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Volleyball Alberta Historical Archive   


Oral History

Voices of Alberta Volleyball 1960-99
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Podcast Series 

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Voices of Alberta Volleyball is a 10-part podcast series
telling the stories of how volleyball was learned, coached and rooted for in Alberta.

Trailer | Voices of Alberta Volleyball
E01 | The Pioneers
Meet the people who lived and loved volleyball to its place today as a popular sport in Alberta. Together the 15 key players will tell the story of how volleyball grew up in Western Canada, on this 10-part series.
 
E02 | Kitchen Table Beginnings
Not an office or a conference room but a kitchen table—that’s where volleyball in Alberta first got organized. Find out how it went from there to where it is now, with a full-time staff, an official office and many programs.
 
E03 | Trajectory Change in just 3 Weeks
Three weeks in the summer of 1974 changed the trajectory of volleyball in Alberta forever. Hear how Jasper Volleyball Camp came to be, the skills and community it fostered and the legacy it continues.
 
E04 | Gender Roles in Play
At the start of volleyball in Alberta, the game didn’t appeal to most men—leaving space for women to give it a go. Hear why that didn’t last and how the sport evolved to play to both male and female strengths.
 
E05 | Changing The Rules
Volleyball rules have grown and changed over the years. Well-respected volleyball official, Harold Mori watched this evolution first-hand right here in the province. He counts down the Top 5 rule changes from the early days of the sport in Alberta.
 
 
E06 | Volleyball Nation comes to Alberta
There was no such thing as a national volleyball team in Canada until the 1950s, and even then training only lasted 8 weeks. Hear when all that changed and how Alberta was a big part of it.
 
E07 | Volleyball on Wheels
Start the van, pack the balls and nets, Volleyball is going on a road trip to small town Alberta. Hear how the sport was transported all across the province in the 1980s and 90s with a simple but innovative concept.
E08 | Calling The Game  
Tough calls needed to be made as volleyball’s popularity surged in Alberta. Hear from two long-time referees in the sport, Marilyn Bratton and Harold Mori, on the three key local developments in officiating the game.  
 
E09 | School’s in for Alberta Volleyball ​
When Volleyball entered gym classes - it was a tipping point for the sport in Alberta. Hear how elementary, junior, senior high schools along with college and universities fostered volleyball, as only they could.
 
Episode 9 - Launching August 18
 
E10 | International Ties​
Volleyball in Alberta has benefited from its worldwide connections. Hear how the sport's extensive international community helped local players, coaches and officials (and how Canadians are now giving back).
Episode 10 - Launching August 25 
 

Photo Library

Photo Gallery Archive (FaceBook Album) 
link to online photo album 

Partners

Alberta Historical Resources Foundation - Heritage Preservation Partnership Program website 
Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

Alberta Sports History Library > Link to Volleyball 

Hall of Fame Honoured Volleyball Members 

Resources