U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Open Tryout Set for Feb. 22-24

By Bill Kauffman | Nov. 09, 2012, 7:39 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
USA Volleyball Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
Email: bill.kauffman@usav.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 9, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will hold its annual open tryout Feb. 22-24, 2013, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs.

This tryout is open to United States citizens who are current college-age athletes and older, and high school athletes born in 1993 or earlier. Per NCAA legislation (NCAA bylaw effective August of 2007, it is allowable for an institution, if it so chooses, to pay necessary expenses for its athlete to attend a National Team tryout.

Throughout the tryout process, USA Volleyball will be identifying prospective athletes for the following two different programs: U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Program; U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Senior A2 Team.

The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Program is available to athletes who have concluded their college eligibility and who wish to be invited to be a member of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team on a full-time basis. This program could begin as early as the spring of 2013, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded. Also considered for training with this group will be athletes who have remaining collegiate eligibility and their participation beginning in mid-May or when their scholastic calendar ends for 2013.

The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Senior A2 Teams is available to athletes in college and with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2013 collegiate season may also be invited to participate with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Senior A2 program. This program is scheduled to take place in Dallas from June 25 to July 4. A projected 48 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competing at the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC) from July 1-4. 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 and from Dallas. USAV will cover all additional expenses pertaining to participation at the GJNC, as well as all expenses pertaining to the training camp from June 25-28, directly preceding participation in the Championships.

The tryout fee for lodging at the OTC 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.

Participating 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. Questions regarding this should be directed to Tom Pingel. 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.

All U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team tryout participants must also complete and submit the appropriate OTC forms. The link for registering for the tryout and on-OTC Complex housing can be found by clicking here. 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, please contact Monica Sedillo at (719) 228-6800. Registration will close on Jan. 25 or when filled at which time a waitlist will begin and used to fill any spots that come open.

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.

For additional information, contact USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel (tom.pingel@usav.org).