The Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence (VCCE) is an exciting new initiative developed through several partnerships including the Richmond Olympic Oval, Provincial Volleyball Associations, College and University programs, and Own the Podium. Volleyball Canada has expanded to 16 Centres in 2012-13, with exciting youth programs emerging across Canada.
For many years Canada has not competed well internationally. We are falling short in ranking among the top countries in the world and have participated in only 3 Olympic Games in our History.
One of the identified reasons of our international status is in the development of our youth athletes. Providing the appropriate amount of training, competition and recovery during the early stages of athlete development is critical to long term success.
In Canada we have developed guiding principles to lay a road map that allows our athletes to reach their full potential in both a High Performance and an Active for Life environment. These principles come from our Long Term Athlete Development model, or LTAD for short. Volleyball Canada's role is to provide leadership and support for implementation of LTAD.
Our young developing athletes spend more time in competition (playing games) than in training and development (practice). To add to this, practice time is typically spent on developing team systems in preparation for games. While this produces short term success on the court, the technical skills of our athletes are being left behind.
The Centres of Excellence are one of the many initiatives within the Volleyball Canada Development Model (VCDM) that is working to eliminate developmental gaps at all levels of play. Volleyball Canada has also initiated a strong presence with our young athletes being introduced to the game. The Volleyball Canada Development Model is an excellent resource for athletes, teachers, coaches, and parents. Learn more about the VCDM HERE.
Canada is moving forward and the Centres of Excellence are a great step in the right direction! Without a doubt, many of the athletes training with the VCCE today, will be competing for Team Canada in the near future.
The Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence programs are designed specifically for each region. These facts will describe most of the centres accurately:
•Lots of Individual attention with a very low athlete to coach ratio (max of 6 athletes for 1 coach)
•Team Canada/Provincial Team Pathway athletes (Regional, Provincial, National recognized athletes as well as committed HS & Club)
•Position specific development and personalized training programs.
•Flexible training model that gives consideration to academic schedule regardless of the semester or linear scholastic model.
•Player development evaluations to assist athletes continue to strive for their personal excellence
•Physical and functional assessments with a professional strength and conditioning coach.
•Professional instruction in injury prevention, correct weight training methods from strength and conditioning coach.
•On-line skill development and physical training tracking system and education resources.
•Individualized annual training, competition and recovery plan structured by coaches.