Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

High Performance Championships: A Journey to Remember

My Experience at High Performance Championships

By: Jennifer Vander Meer

As I reflect on my first year at High Performance Championships (HPCs), I can’t help but feel a sense of awe and gratitude. The coaches, the atmosphere, and the camaraderie made it an unforgettable experience.

Unexpected Moments and Memorable Connections

During my very first match at HPCs, something unexpected happened that added a unique twist to the tournament. A water main break disrupted the game, resulting in a temporary halt with a score of 2-3 in the second set. As a 23-year-old official, I had never encountered such a situation before. However, this unexpected turn of events turned into a fun opportunity. It gave me a chance to meet other officials, spend time by the pool, and forge new friendships.

The Power of Mentorship and Collaboration

One of the aspects that truly stood out at HPCs was the amazing cadre of officials and mentors. Having known a few officials beforehand, I walked into the tournament with a mix of nerves and excitement. Working alongside officials from both USAV and FIVB was a valuable learning experience. The supportive environment and the opportunity to learn from the best were truly inspiring.

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The USAV officiating community stands out for its commitment to growth and constant improvement. At HPCs, I received valuable feedback that I could implement in my subsequent matches, sometimes even during the game itself when working with headsets. The immediacy of feedback from my partner and assigned mentor greatly enhanced my officiating skills.

In the words of a fellow official, “The ref community is filled with amazing individuals. Every person I work with teaches me something new and helps me develop a clearer understanding of what it takes to be a remarkable official.”

The Dedication of Mentors

The mentors at HPCs worked tirelessly to support those in need. Some offered feedback from behind the ref stand, providing guidance whenever possible. Others, like Pati Rolf, took a hands-on approach, standing directly behind us as R2, ensuring our understanding and appearance were top-notch. I will always remember the image of Pati moving from court to court, ensuring that we presented ourselves impeccably. With her guidance, we truly looked and felt like professionals.

Personal Growth and Lasting Connections

My time at HPCs was a transformative journey. I had the opportunity to meet countless incredible individuals, both new acquaintances and old friends. The experience not only allowed me to grow as an official but also as a person. The memories and connections I made during this event will stay with me for a lifetime.


Here are some frequently asked questions about High Performance Championships:

  1. What is the purpose of High Performance Championships?

    • High Performance Championships serve as a platform for talented athletes to showcase their skills and compete at a high level.
  2. How can one become an official at High Performance Championships?

    • Officiating at HPCs typically requires experience and certification as an official in volleyball. It is recommended to engage with the USAV officiating community and actively participate in training and development opportunities.
  3. What are the benefits of participating in High Performance Championships as an official?

    • Participating as an official at HPCs offers a unique chance to work alongside experienced officials from both USAV and FIVB, receive valuable feedback, and enhance your officiating skills. It also provides an opportunity to network and forge connections with professionals in the field.
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High Performance Championships is an extraordinary event that offers more than just volleyball matches. It is an opportunity for officials to learn, grow, and connect with fellow professionals. The supportive environment, the dedication of mentors, and the camaraderie among officials make it a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned official, HPCs is an event that will leave a lasting impact on your officiating journey. Learn more about this incredible event at Alpinetgheep.