South Korea - KOVO V-League 2018/2019 + KOVO Cup 2018

  • News Update:

    • Today on April 11th, an official from Heungkuk Pink Spiders confirmed that defensive specialist OH/OP Shin Yeon-Gyeong has re-signed with the team on a new contract with annual salary of 100M KRW (approx. $87.6K USD). Sources: 1, 2, 3.

      Kind of surprised Shin Yeon-Gyeong managed to get that much money in her new contract. Maybe this is just Heungkuk taking precautionary measure in case Kim Hae-Ran decide to retire sometime later down the track.
    • KOVO, today released the list of the players invited to the foreign players tryout in Toronto, Canada at the start of May (I might do a translation of the list later and post it here). Invited players will arrive in Canada from April 29th. Medical checks and practice matches will be held at the University of Toronto, Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport from May 1-3. The draft will be held on May 3rd at 6:30 PM (Local time) at DoubleTree by Hilton, Toronto Downtown. Sources: 1, 2.

      Just reminder for everyone that the players on this list might decide to play somewhere else and not attend the tryout at all. Hopefully, when the tryout comes around, I can get my hands on a list of those who have shown up.




    Only one more day for FA status players (and any former players without contract) to come to an agreement with one of the six teams.


    The following five players below have until 18:00 KST on April 12th to sign a new contract or else they cannot play in the 2019-2020 season.

    • MB Kim Na-Hee (Heungkuk Pink Spiders)
    • OH/OP Gong Yun-Hui (Heungkuk Pink Spiders)
    • MB Bae Yoo-Na (Expressway Hi-pass)
    • OP Hwang Youn-Joo (Hyundai E&C)
    • OH Go Yoo-Min (Hyundai E&C)


    In some reports that I have seen, representatives from Heungkuk Pink Spider and Hyundai E&C have both indicated their willingness to keep their two respective players who have yet to re-sign.


    In relation to contract negotiations with Kim Na-Hee and Gong Yun-Hui, a Heungkuk official was quoted as saying something along the line of "It is progressing smoothly".


    On the hand, Hyundai E&C head coach Lee Do-Hee (LDH) has expressed her desire to retain both Hwang Youn-Joo (HYJ) and Go Yoo-Min. One article reportedly quoted LDH saying something like "HYJ was travelling and return to Korea yesterday (NB: not sure Apr 9 or 10), so I plan to conclude FA negotiation soon" and "I will try to capture GYM player". Another article had LDH saying something like "The talk will end well, it seems to be going well"


    MB Bae Yoo-Na (BYN), so many questions surrounding one of the big players in this year FA period. Does she want to move to another team and if so does it have anything to do with her upcoming marriage? Did BYN misread the current market and is asking for too much money? Or is Hi-pass playing with fire at the negotiation table with their hardline stance? But at the end of all this, the biggest question is which team will BYN end up at?

  • what happens after the deadline date for contracts? do the players get booted down to smaller leagues?

    It means that the can't play in the 2019-2020 season of the V-League. They may choose to go to another league overseas somewhere or play in the KCVF league/competition (Korea Corporate Volleyball Federation - a lower tier league/competition). If they want to return to the V-League, then they will have to wait until the next Free Agents (FA) contract negotiation period in 2020 and try to get a new contract with one of the six teams. Btw, I saw a list of players who potentially could qualify for FA status in 2020 and it was a massive list (e.g. Kim Hee-Jin, Park Jeong-Ah, Kim Su-Ji, Lee Jae-Yeong, and Lee Da-Yeong).

  • <Some behind stories of 2019's FA>


    1. IBK tried hard to keep Go Yerim on the team. At the beginning of the negotiations, IBK offered a higher-than-expected salary, which made her more likely to stay. However, there was a change of atmosphere inside IBK, so she moved to Hyundai.


    2. At the beginning of the negotiations, Hyundai and IBK considered recruiting Bae Yoona to strengthen middle blockers. However, they turned their hiring direction to reinforce wing-spikers.

    3. Until yesterday, GS tried to check Bae Yoona's physical condition to recruit her. GS tried to target her with a signature-and-trade method, but they gave up because her knees conditions are bad.


    4. KGC offered to all player who have qualified for the FA in order to recruit at least one player except for Bae. In particular, it even offered a blank check to Yang Hyojin. But all the players who received the offer were very reluctant to move to the KGC.


    There are three reasons. First, the infrastructures, such as KGC's accommodation and rehabilitation center, are too poor. Second, the other team players think very little of the KGC's chances of winning.


    Also, it's too late to offer. According to reporters, KGC started offering when players finished talking about signing contracts with other teams.


