations.

Hosting countries of the 2023 Competition Schedule were approved (dates to be confirmed).

Volleyball

XXII Men’s Senior Central American Cup            Belize

XXII Women’s Senior Central American Cup      Nicaragua

VI Men’s U23 Championship                              Panama

VI Women’s U23 Championship                           El Salvador

* TBC: Belize said to be interested in hosting the XV Women’s U19 Championship which couldn’t be held last year.

Beach Volleyball

XXI Senior Championship W/M                            Guatemala

U17 and U19 Championship W/M                         Costa Rica

* TBC:  Guatemala said to be interested in hosting the XV U21 Championship

Album Flickr |General Ordinary Assembly 2022

The Assembly endorsed the invitational Friendship Volleyball of Clubs in San Pedro Sula from June 16-18 making it clear that each Club must have their National Federation endorsement.

Cristóbal Marte suggested returning to determine an AFECAVOL rotative schedule, which they used to program before the pandemic.

AFECAVOL president requested that the General Assembly should be held in the last fifteen days of November or the first five days of December and not at the beginning of each year just like it does now; and that every four years to host a General Assembly and a General Election Assembly.

Felix Sabio closed the session saying he wishes for volleyball to continue to inspire all the countries, “I thank my fellow Central American presidents; it was a productive Assembly where we were able to decide the 2023 competition schedule” he added.

Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz said “it was a productive Assembly, I am pleased with AFECAVOL job, complying with the NORCECA Confederation regulations and especially for the active discussion from its members in an open session, every matter was voted for, strengthening the zone; I am satisfied the maturity of AFECAVOL”.  

Women’s International Day webinar for International Female Referees

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, March 8, 2023.- In commemoration of Women’s International Day the NORCECA Referee Commission held a webinar on Tuesday for international female referees with the theme of “Sharing Our Stories” to provide helpful information to support their growth and development.

Julie Voeck of the United States, member of the NORCECA Referee Commission, was in charge of moderating an open conversation in which NORCECA female referees had the opportunity to speak about their personal experiences refereeing at an international level.

Guy Bradbury, president of the NORCECA Referee Commission highlighted that the Referee Commission has been working for the equality within our sport and having a better understanding of female referees.

Ariel Sainz, NORCECA First Vice President also took part of the session, alongside other members of the NORCECA Referee Commission.

Beach Volleyball referees Claudia Guerrerro of Honduras and Suzanne Lowry of the United States, and Volleyball referees Cinthya Hernández of Costa Rica and Mary Carmen Durán of Mexico shared their stories of how they decided to become referees and the different challenges they have faced along their path.

One of the discussions during the webinar was how some of them shifted from being an athlete to refereeing, the opportunity they have been provided of meeting fellow referees which have contributed to their career and a better understanding of the rules of the game.  

An important conversation came to the attention of the participants, was that in many events they are the only female referee officiating during an event, which has been challenging as on occasions they haven’t felt the same camaraderie when having the companion of another female referee.

The speakers agreed the importance of whistling as many national events as possible, providing them with a better preparation to approach difficult situations, dealing with coaches and players who are constantly questioning their decisions, which in the end helps them to improve with every match and for officiating at an international level.

Some of the challenging situations they have faced are balancing their personal careers and overcoming doubting themselves, but NORCECA has provided the necessary support.

The webinar concluded with the message to continue working hard and setting career goals, to become trustworthy referees and also taking on a teaching role for developing more female referees.

IOC President visits NORCECA headquarters

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, March 7, 2023.- Thomas Bach, president of International Olympic Committee -IOC- visited the NORCECA Volleyball Confederation facilities whose headquarters are in Dominican Republic.

Thomas Bach, had the opportunity to take a walk around NORCECA headquarters during his official visit in Dominican Republic on the occasion of the opening of the head office of Centro Caribe Sports in Santo Domingo.

NORCECA president Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz accompanied COI president to show him the office in which all volleyball activities for the North, Central America and Caribbean continent take place.

“We are pleased that President Bach gets to visit our headquarters, where he have the mission of governing and promoting volleyball and beach volleyball of the zone, guaranteeing with the rules and regulations established by the International Volleyball Federation FIVB” expressed Cristóbal Marte.

During his visit he had the opportunity to tighten the relations that unite volleyball with the principles of the Olympic movement worldwide.

Bach congratulates “Reinas del Caribe”, ranked top 10 in world ranking

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic,March 7, 2023.- International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach of Germany, said to be highly satisfied that the Dominican women’s volleyball national team has qualified for three Olympic Games, indicating the Project of National teams of Dominican Republic as “very productive”.

Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz, president of the women’s project, Alexis García, president of FEDOVOLI and Nelson Ramírez, director of the men’s team, explained to the IOC president the way they manage the age-group categories of the institution.

“IOC president Thomas Bach had many questions, which we answered, and he claimed to be surprised that a small Caribbean country is ranked number eight in the FIVB world ranking” , said the FEDOVOLI vice president.

