NORCECA Presents new 4-year Development Plan to FIVB
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 19, 2017 - Norceca
President, Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, accompanied by the presidents
of the zonal associations, presented the 2017-2020 development
plan of the confederation to Dr. Ary S. Graça, FIVB President,
during the FIVB Board of Administration meeting recently
concluded in Marrakech, Morocco.
The presidents of the zonal associations Mushtaque Mohammed
(Caribbean), Marta Centeno de Sajche (Central America) and Glenn
Quinlan (Eastern Caribbean) who were joined also by Jaime Lamboy,
member of Norceca Board and president of the FIVB Legal
Commission, praised the project as one to ensure the future
development of volleyball and beach volleyball in the continent.
The new 4-year development plan entitled “Development Towards
Greater Achievement” will focus on three specific areas (a)
School Volleyball, (b) Youth Development Programs and (c) Beach
Volleyball among the 35 National Federation (category I and II)
and regional members. Inclusive in these three areas, the plan
will also focus on strengthening management aspect of each
association in order to prepare them for a sustainable future.
In the preparation of the future development project, it was
necessary to evaluate what has been achieved from the investment
made over the last six years among the membership of Norceca.
As a result of regular participation in major events such as
World Championships, Continental and Zonal Tournaments, the
National Federation Men and Women Teams positioned in the FIVB
World Ranking, have improved significantly with some National
Federations category I and II being within the top 50 of the
FIVB World Ranking.
In 2009, twelve (12) National Federation Men and Women Teams did
not have a ranking and that has changed since their
participation in zonal, regional and continental competitions as
a result of the implementation of the Norceca Development Plan.
The actual result is that in 2016 a total of 34 out of 35 of
Norceca National Association are positioned above the best 100
in the FIVB ranking.
Additionally, NF teams have developed their level of performance
qualifying to World Events, such as, Youth Olympic Games in
China, under age-group World Championships, Olympic Games, World
Grand Prix and Senior World Championships.
The National Federations of St. Lucia, Jamaica, Guatemala,
Nicaragua, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica have
all represented their respective countries in these tournaments.
Most notable was Costa Rica Women National Beach Volleyball Team
that qualified to the 2016 Rio Olympics Games and Guatemala Men
who qualified for the Beach World Championships to be held in
Costa Rica women’s team qualified twice for the World
Championships (2010 and 2014) and Trinidad and Tobago has
qualified for the 2017 edition of FIVB Grand Prix.
Should the plan receive the support of the FIVB President Dr.
Ary S. Graça and the Development department of FIVB, President
Marte was certain that more would be achieved in the next four
Currently NORCECA is providing a contribution of 51.5% of the
budget for development and it is anticipated that FIVB will
cover the other 48.5%. Norceca has been developing a strong
beach volleyball program that also includes the confederation
annual edition of the Continental Beach Volleyball Tour, event
that is been held annually since 2006 in more than 16 countries.