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17U & 18U Women

2017 Team Alberta 17U Women (born in 2000 or later) and 18U Women (born in 1999 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 

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. 

17U Female Team Alberta Athlete- Physical Profile (with recommended standards)

Position Reach  Block Jump Spike Jump  T-Test (seconds) 20 m Sprint (seconds)
Setter 220 cm (7'2.5") 260 cm (8'6.5") 270 cm (8'10.5") 12.3 3.7
Middle 225 cm (7'4.5") 270 cm (8'10.5") 280 cm (9'2.5") 12.3 3.7
Outside 220 cm (7'2.5") 265 cm (8'8.5") 275 cm (9'0.5") 12.3 3.7
Libero          12.3 3.7

18U Female Team Alberta Athlete- Physical Profile (with recommended standards)

Position Reach  Block Jump  Spike Jump  T-Test (seconds) 20 m Sprint (seconds)
Setter 220 cm (7'2.5") 265 cm (8'8.5") 275 cm (9'0.5") 12.1 3.7
Middle 225 cm (7'4.5") 275 cm (9'0.5") 285 cm (9'4.5") 12.1 3.7
Outside 220 cm (7'2.5") 270 cm (8'10.5") 280 cm (9'2.5") 12.1 3.7
Libero          12.1 3.7

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.

17U Identification/Program Pathway

  1. Club Coaches will receive an email asking for their athlete recommendations
  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 a list of the athlete recommendations.
  3. Based on testing results and performance at Premier Events & Provincial Championships, athlete will be extended an offer to attend Team Alberta Selection Camps. Please note: If athletes are unable to attend testing, club coaches will have to provide their testing results prior to being invited to the Selection Camps. As of April 3, the first round of invitations have been sent to prospective athletes. Our coaches will still be actively evaluating athletes at Provincials and may decide to offer a few invitations to Selection Camp 2 afterwards (athletes only need to attend one Selection Camp to be considered for the team). 
  4. Team Alberta Coaches will select 12 athletes and 2 alternates to join the Team Alberta 17U Summer Program.   

17U Key Dates for 2017 (Dates and locations may be subject to change):

  • January: Club Coaches receive request for Athlete Recommendations
  • February 3: Recommended Athletes attend evening physical testing
  • April 8: 17U Selection Camp #1 (Edmonton)
  • May 27 & 28: 17U/18U Selection Camp #2 (Calgary)
  • July 5:  Athletes Arrive in Edmonton
  • July 6-16: Team Alberta Training (Edmonton)         
  • July 16: Travel to Competition (TBA) 
  • July 23:  Return from Competition (TBA) 

Coaching Staff

2017 17U Head Coach: Craig Marshall

  • 11 years of coaching experience. Current Head Coach of the 17U 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.
  • He has been with Team Alberta previously as Assistant Coach to Brock Davidiuk with the 19U Men’s team in 2014.

2017 17U Assistant Coach: Larissa Hauca

  • Played for the U of A Pandas from 2000-2005 (3-time MVP).
  • Member of Canada's FISU Games team (2003-2005)
  • Team Canada women's national team from 2005-2010.
  • Professional volleyball player for 5 seasons (Spain, France, Germany, Romania, Azerbaijan)
  • Pandas Club coach:  experience with 18U, 15U and 14U teams.  

 


17U Team Alberta Roster

Uniform # Athlete Name Position
  Dora Komlodi Setter
  Hayley McNaught Middle
  Hope Kotun Outside Hitter
  Jade Bussard Outside Hitter
  Jessica Osczevski Outside Hitter
  Journey Flewell Outside Hitter
  Madi Stevens Outside Hitter
  Megan Foxcroft Libero
  Mikayla Benterud Middle
  Natalie Bloeman Setter
  Nyadholi Thokbuom Middle
  Samantha Gagnon Outside Hitter
  Dana Dunbar (Alternate) Middle

 


18U Identification/Program Pathway 

  1. Based on testing results and performance at 2016 Premier Events, athlete will be extended an offer to attend Team Alberta Selection Camp #1. Athletes invited to Selection Camp #1 will not necessarily be invited to Selection Camp #2. 
  2. Club Coaches will receive an email asking for additional athlete recommendations in January
  3. 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 a list of the athlete recommendations.Please note: If athletes are unable to attend testing, club coaches will have to provide their testing results prior to being invited to the Selection Camps.
  4. Based on testing results and performance at Premier Events & Provincial Championships, athlete will be extended an offer to attend Team Alberta Selection Camp #2. As of April 3, the first round of invitations have been sent to prospective athletes. Our coaches will still be actively evaluating athletes at Provincials and may decide to offer additional invitations after Provincials concludes. 
  5. Team Alberta Coaches will select 12 athletes and 2 alternates to join the Team Alberta 18U Summer Program.

