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2022 Youth Nationals

Volleyball Canada is excited to be bringing the Nationals festival event back to Edmonton in 2022. The 15U to 18U age groups will flock to Alberta’s capital for an action-packed week of excitement and competition. For the first time ever, Burnaby, BC will be hosting the 14Us, as will Ottawa, Richmond, and Halifax. For players, coaches, family, and fans, this will be a must-see event on your 2022 calendar.

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Please note that dates and locations are subject to change in accordance with government health and safety regulations.

There’s a great deal of planning that goes into planning for Youth Nationals – on VC's end and yours. To help the process for team managers and coaches, VC has released the 2022 Youth Nationals Planning Checklist, a guide to getting your team to Nationals as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

There are items on this list that you can do now in order to get a head start on your Nationals planning, so save it, print it off, and start marking items off your list today!

Special Advisory

Volleyball Canada’s COVID-19 Update on Vaccinations

The health and safety of Volleyball Canada’s athletes, staff, and community is our priority. VCsupports the use of Health Canada approved vaccines as a key tool in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and its associated health impacts.

In requiring proof of vaccine status, VC will follow the guidance of local authorities as well as our partner facilities, which may be more stringent than regional guidelines. We understand that this may vary across the country, and we ask our participants to be respectful of COVID mitigation strategies in their respective regions and facilities, and when travelling outside their local area.

As has been the case during the pandemic, Volleyball Canada will continue to evaluate its guidelines on a regular basis.

VC has compiled the following resources for you to reference the requirements in each of the host cities and provinces for the 2022 Volleyball Canada Youth National Championships. Please review this information prior to travelling to the tournament.

Edmonton (15U-18U)

Burnaby (14U)

Halifax (14U)

Ottawa (14U)

Richmond (14U)

Travel Planning considerations

Whereas there will be many unknowns leading up to 2022 Nationals, teams are encouraged to contact Elayne Pink regarding anticipated travel needs prior to booking in an effort to determine possible flight blocks. This will allow Absolute Travel to navigate the currently uncertain air travel industry and secure the required number of seats for Nationals' participants.

  • Ensure you fully understand the cancellation policy on all travel bookings
  • Book via our preferred partner, Absolute Travel Specialists
    • They have a strong understanding of plans for air carriers accessing various cities
    • They have the ability to negotiate better cancellation policies should Nationals be cancelled
    • They will contact air carriers directly regarding any major changes which in turn saves teams time and effort

Hotel planning considerations

All teams will be required to book accommodations as per the Stay to Play policy.  Should Nationals be cancelled by VC for COVID-19 reasons, teams will not be responsible for any hotel room costs from bookings through HTG or Event Connect. Any booking/service fees may be returned in the form of a credit towards future travel. All room cancellations will be managed directly by HTG or Event Connect; teams will not be required to follow up on hotel cancellations.

Any rooms booked outside of the Stay to Play policy will be subject to the hotel’s cancellation policy.

Refund Policy

Should Nationals be cancelled by VC for COVID-19 reasons, teams will receive a full refund for registration and event passes minus an administration fee. Further details will be provided at a later date. 

How to keep informed

Official COVID-19 notices will be posted on our website and relayed via our Nationals newsletter.

Team contacts, coaches, players, and parents are also encouraged to follow our social media platforms for related updates.

The Nationals newsletter provides relevant information directly to your inbox. Sign up here.

For more information, please see our Indoor Nationals Competition Guide.

Registration

Registration Information

All team registrations for Nationals are done on the Volleyball Registration System (VRS). For assistance with registering a team, please consult the Nationals Registration Guide which will be released in late Fall.

All registrations for 2022 Nationals will open at 12 PM (noon) Eastern Time. We encourage teams to be prepared to register at the time of registration opening as events fill quickly.

 

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Reminder! Teams may only register for their declared age category during the stated age-specific registration dates. For teams interested in playing in multiple age categories or in an older age category, please see the “Teams Playing Up” section for further details.

