2022 Competitive Teams Update & Vaccination Guidelines

For those families with players hoping to play/travel as part of FVC competitive teams starting in January 2022, here’s a bit of an update.
 

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

If you haven’t yet done so, please complete the Expression of Interest form ASAP.
 
 
If you are new to competitive club volleyball, reminder that general information and tournament dates (locations coming soon) can be reviewed here: https://fernievolleyball.com/programs/
 
As of Oct 17th, 2021 here’s where we are with players expressing interest (not all at a ‘Committed’ level).  Some players are age eligible for two categories (if they are born in Sep, Oct, Nov or Dec) but so far have been grouped in the defacto age category for their birth year.
 
  • 13U Girls = 15
  • 13U Boys = 4
  • 14U Girls = 11
  • 15U Girls = 14
  • 16U Girls = 12
  • 16U Boys = 2
  • 17/18 Boys = 1
  • 17/18U Girls = 10
Tryouts will be run in very early December for all age categories where there is interest enough to form one or more teams.  Tryout details and fees will be posted in November.
 
VACCINATION STATUS
 
Volleyball Alberta recently posted this information about the mandatory proof of vaccination currently required by all facilities they rely on to run the large “Premier” (and provincials) tournaments.  https://www.volleyballalberta.ca/node/956
 
Volleyball Canada has also indicated that for any of their Nationals competitions they must follow the provincial, regional and facility requirements. And here again if events like the large ‘Super Nationals’ (15U-18U) were to be run with current requirements in place, only fully vaccinated participants could access the facility & play.
 
The Fernie Volleyball Club continues not to have an independent vaccine mandate for the local programs we offer and this isn’t changing at this time.  The club does take seriously the global pandemic and have always been proactive with our Covid-19 safety plan including voluntary mask requirements (even for on-court activities) in late 2020 and early 2021 as well as other best practice measures to do our best to ensure the safety of all participants.
 
The primary purpose of our competitive team programs is to train for these large competitions (Alberta Premiers, Provincials, VC Nationals).  Therefore the FVC (for these programs only) plans to collect proof of vaccination for all athletes wishing to attend tryouts and compete for a spot on one of our teams. We will also collect proof of vaccination for all coaches and parent supporters (Team Managers, etc) who plan to attend competitions with the team.  A large portion of the fees we collect for the club season go towards paying for participation in these events and we are not willing to risk the entire team not being allowed to compete (with no refunds offered) if unvaccinated members of the team are denied access to competition facilities.
 
If organizations such as Volleyball Alberta and Volleyball Canada update their directives based on loosening requirements from the large facilities they rely on for these tournaments, the FVC plans to follow suit.
 
Please feel free to share this information with other families who may be interested in competitive club volleyball for their players.
 
Thanks,
 
FVC

2021 Competitive Teams – Fees & Tryouts

Despite how fluid and tricky things are with the quickly changing Covid landscape & guidelines, the FVC is moving forward with plans to form our competitive teams and get our club ‘season’ started.

Obviously things will look quite different as we launch into 2021.  Some overall guiding principals and parameters you can expect:

  • Strict adherence to all regional & provincial Covid guidelines/restrictions.  See the FVC Covid-19 safety plan for more details.
  • A more ‘practice & development’ oriented philosophy compared to traditional years – at least for the start of the season until the Covid landscape allows more. (This likely also means some limitations on what activities are allowed on-court during tryouts/practices to adhere to Volleyball BC & viaSport guidelines for the ‘Phase’ of return to play we are in at the time)
  • The FVC will maintain our traditional approach to forming teams.  This approach will group the most ‘like-skilled’ athletes loosely following the Volleyball Canada age guidelines. We believe this is the most appropriate development model for all athletes. (See section below on Team Selection/Composition)
  • If it allows more players overall to play, the FVC on a case-by-case basis may selectively allow some flexibility in strict age guidelines when forming teams for the 2021 season.  e.g. an 16U athlete who doesn’t have a team may be selected for a 15U team
    • In the case of any such ‘age allowances’, it’s important to note that if the competitive landscape evolves and formal Volleyball BC, Volleyball Alberta or Volleyball Canada competitions become viable, teams may need to be re-formed/adjusted to only allow age-eligible players to participate in those competitions.  (e.g. it’s possible a player becomes a ‘practice-only player’ if larger sanctioned competitions become available and the player isn’t age-eligible at the same age grouping of the majority/remainder of the team)
  • The FVC will actively seek out appropriate competitive opportunities if and as Covid guidelines allow. (Regional league or otherwise)

