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    High Performance

    Update February 9, 2018

    For questions or more on OVR High Performance, please contact:

    Glenn Freed OVR HP Director gfreed@ambridge.k12.pa.us

     

    What is High Performance?

    At the national level, the High Performance (HP) program is the “pipeline” of USA Volleyball for athletes who aspire to reach the elite level of the sport.  It is intended to grow the pool of talented young players who want to compete for a spot on the USA National and Olympic teams. The OVR selects volleyball all-stars, via regional tryouts, to represent region and compete in the international tournament sponsored by USA Volleyball High Performance.

     

    Why compete at the High Performance Championships?

    It is an opportunity for the best players in the OVR to play together against some of the best players in the country.  The OVR believes in giving great opportunities to the athletes in the region and to compete at this elite level.

     

    Why play on the OVR High Performance team?

    Junior athletes are given the fantastic opportunity to be coached by some of the top coaches in the region.  Playing for and learning from college and high level coaches is incredibly valuable for a young player.  The HP Championships also act as an additional opportunity for players with collegiate aspirations to showcase their ability.  College coaches recognize that this tournament hosts some of the best players from around the country.

     

    What is the difference between OVR HP and USAV HP?

    USA Volleyball hosts tryouts across the United States in order to form their teams for the Championships.  The OVR only selects players within the region from our own tryouts.  USAV has different levels of commitment from the athletes and events they attend with not all athletes attending the Championships; the OVR commits all of its teams to the Championships and also helps sponsor the OVR teams financially.

     

    What if an OVR athlete is not chosen for the OVR HP travel teams to the Championships?

    The OVR offers a developmental camp for young juniors who are not attending the Championships.  This 2-3 day camp is hosted at a college in the region and it gives the athletes a chance to work with high level coaches to improve their skills.  Last year, 70 girls participated in the camp.  For 2018, we are adding a boys' developmental camp.

     

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    2018 OVR High Performance

    The OVR plans on sponsoring four teams, two boys' and two girls' teams for the High Performance Championships in Tulsa, OK this summer.  The tournament competition starts on July 24 and ends July 28.  There will be a team camp for 2-3 days before the teams depart for Tulsa in order to prepare the teams.  The process for juniors getting involved with the OVR HP program is by OVR tryout only.  These tryouts are open to any OVR member and are in February/early March for the boys and in April/May for the girls. 

     

    2018 Age Divisions

    Age divisions for HP are different than junior club volleyball divisions.  Birth year is used to determine groupings and no age waivers are given:

    Girls Youth is born 2002 & 2003

    Girls Select is born 2004 & 2005

    Girls Future Select is born 2006 or after

    Boys Youth is born 2001 & 2002

    Boys Select is born 2003 or after

     

    OVR Tryouts*

    Boys Tryouts:  (players need only attend one tryout)

    #4:March 3 @ Elite Volleyball Training Center in Columbus area from 6:00-8:00pm (check-in at

    5:30pm)[8185 Business Way, Plain City, OH 43064]

     

    Girls Tryouts:  (players need only attend one tryout and then must attend the call-back, if invited)

    #1:April 6 @ Columbus Convention Center from 7:00-9:00pm (check-in starts at 6:00pm) in

    conjunction with National Bid Qualifier [400 North High St., Columbus, OH 43215]

    #2: Make-up tryout on April 16 @ Ambridge Area High School 7:00-9:00pm (check-in starts at 6:30pm) [909 Duss Avenue, Ambridge, PA 15003]

    Call-Back: May 4 @ Greater Columbus Convention Center from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (for invited players only; players from the call-back will be invited for the travel teams)

     

    Cost: $50 registered in advance, includes tryout t-shirt ($75 late registration)

    NOTE: players must be OVR members to tryout.

     

    Tryout registration online is open for the boys. Please use the following link to register: https://goo.gl/forms/DxttZXvnBRgBbONA2

     

    Tryout registration online is open for the girls. Please use the following link to register: http://bit.ly/2018hpgirls

     

    *OVR HP Tryouts are different than USAV HP Tryouts. You must attend the tryout for the appropriate program (OVR team or USAV national team).

