The U.S. Men’s National Team is on the move.
Eleven members of the Men’s National Squad have relocated to Southern California to train full-time at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. These athletes are taking an unprecedented approach to preparing for World League Round 1 and beyond.
Head Coach Chris Clements said the need to have athletes ready and available for competitions, regular, monitored training sessions and a variety of academic and professional opportunities made the transition easy and favorable by all of the athletes.
“Being based out of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista allows athletes to attain a higher level of performance, while providing numerous opportunities for academic and professional development,” said Clements. “Having an opportunity to live, train, study and work in this environment is very appealing to young men with aspirations of representing their country.”
The full-time training program based in Southern California is focused on preparing the Men’s Team to compete successfully at the international level. The program provides athletes with an environment that is conducive to elite level training as well as personal and professional growth. The program helps develop a “well rounded” athlete and offers access to state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facilities and medical support. The atmosphere promotes international, Pan Am and Olympic success.
According to National Team member Jon Ginolfi, the training program that kicked off in early September is “going very well” and allowing him to become a more consistent, skillful player.
“The training program entails everyone arriving around 7:30 a.m. and finishing around 10:00 a.m. so we can get ready for work,” said Ginolfi. “The morning sessions allow us to have time for work and school commitments. World League is about seven weeks away and we train everyday knowing we are one day closer to competition and our goal of winning the first round.”
The U.S. Men are hoping this immersive full-time training program will give them an extra edge heading into World League Round 1 in Chula Vista, Cali. The U.S. will host the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Mexico for a three day round robin tournament. The team topping the table will qualify to participate in Round 2 of the World League, which is scheduled to be played in the first half of 2013.
A smaller group of five National Team athletes are replicating the very same program in Ventura County under Men’s National Team Assistant Coach Ben Maruquin.
“I have a good feeling about what’s to come for the Men’s program and World League Round 1,” said Ginolfi.