    FEES

The FVC board has established fees for the 2021 indoor/competitive season to be $250 per athlete.  This includes:

  • 2 x per week practices from early January to roughly mid-May
  • All facilities rental and equipment
  • Coaching honorariums for head coaches
  • Use of FVC jersey for team scrimmages against other FVC teams

If guidelines allow us to extend our ‘practice-centric’ season to include more competitive play then there will be additional fees required to support those opportunities. (Whether the structure is a regional league or broader competitions)

All players trying out for FVC teams will need to be registered with Volleyball Alberta/Volleyball Canada as Youth Players and will need to provide all signed forms to the FVC prior to attending tryouts.  Any athlete who participated in the FVC Tune-Up program has already been registered and has provided all required paperwork.

TRYOUTS (JAN 3rd & 5th)

  • Per Covid limitations, all tryout participants MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED this season to be allowed access to the facility on the day/time of tryouts. (NO EXCEPTIONS)
  • IMPORTANT – DEADLINE – DEC 18TH, 2020 – To ensure your athlete is fully registered and the FVC expects them for tryouts please reference this website:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gnSJe0kIne2zVJFT0xkaU0BqQ_EnM3a6rQ20tjzLgb8/edit?usp=sharing
    • Navigate the Tabs at the bottom to view different ages/categories
    • If your player is on the list and highlighted in Green they are all set!
    • If your player is on the list but has changed their mind and isn’t planning to attend tryouts, please email club@fernievolleyball.com to have them removed from the list
    • If your player is on the list but not highlighted in Green then be sure to complete the Volleyball Alberta/Canada registration and paperwork (see below) and send proof of both to club@fernievolleyball.com. These steps are necessary to get them ‘Green’.
    • If your player is not on the list but would like to attend tryouts then complete the Expression of Interest form here: https://forms.gle/yNpXshaYibiq5Eep9
      • If they didn’t participate in the Tune-Up Program you also need to complete the Volleyball Alberta/Canada registration & paperwork (see below).
  • A $5 cash fee 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 with their name on it is recommended.
  • Masks will be expected to be worn from when they step foot into the facility until they leave the facility at the end of the session (masks mandatory for all on court activities & duration of session).

SUNDAY JAN 3rd – MAX TURYK COMMUNITY CENTRE

  • 17U/18U Girls (Grades 11 & 12) – 9:30 – 11:30AM
  • 14U Girls (Grade 8) – 3:45-5:45PM

SUNDAY JAN 3rd – FERNIE COMMUNITY CENTRE

  • 15U Boys (All boys welcome)** – 2:00 – 4:00PM
  • 15U/16U Girls (Grades 9 & 10) – 4:00 – 6:00PM

TUESDAY JAN 5th – FERNIE COMMUNITY CENTRE

  • 13U Girls (Grades 6 & 7) – 4:00 – 6:00PM

** NOTE: BOYS TRYOUTS – It is expected that the largest interest will be from boys at the 15U (Gr 9) age category.  We will allow boys spanning up an age category (16U/Gr 10) and down all age categories (Gr 6-8) to also try out.  Only reasonably similarly skilled players will be selected for this team up to a maximum of 12.  If there are enough younger or less experienced players who aren’t selected for the team, we will consider offering a once per week development program for these boys. (Coaching and gym time dependent)

REQUIRED – VOLLEYBALL ALBERTA / CANADA REGISTRATION (If your player participated in the Tune-Up program than this is not required)

REGISTRATION FORM LINK: https://site2704.goalline.ca/register.php?reg_form_id=36740

There are 2 VERY IMPORTANT To-Do’s here (follow all steps very carefully):

  1. Complete the entire process including eSigning all the required Volleyball Alberta paperwork AND paying the $15.50 fee via Paypal.
    • If your player has participated in a previous FVC program they quite likely have a Goalline access code already. Search your email for ‘Goalline’ to see if a previous registration email includes the access code. If you have trouble finding the code or aren’t sure if you have one, click the ‘What’s my Access Code’ link for help retrieving.
    • If you are prompted for your Region/Association, select ‘Region 1 – Sunny South’. The ‘Team Code’ field can be left blank.
    • In Step 3 (page showing the Registration Overview) be sure to follow the instructions at the bottom and go to this link to eSign the required Volleyball Alberta waivers & forms. https://bit.ly/368lPph
    • Be sure to RETURN TO THE PREVIOUS PAGE to complete the Goalline registration (Step 4) including being redirected to Paypal to pay the $15.50 registration.
  2. Email proof of payment AND copies of signed waivers/forms.
    • You will receive 2 emails after successfully completing the steps above. Forward BOTH emails to club@fernievolleyball.com
    • One email will have the Subject: ‘Document signed: Membership Consent Forms Package’ and includes a PDF attachment. Be sure the PDF attachment is forwarded when you send the email to club@fernievolleyball.com
    • The other email will have the Subject: ‘2021 Youth Player Registration Confirmation – VA’

