Dates Set for p1440 Summer Developmental Program
There is no precedent for what p1440 is doing with its Developmental Program. No analog to follow. No set of guidelines or rules or directions or even a hand-sketched map.
“This is a pioneer project,” Marcio Sicoli, director of the p1440 Developmental Program and head coach of Pepperdine, said. “It’s never been done before.”
And on April 26, the first full session of the men’s and women’s Developmental Program will be finished, capped by the sixth and final intra-squad tournament.
Throughout the past five months, 18 teams – 11 women, 7 men – have been growing through p1440’s inaugural Developmental Program. What began with an open tryout in December has become, by any definition of the word, a success from top to bottom.
Across the board, players in the Developmental Program are reaching levels of success they haven’t before seen. Molly Turner, a member of last summer’s experimental session, has seen her career-high finishes improve and then improve again. Already, she’s earned a berth into AVP Huntington Beach in May.
Corinne Quiggle reached her first FIVB podium with a silver medal in Cambodia. Cassie House has taken back-to-back golds. Jessica Gaffney set the AVP record for lowest seed in a qualifier to make a main draw.
On the men’s side, Travis Mewhirter also reached his first international podium, with a silver medal at a NORCECA in Martinique. John Schwengel recently qualified for USAV’s U-21 World Championships in Thailand.
“My first impression is that it went well,” Sicoli said. “It’s proven that we’re lacking on that stage of development after college and the teams did really well. It’s a cultural challenge to have training, tools to measure development and all that good stuff but I couldn’t be happier. I look forward to summer and we’ll go from there.”
With the spring session coming to an end, the summer session will soon begin. Just as there was for the spring, there will be open tryouts, held on May 13 and 14 at the Huntington Beach Pier. Teams will be notified of who makes the summer program on May 17, and from there, it’s back to work. Back to two to three practices a week, under a world class coaching staff decorated with a slew of Olympic medals. Back to intra-squad tournaments, aimed to test how all of the reps in practice are paying off.
Back to training at OC Fast Twitch, with personalized training, another bonus of being a developmental athlete.
There will be new elements, too, for the summer session, the first of which will be a media day, an opportunity to gain more exposure for the athletes and the program. It will take place on May 22 and 23rd and will also include an open practice for former members to participate.
“It was a proof of concept,” Sicoli said. “The program is important and I think it was proven.”
And it will continue to be proven. Proven through more medals and podiums. Through main draws and personal bests.
It will be proven, above all, through the growth and development of the sport of beach volleyball.
Dates to know for the p1440 Developmental Program Summer Session
- Tryouts: May 13-14, Huntington Beach Pier, 8-11 a.m.
- Media Day: May 22-23, Huntington Beach Pier
- Intra-squad tournaments, Huntington Beach Pier:
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