All Wolves Volleyball Club tryouts have concluded and we will no longer be accepting athletes wanting to play Bantam, Midget or Juvenile levels, at this time.
If you are wanting information regarding Atomic Volleyball leagues, please contact one of the WVC Coordinators and they will be happy to assist you. Thank you!
As of January 20 the online registration system for bantams will go live. Once you've been selected to a team, please select your team, complete forms, and pay the Non-Refundable Fee. Failing to complete this task will result in the child not being allowed to participate in the Wolves Club practices or competitions until this is resolved. If you have concerns or issues, please contact one of the Wolves Volleyball Club Coordinators for more details.
Click on the form below for a detailed step by step process on how to register you or your child into the appropriate online systems, and into the Wolves Volleyball Club.
Ages U15-U18 will have formal tryouts: players may be cut at the coach’s discretion. Tryouts are free and for this reason the coach may make cuts at any time if they feel an athlete does not hold the potential to play or has displayed conduct that would be detrimental to the team. The GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club holds between 10-12 players. Any exceptions are discussed between coaches and club coordinators and will be done to suit the best interests of the group of athletes who are trying out.
Due to higher than normal requests for playing up and confusion this is creating we have adjusted the GPRC Player Movement Policy and some of its language to clarify situations where the club would deem it appropriate for players to play at an older age level. It is important to note that each request is handled on a separate case to case scenario. For information on the process and factors that are considered by the Club Coordinators, read the full policy below;
Goals:Our Bantam programs aim is to provide a positive first experience/introduction to Volleyball. We aim to give kids the basic volleyball skills while also teaching them valuable skills like working with teammates, personal responsibility/accountability, cooperation, communication, and valuing hard work and witnessing its benefits. All this volleyball and personal development is done in a fun atmosphere where kids can meet new people, build long lasting relationships and make new friends.
As a player “Bones’” played 3 seasons at GPRC, 1990/91 – 1992/93, and one (1993/94) at the University of Alberta. While with the Wolves, Bryan won a number of awards including a CCAA Athlete of the Month, ACAC Athlete of the Month, 2 ACAC All Conference Team selections and a CCAA All Canadian. The Wolves teams won 2 ACAC Silver medals and a CCAA Bronze medal with Bryan as captain. Bryan was a member and the organizer of the Wolves Alumni Volleyball team that won 4 consecutive Provincial Senior Men’s volleyball championships, won the Canadian Senior Men’s National Championship in 1999 and competed in two U.S. Open Championships. Bryan was also a member of the team that won the 2005 World Masters Games Open Division. Bryan was also an Assistant Coach with the Wolves for 5 years (1995 - 2000) which included 2 CCAA Silver medals and 1 CCAA bronze medal.
Bryan has coached summer camps at GPRC, Jasper, Sylvan Lake and club teams in Edmonton (NAVC 1996-97), the Wolves club system (1995/96 &1997-2000), the Beaverlodge High School Volleyball team in 2000 & 2001, and has also put in 9 seasons coaching JH Volleyball at Alexander Forbes, Crystal Park and Derek Taylor School. The Wolves Volleyball Club program is tremendously happy and excited to have "Bones" back in the 'Wolves Den' teaching our youth valuable Volleyball skills and life lessons.
"Once a Wolf, Always a Wolf!"
U13 Girls Black
Head Coach: Brittany Horiachka
Assistant Coach: Alicia Wilson
I was born and raised in Grande Prairie. Played volleyball for the wolves club team from U12 to U18.Played high school ball for the St. Joes Ceinahs from 2005-2008. I am currently taking my Bachelor of Science at the Grande Prairie Regional College striving to transfer into biological sciences. First time being a head coach but have helped out with younger teams in past years and am very excited to be a part of the Wolves again and in a position to give back to a great program.
