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Three Coaches Obtain FIVB International Level 2 Volleyball Coaching Certification
Jun 26, 2018, 12:05 pm

Three Coaches Obtain FIVB International Level 2 Volleyball Coaching Certification





After certifying 12 volleyball coaches as FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) Level 1 Coaches in March 2017, the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation (CIVF) recently sanctioned 3 coaches to attend a Level 2 FIVB International Coaches course in the Dominican Republic from June 4-8, 2018.


Shameel Javid Ali, Mark Ray and Kevin Solomon attended the course at the Centro Regional Desarrollo Voleibol NORCECA/FIVB in Santo Domingo, where 32 participants, primarily from the Dominican Republic, participated in 5 days of theory and practice, all delivered in Spanish.  The Cayman delegation, along with 2 other participants from St. Maarten, had the services of a translator for the duration of the course.  The course also saw participants attending from Cuba and Puerto Rico.

The intense 5-day course introduced coaches to the technical aspects of physical and mental preparation, including work with weights and psychological strategies for team preparedness.  At the end of the week, participants were required to undergo a practical skills exam, and a written exam on the theoretical components of the course.



Kevin Solomon, who is also the Technical Director of the CIVF and a beach volleyball coach with the national youth and senior programme, noted that the course was part of the CIVF’s commitment to continue strengthening the technical and developmental aspects of volleyball in the Cayman Islands.  CIVF President, Kennedy McGowan remarked that the on-going development of Cayman’s coaches through national and international courses, will help with growing and teaching the sport of volleyball in the right way.

The CIVF will be hosting 2 coaches workshops over the summer.  A beach coaching clinic is scheduled for July 21st from 9 am to 12 noon at the Public Beach in West Bay; and an indoor coaching clinic on July 7th from 9 am to 5 pm at the First Baptist Church Gym. 

Cayman celebrates the first coaching course of 2017
Dec 26, 2015, 8:22 pm

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, March 6, 2017 – The FIVB and the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation (CIVF) organized a Level I FIVB Coaches Course from March 1 to 5 at the Lion’s Centre on Grand Cayman.


CIVF President, Kennedy McGowan, CIVF Technical Director, Kevin Solomon, and FIVB Course Director, Juan M Cartagena of Puerto Rico, were all present at the opening ceremony. The course catered to 14 participants all living in the Cayman Islands, with nationalities ranging from Caymanian, Jamaican, Barbadian, American and Canadian.  The focus of the 5-day course was the theoretical and practical instruction on how to play the game of volleyball.


“We welcome you and thank you for your presence at this important course.” President McGowan said to the participants. “It is with great pride that for the first time, an FIVB coaching course is being held in the Cayman Islands; it demonstrates the CIVF’s willingness to invest its resources in the development of volleyball on the island. We also greatly appreciate the sacrifice of time that you the participants are investing in this course as well.” McGowan noted. 



FIVB Coaches Course Level 1 - Graduates

FIVB Course Director Cartagena said, “I admire countries that seek to continually improve and search for new training opportunities to keep growing the sport of volleyball. This is what Cayman is showing us, and I hope that all this new information and knowledge will be useful and important for all participants.”  Coach Cartagena mentioned that this course was the first Level 1 coaching course facilitated by the FIVB for this year.


Cartagena further noted, “The coach is a very important part of the development and growth of volleyball, and I hope that you would share your knowledge and skills with other coaches as well.”


In concluding the closing ceremony, Course Director Cartagena thanked the FIVB, NORCECA and the NORCECA Development Center for all their support in making the course a reality.