On August 11, USA Volleyball announced the launch of NTDP Academy, an online educational series for coaches, parents and players to pair with the National Team Development Program recently launched last winter. According to the USAV press release, “The NTDP Academy employs subject matter experts including USOPC support staff, USA Volleyball Senior National Team coaches, athletes and Olympians. This educational content will present a comprehensive educational program derived from the five pillars of the NTDP development philosophy: Craftsmanship – Body – Mind – Heart – Team.
The statement also stressed that the program will contain “essential lessons” relevant to all members of the AVU in terms of healthy and balanced development, not specific to a particular role or level of participation.
The NTDP Academy course will be available through the USAV Academy only after purchasing the NTDP Academy content. However, it will be available at no cost to athletes selected for the National Age Group Teams and the NTDP Training Series, which premiered this summer.
The NTDP Academy homepage stated, “Over time, NTDP Academy will offer continuous expansion and improvement of its course offerings and technology suite through the update of USAV Academy. We’re excited to make this content engaging and fun as we bring National Team strategies straight to you from the comfort of your home. It will also feature Olympic and Paralympic athletes and medalists, the first of which to be announced were Haleigh Washington and Kelsey Robinson of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games gold medal team, April Ross, member of the National Women’s Beach Team. , Danielle Scott, Tayyiba Haneef-Park, US Men’s national team athletes Erik Shoji and David Smith, and Paralympic gold medalists Katie Holloway, Nicky Nieves and Sydney Satchell.
US Women’s National Team Assistant Coach Erin Virtue said via the USAV website: “We are delighted to launch the Academy of National Team Development Program. This is an incredible opportunity for athletes and coaches to complete their learning by listening to the athletes and staff of our national team. Our teaching philosophy within the NTDP is to educate the complete athlete; within the Academy, athletes will be able to choose their own adventure and work on their mind, body, heart, profession and team. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to this Academy, including recent gold medalists from our US National Women’s Beach and Indoor Teams.
Arguably the most in-depth training offered to date by the AVU, the program will also include additional content to improve mental toughness, emotional well-being, strength and conditioning, and nutrition. After a fantastic gold medal performance in Tokyo, look for the National Team Development Program to continue building that success and have a major impact on coaching and training at all levels of the youth game.