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USAV the Weekly - March 23, 2018

U.S. Collegiate National Team-China Tour Roster Named

Twelve-player team will tour China on May 20-31 representing USA Volleyball HP pipeline. MORE

Sitting Volleyball Vets Enjoying Life at the Top

Lora Webster, Nichole Millage, Katie Holloway and Heather Erickson have seen big improvements in the Women’s Sitting Team. MORE

Boyce Banquet Set to Honor Greats of the Game

Get your tickets now for the Boyce Banquet on May 23 at the Dallas Omni Hotel. MORE

Don’t Miss Out! Volleyball Nations League Tickets on Sale Now

The U.S. Women will host Italy, Turkey and Poland on May 15-17 in Lincoln, Neb. The U.S. Men play Poland, Serbia and Iran on June 15-17 in Hoffman Estates, Ill. MORE


All Events Calendar        

USA National Beach Tour             

High Performance Tryouts

Girls’ Qualifiers                

Beach National Qualifiers            

Boys’ Bid Tournaments

Girls’ 18s Qualifiers        

Beach HP Selection Camps          

Coach Education Events


March 23-25


March 23-25

Girls’ 18 Qualifier – Lone Star Classic

Girls’ 18 Qualifier – Mideast

(Houston, Texas)

(Indianapolis, Ind.)


March 23-25


March 23-25

Girls’ 18 Qualifier – Pacific Northwest

Girls’ Qualifier – Pacific Northwest

(Spokane, Wash.)

(Spokane, Wash.)


March 24-26


March 24

Girls’ 18 Qualifier – Northeast

Southern California – Beach National Qualifier

(Philadelphia, Pa.)

(Hermosa Beach, Calif.)


March 24


March 30-April 1

Gulf Coast – Beach National Qualifier

Girls’ Qualifier  – Pacific Northwest

(Panama City Beach, Fla.)

(Spokane, Wash.)


March 30-April 1


March 31-April 2

Girls’ Qualifier – Windy City

Girls’ Qualifier  – NorthEast

(Chicago, Ill.)

(Philadelphia, Pa.)


March 30-April 1



Girls’ Qualifier – Big South


(Atlanta, Ga.)



USAV Updates to Regional VB Associations

SIESTA KEY TO HOST USA NATIONAL BEACH TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 2018 USA National Beach Tour Championships has selected Siesta Key, Florida, as host for the juniors’ event set for July 19-24. The tournament expects to feature over 400 boys’ and girls’ teams from across the country ranging in age from 10-18. MORE

VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE TICKETS ON SALE: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will return to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 2018 as it hosts a four-team round-robin pod May 15-17 in the opening week of the new FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL). The U.S. Women will host Italy, Turkey and Poland. To purchase tickets for this event, click here. Iran, Poland and Serbia will join the U.S. Men’s National Team for three days of FIVB Volleyball Nations League matches on June 15-17, 2018 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. To purchase tickets for this event, click here.

USAV DIG DEEPER Newsletter March 2018




Blocking Middle
Learn 10 keys to blocking middle from three-time Olympian Heather Bown. She was a starting middle blocker on the U.S. Women's National Team for 10 years, plus she mentored Foluke Akinradewo, and that turned out pretty well. #ThrowbackThursday

Check out Heather's keys to blocking middle success.

Mental Injuries
Physical injuries are common in volleyball and all sports, but how do you recover from a mental injury? Superstars Carli Lloyd and Dustin Watten share their experiences and advice.

Take control of your mental game.

Carli Lloyd

The Lost Art of Shot-making: Terminate the Ball
Written by USAV High Performance coach Chris Larson, this article discusses tools for making better shots at the net, making you a more creative and wily hitter.

Terminate it!




Beach HP Selection Camps
USA Volleyball is hosting selection camps ahead of the spring Beach National Qualifiers (BNQs). There are seven selection camps in total, two in April. Find out more.

  • April 6 ... Santa Cruz Main Beach, California
  • April 6 ... Beach South Sandy Camp and Pinetop Club, North Carolina

USA National Beach Tour/BNQs
The new USA National Beach Tour is underway, as are Beach National Qualifiers. Moster blocks await on the beach ... sign up for the tour and the qualifiers.

  • April 7 ... Beach South VB BNQ
  • April 7-8 ... Northern California BNQ
  • April 15 ... Florida USAV Beach Series - SSOVA
  • April 28 ... Gulf Coast Region Beach Series
  • April 29 ... Arizona BNA (12U and 16U)

Indoor HP Tryouts: Register
There are 12 indoor HP tryouts for girls across the country in the month of April, with cities including Philadelphia, Kansas City, Dallas, Minneapolis and more. There are also a handful of events left in March. Check the schedule, then register.


Event Information



Collegiate National Team


  • Check out the roster for the 12-player U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team China Tour (CNT-China), comprised of current collegiate players who will train and compete in China from May 20-31.





College Recruiting Series No. 1
From our partners at SI Play and NCSA: Navigating through the recruiting process can be difficult. It's hard to know where it begins, what's expected of you, or even what your step-by-step game plan should be. Here are some beginner tips and tricks.


You've just finished an exceptionally hard practice ... or maybe you won a five-set match. Either way, it's time to eat. But, what's your best choice for food to replenish what you've lost? Fill up on these proteins and carbs.


The new SafeSport training course is now available in the USAV Academy. Coaches need to complete all three sections, which can be accessed through our training website. Direct questions to



NCAA Beach Championships


Will USC three-peat, or will a new champion be crowned at this year's championship? BLOCK May 4-6 on your calendar and purchase your tickets to see the champions crowned in Gulf Shores, Ala.




See the Best
Get tickets to great volleyball this spring and summer, including Girls '18s, GJNC and the new FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

  • Girls' 18 ... April 27-29 ... Anaheim, Calif. Tickets
  • FIVB Volleyball Nations League (w) ... May 15-17 ... Lincoln, Neb. Tickets
  • FIVB Volleyball Nations League (m) ... June 15-17 ... Hoffman Estates, Ill. Tickets
  • GJNC June 25-July 4 ... Detroit, Mich. Tickets (Advanced ticket sales open March 23!)




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