The Far Western National
Qualifier, scheduled at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center through 2016, expanded
to two weekends of competition in 2008. Organizers say the event is drawing 927
teams this year, consisting of approximately 12 players and two coaches per
team. This family event is expected to draw more than 12,000 players, coaches
and family members to the region each weekend, with an estimated economic
impact of more than $7 million over the course of the event. With more than
14,000 members, the NCVA represents the 4th largest region of USA
Volleyball in the United States. The tournament includes players from Nevada,
California, Hawaii, New York, Texas, Alaska, Colorado, Utah, Arizona,
Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Virginia, Wyoming and Florida.
Players in the
competition are between the ages of 10 and 18. The Far Western National
Qualifier serves as the official stepping-stone to becoming a part of the U.S.
Olympic Team. Two players from the NCVA region competed in the 2008 Beijing
Olympics, and two-time Olympic Gold Medal Winner Kerry Walsh is a former NCVA
club player. Teams attending the Far Western National Qualifier can earn a bid to
compete in the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior Nationals, June 28 – July 7 in
Columbus, Ohio. USA Volleyball is the national governing body for the sport of
volleyball as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the
Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB).