U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout Dates

Nov. 19, 2009, 4:13 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 19, 2009) – USA Volleyball will hold its annual open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team and Associated Training Programs Feb. 19-21, 2010, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Hugh McCutcheon, the U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach, will lead the evaluation process for the tryout.

As part of the tryout, athletes will compete for spots on the U.S. Women’s Volleyball National Team program and the U.S. Women’s Senior A2 teams. The U.S. Women’s National Team program is open to athletes who have concluded their college eligibility and who wish to train full-time. This program could begin as early as February 2010, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded. Athletes who will have remaining collegiate eligibility may still participate in the program with participation beginning May 2010 or when their scholastic calendar ends.

Athletes in college with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2010 season and not selected to the USA Women’s National Team may be invited to participate in the USA Senior A2 Team. This program is tentatively scheduled to take place in Phoenix from May 24 through June 2. A projected 24 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competition in the 2010 USA Adult Open Championships in the Open Division from May 29-June 1. USA Volleyball considers the event as the National Championship for the sport of volleyball in the United States.

This tryout is open to current college-age athletes and older, as well as high school athletes born in 1991 or earlier. All tryout participants must be U.S. citizens and are required to provide proof of valid health insurance coverage upon their arrival at the tryout.

Per NCAA legislation (NCAA bylaw adopted 1/8/07 and effective 8/1/07, it is allowable for an institution, if it so chooses, to pay necessary expenses for its athlete(s) to attend a National Team tryout.

Athletes should plan to arrive in Colorado Springs by 3 p.m. on Feb. 19 and be prepared to remain in town until the completion of the tryout at 11 a.m. on Feb. 21.

Participating tryout athletes must possess a working knowledge of offensive/defensive systems and terminology consistent with that of a typical mid- to high-level collegiate program. Participating athletes must also possess a level of athleticism, fitness and technical ability consistent with that of a high-level collegiate player. Participants unable to meet these requirements will not be accepted for the tryout or may be removed from further tryout participation. No refunds will be offered for the latter case.

For additional questions, please contact USA Volleyball Managing Director of Indoor Programs Tom Pingel at tom.pingel@usav.org or 719-228-6800.