Topics discussed included the new FIVB Beach Volleyball Events Structure, the 2017 calendar and assignments. The seminar participants then heard presentations on the FIVB Partners and Suppliers, technology, communications, marketing and branding and TV production and broadcasting.
The five-star Fort Lauderdale Major from February 7 to 12 was the first tournament organised under the new event structure, followed by the three-star event in Kish Island, Iran from February 15 to 18, which also introduced the new 32-team single-elimination main draw format for one- to four-star events.
The full 2017 calendar features five-star events in Fort Lauderdale, Porec, Gstaad, Hamburg (all Swatch Major Series events) and Rome. It also includes three four-star events, four three-star events, four two-star events and seven one-star events. The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Vienna, Austria from July 28 to August 6 and the 2017 Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals in Canada from August 22 to 27 will be highlights of this year's beach volleyball calendar, which also includes the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships in Nanjing, China from July 11 to 16.
In the afternoon, the seminar participants split into two groups to focus on issues of interest to the Technical Supervisors on the one hand and to the Referee Delegates on the other.
The Technical Supervisors examined changes to the competition regulations and spent time on new features of the Collaborate and VIS platforms, which are used to project manage and run the daily operations of the FIVB's beach volleyball events.
The Referee Delegates examined questions related to the implementation of technology at beach volleyball events and reviewed changes to the Rules of the Game and Refereeing Regulations.