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: May 16th (1:00-8:00)
Practices: May 16th
Competition Days: May 17th - 19th
Tournament #2 - 14U, 17U & 18U
Check-In: May 19th (1:00-8:00)
Practices: May 19th
Competition Days: May 20th - 22nd
Team Photo/Logo Upload
Volleyball Canada is collecting team photos AND club logos for the Edmonton 2018 National Championships. Team photos will be uploaded onto individual team pages in ISET and club logos will be used for webcasting purposes. Any team that does not submit a team photo or club logo will have that space replaced by an Edmonton 2018 event logo. For more information and to submit your photo and logo, click here.
Photo Submission Deadline: Friday, April 20, 2018.
Files can only be submitted in the following formats:
- Team Photos: jpg, jpeg and png files only
- Club Logos: png and esp files only
For 2018, players can only appear on one roster (one age category) during the 2018 VC Nationals.
Rosters do not need to be uploaded by teams for Nationals. All rosters (including players and coaches/team personnel) will be taken directly from the Provincial/Territorial Association (PTA) based on each team’s final roster for their PTA Championships.
Registration has now been closed.
All withdrawals from the event must be submitted through the online form available HERE.
Teams that withdraw before the registration deadline (April 4) will be refunded (less a $350 administration fee)
For questions regarding registration or rosters please contact:
- Graham Loyst - firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-748-5681 x238.
Check-in for tournament 1 will take place Wednesday May 16th from 1pm-8pm.
Check-in for tournament 2 will take place Saturday May 19th from 1pm-8pm.
For full details on the check in process please review Section 9 of the Competition Guide.
Important Check-in Reminders:
- Only individuals on the official team roster can check-in their team (head coach, assistant coach, team contact, manager).
- The players themselves are not required to be at check-in.
- Proof of age must be presented for all players in the form of a government - issued ID (copies are encouraged).
- Teams who are not available during the listed check-in time will be required to submit a late check-in request and will be charged $50.
- Coaches are required to provide their NCCP number at check-in.
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.
NOTICE: HTG will be contacting teams to confirm special requests (extra rooms and room nights) as soon as possible. We understand the urgency of your request, but we ask for your patience over the upcoming weeks.
NEW! Individual and small bookings: The HTG link to book individual or small group bookings for Edmonton 2018 is now available. Click here to book now! Please note; this link is not for team bookings, it is available to accommodate parents/supporters who require additional rooms outside of team bookings. Team codes are not required.
2018 Team Booking Process
If you have yet to book team accommodations, please contact Jennifer of HTG Sports, email@example.com, for Edmonton hotel options. Team codes are required to book team blocks.
Review the 2018 Accommodations Booking Information for key information on changes for 2018 and a step by step guide to the new HTG team booking process.
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.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-668-5596 x 300.
For questions regarding the Stay to Play Policy and Exemption Requests, please contact:
- Caitlin Devlin - Volleyball Canada - email@example.com or 613-748-5681 x229.
Volleyball Canada has partnered with Absolute Travel Specialists Ltd to support the travel booking process for Nationals participants.
The final matches on Saturday May 19th and Tuesday May 22nd will start as late as 4:45pm. 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free 1-866-322-6538
Rules & Policies
Indoor Competition Guide
Please consult the 2018 Indoor Competition Guide (updated March 2018) 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 Warm-up Protocol for information on how warm-ups will take place during nationals in 2018.
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 - email@example.com 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.
Explore Edmonton & Beyond
West Edmonton Mall – Make sure to take advantage of these great prices when taking your team for a fun-filled day of thrill rides or water slides!
The West Edmonton Mall is home to a fantastic amusement park (Galaxyland) as well as World Waterpark. For more information about the parks and the special group rates click here. To make your request for group rates please fill out the following order form.
Looking to do some travelling when in the Edmonton region? Be sure to check out the beautiful Canadian Rockies in Jasper!
Here are some great deals to consider while in Jasper:
Decore Hotels – Special $109 Rate at Maligne Lodge and Tonquin Inn
Maligne Lodge offers a relaxing retreat after a day of adventure. Melt away your cares of the day in our indoor pool or outdoor hot tub or unwind with refreshments on the patio of our Wicked Cup cafe with views of Whistler Mountain.