Registration Fees

  • 15U – 18U Edmonton = $1,260
  • 14U Burnaby, Ottawa, Richmond = $1,050
  • 14U Halifax = $975

For all Nationals registration questions, please contact Josh Toltesi at 613-748-5681 x238 or events@volleyball.ca.

Waitlist

With some events filling quickly, waitlists will come into effect as soon as the age category reaches initial capacity. Teams will be invited to join the event from the waitlist as spots become available in the order in which they registered onto the waitlist. 

Please note that registration does not open at event capacity. VC sets the waitlist at a lower capacity to manage team numbers. Once sufficient teams have been added to the waitlist, additional teams will be added to the event. In most cases, teams are added off of the waitlist within 24 hours of registration opening.  Once the event reaches capacity, teams will then be added off of the waitlist as additional space is identified, or if a team withdraws from the event.

Teams Playing Up (underage teams)

Any teams playing up by 1 or more divisions from their declared age category must wait until 12 PM (noon) on February 23rd, 2022 to register for the older age group. This is to give all “of-age” teams a chance to register in their appropriate age group. Any team found in violation of this rule will be subject to removal from the tournament. If a team wishes to play up but the event fills before the play-up registration date, the team can register onto the waitlist at 12 PM (noon) on February 23rd.

Example: a 14U girls team may register for the Halifax Nationals on February 15th. If that team wishes to also play in the 15U Nationals in Edmonton they must wait until February 23rd to register for that event. If the 14U girls team plans to only compete in 15U Nationals, they must still wait to register until the February 23rd registration.

Withdrawing a Team from Nationals

If you wish to withdraw from Nationals, please complete the Team Withdrawal Form which will be available before registration opens.

Teams who wish to withdraw from Nationals will be eligible for a refund as per the following timelines:

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Schedules

Schedules Information

Draft schedules will be available in April.

Final schedules will be available on advancedeventsystems.com once all teams have checked into the tournament.

New for 2022! VC will be piloting a new ‘Tier-based’ schedule for the 14U and 16U age categories. 

The purpose of this schedule is to allow for more meaningful competition between teams participating at Nationals. This will be achieved by removing the divisions of 32 teams and having teams compete in groups of 16.  Movement between the groups will allow teams to play closer to their own calibre throughout the entire tournament and the opportunity for lower-seeded teams to move up the rankings.

The 'Division based' schedule will be used for the 15U, 17U and 18U age categories.

VC strives to release draft schedules one month prior to the event start date. Final schedules are posted on AES once all teams have checked in the evening prior to the competition start date. Please note that draft schedules are subject to change and teams are required to verify the final schedule to ensure they are on time for matches.

Practice Times

Practice time bookings will be available Wednesday, March 2nd at 12:00pm EST.

The first draft practice schedule will be posted Friday, March 18th and will be updated every Friday by 3:00 PM EST time.

Teams may sign up for a practice time prior to their tournament at no charge. Teams are permitted a 45-60-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. 

Practice times are not guaranteed for all teams due to space and time available in each venue.

Teams are required to supply their own balls for practice. A limited quantity of balls will be available to rent. Stay tuned for more details.

For information and questions regarding practice time bookings, please contact: nationals@volleyball.ca

Accommodations & Travel

Accommodations

Volleyball Canada’s Stay to Play policy is in effect for the 2022 Indoor National Championships. This means that all participating travelling 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.

For more information on the Stay to Play policy, please review the Volleyball Canada Stay to Play Overview and our Frequently Asked Questions document.

We are once again pleased to be working with two AMPs in 2022. Booking dates will vary by event and will be released at a later date. Please note; booking accommodations are only permitted once teams are registered.

*To prioritize registered teams, hotel booking links will initially only be found in each team's 2022 Nationals registration confirmation email. Hotel booking links will be available on the website one week after the last scheduled registration opening date.

