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AVCA Convention – What Every First Timer Needs to Know

Five years ago, I attended my first AVCA Convention in Sacramento, CA.  I was excited and anxious, but I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.  I, along with 3 First Time Attendees from the 2010 AVCA Class, Brian Swenty, Kyrsten Becker, and Mary Leventis, are here to guide you through one of the greatest volleyball experiences you will attend, the 2011 AVCA Convention in San Antonio, TX!

This post will provide information to get you to the AVCA Convention.  Once you get to the AVCA Convention, we highly recommend you attend our presentation: AVCA Convention 101: What Every First-Time Attendee Needs to Know and immediately following the AVCA Convention First-Time Attendee Reception.  The Presentation will be in the Convention Center on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 4:30 in Room HGCC 217BC and the Reception will also be in the Convention Center at 5:30 in Room HGCC 206AB.  There is an invitation attached at the end of this email. (The presentation and reception are open to anyone.  You do not need the invitation for the presentation or reception).

Following are Questions and Answers for First Time Attendees:

  • What if I am unable to attend the First Time Attendee Presentation and Reception?
    • Fear not – you will survive!  The AVCA Staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable.  AVCA Staff Members can be identified with a BLUE ribbon on their badge.  So don’t be bashful and ask ask ask questions!
    • We have created a Facebook group: AVCA Convention 1st Time Attendees: https://www.facebook.com/groups/178079378954469/  Throughout the AVCA Convention, we will be posting updates on where First Time Attendees can meet.  It is also a great way to connect with people NOW, prior to the arriving.
      • If you have other questions, post them to the Facebook group and we will provide an answer.
  • We have also started a Facebook event as a reminder: https://www.facebook.com/events/171861762911749/?notif_t=event_invite


  • What to wear?
    • Thank goodness for Kyrsten and Mary, because Brian and I would never have considered this question!
    • “You never have a second chance to make a first impression.”
    • What is your goal of the AVCA Convention?  Your attire may depend on your goal.
      • To simply learn and watch great volleyball?  To network with your peers?  To find a job?
  • Daytime – Business Casual
    • Some coaches will be business casual.
    • Some coaches will be wearing the warm-up jackets or warm-up suits of their college, high schools, or club teams.
    • Some coaches will be accepting incredible awards and they may be in formal attire.
  • Dinners – Business Casual
  • Post Dinner – depends on the event
    • One evening will provide an opportunity for any coach to play in an indoor coaches tournament or indoor coaches beach tournament.
      • Shorts, court shoes, knee pads, etc.
      • Shorts and t-shirt for beach
    • After parties – are business casual to casual.


  • What else to pack?
    • Business Cards – be sure to bring plenty of business cards to exchange
      • Business card holder – you will be amazed at the number of business cards you will receive
  • Moisturizer and Lip balm – it may sound silly, but travel and being in a convention center will dry your lips and skin.
  • Sunscreen (well let’s hope the weather is warm enough to get a catch a few rays between sessions)


  • What NOT to pack?
    • Leave space in your luggage.  You will be amazed at all the great things that will be given away by vendors and the incredible promotional offers available on volleyball equipment, books, videos, etc.  You will need extra room in your bag to bring them all home.




At the First Time Attendee Presentation will go over the schedule, educational seminars, professional development and leadership events, social events, the marketplace, expectations at luncheons and dinner, and much much more!

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