The Region of Waterloo (Tigers) Volleyball Club is a non-profit organization which, simply put, has three programs for youth, all of which belong to the volleyball club and are designed first and foremost;
- to introduce the youth of the area to volleyball,
- to provide instruction and develop team related skill sets,
- to help build the athlete’s self-esteem, and then over time,
- develop the individual into a competitive club level athlete if that is what the athlete wishes.
Volleyball Development Program (VDP)
This program conducts three, eight-week sessions per year (one day per week), (FALL, WINTER and SPRING), providing instruction and game play in a high energy environment culminating in a Gala Tournament with prizes the final day. Athlete/instructor ratios are kept relatively low and one on one instruction is provided when instructors recognize the need. The focus of our developmental program is towards beginner to moderate skill level athletes. Education and equal participation time is emphasized and athletes are able to develop at their own pace.
If you are looking to play on a competitive club team, this is where you should start. Our coaches are aware of our VDP participants, and when they recognize an athlete has the appropriate skill set to be a part of one of our competitive teams they make that suggestion to the athlete. It is then up to the athlete to decide if they wish to pursue that route.
This program is always being reviewed and adjusted to fit the needs of the session’s participants.
Tigers Volleyball Summer Camp
The model that we are introduced in 2008 to the youth of Waterloo region and surrounding area is, we feel, a truly unique and proven volleyball camp model.
We embarked on this venture with the support and guidance of Frank Lilliman, Rob Luciani and Seekers Volleyball Camp. This camp program provides an environment of total respect for everyone involved where there are no penalties of any kind, just positive reinforcement.
The expectations of this camp is that every athlete will leave the camp with an improved skill level from when they entered and that they will be enriched as an individual from the experience.
Tigers Competitive Youth Teams (OVA)
These teams are the “highest skill set level” of our programs and compete in Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) tournaments. Team age levels range from 13 and under (13U) through to 18U teams. Expectations for athletes chosen for these teams are much higher as attendance and commitment to practices, tournaments and travel are required. Athletes are expected to have moderate to advanced skill levels to be selected for one of these teams.
Equal play time is not guaranteed as part of the expectation for these teams is to place as high in each tournament as possible.
Teams practice a minimum of twice weekly and compete in at least one tournament per month during the OVA season. All teams have the option of competing in the National event for their age group if there is one, and some teams also elect to play in additional tournaments in the United States.
Venues can be anywhere from Ottawa to Windsor and from Sudbury to Fort Erie, so travel and accommodation expenses need to be anticipated on top of the Club registration fees.
Open tryouts for these teams take place in September of each year. The OVA season then runs from November through to April of the following year.