2019/2020 HVA Grand Prix entries now open

2019/2020 HVA Grand Prix entries now open –

Hampshire Volleyball Association are now accepting entries in the 2019-2020 HVA Grand Prix Series.  As in previous seasons, we are running both a men’s and a ladies competition, with all matches being held at The Bay House School in Gosport.  Below you will find information on the format, the cost and changes to the entry conditions from last year.

The League Handbook

As the GP series continues to mature, we want to increase the professionalism of how we run the leagues.  As a consequence, we now have a Handbook, which you can find here.  This should lay out the regulations we use to run the league, and the rules that the teams should adhere to. (If you’ve ever read the 116 page NVL handbook then don’t worry, this one is only 7 pages long!)

Competition Format

As usual, we run the GP Series as a league, and aim for all teams playing each other at least once.  If we find there are too many teams for that then we may run separate leagues and combine the top and bottom teams in a second phase.  We may also be able to run some sort of finals day.  As ever, our aim is to maximise the amount of volleyball everyone gets to play.

Initial Dates

We have booked the following initial dates at The Bay House School, working around the majority of the competition dates that Volleyball England have published so far.  Once teams are entered, we will work with you to arrange the fixtures to suit everyone as best we can. We have not yet assigned dates to the man’s and ladies’ series, but the preliminary list is as follows:

  • Sunday 29th September 2019
  • Sunday 27th October 2019
  • Sunday 10th November 2019
  • Sunday 24th November 2019
  • Sunday 1st December 2019
  • Sunday 12th January 2020
  • Sunday 26th January 2020
  • Sunday 2nd February 2020
  • Sunday 16th February 2020
  • Sunday 8th March 2020
  • Sunday 29th March 2020
  • Sunday 26th April 2020
  • Sunday 17th May 2020

The Cost

We won’t know the exact costs until we know how many teams are entered into each league, but we aim for a cost of about £20 per match and with around 10 matches per season, so our stance is that clubs should budget for around £200.

League Entry and Entry Deadline

!IMPORTANT!  This season, we are introducing a goodwill deposit of £40 per team.  This must be paid before the entry deadline or a team is not considered as entered!  To enter the league, please send an email to hva@monkeysplayingpingpong.co.uk with the following information:

  • Your team name
  • The team representative
  • The team/club treasurer
  • The team’s designated referee

We will then send details on how to pay the goodwill deposit.

The deadline for entry is SUNDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2019.

Designated Referee Requirement

Those teams that entered last year will know that we introduced the requirement for teams to have a designated referee.  This is still in place, and should be someone with at least Grade 4 refereeing qualification (see section 2.2 in the handbook).

To support this stance, HVA will refund the entry fee on a grade 4 refereeing course for one person per team that is entered into the Grand Prix series this season.  You can find courses at http://www.volleyballengland.org/courses and courses of interest are:

  • Bournemouth on 15th September
  • Cobham on 21st September
  • Brighton 23rd September

HVA AGM

HVA AGM

The HVA AGM will take place at Cams Hill School, Portchester, Fareham PO16 8AH on Wednesday 17 July 2019 from 1830-2030. Club representatives, coaches, players, volunteers, supporters are all welcome.

HVA Indoor Mixed Tournament on 19th May

HVA Indoor Mixed Tournament on 19th May –

As the season comes to an end, we’re holding another mixed tournament!

What
HVA are holding an all-day, indoor mixed volleyball tournament.  The exact format will depend on the number of teams entered; in the past we have had between 6 and 9 teams, and we usually run one big league with timed games.  Entries will be limited to 10 teams on a first come, first serve basis.

Where
The tournament will take place at our regular venue for HVA volleyball competitions – The Bay House School, Gosport, PO12 2QP. If you have not been there before, this is a recently-built sports hall with two outstanding volleyball courts.

When
Sunday 19th May.  We have the hall from 9:30am until 5pm.

Are there any rules?
Entry is open to everyone, but teams must have at least 3 ladies on court at all times.

How much does it cost?
We just need to cover our costs, so the entry fee is likely to be £40 per team maximum.

