2018 avca spring conference

2018 AVCA Spring Conference: 21st Century Coaching Skills: Training Technique, Engaging Fans, Tracking Performance

For a volleyball team to succeed, many people need to be good at their jobs, yet, we offer few professional development opportunities for specific high level technique training, fan engagement and performance tracking. This Conference addresses these components by engaging experts in skill improvement, marketing, and strength & conditioning to work in small groups with your staff. Pay for a coach and the others come FREE. INVEST in your STAFF - IMPROVE your PROGRAM!

Dates: May 4-5
Location: Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Airport Marriott + UCLA)
Price: AVCA Member: $309
Non-AVCA Member: $389

Each paid AVCA Spring Conference registration can bring up to TWO additional members of their staff: sports information director and/or strength & conditioning coach at no extra charge! 

Online Registration is now closed. Please call AVCA member services if you are interested in registering for the Spring Conference (866-544-AVCA (2822)). 

Interested in becoming an exhibitor?

Headquarters Hotel:

Los Angeles Airport Marriott | Click here to reserve your room

5855 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90045


$134/night + tax for single/double/triple/quad

The Los Angeles Airport Marriott will serve as the 2018 Spring Conference Headquarters hotel along with the sight of Spring Conference Programming on Friday, May 4, 2018. 

Hotel Amenities:

* To make reservations by phone, call 1-800-228-9290 and ask for the American Volleyball Coaches Association Rate

** Please note that attendees who reserve rooms at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott will have their credit card charged for one-night room and tax in the event of cancelling their reservation.



NCAA Men's Division I-II Semi - Final Matches

5:00 PM and 7:30 PM

If you are attending semi-final matches on Thursday, tickets can be picked up at will call from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Otherwise, tickets can only be picked up at AVCA Spring Conference registration on Friday and Saturday.



May 4 (All times PT)

Time Activity/Track + Session Track + Session Track + Session Location
1pm Opening Keynote: The State of the Sport - a Frank Conversation About Challenges and Opportunities     Marriott

Training Technique

Fan Engagement Tracking Performance  
  "Making a Good Setter Better" - Mick Haley

No skill has more theories and methods, and no player gets more attention from coaches. What works, how do we train it, and what cues resonate with skilled setters?
"You are the Media!" - Katie Gwinn Hewitt, University of Michigan

Social media has allowed programs
the ability to reach the community directly without solely relying on traditional media to cover them.
"No Numbers? No Clue!" - Guiseppe Vinci

What are we training to? What numbers? What standards? What pacing? Without these metrics, we are guessing at the training regiment to prepare for elite performance. See what we know.
3:30pm "Serving: The Only Solo Skill" - Brian Gimmillaro

Elite serving is a combination of physical and mental execution. Getting both right scores points.
"Not Your Parents' Recaps" - Aaron Sagraves, Cornerstone University

Reworking the standard press release to encourage more interaction

"Integrating Volleyball Injury Data into Performance Training Decisions"Kyle Norris, MS, ATC, LAT, avcaVPI™ Biomechanics Consultant

Individual player mechanics impact injury risk. Strategies to protect the most vulnerable areas.

5:30pm Networking Reception

Network with the fellow attendees
and exhibitors while enjoying heavy hors d'oeuvres + beverages poolside.


 May 5 (All Times PT)

Time Activity/Track + Session Track + Session Track + Session Location
7:30am Continental Breakfast

Shuttle to UCLA from hotel after breakfast (8:00 & 8:15)
9am "General Session: Promoting Volleyball Player Well Being" Aaron Brock,  USAVolleyball Sports Medicine and Performance Director     UCLA

Training Technique

Fan Engagement Tracking Performance  
  "No One can Pass!" - Brian Gimmillaro

From basics to subtleties of higher level technique - why are so few players great at passing?
"Media is Friend, Not Foe" - Tom Feuer, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

What exactly should you be doing to ensure the media has everything it needs to best cover your program? Learn how to be more proactive than reactive.
"How We Track Performance in the USAVolleyball Gym" - Jimmy Stitz, USAVolleyball Women's Sports Physiologist

Managing repetitions in an efficient way is critial to preparation, rehab, and injury prevention.
11:30am  "The Mechanics of Attacking" - Mick Haley

Footwork, load, swing - we all think we know it -yet even elite players have flaws
"Story-telling: Going Beyond the Box Score" - Katie Morgan, The University of San Francisco

Your team is more than stats, so you'll learn the best methods to tell the story of your student-athletes and coaches
"Training Jumpers" Tim Pelot, United States Olympic Committee Senior Sports Physiologist

Techniques for training jumpers can be counter intuitive. See how the senior teams physically prepare their jumpers
1pm Lunch Break on Your Own at the ULCA Ackerman Union      

"It's not the Drill, It's the Feedback" - Mick Haley and Brian Gimmillaro 

Engaging players in game-like training is the fastest way for them to become proficient in matches, yet simply running drills just reinforces bad habits. Where is the balance, when do we switch, how do we provide feedback?

"Putting Butts in the Seats" - Aaron Villalobos, Grand Canyon University

How do we engage our community to increase attendance? What kind of in-game promotions are run to ensure the audience stays "into" the match? These questions and more will be answered.
"Injury Prevention - Keeping Them in the Gym" - Tim Pelot, United States Olympic Committee Senior Sports Physiologist

We will not turn back the clock on specialization or earlier training; our task is to counteract the negatives of overuse. Teaching athletes to take control of their health and showing them ways to strengthen their weak sides is critical to keeping them in the gym.


NCAA Men's Division I-II Championship Match


Shuttle back to hotel after match (6:30 pm and 6:45 pm)

Pauley Pavilion

As an added bonus, each Spring Conference attendee will receive a free 3 Month Subscription to Performance Conditioning Volleyball!

For more information on the Championship please visit the UCLA Men's Volleyball page

Click here to visit the Discover Los Angeles Website: this link will provide you with information on activities, attractions, restaurants, shopping, weather and more!