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CLUB VOLLEYBALL


What is Indoor Club Volleyball?

The Volleyball Alberta Indoor Club System is one of our most popular programs. Athletes of similar ages have an opportunity to develop their volleyball skills and compete for Provincial and National Championships. Athletes try out for various club teams around the province, once teams are selected they practice together, and the club teams register and attend the Volleyball Alberta Premier Tournaments and Provincial Championship events.

   

How to Start Your Own Club (PDF) ​Best Practices Guide for Clubs (PDF) ​Zone Map (PDF)
How to Recruit Coaches (PDF) How to Find a Club (LINK)   

For 2020 the Age Classes are as follows: Volleyball Canada's Domestic Development Committee recently voted to adopt the following Age Categories for the 2020 Volleyball Canada National Championships.  Rationale and recommendations: The expansion of age categories from 12 months to 16 months is due to the research provided in the LTAD 2.0 document published by the Canadian Sport for Life group. The paper lists the 10 Key Factors influencing Long Term Athlete Development, of which "Developmental Age" is listed as point #3. Page 28-30 provides generic information about Developmental Age and demonstrates the flaws of lumping athletes into their birth year for participation in sports. In short, the large physical discrepancies that can occur between youth within the same birth year create significant disadvantages for late developing male athletes and to a lesser degree, early developing females. Therefore, increasing the range of months within a competitive division gives athletes greater flexibility to choose a level that best suits their needs. Some athletes born from Sept-Dec will benefit from choosing a younger division, while other athletes who play at an advanced level would benefit from the challenge of playing up an age category. Athletes, parents and coaches should consider the short term and long term benefits of playing up or down an age category. If playing up provides the needed challenge for improvement, and there exists no significant social/emotional drawbacks in the older age category, the benefits of playing up far outweigh the drawbacks.

Age Categories for the 2020 Volleyball Canada National Championships (PDF)

Age Class Year of Birth   (This was updated for the 2020 Indoor Season)
13U Athletes born from September 1, 2006 to Dec 31 2007 (16 months)
14U Athletes born from September 1, 2005 to Dec 31, 2006 (16 months)
15U Athletes born from September 1, 2004 to Dec 31 2005 (16 months)
16U Athletes born from September 1, 2003 to Dec 31 2004 (16 months)
17U Athletes born from September 1, 2002 to Dec 31 2003 (16 months)
18U Athletes born from September 1, 2001 to Dec 31, 2002 (16 months)*

* Please note: Athletes born in 2001 who are outside this window but are in their FIRST YEAR of Grade 12 may apply for an exemption

Volleyball Alberta supports the recommendations outlined in Creating Inclusive Environments for Trans Participants in Canadian Sport with our Transgender Policy

ALL participants trying out for club volleyball are required to register as a "Recreational Player, $10.25" PRIOR to the commencement of tryouts.

Season Planner & Competition Regulations
Signing Policy
Volleyball Alberta has a new signing policy. Please ensure you read this policy in its entirety.
Signing Policy (webpage)

Season Planner
The majority of information for the club season can be found in our indoor season planner & competition regulations manual. If you would like a hard-copy of the season planner, please contact info@volleyballalberta.ca.

The 2020 Season Planner isn't ready yet! Please check back October 1st or later. As soon as the publication is ready, we will first link the electronic version here then we will accept mailout requests for the hard-copy

2019 SEASON PLANNER & COMPETITION REGULATIONS (PDF)

NEW FOR 2019 Volleyball Alberta Indoor Club Season (PDF) 

Concussion Protocol
Volleyball Alberta has developed our Concussion Protocol to help guide the management of athletes who may have a suspected concussion. This Protocol was adapted from Parachute Canada’s Canadian Harmonized Sport Concussion Template. 

Volleyball Alberta Concussion Protocol (PDF)

Parachutecanada.org | Preventing injuries. Saving Lives.

