Team Ontario Beach

Team Ontario programs are designed to identify and expose athletes to the beach high performance training environment. The objective is to create stepping stones towards future international and national team success. Identified athletes benefit from personalized monitoring and support that include services from partners such as Volleyball Canada, and the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario.

Below you will find information on:

Frequently asked questions can be found at the bottom of the page.


16U TEAM ONTARIO

The objective of this new program is to introduce younger athletes to a high-performance beach volleyball training environment. The program is a camp based program consisting of 2 camps that will run at the beginning and at the end of the summer prior to nationals. Athletes will leave this program having gone through an introduction to Team Ontario training methods, as well as various sport science sessions.

Training Camps: 

  • July 2-7 – North Bay (with all Team Ontario programs)
  • August 14-16 – Toronto (Pre-Nationals Camp)

Key Competitions:

  • June 24-25 – Youth Grand Slam in Toronto
  • July 29-30 - 18U Provincial Championships in Toronto
  • August 5-6 – 16U Provincial Championships in Toronto
  • August 18-20 - National Championships in Ottawa

Number of Players: 12 Athletes per gender

Eligibility: Athletes must be born in 2001 or later

Selection: May 19-21, 2017 at the Team Ontario Beach Identification Camp

Program Cost: 

  • $1500 plus HST
  • To be paid by May 29th

16U Team Ontario athletes are also eligible to be a part of the Junior Fulltime Training Group for the opportunity to train as a fulltime athlete on a weekly basis. Please see web page for details.

 


18U TEAM ONTARIO

The main objective of the program is to provide a high performance-training environment to identified beach volleyball athletes in order to prepare them for higher levels of competition. The program is camp based and consists of 5 camps that will run throughout the summer. Athletes will be exposed to Team Ontario training methods and will be supported by an integrated support team including experts in physical training, nutrition and mental performance.

Training Camps: 

  • June 9-11 – Toronto (Kick Off - Sunday OVA Beach Tour in Cobourg) 
  • July 2-7 – North Bay (with all Team Ontario programs)
  • July 19-21 – Sherbrooke (Quebec)
  • August 2-4 – Toronto (Pre-Provincials)
  • August 14-16 – Toronto (Pre-Nationals)

Key Competitions:

  • June 24-25 – Youth Grand Slam in Toronto
  • July 22-23 – Quebec Excellence in Montreal
  • July 29-30 - 18U Provincial Championships in Toronto
  • August 5-6 – Youth Open Provincial Championships in Toronto
  • August 18-20 - National Championships in Ottawa

Number of Players: 12 Athletes per gender

Eligibility: Athletes must be born in 1999 or later

Selection: May 19-21, 2017 at the Team Ontario Beach Identification Camp

Program Cost: 

  • $2000 plus HST
  • To be paid by May 29th

18U Team Ontario athletes are also eligible to be a part of the  Junior Fulltime Training Group for the opportunity to train as a fulltime athlete on a weekly basis. Please see web page for details.

 


22U TEAM ONTARIO (OHPSI)

The 22U Team Ontario program is a fulltime high performance training environment that will include athletes preparing and aspiring to represent Canada in U19/U21 World Championships, FISU Games and NORCECA/FIVB Tour competitions. Athletes are introduced and prepared for international success on the national team through a high-performance beach culture, which includes participation in international competitions, securing financial support, and learning to create and manage an Integrated Support Team as a fulltime athlete. This program is directly funded by the Canadian Sports Institute of Ontario through the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative Program (OHPSI).

Dates: May 1 – August 30, 2017 (fulltime training in Toronto)

Key Competitions: Personal competition plan created with coach including applicable national team trials events, out of province tournaments, OVA Beach Tour & Grand Slam events, provincials and nationals.

Number of Players: up to 12 Athletes per gender

Eligibility: Athletes are born 1995 or later

Identification: Athletes looking to be a part of the 22U Team Ontario Beach can be identified by filling out the following identification form and participating in a minimum of one of the following Fulltime Training Group practice dates at Volleyball Canada’s High Performance Facility at Downsview Park from March 27 to April 23 (not including Easter long weekend April 14-16).

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4-6:30pm
  • Friday 5:30-7:30pm
  • Sunday 9:30-11:30am

Please see Senior Fulltime Training Group page for details.

Program Cost: 

  • $1675 plus HST
  • To be paid by June 8th

The cost for summer identification is a one-time OVA competitive membership fee, please register here: https://nrs.volleyball.ca/Event/Details/5785

Upon registering contact Senior Beach Development Coach Angie Shen ashen@ontariovolleyball.org to arrange for attendance at one of the above practices or to make other arrangements if the practice dates above are challenging for you to attend.

 


CANADA GAMES TEAM

Canada Games began in 1967. Since that time it has grown into Canada’s largest multi-sport event. The event is considered the pinnacle of inter-provincial/territorial sport programs and a springboard to National level programs. Ontario has finished on the podium every year that beach volleyball has been offered at the games.

The teams selected to represent Ontario at the 2017 Canada Games are not required to train with the Full Time Training Group however Canada Games candidates are welcome to be identified for the Fulltime Training Group. Information on the Fulltime Training Group can be found here.

Athletes will have to attend mandatory training camps and competitions with Team Ontario.

Training Camps & Competitions:

  • June 21-23 – Training with Fulltime Training Group vs Team Nova Scotia in Toronto, Ontario
  • June 24-25 – Toronto Grand Slam*
  • July 19-20 – Training with Fulltime Training Group vs Team Quebec in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • July 22-23 – Quebec Excellence Open*

CANADA GAMES:

Further Training Opportunities:

  • With Canada Games coaches and Fulltime Training Group athletes In Toronto on Friday’s beginning June 9, 2017.