Marte Hoffiz introduced Bach to several members of the women’s team, youth, junior, under-23 and some of “las Reinas del Caribe” who are in Dominican Republic, as well as members of the coaching staff. He also learned about the men’s volleyball project and beach volleyball.

Thomas Bach meets “Reinas del Caribe”

“Welcome, Mr. President Bach”, that’ how the IOC president was greeted, who said excited: “very well, how are you, come closer, I like to speak with athletes and get to know how they feel”.

When he spoke with Niverka Marte, captain of the Senior Team, he learned that she speaks several languages, including German, his native language and laughed of joy. He also spoke with one of the girls of the women’s volleyball initiation category and gave them a big hug of encouragement.

“I have seen you on television playing, defending the colors of your country in international competitions and I congratulate you all for being champions at the Pan American and Central American Games”, which filled Niverka Marte with joy.

Thomas Bach and Niverka Marte

Bach also greeted some of the Executive Committee members, as well as volleyball immortal Heyda Joaquín, Cosiris Rodríguez and Milagros Cabral, who is the current General Director of the National Project. 

 

Thomas Bach and Milagros Cabral

Centro Caribe Sports inaugurates head office in the Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO.- With the presence of the Vice President of the Republic, Raquel Peña, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, the sports leader of Panam Sports, Neven Ilic, and the attendance of the members of the Executive Committee, the head office of Centro Caribe Sports was inaugurated in the Dominican capital.

In a family atmosphere, the office of the oldest regional sports organization in the world was opened, where the President of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC), Keith Joseph (SVG), the President of the Dominican Olympic Committee, Garibaldy Bautista, members of the Organizing Committee of the XXV Central American and Caribbean Games, Santo Domingo 2026, as well as other sports leaders of the Dominican Republic were present.

During the opening remarks, Luis Mejía Oviedo, President of Centro Caribe Sports, thanked the courtesy of the Vice President of the Republic, Mrs. Peña, the IOC President, Olympic champion, Thomas Bach, and his counterpart from Panam Sports, Neven Ilic, for being present on the historic night of Monday, March 6.

Mejía also emphasized the importance of the opening of the office: “The headquarters of the regional body of Central American and Caribbean sport is installed in the city of Santo Domingo, and its doors are open to the entire region and the continent”.

On his side, Bach addressed those present, valuing the initiative of President Mejía in inaugurating the Centro Caribe Sports office in the Dominican capital, taking into consideration that by 2026, it will be the next venue for the Central American and Caribbean Games, to be held in the capital of the Dominican Republic.

“The venue reflects the innovation that Mejía has always tried for years with the digital world, uniting sport with technology”, were the words of Bach during the event.

Bach presented the IOC President’s trophy, a recognition that represents the birth of an athlete or leader who emerges in a world where the sky is the limit.

The ribbon cutting to mark the opening of the Centro Caribe Sports office was done by Vice President Raquel Peña, followed by the unveiling of two photographs, inaugurating the Centro Caribe Sports Presidents Gallery, with photos of former presidents José Joaquín Puello Herrera (DOM) and Steve Stoute (BAR).

The office of Centro Caribe Sports is located on José Dolores Alfonseca Street, Corporate Building 11.

MIKASA and NORCECA Signing Ceremony

Hiroshima, Japan, March 3, 2023- MIKASA CORPORATION (MIKASA) and the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) announced a massive 8-year agreement on February 27, 2023. After signing the agreement, both parties shook hands firmly for building a deep relationship.

After signing the agreement, both parties shook hands firmly for building a deep relationship.

Attendees for the signing ceremony : From left side : NORCECA General Director Ms. Arateide Caceres Hernandez, President Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, MIKASA President and CEO Mr. Yuji Saeki, Director and Head of Sporting Goods Mr. Hidekazu Iizuka.

After the ceremony, Mr. Yuji Saeki gave Mr. Marte a factory tour in the head office to help NORCECA President to better understand MIKASA history, products, and technologies. Mr. Marte also introduced NORCECA and this warm interaction made a wonderful first step to deepen mutual understanding and relationship

Cuban professors certified as Volleyball Level I Coaches

HAVANA, Cuba, February 27, 2023.- The international volleyball workshop for coaches Level I that took place in Havana, concluded successfully this past weekend.

The National Volleyball School hosted the workshop, in which 36 Cuban professors were certified as Volleyball Level I Coaches.

Antonio Rizola, head coach of Colombia’s women team and certified FIVB instructor conducted the intense workshop with teaching and practice sessions.

As the closing ceremony, he expressed his gratitude to the Cuban Volleyball National Federation (FCV) and to the national sports system for allowing him to share his knowledge.

He also highlighted the opportunity to exchange with Cuban volleyball legends such as Gilberto Herrera, Justo Morales and several Olympic champions, members of the “Morenas del Caribe”.

Speaking about the course, he recognized several professors with advanced professional abilities and that they reached their goals.

Ariel Sainz, FCV presidente expressed his inmense gratitude for traveling to Cuba and his work, before he proposed him to repeat the experience at the end of the year.

