Canuck Stuff News
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. 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 70 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.
Why Choose Canuck?
In spite of all the challenges that Covid -19 has brought over the last 2 years, Canuck has been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to continue to train and develop our athletes in a safe environment for 10 of the past 14 months, all while following AHS guidelines.
Looking forward, we are starting to see what the 2022 competitive club season with Volleyball Alberta will look like as they have posted information on their website regarding signing protocols and dates, and have now posted a tournament schedule for the competitive season. Our club is planning to run a full slate of 17 teams for the 2022 season with our usual focus on developing character, skills and a lifelong love of the game.
Our club has used the new VA "Letter of Intent" protocols to sign returning Canuck athletes as per Volleyball Alberta's signing process. Most of those rosters in the U15 to U18 age groups are now full with only the odd spot still available. (For specific details please see the "Teams and Coaches" page). Many of the athletes interested in playing U14 club volleyball were registered in Volleydome fall programs to help prepare them for the club season and tryouts.
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.
If you are new to Canuck this year and are interested in being considered for a Canuck team, please print off the application form below and email it to Brian at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To read about our Developmental Philosophy Click Here
2021/22 Club Season
Back by popular demand, we started running our Fall Skills Clinics 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 16 months 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 only 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. 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 send us an application (see the link below).
We will 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 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, please print off the application form below and email it to: email@example.com
2021 Canuck Fall Clinics
2021 Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to Canuck 2021 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. We also present our Love of the Game Award to the graduating male and female that best represent what it means to be a Canuck Athlete! The Love of the Game Award also includes a $500.00 scholarship.
The Male recipients for the 2021 Saxton Scholarship were Logan Greves and Zach Evans, with the Love of the Game Award going to Dante Furlan. Congratulations Guys!!
There were also five more athletes to join our 5 year club from our Canuck U18 Men's team that received their 5 Year plaques this year. They are (left to right) Zach van Geel, Nick Taub, Marek Edwards, Conaire Taub and Ethan Tano
In addition to the 5 year recipients we also had four Canuck athletes who completed their 6th year with club this year after receiving their 5 year plaques last year. Congratulations to Logan Greves, Mason Greves, Aidan Young and Zach Evans on their long and successful careers at Canuck!
On the women's side our $1000.00 Saxton Scholarships were awarded to Meghan John and Rachel Barg, and the 2021 Love of the Game award was presented to Kinleigh Pate (also a 6 year veteran with Canuck). Congratulations ladies, well deserving recipients one and all!!
Our female 5 year recipients for this year were Rachel Barg, Rachel Giang and Fade Ogunbade. Congratulations ladies and thank you for being such fine ambassadors for our club over the years!
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
2021 Canuck Heart and Hustle Award Winners!
Even though the 2021 season was sometimes interrupted with the Covid 19 restrictions, and we never did have the opportunity to compete, we still wanted to 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 a season of practice and training:
U17 Men..... Garrett Harvey and Benjamin Chew
U17 Women......Tara Vermeulen and Juliana Jordan
U16 Boys...... Andres Filip
U16 Girls...... Stephanie Walker and Daisy Olsen
U15 Boys..... Ben Kramer and Evan McCain
U15 Girls..... Sasha Pasloski and McKenna Kolody
U14 Boys..... Oscer Furtado
U14 Girls..... Kallie Komori and Alejandra Peterson
Congratulations everyone and thank you all for demonstrating the character and drive Canuck athletes are known for!!
Next Board Meeting
Monday Jan. 10th 2022
Volleydome GYM 6:30pm
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!
Image Courtesy of Alysha Sladek.