    All the sources of this contents are from the famous user who tells some news of V league and at a podcasts program run by volleyball journalists.

  • And as the new head coach of IBK, Kim Woojae, the head coach of Gangneung Girls' high school volleyball team, was appointed. Unfortunately, the reaction of IBK Korean fans is not so good.


    Because he makes certain attackers work too much. Last year, middle blocker Choi Min-ji (now a member of the High-Pass) had 80 percent of attacks. Some fans even say why IBK fired their previous head coach, Lee.


    IBK fans had better not expect much from the new coach.

  • a blank check to yanghyojin, wow

    I mean it's not surprising because its yanghyojin but a blank check wow


    kgc, didnt they win 3 championships? how is it that their facilities are in poor shape? I feel bad for the players

  • News Update:

    • As mentioned by anoniminona12 , IBK Altos has appointed 52-year-old Kim Woo-Jae as their new head coach. KWJ has been the head coach of Gangneung Girls' High School (GGHS) since 2015 and has helped them win the 2018 CBS Nationwide Tournament with only 8 players. He has experiences working as an assistant coach with the Korean Women NT (2003), Korea Expressway Hi-pass (2000-02) and Hyundai E&C Hillstate (2006-07). Also, he has helped nurture some of the IBK players like Kim Hee-Jin, Lee Na-Yeon, Kim Hae-Bin, and other players such as Go Ye-Rim (Hyundai), Choi Min-Ji (Hi-pass) and An Hye-Jin (GS Caltex). An official from IBK Altos stated they will conclude the contract with KWJ once he has completed his task of leading GGHS at the Taebaeksanbae National Volleyball Tournament. Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4.
    • Hyundai E&C have retained the services of both OP Hwang Youn-Joo (HYJ) and OH Go Yoo-Min (GYM), with the pair signing new contracts on the April 12th. The team did not disclose the contract details in original articles. However after the deadline had passed, it seems KOVO has released a summary of FA status players' contract result to the media (refer to sources in the last news update below). This summary shows that HYJ will now earn 100M KRW (approx. $88.2K USD) annually whilst GYM will earn 60M KRW (approx. $52.9K USD) annually. Sources: 1, 2.
    • Please refer to anoniminona12 first post above with regards to Bae Yoo-Na (BYN) situation. It was reported that BYN not only had a chronic knee injury but she also had a shoulder injury. After failing to secure a contract with another team, BYN went back to negotiate with Hi-pass for a new contract. As a condition agreed upon between the team and BYN, prior to next season she will have take time to focus on her treatments and recovery (this will most likely rule her out of the NT). As a result on the final day of FA negotiation period, Hi-pass has re-signed BYN on a 1-year contract. The contract terms were not disclosed by the team originally but as mentioned before KOVO later released this info. Previously BYN was earning 200M KRW annually but this new contract will see her take a massive pay cut, down to 86M KRW (approx. $75.8K USD).Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4.
    • I didn't see any individual articles come out reporting Heungkuk Pink Spiders having re-signed MB Kim Na-Hee (KNH) and OH Gong Yun-Hui (GYH). However, in articles that summarised the results of FA contract negotiations, it revealed that KNH will get 90M KRW (approx. $79.4K USD) annually and GYH will get 65M KRW (approx. $57.3K USD). Sources: 1, 2.
  • First of all, the list of compensation players was announced around 12 p.m. on April 16, in Korean time. At GS, it chose IBK's setter Yeom Hye sun and IBK chose Hyundai's wing-spiker Kim Joohyang.


    Because of the low number of current IBK's wing-spikers, the IBK's choice of Kim was expected. But GS's choice of Yeom Hye-sun is quite shocking. Most fans and reporters are wondering if GS picked Yeom to trade with other teams.

  • And at dawn, a new episode was posted on a podcast run by volleyball journalists. There are some very shocking contents, but don't believe them too blindly.


    1. Bae Yoona's injury was the official reason for the drastic cut in her salary, which came out in articles a few days ago.


    2. But when one of the reporters,running the podcast, called Hi-Pass during the FA negotiations, Hi-Pass said the injury was not the main reason for prolonged negotiations between the team and Bae.


    3. Bae had a strong will to stay on the team, but the team tried to cut her salary a lot, claiming that her injury was serious. However, journalists said that the bad condition might not be officially checked in the hospital, but might be a unilateral opinion by Hi-Pass.


    4. The main point is shoulder surgery rather than knee surgery, where the team and Bae had different opnions. There is a possibility that the club had checked her physical condition. However, according to journalists, her shoulder condition is not bad enough to do the surgery.


    5. The team cut her new salary so much that even reporters didn't believe it at first. And no one said a positive comment of the team's way of negotiating.


