The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced Monday that the Phenom Talent Showcase and exclusive avcaVPI™ testing scheduled for Saturday, December 19, 2020 has been postponed to Saturday, April 24, 2021 “due to concerns about rising COVID-19 infection rates across the country.” The original location, The Volleyball Academy in La Vista, Nebraska, just south of Omaha, will remain the same for the April date.
April 24, 2021 is also the date of the NCAA Division I National Championship match, held at the CHI Health Center Omaha.
“The Phenom College Prep Program is a multi-faceted experience,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer.
Still on the schedule in December for the members of this program are the following events (virtually):
— December 6, 12 PM (EST): Live Zoom call with USA setter Lauren Carlini on Wellness and Self-Care; learning specialist Ryan Lisk will speak on the DISC assessment
— December 12, 3 PM (EST): Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh-Jennings will discuss persistence and managing uncertainty
For athletes who have registered for the program in December, their spot will be transferred to the April date. A full refund is available if an athlete is no longer able to participate. The AVCA asks you to contact AVCA Specialist, Alex Fitzmorris-Sorn at Alex.Fitzmorris-Sorn@avca.org, to release your Showcase spot.
More tidbits from the AVCA release:
Should increased capacity guidelines, new safety protocols and cancellations allow for more participation in the April Talent Showcase, AVCA will invite wait-listed prospects and others on the 2020 Phenom College Prep List to register.
Depending on capacity, a limited number of [NCAA] championship tickets may be available to Phenom participants. AVCA also anticipates that the Division I dead period, currently in effect until April 15, 2021, will be lifted by that date allowing Division I coaches to attend the Phenom Talent Showcase for one of their first in-person evaluation opportunities in over a year.
“Since 2012, 75 percent of participants in the AVCA Phenom College Prep Program wind up on a college roster,” DeBoer said. “While this year’s program certainly looks different, we’re confident the result will be the same.”