2013 USA Boys’ Youth Training Camp Program (BYTC)
Welcome! As the result of your participation at one of our 2013 Boys’ USA High Performance tryouts, you have been slotted into the Boys’ Youth Training Camp Program. The BYTC represents our primary training ground for players who are looking to build their positional skills and all-around game skills in order to successfully compete in coming years for an A2 or A3 program.
For 2013, the BYTC program will be held at two sites across the country:
- Geneva, Ohio, July 9th – 13th, Spires Academy, Head Coach Kevin Moore of Juniata College.
- Vernon Hills, July 7th – 11th, Adversity VBC Facility, Head Coach Kris Berzins of Loyola University of Chicago.
Each of these programs is exactly co-located, with the same coaching staff, as our A3 camp programs. The two camps are trained concurrently on adjacent courts, and coaches are given the leeway to move Training Camp players up to A3 courts when it is found that they have significantly improved since the time of HP tryouts.
First, we know that all of you went into the HP tryout process this year hoping to be named to an A1, A2 or A3 program. We fully support those dreams; and we hope that you will take a long-term perspective to the goals you set for yourself and your sport. The USA Men’s National Team roster has contained many players who were cut time and again from USA National pipeline programs but who refused to accept those answers as final. Those players honed their focus, worked harder, got stronger … and came to look upon those hurdles as part of the satisfaction of ultimate success.
Each of these two programs will include coaching staff who have worked throughout our USA National Team pipeline. The entire coaching staffs are selected for their ability to coach the game and to build positional and all-around game skills in the aspiring young volleyball athlete.
This webpage includes current information for the 2013 BYTC Program. Please bookmark this page - as updates and further information become available, they will be placed on this webpage. For all email correspondence related to this program, please include your name and BYTC in the subject line of the email. Please know that we will try to answer all questions ASAP, but with the volume of questions we receive after posting tryout results, you may not receive a response until later in April.
Purpose of BYTC Program:
The BYTC Program has the exact same goals as the Boys’ Youth A3 program and is designed as an introduction to the USA National Team system. It is intended to mirror the type of training and competition that USA athletes will experience as they move up the High Performance pipeline. The focus is on positional skills, with a secondary emphasis on all-around playing abilities. Athleticism within your position is an emphasis.
It is important to say now that the path to the Men’s USA National Team is not a journey that is typically completed in a few years. The players who end up wearing USA when it counts the most, on the Medal Podium at the Olympic Games, are those who have taken a many-year or life-long perspective to the challenge of becoming great at their sport.
One of the most important parts of the BYTC Camp program is the athlete evaluation process, which details where the athlete’s strengths and weaknesses currently lie, and where he should focus his efforts in the coming months. Training around other players of his same “general level” (as assessed through HP tryouts) fosters player development and effective evaluation.
Over the years, we have found that each player brings different strengths and weaknesses to the camp and this offers a more accessible “picture” to the athletes for where they need to improve and can improve. Our coaching staffs often remark that having players of roughly the same level helps players greatly enhances the learning process.
We never underestimate the skills that players can learn from one another when placed in an elite training environment!
The entire Training Camp staff has been chosen for their ability to teach the game and to help develop strong fundamentals to young players. As former Men’s National Team Coach, Alan Knipe, has said: “Even at the National Team level, we run into very good players who are limited by their fundamental skills and their precision in executing positional skills.” The goal of the coaching staff of the Boys’ BSA3 is to ensure that players are placed on the correct path as they grow, mature and develop the characteristics of their volleyball game.
Assistant coaches for each program will be announced in the coming weeks.
The BYTC Program will be held in two separate sites, but the schedules and training philosophy at each site will be the same, mirroring the USA National Team training system.
Players may either fly or drive to each camp, costs of which are covered by the family. When flying to the camp program (to the designated airport), pickup and drop off to the airport is covered in the camp fee. The camp fees cover all costs for the players between arriving at the airport or facility … until departing the camp.
