Northern California Volleyball Association
About the NCVA
The year 2015 marks the 33rd anniversary of the Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA) servicing Northern California from the Oregon border to Bakersfield including Northern Nevada with over 19,900 registered members.
We offer a variety of opportunities for every athlete, no matter age or background, to play volleyball. Our Power League consists of a two (2) day Qualifier and a two (2) day Region Championship both held in a state of the art convention centers with top trained referees in addition to three (3) league tournament days in between. Our Power League produces some of the top teams at the USAV Junior National Championship level year after year.
In addition to Power League, we offer Premier League with a schedule of a one (1) day Qualifier, four (4) League tournament days and a two (2) day Regional Championship combined with the Special Tournaments, Non-Leagues and National Level tournaments, making our region one of the most active of the 40 USAV Regions. While we offer numerous league and non-league options, we are also proud to host one of only eleven National Qualifiers held in the nation right here in Reno, Nevada. The Far Western National Qualifier is held annually in April with over 1,100 teams in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center over two weekends in order to accommodate all teams that would like to enter.
This brings with it some challenges that all clubs and regions nation-wide are having.
1.) Playing sites with the tightening budgets at the school level and the demand of other activities on the school facilities. They are for the most part the heart of our sport and if they are the heart then the Club Directors and Coaches are the arteries that feed the players the oxygen (knowledge) they need to become strong and able players, to coaches, to Club Directors in the future of our sport. Thank You!
2.) Coaches with the player numbers growing the coaching pools are being stretched thin. While a lot of our young players move on to other things a select few start to give back to their sport early on in their lives either by coaching or officiating (also needed). Other players move on with their lives with education and work then marriage and children. Once their kids are old enough to start sports they come back to the sport they love, Volleyball. Thank You!
In our continuing effort to provide the opportunity to play high level volleyball, we participate in the USA Volleyball High Performance Program. We put together regional teams to participate in the USAV High Performance Championship Tournament (held annually in a US city - tournament host cities vary by year) and in the European Global Challenge Tournament (held annually in a European city - tournament host cities vary by year), where they have the opportunity to play against many foreign teams. Both tournaments are held annually in the month of July. Click here for more information about our NCVA HP Indoor Program and NCVA HP Beach Program.
The USA PVL is a grass roots professional volleyball league that is sanctioned by USA Volleyball and started in 2013 for men’s and 2012 for women’s. Teams from among the (40) regional volleyball associations across the U.S. are eligible to participate in this league. On our website, you will find information regarding both NCVA’s professional Men’s NorCal Premier team, and Women’s Dream Team.
In the 2014-2015 season, NCVA will be working with local groups and USA Volleyball to bring Sitting Volleyball into our region. Sitting volleyball is played from a sitting position on the floor. The sport is governed by the same set of rules as the able-bodied game, with a few minor rule modifications. Players are allowed to block serves, but one “cheek” must be in contact with the floor whenever they make contact with the ball.
The objective is for teams to send the ball over the net through the crossing area and to ground it on the court of the opposing team. Each team is allowed to have up to three contacts with the ball before returning it to the opposing team’s side of the court.
As we continue striving to uphold our mission of supporting and developing NCVA programs, community volleyball programs and organizations, actively collecting and distributing volleyball-related information, providing educational opportunities for the regional volleyball community while working in conjunction with volleyball's national governing body, we look forward to increasing our membership base for the 2014-2015 season.
The NCVA is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization
The Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA) is a California nonprofit corporation founded in 1982 and organized exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. NCVA is registered with the California Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts, and it fulfills all of the non-profit organization requirements set by the State of California including, but not limited to, the California State requirement for a yearly financial statement audit by independent certified public accountants.
As to date, and with each audit, the NCVA’s financial statements have received top grades. The audits are conducted in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States. A financial audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by NCVA, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation.
Audits are made to comply with California State requirements and to point out the transparency with which the NCVA conducts its finances. Even if this was not a requirement from California, the NCVA would still continue to do audits.
It makes sense to provide both our customers and our membership community an additional sense of comfort when dealing with the NCVA. By doing yearly audits you can clearly see that the NCVA engages in sound financial management with proper, tested, procedures and policies in place.
