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17U & 18U Women

2018 Team Alberta 17U Women (born in 2001 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)

Standards were updated by the High Performance Committee in December 2017
Position Reach  Block Jump Spike Jump  T-Test (seconds) 20 m Sprint (seconds)
Setter 223.5 cm (7'4" = 88") 264 cm (8'8"= 104") 277 cm (9'1" = 109") 11.5 3.5
Middle 234 cm (7'8"= 92") 274 cm (9'0" = 108") 284.5 cm (9'4" = 112") 11.6 3.5
Outside 226 cm (7'5" = 89") 268 cm (8'9.5" = 105.5") 282 cm (9'3" = 111") 11.5 3.5
Libero          11.4 3.5
 

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 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. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. Team Alberta Coaches will select 12 competition athletes and 2 Training athletes at the end of Selection Camp #2 to join the Team Alberta 17U Summer Program (for more information, please refer to the 2018 Team Alberta- Athlete Selection Policy).   

17U Key Dates for 2018 (Dates and locations may be subject to change):

  • January (January 15th- 22nd): Club Coaches receive request for Athlete Recommendations
  • February 9 or February 23: Recommended Athletes attend evening physical testing
  • April 14: 17U Selection Camp #1 (Location TBA - Edmonton area)
  • June 9 & 10: 17U/18U Selection Camp #2 (Calgary)
  • July 4:  Athletes Arrive in Edmonton
  • July 4-17: Team Alberta Training (Edmonton)         
  • July 18: Travel to Competition - Canada Cup in Richmond, BC
  • July 22 Evening:  Return from Competition 

Coaching Staff

2018 17U Head Coach: Carolyn O'Dwyer

  • 2017/2018 University of Alberta Pandas: Assistant Coach & Masters in Coaching student 
  • 2017 18U Team Alberta: Canada Games Assistant Coach
  • SAIT and MRU Assistant coaching experience
  • 2016 Team Alberta coach - 17U Girls 
  • 2014 - 2017: 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)

2018 17U Assistant Coach: Larissa Hauca

  • 2017/2018 MacEwan University Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach
  • 2017 17U Team Alberta:  Assistant Coach
  • 2015 - current: Private lessons for Setter training
  • 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 2005-2009 (2X Best Setter at NORCECA tournaments).
  • Professional volleyball player for 5 seasons (Spain, France, Germany, Romania, Azerbaijan)
  • Six years as Pandas Club coach:  experience with 18U, 15U and 14U teams

2017 17U Team Alberta Roster

Uniform # Athlete Name Position
4 Dora Komlodi Setter
14 Hayley McNaught Middle
5 Hope Kotun Outside Hitter
13 Jade Bussard Outside Hitter
7 Jessica Osczevski Outside Hitter
2 Journey Flewell Outside Hitter
10 Madi Stevens Outside Hitter
1 Megan Foxcroft Libero
11 Mikayla Benterud Middle
3 Natalie Bloemen Setter
8 Nyadholi Thokbuom Middle
6 Samantha Gagnon Outside Hitter
12 Dana Dunbar (Alternate) Middle

 


2018 Team Alberta 18U Women (born in 2000 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 

    18U Identification/Program Pathway 

    There will not be an 18U Team Alberta program offered in 2018.  High-performance athletes are strongly encouraged to connect with their post-secondary coach to ensure they follow an appropriate summer training program including a strength & conditioning as well as beach & indoor training.  Athletes' need to appropriately prepare themselves for the demands of playing post-secondary volleyball. 

    Volleyball Alberta will be offering an 18U Team Alberta Beach program for interested athletes. 

    Volleyball Canada will be offering a Youth & Junior Women's National team

    The Development of a Physical Profile

    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. 

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

    Standards were updated by the High Performance Committee in December 2017
    Position Reach  Block Jump  Spike Jump  T-Test (seconds) 20 m Sprint (seconds)
    Setter 223.5 cm (7'4" = 88") 267 cm (9'2.5"= 105") 281 cm (9'2.5" = 110.5") 11.4 3.5
    Middle 234 cm (7'8"= 92") 276 cm (9'0.5" = 108.5") 289.5 cm (9'6" = 114") 11.5 3.5
    Outside 228.5 cm (7'6" = 90") 272 cm (8'11" = 107") 284.5 cm (9'4" = 112") 11.4 3.5
    Libero          11.3 3.5

    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.


    2017 Canada Games - 18U Team Alberta Roster

    Uniform # Athlete Name Position
    15 Elizabeth (Lizzy) Reimer Middle
    4 Elyse Hart Setter
    11 Emma Kieftenbeld  Outside Hitter
    10 Jenae Eisler Libero
    8 Julia Zonneveld Outside Hitter
    5 Kacey Jost Outside Hitter
    2 Lauryn Tremblay Outside Hitter
    9 Lexis Peart Setter
    3 Madison Marshall Outside Hitter
    6 Marina Culo Middle
    7 Milana Zivak Outside Hitter
    13 Myja Wildenhoff Middle
    1 Rayn Perry (alternate) Setter
    14 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.