Preventing Concussions in Volleyball - The Hitting warm-up
A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine highlighted that 28% of game-related concussions occur during the warm-up. The warm-up is performed in a controlled environment and these headshots and concussions can be eliminated by following a hitting warm-up protocol that does not have any team members or participants inside the opposing court. This video will provide some examples for your team to follow so we can eliminate unnecessary headshots. 
Preventing Concussions in Volleyball -The Hitting Warm-Up (YouTube)
Building Durable Athletes: The Alberta Injury Tracker
Once again, Volleyball Alberta is participating in a small project to evaluate an online tool to track injuries in our sport. Please have athletes report any injuries throughout the volleyball season (in practices & tournaments) using the online Building Durable Athletes: The Alberta Injury Tracker. 
Building Durable Athletes: The Alberta Injury Tracker (Link)
2020 Athlete and Team Staff Forms
Prior to registering teams online please ensure that all athletes and club/team staff have Volleyball Alberta Waiver forms (need to be completed for all athletes/club staff prior to registering). 
Athlete Forms: See:         Indoor > Signing Policy (Link)
Under Age of Majority      
Early Signing Forms      
* Tryout Signing Forms
Over Age of Majority         
Early Signing Forms       
* Tryout Signing Forms
Team Staff Forms       
* Under Age of Majority Team Staff       
 * Over Age of Majority Team Staff
 Tripleball Documents   13U Tripleball Document (PDF)
14U Tripleball Document (PDF)
Tripleball Video
Coach Certification Policy Coach Certification Policy (PDF)
Development Coach (Formerly Level 1)
Advanced Development Coach (Formerly Level 2)
2019/2020 Scouting & Recruiting Policy
During the Volleyball Alberta Season (for Post-secondary and private recruiters).
Scouting & Recruiting Policy (PDF)

 

Screening Policy: 2019-2020 Screening documents to be published in September.
Volleyball Alberta Screening Policy
Volleyball Alberta understands that screening personnel and volunteers is a vital part of providing a safe sporting environment and has become a common practice among sports organizations that provide

programs and services to the community.

Volleyball Alberta Screening Policy (PDF)
2020 Volleyball Alberta Screening Process
Make sure you read our Volleyball Alberta Screening process (click to read the document on the right). -------->

 
Volleyball Alberta Screening Disclosure form 
Team Staff: Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Training, Manager, Team Main Contact: submit this form to your Club Director/designate every year.
Volleyball Alberta Screening Disclosure form (PDF)
Club Director Submission Form
Club Directors (and Screening Designates) must submit their screening information directly by DECEMBER 1. 
Club Director Screening (Formstack submission form link)
Volleyball Alberta Club Sign-Off Sheet 
The Club Director/Designate will need to submit screening information for all rostered Team Staff by the tournament PIC deadline (same as Roster lock).
Club Sign-Off sheet (Formstack submission form link)
Referee Screening Submission Form
Referees must submit their E-PIC and SDF directly to Volleyball Alberta.
Referee Screening (Formstack submission form link)
Sterling Talent Solutions - MyBackCheck
The cost is $25 + GST per check. Applicants can initiate and pay for their own checks online by going to our Volleyball Alberta - Sterling Talent Solutions landing page. Click the Sterling Talent Solutions logo (on the right) to get directed to our landing page. Completed checks are automatically sent to the user usually within 24 hours. IN ORDER FOR A DESIGNATED MEMBER OF YOUR CLUB TO VIEW THE COMPLETE E-PIC via Sterling Talent Solutions,  please contact Benjamin Lumbuan at bremanaged@sterlingts.com or call 1(866)455-7293 Ext: 6134. Clubs will need to provide their designates name, email address, and *billing information to enable clubs to directly pay for the E-PIC’s * optional.  
  

SterlingBackCheck Enhanced Police Information Check

- Where Information is Actually Found

SterlingBackCheck Abuse Prevention

Criminal Record Check Options

 

Tournament Information 
Volleyball Alberta

Premier and Provincial Tournament Schedule 
The 2020 Volleyball Alberta Indoor Tournament Schedule (with cities) is a one-pager that includes tournament dates, age categories, events, locations (cities), important dates and tournament entry fee for our Volleyball Alberta Premier and Provincial Championship tournaments.

Planning for 2020? [read more, Latest News Section] link
Premiers & Provincials VENUES schedule  
This tentative venues schedule is a list of most of the venues we have booked and is subject to change without notice. This tentative venues schedule can be used to help with planning; however, it is not final. We will do our best to have the event draws posted on our website 17 days (2 ½ weeks) before the tournament on our INDOOR > Club > Draws & Results page. 