ATHLETE FEE:

  • $1275 plus HST
  • $700 plus HST for 18U Team Ontario Athletes

(portion of costs already included in 18U Team Ontario program costs)

  • To be paid by June 8th

*Athletes are responsible for Toronto Grand Slam & Quebec Excellence tournament registration and fees

CANADA GAMES TEAMS RECEIVE:

  • Coaching during training & competition during Toronto training camp.
  • Accommodations if required and eligible during Toronto training camp. (lives 75+km away)
  • Travel, accommodations, food, and coaching during Quebec training camp.
  • Flight, accommodations, food, and coaching during Canada Games
  • Team Ontario competition uniform & Team Ontario Canada Games clothing package

ELIGIBILITY & SELECTION:

  • Athletes born 1997 or later
  • 2017 Canada Games Trials Date: June 3-4, 2017
  • 1 winning team per gender will earn the right to represent Ontario at Canada Games
  • 2nd place team will be named alternates

REGISTRATION:

Please register here.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What do program costs include?

Program costs include:

  • Accommodations during training camps (eligibility for Toronto camps to athletes living +75km away)
  • Transportation to 18U Quebec Camp provided, athletes responsible for transportation to North Bay camp, Ottawa Nationals
  • Coaching support during OVA Beach Tour, provincials, nationals, and key competitions
  • Support of Integrated Support Team: Nutrition & Hydration monitoring, Mental Performance Training, Injury Prevention, Yoga, Strength & Conditioning
  • Team Ontario Clothing

* Athletes are responsible for all tournament fees and registration (excluding Canada Games).

Do I need beach experience to be a part of the team?

No! Indoor athletes who have never played beach are perfect candidates to for the Beach Team Ontario program. Beach Volleyball is a developing sport and thus athlete exposure to the sport is later than indoor volleyball. The Beach Team Ontario program is looking for athletes who are eager to learn and committed to their own improvement.

What are the minimum participation requirements?

The minimum participation requirements are:

  • 16U Team Ontario Beach athletes must attend both camps, participate in provincials and nationals.
  • 18U Team Ontario Beach athletes must participate in all camps, in Youth Grand Slam, provincials and nationals.

Do I need a partner or can I tryout by myself?

  • Athletes are not required to tryout with a partner as athletes are identified on an individual basis. However athletes appropriateness in choice of partner and ability to secure a partner for the full season will be taken into consideration. Selection of athletes will include a consideration for finding the appropriate number of blockers and defenders.
  • Note that athletes in already existing teams are not guaranteed to make the team or the training group together.  Team Ontario coaches will assist those athletes who are selected for the team and guide them on selecting a partner and securing one for the season.

What if I have Team Ontario Indoor Tryouts or Indoor Nationals during the selection camp weekend?

  • Athletes trying out for Team Ontario Indoor on the same weekend are exempt from Friday physical testing and Saturday Team Ontario Beach selection camp days. Athletes in this situation must contact Senior Beach Development Coach Angie Shen ashen@ontariovolleyball.org upon registration.
  • Athletes who are interested in trying out for Team Ontario Beach yet have a conflict due to indoor nationals please contact Senior Beach Development Coach Angie Shen ashen@ontariovolleyball.org.

 


TEAM ONTARIO COACHES  

Angie Shen, ChPC

Angie is an internationally experienced coach with multiple international podium finishes including being the coach of the 2014 U21 World Champion's from Ontario. She also supported Team Ontario athletes to a gold medal a the 2013 Canada Games and 2016 Senior Women’s Beach National Championships. Angie has been the OVA Beach Development Coach since 2009 and Team Ontario coach since 2007. She has her NCCP Advanced Coaching Diploma from the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario, and is an NCCP Advanced Learning Facilitator.

 
 Eddie Coleman, ChPC

Eddie is an internationally experienced coach at Youth and Junior World Championships, FIVB Opens, the World Universiade and Canada Games. In 2015, Eddie coached Ontario athletes to a top 10 finish at the FIVB Grand Slam in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Eddie coached Team Ontario to a 2013 Canada Games silver medal as well as multiple Team Ontario athletes to podium finishes at national championships throughout the years. He is currently completing his NCCP Advanced Coaching Diploma from the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario.

 

 
 Men’s Canada Games Team - Josh Nichol 

Josh was the lead coach for the boys 18U beach provincial team in 2015, as well as an assistant coach to the men’s 22U beach provincial team when he helped lead the team of Taryq Sani and Jordan Pereira to a silver medal at Canadian nationals. In the 2016 season Josh attended both continental and world tour senior events as part of a coaching team supporting national team pair Felipe Humana-Parades & Christian Redmann, including at the FIVB Grand Slam event in Long Beach, California. Josh is NCCP Level 3 Indoor Certified, NCCP Level 2 Beach Certified, and currently completing is NCCP Beach Performance Coach certification set to be fully certified by July 2017. Josh is an NCCP Learning Facilitator.

 
 Women’s Canada Games Team - Brad McClure

Brad started coaching with Team Ontario beach in 2014, in 2016 he was the lead coach of girls 18U provincial team. Brad helped lead Iris Fletcher & Rachel Grove to a 16U National Championship gold in 2015, as well as Annette Kowara & Brittney Sestric to a Youth Open National Championship gold in 2016. During the 2016 season Brad also attended the U21 World Championships as a part of the coaching team in Lucerne, Switzerland. Currently completing his PhD in Sport Philosophy, he is also the head coach of Conestoga college’s women’s indoor volleyball team. Brad is an NCCP Level 2 Beach & Indoor Certified, with his NCCP Beach Performance Coach certification set for completion July 2017.