Saiz explained that just like this course, the next will contribute to strengthen young and experienced Cuban coaches.

The theorical-practice course, had specific evaluations in these two aspects. The best student was a 21 year old  member of the national coaching staff, professor

Mario Raúl Izquierdo Pérez.

NORCECA and Mikasa establish a historical long-term partnership

Hiroshima, Japan, February 27, 2023- NORCECA and Mikasa Corporation have announced a historical long-term partnership for eight years 2023-2030. The agreement between the governing body for volleyball in the North, Central American and Caribbean Continental Region and one of Japan’s leading manufacturers was signed in a special ceremony held at MIKASA Headquarters in the city of Hiroshima, Japan.

“Mikasa is a long-term and loyal partner for the FIVB, and we are pleased to establish this historical partnership with MIKASA Coorporation said NORCECA President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, “Mikasa has supplied equipment for the FIVB since volleyball first appeared in the Olympic program, back in 1964. We are delighted to welcome MIKASA to NORCECA’s family, meaning that MIKASA will be the official ball and volleyball equipment provider for volleyball and beach volleyball events until 2030”.

“Mikasa shares our commitment to raising the profile of volleyball, beach volleyball in America, not only at the elite standard, but at the same time ensuring the develop of our sport at the grass-roots level, with a primary focus on those countries where there is still much room for improvement. We will work hard together to ensure the growth and success for our sport,” the NORCECA President added.

President of MIKASA Corporation Mr. Yuji Saeki said: “MIKASA Corporation is extremely honored to establish this important long term partnership with the NORCECA Confederation and to have the opportunity to support the growth of volleyball and beach volleyball in the North, Central American and Caribbean Continental Region. We are also excited to be a part of the sport’s by providing our products for people of all ages and backgrounds to play volleyball and beach volleyball.”

The signing of the agreement took place at MIKASA Headquarters in the city of Hiroshima, Japan, between NORCECA President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz and Mr. Yuji Saeki, President of MIKASA CORPORATION.

NORCECA and Mikasa establish a historical long-term partnership

Hiroshima, Japan, February 27, 2023- NORCECA and Mikasa Corporation have announced a historical long-term partnership for eight years 2023-2030. The agreement between the governing body for volleyball in the North, Central American and Caribbean Continental Region and one of Japan’s leading manufacturers was signed in a special ceremony held at MIKASA Headquarters in the city of Hiroshima, Japan.

“Mikasa is a long-term and loyal partner for the FIVB, and we are pleased to establish this historical partnership with MIKASA Coorporation said NORCECA President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, “Mikasa has supplied equipment for the FIVB since volleyball first appeared in the Olympic program, back in 1964. We are delighted to welcome MIKASA to NORCECA’s family, meaning that MIKASA will be the official ball and volleyball equipment provider for volleyball and beach volleyball events until 2030”.

“Mikasa shares our commitment to raising the profile of volleyball, beach volleyball in America, not only at the elite standard, but at the same time ensuring the develop of our sport at the grass-roots level, with a primary focus on those countries where there is still much room for improvement. We will work hard together to ensure the growth and success for our sport,” the NORCECA President added.

President of MIKASA Corporation Mr. Yuji Saeki said: “MIKASA Corporation is extremely honored to establish this important long term partnership with the NORCECA Confederation and to have the opportunity to support the growth of volleyball and beach volleyball in the North, Central American and Caribbean Continental Region. We are also excited to be a part of the sport’s by providing our products for people of all ages and backgrounds to play volleyball and beach volleyball.”

The signing of the agreement took place at MIKASA Headquarters in the city of Hiroshima, Japan, between NORCECA President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz and Mr. Yuji Saeki, President of MIKASA CORPORATION.

Workshop for Level I Volleyball Coaches in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, February 23, 2023. – As part of a project to improve and categorization of the Cuban Volleyball Federation (FCV), an international workshop for Level I Coaches was inaugurated with 36 professors from different provinces of Cuba and of the Municipality for Youth of the Island.

Ariel Sainz Rodríguez, Vice President of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER) and President of the FCV, welcomed the participants expressing that their purpose is to expand the technical knowledge in technique and improve the competition profile of each professor.

Level I Volleyball Coaches Workshop

He highlighted that Antonio Rizola Neto, FIVB Instructor will share his knowledge and experiences since 1978 while conducting the Brazilian women national team, a strong opponent for the Islands’ teams. He currently prepares the Colombian women national team, that has shown a significant progress.

Sainz said the largest island of the Antilles is interested in working with reserve coaches throughout the country, therefore they have searched for young coaches less than 35 years old, graduated in physical education, with five years of experience and with results.

“We consider this as an investment in knowledge of our Federation as a necessary result in transforming minds and actions of international volleyball” he underlined.

Level I Volleyball Coaches Workshop

He also spoke about the content and objectives of the workshop to be shared with the professors who have been chosen.

