Summer 2015 - Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 3:30 pm MST

posted Feb 10, 2017, 6:13 AM by Ashley Lee
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 3:30 pm MST

Had first day of meetings where we were introduced and got to meet the organizers of each of the 4 facilities that host the competition. Additionally the Korean Volleyball Association members were also present and our ‘team’ came together to become a reality. It was going to start! 

However, as normal glitches start before things get going smoothly, our first occurred. United Arab Emirates pulled out of the men’s competition. This means a pool has to be changed and some matches have to be rearranged. Now we have 4 pools of 6-5-5-5 instead of the 6-6-5-6-5 that we originally had. That was the simple solution but more importantly, one competition hall does not yet have its floor finished yet. So its inspection and lack of readiness may mean that training times for teams may have to be changed and this is harder to do as new facilities have to be found, transport arranged, teams notified, etc. 

For me my day (since I am up at 3:30 am begins early. I have to work with Melanie Sanford from the University of Regina to set up the “Preliminary Inquiry Meeting’ for the next two days. This is where the teams have their players confirmed, uniforms standardized, advertising checked, staff on the bench finalized, etc. Each of the 21 men’s teams and each of the 16 women’s teams have to come in for a meeting to begin the competition. This is followed up tomorrow evening with the “Technical Meeting” where the general rules and regulations that are going to be used and followed in the competition are presented.

Volleyball then starts on July 2nd, a day before the opening ceremonies. 

More later,