You are visiting a club that has consistently been one of the most successful volleyball clubs in Canada, winning 26 National Tier 1 championships and 32 Ontario Tier 1 championships since 2001, with an equal number of Tier 1 silver and bronze finishes. “Doing what is right for each of our athletes” is how we measure what we do and it’s no coincidence that this commitment to our athletes shows in their successes both on and off the court.
Our teams play in the Ontario Volleyball Association, competing in a minimum of 4 age level tournaments in Ontario, and in the Ontario Provincial Championships. Our teams practice twice per week following a formal skills continuum we have designed for our athletes.
Different from other clubs, our 13-18U teams train in a volleyball-specific gym under Mike Slean, who has a long history of university and National Team play and education in physical training. Each team trains together, once per week. The training is age/physical development appropriate. Athletes complete customized programs on other week days, and have unlimited access to Team 12 open gym times for the entire season. Training is periodized to incorporate strength and endurance phases and prevent injury near end of the season.
All of our teams will again spend a teambuilding weekend together at the highly regarded Madawaska Volleyball Camp near Bancroft. No other volleyball club in the province offers this program, which receives rave reviews every year. It’s an important team activity that adds, in a single weekend, two months of team development. So important that we’ve shared the facility with our National teams and university teams in the past.
Mental training is equally important in volleyball. For our fifth season in a row we will provide athletes and coaches with mental training by Kyle Paquette, who works with our Canadian Olympic Team. For 15-18U athletes the training is based on a 14-week mental training program with workbooks and weekly exercises completed by athletes. Our 13-14U program is an 8 week program. Kyle supports the program, working with our coaches.
More stringent certification requirements are being introduced, e.g. http://www.volleyball.ca/content/national-championships-coaching-certification-policy To continue to offer superior coaching to our athletes we are phasing in a new coaching compensation model that is aligned with some of the more progressive clubs in Ontario. This has impacted fees, but is designed to benefit our athletes. We will continue to attract and retain the best coaches available.