Public Invited to Try Out for US National Teams Seeking Players to Represent the USA in 2016

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Athletic Standard holding free, open tryouts at its Path to the Podium™ Community Day on April 27, 2013

Athletic Standard has been engaged by a number of US National Governing Bodies to scout and identify undiscovered talented athletes for consideration to compete in 2016 games in Rio.

Athletic Standard today announced open tryouts for athletes of all ages to compete for a chance to be selected to the US National Teams this Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 9 am to 4 pm, at Cambridge’s Frisoli Youth Center. Athletic Standard has been engaged by a number of US National Governing Bodies (NGBs) to scout and identify undiscovered talented athletes for consideration to compete in 2016 games in Rio.

The tryouts, called the Path to the Podium™ series, are open events for the public and free of charge to all athletes. The Boston area is the pilot region to participate in the Path to the Podium program.

Cambridge-based Athletic Standard is committed to providing athletes from all over New England the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show their stuff and potentially embark on their own path to career or educational success.

“Our founding vision is to provide all student-athletes with an equal opportunity to be considered—no matter their ability, background or means,” said Tom Newman, founder and CEO of Athletic Standard. “With all that Boston area residents have gone through in the past week, we think it’s more important than ever to give the community an uplifting day of fun and friendly competition.”

Athletes who test with Athletic Standard receive a score on the Athletic Standard Index, the company’s proprietary algorithm for measuring athletic ability. With this score, the company is able to match student-athletes with the skills and performance US National Teams are looking for. Teams such as USA Rugby, USA Team Handball and USA Cycling are among the NGBs on the hunt.

Since 2010, Athletic Standard has tested more than 21,000 student-athletes, including Elon Fyfield, a Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School graduate, named multiple times to the Boston Globe’s All-Scholastic Volleyball team. Fyfield, who currently competes on the Men’s Volleyball team at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, tested with Athletic Standard earlier this year and was offered a spot on USA Team Handball after being invited to train at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY.

“Honestly it was amazing,” said Fyfield, of the Training Center experience. “You eat, sleep and live the sport while you are there. It was a great opportunity to do something out of my comfort zone.”

“Athletic Standard is exactly what we have been looking for many years in terms of identifying and pre-screening athletically gifted specimens for our handball-oriented evaluations to further filter down the field of candidates to athletes with high aptitude for fast track development,” said Mariusz Wartalowicz, Technical Director of USA Team Handball.

Athletes are encouraged to pre-register a timeslot at Athletic Standard will be testing from 9 am to 4 pm throughout the day.

Event Details:

Saturday, April 27, 2013
9 am – 4 pm
Frisoli Youth Center
61 Willow St.
Cambridge, MA 02141
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About Athletic Standard:
Athletic Standard (AS) offers the fastest, most accurate talent identification system on the market, providing teams and scouts with the top prospects in multiple sports and skill areas, and giving athletes opportunities for educational and career success.

AS provides basic athletic performance testing, using state-of-the-art equipment, to athletes of all ages and abilities. By applying the data to our proprietary, proven AS Index algorithms, we can identify the top athletes in a wide variety of sports or skills. We test diverse pools of athletes (and non-athletes) at all skill levels, from all backgrounds, to find undiscovered talent and potential where it may be least expected.

AS has been featured on ESPN Boston, and most recently on Bloomberg Sports, breaking down the NFL draft picks (;


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