COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 6, 2021) – Just days before the U.S. Olympic volleyball teams will play in Tokyo, some of USA Volleyball’s best and brightest young indoor players will be improving their skills at the inaugural National Team Development Program (NTDP) Summer Training Series.
The 2021 NTDP Summer Training Series will run July 18-23 at the USA Volleyball National Training Center in Anaheim, Calif. The session will end just in time for athletes to watch the Olympic volleyball tournament on TV.
Approximately 170 girls players ages 14-18 and 135 boys players ages 15-18 are registered to participate. These athletes are considered direct alternates to the USAV age-group national training teams.
The Summer Training Series in Anaheim will give athletes the chance to play with and against other top players in their age group. Experienced coaches will offer guidance and feedback that the players can take back to their club and/or school teams.
Among the coaches who will work with the athletes are Olympic medalist Tayyiba Haneef-Park, University of Washington Women’s Head Coach Keegan Cook, University of Colorado Women’s Head Coach Lee Maes, Stanford Men’s Associate Head Coach Ken Shibuya and Princeton Men’s Assistant Coach Pat Shawaryn.
“We are excited to welcome this incredible group of athletes and staff to our National Training Center in Anaheim this July,” said Erin Virtue, USAV director, NTDP. “In the inaugural year of the National Team Development Program, our Scouting Network has helped our team identify more than 300 athletes for this event. These athletes will have the opportunity to learn and grow in a unique training environment and will get to be in our USA Volleyball HOME while our Olympic Teams are competing in Tokyo; such a special experience for all.”