“This is the first time we hold an event like this in Cuba. In the future we intend to develop others every year, but we already have one in the works for October”, the INDER Vice President expressed.

During the workshop that will conclude on Sunday, new rules of the game of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) will be discussed; ne work trends; projections of volleyball, the dynamics of modifications in the rules of the game and the consequences of the preparation of athletes, among others.

Also taking part in the workshop is Dominican Raiza Morel, coordinator of the FIVB Development Center in Santo Domingo.

Among the speakers is also the prominent Cuban coach Gilberto Herrera.

Level I Volleyball Coaches Workshop

Development Center conducts innovative Sports Medicine Workshop

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, February 20, 2023.- The NORCECA/FIVB Regional Volleyball Development Center in Dominican Republic in a joint effort with the Dominican Volleyball National Federation (FEDOVOLI) conducted this past Saturday a Sports Medicine Workshop with 48 doctors and physical therapists.

The workshop’s main subjects were the treatment of injuries, physical therapy and first aid for high performance volleyball athletes, conducted by Dr. Lissett Sánchez from the Sports Medicine Federation, Dr. Juan Núñez specialized in Orthopedics, Dr. Emilio Villanueva specialized in Sports Medicine, Dr. Víctor Figueroa specialized in Physical Therapy and member of the FIVB Medical Commission, Psychologist Luis Verges, Dr. Julio Miñoso member of the NORCECA Medical Commission and Physical Therapists Jesús Solverio and Dalvel De Los Santos.

Practical session Sports Medicine Workshop

Ramón A. García president of FEDOVOLI, Fernando Teruel of the Ministry of Sports, Prof. Nelson José Ramírez director of the NORCECA/FIVB Regional Volleyball Development Center and organizer, as well as Dr. Heyda Joaquín president of the FEDOVOLI Medical Commission and coordinator of the working sessions.

Ramon García expressed that the Dominican Volleyball Federation has set the goal to give more support and medical treatment for athletes and to provide medical assistance during the tournaments to be held throughout the entire country; hence, medical personnel will now carry an ID that allows them to be part of these tournaments.

Learning session Sports Medicine Workshop

Volleyball and Beach Volleyball Olympic Pictograms Unveiled

LAUSANE, Switzerland, February 10, 2023.- Volleyball and Beach Volleyball will be present at the Olympic Games Paris 2024 with stylish new visual identities. The organizers revealed the 47 different sports pictograms, each of which is meant as “a badge of honor”, representing not only a sporting discipline but also a family, a sense of pride, a set of values and a community. It is a symbol of each wearer belonging to a chosen sporting family, and a sign of affinity with a great and beautiful sporting community.”

Each pictogram is composed of three graphical elements: an axis of symmetry, a depiction of the ground and a representation of the sport that it illustrates.

In beach volleyball, 24 teams per gender, or a total of 48 pairs, will compete at Paris 2024. The competition format for the beach volleyball tournaments at Paris 2024 will remain the same as the one applied at Tokyo 2020. In each gender, the 24 teams will be split into six pools of four, with the top two in each pool plus two best ranked third-placed teams directly advancing to the round of 16. The four lowest ranked third-placed duos will have to go through an additional “lucky losers” round to reduce the teams in contention to 16.  Single-elimination round of 16 matches, quarterfinals and semifinals will follow before the two medal matches determine the spots on the podium.

Beach Volleyball Pictogram

Paris 2024’s beach volleyball events will take place between 27 July and 10 August at a spectacular 12,000-capacity temporary stadium to be built at the foot of the iconic Eiffel Tower.

The men’s team of Anders Mol and Christian Sorum of Norway and the women’s team of April Ross and Alix Klineman of the United States are the reigning beach volleyball Olympic champions from Tokyo 2020.

Meanwhile, the volleyball tournaments, will be played under a new format. The pool phase will consist of three pools of four teams rather than two pools of six teams in each gender. The top two teams in each pool and the two best third-placed teams will progress to the final phase of the tournament, which will remain the same as at Tokyo 2020, with quarterfinals, semifinals and then the bronze and gold medal matches.

Volleyball Pictogram

The volleyball competition at Paris 2024 will be held between 27 July and 11 August. The matches will be played at the 12,000-capacity South Paris Arena #1, part of the Paris Expo, built in 1923 to host the Paris Trade Fair.

As representatives of the host country, the French men’s national team will compete at Paris 2024 in an attempt to defend the Olympic title they earnt at Tokyo 2020. To be able to defend the gold they earned in Japan, the current women’s Olympic champions, the USA, will have to progress through the Olympic qualification process first.

The sports pictograms were first introduced at the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964, which corresponds to the first time volleyball featured in the Games as an Olympic sport. 

Mireya Luis Hernandez Named Among Top 10 Cuban Athletes In History

Lausanne Switzerland, February 8, 2023.-Volleyball legend and the FIVB Executive Vice-President Mireya Luis Hernandez has been named among the 10 best Cuban athletes of all time.

