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2024 Season

Ducks Club Season 2024

Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Ducks’ family, we are one of the most established and successful volleyball clubs in Canada. We develop athletes from all over the Lower Mainland + Fraser Valley, and are based out the the Tri-Cities (Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam).

We are extremely excited about the upcoming season, and are diligently putting in place all of the pieces for 2024. The Ducks will be using a combination of early signing and open tryouts this season. Through this process we are trying to find the balance of providing loyalty to athletes and families, while still providing opportunities for new athletes to join the club. Please take a moment to review the the Volleyball BC 2024 Club Handbook to understand the tryout and club season process, as we well as read the information provided below.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • EARLY SIGNING | The Early Signing Period is used for age levels 15U – 18U, for both male and female teams. Clubs are allowed to offer athletes, who were members of the club the previous season, placement into the club, and/or a specific team, prior to tryouts. Athletes who are early signed are not guaranteed to be placed on a specific team (unless specifically designated by the Ducks Executive). By accepting an early sign, athletes are committing to the Ducks, and are guaranteed to be placed on a Ducks team for the 2024 season. Early signed athletes are expected to attend tryouts to be identified to a specific team of their level. Tryouts are essential to provide equitable opportunities for new athletes to join the club as well as for previous athletes to demonstrate their skill and abilities, and be identified accurately to a team. 
  • OPEN TRYOUTS | The Tryout Period will be used for all age levels this season, for both male and female teams. 12U – 18U athletes that are not early signed, as well as athletes who are interested from other clubs, and the community, are encouraged to attend tryouts. Tryouts are essential to provide equitable opportunities for new athletes to join the club a well as for previous athletes to demonstrate their skill and abilities, and be identified accurately to a team.
  • HOUSE TEAMS |12U – 15U female athletes that are not identified to a club team, that attended tryouts, will be offered priority placement in one of our Ducks HouseTeams. If you are offered a spot on a team for the 2024 season, you will be removed from the Ducks House team program to make room for athletes who have not been offered positions. The number of athletes who can participate will be based on gym and coach availability. Athletes will be offered positions based on their evaluations from tryouts.

EARLY SIGNING | September 15th - November 1st

 The Early Signing Period will be used for age levels 15U – 18U, for both male and female teams (the Ducks will not be using Early Signing for 12U, 13U and 14U). Athletes who are early signed are not guaranteed to be placed on a specific team (unless specifically designated by the Ducks Executive). By accepting early signing, athletes are committing to the Ducks, and are guaranteed to be placed on a Ducks team for the 2024 season. Early signed athletes are expected to attend tryouts to be identified to a specific team of their level. 

The number of athletes that will be early signed will vary by age group, and will be based on various factors, including gym availability,  coaches, athletes ability level, and number of teams being offered, however, the Ducks will look to early sign between 40-50% of our athletes from the previous season in applicable age groups. For example, if the Ducks only have the capacity to run 2 teams at an age group, we may look to early sign 12 athletes out of 24 spots. This allows the opportunity for new athletes to join the club, while fostering loyalty with our previous athletes. The Tryout Period will be used to identify remaining athletes, as well as place athletes on specific teams.

Key Points:

  • Information regarding early signing offers, dates, and teams being offered for 2024 are listed below. 
  • Clubs may sign up to 12 athletes per team | Clubs may only sign athletes that were a part of their club for the 2023 season.
  • Athletes may still receive an early signing invitation later in the early signing period if another athlete declines their offer. Please be patient through this time frame.
  • Athletes that early signed are not guaranteed playing time or specific team placement (unless specifically designated by the Ducks Executive), the Ducks will hold tryouts to determine final athlete placement on teams.
  • Athletes that are not early signed are strongly encouraged to attend Ducks tryouts. Things can change over time, we may be able to add more teams, more coaches, and/or more spots may become available for various reasons.

TRYOUT PERIOD

Tryout dates will be posted at the beginning of October once the number of teams and coaches are confirmed for 2024. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the 2024 VOLLEYBALL BC CLUB HANDBOOK

All of the information below is subject to change based on the discretion of the Ducks Executive.

