Team Alberta Beach
Note: The updated 16-month age categories DO NOT APPLY for the Team Alberta Beach program. Overage athletes are not eligible to compete in the younger age categories.
- To produce excellence among the top age class athletes in the province of Alberta.
- To develop the athlete’s technical, tactical, physical and psychological skills by exposing selected athletes to enriched levels of training and competition.
- To provide opportunities for personal and leadership development.
- Success at the Provincial Championships, Western Canada Summer Games, Canada Summer Games, National Championships; as well as the long-term preparation of athletes for participation and success at National Team levels.
The Provincial Team Program will also assist in the development of competitive beach volleyball in Alberta by working in conjunction with players, coaches and volunteers associated with Alberta’s other volleyball delivery programs.
2018 Provincial Team Program Information
18U Age Class: Born in 2000 or later
16U Age Class: Born in 2002 or later
High Performance Camps (Tentative Dates):
Volleyball Alberta's focus for 16U (born 2002 or later) and 18U (born 2000 or later) beach volleyball athletes is to provide an opportunity to train in a challenging, developmental environment and receive education on what it takes to prepare, train and perform at a high level. For this group, there is an emphasis on understanding the game of beach volleyball and to stabilize and refine those specific skills and tactics.
In 2018 a maximum of twenty four athletes will be identified and invited to the Team Alberta Competition Group. The Competition group will be selected based on athletes attendance at the High Performance Camps in June. Athletes attend the High Performance Camps as individuals and the Team Alberta coaching staff will pair selected athletes into partnerships who will compete together at provincials and nationals.
Athletes selected will have the opportunity to be coached by some of Alberta's top beach volleyball coaches in a competitive high performance training environment. Each age class will have a head coach who will provide coaching and support in training as well as at provincials and nationals.
The 2018 Competition group selected in June will attend a training camp in Calgary July 30 to August 3 and then compete in the Provincial Championships in Calgary August 4-5. The Competition Group will then travel to Nationals (Toronto) on August 12 from Calgary and practice prior to competing in nationals. Athletes will fly back to Calgary or Edmonton the evening of August 19.
2018 Team Alberta Coaching Staff
16U Boys: Russ Lawrence 16U Girls: Whitney Follette
18U Men: Raynell Prince 18U Women: Milou Saxton
NEW FOR 2018: 20U Beach Canada Cup (Athletes born only in 1998 or 1999)
Selection Dates: Volleyball Alberta will hold a one day tournament June 30 in Calgary (CBVA courts). The winning team from this tournament will earn the spot to represent Alberta at the Canada Cup. Registration cost will be $50/team.
Volleyball Canada will be hosting the Beach Canada Cup for the first time in Toronto from July 18-22. Interested athletes should contact Ray Sewell: email@example.com (403-202-6541)
2019 Western Canada Summer Games (athletes born in 2001 or later)
A maximum of two men's teams and two women's teams will be selected to represent Alberta at the games which will take place in Swift Current August 13-18, 2019.
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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:
- FCAVA Provincial Team Volleyball Scholarship: These scholarships are available to Provincial Team athletes who demonstrate an interest in attending SAIT Polytechnic and competing as members of the Men's and Women's SAIT Trojans Volleyball Teams.
- 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.