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Men's Tryout Provides Opportunities to Athletes

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | Nov. 19, 2018, 10:47 a.m. (ET)

The U.S. Men's National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 19, 2018) – Athletes who attend the U.S. Men’s National Team Open Tryout should be ready to compete at a high level, said U.S. Men’s Assistant Coach Rob Neilson.

Neilson and U.S. Head Coach John Speraw will be joined by top volleyball coaches from around the country for the tryout on Dec. 17-18 at the American Sports Center in Anaheim, Calif. USAV is looking for male athletes ready to play for its Collegiate National Team, Junior National Team and Senior National Team.

The tryout is open to men’s volleyball players born between 1990 and 2000 (those born before 1990 must get approval) who are U.S. citizens, have a high-level working knowledge of the sport and its systems and possess a high level of athleticism, consistent with that of a college athlete.

“For us, this is presenting a path to everyone where they can come be a part of the National Team,” Neilson said. “We’re opening that door. There are so many players that we don’t get to see.”

Besides making a national team, the tryout also offers the opportunity to work with top coaches and to play against great athletes.

“Athletes should be prepared to play at a high level and compete,” Neilson said. “We’re going to play a lot of volleyball. Hopefully we will create a very competitive environment for the players.”

Athletes who have concluded their college eligibility and who wish to be invited to be a member of the U.S. Men’s Volleyball National Team on a full-time basis are required to take part in this tryout process. Men's National Team Training could begin as early as the spring of 2019, or when an athlete’s scholastic or professional club season has concluded.

Athletes who have remaining college eligibility are still in contention and evaluation for the Men's Senior National Team. Their participation will begin in mid-May or when their scholastic calendar ends for 2019.

The 2018 Tryout will begin on Dec. 16 with an optional open gym practice in the evening. Play will last all day on Dec. 17 and the tryout will conclude on Dec. 18 around noon.

“We will break out and do some individual, small-group skill work,” Neilson said. “There likely will be some testing. But there is much more to the game than physical measurables.

“We are trying to get people from long distances to come and we want to make sure it is worthwhile to them.”

For more information on eligibility and registration, visit the U.S. Men’s National Team Open Tryout home page. The registration deadline is Nov. 30.