What’s New

The AVCA Convention is better than ever before with several new programs and activities awaiting you in Pittsburgh.

Advanced Career Education (ACE) Session

New college head coaches need a variety of skills to be successful in the head coach role. In order to get a college head coaching job a coach already has a proven track record of success in player development, teaching fundamentals, establishing systems, and understanding statistics. The ACE Program goes beyond these fundamental proficiencies and digs into other competencies needed to be successful as a college head coach. The AVCA has identified eight competency areas for new college head coaches. The ACE Session in Pittsburgh will cover two of these competencies – Recruiting/Talent Acquisition/Development with Dan Tudor and Delegation/Staff Management with Beth Launiere and Leo Hopf. Please visit the ACE Seminar section of this site for more information or click here for an FAQ document on the ACE Program.

Pittsburgh Dine Around Night

Spend your Friday evening (Dec. 20) with good friends and great food while exploring the city of Pittsburgh. Dine Around is your opportunity to visit some of Pittsburgh’s best restaurants while networking with your coaching peers. Local staff will be available in the convention center to assist with restaurant recommendations and make reservations if desired. Several restaurants along Penn Avenue near the convention center have offered discounts and specials for AVCA attendees. Get your group together and go experience everything Pittsburgh has to offer.

 NCAA Match Tickets – Digital Ticket Delivery  

The NCAA has moved to all-digital ticket distribution for the 2019 Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. Tickets may be purchased through the AVCA as part of the normal convention registration process. Match tickets will be distributed electronically only via Flash Seats. No printed ticket books are available. Tickets will be sent out via e-mail on December 10, 2019. The electronic delivery system will allow coaches to transfer or sell tickets from their phone directly through Flash Seats. Please visit the NCAA Digital Ticket Delivery section of this site for more information.

 Expanded Volleyball Marketplace Hours

Do you wish you had more time to visit with exhibitors during the convention? This year the AVCA has expanded Volleyball Marketplace hours on Friday to give you more time to explore the exhibit show and meet with vendors without on-court education sessions going on.

 Girl’s Talent Showcase Moved to Saturday with More Athletes

College coaches registered for the convention will have the opportunity to make recruiting part of their convention week by attending the AVCA Girl’s Talent Showcase. This event is open to uncommitted and unsigned high school and junior college volleyball players. The Girl’s Talent Showcase has previously been held on Sunday morning, but this year has been moved to Saturday afternoon with three waves of athletes participating from 1 – 5:30 p.m. In addition, the AVCA has expanded the number of players accepted and expects to have nearly 400 athletes over the three waves.

 More Small Group Interaction

The AVCA Convention is the largest gathering of volleyball coaches in the world bringing together a mix of Hall of Famers to first-year assistant coaches. What makes the convention a unique experience is being part of a large event while still being able to network and share ideas within smaller individual volleyball communities. The AVCA has added more of the popular small group Coaching Camp, Coach-the-Coach, and Match Point Mentoring Huddles on the schedule to provide additional opportunities to learn from veteran coaches. New this year is a Meet Up & Eat Up event on Friday night that allows small groups of coaches to get together and discuss industry topics over dinner. In addition, the convention schedule includes educational sessions and meetings targeted at high school, club, each college division, men’s/boys’, and beach to provide opportunities for learning and networking within your peer groups.

 Why We Win & Open Dates Scheduling Sessions
College coaches should make plans to stay over after their general meetings on Thursday to participate in the Why We Win and Open Dates Scheduling Sessions. Each college division (except Division I) will have their own Why We Win panel which is a moderated Q & A format with some of the most successful coaches in each division. The discussion will focus on insights into how these coaches train, communicate, and lead. The second half of the session will provide coaches an opportunity to meet with other coaches from the same division seeking to complete their future competition schedules.


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