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17U Men

2022 Team Alberta Men

Athletes born in September 2004 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.

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 after the Premier 1 roster lock deadline.
  2. Recommended athletes will be invited to do the physical testing. The tests conducted will not impact athlete performance at Premier #2; 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.
  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 Summer Program (for more information, please refer to the 2020 Team Alberta- Athlete Selection Policy).   

Team Alberta Training Centres in Calgary and/or Edmonton

Approximately 12 athletes will attend training centres in Calgary and/or Edmonton.  Athletes attending the Training Camp will be training with Alberta's top coaches and high performance staff.

Key Dates for 2022 (Tentative):

  • ID Camp: April 23 in Red Deer
  • Selection Camp: June 4/5
  • Training Camp: July 2-10 in Edmonton
  • Canada Cup: July 20-24 in Calgary

2022 Coaching Staff

Team Alberta 17U Men
Head Coach: Jordan Taylor Assistant Coach: Shane Barr

- NAIT OOKS Men's Volleyball Head Coach
- Master's Degree in Coaching and NCCP Level 3 (Performance Coach) - Trained
- Coached Team AB from 2014-2017 earning 2 National Silver medals, 1 Bronze medal
- Head Coached FOG Volleyball Club to 4 straight VA Provincial Finals (2015-2018)
- Founder of Goliath High Performance INC.

- FOG Club coach with top four finshes at Provincials 2015-2019
- Coach at Bev Facey for 2015-2017, 2019
- F.R. Haythorne Sr Boys head coach 2018 & Edwin Parr Comp. coach in 2020, 2021 
- Former Lethbridge College athlete and University of Alberta graduate

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 Alex Donaghy at or call 780-415-1703 ext. 4

2022 Team Alberta Training Centre

Training Centre Athletes

Athlete announcement coming soon!

2022 Team Alberta Competition Team

# Athlete Name Position Team Photo: Team Alberta 17U Men

2021 Team Alberta Training Centre

Calgary Training Centre Athletes

Head Coach: Paul Armbruster, Assistant Coach: Emmitt Juul-Hansen

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

Head Coach: Vinny Saporito, Assistant Coach: Kyle Erickson

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