2014 USAV High Performance Championships Awarded to Tulsa

By Bill Kauffman | Oct. 08, 2012, 10:20 a.m. (ET)

USA Volleyball: Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org, 719-228-6800)
Tulsa Metro Chamber: Amanda McConnell (AmandaMcConnell@TulsaChamber.com, 918-640-4148)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 8, 2012) – USA Volleyball has selected Tulsa, Okla., as host for the 2014 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships (HPC) to be held July 22-26 at the Tulsa Convention Center.

“USA Volleyball and more specifically, the Indoor High Performance Department, is greatly looking forward to its High Performance Championships being hosted by Tulsa in 2014,” USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said. “Tulsa has proven to be a great partner in its hosting of the FIVB World League in 2011 and I’m sure that they will do a fabulous job with the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in 2014.”

“Tulsa will be home to one of the most exciting volleyball competitions in the nation,” said Ray Hoyt, senior vice president of VisitTulsa/Tulsa Sports Commission. “The USA Volleyball High Performance Championships includes the best national and international teams and more than 4,000 attendees over nine days of volleyball action. The Tulsa Sports Commission could not be more excited about this opportunity and the new partnership evolving between our organization and USA Volleyball. We hope to see a number of Tulsans in the crowd.”

The HPC is expected to draw in excess of 100 teams and 1,200 athletes to Tulsa filling seven different age and gender championship brackets. The event showcases boys’ and girls’ teams from the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline, regional High Performance teams and 8-12 teams from foreign countries. In the last few years several youth and junior national teams have attended including those from the United States, Chile, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Peru, Canada, New Zealand and Mexico.

The HPC features an international theme with some variations of FIVB rules. Matches are best-of-five sets format with most teams playing eight matches during the event. The tournament has utilized some new FIVB rules such as the primary and secondary libero. In addition, the FIVB experimental rule of six total subs per set but not limiting a player to one entry could be used again.

Prior to the HPC, approximately 400 athletes from the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline will vie for spots on the top teams in their age groups in a five-day training camp. The coaches for these teams come from the top collegiate and junior programs across the U.S. and are all part of the USA Volleyball High Performance coaching pipeline.

Joseph Volleyball Camps (JVC) serves as the local host for the event in partnership with USA Volleyball and local sports commissions/convention and visitor's bureaus. AJ and Jennifer Joseph are the owners/managers for JVC and are based out of Colorado Springs, Colo.

“JVC is pleased to take the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships for the first time to Tulsa in 2014,” Joseph said. “The city of Tulsa, its convention center, arena and hotels will provide an amazing setting for the event. It will be an exciting year for volleyball enthusiasts in Oklahoma with the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in July and the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championships to be held in Oklahoma City in mid-December.”

About USA Volleyball
Founded in 1928, USA Volleyball is a Colorado incorporated non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) as the National Governing Body for the sport of Volleyball in the United States. USA Volleyball is responsible for both the Olympic disciplines of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. USA Volleyball has over 279,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,300 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $20 million dollars, USA Volleyball supports the USA men’s and women’s senior national team programs, youth and junior national teams, national championship events, coaching education and certification programs, grassroots development, and programs for the disabled and Paralympic Teams. USA Volleyball has a rich tradition of success as evidenced by winning an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984 and capturing numerous World Cup, World Championship and Continental Championship titles. USA Volleyball is committed to and works toward opportunity for all to participate. It is an advocate for all Americans endeavoring to assure universal access to opportunities at all levels of the game. For more information please visit usavolleyball.org.