My name is Alicia Wilson and I am born and raised in Grande Prairie. I have been playing volleyball for 12 years and the Wolves Club has been a big part of those 12 years. I started playing with the Wolves when I was in grade 6, up until grade 12. This program has taught me a lot on and off the court and I am excited to be able to give back to the program and to the game I love! This is my first year coaching my own team, and I am looking forward to being able to help develop the U13's skills and have fun this season :)
U13 Girls Red
Head Coach: Carson Sieben
Assistant Coach: Teea Kakoske
Raised under the tutelage of many Wolves Coaches, Carson finds herself back in the Wolves Program having gone full circle as a player and now a coach. She has truly experienced a great deal of this great game through her many years playing all the way from U12 - U18 Women's Volleyball. With much club experience under her belt, Carson took all the knowledge she could soak up and utilize it as she assisted her St. Joe's Ceinahs in a 2009 3A Provincial Gold Medal in her Grade 12 year! She played for the Arctic Winter Games squad in 2008 competing in Yellowknife, NWT. Since graduating, Carson played for Ron Thomson and the GPRC Wolves College team for two years before deciding to become a coach for the Wolves Volleyball Club. As a first time coach, she as looking forward to the upcoming season and teaching her U13s the basic fundamental skills of the game to help them succeed in their future volleyball careers!
I was raised in Grande Prairie and I am product of the Wolves Volleyball Club. I played U12-U17, and 3 years at Peace Wapiti Academy. Currently I continue to play mixed league as well as ladies league with many of the friends I made in this great program. I am a certified Level 1 Coach and look forward to advancing my certification as my knowledge and experience increases. As a first year coach, my goals are to develop fundamental skills in our U13 girls, create friendships among our team and most of all, provide a fun environment for them to learn the sport I love! I am currently working towards my Bachelor of Secondary Education with a major in Phys. Ed, with hopes of becoming a Phys. Ed teacher in the near future. I cannot wait to influence this great program in the best way that I can, and to teach the girls the skill foundation needed to succeed in their many years of sport to come! I look forward to a great season!
U13 Girls Grey
Head Coach: Atayia Durrant
Assistant Coach: McKayla Rodacker
Atayia grew up with volleyball in her veins; it was and still is a large part of her family. She started playing when she was in grade 6 with the Wolves Atomic Program and then continued through the Club playing to U18 as well as through various High School programs. Atayia continued playing post-secondary volleyball for the College of the Rockies Avalanche, in Cranbrook B.C. A shoulder injury has brought her back to Grande Prairie and to the Wolves Program where she will be continuing her time coaching a new batch of volleyball enthusiasts. Not ready to give up the game, Atayia will be coaching the U13 girls volleyball team, and is looking forward to the beginning of her coaching carrier here in Grande Prairie as well as sharing my love of the game with upcoming athletes.
Goals: Midget programs are the middle stages of our development. As such these ages are a challenging mix of player development, equal playing time, specialization, and competitiveness. Our coaches at Midget should never be playing to win at all costs: at this age the range of player development is so wide that each player should still have time to contribute to the success of the team, but it may not be see 100% equal time (particularly later in the season). We may still be teaching players to play multiple positions and as such the quality of play may not be as high as possible if we committed to early specialization. However this will serve the players and team much better in late Midget and Juvenile seasons if they have well rounded athletes with a wider base of skill development. As with all levels, fun and having a chance to make friends is always a huge aspect of the program.
Born and raised in Grande Prairie, Joel ‘TBO’ has been a part of the Wolves Club program since he was a young lad in grade 8 in the Bantam category. Joel developed a strong connection to the sport and has been involved either as a player or coach ever since. Playing competitive Volleyball all through his High School career led Joel to use his deep routed passion of the game to get him a spot on the Wolves Men’s College team. There he played alongside a group of just as competitive friends from the Club program for two years until he decided to hang it up and obtain his Bachelor of Physical Education at the University of Alberta. Upon his return to GP in 2009, Joel has committed himself to giving back to the program that gave him so much by coaching High School men at Peace Wapiti Academy. This year will make it his 5th season coaching High School and Wolves Club Volleyball. Having gone through the program full circle, playing for the GPRC Wolves team and coaching High School for 5 years, Joel understands the dynamic scope of what must occur in order for one to get to ‘The Next Level’ and give oneself multiple opportunities as a Student-Athlete.
Also having played multiple sports growing up, Joel truly appreciates the value in acquiring numerous skill sets in order to help build an overall solid foundation of technique, determination and hard work. These among others, are the principles Joel will be educating his athletes this coming 2014 season and allow them to walk away from it with more than just a good ‘on the court’ experience, but making fond memories with their teammates developing lifelong skills.
