SO YOUR 15-18yr old DAUGHTER IS ASKING TO PLAY CLUB VOLLEYBALL!!!
* Here are the answers to questions commonly asked about becoming a member of our family/club!!!
How are teams decided at U15-18?
This year we have 3 teams of 10-12 players at U15-and U16. We also have 1-2 teams of 10-12 players at U17 and U18!!! We have tryouts starting on the 26th of November, and early LOI’s for older teams were done in May!
How many and when do we practice with our U15-18 teams?
Teams practice 3 times a week for 2 hours - 2 weekday evenings and one Sunday afternoon/evening. Gym locations vary between RDC, RDPSD and CESD gyms in town and Penhold.
How much does a U15-18 club season cost?
We do everything to keep our team fees as low as we can. The cost can range between $1500-2100 [It includes gym practice times, VA tournaments, VA competitive player fees, coaching honorariums, coaches travel/hotel costs, practice gear, equipment fees, admin fees, and miscellaneous needs]. Athletes purchase their uniform tops [they keep and potentially use for multiple years] and other team/club gear that may interest them. The end of the year National Tournament is also a separate cost.
How long is the U15-18 club season?
The season starts with Tryouts/practices the last week of November going into Dec until Christmas Break. Then practices begin again in January when the athletes start back to school after Christmas Break, and finishing at the May Longweekend after the National Tournament!
How many Tournaments does a U15-18 team go to in a season?
There are 4 VA events in the club season. They can be located in Edmonton, Calgary or even here in Red Deer!!! Nationals can be located anywhere in Canada on odd years and in Edmonton at the EXPO Center on the even years!
Who will be coaching U15-18 athletes/teams?
Our coaches are all highly dedicated to our athletes, they all must pass the VA Sterling Background Check, and our formal club interview process. Coaches do range in experience from Beginning to Advanced Performance according to the NCCP accreditation process. Coaches can be teachers, student athletes, parents with volleyball backgrounds, and/or elite coaches in our community.
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CAQVC Queens Volleyball Club Player Movement Policy
This provision that allows an athlete to “play up” is intended to recognize the rare circumstances where a player demonstrates exceptional ability, attitude, skill level, and size. The player must be able to demonstrate a clear ability to play at a higher age group while being considered one of the top players in that position, as well as considered a positive addition to the team. Evaluating athletes and weighing their current skill, their short and long term potential, and their possible roles on each team is not easy. In a playing up situation there should be clear benefits to the athlete and affected teams.
Each request must be submitted by August 1st to allow for consideration. Then is handled on an individual basis by the club coordinators. A separate athlete evaluation team will be brought in if needed. Each situation is different and different factors are weighed into the decision.
Processes and Considerations for Playing Up:
• Club Coach • RDC Queens Volleyball Head Coaches
• Club President/Director • Club Coordinators
There are many situations where a player may have the ability to play at a higher age group. This alone does not make it appropriate to request having players playing up. Playing up is for cases involving an unforeseen exceptional circumstance or for players playing at an exceptional level that would gain little to no benefit from training within their own age bracket. If the request qualifies as an “exceptional talent” the CAQVC will form an evaluation committee to determine the long and short term plans for the player.
The club places high value on the development of leadership qualities and learning to be a “go to” player on your own team. Having kids play up also means there could be cuts to players who would still deserve to play within our development philosophy.