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BLUE RIBBON CLUB PROGRAM


INTRODUCTION

CEVA implemented the Blue Ribbon Club program as a way to help improve the culture in our region.  We are excited to have partnered with Baden Sports to help enhance the program. 

CEVA has donated over $20,000 to clubs to help offset GJNC and BJNC entry fees, as well as numerous volleyballs, ball carts, ball bags, and other equipment to clubs who have successfully met requirements.  The certification is not meant to be hard - it is meant to enhance the culture and encourage clubs to apply best practices in their businesses. 

INCENTIVES (UPDATED 10/2021)

Teams who earn and accept an Open or National bid at the CEVA Bid Tournament or a National Qualifier are eligible to have their entry fees to GJNC reimbursed by the region.  This includes bids reallocated later in the season.

Teams who earn and accept a USA or Liberty Division bid at the CEVA Bid Tournament or a National Qualifier are eligible to have $750 of their entry fees to GJNC reimbursed by the region.  This includes bids reallocated later in the season.

Teams who earn and accept an American or Freedom Division bid at the CEVA Bid Tournament or a National Qualifier are eligible to have $500 of their entry fees to GJNC reimbursed by the region.  This includes bids reallocated later in the season.

Teams who compete in the Patriot Division at GJNC are eligible to have $250 of their entry fees reimbursed by the region.

Clubs who attain Blue Ribbon status, but do not send teams to GJNC, are eligible for a discount on their Power League entry fees the following season.  Amount of discount is determined annually by the region.

All clubs who attain Blue Ribbon status are eligible to receive volleyball equipment from the region and/or a regional sponsor at the end of the season, if available.

To qualify for reimbursements of GJNC entry fees, each team must complete the tournament and submit an article to be posted on CEVA social media.  Articles must be submitted to the CEVA office by July 31.  Articles must be submitted in a single e-mail (region@cevaregion.org), should be 1-2 paragraphs in length, must be written by a player, and must include a picture.

REGISTRATION & DEADLINES

Beginning September 1, clubs will have the opportunity to apply to be a part of the Blue Ribbon Club program for the 2021-2022 season as part of their overall club activation process. 

Clubs must sign an Acknowledgement & Agreement Form (A&A Form) as part of their activation process.  This form will have a section that allows clubs to apply for BRC at the same time they apply.  It is not a requirement that clubs apply for BRC to be active.  A&A Forms will be sent to clubs on September 1st.

This application form may also be used if a club decides to register after their activation process.

The deadline to apply for BRC will be January 1, 2022.

CRITERIA & REQUIREMENTS

Clubs must develop a Club Handbook and submit a copy to the Region by January 1st.  Handbook must be made available to all coaches, players, and parents within the club, either in hard copy form or on the club website.  The handbook must include the text of the USAV/CEVA Spectator Code of Conduct, a dispute resolution policy, and a fee refund policy. 

Clubs must develop a formal Diversity & Inclusion Statement and post it on their website by January 1st of the current season.  If it isn't included as part of your initial application, this statement must also be e-mailed to the CEVA office - region@cevaregion.org.

Clubs must host a club-hosted officiating clinic, coordinated with CEVA.  See more information here.

Each team must be represented by a rostered adult at the morning coaches’ meetings prior to tournaments.  An individual team may only miss one coaches’ meeting per season.

Individual coaches may accumulate no more than one yellow card in a season (as reported by CEVA officials or a verified report from a non-CEVA tournament).

Individual coaches may be assessed zero red cards in a season (as reported by CEVA officials or a verified report from a non-CEVA tournament).

Clubs may have no coaches, players, or team personnel disqualified or expelled from a match.

Clubs may have no coach, parent, team personnel, or player ejected from an event or facility by a CEVA Head Official, tournament director, or facility host.

Clubs may have no personnel on probation or suspension within a two-year period, and may have no personnel put on probation or suspension during the current season.  A sanction of this nature levied in the current season prohibits the club from applying for BRC in the following season.

Clubs who host club-hosted tournaments must abide by all sanctioning guidelines, including the submission of results, rosters, and insurance requirements.

Individual teams may have no more than two reports/complaints about parents, spectators, or club personnel from CEVA Head Officials, Tournament Directors, facility hosts, or the CEVA office staff.  Basic rule of thumb: your interactions with all CEVA-affiliated personnel should be polite and respectful.

Clubs may have no documented reports of club directors, administrators, or coaches demeaning, insulting, or using derogatory language toward other clubs, club directors, coaches, or players via written communication or social media.

Clubs may have no late or outstanding invoices during the season and must pay all region-issued bills on time.