What do you get when you mix an accessory line with youth volleyball teams? The VB 4 CURE SERIES! The newest Power League sponsored by JVA member clubs Premier Academy, Pineapple SportONE Volleyball and A2 Volleyball that brings teams together to compete not only for a championship, but for a life-changing cause.
The VB 4 Cure Series Started in 2014 by Pineapple and Premier and added A2 in 2015 to broaden out the cities. The power league is comprised of club level teams who compete in a nice round robin format with the goal of lessening travel, playing similar skill competition, and a way to give back to a great charity that is focused on women, which also sells a product that is well known by teen girls (Vera Bradley). Below are details about the Power League.
Host Cities: Maumee, OH (right outside Toledo)Ft Wayne, INLewis Center, OH (right outside Columbus)
Host Playing Sites: Premier Academy (Maumee, OH)SportONE Fieldhouse (Ft Wayne, IN)A2 Sport Gardens (Lewis Center, OH)
Schedule:Three weekends (6 play dates) with teams rotating between each site over three weekends. The league weekends are one weekend per month in January, February and March.
Afternoon start on all Saturdays to help lower travel/hotel costs for clubs. 5-6 Matches per weekend
Divisions:This league is designed for “club” level teams. The sponsor clubs enter all of their non-national level teams and then area clubs enter club level teams as well. The league divisions are 12s-18s. Teams may participate in 2 weekend dates only if they need to for scheduling with a lower entry fee.
The CauseThe league holds an auction and raffle to benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. A huge basket of Vera items are auctioned off at each site for $1 per ticket. All proceeds of the basket, 50/50 raffles and 15 dollars of each team entry fee are donated to the Vera Bradley Foundation. Last year the league raised $700 in it’s first year.
The FutureThe league is all inclusive to any teams regardless of affiliation but is known as a JVA Power League. The league sponsors are hoping to grow the league significantly next year in 2016 since the league is centrally located to so many cities and clubs, now using three very nice playing sites (Columbus was added this year as a site). Last year the league was comprised of 37 teams, this year 42 but the league can hold up to 128 teams.
There are two weekends left in the league this season and entries are still being accepted for March 7-8 and March 21-22. To enter one or both dates email Stephanie Harms. For more information about this league email Jay Golsteyn. With hopes of growing this league and the support for this great cause, the league is actively seeking more club entries in 2016.
For more youth and junior volleyball education and information on Power Leagues visit www.jvaonline.org.