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17U Men

2020 Team Alberta Grey - Men

Athletes born in September 2002 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)

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).   

Key Dates for 2020 (Dates and locations may be subject to change):

  • January: Club Coaches receive request for Athlete Recommendations
  • TBA: Recommended Athletes attend evening physical testing
  • April 18: 17U Selection Camp #1 (Location TBA)
  • May TBA: 17U/18U Selection Camp #2 (Location TBA)
  • June 30:  Athletes Arrive for Training
  • June 30 - July 14: Team Alberta Training (Red Deer, AB)         
  • July 15-19: Canada Cup (Calgary, AB)

2020 Coaching Staff

2020 Team Alberta Grey Head Coach: Greg Barthel

  • Current Assistant coach with Mount Royal Univeristy Men's Volleyball program.  
  • 2007-2018: Univeristy of Regina Men's Volleyball Head Coach
  • 2010-current: Volleyball Canada coach with Junior, Youth & Regional Excellence programs
  • Inducted into the ACAC Hall of Fame in 2014
  • NCCP Performance Coach trained

2020 Team Alberta Grey Assistant Coach: Craig Marshall 

  • Current Assistant Coach with the University of Alberta Men's Volleyball program.
  • 2019 & 2018 Team Alberta 16U Men's Head Coach, 2019 WCSG Assistant Coach
  • 2017 Team Alberta 17U Women's Head Coach
  • 12 years of coaching experience. Current Head Coach of the 18UW NAVC Griffins.
  • 2017: Assistant Coach with The King's Univeristy Women's program
  • 2015-2017: Assistant Coach with The King's Univeristy Men's program
  • Currently enrolled in the Univeristy of Alberta's Master's of Coaching program.
  • Bachelor of P.E. from the University of Alberta, major in coaching studies in 2015.

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 or call 403-202-6540


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