Rooms are from $109 per night plus taxes. Availability is limited. Some restrictions may apply. Valid: May 2018
Call now to reserve your special 1-800-661-9323 or book online http://decorehotels.com/malignelodge/
Promo Code: TRIP
Stay at the Tonquin Inn and experience the breathtaking Canadian Rocky Mountains while enjoying an array of modern amenities, including two outdoor hot tubs, indoor pool and whirlpool, and complimentary WIFI. The Tonquin Inn offers a variety of comfortable guest rooms and suites, some featuring kitchenettes, fireplaces and in-suite saunas. Rates starting at $109 per night plus taxes. Availability is limited. Some restrictions may apply. Valid: May 2018
Call now to reserve your special 1-800-661-1315 or book online http://decorehotels.com/tonquininn/
Promo Code: TRIP
Jasper Rafting Adventures – 15% on Rafting
Coco’s Café - 10% Off
Valid Between May 10th and May 30th, 2018
Jasper Skytram – 15% Off Flights
This discount is valid from May 13, 2018 to May 25, 2018 and cannot be combined with other offers.
To claim your offer simply present the voucher at the Jasper SkyTram Reservations window. In no time you will be lifting off on the fight of a lifetime into the Canadian Rockies Alpine.
Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives
50% off discount to the museum and 10% off in the gift shop to anyone who visits.
Start planning your trip today with this Visitor Guide!
Edmonton Expo Centre
7515 118 Ave NW
Parking on location is 12$ a day. We encourage anyone that will be parking on location to pre-purchase the tournament parking pass.
Click here to pre-purchase a Tournament parking pass to avoid pay-per-day lineups.
Tournament 1 Parking Pass - $36
Tournament 2 Parking Pass - $36
Make sure to use the 116th avenue and 73rd street entrances when finding your way to the public parking!
If you plan on arriving in and RV/Motorhome, note that overnight parking or camping is not permitted. The price of daily parking for these types of large vehicles is $24 per day and will be allocated to parking space E-1 (see attached parking map)
Make sure to take advantage of the Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) with bus and train routes that will transport you right to the venue!
The Metro Line train frequents Coliseum Station every 15 minutes.
Make sure to use the travel planner on the ETS website to plan the route that works best for you.
Nationals Expo Hall
The Nationals Expo Hall will be home to all the action off the courts. Here is where you will find all of your VC Event merchandise needs, get a massage to let out your kinks and strains, and visit a variety of vendors between matches. The Nationals Expo Hall will be accessible from 9:00am – 7:00pm throughout nationals and is accessible at no charge. The Nationals Expo Hall will also be the home of the awards ceremony at the end of each tournament.
In addition, be sure to check out these additional specialty rooms:
Mizuno Blue Room
Calling all coaches! Come check out this great new addition for you to find a quiet spot to sit down and prep for your next match.
The Blue Room will be open Wednesday, May 16th from 1 – 8pm and throughout the remainder of Nationals (Thurs 17th - Tues 22nd) from 10am – 8pm each day.
Yes, parents; we have a special room just for you! Looking to get away from all those whistles? Come visit the room set aside for parents only to get a quiet moment amongst all of the Nationals excitement.
Make sure to visit the Volleyball Canada booth for information and giveaways throughout the event!
Draft schedules will be posted after all provincial championships are complete and the seeding has been submitted and processed.
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.
Click here to request a practice time.
Current practice schedule, updated April 12th @ 10:00 am EST:
15U Boys 15U Girls 16U Boys 16U Girls
- Tournament 2: Practice times will be held on Saturday, May 19th.
Click here to request a practice time.
Practice schedule will be available shortly:
14U Boys 14U Girls 17U Boys 17U Girls 18U Boys 18U Girls
For information and questions regarding practice time bookings, please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-748-5681 ext 240
Click here to view the wave times. Please note that they are subject to change as scheduling and registration is finalized.
New pricing for 2018
2018 Ticketing Costs
Pre-Sale Prices – On now
$30 - Tournament Pass (per tournament)
On Site Prices
$40 - (19-64) Tournament Pass (per tournament)
$15 - (19-64) Day Pass
$10 - (65+) Day Pass
$30 - (65+) Tournament Pass
FREE - Under 19
Online Tournament Pass Pre-Sale
Tournament 1 (May 17 – 19) and Tournament 2 (May 20 – 22) passes will be available for pre-sale as of February 1st, 2018 at 12pm EST for a discounted rate of $30 until April 26th, 2018 at 12pm EST. After this date, online event passes for BOTH tournaments will be available at full price of $40 until 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.
Click here to purchase tournament event passes.
