Yorkshire Volleyball Association – Minutes of the AGM
Wednesday 11th June 2012
7.30pm at Energise, York
16 members, all League Clubs, attended the meeting and 2 guests
1. Apologies for Absence
Glenn Wraith – Ladies Secretary
Dave Roberts – Youth Development Officer
Steve Byrne - Regional Referees Co-ordinator
Actions from two previous meetings would be dealt with during the meeting
3 . Officer’s Reports
3.1 Chair’s Report – report appended below
The Chair congratulated the YVA junior squads for excellent performance at the Inter Regional Event, also for North Riding Eagles in national junior competitions and Leeds Carnegie in NVL and National Cups. Volleyball was now in the National School Games but with mixed success in uptake, but the North Yorkshire Final would be on the beach in Scarborough when the Olympic Torch visited. He thanked all the volunteers in the Association and Clubs for their hard work.
3.2 Secretary’s Report
Secretary had provided link between Volleyball England and the Club circulating material and had supported the Chair at Regional and National Workshops to develop Delivery Plans for the next 3 years.
3.3 Treasurer’s Report
The Treasurer was still in the process of fully accessing the account. A financial statement would be provided to the YVA Executive and an update made at the Pre-season meeting
ACTION – Treasurer
3.4 Youth Development Officer’s Report – as circulated
Programme funding was cut but the programme was maintained with funding from previous years and athlete contributions. Excellent results at inter-regional as mentioned and in addition individuals progressed to North and England squads. Help was needed at some age groups in the coming year.
There was a discussion on how to support YVA squads and develop junior development and competition further. It was suggested that each club could host or sponsor a YVA squads event to allow further squad training to take place and for juniors for that area to take part. It was also discussed that some type of event or competition was needed to give more play to those juniors who were developing but were not ready to attend regional squad training. The YDO was taking a survey of juniors in each club it was suggested a meeting could be held to discuss youth development in the clubs with active junior sections.
ACTION Youth Development Officer
3.5 Coaching Administrator's Report – as circulated
Courses had been organised but had been cancelled due to lack of support which meant new coaches were not being developed. There were 32 registered coaches but they were not evenly spread and it was a proposal that a minimum standard for coaches leading club sessions was being developed. There were some excellent coaches in the Region, with Leeds Carnegie reaching a high standard and Boathouse moving to Division 1 – there should be opportunities to learn from these coaches and also GB squads training in Sheffield.
3.6 Referees Administrator's Report
Although courses had been planned these had been cancelled due to lack of support. A course for 7 people had gone ahead at Baysgarth School. It was raised that there was a problem with people committing time to attend the whole course and whether different ways of delivering rather than time over 2/weekends could be found.
3.7 Men’s League Secretary's Report – report appended below
Competitions ran well but players and teams needed to be aware of the rules. A new more electronic based results system would be investigated for the 2012-13 season, it was suggested that many clubs could scan and e-mail results sheets. Leeds Garforth would replace Wakefield Polonia in the League.
3.8 Ladies League Secretary's Report – report appended below
Similar situation as Men’s League. New teams were HEYVA All Stars and possibly Sheffield Hallam.
4. Area Reports
4.1 HEYVA – report appended below
Excellent to see GB Men’s Captain supporting junior events in area. HEYVA All Stars are to take part in a major international tournament in Eindhoven over the summer.
4.2 West Yorkshire – report appended below
There may be issues over competition in the coming year. It was not clear how many Men’s teams would be entering as limited take up and Leeds Garforth winners of League were promoted. Other teams needed to be sought or possibly combine with South Yorkshire to a YVA Men’s Division One.
The YVA Ladies Division One had worked well with four teams and a very close competition, won by York Zumbas.
4.3 South Yorkshire – report appended below
The four teams completed the competition as Moorlands Prison had issues over the year. It was hoped that the League could be maintained over the coming season.
