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IMPACT & SafeSport Certifications

IMPACT Certification

All coaches registered with USA Volleyball are required to be IMPACT & SafeSport certified. Below are notes and information regarding this certification process.  

Please note that in-person IMPACT classes hosted by the region have been cancelled for the remainder of this year.  

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Volleyball athletes have a great sense of self-worth, demonstrate better collaboration skills and maintain healthier peer relationships. Unfortunately, sports, including volleyball can also be a high-risk environment for misconduct, including physical and sexual abuse. All forms of misconduct are intolerable and in direct conflict with the values of USA Volleyball.

Along with all USOC National Governing Bodies, USA Volleyball has adopted the SafeSport program as required education for members.  CEVA requires all adults affiliated with a junior program to take the SafeSport training.  This includes all Club Directors, Club Administrators, Head & Assistant Coaches, Team Reps, Chaperones, Officials, etc. 

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Jayla Parnell from Athena 15 Gold shares her GJNC experience


Attending the 2017 Girls Junior National Championship was an experience I won't soon forget. After a season competing against 16's teams in our own region, it was exciting to take our many months of experience to Minneapolis to see how we stacked up against the best 15's teams in the country. We faced teams from the Midwest and as far away as Florida and Georgia too. We fought hard to win some very tough games. Things didn't always end in our favor, but we learned from each loss and came back stronger each match. In the end we climbed 10 spots in the rankings which is better than we were projected to do in this tough National Division. The moments I will always remember are playing on the Championship Center Court and being live streamed by USAV for everyone to watch, including my family all across the country, and having fun in Minneapolis with my awesome teammates and friends! I am proud that our team, Athena 15 Gold, got to represent CEVA on the national level and show other regions that CEVA teams play hard and don't back down!  CEVA teams also support each other as Webfoot 15-1 cheered us on during one of our toughest matches! What a great way to show the country what the Columbia Empire region is all about! Jayla Parnell - Athena 15

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BJNC reflection by Ajax 18 Gold player Joey Hoyt


My name is Joey Hoyt, Libero for AJAX Volleyball Academy 18 Gold. This was my experience going to Nationals. Being our first year at the BJNC, we as a team didn’t know what to expect. We thought it would be similar to our prior tournament in Anaheim based on the knowledge of other teams. When we first stepped into the Greater Columbus Convention Center, we were surprised on how much smaller it was than the SoCal Junior Boys Classic. This is due to the fact that 18u, 14u and 12u play on the first half of the week and the17u, 16u and 15u play on the second half. Our first day of pool play was competitive. We played three best of three matches finishing second in our pool. We lost our final match on Day one to Division 1 VBC from Southern California for first place in our pool. On our second day we played extraordinarily well in our pool and arguably one of the best performances of the season. We thought we were done for the day and had second place locked up going into playoffs. We just defeated a strong team from Ohio in two sets so our team started icing. I iced my back and waited for the final game to be over. This is where it becomes interesting. As a result of the final pool match we now had to play in a tie breaking match against the team from Ohio to see who goes into the Gold, Silver and Bronze playoffs. Unfortunately we lost the one set match 22-25 and took 3rd in our pool which sent us down to the Flight 3 Bracket. The Flight 3 Bracket was not where we wanted to be. We had the first seed position and we played a strong team from Hawaii Pilipa'a VBC in the second round ultimately losing in three sets 15-25, 25-23, 12-15. Overall the tournament was one of the most amazing experiences that we've had as a team. We experienced success and defeat. We came up a little short but we grew and played as a team. I felt I played the best I've ever played and the team enjoyed the experience as a whole. I am so excited for next year! See you in Phoenix at the 2018 BJNC. Sincerely, Joey Hoyt, Libero, AJAX VB 18-Gold

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Athena 15 Gold GJNC experience told by Emily Bunnell


This previous season and year with Athena 15-Gold has been one to remember, not only because of  my amazing coaches and great teammates, but also because of our team’s opportunity to compete at the Girl’s Junior National Championship.  Having the experience of going to Nationals was humbling, exciting, and most importantly, super fun!  It was incredible being able to play against and watch the best teams in the nation.  There’s so much one can learn from others, and that’s something that was reinforced to me while in Minneapolis.  The first couple of games were tough and even a bit intimidating because we were exposed to such a new environment.  However, improvement was made because we overcame the mental obstacles that were keeping us from playing to our full potential.  Everyday my team worked hard to find ways to hone our skills to compete against opponents from more advanced levels.  On the court, there was a new and different energy that hadn’t emerged throughout much of the season. Everyone seemed to have a strong mindset and desire to give it our all. Being at the GJNC not only changed the way my team worked together, but it gave me a chance to challenge myself more and to continue to grow my passion for volleyball.

Emily Bunnell – Athena 15 Gold

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