Phenom College Prep Program
Q: What is the AVCA Phenom College Prep Program?
A: A weekend for student-athletes and their parents to learn, network, and socialize. The event is designed to prepare and educate participants and their parents about playing volleyball at the collegiate level. It is an invitation-only event for unsigned athletes on the Under Armour Watch List and AVCA Phenom Watch List. Participating student-athletes and their parents will attend educational sessions, the Under Armour All-America High School Volleyball Match, NCAA DI Championship, interact with AVCA collegiate All-Americans, undergo avcaVPI™ testing and participate in the AVCA Talent Showcase during which athletes will demonstrate their skills in front of 150+ college coaches in attendance.
Q: How do I receive an invitation to participate in the AVCA Phenom College Prep Program?
A: Athletes are identified by the AVCA or nominated through the AVCA Phenom Nomination form. Athlete’s must have received some form of recognition for their outstanding play (All-State, Prep Volleyball, USA Volleyball Team, etc.) or the athlete has received a college-ready avcaVPI™ score at a previous combine or through an avcaVPI™ Official Licensed Site. The athlete’s high school coach, club coach, or club director must be an active AVCA Member. Invitations are sent via email to coaches and/or parents.
Q: What is included in the AVCA Phenom College Prep Program Registration?
A: Athletes will receive a NCAA DI Semi-Final and Final Match ticket (lower level or upper level depending on the registration option that is chosen). Both registration options include:
- AVCA Talent Showcase with 150+ College Coaches in attendance
- avcaVPI™ Testing – Find out if you are college ready
- Athlete Behavioral Profile Assessment (ABP) – a unique measure of your learning style
- Phenom-specific educational sessions and Q&A with AVCA All-Americans
- Phenom Guest- specific educational sessions and Q&A with college coaches
- Under Armour T-Shirt
- Comparative avcaVPI™ metrics, ABP results, and a list of college coaches who attended the Talent Showcase provided after the event
- Results entered into a database that is searchable by event, class, position, and physical metrics. This allows a player to assess where she compares to other Phenoms and allows AVCA member college coaches to search for specific athletes.
- Phenom guests may purchase additional NCAA Match tickets through the Phenom Program registration
Q: Is the Phenom Talent Showcase the highest attended showcase by college coaches in the country?
A: Yes! The AVCA also hosts the annual AVCA Coaches Convention the same weekend and location as the Phenom College Prep Program. There are 150+ college coaches that sign in and attend the showcase each year! The Talent Showcase is advertised and is on the college coaches schedule for Convention.
Q: What if I am on the Phenom or Under Armour All-America Watch List, but did not receive my invitation?
A: Please contact the AVCA!
avcaVPI™ Testing & Official Licensed Sites
Q: What is the AVCA Volleyball Performance Index (avcaVPI™)?
A: A composite score of electronically-validated tests measuring standing vertical jump, arm swing velocity, height of attack, two-handed block touch, pro-agility and acceleration. Compare your results with other players the same age, others at the same position, or players currently on college teams.
Q: What is a College-Ready avcaVPI™ Score?
A: College-ready scores are based on college enrollment data from 2,000+ former participants in AVCA programs. 80% of those with college-ready scores appeared on college rosters as freshman. Due to continued data collection and analysis, college-ready scores are adjusted periodically.
– Outside Hitter: 510+ – Setter: 489+
– Middle Blocker: 520+ – DS/Libero: 490+
– Rightside Hitter: 530+
Q: Where can I participate in avcaVPI™ Testing?
A: The AVCA will always run avcaVPI™ Testing during the Phenom College Prep Program. Otherwise, please check the Official Licensed Site Tab for updated sites!
Q: How does a club or strength coach become an official licensed site?
A: Please contact the AVCA.
Q: Can my score still be published to the avcaVPI™ searchable database if I test at an avcaVPI™ Official Licensed Site?
A: If you score a college-ready avcaVPI™ score at an Official Licensed Site, you will receive an email from the AVCA inviting you to fill out a form in order to publish you score to the database. There is a one time fee of $30.00 to publish your score to the database. (Please note: This is specific to testing at Official Licensed Sites. avcaVPI™ are automatically published to the database if you test during the Phenom College Prep Program.)
avcaVPI™ Database and Profile
Q: What is the avcaVPI™ Database?
A: This is where your avcaVPI™ Score will be published, along with your information, ACT or SAT Score, Athlete Behavioral Profile results, your avcaVPI™ Testing video, and your player video clip.
Q: Who can access the avcaVPI™ searchable Database?
A: Athletes will have access to view their own profile and results. Athletes will also have the access to view other scores, however no athletes names will show. Only AVCA Member College Coaches will have access to view all scores and athlete information.
Q: What is the Athlete Behavioral Profile (ABP)?
A: A succinct overview of a player’s behavioral tendencies on the court. Valuable for self-awareness
about your learning style and useful in identifying college environments where you will thrive.
What is the Player Video Clip (PVC)?
A: Each player will have a videotape clip of her performance in the height of attack, arm swing velocity or pro-agility stations automatically uploaded to her profile in the avcaVPI™ database based on her position. She will also have the ability to add her own 3-minute YouTube video clip to her profile. When combined with the avcaVPI™, the PVC provides a college coach with the ability to judge how far along a player is in reaching her physical potential.
More questions? Contact avcaVPI@avca.org