The command towers of the seven men’s volleyball V-League teams gathered in Jeju, where the spirit of spring is evident. After the ‘Spring Volleyball’, the professional volleyball V-League started off-season, but in Jeju, the command tower and the front desk were busy preparing for the next season. At Halla Gymnasium in Jeju City, the 2023 KOVO Men’s Asian Quarter Tryout is underway from the 25th.
The Asia Quarter is a system that will be introduced from the 2023-2024 season. Apart from the foreign players currently contracted for each team, one player per team is awarded to players from 4 East Asian countries (Japan, Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong) and 6 Southeast Asian countries (Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Myanmar). can pull more Due to the weak base of domestic volleyball amateurs, the V-League has been preparing to introduce the Asian Quarter for about 7 years. The introduction was delayed due to opposition from some clubs, but now it has become an unavoidable trend as there are more East Asian and Southeast Asian players playing in middle, high, and college volleyball.
The opening of the field is also beyond expectations. Initially, when planning the tryout, we thought about the level at which each club could nominate one player, but the final number of players was 24. The skill of the players is also of a high standard. It is an opportunity for each team to recruit key players with an annual salary of 100 million won. In the women’s division, which finished the draft first in a non-face-to-face manner on the 21st, all clubs exercised their nomination rights. A KOVO official said, “The earnestness and sincerity of the players who want to play in the V-League is definitely different from the tryouts for foreign players.”
Even in the men’s division, with the on-the-spot judgment that about 4 to 5 players can play as main players in each team, the battle of nerves between the coaches is fierce. The coaches who watched the players through the practice game on the 25th requested a change in the test method for the practice game in the afternoon of the 26th. We evaluated how to deal with various variables such as ball handling in various situations such as high ball, fast break, and chance, and target receiving. We also changed the composition of the team and had some players play in different positions. Earlier in the morning, during the interview, the coaches actively participated by asking questions about the players’ English communication, selection of the national team, and religion.
Middle blockers from Mongolia,ㅋㅋㅋ벳 Bayar Saihan and Eddie, are being discussed as potential candidates for the first nomination, while Korean Air and KEPCO, which are aiming to reinforce libero, are eyeing Ryohei Iga (Japan). Among the players applying for tryout, the names of the longest middle blocker Chai Peichang (Taiwan, 2m4cm), outside hitter Mark Espeho (Philippines), Apositit Amontep Conhan (Thailand), and setter Lin Chien (Taiwan) are also mentioned.
On the last day, the 27th, the draft will be held at 3:00 pm after the morning practice game. Each of the 7 teams receives 10 marbles, and the order is determined by lottery with equal probability. Players who are selected by the club at the tryout will receive an annual salary of 100,000 dollars (approximately 133 million won, including tax) for the next season. Under the current regulations, the annual salary cap of $100,000 is applied even if the contract is renewed next season. However, the club’s working-level staff who participated in this tryout event said, “Shouldn’t the annual salary be raised to boost the morale of the players?”