     

    Travel Teams for Boys

    The OVR will be looking to field two boys teams to attend the 2018 High Performance Championships in Tulsa, OK. Players will be selected from the OVR Tryouts to represent the OVR at the Championships. Mizuno is the official uniform sponsor for OVR HP. Players will receive 3 jerseys, 2 pairs of shorts, warm-up jacket & pants, shoes, socks, t-shirts, backpack, and travel bag.

    Boys age divisions for OVR travel teams (no age waivers):

    Boys Youth is born 2001 & 2002

    Boys Select is born 2003 or after

    Travel teams information:

    Cost: $350-$450/player for quad-occupancy in Tulsa hotel (add $200/player for double-occupancy), includes camp housing/food, uniform, transportation, lodging & some meals in Tulsa

    Coaches: TBA

    Team Camp: July 20-22 @ location TBA

    Departure for Tulsa, OK via charter bus: July 22 (immediately after camp concludes)

    Competition in Tulsa: July 24-28

    Return to Ohio: July 29 @ TBA

     

    Travel Teams for Girls

    The OVR will be looking to field two girls teams to attend the 2018 High Performance Championships in Tulsa, OK. After the initial round of OVR Tryouts, players will be selected to attend a call-back tryout. Players from the call-back tryout will be asked to represent the OVR at the Championships. Mizuno is the official uniform sponsor for OVR HP. Players will receive 3 jerseys, 2 spandex, warm-up jacket & pants, shoes, socks, t-shirts, backpack, and travel bag.

    Girls age divisions for OVR travel teams (no age waivers):

    Girls Youth is born 2002 & 2003

    Girls Select is born 2004 or after

    Travel teams information:

    Cost: $350-$450/player for quad-occupancy in Tulsa hotel (add $200/player for double-occupancy), includes camp housing/food, uniform, transportation, lodging & some meals in Tulsa

    Coaches: TBA

    Team Camp: July 20-22 @ location TBA

    Departure for Tulsa, OK via charter bus: July 22 (immediately after camp concludes)

    Competition in Tulsa: July 24-28

    Return to Ohio: July 29 @ TBA

     

    Developmental Camps for Girls and Boys

    The OVR will be hosting two High Performance camps this summer. Players who do not attend the HP Championships are invited to participate in the HP Camps. Information on the camps is as follows:

    When: 3 days/2 nights between the range from July 11-18, 2018; exact dates TBA

    Location: TBA

    Cost: TBA, includes two camp t-shirts, food, housing, and instruction

    Player to coach ratio: approximately 6 to 1 to maximize player/coach instruction

    Coaches: TBA

    Ages for boys: 10-15 years old

    Ages for girls: 10-14 years old

    More information will be posted when it is confirmed. Please check back.

     

    Free HP Clinics for Girls and Boys

    The OVR will be hosting two High Performance clinics this season. These sessions will be conducted by nationally recognized coaches and will be free for OVR juniors. The clinics will be in conjunction with our major OVR tournaments this season.

    Come participate and learn what the highest level coaches teach their athletes and what the High Performance program is all about. Free Mizuno door prizes will be given.

    The High Performance clinic for boys will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 5:30-7:00pm at Force Sports Dayton (4801 Salem Drive, Dayton, OH 45416). The clinic will be conducted by the 2016 and 2017 NCAA Men's National Champions Ohio State University assistant coaches Tim Embaugh and Kevin Burch. The clinic will include "next level" technique training, demonstrations, players participating in mini-drills, and a question & answer period with the coaches.

    The clinic will be held during the OVR Boys' Championships and immediately before one of the OVR Boys' HP tryouts. If interested in the tryouts, please see the information above.

    The first 100 players to register will be accepted. To register for this free clinic, please sign-up at the following link

    Please check back for more information and the date/time/location for the girls' clinic.

     

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    For questions or more information, please contact:

    Glenn Freed OVR HP Director gfreed@ambridge.k12.pa.us

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