Canuck Stuff News
August 11th update.
We are almost two weeks into our August signing period and our Canuck teams are filling up quickly. The U15, U16 and U17 Girls team rosters are full. Our U17/18 women's team has room for potentially one more Middle / Left side, and the U18 Women's team is looking for a strong middle player.
On the boys side our U17 Men's team roster is full, and the U16 Boys teams are nearly done. The U18 Men's team has a couple of potential openings still, and the U15 boys will continue looking on through the fall to fill the remaining spots they have available.
If you are interested in being seen and considered for the U15 Boys teams (either Canuck or Dome Defenders) we would recommend you register for the The U15 Boys Open Fall Program by clicking on the link below:
For specific details and contact information see our teams and coaches page.
For athletes looking to play U14 Club Volleyball this year. The Volleydome is running a fall program for interested in trying out for either Canuck Stuff or Dome Defenders.
To register for the U14 Girls Program please click on the link below;
To register for the Boys U14 Fall Program please click on the link below:
Next Board Meeting
Wednesday August. 22nd 2022
Volleydome GYM 6:45pm
A successful preseason for U15/U16!
The U16 girls take home gold and bronze, while U15's take silver & 4th at the first U16 O'Saxman tournament! Excellent start ladies!
Why Choose Canuck?
Canuck Stuff Volleyball Club is one of the top performing and most respected volleyball clubs in Canada. Established in 1988 by Don and Mylene Saxton as a club to promote the "Love of the Game" and provide an opportunity for high level adult players to play and compete in international competitions. In 1998 Don and Mylene decided to expand and include a youth program, sharing their knowledge and experience with the next generation.
CSVC is an incorporated not for profit society, run by a volunteer board of directors, who work very hard to provide the best possible program and experience for it's athletes, while keeping their fees as low as possible.
Canuck is very lucky to have two dedicated volleyball facilities operated by the Saxton family to call home. Our indoor hard court practices all take place at the Volleydome GYM location near CrossIron Mills. We are also one of the only clubs to include beach volleyball training as part of our regular programming which takes place at the VolleyDome near the UofC, where we have 4 outdoor and 2 indoor beach courts as well as 2 indoor hard courts.. We also have a weight training area at each facility where our athletes train with professional strength and conditioning coaches to teach them how to stay healthy and strong and prevent injuries.
The Canuck Stuff coaching is second to none with a number of former national team, international, professional, and university players, not to mention a handful of former Olympians on our coaching staff. Our coaches have always been the backbone of our club as we have always focused on developing athletes rather than just trying to recruit them. Take a look at our "Teams and Coaches" page to read more about them.
Post Secondary Opportunities;
A big part of our focus on creating well rounded athletes has been helping those that are interested in playing volleyball at the post secondary level properly prepare for that opportunity. Our long term athlete development model allows our athletes to train and compete at every practice with many of the best volleyball players in the Calgary area which is a critical piece of that preparation. Over the past 20 years we have helped over 150 male athletes and nearly 140 female athletes go on to play post secondary volleyball in many of the top university and college programs both in Canada and the United States. Canuck has also had a number athletes go on to play professionally in Europe and currently has several alumni members playing on Canada's Senior National Team as well as the Junior and Next Gen Teams.
We proudly display over 75 provincial and national championship banners that are a clear by-product of the hard work, time and effort our coaches put into their teams and individual athletes. Although our greatest success is clear when we look at the amazing young people that are proud to have been part of the Canuck family over the past three decades. Lucky for us, many of them have and will continue to come home to share their "Love of the Game" with future generations.
2021/22 Season Results;
It was so nice to compete again after the past two season being canceled, and compete we did! Our Canuck teams amassed 55 top 8 finishes in Division 1, including 37 medal finishes, 19 of which were Gold Medals, and added 4 more Provincial Championship Banners!
Image Courtesy of Alysha Sladek.
After an incredibly successful 2021/22 season, we are very excited and looking forward to the 2022/23 competitive club season. Canuck is planning to run a full slate of 17 teams for the 2023 season with our usual focus on developing character, skills and a lifelong love of the game. Canuck will not be running any indoor programs in late May or June (Volleyball Alberta refers to it as a "wellness period.") as it provides a good opportunity to recover from any injuries and overuse issues incurred during the regular club season. Many of our athletes turn to playing beach volleyball as a great way to stay in shape and improve their skills without the wear and tear sometimes experienced in the indoor game. Also during this period Canuck will be confirming it's coaching staff and planning for next season.
Our club will follow the Volleyball Alberta protocols and begin signing many of our Canuck athletes between August 1st and August 31st 2022. Because so many of our teams experienced a very successful season, we expect many of those roster spots in the U15 to U18 age groups will be filled with returning Canuck athletes. There will however be some room for athletes that are new to Canuck to have the opportunity to compete for a roster spot. If you are interested in being considered for a U15 - U18 Canuck team, please print off an Application Form and email it to Brian Gullekson at: email@example.com
We recommend you add a URL link with some video or game footage that will demonstrate your current skills level. (remember to give us your jersey number so we know who you are :)
These application forms will be forwarded to our respective coaches who will review them and send out an invitation to potential candidates to attend an ID camp in July so they can be considered for the signing / selection process in August.
We will be updating our "Teams and Coaches" page in the coming weeks as we confirm our coaching staff. Please check it out periodically to see the latest status of our Canuck teams.
