Hello Volleyball Athletes and Parents/Guardians of Athletes,
We know that everyone is patiently waiting to hear how the Northern BC Volleyball Club season will unfold this year, so as of September 12, 2020 we are providing you with:
1) An update on NBCVC plans to “Return to Play” for the Club Volleyball Season through Volleyball Alberta OR Volleyball BC;
2) Request for information and contacts to access/rent private facilities suitable for Volleyball practice (even if the floors are concrete)
As a Club and Volleyball Community, we appreciate everything that Alberta Volleyball Association (AVA), Volleyball BC (VBC) and the School District 60 (SD60) Athletic Directors are doing to support clubs, players, coaches, parents, and executives during these unprecedented times.
We have been working with the Dawson Creek Volleyball Club, AVA and VBC, the SD60, other athletic associations and the City of Fort St. John in order to ensure our volleyball athletes have a space to continue developing their skills and passion for the sport.
We have created a Volleyball Club Season Covid Protocol FAQ that will answer some of your questions and educate you on the limiting factors that we hope to overcome as a community, working together.
VOLLEYBALL 2020 CLUB SEASON COVID PROTOCOL FAQ
Will the season look like previous years of Volleyball?
· There will be (evolving) restrictions of type of practice, play, travel boundaries and facilities at a minimum. We will adhere to our provincially approved
“Covid Safety Plan for Return to Play”.
· We do know the Club Volleyball restrictions and limitations for the type of play and numbers IS different than the School District 60 protocol and can include 6 on 6 play and limited travel (for the timing, but is completely subject to change either more or less restrictive based on COVID Provincial guidelines).
· We are committed to find ways to keep building skill and passion for volleyball,
no matter what the restrictions are
· At this time, third party users are unable to practice in SD60 facilities
· We may have to secure and upgrade private facilities and create volleyball practice spaces.
Are we playing in Alberta Volleyball Association or Volleyball BC this year?
NBCVC have been members of the Alberta Volleyball Association for many years as our club is geographically closer to Grande Prairie, Edmonton & Calgary opposed to having to travel to Prince George, Kamloops, Kelowna and Abbotsford (if we were part of Volleyball BC). The decision for NBCVC to play with Volleyball Alberta relies on the
Provincial Sporting Authority; the decision is still under review
and we will be contacted as soon as one is made.
Therefore; along with the DCVC, we are communicating with Volleyball BC to determine our options for playing within the VBC jurisdiction during regular Club volleyball season, assuming there will be some regional restrictions (a.k.a. possible restriction to North region which includes Prince George-we can’t confirm or negate at this time).
To make a final plan, we are waiting to hear back a
joined response from both associations regarding:
· insurance coverage,
· liability, restrictions for practice/play,
· duality of belonging to both associations and switching mid season if AVA opens their border,
Is there a Fall Club Season like other jurisdictions in the works?
· We have investigated this option and it is not feasible for the following reasons:
o We (in Fort St. John) do not have access to facilities to host a Volleyball Fall season at this time-we are refocusing efforts on finding facilities for the regular November-May season
o Entering into a Fall Club season would essentially make the athletes ineligible to participate in the School District 60 Volleyball season that our SD 60 Athletic Directors are working hard to build for volleyball athletes, even though it will look very different. Huge thanks to NPSS, DKMS and BBMS for their efforts!
· Suggested options for Fall training and engaging in volleyball for junior high and high school athletes for the fall can include the following:
o School District 60 athletic programs (likely announced September 21, 2020)
o HITT Fall Academy hosted every weekend in Grande Prairie for all around skills or specific positional play (see the HITT volleyball website)
o Any other volleyball academy or camp that are being offered by Abstract Volleyball (Jesse Knight) and HITT Volleyball as pre tryout camps
What type of Facility will the NBCVC be running the Volleyball tryouts and Practices during season?
· We are currently seeking multiple smaller facilities (i.e. empty shop bay) that we can upgrade with flooring inserts etc. to use. Funding for upgrading a facility would be needed.
· We are reaching out to the City of FSJ to gain access to any available City facility
· We are currently looking to work with the owners of two large recently vacant retail spaces that have potential for multi-sport use once upgraded
· The local private schools are not available for renting the gym spaces
· DO YOU KNOW OF ANY SPACES, BUILDINGS, PRIVATE GYM’s ETC THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR USE/RENT/MILD UPGRADES WITH TEMPORARY FLOORING?
· Please contact email@example.com (Jen Heinrichs) if you have any suggestions.
The NBCVC Executive
General information is found in our Season Guide & Registration Package; it can be found under the REGISTRATION tab.
Age Classes for the 2021 season (as defined by Volleyball Canada):
U13: athletes born Sept. 1, 2007 to Dec. 31, 2008
U14: athletes born Sept. 1, 2006 to Dec. 31, 2007
U15: athletes born Sept. 1, 2005 to Dec. 31, 2006
U16: athletes born Sept. 1, 2004 to Dec. 31, 2005
U17: athletes born Sept. 1, 2003 to Dec. 31, 2004
U18: athletes born Sept. 1, 2002 to Dec. 31, 2003
**Grade Six students can still tryout for the U13 competitive team, even if they are born after the dates listed for the U13 age classes. Please refer to our season guide for more information.
Established in 1991, The Northern BC Volleyball Club (also known as Fort St John ICE) is a non-profit organization for youth sports. Whether you want to introduce your young boy or girl to their first sport or help your established athlete get a college scholarship, we're here to help you succeed.
Thank you to our 2020 season coaches; we greatly appreciate your commitment to our club!
U12: Kara Myllymaki
U13 Black: Ian Zackodnik
U13 Blue: Madison Lyons
U14 Black: Darcy Snider and Diane Corr
U14 Blue: Angela Klassen
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