2018 DELTA REGION HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMP PARTICIPANTS
All sizes are considered for the camp
Pre-registration is required to attend a Delta HP tryout. A $25 tryout fee is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable. Participants will receive a Delta HP shirt at tryouts for them to keep. Registration for each tryout will close one week prior to the tryout date. Due to the amount of paperwork required for each tryout , walk-ups are not accepted.
TRYOUT DATES AND DEADLINES:
Tryouts for each age division will last from 1.5 hours-2 hours. An example of the tryout schedule is below.
Future Select: 5:00-6:30 pm --Born after January 1, 2006
Select: 6:00-8:00 pm--Born in 2004 or 2005
Youth: 7:30-9:30 pm--Born in 2002 or 2003
Registration for the HP tryouts must be completed in advance. When the player arrives they will be issued a HP t-shirt w/number to wear during the tryouts (they get to take it home afterwards).
We do not recommend players try out more than once--unless they are bored and want to spend another $25. It is allowed but it is NOT necessary.
Below are instructions on how to register for the tryout.
NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER REGISTRATION
The Delta Region High Performance Program is designed for players who have been identified as having the potential to travel up the USA Volleyball Athlete Pipeline as their careers progress. The program is a regional branch of USA Volleyball’s National HP Program.
Each year around 80 of the top athletes from the Delta Region are brought together for a two-day training camp that includes sustained athlete training that is consistent with USAV National criteria and standards. The Delta Region HP Camp is operated to provide junior athletes with high-level training and skill development with some of the top coaches in the region and country.
Throughout the season, athletes are given an opportunity to try-out for one of the 80+ spots offered for the invitation-only camp. Only those that receive invitations through the tryout process may attend the camp. The region strives to keep the number of athletes on a court to a minimum. The number chosen per age group will be determined by the quality and quantity of the athletes trying out. Until the tryout process is completed we are not sure of the exact number for each age group. Last year’s camp included 90 athletes plus 33 college and elite-level coaches working the camp. That’s a pretty good ratio; player versus coach!
The 2019 Delta HP Camp will be held in Batesville, Arkansas on Saturday June 1- Sunday June 2. This date is a week later than we usually have the camp due to the quiet period for D1 college coaches. Registration fee to attend the camp, if selected, is $235 and must be paid at time of acceptance. A registration link for the camp will be provided at time of selection in May. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.
The HP age cut-off is different than that of club dates. The Delta Region HP Program includes players in three age groups that are based on the birth year of the athlete. Those eligible to try out for the Delta HP Camp are participants born in 2002 or 2003-Youth Division (with an exception-all sophomores, regardless of birth year may try out); born in 2004, 2005-Select Division; and born in 2006, 2007 or later-Future Select Division. These age groups are determined by an athlete’s year of birth using mandatory international criteria. Athletes may only try out and play in their own age group—there is no “playing up.” Through much discussion, it has been decided to only offer the camp to athletes through the 10th grade in school. It was determined that the older athletes (juniors & seniors) have many more opportunities for training. Focusing on our younger athletes will not only strengthen their personal skill level, but will also increase the level of play within the Delta Region for years to come. Please note: Boys are allowed to try out for the Future Select Division only. Future Select participants will be expected to tryout using a regular ball (not a volley-lite), the net will be higher than they play on during the regular season-7’4 1/8”. Plus, they will not be able to step-in to serve---as according to the National HP standards.
CAMP SELECTION WILL BE ANNOUNCED THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY ON THE DELTA REGION WEBSITE. Those chosen will have one week to register for the camp; after the deadline invites will go out to alternates.
As the Delta Region High Performance Program enters its 15th year, a new HP Director has been announced. "I am pleased to announce that Justin Dee, head coach for Belhaven University in Jackson, MS, has been selected as the Delta Region High Performance Director for 2019," states Joe Williams, Delta Region Commissioner. "Coach Dee has been an integral part of the success of the Delta Region HP program since its beginning in 2004. His knowledge and expertise will bring a new level of excitement for the program."
In an effort to limit the amount of travel players have had to do in the past to tryout for the Delta Region HP Camp, this year's HP Director, Justin Dee, is approaching tryouts a little differently.
Below is a letter from Coach Dee to Club Directors dated 2-2-2019. If you have interest in hosting a HP tryout in your area get in touch with Coach Dee directly at email@example.com.
Hello Club Directors:
My name is Justin Dee and I am the High Performance Director for the Delta Region. The High Performance program within the Delta Region acknowledges the best of the best in our region. Last May we had over 384 athletes try out and 90 athletes make the camp from 24 Delta Region clubs. The camp brought the best players from our region together to train with some of the best coaches in the nation. We had 33 college and elite club coaches coaching in Batesville for 90 athletes. That is less than a 3 to 1 ratio! We are trying to grow the game together. Coaches range from top NCAA Division 1 head coaches from our region and outside our region alongside some elite level Delta Region Club coaches. We also had some coaches from USA Volleyball.
More information about our camp can be found at:
We have set up tryouts at two locations for this season. Those are at Little Rock on March 15 before Volley in the Rock and April 26 before the bid qualifier in Fort Smith. I am wanting to make sure that all clubs and areas have an opportunity to be a part of our High Performance tryouts. This is where you come in.
I am looking to add a couple of tryouts for the parts of the region not able to make those two tryouts. If your club would like to host a tryout, I am willing to come to your location or a local location to make sure that your players are seen. We want to make sure that all players that are qualified for the camp this season have the opportunity to tryout within a reasonable distance from their club location. If you would be interested in having an HP tryout at your club or in your area, we would be interested in coming to administer one. Tryout fees are $25 per athlete. We would need a minimum of 50 athletes to administer a tryout. We would bring in some college and elite level coaches to evaluate. I would run the entire tryout myself. I would need about 2-3 helpers to pop balls in and maybe serve some balls per court (about 10-12 players per court). If you also have someone who can help with registration within your club, that would help out tremendously. Our goal is to make the camp available to those athletes that belong there. So we are bringing the tryouts to you. If you think you would like for me to come up to your facility and you have 50 total (across all 3 age groups), please let me know some open dates for me to travel to you. If you do not have 50 athletes within your club, think about connecting with another local club and we could combine the two clubs.
Age Restrictions for USA High Performance:
Future Select: Born after January 1, 2006
Select: Born in 2004 or 2005
Youth: Born in 2002 or 2003
If you have any questions, please let me know that as well.
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