To align with the two-yearly cycle of World Under-Age Championships (held on odd years for Under 18s and Under 20s), the Junior Women's Development Program (JWDP) operates in squads of athletes born across a two year grouping. Accordingly, the paired age-groups and the under-age category (e.g. Under 17s or Under 19s) are based on the age-group for the next Youth (Under 18) or Junior (Under 20) World Championships.
The age-groups are categorised into youth and junior squads. The current squads are:
youth born 2002-2003
junior born 2000-2001
The Youth squad will compete in the Asian Under 17 Championships in 2018 (OR the Asian Under 18 Championships in 2019 depending on the final decision of the Asian Volleyball Confederation) and potentially the Under 18 World Championships in 2019. The Junior squad will compete in the Asian Under 19 Championships in 2018 and potentially the Under 20 World Championships in 2019.
The next cycle will formally commence in mid-2018. The new squads will be:
youth born 2004-2005
junior born 2002-2003
The Women's Volleyball Centre of Excellence (CoE) was established at the Australian Institute of Sport in 2017 alongside the Men's Volleyball CoE. The program’s purpose is to fast-track the development of more world-class athletes to contribute to the performance of our senior women’s volleyball team now known as the Women's Volleyroos. The program provides a full-time, world-class daily training environment for women’s indoor volleyball at the home of our senior Volleyroos.
It should be noted that this is not the only pathway to the senior team, a US college scholarship or a professional volleyball career; nor does it guarantee one of these outcomes. That said, there are obvious benefits from a full time training program led by some of the Volleyroos' coaching staff.
Outside of the CoE, the JWDP provides a range of development opportunities. The table below provide indicative information regarding the development opportunities for each squad. While there are a number of opportunities, it is not expected that an athlete will attend them all, or even most of them. We will work with parents, athletes and coaches to prioritise camps and tours based on your individual circumstances. Further to these opportunities, please review the timings of local rising stars camps; it would be great to see everyone at these camps.
Please note this table is indicative only and it is currently unclear as to whether the Asian Volleyball Confederation will run U17 Championships in the even year or U18 Championships in the odd year.
Check out the JWDP Facebook page for details of upcoming and past camps and tours. There are albums for each camp or tour including team lists.
This calendar contains the upcoming junior women's camps and tours for each age-group. This information is provided for planning purposes; however, is subject to change.
Program Manager: Bill McHoul
Program and CoE Head Coach: Shannon Winzer
Youth Head Coach: TBC
Junior Head Coach: TBC
Age-group squads will be selected annually based on current performance and future potential. These squads will form the basis of invitations for camps and tours over the year. New talent identified throughout the year may also be invited to activities. The pre-youth and youth squads will be announced after the December camp. The junior squad will be announced after the October camp.
The selection committee for Championship events will be chaired by the Pathways Director with the selection committee comprising the Centre of Excellence head coach, Volleyroos head coach, program head coach and program manager. The selection for development camps and tours will be chaired by the program manager.
The selection committee will consider the following selection criteria:
The weight given to each criterion will be totally at the discretion of the selection committee, and the weight may vary dependent on the selection decision being considered and the timing of that decision. There are no grounds for appeal for junior camps and tours.