2020 Competitive Season – Tryouts

Here are the details for the Fernie Volleyball Club tryouts. In some categories, there is more than one tryout session and athletes are encouraged to attend all sessions offered for their age/gender.

  • Proof of Volleyball Alberta/Canada registration as a Recreational player will need to be provided NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 30TH. (see below for details).
  • A $5 cash fee (per session) will be collected at tryouts to support the cost of facilities rentals for the tryouts.
  • Athletes should come prepared in athletic wear (shorts/t-shirt) with appropriate indoor court shoes and knee pads (if used). A water bottle is recommended.


  • 14U Boys – 2:00 – 4:00PM
  • 13U Girls – 4:00 – 6:00PM
  • 15U Girls – 4:00 – 6:00PM


  • 16U Girls – 2:00 – 4:00PM
  • 17/18U Girls – 2:00 – 4:00PM
  • 14U Girls – 4:00 – 6:00PM

Sunday Dec 8th – MAX TURYK

  • 15U Girls – 4:00 – 6:00PM


Volleyball Alberta / Volleyball Canada determine the age categories for Competitive Club teams. Here is the breakdown for the 2020 season:

13U – Athletes born Sep 1, 2006 or later
14U – Athletes born Sep 1, 2005 to Dec 31, 2006 (16 months)
15U – Athletes born Sep 1, 2004 to Dec 31, 2005 (16 months)
16U – Athletes born Sep 1, 2003 to Dec 31, 2004 (16 months)
17U – Athletes born Sep 1, 2002 to Dec 31, 2003 (16 months)
18U – Athletes born Sep 1, 2001 to Dec 31, 2002 (16 months)

In short this means that any athlete born between Sep 1 to Dec 31 has the option of playing with other athletes born in the same birth year or playing down to the next younger age category if developmentally that is a better fit. For more details about this please refer to Volleyball Canada Age Categories. Here is an excerpt from that link:

Some athletes born from Sept-Dec will benefit from choosing a younger division, while other athletes who play at an advanced level would benefit from the challenge of playing up an age category. Athletes, parents and coaches should consider the short term and long term benefits of playing up or down an age category. Volleyball Canada recommends that if playing up provides the needed challenge for improvement, and there exists no significant social/emotional drawbacks in the older age category, athletes should play up.

The FVC must manage the number of athletes per team across age categories while the interest level across categories can vary. We ask that in general athletes tryout in the age category of their birth year. If an athlete falls within the Sept to Dec birth dates and would like to tryout for a younger age category than their birth year, please contact the club to make us aware of your intention and to ensure the coach is aware.


Every athlete planning to tryout for an FVC competitive team MUST be registered as a ‘Recreational’ player with Volleyball Alberta & Volleyball Canada before attending the tryout. There is an $10.25 fee for registration under this category that must be paid for by the athlete/family and is non-refundable.

For details on how to register, please refer to this link from Volleyball Alberta: http://www.volleyballalberta.ca/node/84

For the registration page itself: https://site2704.goalline.ca/register.php?reg_form_id=31349

  • If you are a returning player or participated in a previous camp program with the FVC (e.g. our 2019 Summer Camp) then you likely have a 6-digit Access Code with Goalline. There is a link to retrieve this on the page above if you can’t find it in historical email (search your email for ‘goalline’).
  • If you are registering as a New Player then the ‘Association’ to select is ‘Region 1 – Sunny South’ and the Team Code should be left blank.
  • Please forward to club@fernievolleyball.com by the Nov 30th deadline your proof of registration as a Recreational Player. Click for an example of the email you need to forward (received after successful registration on Goallline). 


The FVC coaching staff will select a maximum of 12 athletes to form any of the competitive teams. In gender/age categories where there is strong interest and a larger number of athletes participating in tryouts, not all athletes will be offered a position on the team. In situations where 12 or fewer athletes tryout for a team, the coaching staff is not bound to select all athletes if it’s deemed that a significant skill gap (or commitment gap) exists that could be detrimental to overall team development.

In determining team selection, the FVC coaching staff will assess:

  • Core Volleyball skills and abilities
  • Overall athletic ability
  • Effort/focus during tryouts
  • Overall demeanour, perceived coachability and team fit

If the number of athletes trying out in any category is significant (e.g. 22+) and practice facilities and coaching is available the FVC will consider forming two teams (generally organized by ability) in the same category. The club can send multiple teams in the same category to any of the tournaments. This is quite common for larger clubs in bigger centres.

The FVC will also  try (coaching and facilities dependent) and support players who aren’t selected for competitive teams by facilitating drop-in and development programs throughout the season to allow keen athletes to continue to evolve their Volleyball skills/experience. We will do whatever we can to keep athletes engaged in the sport throughout the Winter helping to prepare them to compete in the School season or a future club season.

If you have questions about the Tryout process or FVC competitive teams/season, please feel free to email us at club@fernievolleyball.com

We can’t wait to get the season started! Be sure to register with Volleyball Alberta/Canada and send us your proof of registration by Nov 30th.