Edmonton 2018 presented by Inter Pipeline
2018 will be a festival year, which means that the Volleyball Canada Nationals will be hosted in one city, and in one venue!
Tournament #1 - 15U & 16U
Check-In/Practices: May 16th
Competition Days: May 17th - 19th
Tournament #2 - 14U, 17U & 18U
Check-In/Practices: May 19th
Competition Days: May 20th - 22nd
Registration will take place in January 2018. Cost is $1200 per team and registration dates for each age group are listed below.
The link for the registration page will be active at 12:00pm EST on each age group's respective date. If you click it early, simply refresh the page at 12:00pm.
- January 9 12:00pm EST – 15U Boys & Girls
- January 11 12:00pm EST – 16U Boys & Girls
- January 16 12:00pm EST – 17U Boys & Girls
- January 17 12:00pm EST – 18U Boys & Girls
- January 18 12:00pm EST – 14U Boys & Girls
All team registrations for Nationals are done on the Volleyball Registration System (VRS).
Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis so be sure to register early as space is limited! Waitlists will be available for all age and gender categories, and we encourage teams to register on the waitlist as VC will expand divisions based on demand and space availability. There is no cost to add your team to the waitlist.
New for 2018! All you need to register your team is:
- Team name
- Club name
- Team contact details
- Coach name and contact details
*You may receive a notification indicating that the coach membership is not current, you can still include these details without having a current membership.
Please note that when paying through PayPal, a PayPal account is not required however in order to pay for multiple team registrations with the same credit card, it is highly recommended that you create a PayPal account. The verification process can sometimes take up to an hour, so please ensure that you create your account prior to registration opening.
All withdrawals from the event must be submitted through the online form available HERE.
For questions regarding registration or rosters please contact:
- Graham Loyst - firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-748-5681 x238.
Accommodations & Travel
Volleyball Canada’s Stay to Play policy is in effect for the 2018 National Championships in Edmonton. This means that all participating teams are required to book hotel rooms through the event’s Accommodation Management Provider (AMP), in order to be eligible to play in the tournament.
HTG Sports Services is the official Accommodations Management Provider for the 2018 National Championships. All bookings must occur through the HTG booking portal.
Be Prepared! Review this new 2018 Accommodations Booking Information for key information on changes for 2018, tips for booking your top choices and a step by step guide to the new HTG team booking process.
Please review the view only preview link of all Edmonton 2018 Stay to Play hotel options. Note, this is not a booking link, it should be used for planning purposes only.
2018 Team Booking Process
1 – Register your team for Edmonton 2018. An automatic confirmation email will be sent to the identified team contact* after completing the registration process. The registration confirmation email will contain: (1) a unique team code and (2) the link required to book accommodations. Note: This link will not go live until the specified date.
*If the team contact is not in charge of booking accommodations, please forward this email to the appropriate person prior to the accommodations opening date.
2 - Have this email ready and click on the booking link on your opening date and time. Hotel bookings will open in two waves, based on the 2 tournament schedule.
Tournament 1 (15U, 16U teams only): Monday, January 15th at 12:00 EST
Tournament 2 (17U, 18U, 14U teams only): Monday, January 22nd at 12:00 EST
3 – Follow the HTG booking process, which is clearly outlined in the 2018 Accommodations Booking Information document linked above. ** Please note; due to high demand at 12:00pm EST on opening days, queue times could take up to 90 minutes depending on the time you submit your email.**
Stay to Play - Exemption Requests
Volleyball Canada will consider Stay to Play exemption requests under the following categories:
- Proximity Exemption Request: A team is based within 160km of the competition venue OR the team plans to stay with family or friends that resides within 160 km of the competition.
- Special Exemption Request: For exemption requests that do not fall under the above category, please fill out this Special Exemption Request.
Request an Exemption from the Stay to Play Policy.
Exemption Request Deadline: Friday, March 30th, 2018
Accommodations Contact Information
For questions regarding hotels and the booking portal, please contact:
- Jennifer Kealey - HTG Sports Services - email@example.com or 1-800-668-5596 x 300.
For questions regarding the Stay to Play Policy and Exemption Requests, please contact:
- Caitlin Devlin - Volleyball Canada - firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-748-5681 x229.
Volleyball Canada has partnered with Absolute Travel Specialists Ltd to support the travel booking process for Nationals participants.
