The Team Canada National Masters Volleyball program is the first of its kind in the world. It originated in 1998-99 with the establishment of an identification program for athletes both men and women in five year intervals ranging in ages from 30 and up to 75 and up.
Legends of Volleyball Tour
The men's "Legends of Volleyball" tour was first organized in 2000 with matches against the top Universities and Colleges in Western Canada, during which the Masters team finished with a 5-4 record. The second edition of the Legends tour (2001) expanded to Eastern Canada and the United States of America (USA). Team Canada's record was 13-7 with a perfect 4-0 in Ontario. The third tour in 2002 saw the Masters team finish at 14-6 with a 6-0 record in Alberta including impressive wins against the 2002 CIS National Champions University of Alberta (UofA), and the 2002 CCAA National Champions Red Deer College (RDC). In 2003 the Masters National team started their fourth tour by splitting a pair of matches with the Junior National team and then followed with a 12-8 record across the USA and Canada. During the fifth anniversary tour of 2004, the masters played all their matches in Canada and finished with their best record yet, 14-2. In 2005, Canada repeated their 2002 performance by again beating both the 2005 CIS National Champions UofA and the 2005 CCAA National Champions RDC in exciting five set matches and finished 16-4 overall. In 2006 the Legends tour travelled to Québec and Manitoba for the first time and saw the Masters team finishing with an overall record of 12-8. In 2007 the Canada Masters tour expanded yet again, playing two matches in New Brunswick and finished with an overall record of 12-6 across Canada. The 2008 tour saw the Masters traveling to Newfoundland & Labrador for the first time in order to play a three match series against Memorial University. The Masters team ended their Eastern Canada trip winning 3-0, while finishing with a 9-3 overall record, including beating the 2008 CIS National champions UofA in a come from behind fifth set victory. The tenth anniversary tour is now in its planning phase, and is expected to take place during the fall of 2009.
Canada-USA Continental Masters Cup
The National Masters team program got his first stint at international volleyball competition in 2002 when USA Volleyball came on board after establishing its own National Masters teams. The Canada-USA Continental Masters Cup was thus born in St. George, Utah in October of 2002 with Canada and the USA National teams squaring off in the men's 50's category and splitting two best of five matches 3-1 and 2-3. The second Canada-USA Continental Masters 50's Cup competition also took place in St. George, Utah during the fall of 2003 with Canada completely dominating the action winning three straight matches 3-0, 3-1 and 3-0. Team USA got its revenge the following year by winning the 2004 50's Continental Cup 2-1 again in St. George. The fourth Continental Cup played in New Orleans saw the USA winning 2-0 during the year of 2006.
October of 2006 also saw the men's 45's get into the international scene with the first Canada USA-Continental Masters Cup played in Kelowna, BC. Canada won 2-1 in matches. Following this the men traveled to Anaheim, California in October of 2007, in which they won the Continental Cup in impressive fashion 3-0. In 2008, we saw the US team come back to Kelowna, British Colombia for the third 45's Continental Cup. Team Canada successfully defended its title coming from behind to win a sudden death one set third match final. The fourth edition of the men's 45's Continental Cup will return to Anaheim in August of 2009.
Men’s 50’s Global Cup
In October of 2006, the 50's Continental Cup evolved into the first Men's 50's Global Cup with St. George, Utah as the permanent host. Six countries took part: Russia, Germany, Brazil, Poland, USA and Canada. Canada became the bronze medal winner, defeating Poland, while USA beat Russia to capture the gold. The second men's 50's Global Cup in 2008 saw Canada winning the Gold Medal over Team USA in an exciting sudden death one set televised final before one thousand screaming fans. Seven countries took part, Canada, USA, Russia, Brazil, Finland, Germany and Venezuela. The men will be returning to defend their title in the year 2010.
Overall, over the past nine years the Team Canada Masters has brought exciting volleyball action to local communities in eight Canadian provinces British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland, while establishing itself has a dominant force on the masters’ world circuit.