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The 2019-2020 Season Tryouts are now Closed.

Thank you to all athletes who participated in the Tryout process.

2019-2020 SEASON TRYOUTS

Tryout Dates:

  • for the U16/17/18 players are November 25, 27 and 28.
  • for the U13/14/15 players are December 8, 9, and 11.

Please visit the Schedule page for the dates and times of all Tryouts

U16-18 age groups are eligible to pre-sign athletes prior to the main tryout period.  Open gym times, if coaches choose to run them, will be listed on our website and Instagram.   All pre-signed athletes will be listed under "Teams" in order for potential athletes to determine how many positions are available on each team prior to the final tryout dates.

Tryout dates and times will be posted on our website by the end of October.

IMPORTANT TRYOUT INFORMATION

  • All tryouts are open tryouts.
  • Tryout Registrations must be completed online and before the tryout dates/times.
  • Tryout Fees:
    • $25.00 Ravens Tryout Fee
    • $10.25 Volleyball Alberta/Canada annual membership fee
  • Registration to Tryout
    • Complete the 2019/2020 Volleyball Alberta/Canada registration process, pay your fee, and obtain your VRS code.
      • More information about their membership and fees can be found here.
      • The athlete can use the same VRS code from previous years.
    • Complete the Ravens Tryout Registration and pay the tryout fee (coming November 6, 2019).
      • Ensure you have your VRS code handy.
  • A position may be offered by the Ravens coaches to a player(s) at any time during tryouts. If you accept the offer, club fee payments will be collected through our online payment system.

AGE CATEGORIES FOR THE 2020 SEASON

Age Categories for the 2020 Volleyball Canada National Championships (PDF)

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.