Team Ontario Elite

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Starting in September 2017, the OVA will be offering a new type of support to Ontario high performance players through the new Team Ontario Elite program. This program will be offered to a select number of players identified with the potential to move on to a junior or senior national team program in the future.

The goal of this program is to offer support to Ontario’s top athletes and their coaches throughout the entire season as opposed to focusing all the development on players only and within a two-week program in the summer. In 2017, the launch of this new program is made possible by the support of the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative program.


In 2017, Boys Indoor Volleyball was successfully accepted into the OHPSI program, which is designed to support provincial high performance programs. OHPSI funding is to be used towards creating a sustainable support system for current and future provincial high performance athletes and coaches. The OHPSI program is offered by the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO) and was created with the goal of increasing the number of Ontario athletes performing at the international stage.

For a Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) to be eligible for OHPSI funding, the National Sport Organization (NSO), Volleyball Canada, must be receiving Own the Podium (OTP) funding. For Indoor Volleyball, only the Men’s National Team program receives OTP, therefore only our Boys Provincial High Performance Program could apply for the OHPSI program.

The OVA being an organization dedicated to the development of all athletes, we are going to match the OHPSI support to offer similar development opportunities to our high performance indoor female athletes through the Team Ontario Elite program.


Athletes and coaches selected to the Team Ontario Elite program will receive the following support:

  • Physical therapy and injury prevention
  • Strength & Conditioning support
  • Mental Performance training
  • Coach mentorship and seasonal plan support
  • Exposure to international volleyball

The following FAQ is meant to clarify how the program will work. The details of the program have yet to be finalized and will be updated on the OVA website by the start of the 2017 Indoor Team Ontario programs.


How are athletes selected to the program?

  • Athletes will be selected to the program through a comprehensive evaluation over the Team Ontario Training period

How many athletes are accepted into the program?

  • 12 Male and 12 Female athletes will be accepted into the Ontario Elite Group

How much does it cost to be a part of these programs?

  • Costs for this Program are TBD.

How old must a male or female be to be considered for the program?

  • Athletes born in 2000 and younger will be considered for the program.


What is the schedule for the program?

  • The tentative yearly schedule of events for the program can be found below
  • Additional, strength & conditioning sessions @ the CSIO, mental performance calls, or webinars could be added to this DRAFT schedule


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