WILTSHIRE VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION
Held at Calne Sports Centre, Calne
Wednesday, 2nd November 2011 at 19:00
Cliff Ball Chair Calne
Paul Rainey Secretary Olympiad
Serena Morten Treasurer Calne
Sarah Newstead Ladies Development Devizes
Matt Stevens Junior Development (Girls) Devizes
Su Brennand Junior Development (Boys) Melksham
Jenny Boorman Child Protection Officer Calne
Steve Spurlock Vice Chair Aquae Sulis
Dave Woolrich Salisbury
Neil Bentley Calne
Kelly Jones Swindon
Rob Lewis Erlestoke
Richard Howells Mixed League Wootton Bassett
Hans Kaashoek Devizes
Matt Morten Calne
3. Minutes of Previous Meeting
Everyone accepted the minutes as a true account of the meeting held on 3rd August 2011.
4. Matters Arising
a. Cliff Ball is sorting out the trophies and giving them to the relevant people/ clubs.
b. Salisbury owes £4 for 2 juniors from last season.
c. Competitions insurance to be discussed later.
5. WVA Mixed League Progress
is running OK. There have been a couple of disruptions to the entry
of the results onto the web that were outside the control of the league
secretary. If there are any issues the clubs should inform the league
is the clubs responsibility to put the results on to the web (1 week
after match played for the home team and 2 weeks for the away team) or
the bonus points will be lost.
of the match officials/ man of the match scores are not operational.
Any old scores prior to this part of the entry system working will be
filled in retrospectively.
d. Action – Matt Stevens to liaise with Richard Howells for a diary for clubs.
e. Action – WVA events to be put on the web
6. Ladies & Junior League
a. Report in appendix a.
b. Registration can be done with a list of players (including club) on the day.
Report in appendix b.
8. Junior Development
has been 1 grand prix so far this year at Weston-super-Mare with
players from Swindon, Calne, Devizes and Melksham. The meet is on 3rd December.
b. 26th November is the under 15’s at Christie Miller which is 6-a-side girls/ boys.
c. Due to the Olympics the school games will be early.
d. The first boy’s regional training had 31 turn up. The next one on 12th/ 13th November is on at the same time as the Cadet training.
satellite Grand Prix is to be held in Swindon, which is open to all
clubs. The points awarded will be half those awarded at a normal Grand
9. Mavericks Ladies
due to a lack of players willing to commit to playing national league
this season there is no longer a Mavericks Ladies team.
club is still awaiting playoff costs from back in May 2011 to be
reimbursed by Warwick (£85) and Portsmouth (£97). Volleyball England
has even reduced the amount each club had to pay, even though this was
the Mavericks outgoings for hosting. The Mavericks have had to take
travelling costs from both teams out of the money owed as well.
have taken this up with Jonathan Moore (VE) and now Paul Bohannan
(President of the Competitions Commission) but have still not received
the money after 5 months and numerous e-mails and phone calls.
Stevens has taken up the role of coaching Bath University on Tuesday
evenings and coaches their national league ladies. He is looking into
developing a link back to the WVA and the university as there is an
abundance of players wanting match time at the university.
owed £230 for costs incurred during the playoffs which were hosted by
Mavericks. Contact made with Jonathan Moore (EVA Competition Secretary)
but to no avail. A letter is required form the WVA to a higher
authority within the EVA (Matt Stevens to draft letter)
received for next season; however of the 15 players from last season,
only 4 players have definitely committed to playing, 4 are not playing
and 7 have not yet replied. It is therefore likely that the Mavericks
will withdraw from the league this season.
suggestion was made that any Mavericks players who wish to play next
season could consider playing with the Wootton Bassett SW ladies team,
or the Wootton Bassett ladies could help to strengthen the Mavericks
team to allow it to enter the league.
h. Action – Cliff Ball to send follow up email to Volleyball England regarding reimbursement.
10. Mavericks Men
The team has played 6
games so far and won all of them. The team does not train, though the
individuals do train at their own clubs. All players (~15) are enjoying
playing South West League.
11. Treasurers Report
a. The Account currently has just over £3500.
b. Olympiad and Calne owe some money.
c. Approximately £150 is due in but there will be money going out to pay for the replacement trophies and engraving
d. Action – Matt Stevens to try and get good will money back from the SWVA.
12. Child Welfare Officers Report
a. No reported issues.
checks with VE are required every 2 – 3 years. It was commented that
it is worth checking on when renewal is required as VE give very short
13. Club Round Up
Sulis – Training on a Monday. Stable numbers and money with 14 turning
up each week. New players turning up (mainly ladies). Aiming to get
to the EOS tournament.
b. Olympiad – Training going OK but numbers are still on the low side.
– Training going well. Have a couple of new players. Struggled for
players in the first match due to 2 teams playing. Played the pre
season and in the Dave Kinder Cup. The club has around 17 juniors
currently and needs to concentrate on bringing them in to the senior
d. Devizes – See appendix c.
– The club has lost a couple of players but has gained some juniors.
The Druids are a bit light on players but this is being covered by the
Pagans. One of their players Pav broke their arm, which required an
operation. The WVA wish Pav a speedy recovery.
Action – Salisbury to confirm match times.
– Last year there were only 4 – 5 seniors turning up to training on a
Sunday from 8 – 10. Training is now 7:30 – 9:30 and 12 – 14 turn up
with Su and Alan coaching. Juniors are still on a Tuesday 7 – 8 with
around 10 showing up.
– Have around 10 players made up from staff and in mates. Extra staff
are required to run the volleyball and hence there is not much time to
train. The focus for playing is more based on the attitude of the
player rather than ability. Other teams turning up for matches are
required to have a photo ID and be at least 18. As players may be
searched, bring as little as possible (mobiles/ scissors etc should not
be taken in).
h. Wootton Bassett – Not present.
– Mike is coaching on a Saturday morning and may enter a team next
season. There is a possibility of entering in the End of Season with
Corsham – Looking into availability/ installing kit/ posts. Hoping to
have this sorted this season to try and get some interest and training
in the hope of entering a team next year.
(registration) – All clubs must be affiliated to VE before playing.
Suggested rule change to make players club tied regarding Pre-Season and
Ladies and Juniors.
Action – Cliff Ball to send email suggesting rule change.
It was suggested that
new teams may enter the End-Of-Season Tournament if agreed by the
executive committee as well as paying for player/ team entry.
Juniors – Kelly is employed by the council and currently has
approximately 250 kids playing but with no club set up as there is no
money to set up the club. Currently they are playing at Ridgeway for
£20 for 2 hours and they pay £2.50 each. 10 weeks are being paid by the
council but after they are not paying. Some funds are available
through the schools child support (like school dinners). VE have not
provided any help. It was agreed unanimously that the VE affiliation
would be through the Mavericks (Club name) with the team having a name
including Swindon. The club also needs balls and the WVA agreed that 2
bags of 6 balls up to a maximum of £130 would be paid by the WVA.
School – The hall is owned by the school but the kit is owned by
Devizes Club. To stop the possibility of damage to the kit, the post
bolts are removed and stored separately. If a club requires the use of
the volleyball equipment, a request should be sent at least 1 week in
advance to Matt Stevens (email or text) and will cost £10.
Action – Matt Stevens to send an email.
Insurance – Does not cover personal injury only critical injury and
death. If personal cover is required, this should be taken out
separately and normally the cover start 6 weeks after informing the
insurance company (must ready the small print) Affiliation to VE gives
£5M liability cover, entry into VE competitions, discounts and registry
g. Player Safety – Coaches should always be ware of safety issues especially at the net and feet not going under.
h. Cliff Ball presented a trophy to Salisbury Volleyball Club.
i. Cliff Ball reminded everyone that a representative from each club should be at all meetings.
15. Date of Next Meeting
Wednesday 25th January @ 19.00 at the Calne Leisure Centre.