NEW PROMOTION: Book your flights with Absolute Travel by December 1st to be entered into a draw to win $500 off your team’s total travel cost to Edmonton 2018. *Teams that have already booked for Edmonton 2018 through Absolute Travel will automatically be entered into the draw.
The final matches on Saturday May 19th and Tuesday May 22nd will start as late as 4:30pm. Please keep this in mind when booking flights and accommodations.
Why Book with Absolute?
- NEW - 1 FREE checked bag per person, round trip with all bookings through Absolute (Approximate value of $60 per person)
- Very competitive rates from all major gateways to Edmonton
- Absolute Travel has secured group air seats from all major gateways to Edmonton, which will ensure the best flight times and travel schedules for your team and their families.
- Your team will get group pricing where every person traveling with your team will pay the same price.
- Your team will only have to pay a deposit to hold your space, with final payment required 60 days prior to travel date, which will give your team lots of time to fundraise if required.
- Names are not required at time of deposit, just your estimated numbers.
- You can reduce your group block by up to 20% prior to final payment.
- Groups receive free seat selection.
- Teams will have the option to prepay baggage fees at time of final payment to make airport check in easier and faster.
- Payment options are available.
Did You Know?
- Air Canada groups will no longer provide group quotes unless you are an IATA registered agent, which Absolute Travel is.
- Absolute Travel has experience booking team group travel and have assisted Volleyball Canada Teams for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Nationals.
- Bus charters from Calgary are also available.
You do not have to wait to hold your groups seats. You can hold your space with a deposit any time after September 15th. Check back soon for more details on prices and flight routes that will be available for National’s participants!
If you have any questions regarding booking your group travel and/or flights for the VC Nationals please contact:
- Elayne Pink - email@example.com or call toll-free 1-866-322-6538
Rules & Policies
Indoor Competition Guide
Please consult the 2018 Indoor Competition Guide for information on guidelines that are specific to Volleyball Canada National Championships. These include, but are not limited to, team composition, player registration, seeding and draw principles.
Please consult the 2017/2018 Volleyball Canada Indoor Volleyball Rulebook for information on the rules and regulations that govern play at Volleyball Canada events. In addition, the 2017/2018 Indoor Rule Updates summarizes the most recent rule changes or updates.
Please consult the 2018 Nationals Age Categories document for details on the age categories that will be in place for the National Championships.
Coaching Certification Policy
Please consult the 2018 Volleyball Canada Coaching Certification Policy to learn about the certification requirements for coaching a particular age category at National Championships and the sanctions associated with a failure to meet these requirements.
Concussion Policy and Protocol
Please consult the Volleyball Canada Concussion Policy and Protocol to see the measures that we will be implemented at all National Championships.
Libero Uniform Guidelines
Please consult the 2018 Volleyball Canada Libero Uniform Guidelines for information on acceptable and non-compliant jersey combinations.
Code of Conduct
The purpose of this Code of Conduct and Ethics is to ensure a safe and positive environment within Volleyball Canada programs, activities and events, by making all individuals aware that there is an expectation of appropriate behavior, consistent with the values of Volleyball Canada, at all times.
Stay to Play Policy
Please consult the 2018 Seeding document. Please note seeding principles differ across various age groups.
For questions regarding the seeding for Volleyball Canada National Championships, please contact the :
- Sandra de Graaff, Director of Domestic Competitions - firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-748-5681 x 227
Foreign Individual & Foreign Team Participation
This document outlines the circumstances in which foreign individuals and foreign teams may participate in VC sanction events.
Edmonton Expo Centre
7515 118 Ave NW
Parking on location is 12$ a day. We encourage anyone that will be parking on location to pre-purchase the tournament parking pass. The pre-sale for parking passes for both tournaments will be available here soon.
Pre-purchase a Tournament parking pass to avoid pay-per-day lineups.
Tournament 1 Parking Pass - $36
Tournament 2 Parking Pass - $36
There will be a variety of food options for purchase onsite at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Visit the food court or one of our many food trucks available on site.
Teams will not be permitted to bring coolers containing their own food into the venue.
Teams may sign up for a practice time prior to their tournament at no charge. Teams are permitted one 60-minute practice slot and are asked to promptly exit the court space at the end of the reserved time. Practice times will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
- Tournament 1: Practice times will be held Wednesday, May 16th, online booking will be available as of February 1st.
