Women’s Collegiate All-American Sevens Assemble For High Performance Training Camp
- 12 Women’s Collegiate All-Americans begin training for Women’s Academy Tournament
- Skills tested under pressures of high performance training and match environment
- Graduating athletes evaluated for 2018-19 senior residency program
- Younger athletes scouted for developmental Falcons and Hawk Eye program program
CHULA VISTA, CA. – The Women’s Collegiate All-American Sevens have assembled for a three day training camp beginning today at the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista, CA. Set to undergo a rigorous schedule of activities in preparation for the Women’s Academy Tournament later this week, 12 athletes who possess the characteristics to excel in the senior program will be challenged to adapt together in a high performance (HP) training environment.
During camp, graduating student-athletes will be evaluated for 2018-19 Women’s Sevens contracts. Younger players will be scouted for future senior HP training camps, the developmental Hawk Eye training program and Falcons tours. With early foresight in the Olympic cycle, coaches and staff will also be on the lookout for athletes who could potentially contribute to depth charts for the 2020 Tokyo and 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
“The coaches have put together a challenging camp to solicit the best of these student-athletes. This is also an important opportunity to help develop the next generation of international coaches,” says GM of High Performance and National Teams, Alex Magleby. “We look forward to seeing how far the players and coaches can get in a short amount of time, to lay the framework for future senior national team successes. The acceleration of improvement over the assembly will be the key measurable to identify if we can get better at getting better, more quickly.”
Forced to get to know each other in a short period of time, players will be tested to meet the demands of high level competition while learning how to showcase their individual decision making skills and athleticism. The mix of ages in the ~U23 group will force both all athletes to learn how to balance varying levels of experience and adapt to the nature of senior level training.
Following camp, the Women’s Collegiate All-American Sevens will compete in a Women’s Academy Tournament taking place at the same Olympic Training Site June 16-17. The tournament will bring together 6 National Development Academy teams, along with the Collegiate All-Americans, for a round-robin competition spanning the two days.
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Author: Aalina Tabani.