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

2019 Competitive Season – Tryouts

Here are the dates for the Fernie Volleyball Club tryouts. Athletes are encouraged to attend both sessions for their age category.

  • Proof of Volleyball Alberta/Canada registration as a Recreational player will need to be provided ahead of being allowed to tryout (see below for details).
  • A $10 cash fee will be collected at entry (covers both sessions) 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 2nd – Fernie Secondary School

  • U13 / U14 Girls – 1:00 – 2:30PM
  • ALL Boys – 2:30 – 4:00PM

Friday Dec 7th – Fernie Secondary School

  • U15/U16 Girls – 4:00 – 5:30PM
  • U17 Girls – 5:30 – 7:00PM

Sunday Dec 9th – Fernie Secondary School

  • U17 Girls / All Boys – 12:30 – 2:00PM
  • U15 / U16 Girls – 2:00 – 3:30PM
  • U13 / U14 Girls – 3:30 – 5:00PM


Volleyball Alberta / Volleyball Canada determine the age categories for Competitive Club teams. Here is the breakdown for the 2019 season:

13U – Athletes born Sep 1, 2005 or later
14U – Athletes born Sep 1, 2004 to Dec 31, 2005 (16 months)
15U – Athletes born Sep 1, 2003 to Dec 31, 2004 (16 months)
16U – Athletes born Sep 1, 2002 to Dec 31, 2003 (16 months)
17U – Athletes born Sep 1, 2001 to Dec 31, 2002 (16 months)
18U – Athletes born Sep 1, 2000 to Dec 31, 2001 (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 $8.25 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:

For the registration page itself:

  • If you are a returning player or participated in a previous camp program with the FVC (e.g. our 2018 Summer Camp) then you likely have an Access Code with Goalline. There is a link to retrieve this on the page above if you can’t find it in historical email.
  • 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 your proof of registration as a Recreational Player that you will receive by email after you successfully complete the registration. Click for an example of the email you need to forward. 


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. more than 22) and practice facilities and coaching is available the FVC will consider forming two teams 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 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

We can’t wait to get the season started! Be sure to register with Volleyball Alberta/Canada and send us your proof of registration ahead of the 1st tryout session.

Looking for U17 Girls Coach!

The Fernie Volleyball Club is always interested to hear from Volleyball keen members of the community who are interested in coaching. We’re currently looking for a head coach for our U17 girls team for the 2019 Volleyball Alberta competitive season.

Previous volleyball coaching experience is always a plus but not strictly necessary. The club will pay for the required certification (online courses plus a weekend coaching workshop in Cranbrook in January) and also cover expenses (travel, hotel, meals) for tournaments. We also pay an honorarium for the time spent coaching throughout the season. If you love Volleyball and are willing to commit to running two practices per week plus attending four weekend tournaments in Alberta, please contact our Head Coach, Trent Mason at

Tryouts are in early December and practices start up in early January. The club season goes until mid May. You’ll have a ton of fun working with great athletes!!

2019 Competitive Player Fees

2019 Fees for Fernie Volleyball Club Competitive Teams (UPDATED: NOV 14, 2018)

U13/U14: $646.99 to FVC + $8.25 direct to VA
U15+: $770.61 to FVC + $8.25 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 $8.25 ($5.25 to Volleyball Alberta and $3 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 $55.40 for players in U13/U14 and $71.15 for players in U15+ and will be collected as part of the overall FVC fees collected.

Fees will fluctuate on a year-to-year basis but for 2019 the FVC base fee has been determined to be $691.59 (subsidized down to $591.59) for players in the U13/U14 age categories and $799.46 (subsidized down to $699.46) for players in the U15+ categories. These fees are lower than in 2018 and include more (cost of Provincials and Cranbrook Cup now included).

The club is excited to have run successful camp and recreational programs and done enough fundraising to be able to offer the $100 subsidy this 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 U13/U14 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 that individual team.

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 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:
– Canadian Tire Jumpstart:
– Kidsport Canada:
– Just 4 Kics:
– Athletics 4 Kids:

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

Official club tryouts (if numbers/interest level is high in certain age categories) and registrations can only happen during the official Volleyball Alberta tryout period which begins on November 26th. The club is currently working on booking gym time for tryouts. Tentative tryout dates are the afternoons of Sunday, Dec 2nd and Sunday, Dec 9th. 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:

As always consider Liking our Facebook page or Following our new Instagram account (don’t worry…  we’ll post lots of photos during the season).