Ladies and Juniors Report
The WVA ladies and juniors season kicked off on 23rd
October, with 4 WVA teams in attendance. The quality of volleyball was
of a high standard and it was very enjoyable taking part. I have now
updated the ladies and juniors web page; you can find all the
information such as fixture dates, results and the current league table
now have links with Bath University and are encouraging some of the
ladies to attend the Ladies and Juniors fixtures; 2 players attended at
the last fixture. If any other clubs have links with other clubs/
players I would like to encourage you to let them know about the ladies
and juniors league, the more people and teams that turn up the better!
Current league table as of 2/11/11:
Complete Sets Won
Unfinished Sets Won
The next fixture is on 13th November.
Competitions Secretary's Report
start-of-season tournament was held on 11 September at the Christie
Miller Sports Centre in Melksham. Only four teams (from Devizes, Calne
and Melksham) entered. Due to the disappointing number of entries the
tournament was shortened in order to keep costs down. The format used
was a round-robin where all the teams played each other in a league with
the top two teams playing a three-set final to determine the winner of
the Shield and the other two teams playing a final to determine the
winner of the Plate.
The results of the finals were Devizes beat Calne Comets 2-0 to win the Shield while Calne beat Melksham to win the Plate.
a financial perspective, each team paid £30 to enter and the cost of
the hiring the hall was £96.40, so there is a small profit to pay for
the prizes to be presented at the annual awards.
was one issue raised regarding the entries. I had stipulated that teams
should register their players with the league secretary. I believe all
the players who took part have been registered with the league but the
question was raised about whether this was necessary and does that tie
the players to the team that they played for at the tournament. Since
the teams are not necessarily the same as the teams in the league, this
did cause some confusion and it may be necessary for insurance purposes
but I need to check that with Volleyball England.
teams have entered the Dave Kinder Knock-out Cup. This means that only
four teams will play in the first round with the remainder (Olympiad, Melksham, Devizes 6X, both teams from Calne and Wootton Bassett Bees)
given a bye. The draw was carried out after the league match between
Olympiad and Wootton Bassett Aces and the two matches are Aces v.
Erlestoke and Druids v. Pagans.
have already notified me that they intend to play the match between
their two teams in December. I have not yet had confirmation of when the
other match will be played.
would like to propose that the next round (of eight teams) is completed
by the middle of February, the semi-finals by the end of March with the
final being played just after Easter (middle of April).
Nothing has yet been done to start the planning of the end-of-season tournament.
Devizes Club Round Up
Since last season we have had sixteen players leave the club, mostly moving on to further their education at University or 6th
form colleges away from Wiltshire. Five players have decided to give up
volleyball to concentrate on other sports or are just too busy with
work and family commitments. However we have gained three new members
and are working hard to increase our visibility as a club.
The club has a
successful pre-season tournament, entering one team and eventually
beating Calne in the final. The league season has been going well,
winning some and losing some. Our main concern is Sunday evening matches
with the number of juniors in our second team and other regional
volleyball events happening at weekends, we have already struggled to
fulfil our commitments.
Thanks must go to Calne
in allowing us to re-arrange one of our matches against them due to it
being half term and Devizes not being able to put out a team. A new date
has been agreed and communicated to the league secretary.
The club has entered one
team into the National Cup U18 Ladies competition and are participating
in the Junior Mini Grand Prix throughout the season.
Yasmin Kaashoek (12) and
Edith Waterman (13) have been invited along to England South U16 girls
training and we have 6 juniors participating in regional volleyball
training once a month between the ages of 11 and 14.
Amor, Robyn Sayers and Rachel Draper all participated in the UK School
Games in September getting a bronze medal (finishing 3rd). Jodie and Robyn were part of the 1st 6 on court with Rachel being frequently used as a substitute.
Sarah Newstead has been selected to score in the Para Olympics
- Not received any emails re: anyone in Wiltshire wanting to attend a coaching course.
- Not heard of any progress in regards to a level 1 course in Wiltshire / Swindon.
Registrations for L&J league