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15U & 16U Boys

2018 Team Alberta 15U Boys (born in 2003 or later) & 16U Boys (born in 2002 or later)

Note: The updated 16-month age categories do not apply for the Team Alberta program.  Overage athletes are not eligible to compete in the younger age category 

Note: Athletes who are members of the Team Alberta Indoor Program are not eligible to participate in the Alberta Summer Games due to the conflict between the Canada Cup (16U Teams) and the Alberta Summer Games

The Development of a Physical Profile

The goals of our program cannot necessarily be met by simply examining the most skilled athletes at each level.  Identified athletes need to have the size and athleticism that are essential for success at the higher levels. Volleyball skills can be further refined as athletes get exposure and practice within our sport. 

Our High Performance Committee has researched and evaluated physical testing results from numerous sources to understand the base physical performance levels that athletes should possess for continued success in our sport. 

 

16U Male Team Alberta Athlete- Physical Profile (with recommended standards)

Standards updated by the High Performance Committee in December 2017

Position Reach  Block Jump  Spike Jump  T-Test (seconds) 20 m Sprint (seconds)
Setter 239 cm (7'10" = 94") 290 cm (9'6"= 114") 305 cm (10'= 120" ) 10.50 3.1
Middle 249 cm (8'2"= 98") 302.5 cm (9'11"= 119") 322.5 cm (10'7"= 127") 10.50 3.2
Outside 240 cm (7'10.5"= 94.5") 295 cm (9'8"= 116") 320 cm (10'6"= 126") 10.50 3.2
Libero       10.50 3.1

Please note: These standards are not the sole factor in athlete identification or selection. Athletes also need to demonstrate potential to be an elite athlete, a willingness to learn, a great attitude, decision making and leadership skills.

Identification/Program Pathway

  1. Club Coaches (potentially via their Team Manager) will receive an email asking for their athlete recommendations in January (after the Premier 1 registration deadline).
  2. Recommended athletes will be invited to do the physical testing prior to Premier #1. The tests conducted will not impact athlete performance at Premier #1; conducted tests include standing reach, vertical jump (block, spike), T-test, 20 m sprint). Team Alberta coaches will receive the list of the athlete recommendations and testing results to begin their evaluations at the Premier events.
  3. Athletes may be extended an offer to attend an ID Camp (March 24 in Sylvan Lake).
  4. Team Alberta Coaches will be evaluating athletes at the ID Camp.
  5. Team Alberta Coaches will also be evaluating athletes in the Premier Season.
  6. Team Alberta Coaches will invite a maximum of 40 Male athletes to attend the Team Alberta Training Centre in July. Please note: If athletes are unable to attend physical testing, coaches will have to provide their testing results prior to being invited to the ID Camp.  Athletes not in attendance at the ID Camp may still be extended an invitation to join the Team Alberta Training Centre.
  7. Athletes attending the Training Centre will have approximately 4-5 days of training with Alberta’s top coaches and high performance staff.
  8. From the training period, two teams of 12 athletes (for more information, please refer to the 2018 Team Alberta- Athlete Selection Policy) will be selected to represent Alberta at Canada Cup. 

Volleyball Alberta will provide Volleyball Canada with a list of our top athletes for the VC Selection Committee to consider when selecting their Youth & Junior National Teams at National Championships.

Key Dates for 2018 (Dates and locations may be subject to change):

  • January: Club Coaches receive request for Athlete Recommendations
  • February 9 or 23: Recommended Athletes attend evening physical testing
  • March 24: 15U & 16U Identification Camp (Sylvan Lake)
  • July 4 - 8: Training Centre - SAIT, Calgary. Competition Team Selection take place on July 8/ Non-selected athletes are released. 
  • July 9 - 17: Competition Team Training (Calgary)
  • July 18: Depart for Canada Cup (Richmond, BC)          
  • July 19-22: Canada Cup (Richmond Olympic Oval, BC). 
  • July 22: Athletes return to Alberta and released.