HTG Sports Services is the official AMP for the following 2022 National Championships:

  • 14U – Ottawa, ON
  • 15U - 18U – Edmonton, AB

EventConnect is the official AMP for the following 2022 National Championships:

  • 14U – Halifax, NS
  • 14U Girls – Richmond, BC
  • 14U Boys – Burnaby, BC

All bookings must occur through the appropriate booking portal.

Further details on the Stay to Play booking process will be released soon.

Stay to Play – Exemption Requests

Exemption request forms will become available one (1) month prior to registration opening.

Volleyball Canada will consider Stay to Play exemptions for both teams and individuals under the following two (2) categories:

Proximity Exemption Request: You may be eligible for an exemption from the policy if:

  • Your team is based within the specified driving distance from the competition venue and did not receive the automatic exemption from VC; OR
  • You are planning on staying with family or friends that reside within the specified driving distance from the competition venue.

Teams need to check the proximity distance for each specific event as proximity distances differ by city.

NOTE: Local teams do not need to submit a Stay to Play Exemption Request form. Volleyball Canada will review all registrations to identify local teams and will send a Stay to Play Exemption confirmation email within five (5) business days of registration to those who are eligible.

Special Exemption Request: For exemption requests that do not fall under the above category, teams/ individuals will need to submit a Special Exemption Request.

Please note, previous booking exemptions will not be considered. Teams who book a hotel room outside of VC's Stay to Play policy will be required to cancel their hotel bookings and book through the designated hotel provider.

 

Nationals Accommodations Contact Information

For questions regarding the Stay to Play Policy and Exemption Requests, please contact: ldiffin@volleyball.ca

Travel

Volleyball Canada is once again happy to partner with Absolute Travel Specialists for the 2022 Nationals season. Though not required, we encourage teams to book with Absolute Travel Specialists to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • WIN: Book your team with Absolute Travel Specialists by February 25th, 2022 and you will be automatically entered into a draw for a $500 credit towards your group flight booking.
  • Hold Group Space: Absolute Travel is holding group space, permitting you to mix and match flights with Air Canada and Westjet from all gateways! Absolute Travel has secured group air seats from all major gateways, which ensures the best flight times for your team and families with competitive rates.
  • Free checked bag and seat selection: Bookings include 1 FREE checked bag per person, round trip PLUS free seat selection! (Approximate value $120cad value)
  • Group pricing: Every person travelling with your team will pay the same price.
    Reserve with deposit only: Final payment required 75 days prior to travel date giving your team lots of time to fundraise if required. Names are not required at the time of deposit, just your estimated numbers.
  • Payment options are available.
  • Block reduction: You can reduce your group block by up to 20% without penalty.

Contact Elayne Pink - epink@absolutetravelspecialists.com or call toll-free 1-866-322-6538 - for more information, or to book today!

Did You Know?

  • Air Canada Groups no longer provides group quotes unless you are an IATA registered agency, which Absolute Travel is.
  • Absolute Travel has experience booking team group travel and has assisted Volleyball Canada Teams for all Nationals since 2015.
  • WestJet has a long-standing group relationship with Absolute Travel.

Tourism

Edmonton

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Explore Edmonton

Welcome to Edmonton. We camp with bison, party under the aurora, and surf on the prairies. From the continent’s first, biggest and wildest Fringe Theatre Festival to a shopping mall that at one time had more submarines than the Canadian navy, Edmontonians have never been afraid to do things a little differently.

Why is Edmonton different? There are theories. Maybe it’s our northern home, where for years we’ve learned to make our own fun. Perhaps it’s our legacy of entrepreneurs dreaming up oddities: deep freezer races, winter patios and surfing indoors. Perhaps it’s the foundation of natural beauty, from which we’ve built something great. Take your taste buds on a journey to some of the hottest craft beer taprooms and hyper-local bistros, experience the glory of the northern lights from our dark sky preserves, or cruise through North America’s largest stretch of urban parkland. There’s a uniqueness to how Edmontonians do ordinary things, and we welcome you to be a part of it.

Be sure to visit the Explore Edmonton website to help plan your trip to Edmonton.

