Viggo O. Nelson National Communication Awards

Named in honor of Viggo O. Nelson, third president of USA Volleyball, 1955-1959.

    COMMISSION: To recognize organizations which have achieved excellence in volleyball publications and encourage others to develop quality publications. This award is administered by USAV staff.
    COMMITTEE CHAIR: Brent Buzbee
    CRITERIA: Major areas of publications to be considered are: Regional Volleyball Association websites; aesthetically pleasing; layout must flow smoothly from one page to the next; logical and appropriate use of white space, color, creative use of graphics to complement text. Editorial Content - must provide the most up-to-date information available; wide range of issues and information must be covered in the publication; pertinent regional information must be included in each publication; ease of reference within the publication; no glaring errors in the text from a grammatical/mechanical standpoint. Overall Presentation - must show a combination of the above criteria for graphic presentation and editorial content. Websites shall be evaluated on how well they have achieved their intended purpose based on the following formula: content and accuracy – 70 percent; ease of reference – 20 percent; aesthetic impression – 10 percent.

There are two major areas of competition:

  • USAV Regional Volleyball Association (RVA) Publications (newsletters, handbooks, websites)
  • Collegiate Media Guides
  • Best RVA Internet Website

    1999: Gateway
    2000: North Texas
    2001: Lone Star
    2002: Ohio Valley
    2003: Gateway
    2004: Intermountain
    2005: Heart of America
    2006: Hoosier
    2007: Ohio Valley
    2008: Southern California
    2009: Iroquois Empire
    2010: Iowa
    2011: Chesapeake
    2012: Puget Sound
    2013: Ohio Valley
    2014: Evergreen
    2015: Badger
    2016: Columbia Empire
    2017: New England
    2018: Keystone
    2019: Northern California Volleyball Association

    Best RVA Handbook

    1981: Rocky Mountain
    1982: Northern California
    1983: Rocky Mountain
    1984: Great Lakes
    1985: Lone Star
    1986: Rocky Mountain
    1987: Lone Star
    1988: Rocky Mountain
    1989: Rocky Mountain
    1990: Rocky Mountain
    1991: Old Dominion
    1992: Ohio Valley
    1993: Old Dominion
    1994: New England
    2002: Arizona
    2003: Northern California
    2004: Badger
    2005: Florida
    2006: Evergreen

    NOTE: Effective in 1995, the RVA Handbook Awards were divided into three categories. Effective in 2002, the RVA Handbook Awards were consolidated into one.

    Graphic Presentation

    1995: North Country
    1996: Columbia Empire
    1997: Gateway
    1998: Old Dominion
    1999: Gateway
    2000: Gateway
    2001: Gateway

    Editorial Content

    1995: Heart of America
    1996: Southern
    1997: Ohio Valley
    1998: Carolina
    1999: Northern California
    2000: Northern California
    2001: Northern California

    Overall Presentation

    1995: Heart of America
    1996: Rocky Mountain
    1997: Gateway
    1998: Northern California
    1999: Gateway
    2000: Rocky Mountain
    2001: Rocky Mountain

    Best RVA Newsletter

    1981: Rocky Mountain
    1982: Mid America
    1983: Cornbelt
    1984: Carolina
    1985: Rocky Mountain
    1986: Iroquois Empire, Rocky Mountain
    1987: Heart of America
    1988: Columbia Empire
    1989: Columbia Empire
    1990: Columbia Empire
    1991: North Country
    1992: Florida
    1993: Ohio Valley
    1994: Ohio Valley
    2002: Gateway
    2003: Chesapeake
    2004: Northern California
    2005: Northern California
    2006: Chesapeake

    Graphic Presentation

    1995: Northern California 1996: Gateway
    1997: Columbia Empire
    1998: Chesapeake
    1999: Gateway
    2000: Gulf Coast 2001: Gateway

    Editorial Content

    1995: Ohio Valley
    1996: No award given
    1997: Ohio Valley
    1998: Ohio Valley
    1999: Michiana
    2000: Great Lakes
    2001: Northern California

    Overall Presentation

    1995: Northern California
    1996: Rocky Mountain
    1997: New England
    1998: Northern California
    1999: Northern California
    2000: Northern California
    2001: Chesapeake

    Improvement from Prior Year

    1995: Florida 1996: Badger
    1997: Keystone