YOU MUST FORWARD BOTH EMAILS TO CLUB@FERNIEVOLLEYBALL.COM PRIOR TO MIDNIGHT ON DECEMBER 18TH, 2020 TO CONFIRM YOUR ATHLETES PARTICIPATION IN TRYOUTS.

TEAM SELECTION / COMPOSITION

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, it is possible that 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.

Offers to join a team will be sent by email shortly after tryouts. If the offer is accepted additional registration paperwork and season fee payment will be due within a couple of days to secure the spot on the team.

EXPECTED TEAMS – TENTATIVE PRACTICE TIMES

13U GIRLS (2 teams) – Head Coach: Sage Stevenson

  • Sundays 4:00-6:00PM – Community Centre
  • Tuesdays 4:00-6:00PM – Community Centre

14U GIRLS – Head Coach: Catrin Merritt

  • Sundays 2:00-4:00PM – Community Centre
  • Tuesdays 6:00-8:00PM – Community Centre

15U/16U GIRLS (Peak) – Head Coach: Dustin Auger

  • Sundays 2:00-4:00PM – Community Centre
  • Wednesdays 7:00-8:30PM – Max Turyk

15U/16U GIRLS (Griz) – Head Coach: Dennis Staples

  • Sundays 3:45-5:45PM – Max Turyk
  • Thursdays 6:00-8:00PM – Community Centre

15U Boys – Head Coach: Luke Anhorn

  • Sundays 1:45-3:45PM – Max Turyk
  • Tuesdays 6:00-8:00PM – Community Centre

17U/18U GIRLS – Head Coach: Andrea Reed

  • Sundays 9:30-11:30AM – Max Turyk
  • Thursdays 4:00-6:00PM – Community Centre

The FVC will also try (coaching and facilities dependent) and support players who aren’t selected for competitive teams by facilitating a development program 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

Planning – 2021 Indoor Season

During these strange and unpredictable times the FVC board is doing it’s best to plan for the 2021 indoor season.  Here are some rough guidelines we are working on:

  • We are not at this time planning on joining the Volleyball Alberta competition structure as we would in a typical year. This decision was not taken lightly and the data collected from the poll we sent to parents of players on our 2020 teams was overwhelmingly in favour of NOT traveling to Alberta for competitions and contributed to this decision.
  • We are working with other clubs/teams in the East Kootenay region to see if we can organize a more regional competition structure/league which would begin in January.
  • We expect to still run ‘Tryouts’ as we do in most years (timing likely between Dec 14th – 23rd).  A few possible changes for this season:
    • Teams will include a maximum of 10 players to allow us to organize into play cohorts (under the guidelines of max 50 people in a venue).  e.g. a competition session at a 2-court venue may include 4 teams of 10 + 1 coach each, 2 referees, 2 videographers, etc
    • We may decide on a case-by-case basis with athletes to NOT follow Volleyball Canada age groupings quite as strictly to allow more players/teams.
    • We will do our best to form teams as long as we have appropriate numbers of like skilled/aged interested players, available coaches and gym time enough to facilitate practices. As has been the case in other years, it is likely that we won’t be able to form teams at certain ages and/or genders.
  • It’s likely that the ‘groupings’ of teams within the league will include multiple age groups (and possibly mixed gender) to allow enough teams in a grouping/division to offer variety in play. This may lead to some less balanced play in some league matchups.  (Which is no different than many matchups in the school volleyball scene in the region)
  • For FVC teams, we expect to run 2x per week practices (typically Sunday to Friday) and at this point we expect many Saturdays will be used for regional competition. The ‘season’ would be expected to run from January until late April or mid May.
  • If the Covid landscape changes and there is an opportunity to return to Volleyball Alberta, Volleyball BC or Volleyball Canada (Nationals) competitions before the end of the season, we may need to modify teams to tightly adhere to age categories.
  • We do not yet have expected participation costs for our competitive team programs (regional league program) but plan to finalize these before Tryouts.  We do anticipate the costs to be lower than in previous seasons since we won’t be factoring Volleyball Alberta tournament fees, coaching expenses for travel to Calgary/Edmonton, etc.  And of course without the need by individual families for travel to Alberta, hotels, gas/food, etc we expect the financial cost of participating this season will be even lower when compared to a typical year. For those not familiar with our historical fee structure, here is a link describing our fees last year: https://fernievolleyball.com/2020-competitive-player-fees/  (FEES FOR THIS SEASON ARE NOT YET ESTABLISHED)
  • If your player is keen on our competitive teams program with mid December tryouts and you haven’t yet completed our Expression of Interest, please make sure you do so here:  https://forms.gle/yNpXshaYibiq5Eep9
    • If you have previously completed this form but your player is now not intending to participate, we’d also like to hear from you to remove your player from our lists.  Please send a quick email to club@fernievolleyball.com

