American College Volleyball Showcase


4th EDITION WOMEN'S SHOWCASE July 13th-15th, 2021




After a year of stop we are finally ready to start again with the 2021 edition of our fantastic Showcase that this summer will try to bring closer and make the college's world known as much as possible to Italian and international volleyball players.

The goal is always to ensure that every athlete can demonstrate their athletic, relational and cultural skills with the aim of being considered to obtain an athletic scholarship in a USA University.

The Showcase will be led by American coaches assisted by current and former student-athletes who will help in the intercultural and linguistic exchange between athletes, coaches and staff.

In addition to the coaches who will led practices, other coaches from prestigious American colleges of the most important collegiate American athletic leagues and divisions will also attend all the training sessions, observe and evaluate the athletes.

The program includes accomodation in a 4-star hotel in the beautiful setting around Castelli Romani just outside of the city of Rome, 3 indoor volleyball practices, meetings with the consultants in groups and individually and direct contact with the American coaches both inside and outside the court. There will also be a simulation of the TOEFL test run by our partner Byron Tree School of English.

Location: Frascati (Roma), one of the most beautiful and characteristic towns of Castelli Romani, right outside of Rome.

Room & Board: Hotel Villa Vecchia, via Frascati 49 - Monte Porzio Catone (Roma).

Practice gym: Palazzetto dello Sport Frascati, viale Luigi Einaudi 7, 00044 - Frascati (Roma).

Transportation: A permanent transportation service is provided between the hotel and the gym. The participation fee includes transportation to/from the airport or railway station in the time and manner agreed with the organization.

Athletes: The showcase includes a maximum of 35 athletes who will be divided into 2 groups according to the specific needs of technical training/scrimmages of each session. On the main court there will be a single central court.

Staff: The staff will consist of 2 coordinators, 2 top American college coaches, 3 student-athletes and 2 assistants for material and transport. Other student-athletes, former professional players and Italian coaches are also expected to participate.

Provisional program:


Pat KendrickHead Coach Xavier University of Louisiana (NAIA)

Pat Kendrick has been a coach for 30 years at NCAA DI's George Mason University and has won the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Coach of the Year Award 8 times, before deciding to move to bring her expertise to Xavier's University of Louisiana in New Orleans. In the last season, Xavier's volleyball team coached by Pat won the GCAC (Gulf Coast Athletic Conference) for the 10th consecutive season, thus guaranteeing access to the national qualifying stages. Several Italian athletes have been and are still part of the team with an athletic scholarship. Coach Pat has led the training sessions of all our Showcase editions and we are proud to continue to have her with us again this year.


Ryan Bowerman: Head Coach Wabash College (NCAA DIII)

Coach Bowerman has more than 10 years of experience coaching volleyball at the high school, club, and collegiate levels. He has been an assistant women’s volleyball coach at Indiana University Kokomo (NAIA) and at Xavier University of Louisiana (NAIA) where he worked under head coach Pat Kendrick and was named the AVCA NAIA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2019. Currently, he is the head men’s volleyball coach at Wabash College (NCAA DIII), which just completed its first season of competition.


Special Guest

Luca CristofaniHead Coach at Bartoccini Fortinfissi Perugia Volley (Serie A1)

He is an Italian volleyball coach who has won almost all of the titles that the national volleyball system can offer (except the A1 series ... for now). He's won 15 Italian youth championships, the first in 1995. He's also won the C series, B2 series, B1 and A2 three times, the most recent one this past season 2020-2021 with Acqua&Sapone Roma Volley. He was the head coach of the Peruvian National Team in 2011-2012 and assistant coach of the Italian Senior National Team that won the Mediterranean Games in 2013. He has coached the Italian National Teams U23, U20, and U18 for 7 seasons and is the current technical director of Volleyrò Casal di Pazzi. Next season 2021-2022 he will be the head coach of Bartoccini Fortinfissi Perugia Volley in women's Serie A1.


Cost (Tuition): The 350€ fee includes:

  • Full room and board at the fantastic Hotel Villa Vecchia from Tuesday july 13th morning until Wednesday july 15th after lunch;
  • Technically qualified and English proficient staff;
  • English evaluation and TOEFL simulation by certified professors;
  • Information and material on how to obtain an athletic scholarship in a US college through specific presentations and various activities on the American's academic, athletic and cultural systems;
  • Showcase gear;
  • All activities on the current tentative schedule including any trips and evening in the center of Frascati (ice-cream included);
  • Staff available 24/7;
  • Personalized form and individual interview with each of the participants at the end of the event with a report of the evaluation by the American coaches.


COVID PREVENTION: all Covid protocols will be respected both within the hotel, during the training sessions and the various organized activities. To further guarantee the safety of the event, all participants will be subjected to a quick swab upon arrival.

Registrations are also officially open for the conference on Tuesday July 13th at 21:30: "How to get an athletic scholarship in an American college". The event is free, open - subject to mandatory registration - to athletes, parents and interested in all sports sponsored by USA collegiate leagues. Limited number of seats available. For registration: CLICK HERE 


Registration procedure:

1. Confirm your registration by filling in the participation form. 

2. The participant will receive an email with the next steps:

  • Bank details to make the initial payment of €150,00 and reserve your spot*
  • Procedure to carry out the online English assessment that will allow teachers to determine whether the athlete has the necessary skills to take the TOEFL simulation.

3. The participants will then receive an email for the balance of the participation fee and final confirmation of the registration and assignment place together with a list of things to take to the Showcase. 

Registrations will remain open subject to availability of spots by position.


* In case of cancellation, the initial payment will be refunded in full or in part with the following method: 

- Refund of 100% of the amount in case of cancellation of the event due to force majeure.

- Refund of 100% of the amount  in case of cancellation by June 15th, 2021.

- Refund of 50% of the amount in case of cancellation by June 20th, 2021.

- No refund of the initial payment in case of cancellation after June 30th, 2021, but the athlete will have full credit for participation in a subsequent edition of the Showcase or discount on the contract.


For more information contact Jesica - +39 3463062524



In the previous editions 


- Over 90 participating athletes who were able to show their talent and skills

- More than 20 college coaches (from all over the U.S.) who have viewed, evaluated and offered scholarships to athletes.

Some of the athletes who participated in the previous editions:

- Alessia Sgherza and Camilla Tamburini took part in the 2019 edition of the Showcase, where they were noticed by coach Fred Chao, present at the event: after being invited to officially visit the college, in 2020 they both flew overseas to respectively start a Master and an undergraduate at Old Dominion University and play for coach Fred in the University's first historic volleyball season;

- Bianca Bucciarelli also participated in the last Showcase in 2019, obtaining a scholarship that allowed her to start her carrer as a student-athlete at Hofstra University, NY

Margherita Marconi, from the first edition of the Showcase to the NAIA title with Park University - read her story;

Anna Dalla Vecchia, in 2017 took part in the Showcase obtaining her scholarship there directly for Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans; after an excellent first season at this college, her passion for beach volleyball led her to look for solutions that would allow her to practice both beach and indoor volleyball and then continued her path as a student-athlete with an athletic scholarship in California at University of San Francisco where she just graduated; nest year she will start her Master at Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii; 

Emma Erteltova, with her sister Ella, came from Slovakia to participate in the first edition of our Showcase and retured with a schoalrship offer to play indoor volleyball and beach at FIU (Florida International University): she has just finished the beach season in FIU.


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