Young volleyball athletes who want to take the next step on their path to the podium can now be part of the new USA Volleyball National Team Development Program (NTDP).
Launching this year, the NTDP will fully replace the USA Volleyball High Performance program. Since the 1990s, USAV High Performance has identified, evaluated, trained and developed young athletes to build a sustainable pipeline of future Olympians and Paralympians.
The NTDP will increase the opportunities for athletes to be seen and evaluated and to develop within the USA Volleyball National Team system.
U.S. Men’s National Team libero Erik Shoji gives you advice that will help throughout your career: it’s OK to ask for help. Our USAVlearn section has tips from other National Team athletes such as Jordan Larson, Jake Gibb and Rachael Adams.
USAVlearn also offers educational videos on topics ranging from coaching to defensive schemes to officiating, with presenters including Karch Kiraly, Erin Virtue, Keegan Cook and Tama Miayashiro.
April Ross and player partner Alix Klineman won the Katara Cup on March 12, 2021, an FIVB Beach World Cup four-star event in Doha, Qatar. It was their sixth FIVB Beach World Tour gold medal as a partnership.
"Everyone's trying to keep everyone positive and work hard [on the Men's National Team]. It's an easy group to be around. The guys are good people. We all have a diverse way of thinking, which is really cool. That’s our strength: tons of different ways of thinking, and tons of different approaches to life."
There’s nothing like the feeling of being part of a team. Whether you win or lose, you’ll never forget the friendships forged while playing volleyball. Find a team or a club near you, and create lasting bonds with teammates on and and off the court.