Frequently Asked Questions
Do all athletes travel to every tournament?
Are the coaches paid to coach?
Our coaches are not paid for their time and effort. They are compensated by having their travel costs covered through club fundraising efforts and a portion of the tournament fees each travelling player pays when we go to out-of-town tournaments.
What happens if I decide to quit part way through the season?
Sometimes, things come up or we just decide we want to do something different. We understand that. If you decide to leave the club before the end of the season, we ask that you please contact your coach and let them know ASAP.
When are fees due?
There is no cost to tryout for any of our teams. Fees are only paid if you are selected.
What exactly do club fees cover?
The Potential Volleyball Club is a non-profit organization. Fees are charged to recover its costs. Fees are dependent somewhat on the number of players on each team, since many of the costs are fixed, and therefore spread across a number of players on a team.
If we can't afford the registration fees, is there somewhere we can go for financial assistance?
Do I have to attend every tryout session?
No. Generally we reccomend that all athletes attempt to prticipate in as many camps as possible. Doing so will allow coaches to get to know the players better and improve their chances of being selected for a team.
Where are tournaments held?
Volleyball Alberta is kind enough to let us participate in their annual "Premier" series of tournaments. Each year, there are usually three tournaments in that series and then their Provincial Championships (which they also allow us to attend). Those events are generally held in Edmonton or Calgary, but they have also been held in smaller outlying communities as well.
Are coaches screened?
Yes. Potential Volleyball Club coaches must pass a criminal records check, including vulnerable sector background checks.
Are coaches certified?
The head coaches for each of our Potential Volleyball Club teams are certified. This allows us to ensure our athletes get quality training in the most effective and efficient manner possible.
Is Potential Volleyball Club a member of a recognized youth volleyball association?
Volleyball NT is the official Territorial Sport Organization (TSO) for the Northwet Territories. Volleyball NT is recognized by Volleyball Canada (the National Sport Organization for volleyball) as the official TSO.
Potential's affiliation with Volleyball NT and Volleyball Canada affords numerous advantages for our membership including Territorial, Provincial and National championships, coaching certification and education, member insurance and many other benefits.
What if I have other commitments including other school sports, community sports, arts and/or school work?
We believe in academics first, school sports and other school activities second, club volleyball third. If you have homework, that takes precedence over club volleyball. If you have a conflict with a school sport or activity, that takes precedence as well. If you have a conflict with a community sports activity, we would ask that you advise us well in advance, so we are aware you will not be available. We like to work with the other sports groups, allowing you to play both sports if you can handle it. However, every practice is important. If you miss too many practices, you may have a tough time when called upon to play, as you will fall behind the rest of your teammates. Further, others who have made the commitment may get more playing time. The older you get, the harder it is for coaches to give players court time that haven't been to enough practices and games.
What kind of equipment does my son or daughter need to play?
We highly recommend purchasing a quality pair of volleyball shoes. Brands to consider are Asics, Mizuno, Adidas and Nike. Make sure they are designed for indoor court use and/or "volleyball" shoes. Prices range from $90 to $150 a pair.
I’m not sure I’m good enough – should I try out?
Absolutely! Coaches – particularly with our younger teams – look for more than just pure volleyball skill in making selections. Our coaches are experienced enough to see the possibilities and are trained to be able to develop players to reach their potential. Keep in mind that even if you are not selected this year, you will gain valuable experience and get an idea of what you can work on for next season.
Are there opportunities for fundraising?
We have a group of amazing volunteers that help our club, by organizing fundraising events such as bingos (live and TV) and grocery bagging. When these opportunities come up, they will let everyone know the details and invite people to sign up. These activities are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis!
The more activities you participate in, the more you'll earn. We've had past players cover all of their expenses for the year, just from fundraising!