Term 4 Junior Social Competition

Hunter Volleyball is thrilled to launch its inaugural Junior Social Competition (JSC), starting 14th October 2020 and running for nine weeks.

In 2020, we have hosted a number of come-and-try activities and also offered an eight week Spikeroos junior participation program for 12-17yo starting in Term 1 (which was unfortunately impacted by restrictions on community sport due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

In Term 3, we resumed activities and hosted another Spikeroos program for 48 kids in U15 and U17 groups. In Term 4, we have pared back the Spikeroos program to a group of 24 U15 boys and girls only, and have added an U17 Junior Social Competition to our Term 4 programming.

The JSC gives ‘graduates’ from the Spikeroos program a dedicated space to meet friends during weekly games, develop the concepts learned during Spikeroos, and extend themselves through regular social game play.

Check out the Term 4 2020 JSC Draw and JSC Rules.

In 2021 we aim to continue the expansion of our offerings for juniors by offering an U15 and U17 JSC and strengthening the pathway from junior participation into leagues and adult social competitions over time. We also hope to identify venues in the Maitland area in which to deliver our popular Spikeroos programs.

Spring Mixed Social Tournament

Hunter Volleyball hosted its inaugural Spring Mixed Social tournament on 26-27 September at the Hunter Sports High School. Five teams competed over the weekend and at times enjoyed the rent-a-crowd spectators from the Junior Development Workshop taking place on the neighbouring court!

The purpose of this tournament is to provide competition opportunities for regional associations and bring everyone together to play socially. Due to COVID-19, we were prevented from hosting inter-regional teams this year, but look forward to hosting our country neighbours in 2021.

After a very blustery and chilly start Saturday morning, the teams settled into the combined tournament draw, made plenty of song requests, and shared some laughs. The vibe was relaxed and comfortable, and games were a welcome relief from the months of pressures of COVID restrictions on work and play.

In the higher division, the Spice Girls took out top honours after defeating Gleny & the Jets, with Becky’s Bouncers coming in third. In the social division, Red Setters defeated Nisshoku.

Thanks to everyone who competed in this inaugural event. We hope you enjoyed your prizes and we look forward to seeing you and many more teams at the 2021 tournament.

Tournament Results Here

HV Launches New Brand

Hunter Volleyball Inc is pleased to share with you our new parent brand, designed by Australian Volleyball Warehouse

After inviting members to help design the association logo, the committee shortlisted the submissions, then narrowed it further again, before beginning the design process with the team at AVW.

Over the coming weeks you’ll see more of our new logo, as well as see logos we have developed for our participation centres across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie!

Hunter Volleyball

Valuing Referee Education

Hunter Volleyball values referee education as part of the participant experience.

Information about the national referee accreditation framework, copies of the current FIVB Rules of the Game, examples of the rules in action via the Casebook, and a poster of official hand signals can be found free online here.

The process for gaining the basic referee accreditation – Level 1 (Foundation) Referee – may be long, but it is achievable in under two hours, and is as follows:

  • Complete the ‘Play by the Rules – Harassment & Discrimination’ free online course here
  • Complete the ‘Play by the Rules – Child Protection’ free online course here
  • Log into your Volleyball NSW account (via the Fortix Member dashboard here)
  • Click on your Volleyball NSW dashboard, “My Courses” and select Level 1 Foundation Refereeing course
  • Complete your details and payment information
  • Upload your PBTR Harassment & Discrimination and your PBTR Child Protection certificates
  • Click on the My Courses menu and complete the online Level 1 (Foundation) Referee course
  • Download and save your Volleyball Australia Certificate of Accreditation.

Updated 12/9/2020: The NSW Volleyball Referees Association has advised that annual membership is only required for those completing their Level 2 accreditation

Teams competing in our Social competitions can take advantage of the subsidy offered when two players per team (per season) complete their Level 1. Hunter Volleyball will reimburse their accreditation course fee!

COVID-Safe Practices Apply to Everyone

This is an import summary of responsibilities we all take in attending volleyball activities this Winter due to the COVID-19 virus.

BEFORE COMING TO A VOLLEYBALL ACTIVITY

Do not attend if you are unwell including coughing, runny nose or fever

Do not attend if you have been in contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days

Do not attend if in the past 14 days you have:
• Arrived in NSW from anywhere in Victoria from July 8
• Arrived in NSW from greater Melbourne after June 23

Do not attend if you have returned from another country or been on a cruise ship in the past 14 days

Comply with all current government & venue regulations regarding public health orders and advice

AT YOUR VOLLEYBALL VENUE

Time away from the court has been hard for everyone.  Ease into the first few weeks of activity to make sure you are fit and well for long-term return to sport.

Comply with requirements to use hand sanitiser on arrival and after the game or training session.

No spectators are permitted unless essential or are the responsible adult for juniors.  Spectators must register at the Administration Desk.

Please bring your own filled and labelled drink bottles

Captains must complete the scoresheet with full names of players in attendance – names must be legible and match name as registered 2020/21 Members

Remain 1.5m from others wherever possible, including sitting on team bench and duty scorers – Maximum 2 only at the scorer’s bench.

Arrive dressed and ready to play – do not use communal facilities.  Toilets are available only.

Do not arrive early and watch games, please follow the “arrive, play, go” to limit mingling and number of people in the venue

Avoid physical contact, don’t huddle, exchange high fives, hugs or handshakes

No whistles may be shared.  Duty teams are provided with squeezy whistles.  Otherwise bring your own whistle.

Maximum of 2 warm up balls will be provided per team for warm up and will be cleaned by the venue supervisor in between games.  The match ball must be wiped with alcohol wipes before and after the warm up, in between each set, and at the end of the game.

