2015 TEAM CANADA YOUTH & JUNIOR WOMEN
The NTCC program, for the first time, will combine two age groups of the elite/provincial team programs in one venue over six days. Hosted at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond BC, from July 15-19, 2015, the elite championship will bring together the best athletes and coaches representing their province/territory and culminate in a national elite championship.
From the championship, the top athletes will be identified and selected to represent Canada as part of the Youth and Junior National team program. The Youth (17/16U) and Junior (18U) Team Canada Program provides an environment of excellence in Canada to expose identified athletes to international level of education, training and competition early in their career.
“Talent identification and development is very important to the future of our National Team programs,” said Arnd Ludwig, Volleyball Canada women’s head coach. “I’m happy to see this new approach. I’m looking forward to an expanded elite championship.”
Athletes born in 1998 or later
Selection/NTCC: July 15-19*
Training/Tournament: July 20-25
Number of Athletes: Up to 40
Location: Whistler, British Columbia
Program Fee: $1200
*17U teams will compete in the 18U division from July 15-17
Athletes born in 1997 or later
Selection/NTCC: July 15-17
Training and Competition: July 18-25
Number of Athletes: 12
Location: Richmond and Des Moines, IA
Competition: US HP Championships*
Program Fee: $1200
*Athletes selected to the 17/18U Junior Program must be Canadian citizens and have a valid Canadian Passport in order to travel to the US HP Championships.
Athletes selected to a Youth or Junior National Team program may receive extensive additional support and services 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. The value of subsidies and services offered will range but could be up to $3000 per athlete depending on the region and needs of the athlete.
Identification and Preparation for the NTCC’s:
Athletes interested in being identified for the Team Canada Elite program should contact their Provincial Volleyball Association for Provincial/Territory Team selection process and key dates. Winter 2015 VCCE programs are open for registration in your area to ensure you are ready to be part of these exciting new opportunities.
See Athlete Selection Criteria Tool HERE