The Brazilian Volleyball Federation has launched an online recruiting platform with hopes of finding new talent scattered throughout the country. The platform will received user uploaded videos, via youtube, which will be evaluated by coaches. Currently, Brazil’s Superliga, at both genders, has no teams from 20 out of the country’s 26 states. Olympic champion Mauricio Borges, who is originally from one of the states not present in the league, welcomed the project (Globo.com):
“I think that this project, if not the most important ever, is certainly close to it. It will open many doors to young athletes, since so many states have no professional teams. All the coaches in Brazil will have access to a lot of potential athletes.”
Here is what CBV’s brass had to say of the initiative:
“The idea was born in conversations with the technical committees of the institution, based on the necessity to look for athletes in regions where we have little access and our to find these athletes as soon as possible.” – CBV’s manager of national teams Julia Silva
“This platform helps to find new talents spread throughout Brazil. I believe in the idea and it will be another way of mining and discovering these athletes. I believe it will be a good opportunity for them to introduce themselves and be seen.” – Brazil’s Men’s U19 coach Fabiano Ribeiro
“This is an opportunity to spot new talent and more potential athletes. It is a tool to complement the work done by the scouts, teachers and coaches. The CBV is making this tool available to the population and we hope to detect as many talents as possible.” – Brazil’s men’s senior team head coach Renan Dal Zotto
Although at first glance the initiative may sound like a solution, it is safe to say that it is only a palliative solution to a country that seems desperate to regain its dominance at the youth volleyball scene. After all, 2017 was an year to forget for the country volleyball wise, as it failed to reach the podium in all of FIVB’s youth events it participated in for the first time in over 30 years.