How do I enter?
Just send an email to andy@monkeysplayingpingpong.co.uk with the following information.
– A Team Name
– Your Team Contact (name, email and phone number)

SOUTH EAST JUNIOR TRAINING SATURDAY 16th MARCH 2019

SOUTH EAST JUNIOR TRAINING SATURDAY 16th MARCH2019

Under 17 boys and girls and Under 15 boys and girls. All ages are as of September 2018.

Ashcombe VC, Dorking RH4 1LY. Cost £6 per player.

Girls Training – 10-1.00.p.m.

Boys Training – 1-4.00.p.m.

Ryan Murphy and Bob Pickens will be coaching the boys session. Cat Machado, Sam Yip, Sue Jollands and Lauren Tucker will be coaching the girls sessions.

We are particularly looking for more Under 17 girls to trial for the South East squad. All boys are invited to this session.

Kind regards,

Freda Bussey MBE
Secretary South East Volleyball Association

South East Junior Training

South East Junior Training

The following message is conveyed on behalf of Freda Bussey, Chair of the South East Volleyball Association:

SOUTH EAST JUNIOR TRAINING

GIRLS – Under 17 and Under 15. All ages are as of September 2018.

Date: Saturday 9th February 2019
Time: 1000 – 1300
Venue: Ashcombe VC, Dorking RH4 1LY.
Cost: £6 per player
Coaches: Cat Machado, Sue Jollands and Lauren Tucker
We are particularly looking for more Under 17 girls to trial for the South East squad.

BOYS – Under 17 and Under 15 Boys All ages are as of September 2018.

Date: Saturday 16th February 2019
Time: 100-1500
Venue: Ashcombe VC, Dorking RH4 1LY
Cost: £6 per player
Coaches: John Balance and Ryan Murphy

SOUTH EAST JUNIOR TRAINING

SOUTH EAST JUNIOR TRAINING

The following message is sent on behalf of Freda Bussey:

Saturday 8th December – £6 per player

U17 Girls 1000 – 1300 – Ashcombe VC, Dorking RH4 1LY.

Under 15 and Under 17 Boys 1300 – 1600 – Ashcombe VC, Dorking RH4 1LY.

U15 girls – 1400 – 1700 – Wycombe Leisure Centre, High Wycombe HP11 1UP

Dates for 2019 [some still to be confirmed]

All at Ashcombe VC at present

1000 – 1300 Under 15 and 17 girls

1300 – 1600 Under 15 and 17 boys

12th January

9th February

16th March

6th April

11th May

Sessions before Christmas will be open to all, the coaches will then decide when to cut their squads in order to prepare for the National Championships at Kettering over the weekend of 25th, 26th and 27th May 2019. Training venues may also change after Christmas dependent on hall availability, cost and players locations.

Kind regards,

Freda Bussey MBE

Secretary South East Volleyball Association

HVA Indoor Mixed Tournament on 11th November

HVA Indoor Mixed Tournament on 11th November –

After the success of last year’s inaugural mixed volleyball tournament, HVA are doing it again this year!

What

HVA are holding an all-day, indoor mixed volleyball tournament. The exact format will depend on the number of teams entered; last year we had 9 teams and ran one big league with timed games. There will be trophies/prizes for the top three teams. Entries will be limited to 10 teams on a first come, first serve basis.

Where

The tournament will take place at our regular venue for HVA volleyball competitions – The Bay House School, Gosport, PO12 2QP. If you have not been there before, this is a recently-built sports hall with two outstanding volleyball courts.

When

Sunday 11th November. We have the hall from 9:30am until 5pm.

Are there any rules?

Entry is open to everyone, but teams must have at least 3 ladies on court at all times.

How much does it cost?

We just need to cover our costs, so the entry fee is likely to be £40 per team.

How do I enter?

Just send an email to andy@monkeysplayingpingpong.co.uk with the following information.
– A Team Name
– Your Team Contact (name, email and phone number)

South East Training – October -December 2018

South East Training – October -December 2018

Training for the Inter Regional Squads starts in October. Please note the change of times for the sessions. The coaches agreed that 3 hour sessions would be better for the players so the girls will train from 10-1.p.m. and the boys from 1-4.00.p.m.

Under 17 boys and girls and Under 15 boys and girls. All ages are as of September 2018.

All at Ashcombe VC, Dorking RH4 1LY

Saturday 13th October Boys training 1-4.00.p.m.

Saturday 20th October Girls training 10-1.00.p.m.

