Italian Recruiting Trip

Contact:  Jesica  +39 3463062524 (Whatsapp preferred)  jesica@sportlinx360.com

Last update: 13 September 2018

 

Preview

The purpose of this event is to connect prospective volleyball student-athletes with college coaches. Italy has a fantastic volleyball tradition with many up-and-coming athletes looking for programs at the next level.

2019 Dates 

To be determined after the Italian Volleyball Federation (FIPAV) releases U18 Nationals dates, usually in January 2019. Most likely the event will be held second week of June.

Location

Italy (Nationals TBD, Trevignano Romano-Rome)

 

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Last Year's Recap:

Download the 2018 edition complete brochure

Following you will find the 2018 edition schedule to have an idea of how it works.  We will be updating the 2019 edition as we have confirmation of U18 Nationals location, Showcase players and presentations. If there’s anything in particular you would like us to add/remove, please let us know and we will try to accommodate for it.

Please note that because of the logistics that we can provide, we will not be able to accommodate more than 10 coaches during the Showcase and therefore we will be assigning spots on a first come, first served basis.

 

More information about Volleyrò Casal de Pazzi and Luca Cristofani

Volleyrò Casal de Pazzi is the most decorated club team of the past 5 years. They hold the U18 Italian Championship Title and won the title for the past four years in the row. On the U16 age group they won second place in the 2016-2017 season and were Italian Champions the three years before that. The club is, without a doubt, the top level of Italian juniors volleyball. This season (2017-2018) they just won the U14 National Championship for the first time in the past 15 years.

Luca Cristofani is a decorated coach who has won all titles the Italian volleyball system can offer (except for the A1… for now). He has won 11 Italian juniors championships, the first one back in 1995. He’s also won the Serie C, Series B2, B1 and the A2. He was the Head Coach of the Peruvian National Team in 2011-2012 and assistant coach in the Italian Senior National Team who won the Mediterranean Games in 2013.  He coached the Italian U23, U20 and U18 teams for 7 seasons and is the actual (and for the past 5 seasons) Technical Director of Volleyrò Casal de Pazzi.

More information about U18 Nationals

Italian Nationals follow a 2-round championship. Sixteen teams divided into 4 pools of 4 teams will arrive on Tuesday, June 12th and play games on the afternoon of the 12th and all day the 13th. The first team on each pool will automatically qualify for the final round which will get started on Thursday, June 14th in the afternoon. The final round will also be of 16 teams of which 12 were direct regional qualifiers plus the 4 teams qualifying from the first round. The Final match will be held on Sunday at around 12:00pm following the 3th - 4th  place match.

2019 Nationals will be held in a location to be determined by the end of January. For coaches planning to come to all 10 days of the trip starting in Rome, we will make arrangements for transportation from Rome to the location of Nationals. Coaches looking to come straight to Nationals need to contact us to get specific information about closest airports, trains and the possibility of being picked up or arranging for train transportation. 

Many of the players at Nationals will be 2020 and 2021 prospects. The italian system is organized so that athletes finish to play juniors volleyball (U18) on their 4th year of high school but then they need a 5th year to graduate from high school. Therefore,  all of the players you will see at Nationals will be at least 2020 prospects (except for a few players who may graduate early in 2019) and many others 2021 and 2022.

Note: Nationals in Italy are held in 4 different gyms usually not walking distance from each other. Our service will provide 2 different vehicles to take coaches to and from all 4 different locations. This way coaches will not be forced to see a particular game but we will suggest which are the best matches to go see and coaches will decide where to go.

2017 U18 Italian Nationals Final Match

Gyms and Hotels at Bormio for 2018 U18 Nationals

 

More information about the Showcase

The 2018 edition of the Showcase (the second one we organized) proved to be a fantastic event for coaches and players. Coaches from 8 different programs participated and gave valuable feedback to make next year’s edition even better. Twenty-five players from all around Italy learned important information on how to become collegiate student-athletes and several of them finished the event with scholarship offers.

The 2019 Showcase will host again about 30 players who have strong intentions to go to the USA. Most will be 2020 to 2022 prospects with a few transfers (currently in Junior Colleges or Italian Universities) and we are hoping to add a few athletes from outside Italy. Players will take a simulation of the TOEFL and you will be able to have all player’s results, videos and contact information.

2017 edition Highlights - - - > download the video and player guide

We ask you to please give us any comments, concerns and ideas you would like for us to consider as we move forward organizing this event.

 

Prices:

Showcase Only Package (5 days): €uro 600.00

Coaches willing arrive to Rome Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (FCO) on date to be determined and depart from the same airport on date to be determined.

Included: 

  • 5 nights at Residence Rocca Romana
  • 3 meals a day
  • All internal transportation to and from gyms, downtown Trevignano and train station if willing to go to the city of Rome.  Also included pick-up and drop-off from the airport.
  • Round table with 10-times Italian Juniors Champions Coach Luca Cristofani
  • Opportunity to closely evaluate and interact with about 30 prospects 2019 to 2022 recruiting classes.

Not included:

  • Flight ticket to and from the USA
  • Medical Insurance (recommended)

Nationals & Showcase Package (7 days): €uro 1,100.00

Coaches willing to go straight to Nationals will be arriving directly to location to be determined 

Included: 

  • 7 nights at a hotel *** or higher
  • 3 meals a day
  • All internal transportation to and from games, from Nationals to the Showcase, and pick-up at train station (if applicable) and drop-off at FCO or CIA Rome Airports* after the Showcase.
  • Round table with 10-times Italian Juniors Champions Coach Luca Cristofani
  • Opportunity to see more than 100 Italian athletes for 2019 to 2022 recruiting classes during Nationals
  • Opportunity to closely evaluate and interact with 30 athletes looking to come to the USA for 2019 to 2022 during the Showcase

Not included:

  • Flight ticket to and from the USA
  • Medical Insurance (recommended)

Full package (10 days): €uro 1,300.00

Included: 

  • 10 nights at a hotel *** or higher
  • 3 meals a day
  • All internal transportation including pick-up and drop-off at FCO or CIA Rome Airports*
  • Round table with 10-times Italian Juniors Champion Coach Luca Cristofani
  • Watch 1-2 practices of 5-times Italian U18 Champion Club Volleyrò Casal de Pazzi
  • Opportunity to see more than 100 Italian athletes for 2019 to 2022 recruiting classes during Nationals
  • Opportunity to closely evaluate and interact with 30 athletes looking to come to the USA for 2019 to 2022 during the Showcase

Not included:

  • Flight ticket to and from the USA
  • Medical Insurance (recommended)

 

* Please note: internal transportation to and from locations are in 9 or 7 seats vans or regular cars depending on number of coaches and location. If a coach decides to use other means of transportation such as airplane or a rented car, we can help with the booking or the coach can do it on his/her own. In either case, it is not included in the price.

 

Contact:  Jesica 

+39 3463062524 (Whatsapp preferred)    

       jesica@sportlinx360.com

 

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