BREAKING NEWS: USA Volleyball modifies national High Performance program

This program is operated by USA Volleyball (not the Badger Region). Many athletes in the past have trained in the USAV National Team Development Program (NTDP), which in turn gives more athletes from Wisconsin the opportunity to train with our Badger Region High Performance program.

NTDP encompasses identification, evaluation, training, development, and international competition across all three disciplines (beach, indoor and sitting) of volleyball, building a pipeline to the podium. The mission of the NTDP is to identify, train and develop elite athletes and coaches to build a sustainable pipeline of future Olympians and Paralympians. NTDP bridges the gap between our Senior U.S. National Teams and high potential athletes.

For USA Volleyball’s complete Indoor High Performance website, click here.

Tryout information

The National Team Development Program no longer uses at tryout system. Instead, a network of coaches and recruiters (many of whom are college coaches) scout potential NTDP at tournaments in their respective areas.

2022 and 2023 age definitions

The NTDP age-group classifications are consistent with those established by the FIVB (Federation Internationale de Volleyball). Those age-group classifications govern international competition and all levels of High Performance programs. Please note that these age-group classifications differ from USA Volleyball junior club age definitions and also from grade classifications of U.S. school systems.

High Performance works on a two-year cycle, with a cycle starting at the beginning of an even year (2022) and finishing at the end of an odd year (2023). Athletes remain in the same age group throughout the two years, then move up to the next age group at the beginning of the next even year to start a new cycle (what will happen next in 2022). Athletes may only try out and play in their own age group – there is no “playing up.”

2022 and 2023 Men/Boys High Performance Age Groups

  • Men’s Junior – Born in 2003 or 2004
  • Boys Youth – Born in 2005 or 2006
  • Boys Select – Born in 2007 or 2008
  • Boys Future Select – Born in 2009, 20010 or later

2022 and 2023 Women/Girls High Performance Age Groups

  • Women’s Junior – Born in 2004 or 2005
  • Girls Youth – Born in 2006 or 2007
  • Girls Select – Born in 2008, 2009
  • Girls Future Select – Born in 20010, 2011 or later