updated December 6, 2012
updated December 6, 2012
Coaching education, networking, volleyball and fun will all be part of a full and productive convention week in Louisville. Kick-off your convention week on Wednesday at the pre-convention seminar. Former Olympic coach Bill Neville, Front Range Volleyball Club Head Coach Jim Miret and a group of other successful coaches dissect the art of developing and coaching a great setter as they lead the session, "Developing a Great Setter - Drills and Techniques from Youth to the College Level." Also on Wednesday, first-time convention attendees can get together to learn more about the convention during the presentation "AVCA Convention 101" followed by a networking reception to meet new friends and reunite with old ones. In addition, the Wednesday schedule includes the AVCA Mentoring Program Reception which provides program participants an opportunity to connect face-to-face with their partner. End the night at the Muhammad Ali Center for the Opening Night Party where you can explore various interactive exhibits and enjoy an open bar with heavy hors d'oeuvres.
On Thursday it's time to honor your coaching peers at the Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon. Be there to recognize the Coach of the Year winners and Hall of Fame inductees. The convention educational seminars get going in full force so come ready to learn and take advantage of the opportunity to make yourself a better coach and leader. Be sure and make time to visit the vendors in Volleyball Marketplace. The marketplace opens on Thursday morning and over 100 vendors will be on hand to show you the latest products and services in the sport. Back for another year is the AVCA Semifinal Matches Tailgate Party. Join your coaching friends for a drink and get ready for a great night of volleyball. Finally, you'll want to watch the best teams in college volleyball as the NCAA semifinal matches will be held in the KFC Yum! Center.
Start your Friday at the AVCA Victory Club Recognition Breakfast. Join your coaching peers for a continental breakfast buffet and celebrate those receiving Victory Club awards. You won't want to miss the AVCA Super Session, "Why We Win - Elite Volleyball Coaches Offer their Strategies for Success." Be there to hear our panel of top coaches share their insight on the key elements of team success. Then head over to see the best college volleyball players in the country as they are honored at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. Celebrate the top players in the sport while networking with other coaches at one of the convention's signature events. Later in the afternoon the fun shifts to the Spalding Party and Coaches Tournament in Volleyball Marketplace. Watch your friends relive the glory of their playing days or spend time visiting with vendors on the show floor. After the Spalding Party make your way over to the KFC Yum! Center and watch the best 24 senior high school girls' volleyball players in the country at the Under Armour® All-America High School Volleyball Match and Skills Competition. This is a great opportunity to see the future stars of the sport. Finish the day showing off your dance moves at the Nfinity Derby Party or by testing your poker skills in the fifth annual Texas Hold'em Tournament & Party.
Coaching education highlights the schedule on Saturday as over thirty classroom, on-court and sand seminars are available to choose from. No matter which level you coach the AVCA has sessions developed specifically for you. Don't forget to purchase your ticket to the Champions Party. This party will be held on Saturday evening in the Spirit Room at the KFC Yum! Center immediately prior to the championship match. Live bluegrass music, heavy hors d'oeuvres and unlimited beer and wine will be in store for what promises to be a great event. Cap your night off in the KFC Yum! Center and see which team will win the 2012 NCAA National Championship.
On Sunday morning college coaches won't want to miss the NCSA/AVCA Fall Girls Talent Showcase. This is a recruiting event for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors as well as junior college players. Coaches are encouraged to make their flights home on Sunday afternoon and take advantage of this recruiting event.