4 - 21 May

2023

2023 Youth Nationals

Halifax 2023

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Halifax 2023

For 2023 Nationals news and general information, please click “2023 Nationals” found in the black bar above the countdown timer on browsers or in the dropdown menu at the top of the page on mobile.

In 2023, Halifax will once again host the Volleyball Canada 14U National Championships, the third-straight year they’ll have the event and the fifth time in the last six years.

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Learn more about VC’s domestic events, including the Youth Nationals, here.

Registration

Registration Information & Links

Registration

Boys opens January 24th, 2023 12PM local to the event

Girls opens January 24th, 2023 12:30PM local to the event

Registration Links
 

Club Portal (AB, SK, MB, NS, BC, NL)

Club Administrator use your SportLoMo admin login link to access Registration. 

 

Rostered Coaches/Officials (Team Managers) assigned to a team roster Click Here

 

Non-Club Portal (ON, QC, NB, PEI and the Territories)

Click Here

Registration How-To

All team registrations for Nationals are done on SportLoMo. For assistance with registering a team, please consult the Nationals Registration Guides (updated Jan 10th, 2023).

 

Club Portal (AB, SK, MB, NS, BC, NL)

Club Administrator

Club Administrator Portal Registration Guide 

 

Rostered Coach/Official (Team Manager) *appropriate membership required 

Rostered Coach/Official (Team Manager) Login for Club Portal Registration Guide Coaches or Team Managers (parents) added to their Team's Roster on the Club Portal 

*Membership varies by PTA for adding Parents to Team Staff, please contact your PTA.

 

Non-Club Portal (ON, QC, NB, PEI and the Territories)

Non-Club Portal Registration Guide 

 

If you are unsure which registration process (Club vs Non-Club Portal) please reach out to your Provincial membership coordinator.

We encourage teams to be prepared to register at the time of registration opening as events fill quickly.

Please note that registration closes April 7th, 2023.

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

The 2023 registration fee for 14U is $985.

Roster Information

Registered Teams

14U Girls  1/27/23

14U Boys  1/27/23

For questions regarding the changing of team or club names please contact nationals@volleyball.ca with the details that you would like to alter.

Waitlist

Each age/gender category will open for registration with fewer spots than are available in the event. Depending on the number of teams on the waitlist, VC will invite additional teams to fill the event. Once an age/gender category is full, VC will maintain a waitlist to invite teams as additional space becomes available or if a team withdraws; waitlisted teams will be offered a spot in the tournament based on their position on the posted waitlist.

There is no cost to register onto the waitlist for an event. A team will only be charged once the invitation to join the event has been accepted.

To ensure that VC can invite teams quickly and efficiently off the waitlist, a new process will be put in place for 2023. Here are some notes on what to expect:

·        Registration will open at approximately 80% capacity for each event

·        By 3pm ET of each registration opening date, VC will directly notify all teams who are on the waitlist

·        Teams will be asked to review their Sportlomo account to ensure that they haven’t duplicated their team(s) on the waitlist by 9am the day following registration opening

·        Teams will only be invited off of the waitlist starting at 10am ET the day following registration opening

 

Please click the appropriate link to view the list of waitlisted teams for Nationals.(Feb 03, 2023). 

14U Girls  At capacity, invites based on withdrawals

Teams Playing Up (underage teams)

Any teams playing up by 1 or more divisions from their declared age category must wait until January 26th, 2023 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 on January 26th.

Example: a 14U girls team may register for the Halifax Nationals on January 24th. If that team wishes to also play in the 15U Nationals in Regina they must wait until January 26th 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 January 26th registration.

Withdrawing a Team from Nationals

If you wish to withdraw from Nationals, please complete the Team Withdrawal Form.

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

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The registration closing date for the 2023 Nationals is April 7, 2023.

Accommodations & Travel

Accommodations

VC’s Stay to Play policy is in effect for the 2023 Nationals. 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.

VC is once again pleased to be working with EventConnect who is the official Accommodation Management Provider (AMP) for Halifax 2023. Please refer to the chart below for the tournament accommodation opening date.

