2018 USA A2 Invitational

Colorado Springs, Colorado

July 10 - 16, 2018


About the Program

The USA National A2 Invitational Team Program is designed to give more of the country’s top athletes the opportunity to work with top High Performances coaches at a competitive event. There are four A2 teams: Boys' Youth A2, Boys' Select A2Girls' Youth A2 and Girls' Select A2

Players who participate in the program train for 4.5 days as a group, training in all skills and focusing on position-specific areas each day. The training received is modeled after the techniques, systems and daily practices of our U.S. National Team.

On the 4th day, players are split into tiered teams, in which they train for a full day under international rules and learn opponent scouting.The final two days of the program feature an international-style tournament culminating in a tournament championship on the final day.

Besides the High Performance pipeline coaches who are also college coaches working the A2 program, coaches from across the country are invited to watch the competition portion of the event. The program is one of the highest levels of training available to High Performance athletes in the U.S and nn essential training piece of the U.S. National Team pipeline.

 

Training Schedule

Start Time: Training begins at 4 p.m. on day one. A meeting with all of the athletes typically takes place between 3-4 p.m.

End Time: Training will conclude with tournament play on the morning of July 16th. Athletes will then check out and be released to ground transportation or to a parent or approved guardian. Athletes on top finishing teams will be required to attend a short award ceremony following tournament play.

 

Tournament Details

Play wili begin on Saturday July 14th at 1:30pm. The format is that of an international style competition, teams will be split into pool play and finish in championship bracket or classification matches.

All teams will be taking breaks for meals between matches and will be able to eat at the dining hall. Parents are not permitted to eat in the on-campus dining facilities or remove athletes from campus during play.All athletes with early flights should make sure that their rooms are cleaned up, packed and be ready to check out prior to leaving for their first matches in the morning.

 

MATCH SCHEDULE

Each team is named for each team head coach. Athletes are searchable in team rosters and play schedules.

Tournament Schedule is now available to view in AES:

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The tournament will not be available to view online. There will not be a professional photographer; however, any photos captured by coaching staff and or event staff will be featured. Parents are allowed to capture video footage; no official event footage will be provided.

Please note that parents may not approach any member of the coaching staff to discuss playing time or tournament proceedings. All parents and family members are expected to act as respectful spectators at the event. If a player or parent is in violation of USA Volleyball code of conduct or Ethics & Behavior agreement, they will be promptly asked to leave the facility.

 

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

The USA A2 Invitational will be played in an international format. Please note the following rules changes and protocols for international play:

Warm-Up

International format - 10 minutes shared court use

Pool Play

Divisions by age group are split into Group A & Group B. Age groups may be mixed in pool play, to be seeded for their respective Age Group Brackets (Boys' Youth & Select will be combined in pool, will play their own respective brackets following).

Bracket / Classification

Top 6 teams advance to Championship Bracket in Girls' Divisions, bottom finishing teams in Pool Play will advance to Classification matches to play for final team ranking, no ties for final finishes.

Rules of Play:

  1. 6 Substitutions, Unlimited Entry
  2. Liberos may not serve
  3. Ceiling is considered out of bounds
  4. Captain may speak to R1 only

 

COURT LOCATIONS

UCCS Gallogly Events Center (Courts 1 & 2)

UCCS Campus Recreation Center (Courts 3 & 4 North Gym, Courts 5 & 6 South Gym)

Colorado Springs Christian School (Courts 7 & 8)

4845 Mallow Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

 

PARKING

UCCS: Free parking is available ONLY in the following locations: Gateway Parking Garage (central campus near University Center) levels 4 & 5, or Alpine Parking Garage near Recreation Center level 4 only.

Colorado Springs Christian School: Free parking is available in the main parking lot outside the gym. Please do not park in the roundabout.

 

VIDEO RECORDING

Matches will not be live-streamed for this event. Parents may record video footage as long as their recording devices are completely outside of the playing area and not interfering with foot traffic in the facility. No official match video footage will be captured.

 

AWARDS

Medals will be awarded to top finishing teams at the conclusion of play at the Recreation Center. Parents may take photos; no official photos will be available for purchase following the event.

 

CHECK-OUT & LUNCH

Check-out is from 10am to 2pm. at Lift Lounge, Monarch Building in Summit Village (same as check-in). Championship matches should conclude by 10:30am. Athletes who have been approved for early departure may leave immediately following their last match but must check out by turning in their keys to Monarch Housing Desk and then check out with their Head Coach in the care of a parent or guardian. Athletes who will be riding airport shuttles and departing in the afternoon will have access to lunch in the dining hall.

Lunch will be available for athletes on departure from 11am to 2pm.