The Canada Games, held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, are the largest multi-sport event in the country and represent the pinnacle of interprovincial/territorial sport competition. As the best in their age group, these young competitors come to the Games having trained long and hard to be among those chosen to represent their respective province or territory. Since 1967, nearly 100,000 athletes have participated in the Games with hundreds of thousands having engaged in try-outs and qualifying events. Add to that the over 100,000 coaches, officials and volunteers that have been directly involved in the planning and staging of the Games and you have some idea as to the enormous reach of the Canada Games over a proud history.
Indoor volleyball has been on the Canada Games program since the very first Canada Games in 1967 in Quebec City, QC, and is one of the few sports that has been featured on both Winter and Summer Games programs. Indoor volleyball was on the Winter program from 1969-1987, and transitioned to the Summer program at the 1985 Games in Saint John, NB.
Beach Volleyball made its debut in both Men’s and Women’s categories at the 2001 Canada Summer Games in London, ON. Beach volleyball returned to the program in 2009, and has been on every summer program since.
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2021 Key Dates:
July 17 -18: Identification Camp (Edmonton) - By invitation
August 13 - 15: Training Camp (Calgary) - Athletes will be selected from July Identification Camps (note: athletes unable to attend Identification Camps due to Volleyball Canada programs will be invited)
2021 Coaching Staff
Team Alberta Head Coach: Greg Barthel
- Current Assistant coach with Mount Royal University Men's Volleyball program.
- 2007-2018: University 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
2021 Team Alberta Assistant Coach: Sam Tuivai
Athlete Identification/Program Pathway
There will only be an 19U (Athletes born in 2003 or later) Team Alberta program offered in a Canada Games Year - the next Canada Games will be held in 2022. High-Performance Athletes are strongly encouraged to connect with their post-secondary coach to ensure they follow an appropriate summer training program including a strength & conditioning as well as beach & indoor training. Athletes' need to appropriately prepare themselves for the demands of playing post-secondary volleyball.
Volleyball Alberta will be offering a Team Alberta Beach program for interested athletes.
Volleyball Canada will be offering a Youth & Selects Men's National team.
The Development of a Physical Profile
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.
18U Male Team Alberta Athlete- Physical Profile (with recommended standards)
|Position||Reach||Block Jump||Spike Jump||Pro-Agility (seconds)|
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.
2017 Canada Games - 18U Team Alberta Roster
|Uniform #||Athlete Name||Position|
|9||Hunter Stewart||Outside Hitter|
|3||Jesse Elser||Outside Hitter|
|4||Mathias Elser||Outside Hitter|
|2||Matthew Neaves||Outside Hitter|
|6||Mitchell Newman||Outside Hitter|
|15||Ryan Zachary||Outside Hitter|
|14||Griffin Butler (alternate)||Outside Hitter|
|13||Jordan Krause (alternate)||Outside Hitter|
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, contact Ray Sewell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 780-415-1703 ext.5