Ravens Volleyball Club FAQ’s
What are the fees associated with the 2019/2020 season? When are they due?
Fee structure, what your fees cover, and payment terms can now be found here:
What are the ages and dates associated with athlete levels for the 2019/2020 season?
AGE CATEGORIES FOR THE 2020 SEASON
|Age Class||Year of Birth (This was updated for the 2020 Indoor Season)|
|13U||Athletes born from September 1, 2006 to Dec 31 2007 (16 months)|
|14U||Athletes born from September 1, 2005 to Dec 31, 2006 (16 months)|
|15U||Athletes born from September 1, 2004 to Dec 31 2005 (16 months)|
|16U||Athletes born from September 1, 2003 to Dec 31 2004 (16 months)|
|17U||Athletes born from September 1, 2002 to Dec 31 2003 (16 months)|
|18U||Athletes born from September 1, 2001 to Dec 31, 2002 (16 months)*|
* Please note: Athletes born in 2001 who are outside this window but are in their FIRST YEAR of Grade 12 may apply for an exemption.
Volleyball Canada's Domestic Development Committee recently voted to adopt the following Rationale and recommendations: The expansion of age categories from 12 months to 16 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.
This structure of our club is governed by Volleyball Canada. For more information, visit: http://www.volleyballalberta.ca/sites/default/files/sites/Indoor/Club/General_Info/2020/2020%20Nationals%20Age%20Categories%20EN.pdf
When are tryouts?
Volleyball Alberta mandates that club tryouts must happen after the school season ends. All dates, times, and locations of tryouts are now available here:
What can we expect from tryouts? How will my athlete know if they have made the team?
- Your athlete will be one of many at tryouts
- Tryouts will involve scrimmages as well as individual skill tests
- Some athletes will receive a letter of offer on the first night of tryouts, and others won’t. This is not an indication that your athlete should not return for successive tryouts. It’s a bit of a ‘dance’ for coaches in trying to build their teams: they need to build their full team, and make offers accordingly, while understanding that some of the athletes that they tender offers to may have multiple offers from other teams, and may not accept their offer. As a result, it is crucial that your athlete not be discouraged if they do not receive immediate offers, and to attend all tryouts for their age category
- We endeavour to make this process as free from stress as possible for our athletes, but parents are encouraged to be supportive and understanding as their athlete’s journey through tryouts
What is triple ball?
Triple ball is a strategic approach to developmental volleyball play that allows more touches on the ball, and prevents one strong server from dominating the game, serve-after-serve. All U13 games and tournaments are played in triple ball style, and the first U14 premier of each season is also played in triple ball style.
This video provides a great explanation of how triple ball is played:
How do the games that are played during the season seed the team for Premiers and Provincials?
The Go Youth League games at the start of the season are purely scrimmage; these do not seed the teams for their premiers nor provincials.
How does your scholarship program work?
This is a program where late in the season each athlete on each team nominates another athlete on their team whom they feel exemplifies sportsmanship, positive attitude, and exemplary work ethic on the court. Whomever receives the most votes is provided with a small group developmental coaching session with one of Alberta’s top coaches.
What are the most important things that you need from parents over the season?
- Positivity and excitement for your athlete and the club
- Having your athlete prepared and on time to practices and games
- U13, U14 parents may be required to help with ball tossing for triple ball play
- ALL parents must take part in scorekeeping through the season; training will be provided
- Helping us keep our healthy relationships with the schools and facilities that open their doors to us by cleaning up after yourself and adhering to the NO OUTSIDE FOOTWEAR IN THE GYM policy. Tuck a pair of indoor shoes into your vehicle or bag for the season, and PLEASE help us by making sure your athlete adheres to this as well
- Help us with our year end school volunteerism thank you’s (dates and times TBA) where we clean up litter from school yards in appreciation for the use of their facilities through the season
Is there an end-of-season wrap up for all of the teams and families?
Yes, there is a year end wrap up party for all athletes and their families. Please watch the website and your TeamSnap for details.
What are the dates and fees for the 2020 beach volleyball season?
These will all be announced in late spring of 2020. We hope to welcome you!