Burnaby

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There’s something for everyone in Burnaby.

Priding ourselves on our diverse city, Burnaby offers an array of outdoor adventures, family-friendly entertainment, museums, restaurants, and over 200 parks to keep you busy. With five distinct shopping districts, and home to BC’s largest mall, Metropolis at Metrotown, you can shop till you drop, and then some.

When it comes to food, Burnaby is a diner’s dream, from four-star fine dining to hole-in-the-wall restaurants, to Instagram worthy cafes, there’s something to eat for every palate, tastebud and budget.

There’s always something happening in Burnaby. No matter what you’re into – art, music, culture, history, wildlife (or wild life) – fun and interesting events are almost always happening right here in Burnaby. Check out to see What’s On during your stay.

Not sure where to start? Let our Burnaby Experience Guide, built by Tourism Burnaby, help you find the perfect activity for you!

Halifax

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Halifax isn’t one single destination, it’s a collection of communities and cultures, a mix or urban hustle and rural relaxation characterized by a friendly, laid-back warmth and vibrant local pride – all located in one unique and beautiful region on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Discover Halifax is your online resource for exploring all things Halifax - let us inspire you with all that the region has to offer!

2022 14U Nationals – Halifax Hub

Ottawa

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Ottawa is Canada’s capital, a dynamic city of more than one million people located in Ontario at the border of Quebec. An urban centre on the edge of nature, Ottawa offers a bustling city life right beside vast outdoor beauty.

During your trip to Ottawa, explore the distinctive local neighbourhoods such as the historic ByWard Market, lively Glebe, or trendy Westboro Village. Bring your appetite and discover a deliciously diverse culinary community, with restaurants and food festivals inspired by a beautiful variety of cultures. Find your favourite stores and local treasures in this busy, yet relaxed, capital city. Travel by foot, bike, bus or car (and even paddle boats in the summer on the Rideau Canal) to get around.

Whatever your interests, there’s plenty to discover, see and do in Ottawa. Check out ottawatourism.ca for more information, recommendations and things to do during your visit! For the “tried and true” see the suggested Top 10 Things to Do in Ottawa. For updated information visit the Ottawa Insider blog or What’s Happening in the Ottawa Area page that’s updated weekly.

Richmond

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Richmond is a thriving city where culture and character converge in a stunning setting. Where the refined mixes with the raw and contrasts are celebrated. It’s a place that’s constantly redefining itself. Dynamic and alive, it encourages visitors to leave their comfort zone and rewards them with unique and authentic experiences.

It’s where Pacific culture and true Canadian coastal experiences yield constant discovery. Whatever you crave—incredible international cuisine, breathtaking outdoor adventure, or captivating relics of the past—Richmond is an experience truly Canadian in its multicultural essence and authentically Pacific in its appeal.

Check out the Visit Richmond BC website for details on where to eat, places to visit, and what events are going on during Nationals. 

Take a look at some exciting activities to do while in Richmond!

Venues

Venues

Please click on the link to your event for more information on venue location, parking, transportation, food services and more.

May 5 to May 8, 2022

May 12 to May 15, 2022

May 12 to May 15, 2022

May 12 to May 15, 2022

May 18 to May 24, 2022

Results & Awards

Results

Starting in 2022, Nationals will be using Advanced Event Systems (AES) for reporting all results. Due to this change, live scoring will not be available.  Match scores will be updated upon completion of the match and made available to the public via the AES website.

More details to come.

Awards

All Nationals will distribute the following awards:

  • Medals
    • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals (Championship Tier and each Division’s Championship tier)
    • 1st and 2nd place medals (all other tiers)
  • MVP & All Stars (Championship Tier, excluding 14U)
  • Player of the Wave
  • Fair Play Award (14U only)

All National Champions will be presented with the following:

  • Medals
  • Trophy
  • Banner
  • Hats
  • Sponsor prizing (if available)

Awards Ceremony – Championship Tier:
Teams in the Championship Tier (formally known as Div 1, Tier 1) will be presented their medals, prizes, and any additional awards associated with the Championship Tier during the awards ceremony. Award ceremonies will be held on the last day of competition following the completion of their final match or shortly thereafter. Teams should refer to the Nationals webpage for ceremony times and locations.

