First started in 2001, VISION Youth Academy is a program offered by Volleyball Winnipeg for boys and girls in grades 6 and 7. The program uses a unique structure in training athletes. This involves the organization providing VISION certified coaches during training sessions while parent volunteers manage teams during games. In short:
PARENT VOLUNTEER COACHES
FIRST PRACTICE OF THE SEASON
During the first practice of the season the instructor will start with a parent meeting to ensure all parents understand the rules of the league and that there is a bench coach confirmed.
The VISION Youth Academy plays in the C Division of the Premier League. This is a fair-play environment with teams playing triple-ball. This format involves an athlete serving, followed by two balls that are tossed in by assistant coaches. Equal playing time is assured as athletes rotate out of position one and in position six. No substitutions are allowed.
Please note that teams in divisions with eight or more teams can expect to play two matches of 45 minutes each while divisions with 4-6 teams will likely play one match of 90 minutes. In brief:
Out of town residents’ welcome! We have many participating athletes who reside outside the Winnipeg-area. Our program is not limited to Winnipeg residents. That being said, we do offer programs in Selkirk and Portage la Prairie for athletes in those areas.
Thank you for your interest in our programs
We ask those interested in registering to follow these three simple steps:
STEP 1 - REGISTER ONLINE
All registrations are online. If you prefer to pay by cheque or e-transfer you will need to e-mail Ally at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can provide you with a code to register.
STEP 2 - CHOOSE YOUR DIVISION
*All practice venues have a LIMITED number of spots available.
STEP 3 – SELECT YOUR PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Two teams train together at each practice venue. Teams will consist of 8-10 athletes and these will be placed on one of the two teams during the first training session. Allowing two teams to train together ensures 6 on 6 team play and provides a more positive environment with more athletes participating. Friends will also be permitted to play on the same team.
SESSION ONE: GRADE 6-7 CO-ED - FULL
Time: 2:00pm -3:30pm
Dates: September 12th- November 7th (2021)
Venue: Norberry Glenlee Community Center, 26 Molgat Ave.
League Games: Saturday September 25 - November 13, 2021
(no games on November 6th)
1:30pm - 3:00pm at Soul Sanctuary, 2050 Chevrier Bvld
Tournament Weekend: November 13/14, 2021
Awards to top teams.
Space at practice is limited to two teams and a max. of 10 athletes per team. Athletes will be placed on one of the two teams after the first practice. Once practice venues fill, others will be added. Evaluation week will be offered as an introduction to athletes and instructors, so everyone becomes aware of the unique training techniques offered by VISION Volleyball.
Pro-rated Registration Fee: $105
*Includes team jersey
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If you are registering more than one child for this program you are entitled to a 25% discount on additional children! The discount is automatic; however, all children must be registered at the same time in order for the system to recognize the family registration.
Should you require financial assistance to help pay for any of our programs, please visit our HOW TO REGISTER page for information on local funding opportunities.
If you withdraw your child prior to the start of the first practice a full refund will be provided. Anyone requesting a refund after the start of the season will be provided with a credit to be used for any Volleyball Winnipeg program.
For a complete overview of our refund policy and directions on how to submit a written request, please visit our REFUND POLICY page
Should your child wish to join the league only to find practice locations in his/her age class are full, you would need to take him/her to our pre-season “Evaluation Days.” This event is organized for the placement of athletes who missed registering for available practice locations.
At this event, League Officials will arrive with additional practice locations and will attempt to place athletes. Players will participate in an organized practice to ensure they are being placed with athletes of similar calibre and League Officials will look to confirm a parent-volunteer bench coach for the team.
Should athletes not find a team at one of these evaluations we would ask you to consider participating in one of our Seasonal Camps.
IMPORTANT: Athletes must register for “EVALUATION DAY.” There is no cost to do so and this registration will go live once practice locations begin filling. After an athlete has been placed on a team they will be asked to register online for the league.
The Youth Academy follows a Triple-ball format for game play. This format allows for more rallies, better participation and skill development for the beginner!
The game is executed as follows:
ABOUT THE LEAGUE
VISION Youth Academy is a fun, recreational program where players are trained by certified VISION instructors and games are managed by parent-volunteer bench coaches.
Teams practice once per week and play games on weekends with the season ending with a Championship Tournament. It should be noted that each season has a weekend break as a result of statutory holidays.
BENEFITS TO PARTICIPANTS
Volleyball Winnipeg provides instructors for every team practice where two teams training together. There is no positional play in this program as the focus is learning the fundamentals of the game.
Coaches may not make substitutions in this program as players rotate; there is otherwise no bench coaching during games. No timeouts.
The first scheduled day of league games is officially our "Scrimmage Day" in which all scores will be recorded, and teams may be re-tiered based on game results. Therefore, these scores will not be counted towards league standings.
The Championship tournament will be hosted on the final weekend of the season and Volleyball Winnipeg reserves the right to host the event over the weekend and may include any day from Friday-Sunday.
Volleyball Winnipeg will do its best to post game videos on its YouTube Channel for parents to view along with their child. We would like to hear from any parent who would like to register as the team's videographer, please contact Ally at: email@example.com
All Volleyball Winnipeg COVID 19 Protocols are posted on the following page: VOLLEYBALL WINNIPEG COVID 19 RESPONSE.
"Volleyball Winnipeg gives a lot of great opportunities and is a good environment for girls to learn and experience different teams and skills." - S.K.
"We had really good coaching and it was very fun to play. There also wasn’t pressure from my coaches and teammates to not make mistakes which I really liked, because I could just have fun!" - H.T.
“I had so much fun and learned a lot, I also gained a ton of experience, and had fun playing games and winning and losing with my team.” - S.W.
“Honestly, my expectations were met, I wanted to learn how to work with a team and be a positive team player, I had a great season. I also really enjoyed having great teammates and having fun playing the sport I love.” - S.F.
“It was my first-time playing volleyball and I really, really enjoyed my time here and I loved playing with my team!” - C.H.
“I really liked my experience playing. The coaches AND players were great!” – A.D.
“I am very happy with what I learned this season! I want to thank my teammates, and my coaches for helping me learn and have lots of fun!” – M.C.
“I had the best coaches!! I enjoyed building new friendships and meeting over crazy/fun kids like me!” – H.G.
“I thought the coaching and games were great! The practices were fun, and I would definitely do it again!” – A.B.
“I thought the season was so much fun and I would love to do it again. I also really liked my team and coaches.” – J.O.
“At the beginning of the season I thought I’d be shy. But instead, I ended up giving my all in everything I did which made me improve A LOT!” – S.B.
Feel free to read more reviews from our VISION Premier League/Youth Academy athletes on our REVIEWS page.
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