    6. So you'd better think of most of the articles that have been published as the team's media brainwashing.


    7. Journalists' Evaluation of Hi-Pass : A team that makes players cry a lot.


    Now, Korean fans are very angry that Hi-Pass did something bad again. To be honest, Hi-Pass has done a lot of bad things to coaches and players since long ago, so Korean fans have a bad opinions. Recently, the team has been overcoming negative reviews with doing good support for the players.


    However, the efforts were all wasted by this incident. Fans are criticizing harshly that the team Hi-Passed again.


    {Hi-pass(verb, slang used by fans): Team Hi-Pass does bad things to players or coaches.}

  • And there were some behind stories about the tryout on the potcast.


    1. Hyundai is considering whether to its contract with Maya(Milagros Collar). IBK is also considering whether to renew its contract with Anae. After head coaches go to Toronto and watch other players play, Collar's and Anae's contracts will be decided. Anae also has many variables because of rumors that she will go to Japanese league.


    2. Taylor Cook (née Simpson) again took part in the tryout. Since she broke her contract twice when she was playing in Heungkuk, Heungkuk has strong opinion that it would never pick her.


    Genuinley, Korean fans don't like Cook. Because she broke her contract twice with Heungkuk, and recently an article published that she spread bad rumors about V league. The article may be a lie, but Korean fans don't trust her because it's true that she broke the contract twice. And I don't know why she applied for this tryout again.


    Some fans are joking that it's Cook's strategy to eliminate the number of her competitors.


    3. A Brazilian player named Tiffany also submitted an application to participate. She was originally a man, underwent a sex change operation and was also allowed to play in the women's league by FIVB.


    Unfortunately, she failed to come to Toronto because she was eliminated in the preliminary evaluation. Though she has passed the preliminary evaluation, she can't play in V league because she was originally a man.


    4. Italy's famous player Valentina Diouf has also applied for a new challenge in the Asian league. But there a also a rumor that she has applied to play comfortably next season. Journalists and fans are saying that Diouf may have heard the wrong information since foreign players have to attack a lot in V league.

  • Wow what a decrease of salary for Bae Yoona. I thought it was only Moon Sungmin(Hyundai Capital) who had a massive salary cut(from 450M Won to 300M Won).

    Personally, I think this could be a big mistake by Expressway Hi-pass. :hit:


    Now that BYN is on a 86M KRW 1-year contract, I think she will be now classified as a B class player next year. Any recruiting team will only need to compensate Hi-pass with only 3x the amount of BYN's previous contract salary (3x 86M KRW = 258M KRW) .


    Hi-pass should have at least given her a minimum of 100M KRW. That way if any other teams tries to recruit BYN then they will also need to give Hi-pass a reward player and a minimum of 300M KRW (3x 100M KRW). This mean if Hi-pass had give BYN an addition 14M KRW on her contract they would have gained 1 reward player plus an additional 28M KRW if she move to another team at the end of next season.

  • I 'am wondering if KOVO already drafted a Middle Blocker as foreign player?


    I mean on the application it says Position: No Limit but based on previous selection I haven't seen any middle blocker drafted for the V-League.

    Teams pay for production and it is hard to justify it for middle in a single foreigner league. An all-around or opposite are the targets for this league, just like in Japan.

  • I 'am wondering if KOVO already drafted a Middle Blocker as foreign player?


    I mean on the application it says Position: No Limit but based on previous selection I haven't seen any middle blocker drafted for the V-League.

    From the few years that I have followed the Korean league, I only know of these few players.


    In the 2015-16 season, GS Caltex drafted Kath Bell and she could play as a OP or MB. Occasionally, Kath did play in the middle but the majority of the time she played as a OP.


    Also in the 2015-2016 season, MB Alexa Olgard was recruited by Heungkuk toward the end of the season as a replacement for Taylor Simpson who got injured.


    Samantha Middleborn who can play as an OP and MB was surprisingly drafted as 1st pick in 2016-17 tryout by KGC Ginseng (btw Samantha was invited to this year tryout). However she never did end up playing in Korea because she fell pregnant after the tryout and was subsequently replaced by Alaina Bergsma at KGC.

  • Amazing and that was weird as well.


    I mean if the coaches or team needs a wing spiker why don't they hire a natural wing spiker with good experience on that position instead of getting a middle blocker and then convert them to wing which will take time and adjustment with their timing and approach.

  • Amazing and that was weird as well.


    I mean if the coaches or team needs a wing spiker why don't they hire a natural wing spiker with good experience on that position instead of getting a middle blocker and then convert them to wing which will take time and adjustment with their timing and approach.

    Are you refer to all three players in general or one particular player? What was weird exactly??