Athletes 15U – 18U who are interested in trying out for the Ducks Volleyball Club are strongly encouraged to email info@ducksvolleyball.ca and communicate with us about your interest, as well as details about your background and experience.

tryout registration

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Each registered athlete will attend 1 mandatory tryout. Some age groups will have a 2nd call back required – this will be for selected athletes only - after the first tryout, some athletes will be called back for a 2nd tryout to better help the selection committee evaluate and make proper decisions for team placements. From the 2nd tryout final decisions regarding team placement and identification will take place.
  • Each athlete must pre-register prior to attending tryouts. This allows our selection committee to plan the tryout session accordingly​
  • Attendance at tryouts is mandatory in order to be identified to a Ducks team. In rare cases when it is not possible to attend a tryout, please read Tryout FAQs below for instructions
  • Athletes attending tryouts from a different club DO NOT need to provide an athlete release form​
  • Athletes must arrive 30 minutes prior to tryout to complete registration process.​
  • Refunds: there are no refunds for tryouts not attended. There are no refunds for tryout fees if you do not make a club team
PLEASE READ

female tryout registration

  • 2 Hour Tryout | $30
  • 2.5 Hour Tryout | $35

Female Tryouts

12U Female (2012 born) | 4 teams offered (48 spots)
*2 House teams will be offered to athletes based on tryout evaluations
Nov 18 | 8 am – 10:30 am @ HJSC
TRYOUT REGISTRATION is now CLOSED-
**ONSITE REGISTRATIONS NOT ACCEPTED **

13U Female (2011 born) | 3 teams offered (36 spots)
*2 House teams will be offered to athletes based on tryout evaluations
Wave 1 | Nov 18 | 10:30 am – 1:00 pm @ HJSC
Wave 2 | Nov 18 | 3:30 – 6:00 pm
TRYOUT REGISTRATION is now CLOSED-
**ONSITE REGISTRATIONS NOT ACCEPTED **
If you would like to attend, please email info@ducksvolleyball.ca with your tryout application and CV
CALL BACKS – Nov 19 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm @ HJSC

14U Female (2010 born) | 3 teams offered (36 spots)
*2 House teams will be offered to athletes based on tryout evaluations
Wave 1 | Nov 18 | 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm @ HJSC
Wave 2 | Nov 18 | 3:30 – 6:00 pm
CALL BACKS – Nov 19 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm @ HJSC
TRYOUT REGISTRATION is now CLOSED-
**ONSITE REGISTRATIONS NOT ACCEPTED **
If you would like to attend, please email info@ducksvolleyball.ca with your tryout application and CV*

15U Female (2009 born) | 3 teams offered (36 spots) *Will be updated by position once early signing has been confirmed
Nov 26 @ Riverside Secondary
Wave #1 | 8:30 – 11:00 am
Wave #2 | 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
CALL BACKS – Dec 3 | 8:00 – 10:00 am @ Riverside Secondary
*You will be assigned a wave after registration has been received and confirmed
*TRYOUTS ARE AT CAPACITY*

**ONSITE REGISTRATIONS NOT ACCEPTED **

16U Female (2008 born) | 3 teams offered (36 spots) *Will be updated by position once early signing has been confirmed
Dec 3 @ Riverside Secondary
Wave #1 | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Wave #2 | 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
CALL BACKS – Dec 5 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm @ HJSC
*You will be assigned a wave after registration has been received and confirmed
** Walk-ins may or may not be permitted, we will update the site closer to the tryout date, will be based on the number of pre-registrations received

17U and 18U Female (2007 and 2006 born) | 4 teams offered (48 spots total for both age groups) *Will be updated by position once early signing has been confirmed
Dec 3 | 3:00 – 5:30 pm @ Riverside Secondary
CALL BACKS – Dec 5 | 8:00 – 9:30 pm @ HJSC

FEMALE TRYOUTS

male Tryouts

12U Male (2012 born) | 1 team offered (12 spots)
Nov 19 | 8:00 – 10:00 am @ HJSC

13U Male (2011 born) | 1 team offered (12 spots)
Nov 19 | 8:00 – 10:00 am @ HJSC

14U Male (2010 born) | 1 team offered (12 spots)
Nov 19 | 8:00 – 10:00 am @ HJSC

15U Male (2009 born) | 1 team offered (12 spots) *Will be updated by position once early signing has been confirmed
Nov 26 | 1:30 – 3:30 pm @ Riverside Secondary

16U Male (2008 born) | 1 team offered (12 spots) *Will be updated by position once early signing has been confirmed**ONSITE REGISTRATIONS NOT ACCEPTED **
Dec 3 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm @ Poco Community Centre *Time change!!

17U Male (2007 born) | 1 team offered (12 spots) *Will be updated by position once early signing has been confirmed**ONSITE REGISTRATIONS NOT ACCEPTED **
Dec 3 | 8:00 – 10:00 pm @ Poco Community Centre

18U Male (2006 born) | 1 team offered (12 spots) **ONSITE REGISTRATIONS NOT ACCEPTED **
Dec 3 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm @ Poco Community Centre

