Team Canada Select and Youth Programs
YOUTH NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Youth (M) – Athletes will be short listed from the Identification Camps. Final evaluations will take place at VC Club Championships.
Select (M) – Athletes will be long listed from the Identification Camps as well as VC Club Championships and athletes will be strongly encouraged to participate in their provincial team selection camps. Final Selections will take place at the National Team Challenge Cup.
- Dates and locations to be announced. Most ID Camps will take place at a local VCCE/Regional Centres during the month of March 2016.
- 16U Canadian East Open – May 19-22– Waterloo
- 16U Canadian West Open – May 20-23– Calgary
- 17U/18U Canadian Open – May 5-8 – Edmonton (W), May 12-15 – Saskatoon (M)
Youth/Junior (12 athletes) – Direct Invites to athletes by June 1st
Select/Youth (36 athletes) – Direct invites following the conclusion of the NTCC, July 17
The final selection committee will be composed of the Head/Lead Coaches (2) of the YNDP programs (TBA), Volleyball Canada Representation (TBA) and 1-2 additionally appointed members (TBA).
FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS AND BENEFITS
All athletes selected to the Program will be required to pay a program fee. The fees will offset travel, and all training and competition costs for the program. The fee will be determined prior to ID camps.
Selected athletes will be expected to participate and supported through the VCCE program (or VC approved program) in the coming season(s).
Identified athletes may receive additional services in their grade 11 or 12 years through the VCCE program (or VC approved program). Services may include individual and small group coaching/mentoring through the VCCE, strength and conditioning services, and support to develop a flexible academic schedule to accommodate training needs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If I am born in 1998, what are my options?
Junior Team (M) - Athlete selection camp dates and format to be determined later. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Team (M) - Selection process as listed above.
Selects Team (M) - Selection will be through the NTCC tournament, therefore athletes will need to part of their provincial team program.
How do I find out about my PTA’s plans for the summer of 2016?
It is important that you check with your region to ensure you are aware of the selection process for their elite programs. Information is available through your Provincial/Territorial Volleyball Association's website or contact pages.
It mentions that competition is subject to funding allocations. What does this mean?
Volleyball Canada will confirm competition schedule in mid-February, prior to any ID camps and update information accordingly.
What if I am not available for the ID Camp in my region?
The ID camps are part of the process to selection and every effort should be made to attend. Athletes would need to communicate early with the appropriate personnel (Camp Lead) if they are unable to attend.
What if my club team is not planning to participate in VC Club Championships?
The club championships are a critical piece of the season plan for our next generation of high performance athletes so it is the expectation that athletes will be in attendance. It would be important to communicate early with the YNDP Lead if your team is unable to attend.
I am injured and unable to attend either the camp or VC Championships, what should I do?
Depending on the injury, it is important that athletes are healthy and prepared for training and competition in the month of July. Our first priority is ensure long term athlete development, therefore, if you are unable to participate during camps and/or nationals, you would be responsible to communicate with your health care provider, coach, and YNDP Lead well in advance of the final selection.
Why should I participate in the ID Camps, if I am only planning to try out for my provincial team?
Coaches in each region are typically part of both the VCCE/VC ID Camps as well as the PTA high performance system. Each coach will be evaluating athletes who wish to be considered part of our next generation of Team Canada. Each athlete will have the opportunity to complete physical and skill testing as well as be part of the ongoing education and development of our athletes. This information/database will be shared with the PTA high performance groups. This information may be used to aid in the selection of high performance programs within each region.