Club Philosophy

  1. The mental and physical well being of our athletes is paramount.
  2. Club volleyball is competitive, competing to win is expected.
  3. Building a winning team requires commitment to teamwork, team practice and individual skills development, and team goals.
  4. There must be mutual respect among all team mates.
  5. Clear communication amongst coaches and athletes, and between athletes supports both the well being of athletes and team performance.
  6. Statistics are key part of performance feedback and are used significantly in both team and personal practice goals.
  7. Athletes need individual attention. Athletes develop at different paces. Some are late bloomers. Multi-sport athletes are welcomed.
  8. Different age groups require different mixes of team performance and individual athlete development. 14U has a significantly different framework than 15U to 18U age groups.

Playing Time

15U to 18U Age Group

Coaches have the final say over playing time during games and playing time is not expected to be equal amongst team members. However, all team members that have committed to practice and improvement will receive game time during a tournament.

Volleyball BC has instituted a new league system, similar to other provinces, where results in certain tournaments throughout the year impact the team’s overall ranking heading into Provincials and Nationals. There are also non-league tournaments that do not impact rankings and provide flexibility in player development and playing time.

Developing each player to their fullest potential is a key part of our strategy in achieving our goal of winning each match and ensures open and fair competition for game time.

Player development is led by consistent targeted practice. The club provides high level coaching supported by video analysis and statistical performance reviews. Each player receives feedback on both strengths and areas for improvement throughout the season.

14U Age Group

14U is the first year of competitive volleyball for many players and it is important that all players have a significant amount of game play time, in order to facilitate development.

Volleyball Canada has guided this initiative, specifically:

  1. Fair Play rule: All players on the 12 player game roster must play one full set per match. If a match goes to a 3rd set, then it is the coach’s discretion to choose who plays.
  2. Limited Specialization: Role specialization (ie setter, power hitter) is discouraged in order to allow players to experiment with different positions.

While Powerwest is focused on building competitive teams at the 15U to 18U age categories, the primary goal of 14U is to give players a chance to learn how to compete and determine what their role is on the court. Winning matches is a lower priority in this age category. Commitment to practice remains important and players that do not commit to improvement through routine practice will be asked to sit out.