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Nationals Accommodations Contact Information

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

 

Booking Guides

Please refer to the below guides for an overview of the hotel booking process for EventConnect. VC strongly recommends teams review this prior to the booking portal opening.

EventConnect  Booking Guide

Hotel Preview & Booking Links

Hotel Preview Link: Preview links are no longer available for Halifax 2023.

Hotel Booking Link: The hotel booking link will be sent to the team contact 36-48 hours prior to the hotel booking window opening.

*Room Cap: Please note, to ensure all teams get access to accommodation there will be an initial cap of 12 rooms per team in Halifax. If additional rooms are needed, teams can put a request in during the booking process. Requests will be reviewed after all teams have had an opportunity to book.

 

Stay to Play – Exemption Requests

Volleyball Canada offers exemptions from the Stay to Play policy for both teams and individuals under the following categories:

1. Local Exemption:

If a team/player meets one of the criteria below, they would be eligible for a local exemption.

  • If the team is based within the specified proximity distance from the competition venue.
  • If member(s) of the team plan to stay with family or friends that reside within the specified proximity distance of the competition venue.
     

The proximity distance for Halifax 2023 is 75KM.

Note: If your Club falls within the proximity distance, and your Club Team decides to book accommodations, bookings must be made through EventConnect (EC) to help support the event. EventConnect will work with your Team to ensure your needs are met. Volleyball Canada has to report "Heads in Beds" to Host Cities to be able to secure funding to offset the facility rental costs to make this large event possible. Thank you for your support in bringing bigger and better events to Volleyball Canada members! 

Pre-Approved Local Clubs – Volleyball Canada and the host PTAs have pre-approved local clubs who fall within the designated proximity distances. Any teams associated with a club on this list are automatically exempt from the Stay to Play requirement. No further action is required on their part. To view the list of clubs, please see the link below.

 

2023 Pre-Approved Local Club List

 *If your club is not listed but should be based on its club address, please have a club administrator complete the S2P Local Exemption Form to have your club reviewed.

 

2. Special Exemption:

For exemption requests that do not fall under the above category, a Special Exemption Request must be submitted.

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

 

Exemption Request Process: 

To apply for an exemption from the Stay to Play policy, please complete the online S2P Exemption Request Form. Volleyball Canada will respond with the result of the request within 10 business days. Exemptions are not final until official approval is received from Volleyball Canada. 

Large Club Booking Assistance

VC is piloting a new service for 2023, to assist clubs travelling with multiple teams to the same event.

Who is eligible:

  • Any club with three (3) or more registered teams in a single event; AND,
  • Clubs looking to have all teams stay in the same hotel.

Any club meeting the above criteria will be provided with the opportunity to book their entire group into one of the designated ‘large club’ properties. The designated hotels were selected by VC, and were chosen to ensure options meeting a variety of potential team needs.

How to Book: VC will email all eligible clubs/teams directly with full booking details before the end of January. Room caps will be enforced, as per each event’s guidelines. Clubs choosing to book via this method will be required to identify one team contact, who will act on behalf of all teams when booking.

Preview Links: Clubs can view the designated ‘large club’ properties via the Hotel Preview Links for each event. 

*Note, clubs are not required to book via this method and may choose to have their teams book accommodation individually during the regular accommodation booking window. 

Travel

VC is once again happy to partner with Absolute Travel Specialists for the 2023 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 January 29, 2023 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 $120)
  • 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.

Read past Nationals Participants' Absolute Travel testimonials!

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.

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.

Nationals are held over three (3) days, with Day 1 being pool play, Day 2 being power pools and Day 3 being playoffs. Day 1 and 2 are separated into two waves, AM wave (7:30 am – 2:30 pm) and a PM wave (2:45 pm – 9:45 pm) while Day 3 has all teams starting in the morning. During the first 2 days, teams play all other teams within their pools. After the first day of competition is complete, teams are “re-pooled” for day 2 of the competition in order to group teams of similar calibre together. Day 3 playoffs consist of teams playing in a single-elimination playoff bracket.

Practice information

Practice time bookings will be available Thursday, March 16 at 12:00pm EST.

The first draft practice schedule will be posted Friday, March 31 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. More details to come.

