I apologize to all for being absent from my blog — I had a few setbacks personally (my son broke his leg in soccer tryouts a few weeks ago, requiring surgery and last week my ohana had to put down our 16 year old Cocker Spaniel, Madison), but I am back and typing away!
Two weekends ago, I took a quick 3 hour drive down to Raleigh, NC to help my great friend and now work colleague, Chuck McCracken, direct the Mid Atlantic Power League #2 tournament, hosted by Casey and Sherry at the Triangle Volleyball Club (www.trianglevolleyball.org) at the Raleigh Convention Center. I also had the great opportunity to work the USA Volleyball High Performance Tryouts on Friday night and enter the USA Volleyball HP Coaches Pipeline. I saw my friend Jeff Mosher from USA Volleyball and some great college and club coaches.
The USA Volleyball HP Department works to advance volleyball talent and build a broader and stronger pipeline of athletes and coaches for our USA Olympic Teams. The HP Program at USA Volleyball is the “pipeline” for young volleyball athletes who aspire to reach the elite level of their sport and who dream to one day represent the USA on the National Mens or Womens Volleyball Team. This time around, I had the privilege of working with such great college and club coaches as Lauren and Casey Steinbrecher from James Madison University, Shelton Collier from Wingate and my friend, Blaine Tendler from Piedmont Volleyball Club. Needless to say, what a great experience that was for me.
The goals of the HP Program include:
- To bring young volleyball athletes together in challenging and rewarding training environments;
- To provide them the opportunity to learn and develop with the best coaches in the USA Coaches’ Pipeline and to compete at the elite and international levels;
- To grow the number of opportunities available to volleyball athletes, the number of high-level matches that they are able play and the amount of time they are able to train;
- To participate High Performance teams in all FIVB or related international events possible; and
- To consistently prepare a broad pool of qualified and experienced athletes available to compete for spots on the USA Men’s and Women’s National Teams.
Entry into all HP teams and camps is based upon selection at one of many USA HP Tryouts during the winter and spring of each year. Athletes who aspire to be on our Mens or Womens National Teams, enter the pipeline at HP tryouts in various locations around the country each year.
MAPL #2 was a huge success and it was great to see players from all over the East Coast, compete and challenge each other. The Gold final was between the Triangle 17 Black and Triangle 18 Black teams and what a nailbiter that was! It was won by the 17′s team 24-22 in the third set. WOW, what a match it was. It was also great to see all of my referee friends and I made some new friends as well!
Friendships I made this weekend:
Steve Mills – Club Director of the TCA Volleyball Club in Harrisonburg, VA
Tom Lowery – Club Director of Virginia Elite
Sheila Holloway – Director of HP Programs, Carolina Region
Dana Wall – Director of the European Global Challenge and former SDSU All American (great to see you again Dana!)
It was a long, but great weekend overall! Next stop, Ft. Lauderdale, FL this weekend for the Cloverleaf Tournament! Stop by the Lucky Dog Volleyball Store and say hi!