Happy New Year!

Volleyball News Around the World
I have an idea!  I would like to collect volleyball and beach volleyball news from all regional confederations and member nations and share them with you through ICSD eNews.  What I am looking for is news and complete official results.  My e-mail address is knetzger@ciss.org.

Regional Confederation Championships
EDSO - The 7th European Deaf Volleyball Championships will be held in Kortrijk, Belgium (BEL) on May 11-19, 2007.  The official website is http://www.deafvolleyec07.eu

The 2nd European Deaf Beach Volleyball Championships will be held in Halkida, Greece (GRE) on August 28 – September 3, 2007.  The first championships was held in Antalya, Turkey (TUR) in September 2005.

PANAMDES - Venezuela (VEN), a member of Pan American Deaf Sports Federation (PANAMDES), is planning the 4th Pan American Sports Games for the Deaf in Valencia, the third largest city and about 180 km west of Caracas.  Volleyball and beach volleyball are on the 10-sport program.  The dates are August 11-17, 2007.

PANAMDES has its own Internet address and is in the process of finding a webmaster: http://www.panamdes.org

World Championships
An update on future world championships in Volleyball and Beach Volleyball will follow after the 2007 Winter Deaflympics.  Believe it or not, both sports never had a world championships!  Other sports are starting to have world championships in the next several years.

FIVB Official Rules
The current official international rules are available in PDF file format on the FIVB website:

Beach Volleyball (2003 edition) - http://www.fivb.ch/EN/BeachVolleyball/Rules/rules.htm
Volleyball (2005-2008 edition) - http://www.fivb.ch/EN/Volleyball/Rules/Rules.htm

Beach Volleyball at Taipei 2009
There is an important change in the technical regulations for beach volleyball.  Taipei 2009 will accept a maximum of two (2) men's teams and two (2) women's teams from each nation.  Beach volleyball does not follow the same qualifying procedures that other team sports do (for example: basketball and soccer).

Have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2007!

John Knetzger
ICSD Assistant Technical Director - Volleyball

By John Knetzger