Housing, meals and training costs – as well as three training t-shirts – are covered under the camp fee. All athletes are supervised 24 hours per day, and coaching staff are located in adjacent rooms. For the Vernon Hills and Geneva camps, players will be housed in hotel rooms. Campers eat all meals together with their group.
Additional information will be provided to athletes, once they are registered for a program.
In order to confirm you acceptance into the High Performance BYTC program, you will need to register online at the following link. Please do not book any airline reservations until you have received confirmation that there were available spots in the camp and that your registration went through. All airline reservation itineraries must conform to the time windows set forth below in the travel section, or have to be approved by Collin Powers, Manager of High Performance Programs.
Online Registration (click on the link for the city location you would like to register for):
Geneva (Spire Academy): Geneva Boys Youth Training Camp Link
Vernon Hills (Adversity VBC): Vernon Hills Boys Youth Training Camp Link
- You will receive a confirmation email via our online registration system 5 minutes after registering for the program online. Upon receiving this email, you are free to book your travel plans. Please submit your travel itinerary based upon whether you are flying or driving (if you are flying one way and driving the other please fill out the ‘flying’ travel itinerary) using the following links:
Flying: 2013 Boys Summer Travel Itinerary (Flying) (If you need a ride to and from the airport)
Driving: 2013 Boys Summer Travel Itinerary (Driving) (This applies if parents will be traveling with their child and will be driving them to and from the airport)
- Cost: $625 - includes airport pickup/drop-off, local transportation, room, food, training, facility and three training t-shirts (we will detail this in a later update)
- Registration and payment deadline: April 8th, 2013
- PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR APRIL 8th DEADLINE IS A PRETTY DEFINITE DEADLINE FOR MAKING YOUR DECISION, UNLESS YOU CONTACT COLLIN POWERS OR BRANDON DYETT AND RECEIVE AN EXTENSION FOR MAKING THAT DECISION. WE WILL BEGIN SLOTTING IN ALTERNATE PLAYERS AFTER APRIL 8th IN ORDER TO GIVE THOSE FAMILIES SUFFICIENT TIME TO PLAN FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAM.
- Please contact Collin Powers or Brandon Dyett in the HP Dept. if you need to set up a payment plan.
- After April 8th, we will begin slotting alternates into the program.
It is important to note that registration for this camp is limited, and we always invite more players than we have spots available, assuming that a rough percentage of players will not be able to attend. Therefore, if we are in a year when many players do choose to attend, and you register late – you may not be able to get in to the camp.
- Rosters will be posted on the USAV HP website 2-4 weeks after registration closes.
- More information will be provided once you register (such as airport pickup information, etc.)
- If the camp fills up quickly, we will strive to find more spots, but that is not guaranteed.
- The camp will run 5 days – the first day is a travel day, with the camp actually beginning at dinner and then an evening training session.
- There are then three full days of training, and the camp ends after a training session and lunch on the fifth day.
- The cost of the Training camps is $625, plus the cost of your airfare to the site (or your car travel to the individual site). We do local airport pickup to the designated airports.
- The $625 covers all training costs, lodging, food, beds, etc.
- Campers will also receive three USA numbered training t-shirts.
If you are flying to the camp, once you receive confirmation of registration you may go ahead and book your airline ticket.
- For Geneva, Ohio Training Camp, players who fly to the camp will fly into Cleveland Airport (CLE airport code). Once you receive a confirmation from your registration, you may book your flight into CLE with scheduled arrival between approximately 10:30a – 2:30p on July 9th. Please schedule athlete departure from CLE after 2:00p on July 13th.
- For Vernon Hills, IL Training Camp, players who fly to the camp will fly into Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD airport code). Once you receive a confirmation from your registration, you may book your flight into ORD with scheduled arrival between approximately 10:30a – 2:30p on July 7th. Please schedule athlete departure from ORD after 1:00p on July 11th.
So, please register, and please email Rick Mischka with any questions you may have. Thanks,
For questions, please contact:
Brandon Dyett, Coordinator
USA Volleyball High Performance National Programs
4065 Sinton Rd, Ste 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80907