TRYOUT VENUES

HJSC | Harry Jerome Sports Centre
7564 Barnet Hwy, Burnaby

Riverside Secondary
2215 Reeve St, Port Coquitlam

Port Coquitlam Community Centre
2150 Wilson Ave, Port Coquitlam

MALE TRYOUTS

club registration fees

club registration fees include

  • A year end Epic Ducks Banquet
  • Individual & Team Photo
  • Club Wide Access to Teamsnap
  • 2 Training Sessions per Week
  • Coaching Certification + Honorariums
  • GEAR
    Socks, 2 warm up shirts, 2 jerseys (Junior Ducks will have 1 jersey) (Male athletes receive 1 pair of shorts)
  • FEMALE TOURNAMENTS
    Qualifiers, Provincial Championships, 4-5 local and/or Volleyball BC tournaments
  • MALE TOURNAMENTS
    Qualifiers and Provincial Championships, National championship registration fee (14U-18U), 4-5 local and/or Volleyball BC tournaments
For ALL Club Teams

ELITE TEAMS ALSO RECEIVE

  • Entry fee for 2-3 high profile tournaments and/or Power League entry (male teams when applicable and/or available).
  • Entrance fee for National Championships
  • 3 practices a week (instead of 2)
  • Team access to our Technical Consultant (14U - 18U)
  • Team access to our Mental Performance Coach (15U - 18U)
  • Team access to our Recruiting Consultant (15U - 18U)
  • Team access to a physical training session 1x per week (15U - 18U)
  • *Male teams have the ability to obtain team access to a Mental Performance coach, Recruiting Consultant and Physical training sessions at an extra charge upon team and coach approval.

club registration fees DO NOT include

  • Extra tournaments above and beyond specified tournament budget
  • Athletes and coaches travel
  • Registration for National Championships
    *Elite teams registration is covered within this fee

club registration fees (female)

  • 12U | $750 - $850
  • 13U-1 | $1250 - $1350
    13U-2 & 13U-3 | $1050 - $1200
  • 14U-1 | $1550 - $1700
    14U-2 & 14U-3 | $1050 - $1200

club registration fees (male)

  • 12U | $550 - $600
  • 13U-1 | $1050 - $1200
  • 14U-1 | $1200 - $1300

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

12U (born 2012)
13U (born 2011)
14U (born 2010)
15U (born 2009)
16U (born 2008)
17U (born 2007)
18U (born 2006)

Tryout dates are on this page – just above. Please refer to your age group (by birth year) and dates and times.

Athletes are required to attend tryouts for their age group unless other arrangements have been made. Please see information below regarding missing a tryout session

While we recognize that families may face unexpected, or an extenuating circumstance, attendance at tryouts is mandatory for athletes wanting to be a Duck.  In the rare case that it is not possible to attend a tryout, an exemption must be requested by emailing info@ducksvolleyball.ca. Athletes will need request an exemption, and send a write-up and/or athletic resume highlighting their volleyball playing experience and achievements. Athletes are also required to provide either game film and/or a reference letter from a previous coach to provide support when requesting a tryout exemption.  Athletes may also request to attend a different tryout other than their own age group, as long as the requested tryout is on the same day as their official age level or before, and the tryout they are attending is similar in age and ability to their official age level.

On the day of tryouts, athletes are required to check in 30 minutes prior to their tryout session and will be assigned a number. Following a brief introduction of expectations and selection criteria, our experienced coaching staff will run the athletes through various drills. Athletes will be evaluated on skills such as passing, setting, serving, blocking, defending and attacking. Tactical and behavioral skills will also be evaluated.  Athletes 15U and older, will also be assessed position specifically (setters, middles, liberos (when applicable) and outside attackers). Our assessment system then ranks players based on all graded elements. The Selection Committee reviews each athlete to determine athlete ranking and placement on a team.

The Ducks Volleyball Club has delegated the Selection Committee the authority for all decision making during the tryout process.

Selection Process:

  1. The Selection Committee will oversee all tryout procedures and determine at its sole discretion the recipient(s) who will be offered a position in the program.
  2. In the event that an athlete decides not to accept a spot in the program, the Selection Committee will select the next athlete on the waitlist based on ranking and/or positional ranking when applicable.
  3. Members of the Selection Committee will be removed from any discussions, ranking and selections should there be a conflict of interest.
  4. The Selection Committee will consist of the Head Coach of each team in that specific age group, the tryout Lead Coach, Technical Director and 2 Executive Members.
  5. Athletes that are selected may be personally contacted during tryouts and/or phoned/emailed within 72 hours after the last tryout date to commit to a placement on the team.

Ducks Selection Criteria

Ducks Selection Criteria 10U-14U

Ducks Selection Criteria 15U-18U

Athletes will be offered a position on a team personally at tryouts or be contacted via email and/or phone within 48-72 hours. At this point, coaches will email athletes and parents using Team Snap to provide specific information about training schedules, payment, registration night etc.  Team lists will also be posted on the Ducks homepage as soon as teams are finalized.

We ask that you do not contact us until 72 hours after the last tryout has passed. We understand this may be difficult, however we do our best to expedite the process to the best of our ability.

