Volleyball Australia builds its capabilities in Performance Analysis

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A prestigious list of presenters gathered in Melbourne's Etihad Stadium today at the 2015 Sports Analytics Innovation Summit hosted by Innovation Enterprise. The room was filled with experts in the analytics field including Volleyball Australia representatives Giorgio Poetto , Simon Naismith , Joshua Slack and Lauren Soderberg.

The conference will continue over 2 days with over 26 presenters offering up the latest information on a broad range of topics including Athlete Load monitoring techniques, latest data collection technologies, data based performance analysis and injury prevention. Day 1 provided insight into the pitfalls, challenges and successes that other sporting organisations have experienced implementing analytics from a ground up approach.  

Some of the key communication points emphasised Analytics being the 'Science of Winning', utilising specific evidence based data with a responsibility to contribute to both performance enhancement and a measurable accountability in injury prevention. 

Lauren Soderberg shared her thoughts:

" I think the course has been extremely beneficial for me so far. Even though the conference is directed more towards performance analysis specialists and not coaching personnel, I have found particular benefit in an in-depth understanding of different views on athlete monitoring systems, load monitoring and injury prevention, which I think will be able to have an immediate effect on my athletes' performances now and into the future. Insight into larger organisational challenges and problem solving strategies has provided me with fresh insight into my own processes and hearing how performance analysis staff are servicing coaching staff to best assist with winning oriented goals is something that I’m looking forward to further discussion on as the conference continues on day 2. " 

POSITIONS AVAILABLE WITH THE 2015 NATIONAL AUSTRALIAN VOLLEYBALL TEAMS – “THE VOLLEYROOS”

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VolleyroosLOGOExpressions of Interest are sought from qualified people for the following positions in the men’s and women’s national indoor teams in 2015 – the Volleyroos.

Women’s Team

Assistant Coach, Team Manager, Team Physiotherapist

We are seeking Assistant Coaches, Team Manager and Physiotherapist for the 2015 Women’s Volleyroos for the following activities:

  • Volleyroos Camp in Canberra 3-6 April (Easter)
  • Asian Women’s Volleyball Championships in China 20-28 May
  • FIVB Grand Prix in Kazakhstan, Algeria and Australia from 25 June to 12 July

Assistant Coaches must have a Level 2 Accreditation, or be proceeding towards the completion of a Level 2 Accreditation, and experience with senior national or international level volleyball in a coaching or playing capacity. More than one coach may be appointed to the various activities, and applicants should indicate their availability for each of the activities mentioned above.

It is preferred that the Team Manager should be available for all the activities, but applications for only some of the activities will be considered.   Experience in team management and volleyball administration at the senior national or international level is required, and volleyball technical knowledge is desirable.

The Team Physiotherapist should hold Sports Physiotherapy qualifications, and experience in volleyball is desirable.

Men’s Team

Assistant Coach, Team Manager, Team Doctor

We are seeking an Assistant Coach, Team Manager and Team Doctor for the 2015 Men’s Volleyroos for the following activities:

  • Preparation training in Canberra including practice matches from 20 April to 25 May
  • FIVB World League matches v Italy in Adelaide 29-30 May
  • FIVB World League matches v Brazil in Brasilia 5-7 June
  • FIVB World League matches v Italy in Jesolo and Verona 12-14 June
  • FIVB World League matches v Serbia in Novi Sad and Belgrade 18-20 June
  • FIVB World League matches v Brazil in Sydney 27-28 June
  • FIVB World League matches v Serbia in Melbourne 3-5 July
  • Possible FIVB World League finals 15-19 July (venue TBD)
  • Asian Men’s Volleyball Championships in Iran 24 July – 8 August
  • FIVB World Cup in Japan 6-23 September

The Assistant Coach must have a Level 2 Accreditation, or be proceeding towards the completion of a Level 2 Accreditation, and experience with senior national or international level volleyball in a coaching or playing capacity.   This will be a paid position and the Assistant Coach will be expected to be available for all these activities including the preparation camps surrounding the tournaments, starting in Canberra on 20 April.

It is preferred that the Team Manager should be available for all the tournament activities, but applications for only some of the activities will be considered.   Experience in team management and volleyball administration at the senior national or international level is required, and volleyball technical knowledge is desirable.