Kaylin has been a teacher at Harry Balfour School for just a short time but has already transformed the Boys Junior High Volleyball program into a leading program by staying true to the principles of the Long Term Athlete Development model. Last year she assisted the U17 men’s team with much success, and learned a great deal about the faster paced game that is in the Juvenile age group… and was able to take from the season valuable information in hopes of using it to better educate the young athletes that she sees. This gives the Wolves Volleyball Club a valuable asset as Kaylin utilizes her tools to help athletes develop their own understanding of the game and help them along to build their own Tool Kit. A lover of the game, Kaylin comes to the Club with a deep routed passion to educate the next set of talented young men! She played for the PWA Titans beating out many top teams in the Province and helping her team achieve a third place podium finish at 3A Provincials in 2007. Since then she has always been involved with the game either coaching school teams or playing in the local Mixed Volleyball League. Kaylin is looking forward to the coming season a great deal.
Head Coach: Phil Duffy
Assistant Coach: Austin Cromarty
Phil is coming back to the Wolves program for another year of passionate education for the group of young men. Phil is armed to teeth with a wide range of skill sets and knowledge about the game as he has played for the GPRC Wolves for 3 years and 1 playing at the CIS level with the University of Saskatchewan. Phil being a local guy is ready to give back to the program that gave him many opportunities and is excited to teach the U15 men not only skills within Volleyball but in life as well!
Austin is a decorated athlete from the Prince George Volleyball program in BC. His High School team achieved a second place finish in 2A Pronvicials in his Grade 12 year. Austin is a highly energetic Volleyball player and is always willing to go that Extra Mile for his team, so it stands to reason why the teams he's been on have seen some great success in acquiring top 10 status multiple times! Austin has been involved with coaching for the last 3 years, and is eager to develop and educate himself in the ways of improving young minds and their abilities to play sport.
Austin started playing volleyball in Grade 10, and immediately fell in love with the atmosphere of volleyball itself, as well as the social atmosphere that came along with it. It was an amazing experience athletically as it allowed him to pursue something with passion and in turn, has gained quite a few more than rewarding memories with it. Socially it was a great choice for Austin as it allowed him to meet new people from not only his home city, but all over Canada (specifically from Club Nationals) and make life long friends from it. His hopes for coaching younger upcoming athletes is that they find a love for the game through competitiveness, and also friendships. Austin finds himself bringing specific, and technical feedback to the athletes in the club program. But most importantly to him is the mental part of it, motivating these young athletes and hopefully teaching them self-motivation as well. And of course the fun aspect, creating some laughs to truly make the experience of volleyball as enjoyable as possible and as it should be, which he finds makes the biggest impact on athletes at younger ages.
U15 Girls Black
Head Coach: Carrie Bartsch
Assistant Coach: Aiden Lutzmann
U15 Girls Red
Head Coach: Megan Smith
Assistant Coach: Chad Thompson
Megan is a product of the Wolves Club program and progressed to the post-secondary level. Under the tutelage of Ron Thomson, Megan played two seasons for GPRC and helped her team medal both years in the ACAC Conference as the Wolves starting setter and she is excited to start her career in coaching. She continues to play in the mixed, ladies, and beach volleyball leagues in Grande Prairie.
Chad was born and raised in the Grande Prairie area. Now a firefighter for the city he is excited to continue his coaching career. He has experience coaching volleyball and basketball. He played high school volleyball for the GPCHS Tomahawks and continues to play in the GP Mixed Volleyball League.
Head Coach: Kyle Erickson
Assistant Coach: Kurt Tschechne
A product of the Wolves Club program for the duration of his volleyball career, Kyle is currently finishing his second year as a member of the Wolves Men’s Volleyball Team, taking his Bachelor of Physical Education. Although relatively new to the coaching scene, Kyle looks to use his past and current playing experience to help his team grow both on and off the court. Kyle possesses a strong connection to this game with a dedicated mindset to always learn and improve. With that characteristic close to heart, Kyle will be utilizing his knowledge, along with his coaching staff, to offer the same mentality to his U16 team this coming Club season.
