Rules clinics Dec. 1 in Indy, Jan. 5 in South Bend, Ind.
   The next clinic for getting what you need to become a referee is at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1 at Sports Courts in Indianapolis, 8050 Brookville Road (just east of I-465 on the eastside). For information, contact Debbie Sobieralski at 862-9203.
   The next rules clinic after that will be Jan. 5, 2001 in South Bend, Ind. at Washington High School. For information, contact Jody Koselak 219-234-6373.

Tournament schedules are posted!
   The 2000-2001 Michiana junior and adult tournament schedules have been finalized by Michiana Region tournament director Dan Mullins. To view the schedules, you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for free at the link above.
   2000-2001 junior schedule
   2000-2001 adult schedule
   All tournament directors have submitted the proper sanction request forms. Please note that this is a tentative list. Final sanctioning will be granted as tournament directors register with the region. Eventually, the schedules posted will list only sanctioned events. These tournaments will eventually all become sanctioned events and soon will be listed as such. All sanctioned events that are more than one day will also be listed on the USAV website.
   This year's schedules feature more volleyball over a wider geographical area. We have play for almost every division on almost every weekend.
   The officials clinics are tentative. A finalized list will soon be posted as referee chair Terry Sweasy completes the schedule.

Referee chair sets stage for upcoming season's certification
   The following memo from Michiana Region referee chair Terry Sweasy was sent to Michiana Region referees on August 9:
Hello Everyone,
   Hope you are having a great summer. Sure has gone by fast don't you think.... Before you know it we will be back in the swing of things for the new volleyball season.
   I attended the Referee Chair meetings in Ohio during the U.S. Open. There were no new rule changes discussed at this meeting. I am sure there will be a few, and when they send me the information I will get it out to all of you.
   The Region board meetings (Board of Directors, Junior Advisory Council and Junior Club Directors) are Aug. 19 and 20. The tournament schedule will also be completed at this time. I hope to be able to set some dates for Adult Official Clinics once I see what the Tournament Schedule looks like. If any of you are hosting a tournament and would like to hold a Clinic the night before your tournament, please e-mail me and let me know.
   Everyone will be required to attend a clinic in order to obtain your licenses.
   Many of you have told me that you are interested in obtaining your Jr. National or National certification. I will do my best to get as many of you as I can into the process for your upgrade. The one thing I will be looking at is of course your professionalism and your abilities when officiating. Also just as important is how much you give back to the Region: helping with clinics, helping rate new officials, and how much you're working with the Juniors Programs.
   For those of you way up north, Ron Mutter will be my assistant again next year, and he will be keeping me informed as to what those of you are doing in that area.
   I will know the dates of our Adult and Junior Championships after our meetings Aug. 19 and 20. If you are a Junior National or National official, you will be required to work these events. I will get the dates to you before November so that you will have lots of time to add them to your schedule.
   Looking forward to seeing all of you this coming season. I want to thank you for your support last year my first as Referee Chair. I am still learning but hope to do a better job this year.
   That's all for now,
Terry L. Sweasy
Referee Chair
Michiana Region Volleyball Association

Michiana junior teams do great
at junior national competition
   Michiana junior teams kicked some tail at the Junior National Championships in Louisville, Ky., in early July:
   Asics Munciana Slug Bugs from Muncie, Ind., are the 15 Open national champions.
   Dunes 17 Black from Michigan City, Ind., are the 17 Club national champions.
   Kaepa Circle City 17R from Martinsville, Ind., are the 17 Open national champions.
   A hearty round of applause for all the hard work these elite athletes put in to achieve national dominance!

Senior volleyball news
Teams are forming for the National Senior Games, which takes place every two years. The next National Senior Games will be in July, 2001, at Baton Rouge, La. The Indiana qualifying tournament will be June 6, 2000, in Evansville, Ind. An Indiana age  50-plus team is forming. The Indiana 55-plus team that participated in the 1999 Senior Olympics has openings for additional players. For information, contact Herman Greenwood by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 317-243-7567 or  317-243-3030.

Instructions for tourney organizers
   Michiana Region tournament director Dan Mullins has issued an Official Tournament Instruction Packet for use by all tournament directors in the Michiana Region.
   Click here for tourney instructions in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Region contact information
52428 Winding Waters Lane
Elkhart IN 46514
(219) 262-9211 (phone); (219) 266-1892 (fax)
Commissioner: Charles Stemm
Tournament director: Dan Mullins
Junior coordinator: Dave Saenz
Webmaster: Richard Sullivan
For a full contact list, see the officers page.

USAV contact information
USA Volleyball
715 S. Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80910-2368
719-228-6800 (phone); 719-228-6899 (fax)

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