Athlete Application Portal (GMTM) is now Available, see below for details

For more information on Team AB, please contact Ben Saxton at highperformance@volleyballalberta.ca

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. We aim to help develop an athlete’s technical, tactical, physical and psychological skills by exposing them to enriched levels of training and competition.

Team AB is also used to identify coaches with potential to coach in a high-performance stream. To mentor, develop and educate coaches in a high-performance environment.

The Team Alberta program provides opportunities for athletes and coaches to build their, competence, character, confidence and leadership and to encourage them to reach the highest levels in our sport. We hope to prepare them for participation and success at events such as Western Canada Summer Games, Canada Summer Games, and Canada Cup, and also as they move ahead to post-secondary and National levels of competition.

Key Info and Dates 2024

2024 Identification/Program Pathway

Athlete Application Portal currently under maintenance, will open shortly.

  1. Club Coaches will receive an email when the athlete application portal is opened. Athletes interested in participating in a 2024 Team AB program will be asked to submit an application including video submission through the VA athlete application portal.
  2. Physical testing dates have been organized alongside Premiere #1 events across the province. All athletes within the correct age windows will be welcome to register and participate in Team AB physical testing. Conducted tests include weight, height, seated height, standing reach, wingspan, grip strength, vertical jump (block, spike), Pro-Agility test. Registration for physical testing will open in January 2024. Athletes who participate at the Volleyball Canada NEP Combine will have the option to share those results with Volleyball Alberta, and won’t be required to participate in Team AB testing. VC Combine Info
  3. A selection team consisting of team coaches and mentor coaches will identify athletes and begin evaluations via the Application Portal and at Premier events.
  4. Testing and performance results will be used to extend select athletes an offer to attend the ID Camp.
  5. Athletes will be evaluated at the ID Camp. Athletes not in attendance at the ID Camp may still be considered in the evaluation process.
  6. Team Alberta coaches and mentors will continue to evaluate athletes throughout the Premier Season.
  7. Select Athletes will be invited to attend the Training Centre in the summer.
  8. From the Training Centre, the following teams will be selected, consisting of 12 competition and 2 training athletes each. These teams will continue through competition team training and compete at the 2024 Canada Cup 
    • 17U Girls – 1 Team
    • 17U Boys – 1 Team

Please mark highperformance@volleyballalberta.ca as safe in your email browser to receive future program info via email!

Athlete Eligibility:

Athletes born in September 2006 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.

Key Dates

  • Physical Testing:
    • 17U Women – February 2 in Edmonton
    • 17U Men – February 9 in Edmonton
  • ID Camp:
    • 17U Women – April 6/7 in Red Deer
    • 17U Men – April 13/14 in Sylvan Lake
  • Selection Camp:
    • Both Genders – June 1/2 in Central Alberta
  • Competition Team Training
    • Both Genders – July 7 to 23 in Calgary
  • Canada Cup Competition – July 24 to 28 in Calgary

Athlete Application Portal (GMTM)

Athlete Application is now available via GMTM

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 is constantly researching and evaluating physical testing results from numerous sources to understand the base physical performance levels that athletes should possess for continued success in our sport. Our numbers also reflect those used by Volleyball Canada in the National Excellence Programs.

VA Testing Protocols

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.

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

Standards were updated by the High Performance Committee in October 2019

PositionReach Block JumpSpike Jump Pro-Agility Test(seconds)
Setter218.5 cm (7’2″ = 86″)264 cm (8’8″= 104″)277 cm (9’1″ = 109″)4.1
Middle231 cm (7’7″= 91″)274 cm (9’0″ = 108″)294.5 cm (9’8″ = 116″)4.1
Outside221 cm (7’3″ = 87″)268 cm (8’9.5″ = 105.5″)289.5 cm (9’6″ = 114″)4.1
Libero      4.1

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

Standards were updated by the High Performance Committee in October 2019

PositionReach Block Jump Spike Jump Pro-Agility (seconds)
Setter241 cm (7’11” = 95″)300 cm (9’10” = 118″)312 cm (10’3″= 123″)3.5
Middle249 cm (8’2″= 98″)305 cm (10’= 120″)330 cm (10’10″= 130″)3.5
Outside241 cm (7’11” = 95″) 302 cm (9’11” = 119″)327.5 cm (10’9″= 129″)3.5
Libero    3.5