Another well-rounded product of the Wolves Volleyball Club program, Kurt finally makes his way to the coaching scene and is ready to educate his athletes in hopes of improving their skills and understanding of the game. Kurt comes with much experience as he and Kyle Erickson, helped their GP Composite High School Men's Tomahawk team win 4A Provincials in 2010. First starting out his career at the U16 level, Kurt has come full circle as a first year coach and possesses the right amount of energy, passion, hardworking and a fun attitude to give the athletes a great experience.
Head Coach: Olivia Abram
Assistant Coach: Kolby Boyd
Olivia Abram initially played competitive club volleyball through NAVC in Edmonton. For post-secondary, she played her first year (2011-2012) at Lethbridge College. She transferred to Grande Prairie Regional College for her second year (2012-2013) and is currently playing in her third year of eligibility. Her coaching background consists of assistant coaching the U18 LVC team in Lethbridge (2012), assisting with the U15 Taber Wham team (2012), head coaching the U15 Wolves team last year (2013), and assisting with Team Alberta U18 this summer (2013). Olivia is currently working towards her degree in Secondary Education with a major in English and minor in Physical Education. Olivia possesses a tremendously outgoing personality with tons of energy and a true passion for this game.
Goals: Our juvenile programs are the final step and the club mentality has shifted into a competitive program: We want to do our best to win tournaments. The balance for playing time is still difficult as we have to continue to develop college players (often the starters) while providing a positive and fun lasting experience for those players who may not wish to pursue post-secondary volleyball. We also have to make sure everyone is getting value for the money they are spending to play. Our coaches are always advised to make sure each player on the team has a role. Some roles are more difficult for players to handle (as they may be different than the role they played on their high school team) but a team cannot be successful unless they buy in and play together. If a coach cannot see a possible role for a player, they are advised to make cuts at tryouts. Communicating between you and your coach as an athlete or parent can help you understand your role and the rationale behind the coach’s decisions regarding playing time, what position you are playing, and how you can be an effective teammate which allows the team to be successful.
Jeff Smith comes back to the Wolves Club after a small duration in Calgary (Assistant Coaching the SAIT men’s Volleyball team for 4 years), and brings back with him over 15 years of coaching experience. He is currently an assistant coach for the College Wolves Women’s Team, so if he’s not busy helping coach that group of women to an ACAC podium finish, he’s coaching the U17 Men’s Club team. Jeff originally from Grande Prairie, coached High school men’s Volleyball for 9 years at Peace Wapiti Academy, the GPRC Men’s Team as an assistant for 8 years, and spent numerous summers coaching Team Alberta, obtaining a number of podium finishes.“Smitty” as he’s better known, is a dedicated coach who will be adamant in teaching techniques and game systems and processes with accuracy and precision to bring the best of his teams. Smitty is a fun and easy going guy who is great to be around and a great resource for Volleyball information.
Head Coach: Kate Porta
Assistant Coach: Tonya Dueck
Head Coach: Katie Dogterom
Katie is a strong coach whose dedication to each team that she coaches is able to walk away with the understanding of what it takes in order to compete at the most competitive levels. Katie spent 4 years playing tough Volleyball at the College level in the ACAC with both the Medicine Hat Rattlers and the GPRC Wolves Women's teams. In her athletic time with the Wolves she captured 2 ACAC Bronze Medals! She was quick to get into the world of coaching and assisted the Red Deer Queens & Lacombe County Club programs before returning to the Wolves Club. This year will make it her 3rd in the Wolves Program and her 2nd as the U18 Men's Head Coach. Last year Katie gave the young men the tools to acquire a Bronze medal at Volleyball Alberta Provincials! Katie is not only going to be coaching the U18 Men's club team, but is currently working alongside Jeff Smith as an Assistant Coach for the College Women's Wolves Volleyball Team.