Additionally, the organization has already implemented sundry suggestions regarding improved documentation and clarity of procedures in written manuals to move controls policy and implementation towards best practices. Importantly, the auditors had very positive, complimentary things to say about the skill levels and hard work displayed by our finance and accounting staff. The NCVA will continue the yearly audits to ensure that the organization maintains its books, records, and financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles.
How the NCVA began
With-in the structure of USAV the NCVA has grown over the last 28 years from a small Mom and Pop region to the 4th largest of the 40 regions nation wide. In 1994, the NCVA Board of Directors chose to move in a new direction and hired a full-time Commissioner to run the region and move the region towards their dream region. That dream was to build a region that would support a large contingent of players with a league system that would challenge them to the top of the USAV Junior National Championship system, Power League.
Then they also wanted to make sure that the players that could not or did not want to put in the commitment of the Power League had a League that fit their needs, with the Area League we feel that this was accomplished. With the goal of lower cost and the playing site within 90 minutes of their club's home city, this has become a very popular building block for the coaches and players to learn the crazy ropes of the game we love, Volleyball.
But they weren't through there, they wanted another way to make volleyball available to the players and coaches that could not commit to a league situation, but wanted to play the game. This brought about the Non-Leagues. Last season the first non-league of the season had 190 teams playing and over 200 that wanted to, the only thing that limits the leagues is playing sites.
Which brings us back to problem one. As the leagues grow more sites are needed, but it takes contacts within the school systems that are committed to growing their programs and the game of volleyball by using their inside contacts to secure facilities and then it becomes the coaches and PLAYERS responsibility to take care of the facilities by not abusing them and cleaning up after yourselves. Sometimes it seems like the NCVA is always changing things on you, we work very hard to schedule the courts needed for every weekend as close to the areas you need them. Some of the problems we run into along the way are lack of facilities in high use areas such as, South bay and Stockton are a few of the sports along with yours that we need more courts in. Then there is the last minute change for some unknown reason, sometimes it is the site canceling (often) at the last minute with very short or no notice. It is something that we cannot do much about because if we attempt to penalize the facility we will lose the facility.
The national governing body for the sport of volleyball in the United States, became incorporated as a non-profit corporation called the Northern California Volleyball Association, NCVA, in 1982. The NCVA abides by the rules set forth by USA Volleyball; however, it operates as a completely separate business entity. The NCVA hosts and approves competition, fellowship play, clinics, leagues and tournaments. The NCVA also hosts one of the ten National Qualifiers for USA Volleyball. In addition, the NCVA aids in the development of players, coaches, referees and scorekeepers. The longevity of our service has enabled us to create strong ties to the volleyball community, which, in turn will help us to reach out to our members as well as other players, parents and coaches within the community.
NCVA Vision and Mission Statements
Background: In developing this vision statement, an examination took place concerning the popularity of youth volleyball, the resources available to clubs in the Northern California Region, and the interpretation of the intent of junior volleyball participants. Directives from USA Volleyball were incorporated, with special attention given to the present qualification process for the Junior Olympic Championships. Due to the expanded opportunity that out of region competition offers to clubs, inter-regional communication was also included. A commitment to enhancing the development of all levels of play, while not abandoning the elite level of competitors, was reinforced.
The “Vision” is to promote participation in a quality program that provides a positive and safe athletic environment through a variety of developmental and competitive opportunities for junior players of all ages, skill levels, and diverse groups.
Background: Paramount in the creation of this mission statement was a concern to accommodate the growth of volleyball in the Divisions and how it should offer updated and flexible competitive opportunities with varied formats, sites, and tournaments dates. Sensitivity was applied to elite and entry-level play and how tournaments could best serve these diverse participants. Furthermore, travel costs and the strain of extended travel were given special consideration. The NCVA’s future programs will reflect a commitment to varied and non-discriminatory opportunities with the entire geographical region hosting competitive sites each season in order not to isolate distant volleyball communities.
The Division will create a diverse and varied system of competition. It will develop education and training programs for all players and participants. The Division will create non-discriminatory entry-level playing opportunities. It will create reciprocal relationships for inter-regional, national, intra-regional, and international competition. The Division will establish partnerships with related groups to promote volleyball.