For information and questions regarding event passes, please contact:
email@example.com or 613-748-5681
Ticketing & Will Call:
The hours for ticketing booths and will call will be as follows:
Wednesday, May 16th
Ticketing will be open from 12:30pm – 8:00pm
Thursday, May 17th through Tuesday, May 22nd
Ticketing will be open as of 6:30 am each day
Pre-purchased event passes will be available for pick up at Will Call. Make sure to have a piece of photo I.D. with you when picking up your pass. If you are picking up a pass under another name, please have the printed confirmation of their purchase to receive these passes.
Scorekeepers & lines people
Each team will be responsible for providing one scorekeeper and one line judge for each of their games. Teams can choose to designate one individual per role or they can alternate from match to match.
There will not be any formal scorekeeper training prior to the event; however we will have staff on hand that have been trained to help whenever needed.
The head coach will receive one accreditation pass for their scorekeeper during coach check-in, which they can distribute to whoever they want.
Don’t miss out on your chance to watch 3 of Canada’s national teams in action throughout Nationals! These teams include our Men and Women’s National Team as well as our Men’s Para National Team.
NORCECA Women’s Nations League Challenge Cup:
The Women’s Challenger Series will take place from May 17-20 and features teams from Canada, Cuba, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago. The Challenger Series is part of the women’s qualification process for the new FIVB Volleyball Nations League, which is being launched this year. Canada has been honoured with hosting this event and it is taking place in the same venue, at the same time as nationals!
The Canadian women’s national team plays on the 17th at 7pm and the 19th at 4pm with playoffs to all be played on the 20th. See www.ticketmaster.ca for ticket pricing and more info, as well as rates for groups of 10 or more..
The Men’s National Team will be playing matches on the 16th and 18th at 7pm. Both games will be played against Mexico. See www.ticketmaster.ca for ticket pricing and more info.
Men’s Para Exhibition
The Canadian Men’s Para National Team will play a total of 5 matches against the U.S. Men’s Para National Team. These matches will all be held in Hall A.
All Nationals participants and spectators who have proper accreditation or event passes are welcome to come cheer on the teams at not additional cost.
The schedule is as follows:
17th – Canada Open Practice (5pm), US Open Practice (7pm, if needed)
18th – 10am and 5pm
19th – 10am and 5pm
20th – 10am
Interested in trying out sitting volleyball? There will be opportunities throughout the weekend for spectators to play with the para athletes;
18th - 2pm until 4pm
19th - 2pm until 4pm
20th - 3pm until 5pm
The Edmonton Expo Centre will have a variety of restaurants on-site to cover all of your food cravings! From smoothies to burgers, you’ll find a variety of athlete centered options as well as your favourite food court go to.
Food trucks will also be available on-site, they will be accessible outside of the venue near Hall A (Explore Edmonton Hall).
Please keep in mind that food not provided by Expo vendors will not be allowed indoors. If you choose to bring your own food please use the outdoor picnic zones.
Team Meal Orders
Looking for a well rounded sit down meal for your team? Teams are welcome to pre-order buffet style and box meals during Nationals 2018. Team meals will be available in room 202 near the Alberta Hall (C). See attached for the menu, all meals should be ordered by May 7th at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meals range in price from $11.50 - $19.50 per meal.
All participants have access to free medical services and supplies while participating at nationals.
Volleyball Canada is providing athletic therapists that will be available on-site for all athletes. Every hall will include a medical station in which an athletic therapist will be available.
Cramer Medical has provided all medical supplies for nationals. This includes free taping for all athletes! Thank you to Cramer Medical for their support!
Please make sure to review the Concussion Policy and Protocol. All athletic therapists on site will be qualified to perform concussion assessments if necessary; players who do not pass their assessment will not be permitted able to play for the remainder of the tournament.
Prime sports Team photography is the official photographer for the Volleyball Canada Nationals 2018
Teams will have the opportunity to nook time slots for our Customized Team Pano Photos.
Action photos are taken by request only!
More information will be available soon.
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!
Awards will be handed out at the end of the tournaments, May 19 for tournament 1 and May 22 for tournament 2. These awards will be held in the Nationals Expo Hall and will be free of charge to attend.
Promotion and Contests
Congratulations to our previous social media contest winners:
They have each won a team set of new Tachikara Six.VC balls along with carrying bag and pump.
They have each won a pair of tickets to the Women's Challenger series that will take place during nationals.
Continue to check our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more contests and promotions.
Follow us on:
Twitter: @VCNationals #Edmonton2018
Facebook: Edmonton 2018 Nationals
March 7 - Roster and Team Photo Information
November 2 - The Countdown is on to Edmonton 2018! (Please note the date to sign up for practices for Tournament 1 has been changed to February 1st)
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 email@example.com
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.