Boys High Performance

The Badger Region Boys’ High Performance (HP) program is an avenue for the region’s premier players to receive training and competition opportunities from some of the top coaches in Badger Region. Our program is the regional chapter of the USA Volleyball’s National Team Development Program. As a part of the HP pipeline, our program follows international age definitions and program offerings each year. There are three stages of the Badger Region Boys’ HP program: tryouts, training team/camp and championship team.


For the 2023 seasons, the Badger Region will be fielding one High Performance team in each of the following divisions:

  • Boys U19 — formerly National Youth (Born in 2004 and 2005)
  • Boys U17 — formerly National Select (Born in 2006 and 2007)*

Note, these are not the same age definitions as used by USA Volleyball, as the All-Star program is an international program and must follow FIVB age regulations. * For males born in 2008, coaches will happily consider them for the U17 team.



  • U19 National Youth Head Coach: JW Kieckhefer (Carthage College/MVC)
  • U19 National Youth Asst. Coach: Curtis Madson (Concordia University Wisconsin)
  • U19 National Youth Asst. Coach: BJ Bryant (St. Norbert College)
  • U17 National Select Head Coach: Shane Reid (MSOE)
  • U17 National Select Asst. Coach: Mike Endsley (Wisconsin Lutheran College/MVC)
  • U17 National Select Asst. Coach: Mike Stevens (Carthage College, Southport VBC)
  • U19/U17 Floating Assistant: Brian Rushmer (Lakeland University/MVC)
  • Boys Team Representative: Brian Sharkey


The Badger Region HP tryout is open to any Badger Region member of the appropriate age wishing to join the Badger Region HP program. Attending the tryout allows players to make the Badger Region HP All-Star Training Team and ultimately the Badger Region HP Championship Team.

If an athlete has a conflict and has other commitments on the date listed for his or her age, special considerations will be made on a case-by-case basis. These athletes must still register for tryouts and submit a video for tryout review. Videos are due one week before the athlete’s tryout date listed above. Registration for in-person tryout closes the Wednesday before the tryout date listed above. No refunds are given for tryout registration.

Athletes will train all together at the two training dates in May and June. Athletes who received in offer to be a part of the HP All-Star training program for both the are:


The Badger Region is seeking volunteers to work tryouts as court coordinators (running drills/entering downballs) and evaluators (working with lead coaches rating athletes by position). All coaches must have a membership, current background screening and SafeSport. If interested, contact Brian Sharkey.


The 20-24 player Badger Region HP Training Roster is populated through the tryout process. The offered age division for these training teams vary each season (see “Age Divisions” above). Players will participate in two training sessions for a total of $150. From the training sessions, one 10-person team (and two alternates) will be selected to attend the HP Camp. Training dates May 13 and June 3 at the New Berlin SportsPlex.

After attending the two training dates, 10 boys and a handful of alternates from each age group (U19 and U17) will be brought together at an overnight camp July 10-11, 2023, at Lakeland University. Cost of the overnight camp is $300.

Team selections are as follows

U17 Travel Team:

  • Ethan Dassow
  • Aidan Del Fava
  • Hudson Dresen
  • Asa Kloss
  • Danny Kreklow
  • Max Larcheid
  • Jackson Loewe
  • Ashton Poritz
  • Hudson Sweitzer
  • Miles Von Rueden

U17 Alternates: Isaac Gabel, Cooper Cantwell, Nathan Olson

U19 Travel Team:

  • Charlie Andorfer
  • Jack Basarich
  • Jade Breckheimer
  • Luke deGuzman
  • Nathan Higgins
  • Aidan Krueger Beer
  • Logan Mainka
  • Will Mathison
  • Max Morgan
  • Brady Pichler

U19 Alternates: Kade Nelson, Michael Whitney


Following the boys HP camp, the 10 athletes from each team will head travel to the USA All-Star Championships July 19-23 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cost is $700 and includes the tournament entry, hotel and flights as well as other tournament-related expenses. After July 1, no refunds will be given. Parents are not required to attend this tournament with their athletes. Badger Region staff and coaches will serve as chaperones.

The schedule for the 2023 event is now live. Click here.