Head Coach: Hugh Bartlett
Assistant Coach: Jenice Warkentin
I began playing volleyball in grade 11 and with no specific sports goals I allowed God to lead me and took playing opportunities as they came. I played 3 years in the ACAC with Briercrest Bible College and GPRC. I then transferred to the U of A where I played out my final two years of eligibility. To my surprise, I felt God leading me to play for Team Canada which I did for a short time in 2012. I love working with youth and athletes and have been privileged to coach in many settings including at summer camps and with high school teams. This past fall I enjoyed the opportunity of being the head coach for the St. Joseph Ceinahs where I also teach in the Physical Education department. I am excited to coach with Hugh Bartlett and learn from his wisdom and experience. I am thankful for the opportunity to grow as a coach and to continue to share my passion and love for the game with the Wolves U18 Women.
Sports and physical activity play an important role in our children’s healthy growth and development, but in recent times physical activity has suffered serious decline among Canadian children. The goal of this booklet is to help you understand the needs of young athletes and what may be done to promote their best interests in staying active and healthy.
The Wolves Volleyball Club (WVC) would like to acknowledge the video above as it is a similar representation to the overall philosophy of youth in sport, and the importance of skill acquisition and development within the Wolves Club system. WVC feels this Sport Scotland production helps demonstrate the common values and beliefs set forth by Volleyball Alberta, Volleyball Canada and the Canadian Sport 4 Life development models. Young athletes and coaches are reminded that achieving one's potential is a Process.
This film was developed by sportscotland to help young athletes understand what 'talent' is and how you can get good at sport - it's more of a choice than you might think. For more information about talent, visit our website - www.sisport.com/talent (Published on Oct. 2, 2013)
A Volleyball-Movies video, depicting the unparalleled desire to succeed and the inspiring passion all Volleyball players have for this great game of ours! For more vids click on the Volleyball-Movies link above.
Canada wins 3-2 versus 2012 Olympic Champs Team Russia in the 2013 World League Qualifying match (July 18, 2013)
Watch the Full Match at Volleyball-Movies by clicking HERE
Canada bests World #1 Brazil in 2012 on home turf (Toronto, Canada - May 20, 2012). Check out the 5th set action below!!
Hear of Gavin Schmitt?!? Of course you have! Well check out some of this guy's massive Stuff Blocks.
Canadian opposite Sarah Pavan shows her talent and proves to be one of the best in the world, leading her team to the title in Brazil. Not bad for a Superliga rookie... In fact, it was a superb club season for Sarah Pavan. Pavan is playing for the first time in Brazil, a country that has been dominating the volleyball stage. Brazil grabbed the last two gold medals at the Olympics. It was not easy as she was playing with some Olympic champions. Natalia Zilio, Valeska Menezes, two time Olympic gold medallist Fabi Oliveira, and volleyball legend Fofao. Fofao won the gold medal at the Olympics in Beijing. She is 43 but she is still playing at high level of volleyball.
GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club is a supporter of the principles of LTAD and will continue (especially with our Bantam programs) to focus on skill development rather than a "win at all costs" mentality. TSN analyst Jason Devos has just published a fantastic blog outlining some of the growing pains that are plaguing soccer in Ontario as they progress to some alternative methods of competition. Check it out at http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/jason_de_vos/?id=405972#YourCallTop
Let's See How Adults Like It
Why do we make kids play like Adults? - Formats
Successful Goal Achievements by understanding what it means to walk a mile in the shoes of young athletes so that all athletes may find even just a small form of success in order to direct them on their paths of achieving their potential.
The Football Association of Sussex County, in the United Kingdom, put these videos together to touch on the ramifications of forcing young children to compete in environments that are too demanding on them, where the enjoyment of the game may decrease. These may not be videos about Volleyball, but they speaks loud and clear of the importance of sports organizations willing to take a step back and potential make some large adjustments for the sake of developing youth so they may achieve long termsuccess.
Human Kinetics is a publications company with many great coaching resources. They have multiple book/resources for our sportf volleyball and many other facets of the world sports, such as training perscriptions, nutrition, specific skill development, and many more!
Triple Ball: Building Stronger Athletes
The following information is designed to represent the value of Triple Ball has, and the overall benefits a young person will see when exposed to this initial ‘Lead Up’ game to Traditional Volleyball. Check out the Triple Ball Trifold Pamphlet below created by the Wolves Volleyball Club, and feel free to print it off and take it to other parents, teachers, coaches and schools. Maybe we can all work together to better educate the Grande Prairie community about the tremendous impact this Volleyball Lead Up game can have on a young athlete, and how Triple Ball is one of the best things to happen to youth sport!!