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

Venue

Canada Games Centre

The Canada Games Centre (CGC) was built as the legacy of the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In February of 2011, the Centre hosted the badminton, synchronized swimming and artistic gymnastics events.

The CGC is now a vibrant multi-sport community and recreation centre open to the public. We are an HRM-owned facility operated by a non-profit society committed to promoting physical literacy, fitness and wellness, and to supporting the needs of high performance sport & athlete development. The Centre runs sport and recreation programs, camps, fitness classes and so much more in an all-inclusive environment.

Address

26 Thomas Raddall Dr, Halifax, NS B3S 0E2

Facility map: Level 1 & Level 2

Parking

Parking is free at the Canada Games Centre.

Front and Side Parking Lots – CGC Parking Only

These lots are designated for Canada Games Centre User parking only and now have ample signage indicating as much. Security will be on-hand to help direct transit riders to park in the Upper Lot, where their vehicles will not be ticketed/towed.

Upper Lot – Additional CGC Parking, but okay for Transit Rider Vehicles

Our Side Lot leads into another lot – the Upper Lot. This area can be used for additional CGC parking, during tournaments for example, but is also okay for transit rider vehicles. Please keep in mind though that parking is limited and that none of our lots allow for overnight parking.

More information

Getting to the Venue

Located just 30 minutes from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, a short drive or walking distance to several hotels, and just 15 minutes to the bustling port city of downtown Halifax, the Canada Games Centre is situated in a vibrant community within the Halifax Regional Municipality. 

We are located at the corner of Lacewood Drive and Thomas Raddall Drive. The Halifax Transit Lacewood Bus Terminal is located right beside us.

Google Transit is a free public transit trip planner that integrates Halifax Transit routes, schedules, and stop data into Google Maps.

Food Services

Subway is located at the Canada Games Centre and offers catering to attendees.

Hours of Operation

Event Passes

Event Pass Information

Pre-sale Tournament passes will be available for purchase on Thursday, February 16th at 12 pm (noon) EST. Tournament passes will increase to full price on Thursday, April 22nd at 12 pm (noon) EST.

Online Tournament pass sales will be deactivated on Monday, May 8th, 2023, at 12 pm (noon) EST

NOTE: All event pass options will be available for purchase on-site.

Please note that athletes and team staff are not required to purchase an event pass as accreditation will be provided at Coach Check-in. 

For information and questions regarding event passes, please contact nationals@volleyball.ca or 613-748-5681.

Volleyball Canada is not responsible for any lost or stolen passes.

Will Call

Pre-purchased event passes will be available for pick up at Will Call.  Make sure to have a piece of photo I.D. as well as proof of payment with you when picking up your pass.

Further information regarding ticketing hours and locations per event will be available in the spring.

If you are picking up a pass under another name, please have the printed confirmation of their purchase to receive these passes.

Event Pass Prices

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Results & Awards

Results Information

Starting in 2023, Nationals will be using Advanced Event Systems (AES) for reporting all results. 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 Information

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)
  • Player of the Wave (Currently under review)
  • Fair Play Award

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 will be provided with further details regarding awards ceremonies closer to the event date.

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.

Player of the Wave (POW):

This award is currently under review.

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.

Coaches

Coach Requirements

All coaches participating in Volleyball Canada’s National Championships are required to meet a minimum level of training and certification to ensure that every athlete is provided with a safe, inclusive, and responsible sport experience.

Guiding Principles

All athletes have the right to an NCCP Certified coach.

All coaches have the responsibility to:

  • Have the required training to provide an environment that is physically, mentally, emotionally and socially safe for all athletes and participants.
  • Have the required training to be able to provide a responsible learning environment that incorporates VC’s teaching methodologies, technical guidelines and long-term athlete development principles.
  • Ensure that all training is current and updated as required, to be able to provide a safe and responsible sport experience for all.

A full breakdown of the Coach Eligibility Requirements, including deadlines, can be found here.

If you have questions regarding the Coach Eligibility Requirements for Nationals, please contact your respective Provincial/Territorial Association or email coaching@volleyball.ca.

Tourism

Discover Halifax

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!

2023 14U Nationals – Halifax Hub