2018 HIGH PERFORMANCE INDOOR PROGRAMS
GEVA USA High Performance is the sole Sanctioned USA Volleyball Indoor High Performance Program in the GEVA Region. The Program allows our region to train and compete under the USA Volleyball National HP Program umbrella. We duplicate the programs, training, and concepts athletes from across the nation can receive if they make a USA Volleyball National Program camp or team. The Mission of the Garden Empire Volleyball Association (GEVA) Regional HP Program is to provide additional and unique development opportunities for the Region’s Elite Junior Volleyball Athletes as well as to the Region’s Elite and Aspiring Volleyball Coaches. We operate in full compliance with the USA Volleyball National Team Athlete Development Philosophy. Coaches are selected through an open application process. Athletes are selected through a multi-tiered competitive selection process in compliance with USA Volleyball National Team Development Standards. There are NO restrictions on the number of Coaches or Athletes allowed participating from any given Team, Club, School or other Organization. The Program has NO Team, Club, Organizational Alliances or Affiliations other than the Garden Empire Volleyball Association (GEVA) and The National High Performance Championships.
Throughout my life I have had many experiences that will be remembered for the rest of my life, although a few in particular stand above the rest. These few events truly changed my outlook on the world and recreated my expectations for myself. One of these events was playing for GEVA in the 2018 high performance championships. By playing for GEVA High Performance, I was given the opportunity not only to travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma with nine talented volleyball players and four amazing coaches but to play high level volleyball for five days and ultimately come in fourth place out of the twenty teams in the national division of my age group. This experience created an opportunity for me to make new friends, get training from a variety of highly experienced coaches, travel across the country, and most importantly become a much better more well rounded volleyball player. In addition to meeting and playing against many different volleyball players around the country, through this program I was given the opportunity to spend time and trade clothes with a large group of girls from Australia, some of which I remain in contact with. This program created opportunities for me beyond what I believed I would ever have the possibility to do and for that, I am extremely grateful. Playing for GEVA high performance this year truly was one of the best experiences of my life, and it is a memory that I will never forget.
J.S. of the GEVA High Performance Program 2018 in Tulsa
Hi. My name is Lauren. I am 13 years old and going into the eighth grade. I was on the high-performance girls select team this year. I played outside hitter. It was an amazing experience from making new friends to seeing a whole new level of play in this sport. I really wanted to thank you for the opportunity. Starting with the selection camp and training at Marist, where I learned to fight for a position because there were so many talented athletes at the camp. I realized it took hard work and that not everything would come easy. I truly enjoyed traveling to Florida and competing, while having to be independent and needing to manage my schedule and money. I learned so much both on and off the court. I learned the importance of connecting quickly with new teammates and supporting each other through games. I want to thank you personally for making this all possible and helping me during the training at Marist. The small corrections you made at the training really impacted my game in Florida. I also want to thank my select coaches, Coach Kaitlin and Coach Bill. I learned so much from each of them. Specifically, I loved Coach Bill’s sport psychology and pep talks, which helped us bond as a team. I appreciated Coach Caitlin's awareness of every player. She took the time to pull girls aside and coach them one-on-one. When I wasn't hitting my best on the first day and started to get down, she recognized that I needed encouragement. While most coaches just wouldn’t play me, she on the other hand had me play as a defensive specialist. I could contribute more at that time making good passes. That opportunity to be in the game brought my confidence back up to resecure the outside hitter position. I knew that she believed in me, which made me believe in myself. This club season I want to work on building up a bigger vertical and keeping my left hand up when I hit. I also realized the importance of being positive both on and off the court with my teammates, so as to make us stronger together. Once again thank you for this amazing experience! I am so excited for club season and I will see you next year at tryouts!