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17U Men

2021 Team Alberta Men

Athletes born in September 2003 or later*. Athletes within the 16-month window AND in the same grade level as the program year (Grade 11) will be given the most consideration for eligibility for this program.

*Older athletes may be considered based on their physical and skill development level.

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. 

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

VA Testing Protocols

Position Reach  Block Jump  Spike Jump  Pro-Agility (seconds)
Setter 241 cm (7'11" = 95") 300 cm (9'10" = 118") 312 cm (10'3"= 123") 3.5
Middle 249 cm (8'2"= 98") 305 cm (10'= 120") 330 cm (10'10"= 130") 3.5
Outside 241 cm (7'11" = 95")  302 cm (9'11" = 119") 327.5 cm (10'9"= 129") 3.5
Libero        3.5
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.

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. The tests conducted will not impact athlete performance at Premier #1; conducted tests include weight, height, seated height, standing reach, wingspan, grip strength, vertical jump (block, spike), Pro-Agility test. 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.
  5. Team Alberta Coaches will select 12 competition athletes and up to 2 Training athletes at the end of Selection Camp #2 to join the Team Alberta Grey Summer Program (for more information, please refer to the 2020 Team Alberta- Athlete Selection Policy).   

Team Alberta Training Centres in Calgary and Edmonton

Approximately 12 athletes will attend training centres in Calgary and Edmonton.  Athletes attending the Training Camp will have 10 - 11 days of training with Alberta's top coaches and high performance staff. Volleyball Alberta will not provide accommodation or meals for athletes in 2021.

 In 2021 Clubs/Coaches will receive an email asking for athlete recommendations via formstack.  From the recommended athletes a selection committee will review recommendations along with video submissions and invite athletes to the training centres in August.

Key Dates for 2021:

  • August 4 - 14
  • Weekday Evening training sessions
  • Weekend  Training during the day/evening

2021 Coaching Staff

Calgary Training Centre

Head Coach: Paul Armbruster  

  • Head Coach of Men's Volleyball at Ambrose University
  • Former Team Canada Men's Jr National Team assistant coach
  • Former University of Calgary Dino and professional player in Norway

Assistant Coach: Emmitt Juul-Hansen 

  • Assistant Coach with Men's 16U Phoenix Volleyball Club
  • Former Assistant Coach with Men's 14U Phoenix
  • Former NBC Volleyball Camp coach

Edmonton Training Centre

Head Coach: Vinny Saporito   

  • Assistant Coach of Men's Volleyball at University of Alberta
  • Coach with NAVC Griffins Volleyball Club and skills trainer with ASPIRE Volleyball
  • Former Head Coach of Men's Volleyball at Mohawk College

Assistant Coach: Kyle Erickson 

  • Assistant Coach of Men's Volleyball at University of Alberta
  • Coached with NAVC and FOG Volleyball Club
  • Previous Team Alberta Assistant Coach

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 Ray Sewell at or call 780-415-1703 ext. 5

2021 Team Alberta Training Centre

Calgary Training Centre Athletes

Athlete Name Position
Alex Bazhanov Libero
Nicholas Bazhanov Setter
Boris Berbic Outside Hitter
Ethan Church Setter
Ethan Czepruyk Middle
Josh Dueck Middle
Garrett Harvey Middle
Ben House Outside Hitter
Tate Howell Outside Hitter
Kyle Phillipson Libero
Victor Secches Reis Outside Hitter
Cade Smith Outside Hitter
Ashton South Middle
Noah Verhoef Setter
Tom Vos Outside Hitter

Edmonton Training Centre Athletes

Athlete Name Position
Seth Birkholz Middle
Anders Bouck Setter
Pierce Decore Outside Hitter
Brett Johnson Libero
Sean Kaliel Outside Hitter
Kyle Licis Middle
Brendon Lord Outside Hitter
Jack Mallett Middle
Carter McDonald Middle
Rhees Moss Setter
Emmett Neuls Outside Hitter
Jayden Scheel Outside Hitter
Jack Semonis Outside Hitter
Luke Weddell Setter
Aiden Wright Outside Hitter

2019 17U Team Alberta Roster

# Athlete Name Position
1 Sean Robertson Setter
2 Ryan Wasylyshyn Libero
3 Colby Nemeth Outside Hitter
4 Josh Gagnon Outside Hitter/Libero
6 Erik Godwin Outside Hitter
7 Zach Lobdell Outside Hitter
8 Cody Noble Middle
9 Felix Dufour Outside Hitter/Middle
10 Taylor Wenzel Setter
11 Joel Nickel Outside Hitter
12 Chris Bryant Middle
15 Carsten Bergeron Middle
5 Keegan Hanrahan (alternate) Middle
16 David Kindley (alternate) Setter


2018 17U Team Alberta Roster

2018 17U Men - Photo credit Matthew Greer

# Athlete Name Position
3 Olamide Ajayi Outside Hitter
5 Griffin Butler Outside Hitter
14 Noah Carlson Outside Hitter
1 Tyler Chernishenko Libero
4 Nash Shipton Setter
8 Jack Cochran Setter
6 Tyler Funk Outside Hitter
13 Colby Lindseth Middle
15 Corbin Ockerman Middle
7 Maxim Turgeon Middle
9 Jacob Van Geel Outside Hitter
11 Jens Watt Outside Hitter
2 Callum Campbell (alternate) Outside Hitter
10 Kobby Nyarko (alternate) Outside Hitter