The Badger Region Boys’ High Performance (HP) program is an avenue for the region’s premier players to receive training and competition opportunities from some of the top coaches in Badger Region. Our program is the regional chapter of the USA Volleyball’s National Team Development Program. As a part of the HP pipeline, our program follows international age definitions and program offerings each year. There are three stages of the Badger Region Boys’ HP program: tryouts, training team/camp and championship team.



For the 2023 seasons, the Badger Region will be fielding one High Performance team in each of the following divisions:

  • Boys U19 — formerly National Youth (Born in 2004 and 2005)
  • Boys U17 — formerly National Select (Born in 2006 and 2007)*

Note, these are not the same age definitions as used by USA Volleyball, as the All-Star program is an international program and must follow FIVB age regulations. * For males born in 2008, coaches will happily consider them for the U17 team.


2023 Badger Region Boys HP Coaching Staff

  • U19 National Youth Head Coach: JW Kieckhefer (Carthage College
  • U19 National Youth Asst. Coach: Curtis Madson (Concordia University Wisconsin)
  • U19 National Youth Asst. Coach: BJ Bryant (St. Norbert College)
  • U17 National Select Head Coach: Shane Reid (MSOE)
  • U17 National Select Asst. Coach: Mike Endsley (Wisconsin Lutheran College/MVC)
  • U17 National Select Asst. Coach: Mike Stevens (Carthage College, Southport VBC)
  • Boys Team Representative: Brian Sharkey


Tryout registration now open. Click here.

  • Boys U19 — formerly National Youth (Born in 2004 and 2005): April 23 at the New Berlin SportsPlex
  • Boys U17 — formerly National Select (Born in 2006 and 2007): April 23 at the New Berlin SportsPlex

The Badger Region HP tryout is open to any Badger Region member of the appropriate age wishing to join the Badger Region HP program. Attending the tryout allows players to make the Badger Region HP Training Team and ultimately the Badger Region HP Championship Team.

All athletes must attend the dated listed above. If an athlete has a conflict and has other commitments on the date listed for his or her age, special considerations will be made on a case-by-case basis. These athletes must still register for tryouts and submit a video for tryout review. Videos are due one week before the athlete’s tryout date listed above. Registration for in-person tryout closes the Wednesday before the tryout date listed above. No refunds are given for tryout registration.

For an article published Jan. 31 on all things High Performance, click here.


The Badger Region is seeking volunteers to work tryouts as court coordinators (running drills/entering downballs) and evaluators (working with lead coaches rating athletes by position). All coaches must have a membership, current background screening and SafeSport. If interested, contact Brian Sharkey at


The 20-24 player Badger Region HP Training Roster is populated through the tryout process. The offered age division for these training teams vary each season (see “Age Divisions” above). Players will participate in two training sessions for a total of $150. From the training sessions, one 10-person team (and two alternates) will be selected to attend the HP Camp. Training dates are TBA.

After attendin the two training dates, 10 boys and a handful of alternates from each age group (U19 and U17) will be brought together at an overnight camp July 10-11, 2023, at Lakeland University. Cost of the overnight camp are TBA.


Following the boys HP camp, the 10 athletes from each team will head travel to the USA All-Star Championships July 19-23 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cost is TBA and includes the tournament entry, hotel and flights as well as other tournament-related expenses. After June 1, no refunds will be given. Parents are not required to attend this tournament with their athletes. Badger Region staff and coaches will serve as chaperones.

Program Director: Brian Sharkey
Phone number: 414-313-9055