Volleyball Canada will select a team of athletes (born in 1998 or later) to train and compete at the US HP Championships in Fort Lauderdale, FL from July 19-24, 2016

Congratulations to the following athletes on their selection to the Youth Men's Team: 

Jacob Deinum, Barrhead, AB
David Doty, London, ON
Max Elgert, Athabasca, AB
Jesse Elser, Calgary, AB
Maddux Greves, Calgary, AB
Jackson Howe, Calgary, AB
Kevin Lebreux, Ottawa, ON
Fynn McCarthy, Lake Country, BC
Connor McConnell, Hanwell, NB
Nick Mickelberry, Victoria, BC
Alexandre Nsakanda, Ottawa, ON
Joel Rudd, Cambridge, ON

Alternates/Training Athletes 
Ben Hooker, Winnipeg, MB
Brennen Willis, Cochrane, AB
Kyle Hinchey, Edmonton, AB



Youth (M) - athletes born in 1998 or later


Registration to be ID’d:


VC Championships - Identification:

  • 16U Canadian East Open – May 19-22– Waterloo
  • 16U Canadian West Open – May 20-23– Calgary
  • 17U/18U Canadian Open –  May 12-15 – Saskatoon (M)
  • Identification will take place by the selection committee during the competition

Final Selection Camps:

  • Athletes will be invited to attend the final selection camps.  There will be two camps to reduce the travel costs for the athletes.
  • West Camp – May 28 & 29 – Location: Calgary (TBA)
  • East Camp – June 11 & 12 – Location: EAST (Niagara College)
  • The number of athletes invited to the final selection camp will be between 50-60
  • The camp will consist of 4 on-court sessions over 2 days, physical testing, as well as education and training on Team Canada systems and high performance athlete development.
Youth (12 athletes) – Direct Invites to Team Canada athletes by June 15th

​​Select (M) - athletes born in 1998 or later, with a strong focus on 1999 age athletes


Registration to be ID’d:

  • Interested athletes born in 1998 or later will register to be identified.  The registration will ensure Volleyball Canada is aware of the athletes who are available to commit to the program for the summer of 2016.


VC Championships - Evaluations:

  • 16U Canadian East Open – May 19-22– Waterloo
  • 16U Canadian West Open – May 20-23– Calgary
  • 17U/18U Canadian Open –  May 12-15 – Saskatoon (M)
  • Evaluations will take place by the selection committee during the competition.


Athletes may be long listed from the VC Club Championships and strongly encouraged to participate in their provincial team selection camps. Several Youth and Select athletes may be invited to attend the Youth Men Final Selection Camps. The invitation & participation in the Final Selection camp is encouraged but does not guarantee selection to the YNDP program. Provincial team participation is necessary to be selected to the Selects Men YNDP program.


Final Selections will take place at the National Team Challenge Cup in July.


The final selection committee will be composed of the Head/Lead Coaches (2) of the YNDP programs, Volleyball Canada Representation (TBA) and 1-2 additionally appointed members (TBA).


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.


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If I am born in 1998, is my only option the Youth program?

No, athletes born in 1998 will be considered for the Select program as well but strong consideration will be given to 1999 and younger athletes.  It is also important to note that the Junior Men’s program birth year is 1997 and program details are being finalized.

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.

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 (Head Coach) if they are unable to attend.  It would be an option to attend either the East or West camp but not preferred due to travel costs.

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. This information will also be collected on the ID registration form.

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.