5. Election of Officials
The following were elected:
Chair – Mike Turner
Secretary – Tim Godson
Treasurer – Mo Bucksun
Referee Administrator – Steve Byrne
Coaching Administrator – Steve Matthews
Men’s Competitions Secretary – Doug Lawson
Women’s Competitions Secretary – Glenn Wraith
Youth Development Officer – Dave Roberts
6. YVA Competitions 2012-13
6.1 Rule Changes
These had been circulated around clubs with minor amendment and were therefore agreed at the AGM and a revised set of Rules would be circulated by the start of the season.
ACTION: Competition Secretaries
6.2 League Fees
These were to remain the same at £60 for teams in the League, with £70 bond for new teams and £25 for Cup entries, with £10 bond.
7.1 York University are to host a pre-season tournament in October, details to be circulated, and also offered to host games in the League at their venue.
7.2 The YVA President spoke and laid down a challenge to be ready for the Olympics and seize the opportunity. It was good to see so many young people involved in volleyball playing and volunteering and clubs needed to build on this. There had been a good response to a recent club and member survey and the results would be taken forward.
8. Date and Venue of Next Meetings
Pre-season meeting to be on Tuesday 11 September 2012, venue to be confirmed.
The AGM on Wednesday 12 June 2013
Chairman’s Report - Yorkshire Region 2011-12
This has been a particularly busy year, with many dedicated Yorkshire people - players, coaches, officials and other volunteers - involved in London 2012 training events all over the country.
The GB Men's 2011 European League campaign brought Croatia and Slovenia to Sheffield for 4 top level matches. The GB Women’s team triumphed over Peru at EIS, Sheffield at the start of May 2012.
National Volleyball League
Full results are available on the Volleyball England site, but Leeds Carnegie VC deserve a special mention, winning the Men's Super 8, finishing runners-up in the Women's Super 8 and winning both the National Men's and Women's Knock Out Cups. In total there are 11 Yorkshire teams in the NVL.
Yorkshire Competitions – Detailed elsewhere
Junior Development (in addition to the Youth Development Officer’s report)
A dedicated Yorkshire Lets Play Volleyball Festival will be held at Harrogate Grammar on Saturday 30 June 2012. Please encourage any schools or junior clubs to enter. Details on the Yorkshire web site.
National Junior Competitions - Particular mention for North Riding U15, U16 & U18 Girls and DNA Volley U18 Boys, who made the final stages (Last 6 or 8) of their competitions.
The North Yorkshire Level 3 School Games volleyball competition will be held on the beach in Scarborough, on 18 June, the day of the Olympic Torch Relay.
This activity does not happen without hard work behind the scenes. Yorkshire is fortunate to have a large number of experienced volunteers working at club, area, regional and national levels. Some 21 of these were nominated for Volleyball England pin badges for 5, 10 & 20 years service to the sport. It was encouraging that more than 50% of the nominations were in the Gold (20+ years) category. I hope we can continue to find and develop such people to support this great sport in the future.
Mike Turner – Chairman Yorkshire Volleyball Association
Men’s League Secretaries Report 2011/12
Men’s Premier League Champions : Hawks
Men’s Premier League Runners up : Harrogate
Men’s Cup Winners : Hawks
Men’s Cup Runners up : Beverley
Men’s Plate Winners : Sheffield
Men’s Plate Runners up : HEYVA All Stars
Men’s Shield Winners : Harrogate II
Men’s Shield Runners up : Menwith Hill
Doug Lawson 11vi12.
Yorkshire Ladies Premier League 2011-12
* points deducted
League Secretary’s Report
My apologies I cannot be with you tonight, my son is just back from his holidays and we are going to spend some father/son time together before School starts again.
Firstly, and most importantly, congratulations to our winning team. For the second year running Barnsley Volleyball Club were league champions and had the honour of representing Yorkshire at the recent Regional Champions Trophy. Unfortunately they could not match last year’s 3rd place and finished 5th overall.
