Tanaka named coach for USA Youth National A2 program
July 11, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU volleyball associate head coach Jason Tanaka has been selected as a coach for the USA Youth National A2 program. The program features 60 of the top players in the country. Each region will be represented and compete against other regions from around the country and teams from out of the country. Training for the 2006 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships is slated to begin on July 13 and run through July 18th. The tournament championships are slated for July 19-22.
"I am very excited for the opportunity to represent TCU on a national scale with the USA Youth A2 program," said Tanaka. "I will be working with some of the top 60 youth players in the country and I am honored that I will be able to help these players with their future with volleyball. Since our program is only 10 years old it is great that we can have involvement with USA Volleyball and the community."
There are forty Regions of USA Volleyball across the US. Each of these Regions has the option of operating a "regional arm" of the National High Performance Program. These Regional Programs can hold athlete tryouts, run camps and enter competitive regional teams into the US High Performance Championships held in mid-late July of each year.
Regional HP Programs are separate and distinct from the National HP program. However, the National Program offers guidance and assistance to these programs to ensure that certain standards are met and that coaching staffs are well versed in training principles and methods of the US National Team.
These programs have grown, developed and evolved in recent years in response to the interests of athletes, regions and coaches. This year, the US High Performance Championships competition has been divided into higher and lower divisions, similar to club and open divisions at Junior National Championships. The purpose of this change has been to maintain the international style and format of the tournament and to offer Regions to the opportunity to be successful within two separate levels.