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

Nov. 18, 2010, 6:55 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 18, 2010) – USA Volleyball will hold its annual open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team and Associated Training Programs Feb. 25-27, 2011, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon will lead the evaluation process for the tryout, which is open to current college-age athletes and older, as well as high school athletes born in 1993 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.

The online tryout registration, which must be completed by Jan. 13, 2011, can be found at click here. Upon confirmation of registration, tryout participants will receive and must complete additional USOTC forms to be fully enrolled in 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 March 2011, 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 2011 or when their scholastic calendar ends.

Athletes in college with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2011 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 Dallas from May 23 through June 1. A projected 36 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competition in the 2010 USA Volleyball Open National Championships in the Open Division from May 28-31. USA Volleyball considers the event as the National Championship for the sport of volleyball in the United States.

For athletes intending to stay at the USOTC, the fee will be $225 which includes housing, meals, local transportation and tryout expenses. For those athletes not staying at the OTC, the fee will be $150. This fee can be paid by check or credit card. Details will be outlined in the registration process.

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 as early as possible on Feb. 25 and be prepared to remain in town until the completion of the tryout at 11 a.m. on Feb. 27.

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.