USA Women's National Team Open Tryout
Will be held in February of 2014
US Olympic Training Center (OTC) – Colorado Springs
This tryout is open to current college-age athletes and older born in the years 1996-1986* inclusive, AND high school athletes born in 1996 or earlier. *Athletes born before 1986 must contact USA Volleyball at firstname.lastname@example.org for approval.
NOTE: Per NCAA legislation (NCAA bylaw 188.8.131.52(c)) 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 to attend a National Team tryout.
HOUSING & MEALS: Athletes may choose to stay on the OTC grounds in the dorm and take meals in the dining hall or they may choose to stay off-site. Those choosing to stay off site will not have OTC meal privileges.
In the past we’ve had athletes inquire about arriving a day early, in this case Thursday, Feb. 20. We have limited beds available for early arrivals. If you would like to look into this possibility, please contact Monica Sedillo at email@example.com.
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION: Athletes flying into the Colorado Springs airport (COS) and choosing to stay at the OTC will be greeted at the airport and transported to the OTC by USOC Transportation. Those choosing to fly into another airport (i.e. Denver) or choosing to drive to Colorado Springs will be responsible for their own transportation throughout their stay. Those choosing to stay off site will be responsible for their own transportation.
TRYOUT FEES: For athletes staying at the OTC, 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.
REGISTRATION: The registration process for the 2014 tryout will again be done via on-line registration utilizing the same system used for High Performance events. All tryout participants must also complete/submit the appropriate OTC forms. The link for registering for the tryout and on-OTC Complex housing can be found by clicking here.
Those interested in arriving at the OTC on Thursday, Feb. 20, must email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a special password. Cost of the additional night is $50 and includes meals and airport shuttle as long as arrival is prior to 9 p.m. that evening. Upon receiving this password, follow this link to register to arrive on Feb. 20.
The link for registering for the tryout and no on-complex housing or meals can be found by clicking here.
If you encounter issues with the on-line registration process, or if you must pay the tryout registration fee by check, please contact Monica Sedillo at email@example.com.
TRAVEL: Athletes should arrive in Colorado Springs, Colo., as early as possible on Friday, Feb. 21, and be prepared to remain in Colorado Springs until the completion of the tryout at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. Please schedule your airline departure from Colorado Springs after 1 p.m. on Feb. 23. Upon completing the registration process, you will receive an email receipt/confirmation. Once you received this confirmation, you are cleared to book your travel to the tryout. ALL TRYOUT PARTICIPANTS must re-enter the on-line tryout site and enter their travel plans – even if they plan to drive to the tryout. Click here to enter travel information.
INSURANCE: Tryout participants are required to provide proof of valid health insurance coverage upon their arrival at the tryout. USA Volleyball will provide sport accident insurance for injuries sustained during the tryout process. This will be a supplemental coverage to their personal coverage and does not cover non-tryout related illness or injury.
ELIGIBILITY: The tryout is open only to U.S. citizens meeting the age requirements previously addressed at the top of this page.
Participating athletes, regardless of age, 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. Questions regarding this should be directed to Tom Pingel at (719) 228-6800 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 in the latter case.
U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL TEAM PROGRAMS: Throughout the tryout process, USA Volleyball will be identifying prospective athletes for the following programs:
* U.S. Women's Volleyball National Team Program – Athletes who have concluded their college eligibility and who wish to be invited to be a member of the U.S. Women’s Volleyball National Volleyball Team on a full-time basis. This program could begin as early as the spring of 2014, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded.
Also considered for training with this group will be athletes that have remaining college eligibility. Their participation will begin in mid-May or when their scholastic calendar ends for 2014.
* U.S. Collegiate National Teams (formerly the Women's Senior A2 Teams) – Athletes in college and with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2014 collegiate season may also be invited to participate with one of 2 possible U.S. Collegiate National Teams (CNT).
Option #1: This program will involve a team of 12 athletes and 2 coaches to travel to China for a series of training sessions and matches in conjunction with a separate team representing the PAC 12 Conference. Dates of this program are from June 13-27, 2014. Cost of this program is $3195/person which includes all travel, housing, meals and training expenses, but does not include travel from that athlete’s home to Los Angeles (LAX) and back. For a quick video about last year’s trip, click here.
Option #2: This program is scheduled to take place in Minneapolis from Sunday, June 22, through Tuesday, July 1. A projected 36 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competition at the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC) from June 26-30. Participants will be responsible for payment of a participation fee of $600 to help offset the necessary expenses during the tournament (room, meals, entry fee, etc.). Participants will also be responsible for their travel to/from Minneapolis. USAV will cover all additional expenses pertaining to participation at the GJNC, as well as all expenses pertaining to the training camp from June 22-26, directly preceding participation in the GJNC.
Both Options are considered extended tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team and are thereby eligible for necessary expenses to be paid for by the athlete’s school if that school so chooses.
* U.S. Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team – Athletes born in 1996 and after are eligible for participation with the USA Women’s Junior National Team. Participation in this tryout will count as that person’s tryout for the Junior National Team as well. Athletes chosen to participate with the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team will have all expenses paid for by USA Volleyball.