- Tournament 2: Practice times will be held on May 19th. Stay tuned for more booking details.
For information and questions regarding practice time bookings, please contact:
- email@example.com or 613-748-5681
New pricing for 2018:
2018 Ticketing Costs
Pre-Sale Prices – Opening February 1st
$30 - Tournament Pass (per tournament)
On Site Prices
$40 - Tournament Pass (per tournament)
$15 - Day Pass
$10 - 65+ Day Pass
$30 - 65+ Tournament Pass
FREE - Under 18
Online Tournament Pass Pre-Sale
Tournament 1 (May 17 – 19) and Tournament 2 (May 20 – 22) passes will be available as a pre-sale as of February 1st, 2018 at a discounted rate of $30 until April 26th, 2018 at 12 PM ET. After this date, online event passes for BOTH tournaments will be available at full price $40 until 12:00 pm ET the Monday, May 14th, 2018.
Pre-purchased passes can be picked up on site as of May 16th at Will Call; you will need to bring a copy of your proof of purchase along with a piece of government-issued photo identification.
Results & Awards
All results will be available via ISET Sports.
Did you know you can follow your team on ISET for team-specific updates?
- Step 1 - Go to the ‘Teams’ tab of the event page (once available)
- Step 2 - Click on your team name to open your team profile
- Step 3 – Click on ‘Get Updates’ and subscribe to get email updates, including competition scores for your team
New in 2018 – Real-time scoring and live results are now available.
Every year, Volleyball Canada awards 1 Fair Play Award to each 14U gender and 6 All-Stars and 1 MVP per 15U, 16U, 17U and 18U age group/gender at Nationals. All winners are announced at the awards ceremony and will be listed here after the tournament.
All-Star Awards, presented by Active Ankle
All-star Awards selection process: Nomination sheets are given to all coaches of Division 1, Tier 1 semi-final matches. Coaches are asked to select the top 3 players from their own team and the top 2 players from the opposing team. Upon completion of the finals, the awards selection committee reconfirms all selections with the coaches. Volleyball Canada`s awards selection committee then tabulates the nominations to select the top 6 players as the All-Stars for their age group/gender.
MVP Award selection process: The coach of the Gold medal match will be asked to nominate an MVP from their Gold medal team.
*The MVP cannot also be listed as an All-Star.
Fair Play Award
The Fair Play Award will be awarded to one male and female 14U team who have embodied the spirit of the Fair Play rule and have displayed support and consideration for their teammates as well as other participants. This award will be chosen by a Volleyball Canada awards selection committee consisting of staff, VC Representative, and referees.
Player of the Wave
Our Player of the Wave award is back by popular demand for 2018! Each team will be able to nominate one player on day 1 & 2 of competition. After each wave, coaches will select a deserving player to submit a ballot at the VC booth. All players who submit a ballot will receive a personalized Player of the Wave certificate and a sport towel from Mizuno and Volleyball Stuff. There will be a draw at the end of each wave for a Volleyball Canada prize pack!
Promotion and Contests
Check out our current promotions and contests, come back soon to see who won!
Follow us on:
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Facebook: Edmonton 2018 Nationals
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December 13 - Edmonton 2018 Registration and Accommodations Planning Information
November 2 - The Countdown is on to Edmonton 2018!
August 10 - Edmonton 2018 – The excitement is building!
Join our team!
If you are interested in being a part of this event let us know by completing this form. There are various areas to get involved in such as, social media, court management, results, special events, etc.
The 2018 VC Nationals provide an excellent opportunity for companies to showcase product and connect with participants. With over 10,000 athletes between the ages of 12 and 18 and an additional 15,000 spectators on site you won’t find any better opportunity to promote your company. In addition, our social media reach provides sponsors the opportunity to engage with an even wider membership scope.
Customized packages are available from $15,000 up to $125,000 for the event title. Each package includes various rights and benefits of; signage inventory, social media activation, live streaming exposure, vendor booth, on-site selling options, pre-event and in-event participant activations
For more information or to request a proposal please phone Colin Young 403-615-8819 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Booths will be hosted in a 16,000 square foot ballroom and are available to purchase within various date and size categories. We welcome companies and organizations of all types who would connect with our participants through interactive displays, contests, as well as general information.