One of the biggest changes in club volleyball over the last 20 years has been the development of club volleyball from small volunteer-run groups training in school gyms into businesses that support families, pay mortgages, pay taxes, and add, not only to our sport but, to the growth of our country’s economy. The growth and value of youth sports to the economy has been well documented.

As the mission of JVA mission is to promote the growth of youth and junior volleyball through program and resource development, education and events, we are constantly looking for information, programs, technologies and people with expertise in the field of business management to help us provide our members with the best resources to improve and grow your clubs, your businesses.

Last summer our staff gathered together to review our resources and our methods of delivery. We recognize that JVA’s most valuable resource is our members. You represent the best and the brightest in the business of club volleyball. You might remember a call for volunteers; you might have even responded to that call.

Out of that effort, we formed 3 committees. Briana Schunzel is heading up the Education Committee. This committee helps provide Coach-to-Coach videos, blog articles, webinars, AVCA convention presentations, and resources for JVA Members Education on our website. Lisa Wielebnicki is heading up developing the zonal member committees to provide our staff and leadership with a pipeline of input and information from the zones on policy, procedure and programs.

A 3rd Committee will develop a JVA Club Management Certification Program. Our committee met in December to try to define the program and set some goals and objectives. We will be reconvening in early fall. Last week our Board of Directors met with the staff in our offices in Milwaukee to determine our Strategic Plan for the next three years. One of the main topics was the JVA CMC Program. We really need your input in this project.

Our first objective is to define the core competencies needed to effectively manage a junior volleyball club in 2017 and beyond. We developed a survey, listing some of the competencies that the committee and our board have identified. Before moving forward we need to hear from our membership on what competencies that you feel every club director should have and in what areas you need more knowledge. We would also like to know how you like to learn. The survey is super simple, multiple choices. Please take ten minutes to help us develop a program that is valuable to all of us.


About the Author

Jenny Hahn has served as the JVA Executive Director since 2010. She co-founded Milwaukee Sting VBC in 1989 serving as director, head coach and board member through today. She served as Operations Director and then Executive Director of Badger Region Volleyball Association from 1998-2010. Jenny is passionate about junior volleyball and sees the JVA as a vehicle to improve the junior club experience for club directors, coaches and the club member families.