Delays in confirming teams are a result of having to wait for athletes commitment and signing dates, there is often movement with athlete placement and it allows the selection committee some flexibility when selecting athletes. 

The number of positions available on each team will vary between age groups and competition levels.  Exact details will be provided at the tryout. Exact allocations will not be known until all tryouts have been completed.  Each Ducks team will carry between 10-14 athletes

No, you may accept right away, but you don’t have to. If you need time to make some determinations, talk things through, then take that time. VBC rules indicate that you have until the end of the Signing Period to accept your position. All athletes can formally accept a position with a club on or after the “Signing Dates” identified below:

*Dates will be changed soon to reflect the Volleyball BC Handbook

*Dates will be changed soon to reflect the Volleyball BC Handbook

Each season the Ducks use the Early Signing Date to pre-sign athletes for our 15-1, 16-1, 17-1 and 18-1 teams. Volleyball BC put the Early Signing Date in place to accommodate and promote loyalty between athletes and clubs, returning athletes are permitted to sign with their previous club during the Early Signing Date.  Athletes that choose not to sign early we strongly encourage to attend Ducks Tryouts. Athletes that sign with their previous club are not permitted to attend tryouts for other clubs. 

Yes, athletes may “play up” an age level. In order to “play up”, athletes must register, pay and attend both tryouts (correct age level and higher age level). It is essential for athletes to attend both tryouts in order to ensure athletes are appropriately evaluated, as well as to provide athletes greater opportunity to be placed on a team.  Please email info@ducksvolleyball.ca to communicate with the Selection Committee about your desire to “play up”.

Yes,  athletes born September 1 – December 31 of the previous year are permitted to “play down” one age category. Athletes that “play down” may only compete at one Regional Championship, Provincial Championship, and National Championship (all in the same age category). In order to “play down”, athletes must register, pay and attend both tryouts (correct age level and lower age level). It is essential for athletes to attend both tryouts in order to ensure athletes are appropriately evaluated, as well as to provide athletes greater opportunity to be placed on a team.  Please email info@ducksvolleyball.ca to communicate with the Selection Committee about your desire to “play down”.

We are just finalizing team fees for the season. First deposits are to be paid using TeamSnap – 

The Ducks only accept TeamSnap payments. Teamsnap is an online registration system that collects registration fees using visa/mastercard. Using TeamSnap as our primary and only method of collecting payments, it vastly reduces the amount of administrative book keeping required for transactions.

Tax & Transaction Fees:
All Ducks fees are subject to GST as well as the credit card processing fee. This fee is 2.99% of the total cost plus $0.99 per transaction.

Deposit, Instalment & Full Payment options
Deposits are due upon Athlete acceptance of their position on their team/club. Athletes will be sent a direct link to complete payment.
2nd and final payment is due January 15, 2024

Families are welcome to set up an instalment plan based on on their budget and timeline. Deposits cannot be put on an instalment plan. If you would like to set up an instalment plan, please contact info@ducksvolleyball.ca and we will work out a schedule for payments. Full payment of season fees must be completed by April 30, 2024

Ducks teams are NOT pre-selected! Our coaches have been watching players and making lists of players who they think have potential to play for Ducks. Our selection process is transparent, and provides all athletes an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities. Until we know who actually tries out for Ducks, and if offered, who chooses to play for Ducks, we don’t know which players are on teams. All athletes will receive an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities, to be selected to a Ducks team.

Ducks train throughout the Tri-Cities: Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam and often at Harry Jerome Sports Centre. We train in elementary, middle and high school gyms.

Exact times and locations vary based on the coaches’ availability on the team you are placed on. Times are not finalized at this time. Times will be available by December.

There is no structured league play in volleyball. The Ducks season schedule is tournament based and the schedule will be set by each coach. The season of play is January to early May.

What Do Registration Fees Cover?

  • A ticket to our year end Ducks banquet
  • Official individual and team photo
  • Club wide access to Team Snap 
  • Gym rental / 2 practices a week
  • Coaching certification and training
  • Coaching honorariums
  • Gear: Socks, 2 Warm up tshirts, 2 jerseys (junior ducks will have 1 jersey)
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  •  Tournaments:
    • Girls: Qualifiers and Provincial Championships, 4-5 local and/or Volleyball BC tournaments
      • Junior Ducks will have 2-3 local and/or Volleyball BC tournaments
    • Boys: Qualifiers and Provincial Championships, 4-5 local and/or Volleyball BC tournaments

In addition Elite teams will receive:

  • Entry fee for 1-2 high profile tournaments and/or Power League entry (boys teams when applicable and/or available). *15U-18U Elite teams will attend Matt Hartner Tournament
  • Entrance fee for National Championships
  • 3 practices a week
  • Increased access to our Technical Director
  • Access to recruiting support staff