The video above is for any coaches in schools, sports academies and clubs to observe the benefits of a faster Triple Ball sequence. Speeding the toss entry will increase the transfer from Triple Ball to traditional volleyball as it creates a more realistic flow to the game. While most coaches assume the sequence is a good time for additional feedback, we need to allow this faster toss to provide its own important feedback. It will teach athletes to move explosively to and from positions on the court, decrease the amount of time that is spent standing around and should help maintain the intensity of the game compared to slower triple ball or regular volleyball. All this is achieved without a huge increase in the demand of skill(s) required to play.
This information is trickled down from the Volleyball Alberta (VA) and Volleyball Canada (VC). As a member of the VA player development committee, Matt Clegg was sent to Toronto to discuss the best practices surrounding age appropriate games for youth like Circulation, Atomic and Triple Ball with other provinces and Volleyball Canada staff. Each game is designed to increase the and so that players get the most out of their time on the court.
If you have any questions regarding any of the games and would like more information please feel free to contact Matthew Clegg under the 'Contact Us' page.
For more information about GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club, please email (preferred) or call:
GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club Co-Coordinator
10726 - 106 Avenue
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4C4
Phone: (587-343-1650) Fax: (780) 539-2811 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPREFERRED
GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club Co-Coordinator
10726 - 106 Avenue
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4C4
Additions to the WVC website will continue for the next few weeks... if by reading the posted information on the various pages and you still have questions, please contact one of the Club Coordinators
Club Philosophy & Development Model
The following PDF links will take you through some of the guiding principles that we we use as athletes work their way through our program. While each individual coach may differ slightly in their interpretation, only those who believe in similar core values are asked to coach in the GPRC Wolves Club program. For parents and athletes - the GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club truly believes in the Process Vs Results, that means developing young athletes so they may achieve overall success for the long term; giving them the tools to be confident young people eager to polish those tools for the betterment of their individual play, as well as the team's. The WVC is designed to offer the best possible experiences while keeping the best interests of the kids close to heart.
The GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club offers more than a place to learn and play volleyball. For just shy of 30 years the WVC has been a source of inspiration, determination, learning and the development of better athletes and community leaders. The Wolves Club has a long and meaningful history which dates back to its humble beginnings in 1984 where it was started by none other than Leigh Goldie of the Grande Prairie Regional College. Leigh started the Club as a way to strengthen the sport and give young people in the growing community of Grande Prairie a new opportunity to compete and learn with one another. Because of his steady support and dedication, many young athletes have walked away from the Wolves Club with fond memories and a better attitude towards working together and being part of a team.
With each year the Club grew bigger and stronger in its resolve to become one of the strongest sports Clubs in both Alberta and the country. Year after year more and more athletes returned to give back to our program by being coaches, volunteers and Club organizers. It is truly powerful that so many athletes are returning to give back to something that has given them so much.
So much has happened over 30 years to change the volleyball community: growth of other sport organizations in the region, changes to volleyball rules and strategies, growth in Volleyball Alberta (VA) and changes to their structure. Amidst it all one thing has stayed the same… an unwavering commitment to the Wolves Volleyball Club Philosophy. WVC believes in providing all of its athletes with a positive experience and many fond memories between competitions, teammates and coaches. The Club has never changed its view of bettering the student-athlete as a whole. We stay committed to our philosophy with the hope that many new doors shall open up to the participants upon the conclusion of their Club Volleyball careers.
Club to College
Check out the very long list of 'Home Grown' talent the Wolves Volleyball Club has guided and developed over the years for so many Peace Country athletes. The following document is a list of players that have gone through the WVC system and onto experience the next level of the game by playing for various Colleges, Universities and in some cases, International Volleyball teams. Way to go Athletes!!
Note: This is an evolving document as there may be a few people/institutions needing adjusting. If you are a former WVC player who has gone through the program and onto the College/University level, or you know of former Wolves Athletes that should be included on this page, please email us at email@example.com. Please include your Full Name, the Name of the Post-Secondary School attended, and the Number of Years you were there. Thank you!