Wednesday, 29 May 2024

USAV’s Women’s U20 Programs: Preparing for a Stellar Season in 2020

USA Volleyball is gearing up for an exciting season with the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. From tryouts to coaching selections and future training camps, everything is in motion to ensure the team’s success.

Introducing the Coaching Staff

Dan Fisher, head coach at the University of Pittsburgh, has been chosen as the head coach for the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. Under his guidance, the team will be competing at the 2020 NORCECA Women’s U20 Continental Championship in Edmonton, Canada from May 10-17. Assisting Fisher are Indiana University Assistant Coach Krista Vansant and UCLA Associate Head Coach Brad Keller. UCF’s director of operations, TJ Read, will be the technical coordinator.

A World of Opportunities

The chance to represent the country and be a part of USA Volleyball is a tremendous honor, according to Dan Fisher. He is grateful for the opportunity to learn from his staff and to immerse himself in high-level volleyball. The athletes, too, will gain invaluable experience by competing on the international stage and opening doors for future opportunities with Team USA.

The NORCECA Women’s U20 Continental Championship is a qualification event for the 2021 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship. This means that athletes from the U.S. Girls Youth National Team, who won the 2019 FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship, have now moved up to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team program.

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Building a Solid Foundation

Krista Vansant, who previously played for the U.S. Women’s National Team before transitioning to coaching, is excited about the chance to contribute to the WJNT program. Reflecting on her own experience as a player, Vansant believes that training and competing at the international level played a crucial role in her growth. She is eager to share these valuable lessons with the athletes on the team.

Tryouts and Selections

Athletes who aspire to join the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team at NORCECA are required to register and compete in a High Performance tryout before April 2. In case scheduling conflicts arise, athletes can contact [email protected] to explore alternative ways to be considered for selection. Mid-April is when the selected athletes will be notified.

Training Camp and Future Programs

Athletes chosen to represent the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team at the NORCECA event will have a training camp from May 7-9 in Canada, just before the tournament begins.

Additionally, USA Volleyball will host a U.S. Women’s Junior National Team Training (WJNTT) Camp from July 4-10 at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. A select group of 20 athletes will be chosen for this camp, with Fisher, Vansant, and Keller leading the coaching staff.

Moreover, the U.S. Women’s Junior A1 National Training Program (WJA1) is scheduled for July 17-27 in Pittsburgh. A total of 24 athletes will be handpicked for the program, which includes participation in the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships. The staff will be led by Lee Maes, associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Colorado. Maes will be assisted by Kathy O’Neil from Empire Volleyball Club, Marie Zidek from DePaul University, and Steve Pike from Brockport University.

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The Essence of High Performance

USA Volleyball’s High Performance programs create a unique environment where elite players can pursue opportunities, development, and competition. These programs expose athletes to world-class coaching and international-style competition, enabling them to further refine their skills and reach their full potential.

FAQs

  • How can athletes participate in the WJNT tryouts for NORCECA?
    Athletes interested in joining the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team for the NORCECA event must register and compete in a High Performance tryout before April 2nd. In case of scheduling conflicts, athletes should reach out to [email protected] for alternative options.

  • When will the selected athletes be notified?
    The selected athletes for the WJNT will be notified by mid-April.

  • What is the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team Training (WJNTT) Camp?
    The WJNTT Camp is an intensive training program for the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team, taking place from July 4th to 10th at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The camp aims to further develop the skills of the selected athletes and prepare them for future competitions.

  • What is the U.S. Women’s Junior A1 National Training Program (WJA1)?
    The WJA1 is a prestigious program that brings together 24 talented athletes for further training and competition. The program includes participation in the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships and will take place from July 17th to 27th in Pittsburgh.

Conclusion

With the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team gearing up for an action-packed season, the stage is set for an incredible journey. These programs not only provide athletes with the chance to showcase their skills on a global platform but also serve as stepping stones to future opportunities with Team USA. With the guidance of exceptional coaches, the athletes have the potential to reach new heights in the world of volleyball.

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For more information about the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team and their upcoming events, visit Alpinetgheep.