All of this is very fluid and subject to change. More details to come in the next couple of weeks.

2020 Summer Camps

The FVC is tentatively planning to run our 3rd annual Summer Camp programs in late July and early August. A decision as to whether the camps can run will be taken in late June or early July.  If accessing indoor facilities is still not possible and/or group sizes need to be limited, we may modify the camp format and offer fully outdoor camps on fewer courts (possibly half days).

For now, we are planning for our historical format & timing.

MAIN CAMP – 4 Full Days – Aug 4th – 7th – Open to Players (girls & boys) going into Grades 6-12 in September – https://forms.gle/BPba8sx5ebcXufm66

INTRO CAMP – 3 Half Days – July 27th – 29th – Open to boys & girls going into Grades 4 & 5 in September – https://forms.gle/jtFRHfvHJwXcgKFC9

We invite you to register for either camp and hold off on sending payment until a decision has been made whether the camps can run.

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.

Sunday Dec 1st – FERNIE SECONDARY

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

Sunday Dec 8th – FERNIE SECONDARY

  • 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

AGE CATEGORY INFORMATION

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.

VOLLEYBALL ALBERTA / CANADA REGISTRATION (REQUIRED BEFORE TRYOUTS)

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). 

TEAM SELECTION / COMPOSITION

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.

2020 Competitive Player Fees

2020 Fees for Fernie Volleyball Club Competitive Teams

  • 13U: $605 to FVC + $10.25 direct to VA
  • 14U: $673 to FVC + $10.25 direct to VA
  • 15U+: $725 to FVC + $10.25 direct to VA

Volleyball Alberta (VA) and Volleyball Canada (VC) collect fees for competitive players beyond the fees the club charges. FVC is able to collect and pay a portion of these fees on behalf of all players that participate on a competitive team. There is also a portion that has to be paid directly by the athlete/family ahead of tryouts. This fee to be settled ahead of tryouts is considered a Youth Recreational Player fee and totals $10.25 ($5.25 to Volleyball Alberta and $5 to Volleyball Canada). When tryout dates/times are announced in the coming days, more information will be provided about completing this registration as the club requires proof of Recreational Player registration before allowing the athlete to participate in Tryouts.

For athletes that are offered a spot on an FVC competitive team and accept, the club will be upgrading the VA/VC membership for each athlete on a team roster from ‘Recreational’ to ‘Competitive – Indoor’. This upgrade amount is $54.40 for players on a 13U team and $70.15 for players on 14U+ teams and are collected as part of the overall FVC fees collected. (The overall values at the top of the page for different age categories include these amounts)

Fees will fluctuate on a year-to-year basis but for 2020 the FVC base fee (excluding VA/VC portion) has been determined to be $716.60 (subsidized down to $550.60) for players on a 13U team,  $769.85 (subsidized down to  $602.85) for players on a 14U team and  $824.85 (subsidized down to $654.85) for players in the 15U+ team. These fees are lower than in 2019.

The club is excited to have run successful camp and recreational programs and done enough fundraising to be in a position to offer an even larger subsidy this year and to be able to offer fees lower this year compared to last year. This level of base fee and subsidy is not guaranteed to be consistent/available every year but FVC is working hard to try and make the club as accessible as possible by keeping fees as low as possible.

