AVCA Convention breaks another record in Louisville


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LEXINGTON, KY (December 20, 2012) - A record-breaking attendance, thrilling competition and a wealth of educational opportunities were highlights of  the 2012 AVCA Annual Convention and Volleyball Marketplace, which was held in  the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville, Ky., Dec. 12-16. After setting an attendance record at the 2011 convention in San Antonio, Tx., the AVCA did it again, drawing almost 2,700 attendees, including representatives from numerous volleyball leadership groups and volleyball goods and service suppliers from around the world.

Over the years, the AVCA Annual Convention has become known as an excellent hub for exchanging knowledge and making lasting, fruitful professional and business connections. Three hard courts, one sand court, three classrooms and a multitude of meeting rooms provided the setting for 80 educational sessions and countless other volleyball-focused interactions.  Added to the 2012 Convention program was a special youth training court, programming for sitting teams and Special Olympics teams and the inaugural meetings for USA Volleyball's Beach Assembly.

Along with the record-setting attendance, the convention also featured the AVCA Volleyball Marketplace, the largest business-to-business exchange between coaches and suppliers in the volleyball world. The number of exhibitors increased for the fourth consecutive year to 113, resulting in a sold out exhibit hall. Alongside AVCA corporate partners Sports Imports and Baden, sand specialists VolleyballUSA.com and flooring company Mateflex contributed their expertise to make the Marketplace a playground of possibilities for coaches, event managers, and facility builders.  Further, the combination of coaching-resource providers and equipment and apparel suppliers made the exhibit floor one of the most popular features of the convention.

Once again, the AVCA took the opportunity to recognize significant achievements at all levels of the sport, starting with the Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon, which featured the induction of Arnie Ball, Bill Neville, Carol Russo and Rudy Suwara into the AVCA Hall of Fame as well as speeches by the Coach of the Year winners in each division. Friday featured a luncheon honoring the top players in the country as the AVCA All-America teams and the Players of the Year were recognized.  A packed banquet hall saw Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh present awards to some of the highest achievers in volleyball this year.

Under Armour played a major role in the Louisville Convention, and the Under Armour High School All-American Match and Skills Competition was played in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 2,760 attendees. The match can be seen on ESPNU on Sunday, December 23 at 1:30 PM ET.  Known for their quality performance apparel, the company also supported the NCSA/AVCA Girl's Talent Showcase and the court demonstrators.

"It takes a village to have a successful Association, and our volleyball village is growing into a city," said AVCA Executive Director, Kathy DeBoer, "People from every part of the volleyball spectrum - indoor, sand, men, women, college, high school, youth, foreign, domestic, and adapted programs - are gathering for this annual celebration of our sport. It's an empowering week for all who love volleyball!"  


2012 Audio Sessions:  http://www.avca.org/education-resources/coaching-education/2012conventionsessions/ 

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