Cuban sports journalist and blogger Javier Rodriguez included the name of the three-time Olympic gold medallist and two-time world champion among those of iconic athletes like chess player Jose Raul Capablanca, high jumper Javier Sotomayor, long jumper Ivan Pedroso, boxers Teofilo Stevenson and Felix Savon, fencer Ramon Fonst, baseballer Martin Dihigo, judoka Driulis Gonzalez and wrestler Mijain Lopez in his entry on the country’s top athletes in history.

Mireya Luis is one of only two females in this iconic company.

“With greatest respect to the splendid Regla Torres, chosen as the best player of the 20th century by the FIVB, my vote for this team, after an intense mental debate, goes to the lady from Camaguey,” Rodriguez wrote. “Captain of the lucidly named Espectaculares Morenas del Caribe, who achieved unprecedented achievements with that triple Olympic crown, she was a true offensive and motivational leader. Without the ideal height for a volleyball player, she was able to jump flawlessly more than three meters in attack and blocking. Her tremendously brutal shots earned her the Best Attacker award at several top-level events. Inducted to the FIVB Hall of Fame, a few experts place her as the greatest in history.”

The blogger then went on to list Luis’ top results:

• Three-time Olympic champion (Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000)

• Two-time world champion (Brazil 1994 and Japan 1998)

• Three-time World Cup gold medallist (1989, 1991 and 1995, always in Japan)

• Two-time Grand Prix title-holder (Hong Kong 1993 and Philippines 2000)

• Four-time Pan American Games champion (Caracas 1983, Indianapolis 1987, Havana 1991 and Mar del Plata 1995)

Born in 1967, the legendary Cuban outside hitter also won gold at the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup in 1993 and at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship in 1985, as well as several North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Championship titles. Her collection of Most Valuable Player awards includes those from the FIVB Volleyball World Cup in 1989 and 1995, the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix in 1993 and the Junior World Championship in 1985. Luis’s club career led her to domestic trophies from top national competitions in Japan and Italy. The Cuban standout also won the European Champions Cup with Italy’s Volley Bergamo in 1999 and 2000.

Just about a year ago, ESPN also chose Mireya Luis among the five unforgettable names in Cuban women’s sports.

Félix Sabio prepares proposals for AFECAVOL

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, January 18, 2023.- AFECAVOL President Félix Sabio held an important working session in Guatemala with AFECAVOL General Secretary Carlos Enrique Santis Rangel to present several proposals for the improvement of volleyball in the Central American zone.

The objective of Sabio’s two day visit in Guatemala was to discuss several details about AFECAVOL 2023 activities to develop and improve the sport in Central America.

Among the topics discussed were the actions of the Central American Volleyball Association legal status in Guatemala.

The 2023 events were another matter discussed, prior to the AFECAVOL General Assembly that will be held in Guatemala City at the end of February or beginning of March.  

Felix Sabio AFECAVOL President in working session with Enrique Santis AFECAVOL General Secretary and other AFECAVOL members

Also, the working commission meetings were scheduled, where information will be prepared for discussion at the General Assembly.

In another project for this year that President Felix Sabio presented, is the agreement with new strategic allies that will contribute to his objectives set for the region.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2023

Dear NORCECA National Federation Presidents, Members of NORCECA Excecutive Committee & Board of Administration, Members of NORCECA Commission and Technical Staff.

At the end of a very fruitful year 2022, as President of NORCECA we are pleased to render our 2022 NORCECA Activities Report covering all the events held by NORCECA during the year.

The extraordinary results and participation of our National Federations made more attractive our events during the year, created the necessary conditions for our continental sponsor to support NORCECA and at the same time taking advantage to promote their products and activities through a very dynamic marketing strategies.

In summary, 2022 has been definitively the recovery year for NORCECA going back to normal after two painful years that impacted our events and activities due to the Global Pandemic of the COVID19.

2022, set forward the necessary conditions for fruitful 2023 as a Pre-Olympic year for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Wishing you all, your families and our worldwide volleyball community a Merry Christmas and a Fruitful and happy New Year 2023, our best gift, so please enjoy our 2022 NORCECA Activities Report.

Kind Regards

Workshop for Coaches Conducted by Regional Development Center

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, December 12, 2022.- the NORCECA-FIVB Regional Volleyball Development Center in Dominican Republic in a joint effort with the National District Volleyball Association held this past saturday a workshop for coaches from their affiliate clubs.

The workshop was held at the volleyball national training center at the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center, conducted by Dr. Jaime Caonabo Terrero vice rector of the caribbean university and director of the school of law, by dr. Jeovanny Montero, medical-sociologist of the women’s volleyball national team and coaches Wilson Sanchez and Romulo Quiroz.

Dr. Jaime Caonabo Terrero presentation was focused on the children’s law and how coaches and club authorities must treat them as well as that of youth and junior players, in order to avoid breaking the law.

Dr. Jeobanny Montero spoke about the relationship between coaches and athletes, goals during training, characteristics and qualities of successful coaches, as well as the athletes origins.