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 Ben Saxton at highperformance@volleyballalberta.ca or call 780-415-1703 ext. 8

Team AB Past Rosters and Results

2023 Team Alberta Competition Teams

2023 Canada Cup – ISET Scedules/Scores/Teams

Result: Canada Cup, Tier 2 Championship Silver Medal

17U Girls
7Ava Fontaine
13Hadley Ziemmer
11Jayna Thulien
8Kaitlin Rolph
2Keira Crellin
6Leni Blanke
5Rachel Mallett
14Raven Ogbodu
3Sophia Hansen
10Stella McKenna
4Sydney Seida
1Taryn Sieben
AlternateKatelyn Hennessy
AlternateAwien Ngor
AlternateKaya Singha
coachChristy Hansen
coachLeah Shevkenek

2022 Team Alberta Competition Team

TEAM AB 17U Female

17U Team Alberta Women 
2 – Jade Longlad
3 – Anna Howard
4 – Katelyn Mazurkewich
5 – Megan Kendziora
6 – Chichi Makasi 
7 – Alexa Landmark
8 – Dominique Desautels
9 – Kaya Singha 
10 – Evangeline Zeyha 
11 – Korey Jenkins
12 – Maddy Dzetter 
13 – Keira Gent
14 – Jordan Wallace
15 – Piper Bullivant
Head Coach – Shannon Rossall
Assistant Coach – Chantelle Lamotte

2021 Team Alberta Training Centre

Calgary Training Centre Athletes

Head Coach: Rhonda Schmuland, Assistant Coach: Victoria Dakin

Athlete NamePosition
Payton BazantLibero
Evvia BelireauLibero
Maria BrouwerSetter
Sophie FergusonMiddle
Avery IsaacsMiddle
Lauren JunckOutside Hitter
Taylor LougheedSetter
Marlyn MaOutside Hitter
Tessa McDermidOutside Hitter
Robyn McLeanOutside Hitter
Katie MurrayMiddle
Emelie SilovsOutside Hitter
Kasandra TrenkeMiddle
Madi VincettMiddle

Edmonton Training Centre Athletes

Head Coach: Lauren Hale-Miller, Assistant Coach: Don Hui

Athlete NamePosition
Narelle ArnoldMiddle
Rilyn BoormanOutside Hitter
Bronwyn EttingerLibero
Mackenzie GreeneMiddle
Anna HansenOutside Hitter
Avery HansenSetter
Laila JohnstonOutside Hitter
Parker KnippelOutside Hitter
Peighton MeltonMiddle
Allie MooreMiddle
Emma MorrisonMiddle
Kathleen NashimMiddle
Janelle SkinnerSetter
Olivia SpeltOutside Hitter

2019 17U Team AB Roster

#Athlete NamePosition
1Michela AlongiLibero
10Alyshia BryksOutside Hitter
9Avery BurgarMiddle
13Olivia ClagueMiddle
5Grace CoulterOutside Hitter
4Paige DeeringMiddle
12Scarlett GingeraOutside Hitter
2Melissa HatfieldOutside Hitter
15Avery KellyOutside Hitter
8Sophie ReedOutside Hitter
11Carly ThomsonSetter
6Edan WadeSetter
16Dani Jodoin (Alternate)Outside Hitter/Middle
3Evie Kath (Alternate)Setter
 Lauren Kauffeldt (Alternate)Outside Hitter

2018 17U Team AB Roster

#Athlete NamePosition
1Michela AlongiLibero
6Mariah BereziukOutside Hitter/Middle
9Danielle DardisMiddle
12Michelle DengSetter
3Riley deWitOutside Hitter
4Jordan LapinsOutside Hitter
8Vanessa LoosOutside Hitter
10Sarah McGeeMiddle
5Mary MurraySetter
13Amaya PerryOutside Hitter
11Trinity SoleckiOutside Hitter
14Julia SprentzMiddle
7Kira Weddell (Alternate)Middle

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