If you are new to the sport of club volleyball, there is a lot to learn. We are an intermediate adoption sport that gains popularity very quickly starting around grade 6. You must have lots of questions. Let us help you with your inquiries.
Volleyball BC is the official Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) for British Columbia. Volleyball BC are recognized by Volleyball Canada (the National Sport Organization for volleyball) as the official PSO. Seaside's affiliation with Volleyball BC and Volleyball Canada affords numerous advantages for our membership including provincial and national championships for indoor and outdoor volleyball, coaching certification and education, member insurance and many other benefits.
Seaside Volleyball Club has been a member "in good standing" with Volleyball BC for the past 16 years. For more information criteria for annual renewal of our club's membership with Volleyball BC, go to VBC.
The answer is yes! Parents, don't be deceived by memories of elementary school volleyball, 9 players on a side, standing motionless like scarecrows waiting for the ball to come to them. Volleyball is a multi-faceted, athletically demanding sport. Practices can be fast paced, with plenty of cardiovascular exercises and movements. Running, jumping, and "hitting the floor" are all part of the sport. To perform at your best during a game, you must be ready physically and mentally. In volleyball, you move to the ball, you don't wait for the ball to move to you. Watch a college, university or national team play. You may be surprised to see some of the best conditioned athletes of any sport playing volleyball.
Club volleyball has a range of start and end dates. Generally, most clubs start in mid November, with camps, clinics and try-outs. The season can end as late as the end of May, for those teams wishing to partake in national championships. Tournament play starts in January for the older players and mid February for the younger ones.
Most of our teams practice twice a week, usually weekday evenings and in some cases weekends. Our high performance teams practice 3 times per week. The majority of our practices take place in South Surrey at elementary and high schools.
There are no youth volleyball club leagues in BC. In contrast, a typical club volleyball season includes practices that run 2-3 times per week, 1-1/2 - 2 hours in duration. Each team participates in 3 or more tournaments on weekends plus a regional and provincial championship tournament (2-day weekend tournaments). In addition, depending on team age category and event location, many teams participate in a national championship tournament in a major city in Canada.
We believe in academics first, school sports and other school activities second, club volleyball third. If you have homework, that takes precedence over club volleyball. If you have a conflict with a school sport or activity, that takes precedence as well. If you have a conflict with a community sports activity, we would ask that you advise us well in advance, so we are aware you will not be available. We like to work with the other sports groups, allowing you to play both sports if they can handle it. However, every practice is important. If you miss too many practices or tournaments, you may have a tough time when called up to play, as you will fall behind the rest. Further, others who have made the commitment may get more playing time. The older you get, the harder it is for coaches to give players court time that haven't been to enough practices and games.
The club fees vary by age group. Costs range from $425 to $900, depending on the amount of tournaments attended. These costs include uniforms, warm-ups, gym rental, tournament fees, and equipment; coaching education, per diems and honorariums; Volleyball BC membership, club management and administration fees. Costs for road trips and national championships are above and beyond. High Performance teams (HP) attend the national championships (an additional cost), other teams have the option to attend.
See the base fee schedule for 2019 below:
12U Girls - $425
13U Girls - $675
14U Girls - $725
15U Girls - HP - $875
15U Girls - $800
16U Girls - HP - $900
16U Girls - $825
17U Girls - HP - $900
18U Girls - HP - $900
13U Boys - $650
14U Boys - $700
15U Boys - $725
16U Boys HP - $850
17U Boys HP - $875
18U Boys HP - $875
NOTE: Fees do NOT include road trips and national championships. Nationals typically cost $1000/athlete. Additional road trips for 16U-18U can range from $200 to $1000.
Certainly playing club volleyball has its advantages. Players are competing at a higher level than high school and can improve simply by playing more often. However, playing club is not a guarantee you will make your high school team, nor is it a guarantee that if you don't play club, you won't. We have seen many athletes that compete in other sports instead of club, still make their high school team and do quite well. If you want to improve in the sport and increase your chances, yes, play club.
Once a player has committed to participate with Seaside and has paid club fees, it is assumed by the club that the player will continue playing throughout the season. The club has committed registration fees, equipment, uniforms, warm-ups and travel arrangements that are not recoverable in the event the athlete quits the club and will be a financial burden to the remaining members of the team. It is our policy that if a player withdraws from the team after being selected, the player will not be provided a refund.
We highly recommend purchasing a quality pair of volleyball shoes. Brands to consider are Asics, Mizuno, Adidas and Nike. Make sure they are designed for indoor court use and/or "volleyball" shoes. Prices range from $80 to $150 a pair. Knee pads are also highly recommended. There are numerous brands and types. Stick to the mainstream sports manufacturers. Costs range from $20 to $40 a pair. For players who are older, we recommend they purchase an ankle support device. This apparatus will reduce the risk of ankle injuries. The most popular brand, Active Ankles, are available through sports medicine stores and some sports stores. Prices range from $40 to $60 each ($80 to $120 per pair).
Updated: Wednesday, November 7th, 2018