Thursday, 23 May 2024

Alpinetgheep: Expanding Support for Snow and Beach ParaVolley Disciplines

The USA Volleyball Board of Directors has recently made significant decisions to expand its support for snow volleyball and beach ParaVolley, solidifying its position as the Official National Federation for these disciplines. This move showcases the organization’s commitment to promoting diverse areas of the sport and providing opportunities for all to participate in a safe and positive environment.

Embracing Snow Volleyball and Beach ParaVolley

During the winter meeting in Denver, held on January 25, 2019, the USAV Board unanimously confirmed its designation as the Official National Federation for snow volleyball. In addition, the Board is taking the necessary steps to approve the inclusion of Beach ParaVolley within its scope. These decisions reflect the organization’s dedication to expanding the reach of the sport and embracing the unique challenges and opportunities presented by these disciplines.

A Revised Mission Statement

To highlight the importance of all volleyball disciplines, the USAV Board also amended its mission statement to emphasize its commitment to beach, indoor, sitting, snow, and Beach ParaVolley. The new mission statement affirms the organization’s dedication to leading, serving, and growing all areas of the sport while striving for excellence.

Strengthening Governance and Operations

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The winter meeting primarily focused on governance and operational matters. Building on previous efforts to enhance independence and fiscal responsibility, the USAV Board welcomed George Thompson as the chair of the reconstituted Audit, Budget, and Finance (AFB) Committee. Thompson, a former U.S. Men’s National Team player, brings valuable expertise to the table. He currently serves as the managing partner of Thompson Wealth Management, a registered investment firm.

Joining Thompson on the AFB Committee are associate chair Stew McDole, Letitia Berbaum, Brent Rasmussen, and Patrick Henry. Together, they will play a crucial role in ensuring financial transparency and accountability within the organization.

Shifting Toward Independent Governance

As part of the ongoing discussions on governance, Denise Parker, a three-time Olympian and vice president of the USOC’s National Governing Body Services, delivered a presentation on the shift of NGB boards from constituent-based to independent members. This shift aims to ensure a diverse and inclusive representation within the decision-making process.

Board Highlights and Future Endeavors

The USA Volleyball Board meeting also included significant updates and decisions:

  • A moment of silence was observed to honor the passing of past President and CEO Rebecca Howard in November.
  • The search for an official host city agreement for the indoor national teams is ongoing, as the current agreement with the City of Anaheim ends in December 2020.
  • Athlete representatives provided updates on common themes for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic cycle, as well as forward-thinking plans for the 2024 Paris Olympics and 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
  • The formation of the USA Volleyball International Athlete’s Assembly, led by Paralympic gold medalist Katie Holloway, was approved by the Board.
  • The USA Volleyball Board of Directors is now 100% SafeSport certified, ensuring the highest standards of safety and well-being within the organization.
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Q: What is snow volleyball?
A: Snow volleyball is a unique winter sport that combines the skills and rules of traditional volleyball with the challenges and excitement of playing on snow-covered courts.

Q: What is Beach ParaVolley?
A: Beach ParaVolley is a version of volleyball specifically designed for individuals with physical impairments. It offers a fantastic opportunity for athletes to participate and compete on an equal playing field.


The USA Volleyball Board’s recent decisions to embrace snow volleyball and Beach ParaVolley demonstrate its dedication to the growth and development of the sport. By expanding its support to these disciplines, the organization is providing more opportunities for athletes to excel and providing a lifetime of engagement in a safe and inclusive environment. Alpinetgheep is proud to be associated with the USAV and its commitment to fostering excellence in all areas of volleyball.

For more information about Alpinetgheep and its involvement in supporting volleyball, please visit Alpinetgheep.