All other medalist teams will collect their medals at a designated pick-up area. No formal ceremony will be held for medalists outside of the Championship Tier.

Most Valuable Player (MVP) & All Stars:
These awards are presented to the Most Valuable Player and All-Stars as voted by the coaches of the four (4) semi-finalist teams in the Championship Tier. The top six (6) identified players from each 15U – 18U age/gender category will be selected as All-Stars, while one (1) MVP is selected by the coaching staff of the 1st place team. MVP & All Star awards are presented during the awards ceremony for each age/gender category.

Player of the Wave (POW):
This award allows each participating team to recognize one (1) deserving player for each wave of competition for a total of two (2) nominations per team per event.

Fair Play Award:
The Fair Play Award will be awarded to one (1) male and one (1) female 14U team participating at youth indoor nationals who have embodied the spirit of Volleyball Canada’s Fair Play Rule and have displayed support and consideration for their teammates as well as other participants. Fair Play awards will be presented to the winners on-court, on the third day of competition.

Sponsorship & Vendors

Sponsorship

The 2022 Youth Nationals provide an excellent opportunity for companies to showcase products and connect with participants.  In addition, our social media reach provides sponsors with the opportunity to engage with an even wider membership scope.

 168,000 likes  51,300 followers  59,100 followers

Are you interested in what sponsorship options are available during Nationals 2022? Please contact Colin Young at colin@sportbrand.ca or 403-764-3955 for more information and to discuss your marketing ideas.

Vendors

We invite companies to take advantage of this opportunity to engage with young athletes, sample/sell products, recruit future post-secondary students, and reach out to spectators by securing a vendor booth at one or multiple National Championships!

For more information, please contact nationals@volleyball.ca.

More Information

Rules & Policies

For rules and policies please follow this link that will take you directly to Volleyball's Canada policy page.

Safe Sport

Volleyball Canada is committed to a sport environment free from abuse that is safe for all participants. For more information, our policies, and resources, please click here.

Safe Sport Reporting

Volleyball Canada has zero tolerance for any type of abuse. Individuals are required to report abuse or suspected abuse to Volleyball Canada or to a Provincial/Territorial Association so that those matters can be addressed in an expeditious manner.

For more information, please see the Safe Sport Complaint Process Overview.  Reports can be made to Volleyball Canada’s Independent third-party Safe Sport Officer at lise@wiserworkplaces.ca or (519) 900-6813, or by contacting the Canadian Sport Helpline:

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Education

Volleyball Canada is requiring that all individuals involved with the sport across the country take the new safe sport training module, available via the Coaching Association of Canada website.
 
As of April 1, 2020, anyone associated with a Sport Canada-funded organization must be trained on conduct to prevent and address maltreatment. This includes coaches, referees, parents of youth athletes, high-performance staff and contractors, officials; and all administrative staff and volunteers whether they may have direct contact with athletes or not. 

The safe sport module is a free, 90-minute eLearning module that gives all participants the tools to recognize, address, and prevent maltreatment in sport. The module aligns with the principles of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport and meets Sport Canada requirements for Safe Sport education.
 
Visit the safe sport training site for more info: https://safesport.coach.ca/

Background Screening

All coaches, staff members, volunteers, referees, team staff members and Integrated Support Team (IST) members involved in VC domestic competitions are required to have completed a criminal record/police check issued within 36 months of the activity being attended.  These requirements apply to all disciplines.

To provide further clarification, we have compiled the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Stay Connected

Social Media

Follow us on:

Twitter: @VCNationals #VCNats
Instagram: @VolleyballCanada #VCNats
Facebook: Volleyball Canada

Let us know you're attending on our Facebook Event!

Email Communications

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Past Results

View all National events' past results here.