Coaching Staff

2018 Head Coach (Black): Craig Marshall

  • 2017 Team Alberta 17U Women's Head Coach
  • 12 years of coaching experience. Current Head Coach of the 18UW NAVC Griffins.
  • Three years coaching with The King’s University College program (Assistant coach of both the Women’s and Men’s teams).
  • Bachelor of P.E. from the University of Alberta, major in coaching studies in 2015. 
  • Played for the Bears for 2 years and then coached for 3 years, his last year culminating with the Bears winning CIS Gold in 2014.
  • 2014 Team Alberta 19U Men's Assistant Coach

2018 Assistant Coach (Black): Kirill Dubrovskiy

  • 2015- current: University of Calgary Dinos Assistant Coach
  • Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Current 14U Boys Dinos Volleyball Head Coach 

2018 Head Coach (Blue): Stephen Leggitt

  • University of Alberta Augustana- Men's Volleyball Head Coach: 2013 - Present.
  • Current 15U Boys FOG Head Coach.
  • University of Alberta Augustana- Women's Volleyball Head Coach: 2010 - 2013.
  • Certified NCCP Level 3 coach - 32 years of coaching experience.
  • Chartered Professional Coach - Coaching Association of Canada. 

2018 Assistant Coach (Blue): Corey Cowper

  • Master's Degree in Coaching Education - Ohio University
  • NCCP Level 3
  • 2015 - current: 403 Selects Volleyball Club coach
  • 2017: Team Alberta Beach16U Women Assistant coach
  • 2015, 2017: Team Alberta Training Centre coach
  • 2013 - 2015: Elite West Volleyball Club coach

2017 Team Alberta Training Centre

Congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected to the Team Alberta program.  

Olamide Ajayi, Reece Drezzick, Ethan Duffett, Jake Kim, Kale Kruger, Jacob McDonald, Mason Natras, Bryce Neuls, Joel Nickel, Corbin Ockerman, Andrew Seguin, Wyatt Turnbull, Thomas Watchman, Jens Watt, Chas Wheatley, Sebastian Worobec, Jordan Zadrozny, Samuel Adeogun, William Breton, Chris Byam, Jack Cochran, Taylor Dobson, Samuel Drybrough, Tyler Funk, Riley Kimmel, Nolan Moes, Colby Nemeth, Cody Noble, Kobby Nyarko, Maxim Turgeon, Dylan van Spankeren, Nash Shipton

2017 Team Alberta Competition Team

Uniform # Athlete Name Position
2 Jack Cochran Setter
30 Maxim Turgeon Middle
25 Christopher Byam Outside
24 Tyler Funk Outside
1 Dylan Van Spankeren Libero
21 Jens Watt Outside
20 Andrew Seguin Setter
22 Ethan Duffet Middle
29 Jordan Zadrozny Middle
19 Wyatt Turnbull Outside
27 Joel Nickel Outside
23 Bryce Neuls Outside
17 Colby Nemeth  Alternate
28 Jake Kim Alternate

Financial Assistance Program

Athletes in financial need can apply to Volleyball Alberta for assistance via the Hugh Hoyles Scholarship Fund

Below is a list of other scholarships, grants, and programs that athletes may apply for:

  • Kid Sport Alberta: KidSport is a national not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 and under
  • Kid Sport Elite Performance Grant: The KidSport Elite Performance Grant was created to provide financial assistance to athletes in Alberta who have been recognized at a provincial or national team level.
  • Stacey Levitt Scholarship: The Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Scholarship is in memory of a very special 18 year old woman who was struck down by a car while she was jogging on Aug. 30, 1995.
  • JumpStart: Jumpstart funding helps families that need a financial hand with registration, equipment and/or transportation costs.

For more information on the Team Alberta program, please contact Diane Bugler at dbugler@volleyballalberta.ca or call 403-202-6540.