2018 USA Volleyball
Annual Report

A Message From Our Chairman

Lori Okimura

On behalf of the USA Volleyball Board of Directors, we would like to thank our staff, partners and sponsors, Regional Volleyball Associations, and all the players, coaches, officials, parents and volunteers who put forth the effort to make 2018 a year of tremendous growth for our volleyball community.  

The excitement is building toward the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, and 2018 gave us our first national team to book its trip to Tokyo as the U.S. Women’s National Sitting Volleyball Team earned a bid to the 2020 Paralympics. We follow with great anticipation as the U.S. National Beach Teams continue their global qualification path, and we prepare for the qualification of our U.S. Indoor Volleyball National Teams at the FIVB World Olympic Qualification events, and our U.S. National Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team at the Parapan Games in the summer of 2019.  

The inclusion of an exciting new discipline to the world volleyball stage, snow volleyball, was a major highlight in 2018. The FIVB has made a strong commitment to this new discipline, with the hopes of entry into the Winter Olympics. If successful, the FIVB will be the first and only international sport federation to have both Summer and Winter Olympic disciplines. This creates opportunities for our national team alumni as well. Seeing Olympic gold medalist, Lloy Ball, competing in snow volleyball representing the USA at a tournament in Russia was a glimpse of an exciting possibility for our future by engaging our past.   

As USA Volleyball continues on the “Path to the Podium,” the continued focus of the organization will include providing more international competition opportunities on American soil for all national teams, establishing new revenue streams, and the continued important work of protecting our members and offering more opportunities to grow the game through collaboration with the Regional Volleyball Associations.  

The work of the board will continue with new leadership in 2019, and a continued focus on reorganization of its governance structure and board composition for the future with guidance from the USOC. New disciplines will be considered in Olympic and Paralympic competition, including Beach ParaVolley 3-on-3.

On behalf of the USA Volleyball Board of Directors, we would like to thank our international partners at the FIVB, NORCECA and World ParaVolley for their continued support and collaboration heading into the future. We thank you all for your continued commitment to USA Volleyball.

Lori Okimura

Chairman, USA Volleyball Board of Directors