2016 OVA Coaches Symposium with CIS Men's Championship

Friday, January 29, 2016

The OVA is excited to announce the 2016 OVA Coaches Symposium in conjunction with the CIS Men's Volleyball Championship at MCMaster University. Eight special guest presenters will deliver sessions that will help you to become a better coach and get the most out of your athletes. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take in all of the great Men's Championship action throughout the course of the weekend.

The schedule of events is as follows:

11am-8pm - Coach check in
1pm-3pm - Match #1
3pm-5pm - Match #2

T. Litzen Lounge

6pm-8pm - Match #3 *Coaches Hot Seat follows the match
8pm-10pm - Match #4 *Coaches Hot Seat follows the match

8am-9am - Coach check in
9am-10am - Session #1: Building the Left Side Attacker with John Barrett
How to train your leftside players from Grassroots to High Performance.

10:15am-11:15am - Session #2: Serving, the first attack with Vincent Pichette
How your players can improve their serving game using the techniques and tactics used by the best servers in the world.

11:30am-12:30pm - Session #3: The Middle-Pipe Combination with Vincent Pichette
How to effectively use the middle-pipe combo in different situations and make better tactical choices.

2:30-3:45pm - Bonus Session: Building a team culture with Brian O’Reilly

1pm-3pm - Match #5
3pm-5pm - Match #6

4pm-5pm - Session #4: Coaches Exchange/Learning from Peers 
An opportunity within the attendees to workshop, share and exchange training ideas, concepts and competitive systems.  

6pm-8pm - Match #7 Semi Final (1) * Coaches Hot Seat follows the match
8pm-10pm - Match #8 Semi Final (2) * Coaches Hot Seat follows the match

8am-9am - Session #5: Volleyball, the Random Game with LP Mainville
How to give practice back to your players, teach them how to face challenges with creativity and embrace chaos in your gym (from 12U to National Team)

9-930am - Breakfast snacks, juice, coffee, tea, etc.

10am-11:30am - Session #6: The Physical Side of the Volleyball Player with Nicolas Roy - Jason McCullaghMarie-Soleil SamsonRory Kosonic
Part 1: Understanding the basic principles of safe physical training your players should follow.
Part 2: Station A - Recovery and healthy performance through nutrition
          Station B - Pre-hab and recovery protocols to prevent injuries and improve performance.

12pm-1pm - Session #7: Larry McKay
How to improve your practices through game like drills and what it takes to get your athletes ready for the next level.  Q&A about club issues and what university coaches want.

Conclusion of professional development

1:30-2:30pm - Team Ontario coaches meeting
1pm-3pm - Match #9 5th place
3pm-5pm - Match #10 Bronze medal
6pm-8pm - Match #11 Gold medal 

  • Coach check in - Ticket booth at Ivor Wynne Centre
  • All sessions are on court sessions - Smith Gymnasium at Ivor Wynne Centre
  • Team Ontario coaches meeting – Classroom WB 113 David Braley Centre
  • 3 PD points
  • Each club will get a 4th symposium pass free each time they sign up 3 coaches
  • Funding available for Region 3 clubs and coaches Coaching Support - Symposium Letter.pdf 
  • Costs and Links to Registration
    • Option 1) Full Symposium pass $135 +HST (Includes all sessions and tickets for all games)
    • Option 2) 1-day clinic pass $110 + HST (Includes presentations and tickets for Saturday only)
    • Option 3) Full Symposium pass $90 + HST (no match tickets)
    • First 50 coaches receive a copy of Nicolas Roy’s book Defying Gravity: Improving vertical jump and more for volleyball
    • All coaches will receive a welcome package including their parking passes, match tickets, credentials, etc.

Registration closing date March 6th, 2016. 



Cecile Reynaud

Dr. Cecile Reynaud is the former head women’s volleyball coach at Florida State University (26 seasons) and is an original member of the USA Volleyball CAP cadre of instructors. She is one of the most active and most requested USAV CAP cadre members, teaching several courses and clinics a year at various sites around the United States.  She has been involved with the US National Team program for years and has recently acted as the team leader for the US Women’s National Team for the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix and for the USA Volleyball Men’s Junior National Team at the 2015 FIVB U21 World Championship. Cecile is a great speaker and likes to involve the audience in her presentations.

Vincent Pichette

Vincent is the assistant coach of the Men’s Volleyball Canadian National Team and the head coach of the Team Canada Full-Time Training Centre in Gatineau. He has worked under Glenn Hoag with the National Team since 2009. Prior to his adventure on Team Canada, he was the head coach of the Cégep de l’Outaouais Griffons in Gatineau.

Vincent has travelled around the world coaching volleyball and has learned a lot from watching the best players play the game. His position as allowed him to acquire an expertise in volleyball that few people have in Canada. He is a life-long learner who studies the game with the same passion as he did when he started his coaching career over 15 years ago.

John Barrett

John is a former player of the Canadian National Team who represented Canada at the 1984 Olympics. He was a very successful outside hitter at the international level and that had to do with his passion for learning. He is always looking for ways to improve and this attitude helps him today in his head coach position at the University of Toronto where he has been since 2011. John was the head coach of the Men’s Canadian Junior National Team for the last 2 years and lead his team to an 8th position at the 2015 Men’s U21 World Championship.

Nicolas Roy, B.Sc., PNL.

Nicolas is the founder of Fonctions Optimum and has been the Men’s Volleyball Canadian National Team physical trainer for 7 years. Over the last 10 years, he has worked with a number of elite athletes from different sports but his specialty is volleyball. As a matter of fact, Nicolas is the author of Defying Gravity: Improve your vertical jump and more for volleyball. His expertise has taken him to multiple cities across Canada and even to France where he has given conferences on the topic of preparing volleyball athletes physically for better health and performance.

Marie-Soleil Samson, B.Sc., ND., K-in

Marie-Soleil is a naturopathic physician who specializes in nutrition as a tool to improve performance and health. She works alongside a team of dedicated physical trainers at Fonctions Optimum and provides nutritional guidance to elite athletes, including some of the Men’s Volleyball Canadian National Team players.

Jason McCullagh & Rory Kosonic

Jason has focused on strength and conditioning for volleyball athletes since 2005 when he helped construct the High Performance Program at the Ottawa Mavericks Volleyball Club. He is the founder of Mettle Sports Training which has over 100 athletes in training this season with their mobile program. Rory, his partner, has over 12 years of experience as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning specialist on top of being a former teacher. Their goal is to reach every volleyball athlete in Ontario with at the very minimum, the knowledge around how to properly warm up, cool down and prevent injury reduction.

LP Mainville

Louis-Pierre (LP) boasts an impressive volleyball resume, including an eight year stint playing on the Canadian National Team where he was mentored by Glenn Hoag. He began coaching volleyball at the early age of 16 and has since developed a coaching philosophy based on motivating and empowering athletes. Since he started coaching full-time, LP has worked with athletes of all levels going from grassroots to the Senior National B Team. For him, volleyball is the same at all levels, what changes is who learns it. He is the current head coach of the MAC 13U Boys team and the OVA High Performance Manager.

Brian O'Reilly

Brian is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic University in Social Work and was inducted into the Ryerson Hall of Fame in 2002 for leadership. Over the past 25 years , he has been working with various organizations, executives, and Olympic athletes as a high performance coach. He founded Human Potential Plus which offers training that moves teams and organizations towards greater levels of effectiveness.

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