The FVC portion of fees include the tournament fees and coaching costs for ALL Volleyball Alberta Premier tournaments and Provincial championships. In the 13U & 14U age categories fees also include the tournament/coaching costs for the Cranbrook Cup event. If teams decide (as a team) to participate in additional events or Volleyball Canada Nationals the event & coaching costs will be separate and shared across participating players on those teams. (Teams often fundraise as a team to help offset additional costs such as Nationals)

Families should also budget the cost of travel, accommodation and food for Premier and Provincial championship events during the season. Some players/parents stay with friends/family in Calgary & Edmonton and many stay in a team organized hotel. Typically games start quite early on Saturday so travelling later on Friday and staying 2 nights in Calgary/Edmonton is common.

Yearly FVC fees are determined by a rigorous budgeting exercise taking into consideration a number of factors including:
– Anticipated number of teams and anticipated number of players per team
– Number and location of tournaments
– Coaching costs (Travel Expenses and Honorarium)
– Uniform & Equipment requirements
– Facilities requirements
– General overhead for operating the club (Website, Volleyball Alberta Registrations, Accounting/Legal, etc)

If costs are a barrier to participation in the club, we encourage families to pursue support programs such as:
– Emily Brydon Youth Foundation: http://emilybrydonyouthfoundation.com/
– Canadian Tire Jumpstart: http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/en.html
– Kidsport Canada: http://www.kidsportcanada.ca/british-columbia/
– Just 4 Kics: http://www.just4kics.ca/
– Athletics 4 Kids: http://www.a4k.ca/

We have had a number of FVC athletes supported via these programs in past years.

Official club tryouts and registrations can only happen during the official Volleyball Alberta tryout period which begins on November 25th. The club is currently working on booking gym time for tryouts. Tentative tryout dates are Sunday, Dec 1st and Sunday Dec 8th. More details will be shared when official tryouts dates/times/locations are established. We anticipate a $10 fee per player for tryouts (would provide access to both sessions) to cover the cost of facilities rentals.

If you haven’t yet completed the Expression of Interest form online, please do so at the following link: https://forms.gle/FedUGd1UHTQix2zw7

As always consider Liking our Facebook page or following us on Instagram to stay current on all FVC news and highlights.

Boys Tournaments – Schedule

We’ve recently had a bit of increased interest from Boys in Grades 7 & 8 interested in competitive club volleyball. We ask ALL interested boys & girls in all age groups to complete our Expression of Interest survey so we can plan accordingly for the season: https://forms.gle/FedUGd1UHTQix2zw7

To help any families to consider the season, here are the tournament dates and locations for planning purposes.

13U Boys – Born Sep 1, 2006 to Dec 31, 2008

  • Premier #1 – Feb 29/Mar 1 – Edmonton Area
  • Premier #2 – March 21/22 – Calgary Area (middle weekend of SD5 Spring Break)
  • Provincials – April 18/19 – Red Deer

14U Boys – Born Sep 1, 2005 to Dec 31, 2006

  • Premier #1 – Feb 1/2 – Calgary Area
  • Premier #2 – Feb 29/Mar 1 – Edmonton Area
  • Premier #3 – Mar 21/22 – Calgary Area (middle weekend of SD5 Spring Break)
  • Provincials – April 18/19 – Red Deer
  • Nationals – May 7-10 – Abbotsford (ONLY IF TEAM CHOOSES TO GO – COSTS NOT COVERED IN FVC FEE)

For more information generally about our competitive club program, visit: https://fernievolleyball.com/programs/

Tryouts will be announced in the coming weeks but they are planned for the initial 2 weeks in December.

Smashball Registration Open!

The Fernie Volleyball Club is excited to run our popular Smashball program again this Fall for boys & girls in Grades 4 and 5.

DATES: 7 hours of on-court sessions across six Sundays Starting Oct 6th and ending Nov 24th (No sessions on Oct 13th or Nov 10th)

TIMES:

  • Session 1 – Oct 6 – 3:30PM – 5:00PM.
  • Session 2 – Oct 20 – 4:00-5:00PM
  • Session 3 – Oct 27 – 4:00-5:00PM
  • Session 4 – Nov 3 – 4:00-5:00PM
  • Session 5 – Nov 17 – 4:00-5:00PM
  • Session 6 – Nov 24 – 3:30PM – 5:00PM

LOCATION: Fernie Community Centre

REGISTER NOW:  https://forms.gle/WKxTGv2kDCg6PPycA

SMASHBALL aims to increase participation rates in volleyball through a modified game that makes the sport more enticing by focusing on the sport’s most exciting skill – the spike.

A few basics of the game:

  • Lower net and smaller court (usually played as 2v2 or 3v3)
  • In earlier progressions of the game, catching the ball and moving with the ball to the net is encouraged before spiking the ball over.
  • Early sessions will focus on the spike (armswing and footwork) as well as a basic serve.
  • Additional fundamental volleyball skills such as the forearm pass (bump) and overhead pass (set) are introduced during later progressions.

