Referee Delegate Mr Songsak in group photo with referees and two demonstration teams during the VIS & Referee Clinic on Friday

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, June 7, 2024 – All is set for he 22nd “Princess Cup” Women’s U18 Southeast Asian Volleyball Championship at the Nakhon Pathom Gymnasium from June 8 to 13, a stepping stone for all participating teams to hone their skill ahead of the much-anticipated 15th Asian Women’s U18 Volleyball Championship at the same venue between June 16 and 23.

Six teams featuring Philippines, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and hosts Thailand will strut their stuff in the single round-robin tournament. After that, top two teams will battle it out for the eventual title. The third- and fourth-ranked sides will fight for the third position, with the fifth- and sixth-ranked teams vying for the fifth place.

In their campaign opener on Saturday, Philippines will take on Singapore, while Malaysia play Australia and Indonesia challenge Thailand.

To ensure a smooth run and a success of the six-day tournament, the joint meeting took place at the Meeting Room inside the Nakhon Pathom Gymnasium on Thursday, with Control Committee President and Technical Delegate Mr Chia Min Chong from Singapore and SAVA (Southeast Asia Volleyball Association) Coordinator Mr Shanrit Wongprasert, himself AVC Executive Director, jointly presiding.

The bi-lateral meeting between Control Committee members and local organisers was held to first check readiness ahead of the tournament. Also in attendance were those involved in the competition including competition director, court manager, referee manager, technical manager and facility manger.

Mr Shanrit welcome all attendants and discussed the relevant activities which lie ahead including the preliminary inquiry, the VIS & Referee Clinic, the General Technical Meeting, transportation and accommodations. 

The VIS & Referee Clinic was held on Friday, with Referee Delegate Mr Songsak Chareonpong and Referee Sub Committee Mr Jirachai Kasemsook jointly presiding for the pre-competition clinic for referees and VIS staff in preparation for the tournament.

The clinic started in the morning with the theoretical phase, followed by the on-court practical session with light and sound system applied. All referees, court & referee managers, supervisors, announcers, scorers, line judges, moppers, ball retrievers, VIS Delegate Mr Pavarit Dairinram together with two demonstration teams attended the clinic. For referees in particular, this is a good opportunity to take on new information and adapt to new skills and technology which will help smoothly run the tournament with credible officials.

The General Technical Meeting was also held in the Friday evening at Xen Hotel here, with CC President and Technical Delegate Mr Chia Min Chong and SAVA Coordinator Mr Shanrit Wongprasert jointly presiding. 

Mr Shanrit delivered his welcome speech to all CC Members, team representatives and referees appointed to officiate at the six-day tournament which serves as a springboard for the Asian Women’s U18 Championship to be organized a few days after the Princess Cup.

He cited that he was very happy for the active participation of the Southeast Asian teams as well as the invited Australians, who also badly need to sharpen their skills ahead of the tough competition in the Asian Women’s U18 Championship, and wished every team the very best of luck in this tournament. 

As Mr Chia Min Chong reported on the technical matters including team composition, uniform color assignment, places for team seats, video cameras and statisticians. The referee matters were reported by Referee Delegate Mr Songsak Chareonpong which included Rules of the Games to be applied for use in this tournament and match protocol.

Other issues on transportation plan for teams and officials, daily information and relevant problems were also raised for further consideration and discussion in the meeting.

After reports and discussions, the meeting came to a successful close to mark that all is set for the start of the competition on Saturday, June 8.




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