As seems to be the case every season now the competition seems to get closer and closer, although the league table seems to indicate that Barnsley and Harrogate were the 2 outstanding teams, this really doesn’t represent the number of close matches and indeed the closeness of the scores within individual sets.
It was disappointing to lose Wakefield Polonia part way through the season and I hope we see them again in the not too distant future; there were also a handful of unplayed matches which resulted in forfeits and although disappointing it demonstrates just how much as clubs and as an association we rely on the same people all the time to ensure volleyball takes place.
Looking forward, I am delighted to welcome HEYVA All Stars Ladies into the league for next year and am really hopeful that Sheffield Hallam University will also enter as having refereed the Ladies cup final which they won, they will give a real boost to the league and provide a good challenge to the existing order.
My thanks to the club secretaries who gave me an armchair ride this season although my one minor “grumble” (every report needs one!) is to ask people to ensure that scoresheets are dispatched as soon after the game as possible. I know clubs like to see the table updated but I can only do this with your help.
Finally, I am happy to stand for re election to the post, I have shared my thoughts with Mike over the last week or so and explained that I do not have the time to dedicate the post that it really deserves so if there is someone out there with a boat load of enthusiasm just desperate to drive the Ladies league forward I will stand aside and give them my full support, however until this dynamic individual comes forward I will continue as I have.
Hull & East Yorkshire Volleyball Association (HEYVA)
Annual Area Report, June 2012
Following what can only be described at best as ‘an awkward’ committee handover just over a year ago; we feel as a committee that the development of HEYVA has gone from strength to strength over the last season.
At a regional level, new squad HEYVA All Stars had a great first season in the Yorkshire Premier League enabling a few HEYVA local league players to step up to the next level. A credible 3rd place in the league and a place in the Yorkshire Plate Final was matched by HEYVA team Beverley, who finished in the top six again in the Yorkshire Premier League and pushed eventual league winners Cleckheaton Hawks all the way in the Yorkshire Cup Final; narrowly losing out in 5 sets.
HEYVA All Stars Ladies did themselves proud, and enjoyed their first season together, playing in WY Ladies League. Mixed results, with notably three matches lost in five sets, and twice by only a point, meant a credible finish in the league and also a place in the Yorkshire Shield Final. With a few new additions for 2012/13 season, the ladies hope to be given a chance in the Ladies Yorkshire Premier League.
At local level, Scunthorpe and District VC narrowly defeated Beverley in the league and indeed the HEYVA Cup Final, with some truly excellent and well-spirited Volleyball played by both sides. Barton Blockers picked up their first ‘proper’ silverware, easily defeating Hull University Hellfire and South Holderness Hawks in the HEYVA Plate Triangular Final.
It was disappointing for the HEYVA league to lose the Hull University ‘B’ team early on in the season, meaning that the league was reduced to seven teams this time around. However, this left plenty of Volleyball still to be played.
More recently, HEYVA has been running its usual outdoor pairs summer league on a Wednesday evening, which this year has twelve mixed sex HEYVA pairs taking part in two leagues of six. This is ongoing and full of fun spirited Volleyball with a lovely atmosphere.
It’s great to see some new faces in the summer league this season. Some due to the exploration of the ‘Go Spike’ campaign, predominantly by Scunthorpe and Barton Blockers.
In terms of organisation and structure, some HEYVA committee members have completed their roles in full this year, whilst others unfortunately have not. It was decided at a recent meeting that unfortunately due to lack of commitment from some members of the committee, the usual HEYVA Jubilee Cup was a task too much for us this season, but we hope to rectify this next season.