18U Key Dates for 2017 (Dates and locations may be subject to change):

  • November- Athletes will received an invite to Selection Camp #1
  • December 17 &18 - 18U Selection camp #1 (Edmonton)
  • January: Club Coaches receive request for additional Athlete Recommendations
  • February 3: Recommended Athletes attend evening physical testing
  • May 27 & 28: 17U/18U Selection Camp #2 (Calgary)
  • June 3-4: Team Training Weekend
  • July TBA:  Athletes Arrive in Edmonton
  • July TBA- July 15: Team Alberta Training (Edmonton)         
  • July 15: Travel to USA High Performance Championships (Fort Lauderdale, Florida).  Athletes require a passport!
  • July 18-22: USA High Performance Championships (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
  • July 23: Return to Alberta
  • August 1: Team Alberta Training in Calgary
  • August 5: Athletes depart for Canada Summer Games from Calgary
  • August: 5- 13: Canada Summer Games (Winnipeg, MB)
  • August 13: Athletes return to Calgary and are released from the program. 

Canada Games Information:

All ticket packages, individual sport passes, medal competition and Opening and Closing Ceremonies tickets for the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba are now on sale through Ticketmaster. The Closing Ceremonies will take place Sunday, August 13, 2017, at the Investors Group Field.  

The preliminary sport schedule overview is available at canadagames.ca/2017.To purchase tickets visit ticketmaster.ca

Parents and family members of athletes are encouraged to purchase their tickets early, especially for the medal rounds, so that they will not be disappointed.  Accommodations should also be booked as soon as possible. For more information, go to http://www.2017canadagames.ca/en/content/visit-winnipeg 


Coaching Staff

2017 18U Head CoachChristine Smyth

  • Assistant Coach – Team Canada Women’s Sitting Team
  • Assistant Coach – University of Alberta Pandas
  • Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education Teaching and Coaching from the University of Alberta
  • Working on completing Masters degree in Coaching from U of A

2017 18U Assistant Coach: Carolyn O'Dwyer

  • 2017 18U/16U Head Coach with Jr. Dinos
  • SAIT and MRU Assistant coaching experience
  • 2016 Team Alberta coach - 17U Girls 
  • 2014 - Present: VCCE Calgary coach
  • 2012 - 2015: Outside Hitter at MRU: Canada West Rookie of the Year in 2015
  • 2009 - 2013: Team Alberta athlete (2013 Canada Games Gold)
  • 2010 - 2012: Team Canada, Youth Norceca in 2010, Junior National team in 2012
     

2017 18U Assistant Coach: Jen Telfer

  • Jen is a product of Team Alberta, competing as an athlete from 1997-2001.
  • She was mentored as a coach through the provincial program, completing her Level 3 and working as an assistant coach from 2003-2005.
  •  Jen has been a head coach for Team Alberta in 2007 (17U Women) and in 2009 (18U Women).
  • A graduate of the U of Alberta Masters in Coaching program, Jen currently coaches with Pandas Volleyball Club and Aspire Volleyball.
  • She is exited to get back to her roots with Team Alberta and attend her 3rd Canada Summer Games.

 


Canada Games - 18U Team Alberta Roster

Uniform # Athlete Name Position
  Elizabeth (Lizzy) Reimer Middle
  Elyse Hart Setter
  Emma Kieftenbeld  Outside Hitter
  Jenae Eisler Libero
  Julia Zonneveld Outside Hitter
  Kacey Jost Outside Hitter
  Lauryn Tremblay Outside Hitter
  Lexis Peart Setter
  Madison Marshall Outside Hitter
  Marina Culo Middle
  Milana Zivak Outside Hitter
  Myja Wildenhoff Middle
  Rayn Perry (alternate) Setter
  Tabitha Martin (alternate) Middle

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.