What is Age Class Volleyball?
Age Class Volleyball is a program organized by Volleyball Manitoba to promote volleyball and provide additional opportunities for player development and competition.
This program is run in the school volleyball off season (January to May) beginning with an organizational meeting in January and ending with a provincial tournament in April or May. Some categories also have the opportunity to advance to Western or National Championships.
Teams set their own practice schedules (Volleyball Manitoba does not have these schedules) and competition consists of exhibition matches and tournament play. Clubs or teams and the Volleyball Manitoba organize and promote tournaments for teams to participate in.
I am a player, how do I find a team to play with?
It is then your responsibility to contact these individuals and determine if you are able to find a team to play with. If you would like, Volleyball Manitoba can provide your name to Team or Club coaches at the Age Class Organizational Meeting in January and if they are looking for players they may contact you regarding playing opportunities.
How would I form an Age Class Team?
Age Class teams consist of a minimum of 8 players and a maximum of 15 players of the appropriate age class category and a properly certified coach. Registration and payment must be done online by the deadline date. Throughout the year Volleyball Manitoba will update the website with upcoming tournaments and other team contacts. It is your responsibility to make arrangements for facility practice times, exhibition games and tournament entries.
How would I form an Age Class Club and what are the benefits?
Clubs are formed when two or more teams fall under the same organization. Ideally, a club would be a formal organization with an organizing body, both girls and boys teams in all age categories. Generally, clubs have a variety of teams covering most age categories and tiers. Clubs enjoy a number of privileges not shared by the individual team registrations. For example, the younger players playing on younger age category team are allowed to “play up” with an older team within the club or if a club had enough players for two teams in the same age category and tier they do not have to declare their teams until the Provincial Championships. This allows coaches the opportunity to spend more time with players before dividing the players into separate teams.
What type of certification do I need to coach club volleyball?
Please refer to the Age Class Club Handbook for current Coach Certification Requirements.
What are the Age Categories for Age Class Volleyball?
2017-18 Age Classifications
13 & Under Sept 2004 & Later
14 & Under Sept 2003 & Later
15 & Under Sept 2002 & Later
16 & Under Sept 2001 & Later
17 & Under Sept 2000 & Later
18 & Under Sept 1999 & Later
How long is the season?
The age class season is generally from January through May, but depends on the Age Category and Tier. Some clubs have try-outs in December or January.
How much will it cost me to play?
The costs associated with playing club volleyball varies depending on the team. There are basic fees such as Volleyball Manitoba Team Registration Fees, Provincial Tournament Entry Fees, and National Tournament Entry Fees. Variations of costs depends greatly on the number of practices and tournaments that teams enter. Additional costs associated with playing club volleyball are; gym shoes, practice clothing, team uniform, gym rental, officials costs, club registration fee, tournament entry, travel, etc.