Fee: $70 (basic program) or $95 (includes your own Volleyball for practice at home)

For those opting into the the $95 option, the volleyball provided will a Tachikara Volley Lite ball which is a very high quality volleyball for developing players. ($25 is a VERY good deal for this ball)

A maximum of 24 participants can be accommodated in the program on a first come first serve basis.

To secure a spot, register at the link above and send payment by eTransfer to treasurer@fernievolleyball.com. (If a password is required, please set it to ‘smashball’). Registration will be closed after the first 24 participants send payment and additional participants will be placed on a waiting list.

Volleyball Canada – Kootenay Regional Excellence Centre (KREC)

Organizers of the Kootenay Regional Volleyball Excellence Centre in Cranbrook have released information about programs being offered starting in late August:

  • Development Program – Boys & Girls going into Grades 7 & 8
    • Focus on Technical Skill Development
    • 12 Sessions (2 hours in length)
    • Mostly Fall & early Winter Sundays from 11AM – 1PM at COTR  in Cranbrook
    • Cost somewhere between $175-$225+ depending on number of athletes . Includes all coaching, court time, insurance, clothing package
    • Register by August 15 by completing the form linked below and scanning/emailing to krecvolleyball@yahoo.com
    • If more than the max number of attendees register then tryouts will be held in late August
  • High Performance Program – Boys & Girls going into Grades 9-12
    • On-Court (35 hours) of Technical/Tactical/Individualized Training & Off-Court (25 hours) of Sport Science Sessions including Strength Training, Nutrition, Mental Skills, Flexibility
    • Immersive Start End of August + 1 or 2 weekends per month in the Fall & early Winter. Locations will be COTR and Mt Baker.
    • Cost somewhere between $600-$675+ depending on number of athletes. Includes all coaching, court time, insurance, clothing package
    • Register by August 15 by completing the form linked below and scanning/emailing to krecvolleyball@yahoo.com
    • If more than the max number of attendees register then tryouts will be held in late August

Program information for Parents: KREC_2019_Parent_Info

Program Registration Form: KREC_2019_Registration_Form_FILLABLE

Program Intro for Athletes (Letter): KREC_2019_Intro_Letter

Planning for the 2020 Competitive Club Season

 
Volleyball Alberta released their TENTATIVE schedule for the 2020 season. Get these dates on your calendars and consider them for holiday planning if you plan to have your Son/Daughter tryout for the competitive club season. These are tentative dates for boys/girls & tentative cities for GIRLS events.
 
13U – Athletes born Sept 1, 2006 to Dec 31, 2008
 
– Feb 29/Mar 1 – Premier 1 – Calgary
– Mar 21/22  – Premier 2 – Calgary (middle weekend of SD5 Spring Break)
– Apr 18/19 – Provincials – Edmonton
 
14U – Athletes born Sept 1, 2005 to Dec 31, 2006
NOTE – for the first time during the 2020 season, there will be 3 Premier tournaments + provincials for this age group.
 
– Feb 1/2 – Premier 1 – Calgary
– Feb 29/Mar 1 – Premier 2 – Calgary
– Mar 21/22  – Premier 3 – Edmonton (middle weekend of SD5 Spring Break)
– Apr 18/19 – Provincials – Calgary
 
15U (Born Sep 1, 2004 to Dec 31, 2005)
 
– Feb 22/23 – Premier 1 – Calgary
– Mar 14/15 – Premier 2 – Calgary (1st weekend of SD5 Spring Break)
– Apr 4/5 – Premier 3 – Edmonton
– May 2/3 – Provincials – Calgary
 
16U (Born Sept 1, 2003 to Dec 31, 2004)
 
– Feb 22/23 – Premier 1 – Calgary
– Mar 14/15 – Premier 2 – Edmonton (1st weekend of SD5 Spring Break)
– Apr 4/5 – Premier 3 – Calgary
– May 2/3 – Provincials – Edmonton
 
17U (Born Sept 1, 2002 to Dec 31, 2003)
18U (Born Sept 1, 2001 to Dec 31, 2002)
 
– Feb 8/9 – Premier 1 – Calgary
– Mar 7/8 – Premier 2 – Calgary
– Mar 28/29 – Premier 3 – Edmonton (back end weekend of SD5 Spring Break)
– Apr 25/26 – Provincials – Calgary