2020 Team Alberta Training Centre & Competition Teams
Athletes from the following two age categories will be considered for the Team Alberta program:
- Athletes born in September 2004 or later*. Athletes within the 16-month window AND in the same grade level as the program year (Grade 9) will be given the most consideration for eligibility for this program.
- Athletes born in September 2003 or later* Athletes within the 16-month window AND in the same grade level as the program year (Grade 10) will be given the most consideration for eligibility for this program.
- Note: *Older athletes may be considered based on their physical and skill development level.
- The goal of our provincial team program is to identify athletes who have the potential to develop and reach the next levels in our sport. This would include post-secondary, National Team programs and professional leagues.
- To identify coaches that have potential to coach in a high-performance stream.
- To help develop the athlete’s technical, tactical, physical and psychological skills by exposing them to enriched levels of training and competition.
- To mentor, develop and educate coaches in a high-performance environment.
- To provide opportunities for athletes and coaches to build their competence, character, confidence and leadership. To encourage/inspire athletes and coaches to reach the highest levels in our sport.
- To prepare athletes and coaches for participation and success at the post-secondary and National Team levels as well as Western Canada Summer Games, Canada Summer Games, and the Canada Cup.
Physical Profile of a Team Alberta Athlete
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.
15U/16U Male Team Alberta Athlete- Physical Profile (with recommended standards)
Standards updated by the High Performance Committee in October 2019
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.
- Club Coaches will receive an email asking for their athlete recommendations in January (after the Premier 1 registration deadline).
- Recommended athletes will be invited to complete physical testing. Conducted tests include weight, height, seated height, standing reach, wingspan, grip strength, vertical jump (block, spike), Pro-Agility test.
- Team Alberta staff will receive the list of the athlete recommendations and testing results to begin their evaluations at the Premier events.
- Testing and performance results will be used to extend select athletes an offer to attend the ID Camp.
- Athletes will be evaluated at the ID Camp. Athletes not in attendance at the ID Camp may still move forward in the evaluation process.
- Team Alberta staff will continue to evaluate athletes in the Premier Season.
- Select Athletes will be invited to attend the Training Centre in the summer.
- From the Training Centre, two teams of 12 athletes will be selected (for more information, please refer to the 2020 Team Alberta- Athlete Selection Policy) to represent Alberta at Canada Cup.
Team Alberta Training Centre
The purpose of the Team Alberta Training Centre is to expose a larger number of athletes to advanced instruction in volleyball specific skills, fitness, mental, and physical preparation. The focus will be on technical and tactical training in all aspects of the game by both Provincial Team Coaches and guest coaches from around the province. Approximately 40 males athletes will attend the Team Alberta Training Camp in July. Athletes attending the Training Camp will have 5-6 days of training with Alberta’s top coaches and high performance staff.
Team Alberta Competition Teams
At the conclusion of the Training Centre, two competition teams will be selected to continue to train and represent Alberta at the Canada Cup tournament. These teams will be a mixture of athletes from the age categories identified above.
Key Dates for 2020 (Dates and locations may be subject to change):
- January (after Premier 1 deadline): Club Coaches receive request for Athlete Recommendations
- TBA: Recommended Athletes attend evening physical testing
- March 21: 15U & 16U Identification Camp (Sylvan Lake)
- June 30-July 5: Team Alberta Training Centre (Red Deer, AB). Competition Team Selection take place on July 5/ Non-selected athletes are released.
- July 5 - 14: Competition Team Training (Red Deer, AB)
- July 15: Canada Cup Practice day
- July 16-19: Canada Cup (Calgary, AB)
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-202-6540.
2019 Head Coach (Black) & WCSG Head Coach: Sean McKay
- 2018 17U Team Alberta Head Coach
- 2017 16U Team Alberta Assistant Coach
- Western University Mustang setter and captain 2009-2014
- Masters degree in coaching
- Played professionally in Sweden.
- Contract coach for St Vincent and the Grenadines Junior National Teams.
- Former Assistant coach of Fanshawe college men's team.
- Current coach of SAIT Trojans and ACAC south conference coach of the year.
- 2016-17 ACAC Men’s Volleyball South Division Coach of the Year
2019 Assistant Coach (Black): Ken McLaughlin
- 2017- 2018: The King's University Assistant Coach
- Holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology
- 2016 - current: NAVC Head Coach (17U Provincial Champions 2018, 16U Provincial Champions 2017)
2019 Head Coach (Blue) & WCSG Assistant Coach: Craig Marshall
- 2018 Team Alberta 16U Men's Head Coach
- 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
2019 Assistant Coach (Blue): Mitchell Schneider
- 2015 - current: Grande Prairie Regional College Head Coach
- 2012 - 2017: Saskatchewan Volleyball Provincial Team Head Coach
- Holds Fitness Leadership and Movement Diploma
- Working towards a Bachelor of Education degree
- Certified NCCP Performance Coach
2019 Team Alberta Training Centre
Congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected to the Team Alberta Training Centre. These athletes will train from July 2-7th before athlete's will be selected for the competition teams.
Daylan Andison, Nicholas Bazhanov, Jacob Breton, Riley Brunet, Owen Colbourne, Zack Durrant, Marek Edwards, Aaron Elser, Dante Furlan, Reeve Gingera, Logan Greves, Mason Greves, Cole Hemmerling, Adam Hucal, Max Konowalec, Nate Kornelsen, Kendall Kropp, Kyle Licis, Damon Lor, Brett Lower, Emmett Neuls, Luke Nodwell, Evan Ockerman, Max Penner, Renn Petryk, Spencer Purdie, Samuel Rains, Jacob Ritz, Jacob Sargent, Jack Semonis, York Sidorenko, Dominic Soucie, Ben St. Pierre, Nicholas Taub, Conaire Taub, Blake Thiemann, Jesse Umoren, Zachary van Geel, Luke Weddell, Viggo Wozniak.
2019 Team Alberta Competition Teams
Team Alberta Black
Team Alberta Blue
|22||Zachary van Geel||Setter|
2019 Western Canada Summer Games Team
Coaches: Sean McKay, Craig Marshall, Carlyn Stilling
|22||Zachary van Geel||Setter|
2018 Team Alberta Competition Team
Team Alberta Black
|9||Quinn Howard||Alternate (YT)|
Team Alberta Blue
|Uniform #||Athlete Name||Position|
|2||Zachary van Geel||Alternate|