2020 Venues schedule release will most likely be in November 

Club Hosted Tournament
In addition to the Volleyball Alberta Premier series there are additional private tournaments hosted throughout the province. Tournaments hosted for club teams by clubs (sanctioned club tournaments).
volleyballalberta.ca > INDOOR > Club > Tournaments 
National Championships 
2020 Nationals will be held in Edmonton! Edmonton will be hosting the 15U - 18U age groups. 2020 Nationals will take place from May 13th - 19th. Cities that are hosting the 14U will be announced in June.
www.volleyball.ca > Competition > Nationals 
Official Game Ball
Volleyball Alberta will continue to use the same indoor balls for the 2020 club season.

Where to order Indoor and Beach Volleyballs: SportFactor is Volleyball Alberta’s preferred Supplier for Volleyball related equipment. In conjunction with the sponsorship by MIKASA, SportFactor will be the source to contact for the purchase of MIKASA Volleyballs. 

13U – Mikasa MVA-LITE (PDF)

14U - 16U – Mikasa VQ 2000 (PDF)

17U -18U – Mikasa MVA 200 (PDF)

Sportfactor.net 

SPORTFACTOR 10% OFF Exclusive Club Volleyball Offer Coupon Code (PDF) 

Accommodation (Host Hotels)
Volleyball Alberta is pleased to announce that EventConnect has signed on to be its new Housing Partner beginning in the 2019-2020 season. The partnership will ensure our clubs and teams receive excellent service, quality hotels and great rates at Volleyball Alberta Host Hotels. We are currently working with EventConnect to block rooms at various hotels per our 2020 Indoor Tournament Schedule and our plan is to have the EventConnect booking portal and Volleyball Alberta schedule with cities & venues out to our clubs and membership in September. Please check back for a booking link on our website in September. Volleyballalberta.ca > INDOOR > CLUB > Find a hotel
Please check back for a link in September.
Travel (Enterprise & National)
Volleyball Alberta members will receive 5% off the retail rental rate when booking with Enterprise and 10% off the retail rental rate when booking with National. Our Enterprise Representative Dia Syed can be reached at 587-338-5999 or Dia.M.Syed@ehi.ca for any vehicle booking questions. 
Account Name: Volleyball Alberta   
PROMOTION CODE: XVC5B53 
Click the logo below to receive the rental discount: 
 
*You must enter the promotion code on the Enterprise booking site. PROMOTION CODE: XVC5B53

Scoresheet Team List Label Template
We recommend that teams use the Avery 5162 label sticker template to print player lists for tournament scoresheets.
Scoresheet Label (Avery 5162) Template for Teams (word doc.)
Extended Roster
Teams in the 13U-15U age classes, that have more than twelve athletes at a Volleyball Alberta tournament, must fill out this form. Submit this form to jplakas@volleyballalberta.ca. This form will need to be approved by Volleyball Alberta prior to the team’s participation in the tournament. 
13U-15U Extended Roster Form (Fillable PDF)
13U-15U Developmental Substitution Rule
Uniform Guidelines
Uniform Guidelines, Minor Officiating resources, 2018 Official Competition Balls, and Volleyball Canada 2016-2017 Official Volleyball Rules can be found on our Referee Forms & Resources page
Referee Forms & Resources page (link)
Letters Of Good Standing
A letter of good standing is required by other national volleyball federations when you participate in their sanctioned events, to ensure teams and individuals are registered and known. Registered teams and individuals within the same club qualify to receive a letter in good standing, the letter will be valid until August 31.  Applications should be completed as soon as possible in order to process the letter in time for the tournament’s deadline (an administration fee may be charged for rush requests), applications will only be accepted for clubs registered prior to June 30 of that season. 
Letters Of Good Standing - Request Form (Fillable PDF)

Updated link for 2020. Please download & submit the new form to Julie info@volleyballalberta.ca 

Certificate of Insurance
Do you need a Certificate of Insurance (COI) to secure your gym booking(s)? Please submit your COI request using our online request form. Find our COI request form on our Insurance page.
 
ABOUT > Who we are > Insurance Please submit your COI request using our online request form: Request for Certificates of Insurance 

Meeting material from the November 18-19, 2017 Club Directors Meeting:
- Agenda & meeting package
- Social Media Presentation, Presenter David Caughran 
- International Handshake Protocol 

Meeting material from the November 11-12, 2016 Club Directors Meeting:
- Agenda & meeting package
Managing your sport club in the 21s Century, Presenter Dina Bell-Laroche (Sport Law & Strategy Group)
Risk Management Project - Risk Assessment Worksheet  

Resources

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