As we start to move further into 2013, the volleyball
and beach volleyball seasons are starting to take shape
and the changes we have introduced begin to take
effect.
We have already seen regional qualifying tournaments
for the FIVB age-group volleyball championships, while
in beach volleyball and volleyball a number of domestic
tours are drawing to a close. Many teams have already
shown that they will be strong contenders on the FIVB
Beach Volleyball World Tour which will start with the
Shanghai Grand Slam on April 30. The undoubted
stars of this and any other year will, of course, be the
players; be they on a volleyball or beach volleyball
court. Already a number of future heroes have started
to show what they can do and that they are ready to
step up and take over from players who have retired or
taken a break from the sport.
One of the joys of watching volleyball and beach
volleyball is seeing new players come through and
make their mark on the sport and I am sure that
2013
will be no exception. Over the last six months
many players have retired from volleyball and beach
volleyball and will now be beginning new adventures
in their lives and careers.
Understandably not every player will stay in the sport
as many have career plans that don’t involve volleyball
and beach volleyball. Of those that do, some may
move into coaching or administration while others
may decide to work with the media. Whatever they
decide, it is vital that these players who have stepped
away from volleyball are allowed to continue their
contribution to it in some form. It is important that we
keep as many players involved in helping develop and
promote volleyball and beach volleyball. This is one of
the reasons we are putting a lot of emphasis on our
blog project, to allow former players the chance to
give their opinions on the current state of play. Former
players can teach the next generation of players,
inspire young children to start playing while advising
and lending their experience to those in charge of
running volleyball and beach volleyball.
By doing so we can ensure that our sport continues
its growth and that new people, young and old, are
introduced to the joys of playing, refereeing, organising
and watching volleyball and beach volleyball.
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03 / 2013
Cover photo
Two years after a career threatening bus
accident, Stacy Sykora says she is hoping
to give volleyball one more shot.
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Canadians show
it’s never too cold
for volleyball
2
BIG PICTURE
Sykora still refusing
to give up
on volleyball return
4
COVER STORY
Todd Rogers – back
for one last hurrah
8
FEATURE
Beach Volleyball
age-group
competitions
take shape
14
IN FOCUS
German duo
learning from the
best in Russian
Superleague
18
FEATURE
Cook happy to be
off the court, but still
aiming to influence
beach volleyball
20
PROFILE
22
AVC
23
CAVB
23
CEV
24
CSV
24
NORCECA
22
CONFEDERATIONS
FIVB President:
Dr. Ary S. Graça F°
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EDITORIAL