This policy is in effect for all members of the “Fuzion Volleyball Club”, herein after referred to as the Club.
Our programs strive to teach and communicate good sportsmanship and provide a positive message to all our athletes. Our children look to us to provide a safe and fun environment in which to compete. It is imperative that our coaches and spectators demonstrate sportsmanlike behavior at all times. In an effort to promote positive behavior by all coaches, athletes, and parents we have implemented a Code of Conduct, which sets forth a non-exhaustive list of acceptable, and unacceptable behavior, and the consequences of engaging in unacceptable behavior.
The following guidelines are designed to ensure yearly continuity and strength throughout all age categories and to ensure the long-term viability of the club.
Our philosophy is to develop life-long volleyball players who love the game, are sound fundamentally and have an understanding of the game’s rules, strategies and tactics. We will do this by developing players for the long-term; providing instruction, direction and opportunities for players of all levels and abilities. Our goal is to produce players who are competent and can compete at the age-class, recreational, senior and collegiate levels and beyond. We will also strive to provide coaching and referee training opportunities to our players.
The club will strive to follow Volleyball Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model in developing and training players, specifically our elite teams. Because of the challenges LTAD brings in terms of available gym time and the increased coaching and player commitment, we will strive to find a balance that allows for the elite teams to meet their mandate while not short changing other teams. LTAD resources can be found at: http://www.vcdm.org/coaches.
The Technical Director (TD) will be in charge of ensuring all coaches are following the club’s coaching philosophy and adhering to its policies. The TD will be responsible for the following:
The club will offer an elite program for the top players from each age group, providing them with quality coaching using the Volleyball Canada LTAD model. Our elite teams will be known as the Whites and will compete in the Volleyball New Brunswick age classes and be encouraged to compete in Volleyball Canada national competitions.
Our other teams will be known as the Blues and will consist of any players not in the elite program. The goal of the Blues team is to develop elite caliber players. They will compete in the Volleyball New Brunswick age classes.
Age Classes: Players will be placed on teams in their age group, determined by birth year, unless they try out and are selected to a higher-level team.
Development: Comprised of all eligible players who meet the age requirement and are not selected to, or choose to not be part of, a more advanced team. Younger players are not eligible for this team unless there are not enough players to fill out the team, at which time younger players may be added.
Competitive: Comprised of all eligible players who meet the age requirement and are not selected to, or choose to not be part of, a Whites team. Younger players are not eligible for this team unless there are not enough players to fill out the team, at which time younger players may be added.
High Performance: Comprised of any eligible player, regardless of age, as long as they meet, or are younger than, the age requirement. For a younger player to be selected to this team, they must be an impact player and be considered a starter or first off the bench. If the younger player will not be a top seven player, or for any other reason they are not selected to this team, they will be placed back in their appropriate age category.
At the start of each season, each age category will conduct a tryout to select a team. Whites and Blues coaches may work together to conduct a joint tryout, with the Whites coach selecting players first then the Blues coach selecting from the remaining players. The Whites coach has the option to conduct a separate tryout, but must work in conjunction with the Blues coach so that any player not selected to the Whites team will still have an opportunity to try out for a Blues team. All coaches will use the guidelines in Section 1.03 above, as criteria in selecting their team. TEAM SIZE
The development program is for players in all age categories who are new to the game or are interested in learning the skills of the game. Any player who does not make a Whites or Blues team will have the option to play in the development program. Development players will practice with the Blues team in their age group, but will not participate in tournaments. The goal of the development program is to give instruction in the fundamentals and developing competitive-level players.
The tournament strategy will be to compete in four Volleyball New Brunswick sanctioned tournaments per season plus the Provincial Championships. All teams will have a goal of participating in the Volleyball Canada national championships each year, in consultation with team parents, players and the Executive Committee. When opportunities arise, intra-provincial competitions will be encouraged.
MINI PROGRAM/ATOMIC/TRIPLE BALL
All coaches will be provided with 1 set of 6 official VNB balls, a ball bag, a ball pump, a first aid kit and ice cooler. Additional equipment deemed desirable, but dependent on approval of the Executive Committee are portable ball carts, agility ladders and video analysis and statistic gathering tools.
The club will offer a yearly March Break, Weekend clinics and a Beach Camp, if possible.
The following are age-specific skill targets, based on the LTAD guidelines. See the Volleyball Canada LTAD manual for more details.