2023 University & College Beach Nationals
Volleyball Canada is excited to announce the return of the University & College Beach National Championships. The 2023 event will be hosted September 2-3 at Ashbridges Bay in Toronto.
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All schedules can be found online here.
Registration Information & Links
Registration fees are charged on a per-team basis. Taxes are not charged on the registration fee.
Late Entries, received after the registration deadline, are subject to a $50 late registration fee (per team). Volleyball Canada reserves the right to accept teams after the deadline if it benefits the tournament draws and/or refuse late entry to teams if it is to the detriment of the tournament draw.
A team must be made up of two (2) athletes from the same academic institution. There is no limit on the number of teams that may represent an institution.
Athlete Minimum Requirements
- Be a currently registered member of Volleyball Canada. Complimentary memberships will be provided for all athletes participating that do not already have a current VC Membership.
- Must be a registered student at a Canadian post-secondary institution. Post-secondary institutions include community colleges, professional schools, technical schools, CEGEP and universities. Each athlete is required to present proof of academic status. Please see below for further details.
- Former students of the institutions who have obtained their academic degree or diploma in the six months preceding the event start date are permitted to compete.
- Meet all additional registration requirements of VC
Submitting Proof of Academic Status
All registered athletes must submit proof of academic status to Volleyball Canada to be eligible to compete. This can be done via the electronic submission form found below. Documents can be photos or scanned images and should include the athlete’s full name.
Valid forms of proof are:
- Student ID Card
- Letter from Academic Advisor/Coach
- Official or Unofficial Transcript
- School Invoice
- Copy of Class Schedule
The deadline to submit is August 22nd at 5:00pm EST. Any teams who have not submitted their proof of student status by this date could risk removal from the tournament. If you have any issues with the submission process, please contact the Nationals Inbox at email@example.com.
Teams wishing to withdraw from Beach Nationals can make the request using the Withdrawal Request Form.
Teams who withdraw will be eligible for a refund as per the following timelines:
Format & Seeding
University & College Beach Nationals will feature two rounds of pool play on Day 1, using a modified pool play format. A single elimination bracket will be used for playoffs on Day 2.
Day 1: Pool Play + Power Pools
Day 2: Single Elimination Playoffs
To view a sample schedule based on a 24-team draw, click here.
Athlete Ranking Points
The following method of calculation is used to determine the seeding at Beach Nationals.
- Individual Athlete Ranking Points are assigned for each registered athlete, using the Senior Points System.
- Team Ranking Points will then be calculated using the following formula:
(Athlete 1 Ranking Points + Athlete 2 Ranking Points) / 2 = Team Ranking Points
- VC will then rank and seed in order of highest Team Ranking Points to lowest Team Ranking Points.
- Ties in Ranking Points will be broken by random draw.
- Volleyball Canada reserves the right to adjust the seeding in an effort to offer the best competition experience to participating teams.
Athletes will have access to their individual ranking points on the event webpage no later than five (5) business days before the event. It is the responsibility of each individual athlete to verify their points totals.
To review the list of points accruing events, please refer to the Senior Domestic Calendar.
To view the Senior Seeding Policy, click here.
Ashbridges Bay is located in a beautiful area on the waterfront in the east end of Toronto, Ontario. The bay is connected to Woodbine Beach, one of the city’s most popular summer destination with restaurants and parks. Ashbridges Bay is home to over 103 volleyball courts and has been the host for previous National Championships, International Championships, and recreational tournaments and weekend events.
Ashbridges Bay, Toronto, ON
1561 Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto, ON M4L 3W6
Please click here to view the court map and layout (available in August 2022).
Parking and Transportation
There is a parking lot with 562 stalls on site. Rates are $3 on weekdays (5pm-9pm) and $7/day on weekends (7am-7pm). Free street parking around the area is available.
Ashbridges Bay is easily accessible by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). The 92 Woodbine South Bus runs frequently from Woodbine Station to Ashbridges Bay.
The 501 Queen Streetcar and 22 Coxwell Bus also service the area.
Ashbridges Bay is located less than a 5-minute drive off the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway.
<p>Need some inspiration or help planning your trip? Then be sure to check out <a href="http://mtm.seetorontonow.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tourism Toronto’s website</a>. They’re your one-stop shop for everything you need to plan your trip including what to see, where to eat, and what to do when you’re not on the sand.</p>
Rules & Policies
For rules and policies please follow this link that will take you directly to Volleyball's Canada policy page.
VC 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
VC has zero tolerance for any type of abuse. Individuals are required to report abuse or suspected abuse to VC 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 VC’s Independent third-party Safe Sport Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (519) 900-6813, or by contacting the Canadian Sport Helpline:
VC 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.
Through the adoption of VC’s Pan Canadian Safe Sport policies, all Provincial/Territorial Association registered coaches, referees, staff/contract members and volunteers, are required to take approved Safe Sport Training. VC also currently mandates training for parents of Youth National Team Program athletes, however, PTA’s currently implement safe sport training requirements for parents of youth athletes in their province and it is not currently included in the Volleyball Registration System and is not a requirement for registration for National Championships.
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/
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).
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Do you want to be a part of the action? VC is looking for Event Crew applicants for Nationals! The Event Crew is a crucial part of VC’s tournaments, assisting in venue set up/tear down, results, activations, ceremonies, and so much more!
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