Referee stand & scorer’s bench and scoring equipment should be wiped down between games

Pens will be supplied as usual and should be wiped between games, however you are encouraged to bring your own

AFTER YOUR VOLLEYBALL SESSION

Advise Hunter Volleyball as soon as possible if you become unwell with flu like symptoms or have a positive Covid-19 test within 14 days of attending any Hunter Volleyball event (email secretary@newcastlevolleyball.com.au)

Welcome to Hunter Volleyball Inc

On behalf of the Committee, we are pleased to announce that Newcastle Volleyball has recently registered as an Incorporated Association with NSW Fair Trading, and has commenced activities under its new name Hunter Volleyball Inc (2000657).

The name Hunter Volleyball Inc was chosen after much deliberation by the committee as it represents our strategic intent to increase the footprint of volleyball across the Hunter region, through the creation of indoor and outdoor participant hubs in Newcastle, Maitland, Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, and beyond, over the next decade.

As an affiliate of State Volleyball NSW, and as a registered legal entity, Hunter Volleyball Inc. is now able to actively pursue opportunities for funding grants from local, state or federal programs to support the development of new programs for participants (players, coaches, referees and administrators), and commence providing junior volleyball activities under the auspices of the NSW Office of Sport Active Kids program.

So what does the name change from ‘Newcastle Volleyball’ to ‘Hunter Volleyball Inc.’ mean for members and supporters?

  • Our website can now be located by visiting www.huntervolleyball.com.au.  Over the coming days new content will be created to reflect the changes occurring with return to sport and upcoming events in Winter and Spring, both indoors and on local beaches
  • The contact email addresses for your President, Secretary and Treasurer will update to the new domain @huntervolleyball.com.au 
  • Our new public Facebook Page is available www.facebook.com/huntervolleyball/ to all members of the public.  We are re-building content so keep an eye out for the latest updates and news as we ramp up activity in Winter and Spring 2020
  • Parents will shortly receive information on how to redeem an Active Kids Voucher for upcoming junior programs
  • Members will shortly be invited to play a part in designing our new Hunter Volleyball Inc. logo.  Be part of the next chapter of regional volleyball history by sharing your designs which represent the Hunter Valley, our dynamic global sport, and you, our members
  • Individual member registrations will reference your home club as Hunter Volleyball Inc, regardless of which venue you attend or the activity hub in which you participate.

Most importantly, over three decades of volleyball history borne of the Newcastle District Volleyball Association, continues under a new name, symbolic of the committee’s desire to lead the sport proudly to new horizons throughout the Hunter Valley.

Register Now: Term 3 Spikeroos

Term 1 Spikeroos Participants

Boys and girls aged 12-17 years old, join us for a fantastic junior participation program called Spikeroos!

Our experienced volleyball coaches will teach you the fundamental skills of the game – serve, dig, set, spike and block – over an eight week period, so that you can develop the skills to play competitive volleyball. There’ll be technical drills, fun games, and new friends!

Program cost is $85pp including a t-shirt and volleyball! All participants must also register with State Volleyball NSW (cost $15pp).

Eight Week program commences Wednesday 5th August 2020
Hunter Sports High School, Gateshead
Boys 4.30-5.30pm then Girls 5.30-6.30pm
Concludes Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Update 30/7/2020
The Term 3 girls squad is now full. Registrations for Term 4 open in September. Limited places remain in the boys squad.

Please complete the online registration form to secure your place in this introductory volleyball program. Upon receipt of your registration, we will contact you to confirm details, arrange payment (or Active Kids Voucher redemption), and complete your State Volleyball NSW registration.

Adult Social Training Sessions this July!

Is it time to try a new sport? Are you a current player looking for more activity? Would you like to join a team in the Spring social competitions starting 25th August?

Come along to the Adult social training sessions:

Wednesday 22nd and 29th July
Hunter Sports High School, Gateshead
Enter via Gate 2 and come into Building S

Men: 6.30 – 8.00pm
Women: 8.00 – 9.30pm
Cost: $10pp

Our coaches will be hosting 90 minute sessions featuring skill development, drills and game time. Bring a friend and enjoy the action, meet some of our club members and have some fun. No experience is necessary if you are a beginner wanting to get started, or if you’re an intermediate player looking to polish up your skills for competition.

Please complete the online registration form to indicate your interest in attending. Reminders will be sent in the week prior to each activity.

Juniors Come and Try Volleyball!

The best way to beat the Winter blues is to get of the house, try something new and make some new friends!

Boys and girls aged 12-17 years are invited to our next kids Come and Try sessions where you can drop in at any time or stay for the whole two hours:

Wednesday 22nd July and 29th July
4.30pm – 6.30pm
Hunter Sports High School at Gateshead
Enter via Gate 2, Building S

How about trying volleyball this July? It’s a great sport you can play indoors, on the beach, in the park and even the pool … maybe in a few months!

Parents, please complete the online registration form and then bring your child along to one, or both sessions, it’s up to you. They’ll learn the skills of volleyball (digging, setting, spiking, blocking, and serving) and also play some fun games with our experienced coaches.

Return to Adult Competition – 7th July 2020

The Committee is thrilled with the opportunity for members to return to community sport for adults and juniors from 1st July. We will recommence volleyball activity with our Tuesday night social competitions at Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Broadmeadow on Tuesday 7th July.

Teams in the following divisions will hit the courts on Tuesday 7th July for a shortened seven week Winter season:

  • A Grade men’s (6 teams)
  • B Grade men’s (8 teams) and
  • Mixed Social (3 teams)

An extended Spring season commences on Tuesday 25th August and run right through to December.

Competition draws are available by following the links under the SOCIALISE menu.

The B Grade women’s competition (4 teams) will resume at Hunter Sports High School, Gateshead on Wednesday 5th August. More information about player recruitment, pre-season games, and the season proper will be published this week.