Canuck Stuff History & Club Philosophy
History of Canuck Stuff Club
Don and Mylène Saxton, both former Canadian National Team players, formed the Canuck Stuff Volleyball Club in 1988 in Calgary, Alberta Canada.
The Club originally had one women's team and one men's team. The senior teams competed very successfully in Canadian and international tournaments (winning 7 Canadian Open Championships and one U.S. Open Championship).
It wasn't until 1997 that the club added youth to its program. This was the true beginning of what is now one of Canada's largest and most successful volleyball club programs. Canuck Stuff Volleyball Club is now run by a volunteer Board of Directors and currently holds National Youth Championship titles plus dozens of Provincial Championship titles including an amazing 16 championship titles in 2004!
Canuck Stuff Philosophy
To continually promote both volleyball excellence for each athlete and a life long love of the game in a caring, supportive and competitive environment. We believe that volleyball is more than just a game; it is a life experience.
Canuck Stuff Volleyball Club will provide excellent facilities, an efficient and responsive administration, quality coaching and role modeling in a positive, encouraging and supportive environment. This will enable players who have a desire to achieve their potential, a strong work ethic and the capacity to be team players within the club philosophy, to avail themselves of the opportunities provided to excel at their highest level both on and off the court.
Philosophy: (Guiding principles)
1) While equal playing time is not a goal, coaches are encouraged to give all eligible players the opportunity to play in competitions.
2) We believe at Canuck Stuff that volleyball is a game where work ethic, attitude, and sportsmanship are more important than winning at all costs and that these attributes lead to success both on and off the court.
3) We believe that coaches exert a powerful influence over their players and we insist that coaches and other club officials, while expecting the best from their players, exhibit at all times a positive, constructive and supportive coaching strategy and provide a role that is beyond reproach