Wednesday, 29 May 2024

USAV Announces 2017 Youth Parapan Am Games Roster

USA Volleyball is proud to announce the formation of a women’s youth sitting volleyball team for the upcoming 2017 Youth Parapan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This exciting event will take place from March 20-25 and will showcase the talent and determination of young athletes from around the world.

The Journey to Sao Paulo

The U.S. team is comprised of four outstanding athletes: Alyssa Cleland from Edmond, Oklahoma, Annie Flood from Salem, Oregon, Autum Reagan from Wellington, Kansas, and Nina McVay from Mooresville, North Carolina. Guiding the team as head coach is Elliot Blake, manager of sitting volleyball teams for USA Volleyball.

Unlike the standard sitting volleyball game played at the Paralympics, which features six players on each team, the Youth Parapan American Games will utilize a modified format with three players per team. This adjustment adds a new level of strategy and challenges the athletes to adapt their skills to the reduced court size.

Focusing on Development and Chemistry

Blake emphasizes the importance of developing an effective system of play in this 3 versus 3 format. With the smaller court dimensions, the team must be strategic in their attack shots and serving, as they have less court depth to work with. Ball control and team chemistry are also key areas of focus for the team as they prepare for this historic event.

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Cleland, the oldest member of the squad at age 19, has been a resident athlete of the Sitting Volleyball Resident Athlete Training program since August 2015. Flood, McVay, and Reagan are relatively new to the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball A2 developmental program but have shown great potential and dedication.

The 3 versus 3 format will be played on a court that is eight meters long and four meters wide. The three-team field will engage in a double-round robin bracket before advancing to the medal round bracket.

Spreading the Spirit of Sitting Volleyball

In addition to the team’s goals, Blake also sees the tournament as an opportunity to promote the growth and development of sitting volleyball in the Parapan American zone. By showcasing the sport and encouraging other countries to develop their youth programs, he hopes to establish regular youth competitions in the future.

The Youth Parapan American Games will feature approximately 1,000 athletes between the ages of 12 and 21. This represents a significant increase from the previous Games in 2013, which saw 631 participants in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The majority of the sport events will take place at the new Paralympic Training Centre in Sao Paulo, organized by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee.

For more information about USA Volleyball and their participation in the Youth Parapan American Games, visit Alpinetgheep.

FAQs

Q: How many players are on each team in the Youth Parapan American Games?
A: Unlike the Paralympics, the Youth Parapan American Games feature a modified format with three players on each team.

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Q: What are the dimensions of the court for the 3 versus 3 format?
A: The court is eight meters long and four meters wide for the 3 versus 3 matches.

Q: How will the tournament contribute to the growth of sitting volleyball?
A: Elliot Blake, the head coach, aims to promote the sport and encourage other countries to develop their youth programs in order to establish regular youth competitions in the future.

Conclusion

The formation of the women’s youth sitting volleyball team for the 2017 Youth Parapan American Games is a significant milestone for USA Volleyball. This event not only provides a platform for young athletes to showcase their skills, but also serves as an opportunity to inspire the growth of sitting volleyball in the Parapan American zone. With their dedication and determination, the U.S. team is poised to make a memorable impact on the court in Sao Paulo.