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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 2021 the Age Classes are as follows: Volleyball Canada's Domestic Development Committee recently voted to adopt the following Age Categories for the 2021 Volleyball Canada National Championships, which Volleyball Alberta will also follow.. 

Age Categories for the 2021 Volleyball Canada National Championships (PDF) 

Age Class Year of Birth   (This was updated for the 2021 Indoor Season)
13U Athletes born from September 1, 2007 to Dec 31 2008 (16 months)
14U Athletes born from September 1, 2006 to Dec 31, 2007 (16 months)
15U Athletes born from September 1, 2005 to Dec 31 2006 (16 months)
16U Athletes born from September 1, 2004 to Dec 31 2005 (16 months)
17U Athletes born from September 1, 2003 to Dec 31 2004 (16 months)
18U Athletes born from September 1, 2002 to Dec 31, 2003 (16 months)*
*For 2021 Club Nationals, 18U Age Category ONLY: A team roster for the 18U category can include 2 athletes born from Jan 1-August 31, 2002, with the following restriction: Athletes are NOT permitted to be part of any USport, CCAA or other Post-Secondary volleyball programs for the current season (Sept 2020-May 2021)

Definition of Post-Secondary: Part of a Post-Secondary Volleyball program is defined as training in whole or part with team members of the post-secondary institution that they are attending. If an athlete is attending a post-secondary institution, verification shall be confirmed by the Head Coach of the program. This would include any athlete regardless of their post-secondary eligibility, including those commonly referred to as red-shirts. This does not include intramural programs or club programs within a post-secondary institute.

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.

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

Season Planner & Competition Regulations
Signing Process
Volleyball Alberta has a new signing process. Please ensure you read this process in its entirety.
Signing Process (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.

2020 SEASON PLANNER & COMPETITION REGULATIONS (PDF)

NEW FOR 2020 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). Signed forms need to be returned to your club president or club/team designate. 
Athlete Forms: See:         Indoor > Signing Process (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 Process 2020 VA Coach Certification Process (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 Process
Volleyball Alberta Screening Policy
The purpose of this process is to Policyscreening procedures for Volleyball Canada and the Provincial/Territorial Associations.
Screening Policy

Who needs to complete the screening process?
Individuals involved in high- risk assignments who occupy positions of trust and/or authority, have a supervisory role, direct others, are involved with finances, and who have frequent or unsupervised access to Vulnerable Individuals.

SCENARIO 1:
New Individuals & Expiring Criminal Record Checks
(Sept. 1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2018):
Complete: Sterling MyBackCheck & Screening Disclosure Form
Both of these are required every three years (3-years).

SCENARIO 2: 
Individuals with Current Criminal Record Check
(Sep. 1, 2018 - Now)
Complete: Screening Renewal Form
The screening renewal form is required every year (1-year).

Sterling Talent Solutions - MyBackCheck
Volleyball Alberta and Sterling Talent Solutions are proud to extend their partnership, making Sterling Talent Solutions - MyBackCheck - the Background Screening partner for Volleyball Alberta again for the 2020-2021 Membership Year (Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021).  

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 completed E-PIC via Sterling Talent Solutions,  please reach out to your dedicated Client Services Executive, Katrina Macaraeg, directly at 1 866 455 5870 or ManagedSupport@Sterlingcheck.com.  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.  

  

Start My Check: Sterling Backcheck Global Background Screening Partner for Volleyball Alberta website link (click the logo or this link to be redirected to 'start my check')

Already have an account? Log in HERE

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 (published Dec.4.2019) - subject to change. 

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 
Volleyball Canada is excited to be hosting eight National Championship events in May of 2021. Please note that dates and locations are subject to change in accordance with government health and safety regulations. Follow the link for more details on the Volleyball Canada website. 
www.volleyball.ca > Competition > 2021 Volleyball Canada 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. Use discount code: VA2021

mini, atomic, 13U - Mikasa MVALITE (PDF for more details)

14U, 15U, 16U - Mikasa VQ2000 (PDF for more details)

17U, 18U - Mikasa V200W (PDF for more details)

beach - Mikasa VLS300 (PDF for more details)

         Sportfactor.net 

Accommodation (Host Hotels)
In 2020, Volleyball Alberta signed a 3-year Housing partnership with EventConnect by RoomRoster for all Premier & Provincial Championship tournament hotel bookings.

Book now! 

Read more on our Find a Hotel info page

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 Presentation
The Volleyball Canada score sheet is used for all VC events in Canada. Other events that may use this score sheet (with variations) include: CIS, CCAA, Provincial/Territorial Age Class Competitions (Volleyball Alberta Premiers & Provincials), High School/Jr. High School. 
Scoresheet Presentation - Link to Powerpoint presentation can be found on the LEADERSHIP > Referee > forms & Resources page 
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. 
Volleyball Canada will not issue a Letter of Good Standing for unsanctioned events outside of Canada. [read more, process, etc. in the attached request form]

Letters Of Good Standing - Request Form (Fillable PDF)Read VC's Letter sent Dec. 17, 2019: Re: Letters of Good Standing for Non-Sanctioned Events in North America

Clubs should be verifying with the tournament organizer to make sure they are a [sanctioned event]. If there are any specific events you are interested in, their website should publicize whether it is a USAV, AAU or JVA event.
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 2019 Club Directors Meeting:
- Agenda

- Power Point
- Club Screening Designate - How To Power Point

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

Meeting material from the 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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