The Team Doctor should hold Sports Medicine qualifications, and experience in volleyball is desirable. A doctor will not be required for all the activities and applicants should indicate their availability for each of the activities mentioned above.

Those interested in the positions should lodge an Expression of Interest by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sunday 8 March. The EoI should indicate any restrictions on availability and also indicate relevant experience and qualifications. Please attach an up to date CV.

Any questions, please contact John Boultbee, High Performance Director at the email address indicated above or by telephone on 0416 100500.

VOLLEYBALL AUSTRALIA WELCOMES PARTNERSHIP WITH GRAND SPORT FOR HOMOLOGATED UNIFORMS

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Volleyball Australia is excited to announce it has signed a partnership agreement with one of Asia’s most experienced sports equipment companies.

The agreement comes on the eve of one of the biggest years in Australian Indoor Volleyball history.

Having reaped two qualification victories on Wednesday to make the 32-team Main Draw, the 31st-seeded Artacho/Laird continued their winning momentum by defeating Germany’s second seeds Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst 2-0 (21-17, 21-19) in the morning and Czech Republic’s 15th seeds Kristyna Kolocova/Marketa Slukova 2-0 (21-16, 24-22) in the afternoon.

“Cool! It feels pretty unbelievable! Our first season, our first Grand Slam, come as qualifiers, it feels pretty unreal,” said Artacho.

The second set of the second round match between Artacho/Laird and Kolocova/Slukova was hotly contested and the Australians withstood two set points to level it at 20-all thanks to a Artacho block against Kolocova. After Artacho beat off the fourth set point of the Czech Republic with another block, an error of Slukova during a long rally awarded Artacho/Laird their first match point and Artacho converted on it with an accurate drop shot.

“It feels pretty unreal, but we came back in the second set. We just stuck together for every point and believed in each other and we can do it,” Artacho added. “I think that the most important thing is to believe in ourselves and say: we can do it, it's possible.”

Laird attributed the surprising wins to their concentration. “It’s our first Grand Slam and it's all a bit overwhelming. So breaking everything down, making it a lit bit smaller, a little bit simpler,” she said. “In the game just play our ball. Last point doesn't matter, the next point doesn't matter, and it’s all about what's happening in that one moment.”

Having secured their berth in the 24-team knock-out stage, Artacho/Laird now put their eyes on the last match and the top place of the pool.

“We always go one step at a time, even breaking the game down, thinking nothing, just one game at a time has helped us come this far,” Artacho said. “We still haven’t finish pool match, so our next goal is to finish atop of our pool. Being that our last game today, we can now switch off, relax and get ready for tomorrow's games.”

Home favorites Xue/Xia also had a fine start on Thursday as they swept Kazakhstan’s Tatyana Mashkova/Irina Tsimbalova 2-0 (21-17, 21-11) before beating Ana Gallay and Georgina Klug of Argentina 2-0 (21-19, 21-19).

“We were satisfied with our play today,“ said Xue, who paired with Xia to take the bronze medal at last week’s season-opening Fuzhou Open. “My partner is very young and we have a lot to improve together, so every match is a good test and challenge for us.“

It’s also the first Grand Slam event for the newly formed Chinese combination and they vowed to do as best as they. “It’s important for us to get more points and this Grand Slam is a great opportunity, we’ll do the best we can,“ Xue added.

Other top teams winning two matches in a row include Walsh/Ross of the United States, Juliana/Antonelli, Talita Antunes/Taiana Lima, Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas De Freitas from Brazil and Germany’s Karla Borger/Britta Buthe, Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler.

Thirty-two teams are playing a single round robin in eight groups with top three finishers from each group to advance to the 24-team knockout stage.

The 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar features a record purse of US$10.2 million with a season that extends from late April to mid-December competing at 21 venues in 18 countries. This year’s FIVB World Tour includes a record 10 FIVB Grand Slam events, the inaugural Grand Slam Finale and 11 FIVB Open Tournaments throughout the world, helping expand the door for development of the sport even further.

The 10 FIVB Grand Slam competitions, all double-gender, have eight with $800,000 in total purses while both The Hague, Netherlands and the Long Beach, Calif., USA event will have $1 million each in prize money, the most in FIVB Grand Slam history.

 

 

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