While coaches Wilson Sanchez and Romulo Quiroz were in charge of the practice clinics, teaching about the latest coaching techniques for children and young players.

Angel Rivas, president of the national district volleyball association was in charge of the closing words to the 50 participating coaches in the workshop, motivating them to put into practice what they learned and informed them that starting in january they will receive their id as coaches, which will be a requirement to participate in the association’s tournaments.

NORCECA deeply mourns the loss of Roosevelt Comarazamy

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, November 14, 2022.- The NORCECA Volleyball Confederation is in mourning for the loss of one of the best sports journalists of the Dominican Republic and a member of our family.

Our dearest Roosevelt, Dominican journalist legend, was inducted to the Dominican Sports Hall of Fame in 2019, with more than 50 years of professional career and who began his history in sports as a basketball athlete where he excelled in the starting team of the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1966.  

Comarazamy stood out as baseball journalist and narrator, broadcasting pioneer of Dominican basketball and volleyball. He was a Doctor of Law graduated with “Cum Laude” honors from the Santo Domingo University and professor of journalism at the Central East University in Dominican Republic.

He was the current FIVB Press Officer for the North, Central American and Caribbean region NORCECA since 2002, where he was appointed as press director for multiple continental and Pan American championships, standing out his appointment as volleyball Press Supervisor for the Olympic Games of London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016, as well as the World Championships of Japan 2010 and Italy 2014.

Comarazamy, respected in volleyball worldwide, leaves us at the age of 74.

NORCECA mourns the passing of John Griffith

BARBADOS, November 14, 2022.- The NORCECA Volleyball Confederation mourns the passing of Barbadian John Griffith, former Vice-president of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association CAZOVA and NORCECA Treasurer, due to a lengthy illness.

Griffith, age 65, was the longest serving president of the Barbados Volleyball Association (BVA) holding the top post from 1996 until his health forced his retirement in 2018.

During his position as BVA president, he oversaw a golden era of Barbados volleyball where the men won ten consecutive Caribbean titles and the women clinched six.  In 2001 Barbados became the first English speaking Caribbean nation to host a NORCECA Senior men’s finals.

Griffith also held the position of FIVB’s Internal Auditor and served as the Treasurer of the Barbados Olympic Association from 2004 to 2017.

John leaves to mourn his wife Carol and daughter Erica, to whom we send our deepest condolences.

XXVI NORCECA Virtual Congress 2022 held during the past weekend 

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 18, 2022.- The XXVINORCECA Congress 2022 was held virtually on September 16 and 17 with fruitful results which included welcoming words from FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°.

The Executive Committee and Board of Directors met on Friday September 16 and representatives from the 41 National Federations members of the NORCECA Volleyball Confederation met during two working sessions held on Saturday 17.

NORCECA President Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz, gave the opening words indicating “our Confederation is back to its regular competitions after the forced recess due to the global Pandemic Covid-19, achieving its financial independence thanks to the efforts of many; in addition to our open attitude to always listen and discuss each and every proposal presented by our NORCECA members”.

Dr. Ary Graça addressed the Congress explaining that the FIVB hasn’t stopped its efforts to support every National Federation during the inexorable forces of change that the world of volleyball has been challenged with “I invite you all to work with us together through the FIVB Empowerment program which has a financial support thanks to commercial opportunities from sponsors, promotors and TV and marketing rights”.

Also addressing the Congress was Centro Caribe Sports President Luis Mejía Oviedo, as well as FIVB General Manager Fabio Acevedo.

Marte Hoffizz highlighted that the working agenda, the 2020 & 2021 NORCECA Internal Financial Reports and External Audits by Ernst & Young, as the working NORCECA commissions reports, were available ahead on the Confederations’ website for its efficient discussion during the Congress.

It’s needed to say that they were all unanimously approved by the present Congress.

The NORCECA/FIVB Volleyball Regional Development Center in Dominican Republic also presented a full report, underlining that it is the only development center in the world authorized by the FIVB to carry out face to face the Level III Coaches Course that concluded a couple of days ago.

Prof. Nelson Ramírez, Director of the Center announced that a Data Volleyball and Opponent Analyzing Course will be held next November.

The Congress approved the proposal presented by Ariel Sainz, NORCECA First Executive  Vice-President and supported by Félix Sabio, AFECAVOL President, of allowing Guatemala’s national volleyball and beach volleyball to compete under the NORCECA flag in al the events organized by NORCECA, due to the recent suspension of its Olympic National Committee by the International Olympic Committee.

Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz presented the report he will be addressing during the 38th FIVB World Congress to be held from September 22-24 at Arnhem, Netherlands during the first phase of the FIVB Women’s World Championship, which explains the future actions that the Confederation will be executing for the development of volleyball in the region.

In his closing words, President Marte Hoffiz said “on your behalf, as your representative at the FIVB I will support all those activities that guarantee the development and promotion of volleyball of our Confederation, ensuring the necessary conditions to carry them out; I will see you all in a couple of days for the 38th FIVB Congress”.

