AVCA and JVDA Sign Three-Year Contract

5/7/2008

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has signed a three-year contract with the Junior Volleyball Directors Association (JVDA), to be their managing partner through May 2011, the organization announced today. The terms of the agreement were passed by the AVCA Board of Directors at their annual spring meeting earlier this week in Lexington, Ky.

"What you look for in a partner is compatibility of mission and vision and we have found that in the JVDA," said Kathy DeBoer, AVCA Executive Director. "Both of us are committed to the development of the sport of volleyball, both share the goal of educating and improving the effectiveness of volleyball coaches, and both of us understand the mission-critical nature of youth development and increased participation opportunities. This partnership allows each organization to share their strengths with the other and keeps the various volleyball communities interconnected."

The two organizations have been working together under a Memorandum of Understanding since January 2007. Based on the success of the partnership since the initial agreement was signed, the two organizations decided to ink a three-year deal to continue the relationship, and further their joint efforts and goals of the development of Junior Volleyball.

"The JVDA is very pleased to be able to continue its relationship with the AVCA," said Rich Zeciski, JVDA President and Director of Team Z Volleyball Club in Cincinnati. "The AVCA's assistance in managing important areas of the JVDA membership has been invaluable to our organization's initial growth. We look forward to the next three year partnership and the many opportunities that can be developed by our association with the AVCA."

As its managing partner, the AVCA will continue to provide the JVDA with administrative services, and will be instrumental in helping to promote JVDA membership, the JVDA Championships, the "VolleyTots" youth program, and other JVDA initiatives.

The 2008 JVDA Championships are scheduled for June 27-30 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. Over 450 teams are scheduled to participate in this inaugural event, representing volleyball clubs from four different countries.

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