If you are interested in playing U14 club volleyball (born 2009), or U13 club volleyball (born 2010) the Volleydome will be hosting fall programs to help prepare athletes for the club season and tryouts. Athletes from these fall programs will be advised regarding tryouts for both Canuck teams and Dome Defender teams that will happen in late November. Stay tuned for more information on these fall programs...
Our long term athlete development model allows our athletes to train and compete at every practice with many of the best volleyball players in the Calgary area which is critical in helping interested athletes prepare to go on to the post secondary level.
So, if you think you have what it takes to be a Canuck athlete and want more specific information, please visit our “Teams and Coaches” Page.
To read about our Developmental Philosophy Click Here
2022/23 Club Season
Back by popular demand, we will start running our Fall Skills Clinics on Sundays in September. We have always enjoyed being able to offer these clinics to competitive athletes, providing a tremendous opportunity to fine tune skills with our coaches and seek out potential opportunities with Canuck for the upcoming club season. In the past we have tried to give as many athletes the chance to participate as possible, but the result was often large groups with long waiting lists, which unfortunately is no longer the right direction considering what the past 2 years have taught us. We are still wanting to manage the number of athletes on our courts to maintain a safe and comfortable training environment. As a result, we will be primarily running the fall skills clinics for returning Canuck Athletes at this point and asking new athletes that are interested in joining Canuck to submit an application. (see the link below). Athletes interested in playing outside their recommended age category should also submit an application. Coaches will review the applications and invite a limited number of new athletes to join our Fall Skills Clinics.
For returning U15 to U18 Canuck athletes, we will be sending out details and registration information via your team snap accounts in August. We will reach out to new invitees via email.
For athletes interested in playing competitive club volleyball in the U14 age group in the upcoming season, we recommend they register for The Volleydome fall program starting in September. This program will be run both Canuck and Dome Defender U14 coaches and will help them select players for their teams in Late November.
To register for the Girls U14 Fall Program please click on the link below:
To register for the Boys U14 Fall Program please click on the link below:
We will also continue to post and update the status of our Canuck teams on the "Teams and Coaches" page of our website. Athletes interested in trying out for an available roster spot will need to fill out an application form and submit it to the club via email. Coaches for each age group will pre-screen the applications and video submissions and decide which athletes to invite to a skills clinic based upon their specific requirements. If you are interested in being considered for a Canuck clinic/team that still has roster positions available, please print off an Application Form and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2022 Canuck Fall Clinics
2022 Award Recipients
Congratulations to Canuck 2022 Scholarship recipients!
Each year CSVC presents a $1000.00 Saxton Scholarships to two worthy graduating male and two graduating female athletes. Canuck athletes going on to post secondary are invited to apply and the winners are chosen on a points based criteria including number of years on Canuck teams, going on to play volleyball at the post secondary level, grade point average in high school, etc.
The male recipients for the 2021 Saxton Scholarship were Cade Smith and Josh Dueck. The Female recipients were Daisy Olsen, Brynn Stewart and Lauren Aldcorn.
Love of the Game Award
We also present our Love of the Game Award to the graduating male and female athlete/s that best represent what it means to be a Canuck Athlete! The Love of the Game Award also includes a $500.00 scholarship. Congratulations to his year's recipients were Nicholas and Alex Bazhanov, for the men, and Keelyn McLaughlin and Reese Huber for the women.
5 Year Awards
The 2022 Season added 7 more athletes to our prestigious 5 year club They were awarded their 5 year plaques. Thank you all for being such amazing ambassadors for our club. This year's 5 year award recipients are Ethan Church, Lauren Aldcorn, Carmen Galvez, Kirsten Gebert, Juliana Jordan, Victor Reis and Ben Chew.
Heart and Hustle Awards
Each year we recognize some of our outstanding athletes with our "Heart and Hustle" awards.
Congratulations to following athletes who were selected by their coaches for inspiring effort and contribution to an incredible succussful season:
U17 Men..... Clinton Forbes
U17/18 Women.......Emily Kitt
U17 Women......Kiara Keibel
U16 Boys......Matthew Debeljak
U16 Girls...... Kiera Crellin and Cate McLaughlin
U15 Boys..... Cooper Sadleir and Kaden Tran
U15 Girls..... Katherine Li and Rory Bell
U14 Boys..... Brady Koch and Ben Brand
U14 Girls..... Aimee Layzell and Esme Magus
Congratulations everyone and thank you all for demonstrating the character and drive Canuck athletes are known for!
2021 Graduates Playing at Post secondary.
We would like also congratulate our 2021 graduates. We had 19 athletes graduate this year and 16 of them have gone on to play post secondary volleyball in spite of being a non competitive season due to covid-19. In fact all 12 players from our U18 men's team are playing at the next level or already signed to play next year:
Logan and Mason Greves are playing at UBC
Zach Van Geel is playing at UBCO
York Sidorenko is playing at Humber College
Dante Furlan is playing at RDP
Zach Evans is playing at UofC
Jacob Breton is at MRU
Viggo Wozniak is playing at UofA
Aron Elser is at Trinity Western
Nick and Conaire Taub are singed to play with UBC next year
Marek Edwards is signed to play at UofA next year.
On our women's side we had 7 graduating athletes from the 2021 season and 4 of them have gone on to play university volleyball:
Meghan John is starting with the UofA Pandas
Kinleigh Pate is playing at UofS in Saskatoon
Rachel Barg is playing at Ambrose University
Jayden Easingwood went to play at St. Peters University in New Jersey