Level III Coaches Course concludes successfully

SANTO DOMINGO, República Dominicana, September 11, 2022.- The NORCECA/FIVB Regional Volleyball Development Center held the closing ceremony of the Level III Coaches Course that started on September 5th in Santo Domingo.

A total of 37 participants, from 14 countries won the Level III Coaches Course under the supervision the Director of the course the Spaniard Luis Muchaga and Cuban Instructor Francisco Cruz Jimenez, both appointed by the International Volleyball Federation FIVB.

The ceremony was presided by Cristobal Marte Hoffiz FIVB Vice President and President of the NORCECA Volleyball Confederation, alongside Amos Anglea Technical Vice President of the Dominican Volleyball Federation.

“I congratulate all the participants and exhort them to work in the development of volleyball in their countries, following your National Federation’s guidelines and that you can pass on all your knowledge to clubs and schools” said Cristobal Marte Hoffiz.

Closing ceremony, Cristobal Marte Hoffiz NORCECA President (center)

Marte Hoffiz stated that the NORCECA Confederation will continue to support the activities and courses proposed by the Development Center.

Also, Amos Anglade wished a great success to all the participants, hoping to see them back in Dominican Republic competing in charge of their national teams.

Prof. Nelson Jose Ramirez, Director of the NORCECA/FIVB Regional Volleyball Development Center said to be satisfied to carry out the course “this is the only Development Center that the FIVB has authorized to carry out courses on site, for which I thank the instructors for their great job”.

Prof. Ramirez made the announcement that the Development Center will have available in November courses of Level I Coaches and a Data Volley, Statistics and Analyzing the opponent.

Level III Coaches Course to go along with Final Six Cup

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 3, 2022 – Forty coaches from Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, Honduras; Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic have registered for the Level III Course to be held in Santo Domingo during the Final Six Women’s Cup.

This is the first authorized by FIVB and NORCECA with the presence of participants and instructors.

The director of the course is the Spaniard Luis Muchaga with the assistance of Cuban

Francisco Cruz Jimenez, who have been working for 10 days with morning and afternoon duties in the facilities of the National Center of Volleyball Development.

All the participants will have the opportunity to use as practice camp all the matches of the Final Six Women’s Cup, which runs from September 5 to 11 at the National Palace of Volleyball Ricardo Arias.

This kind of high level course is only authorized to the Center in Dominican Republic by FIVB and NORCECA for his high degree in organization that puts it as the most functional of the Development Centers around the world.

Live Coaches Course Level II is underway

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, August 3, 2022 – The NORCECA/FIVB Regional Volleyball Development Center in Dominican Republic started on Monday August 1 the Level II Coaches Course with the presence of twenty-one participants hailing from Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

The course sponsored by the NORCECA Confederation has the endorsement of FIVB and runs from August 1 to 5. 

Amos Anglade, vice president of the Dominican Volleyball Federation, pronounced the opening words during a ceremony that took place at the premises of the NORCECA/FIVB Regional Development Center in Santo Domingo. 

Jose Luis Garcia, General Secretary of the Dominican Olympic Committee, Angel Rivas, member of the FEDOVOLI Executive Committee and Yeivic Jimenez of the Statistics Commission of NORCECA also attended the event. 

The director or the course assigned by FIVB is Juan Cartagena of Puerto Rico who is assisted by Alexander Gutierrez of Venezuela and Wilson Sanchez of Dominican Republic. Professor Nelson Ramirez is the director of the Development Center.   

Productive NORCECA Executive Committee & Board of Administration Virtual Meeting

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 30, 2022.- The Executive Committee and Board of Administration of the North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation NORCECA held a productive virtual meeting on Saturday, ahead of the XXVI NORCECA Congress on September 16-17, 2022.

NORCECA president Cristobal Marte Hoffiz gave the welcoming words to the working session which purpose was to review and discuss matters ahead of the next NORCECA Congress, including the 2022 calendar competition which is already underway and remaking his satisfaction that each Zonal Association are back to competition after the restrictions caused by the COVID 19 Pandemic.

“I am satisfied with the great effort from all our members to keep volleyball active in our Confederation and that all the matters in discussion have been prepared ahead of time, every topic is currently posted on our NORCECA website for everyone to review and make this an efficient meeting to reach our goals”, said Marte Hoffiz.

President Marte Hoffiz highlighted the 2021 calendar was completed and the 2022 calendar is running according to scheduled commending everyone for coming out from challenging times.

Along with the NORCECA working commissions reports and the discussions held during their respective commission virtual meetings earlier this year, the president’s NORCECA report was also presented.

Important aspects were underlined for Beach Volleyball with the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association CAZOVA implementing their under-23 Zonal Tour and the I Central American and Caribbean Beach Games for the last week of November; and a new world tournament of 4X4 Beach Volleyball is also scheduled for 2023.

Concerning development, the Empowerment program from the FIVB for the hiring of coaches, an additional financial support for traveling and lodging expenses is being provided by the NORCECA Confederation.