Volleyall Canada / Kootenay Regional Volleyball Excellence Center

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION/INTEREST JUNE 5th. Very short notice for any FVC club players who would like to try out for this Volleyball Canada high performance program in Cranbrook (hosted at College of the Rockies & Mt Baker) this Fall and early Winter.

Reference the PDF here for details: DOWNLOAD


  • TRYOUTS at College of the Rockies. June 12th or 13th – 6:30PM – 8:00PM
  • Program includes 50 Hours On-Court. 15 Hours Sport Science
  • Tentative Schedule: End of August +  1 weekend per month during fall + Winter Break. See 2017 schedule for a sense of timing.
  • Cost: ~$650 – $800 depending on numbers. Includes on/off court coaching/training, clothing package, court time, insurance.


  • TRYOUTS at College of the Rockies. June 12th or 13th – 5:00PM – 6:30PM
  • Program includes 12 Sessions (2 hours each)
  • Tentative Schedule: Various Sunday mornings in the Fall + Winter.  See 2017 schedule for a sense of timing.
  • Cost: ~$175 – $250 depending on numbers. Includes on/off court coaching/training, clothing package, court time, insurance.

REGISTRATION (no later than June 5th):

  • Email to secure your tryout spot.
    • Subject Line: KREC Tryouts
    • In the body include Athlete Name, DOB and Date Preference for Tryout. First come, first serve for tryout dates.
    • Tryouts cost is $10

Tryout Dates & Times

Here are the tryout dates/times scheduled for the 2018 season.

Athletes aren’t required to attend both tryout blocks. They can choose a preferred time if they’d like to attend only one.

U13/U14 boys and girls

  • Saturday, Dec 9th – 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Fernie Secondary School
  • Sunday, Dec 10th – 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Jaffray School
  • We are aware that there are some interested U13/U14 athletes that have previous commitments and won’t be able to attend either tryout dates. This isn’t a problem and please simply email with the player’s name & DOB. Parents should include their names and contact details as well. We will contact you with information on how to register.

U15/U16 boys and girls

  • Monday, Dec 4th – 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Fernie Secondary School
  • Wednesday, Dec 6th – 8:00 – 10:00 pm at Sparwood Secondary School

U17/U18 boys and girls

  • Tuesday, Dec 5th – 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Fernie Secondary School
  • Thursday, Dec 7th – 8:00 – 10:00 pm at Sparwood Secondary School


  • 13U – Athletes born after Sept 1, 2004
  • 14U – Athletes born from Sept 1, 2003 to Dec 31, 2004 (16 months)
  • 15U – Athletes born from Sept 1, 2002 to Dec 31, 2003 (16 months)
  • 16U – Athletes born from Sept 1, 2001 to Dec 31, 2002 (16 months)
  • 17U – Athletes born from Sept 1, 2000 to Dec 31, 2001 (16 months)
  • 18U – Athletes born from Sept 1, 1999 to Dec 31, 2000 (16 months)

NOTE: For Athletes 14U through 18U born in the months September through December. Athletes have a choice of which category to play in. Plan to attend the tryouts block for the age group you intend on playing in. If families are unsure about this, any questions can be directed to FVC and coaches can help.

Volleyball Canada’s Domestic Development Committee recently voted to adopt the following Age Categories for the 2018 Volleyball Canada National Championships.  Rationale and recommendations: The expansion of age categories from 12 months to 16 months is due to the research provided in the LTAD 2.0 document published by the Canadian Sport for Life group. The paper lists the 10 Key Factors influencing Long Term Athlete Development, of which “Developmental Age” is listed as point #3. Page 28-30 provides generic information about Developmental Age and demonstrates the flaws of lumping athletes into their birth year for participation in sports. In short, the large physical discrepancies that can occur between youth within the same birth year create significant disadvantages for late developing male athletes and to a lesser degree, early developing females. Therefore, increasing the range of months within a competitive division gives athletes greater flexibility to choose a level that best suits their needs. 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. If playing up provides the needed challenge for improvement, and there exists no significant social/emotional drawbacks in the older age category, the benefits of playing up far outweigh the drawbacks.

2018 Fees Breakdown

Here’s the breakdown of fees for the 2018 season. FVC Fees 2018

If there are families who have athletes who are really keen to participate in club volleyball and cost is a challenge, there are a number of support programs you may want to consider: