Development, The most important part of our future
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, October 29, 2017. - Day two of the
NORCECA Congress opened with the discussions that led to
assert that Development is the most important part of the
Confederation’s future in its efforts to become self-sufficient.
Cristobal Marte Hoffiz started the morning session
congratulating all members their involvement and active
participation “this Confederation belongs to you and I am proud
of yesterday’s intervention encouraging you to seek for more
funding thru your sport authorities, developing plans that will
help you reach your full potential”.
Mushtaque Mohammed presented the Development Commission Report,
along with an extent investment summary by Olga Rivas Laureano
of NORCECA’s financial department. Mohammed explained NORCECA’s
growth in graphic and numerical slides, indicating that
Development is the most important asset for our future.
As a result of the increase participation of our teams in the
Beach Volleyball NORCECA Circuit, using NORCECA’s rotating fund
and development-coaching programs, teams from Costa Rica,
Guatemala and Trinidad & Tobago qualified to the FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Championship, in addition of Costa Rica’s
historic Olympic qualification. Also, NORCECA teams have been
moving up in world ranking.
Another key component and great achievement of our development
program is the recent qualification of Trinidad & Tobago to the
2018 FIVB Women’s World Championship, which will not only bring
national investment to their program but that of NORCECA and
FIVB financial support for a successful competition.
Mohammed said “we all play a part in these significant results,
not only in competing but in gaining development skills in
marketing, volleyball information systems, ball retrievers,
scorers, volunteers, public relations and more. We must
appreciate the benefits that come from using all the tools
available for our development that also include follow-up
support to identify new areas of opportunities”.
NORCECA Development plans include investments of more than three
million dollars that included sport equipment, financial aid for
youth and junior programs, sponsoring air fare for the beach
volleyball tour, instructors and scholarships for the regional
Lori Okimura was in charge of presenting the Marketing report
with a clear message, “the more we grow, the more opportunities
NORCECA will have”.
The marketing commission expressed the need to interact with
other commissions for fund raising, build awareness of our
brand, capitalize in beach volleyball and refresh how we think
In this matter the commission set important goals of reaching
out to new sponsors to increase our revenues, encourage everyone
to use the #Norceca to reflect that we are one family, tell a
story with our logo, create a branding kit which is already
available and increase social media followers.
An important proposal approved by congress was the restructure
of the marketing commission to face the challenge of reaching
The referee, technical and coaches commission reports were
reviewed and presented by Jose Luis Jimenez Lao and Ariel Sainz
respectively. The highlights from these two presentations are
the creation of a NORCECA referee uniform, a NORCECA ID for
coaches, appointed neutral referees to all zonal events and a
new competition format for the U-18 Final Four event.
Jaime Lamboy and Giovanni Gautreaux presented the Legal
commission report in which the issue of players changing
federations was extensively discussed. Athletes will be allowed
to change of country of representation among regional member
countries pursuant to FIVB sports regulations; if an athlete who
has represented a regional member, then represents any national
team, it cannot then go back and represent a regional member;
and if an athlete has represented a regional member, he/she can
change only one time and represent another regional member.