The work of the Regional Development Center in Santo Domingo was also presented, and the members of the Board of Administration were informed that with a joint effort from PANAM SPORTS, a Beach Volleyball camp for under-21 players will take place in October and the program has been submitted.

Members of the Board of Administration will present to the NORCECA Congress a proposal to be discussed in the matter of the gender minority representation in the FIVB Board of Administration.

Level II Coaches Course with live classes

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 29, 2022 – The NORCECA/FIVB Regional Volleyball Development Center in Dominican Republic is organizing a Level II Coaches Course from August 1 to 5 with 20 participants.

The course is sponsored by the NORCECA Confederation and has the endorsement of FIVB.

Twenty coaches hailing from Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic have been registered to participate of it.

.Profesor Nelson Ramirez, director of the Development Center informed that the director or the course assigned by FIVB is Juan Cartagena of Puerto Rico who will be assisted by Alexander Gutierrez of Venezuela and Wilson Sanchez of Dominican Republic.

Ramirez remarked that this is the only course authorized by NORCECA and FIVB carried out with the presence of the participants.

All theoretical and practical classes will take place in the premises of the Development Center, the training complex of the Dominican Volleyball Federation at the Olympic Park as well as at the Olympic Village in Santo Domingo.

Ramirez expressed his personal satisfaction by the opportunity offered by NORCECA and FIVB to be the first Regional Center in the whole world to host live courses.

Seminar for Referee Instructors in NORCECA

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 12, 2022 – The NORCECA/FIVB Regional Volleyball Development Center in the Dominican Republic held a virtual seminar for Referee Instructors addressed to all members of the NORCECA Confederation Refereeing Commission on May 3 and 7.

The important seminar was coordinated by the president of the Commission, Mr. Guy Bradbury of Canada together with Mr. Willy Paredes and Mr. Sandy Steel, both members of the FIVB International Volleyball Federation Refereeing Commission.

Likewise, President Cristóbal Marte at the opening of the seminar had words for the members of the commission indicating the importance of this event since it is for the benefit of all the referees who participate in the different events of the NORCECA Confederation and the FIVB.

He also praised the participation of Messrs. Willy Paredes and Sandy Steel for the guidance they provided to all the participants. These encouraging words were made extensive to the NORCECA/FIVB Regional Development Center for the work they do for the training of all NORCECA personnel who work in the different areas of the confederation.

USA Volleyball and Mizuno to partner through 2028

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, January 3, 2022 – USA Volleyball, the U.S. national governing body for the sport of volleyball, and Mizuno, the global specialty sporting goods company, have announced details on a new multi-year partnership beginning in January of 2022 and lasting through the 2024 Olympics in Paris and the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Mizuno will exclusively provide uniforms and apparel to all national teams, footwear to any athletes that choose, and will outfit all USAV staff both corporately and at USAV-owned amateur events. Mizuno will also have a dedicated presence at USAV events both from an activation and a retail store perspective.

“We are thrilled to welcome USA Volleyball back into the Mizuno family,” said Clint Sammons, Team Sports Director at Mizuno USA. “Mizuno is—and always will be—committed to growing the sport of volleyball across the United States and the globe, and we firmly believe our goals align perfectly with those of USA Volleyball.”

Formerly longtime partners, Mizuno and USA Volleyball look to continue to build upon the success that they shared in the volleyball community for many years.

“USA Volleyball is excited to be collaborating again with Mizuno,” said Jamie Davis, President and CEO of USA Volleyball. “As a leader in performance apparel and footwear, I know that our athletes, coaches, officials, staff and members will enjoy wearing their top-quality products and that Mizuno will be a key partner in helping us grow the sport of volleyball over the next seven years.”

In addition to supplying performance apparel and footwear to all respective men and women’s national teams (indoor, beach, sitting, beach ParaVolley, and the up-and-coming sport of snow volleyball), Mizuno will work closely with USAV to maximize the promotional value and exposure of the partnership, as the sport continues to gain global popularity.

“By agreeing to a multi-year partnership covering the next two Olympic Games, we are committed to supporting not only the fantastic national teams in their respective quests for gold through 2028, but also to doing our part to continue growing the great game of volleyball at every level,” said Sammons. 

Qualification to multi-sport event discussed in NORCECA

The meeting was directed by the president of the commission Ariel Sainz, from Cuba, under the supervision of the president of NORCECA Cristobal Marte Hoffiz.

The members of the commission, including the presidents of the four zonal associations within NORCECA, were informed about the qualification process to the Central American and Caribbean Games in El Salvador 2023, the Pan American Games in Santiago de Chile 2023 and to the Olympic Games in Paris 2024.

The participants received a complete report on the new competition system of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL), the FIVB World Championships and the ranking of FIVB and weight factor for the different competitions including the confederations events.

They also discussed different topics including the competition calendar for the different zones as well as NORCECA competitions of 2022 and 2023.

The participants also received a complete report of activities for the years 2020 (only two qualifying event to the Olympic Games) and 2021.

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