A refereeing course was held at Baysgarth School by Diane Hollows and Paul Dixon during the season, in addition to last season’s level 1 coaching course; which now means that we have a good handful of qualified beginner referees in HEYVA, some of whom are extremely keen to move to the next level. Most are under the age of 21, some as young as 15. We must express our disappointment of how some of these referees were treated during their learning curve whilst officiating during some HEYVA local league and Yorkshire Premier League matches this season; even when assisted or being assessed by more experienced, higher qualified referees. If we do not support these young enthusiasts then the future of our sport is non-existent. One example of this is a recently qualified referee, who whilst second refereeing a Yorkshire Premier League game had a 6ft 3inch plus male physically place hands on her shoulders whilst verbally aggressively appealing a decision. We will struggle to get her to officiate next season we fear.
Junior development continues within HEYVA although struggles against Football and Netball are still commonplace. Barton Blockers under 18 girls played in the last 16 of the nationals for the second consecutive season, narrowly losing out to other strong teams. We received disappointing news from the Tigers Trust that Volleyball development will no longer be a priority for them, despite offers from Volleyball enthusiast and HEYVA player Lisa Wright offering to assist with its development through her role as a Sports Development Officer at the local council. We are investigating where Volleyball ring-fenced (or so we thought) funding has disappeared too.
Much contact has been made by David Roberts with regard to junior development, and we hope to set some sessions up at Baysgarth School in the not too distant future.
The new HEYVA website www.heyva.org.uk has been a huge success this year, with the automated league table saving clubs and committee members time and effort and working without fail. It’s nice to see that clubs have started to launch their own sections of the website also. The website inter-links with our Facebook page (if you’re reading this and not a member, please search for us and click ‘like’) – we now have 50 plus regular viewers which links them into the website by extension.
Probably missed a few bits, but if we remember, then they will be e-mailed out. The future remains bright for HEYVA. The forthcoming AGM will focus on attracting new clubs we hear are forming in the wide area that is East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, as well as employing some further committed committee members, not forgetting a focus on developing juniors further to sustain our wonderful sport.
HEYVA looks forward to the 2012/13 season with excitement and eagerness.
Yours in Volleyball,
The HEYVA Committee
South Yorkshire Volleyball Association Report 2011/12
A change of personnel at Moorlands Prison has meant that the Offenders Team and the Warders Team were sadly a "no show" this season.
Matches were played between the remaining 4 teams;
Barnsley, Chesterfield, Sheffield and Worksop.
Barnsley certainly played Worksop, Chesterfield and Sheffield both home and away but I can't be sure that the other 3 played ALL of their matches.
It has been more "recreational" volleyball than "association" volleyball this season I'm afraid.
Volunteer ‘burn out’ being the likely cause.
Due to the lack of a formal League table South Yorkshire do not propose any team for promotion to the Premier League for 2012/13.
WYVA Report for the Yorkshire Volleyball Association AGM – Monday 11 June 2012
A difficult year for the WYVA with decreased participation in the Men’s league and an incomplete fixtures calendar, however the introduction of the Yorkshire Division One Women’s League was a bright spot.
Men’s league entries were as follows; Leeds Garforth, Huddersfield University, Indian Panthers VC Wakefield Polonia 2, York Crusaders and York University.
Women’s league entries were as follows; Barnsley 2, Harrogate 2, HEYVA, York University and York Zumbas
The Men’s league frustratingly did not fulfil all fixtures with some teams only completing half there fixtures. The league champions for 2012 were Leeds Garforth and they have sought promotion to the Yorkshire Premier for the 2012/3 season.
The Women’s league (with the exception of York University) nearly fulfilled all matches and in its debut season as Yorkshire Division One its eventual champions were York Zumbas. The number of close 4 and 5 set matches between all teams was a highlight and shows good depth for the women’s competitions going forward in Yorkshire.
Looking forward the West Yorkshire Volleyball Association is looking at the following during the course of the 2012/13 season;
· Increased participation in both the men’s and women’s leagues.
· Unfortunately time commitments from myself have been limited to ensure the season’s fixtures have been fulfilled and this will be improved upon next season and hope that all teams will re-enter the leagues next year.
West Yorkshire Volleyball Association