Saturday 17th November Girls 10-1.00.p.m. Boys 1-4.00.p.m.

Saturday 8th December U17 Girls 10-1.00.p.m. Boys 1-4.00.p.m.

U15 girls 10-1.00.p.m. High Wycombe

Sessions before Christmas will be open to all, the coaches will then decide when to cut their squads in order to prepare for the National Championships at Kettering over the weekend of 25th, 26th and 27th May 2019.  Training venues may also change after Christmas dependent on hall availability, cost and players locations.

2018/2019 HVA Grand Prix entries now open

2018/2019 HVA Grand Prix entries now open –

Hampshire Volleyball Association are now accepting entries in the 2018-2019 HVA Grand Prix Series. As in previous seasons, we are running both a men’s and a ladies competition, with all matches being held at The Bay House School in Gosport. Below you will find information on the format, the cost, changes to SEVA qualification and on funding for attending referee courses.

Competition Format

In previous years we have run the GP series as a big league, but with the increased number of teams entered last year, it became difficult to have all of the teams present at the final event. This is something we want to get back to, so the teams get to celebrate the culmination of the league. We are investigating whether we can run a league followed by some sort of “finals” event. The eventual format is dependent on the number of teams that enter this season, so we aren’t committing to anything yet, but rest assured that our aim remains to provide all teams with as much quality court time as we can. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the GP series.

Initial Dates

We have booked the following initial dates at The Bay House School, working around the majority of the competition dates that Volleyball England have published so far. Once teams are entered, we will work with you to arrange the fixtures to suit everyone as best we can. We have not yet assigned dates to the man’s and ladies’ series as this will also depend on the number of teams entered.

  • Sunday 7 October 2018
  • Sunday 28 October 2018
  • Sunday 11 November 2018
  • Sunday 18 November 2018
  • Sunday 2 December 2018
  • Sunday 6 January 2019
  • Sunday 27 January 2019
  • Sunday 3 February 2019
  • Sunday 17 February 2019
  • Sunday 10 March 2019
  • Sunday 24 March 2019
  • Sunday 28 April 2019
  • Sunday 19 May 2019

The Cost

For the first two years at Bay House we have been given a fantastic rate for hall hire, but they are putting up their prices in the new year. They have not yet told us my how much though. Our current stance is that teams should budget for £250 per team entry. If we find that the venue costs are lower than expected then we will reduce the entry fee accordingly.

SEVA Qualification

One of the changes for this season is the rules on qualification for the SEVA finals. We have decided that the teams qualifying for SEVA are the two highest place teams from a club based in Hampshire. This was discussed at the HVA AGM on 24th July, and the committee decided that as the teams were representing Hampshire at the SEVA finals, they should be teams from Hampshire.

We are not placing any restrictions on who can compete in the HVA Grand Prix series, and we love having teams from the surrounding counties and the Channel Islands; it is just the SEVA qualification that is changing. Final positions in the league will still stand – if you win the league then you get the winners trophy.

Designated Referee Requirement

Teams that were entered last year will know that a new requirement for this season is to have a designated referee for each team (see the email from HVA on 30th August). This is part of our drive to improve the standard of play in the GP series. Consequentially, when teams enter, we are asking for the name of the team’s designated referee. This should be one or more people that are expected to take part in all of the team’s refereeing duties across the season, and should be someone with at least Grade 4 refereeing qualification.

To support this stance, HVA will refund the entry fee on a grade 4 refereeing course for one person per team that is entered into the Grand Prix series. You can find courses at http://www.volleyballengland.org/courses and courses of interest are:
– Ashcombe on 8th September
– Bath on 14th October

League Entry and Entry Deadline

To enter the league, please send an email to andy@monkeysplayingpingpong.co.uk with the following information:

  • Your team name
  • The team contact
  • The team/club treasurer
  • The team’s designated referee

The deadline for entry is Sunday 16th September 2018.

Mixed GP events!

Last season, we ran the first Mixed GP event, which saw 9 teams play 36 matches in a single day. This was a great success, and we are hoping to run similar events across the season. Some of you may have noticed that we have 13 dates booked at Bay House, and the plan is to use any dates not assigned to the men’s & ladies’ leagues for some mixed competitions. The plan is to keep each one as a stand-alone event. Watch out for more news soon!