COMPETITIVE GIRLS DEVELOPMENT TEAMS
Below is schedule information for all 2022 development teams.
15U: In addition to regular practices, teams will compete at Smash playdays at Vancouver Christian School, 3496 Mons Drive from 12:00pm-3:00pm on Jan 29, Feb 12, Mar 5, and between 9:00am-3:00pm Apr 2 and 11:00am-3:00pm Apr 16. Tournament at SFU for Smash Friday VCS (Carina), Monday Osborne 4pm (Danielle), Friday Osborne 4:15pm (Cam), and Friday Osborne 4:15pm (Micheal). Our other three 15U teams (VCS Friday 6:00pm (Harry), Osborne Sunday 12:00pm and Osborne 1:30pm will compete at Douglas College on March 12th.
14U: In addition to regular practices, teams will compete at Smash playdays at Vancouver Christian School, 3496 Mons Drive from 12:00pm-3:00pm on Jan 22, Feb 5, Feb 26, 9:00am-3pm Mar 26 and 11:00am-3:00pm April 9. Bonus! Tournament at SFU Sunday April 3rd for all 14U teams.
13U: In addition to regular practices, teams will compete at Smash playdays at Vancouver Christian School, 3496 Mons Drive from 7:30pm-9:00pm on Jan 28, Feb 11, Mar 4, Mar 25, Apr 8, and from 9:00am-11:00am on Apr 9 and Apr 16. Bonus! Tournament at SFU Sunday, March 6 for all 13U teams.
Team Practice Schedules:
Teams that practice Fridays at Vancouver Christian School: Jan 21st 6:00pm-8:00pm, Jan 28 6:00pm-7:30pm, Feb 4 6:00pm-8:00pm, Feb 11 6:00pm-7:30pm, Feb 25 6:00pm-7:30pm, Mar 4 6:00pm-7:30pm, Mar 11 6:00pm-7:30pm, Mar 25 6:00pm-7:30pm, Apr 1 6:00pm-7:30pm, Apr 8 6:00pm-7:30pm.
Teams that practice Fridays at Osborne Centre: Jan 21st 4:15-6:15pm, Jan 28 4:15-6:15pm, Feb 4 4:15-5:45pm, Feb 11 4:15-5:45pm, Feb 25 4:15-5:45pm, Mar 4:15-5:45pm, Mar 11 4:15-5:45pm, Mar 25 4:15-5:45pm, Apr 1 4:15-5:45pm, Apr 8 4:15-5:45pm.
Teams that practice Mondays at Osborne Centre, UBC: Jan 24 4:00pm-5:30pm, Jan 31 4:00pm-5:30pm, Feb 7 4:00pm-5:30pm, Feb 14 4:00pm-5:30pm, Feb 28 4:00pm-5:30pm, Mar 7 4:00pm-5:30pm, Mar 21 4:00pm-5:30pm (cancelled), Mar 28 4:00pm-5:30pm, Apr 4 4:00pm-5:30pm, April 11 4:00pm-5:45pm (Spanish Banks West), weather makeup April 18th. April 10th: Bonus beach tournament at Spanish Banks, weather make-up April 24.
Teams that practice Sundays at Osborne Centre, UBC (3 teams 12:00pm-1:30pm, 3 teams 1:30pm-3:00pm): Jan 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 27, Mar 6, 27, April 3, April 10 (bonus 12:00pm-3:00pm beach tournament at Spanish Banks, weather make-up April 24).
Many players are either not selected or do not try out for club volleyball because they are either busy multi-sport athletes or their parents do want want to commit the time, expense and travel associated with club volleyball. We want to make sure all girls have a chance to have a great experience in volleyball. Competitive development teams are suited for advanced volleyball players with at least 2 years of experience. In 2020 our teams regularly beat ‘club’ teams of the same age! Smash development programs are our most popular program and in 2022 we have grown to 180 players on 15 teams! We encourage girls that are not selected to Thunder Volleyball Club to make Smash development teams their next choice.
Why choose Smash competitive development teams over club teams?
1. Our coaches are engaged and positive
2. We have equal playing time
3. Our fees are significantly lower than club teams in Vancouver
4. Practices and tournaments are local
5. At least 75% of kids that attend our tryouts will make a team
6. One practice per week allows multi-sport participation in the winter months.
7. Coordination with Thunder Volleyball Club (philosophy, tryout process). Dozens of Smash development team players have gone on to make Thunder teams the following year.
2022 Fees and Dates:
The program will run from the second week of January 2022 until April 15/16, 2022. The fee for the 2022 season will be $735 including GST and includes all local tournaments, a Smash uniform to use for the season, and a practice/warmup shirt to keep.
2022 Season Ages:
13U: Birth Months Sept 2008 – December 2009
14U: Birth Months Sept 2007- December 2008
15U: Birth Months Sept 2006 – December 2007
Physical and mental maturity levels are more important to us than an arbitrary age category. Friend requests are also very important to us. We will consider kids up to 6 months younger than their age group if their friends are in an older age category and their skills are high enough to ‘play up’ in age. REGISTER FOR TRYOUTS
Tryouts for 2023 teams will be held in late November/early December 2022. Exact dates will be announced in September.
For 2023, all players returning from 2021 and 2022 teams will be offered a returning player spot but must attend at least one day of tryouts. East Vancouver teams will practice at Vancouver Christian School near Boundary and Grandview. West side teams will practice at Osborne Centre, UBC campus.
Smash Online Store – will open again in April 2022!
We will open another opportunity with an early January deadline but this is your best chance to have gear for the entire season. All girls will receive a free warm-up t-shirt to keep and a uniform to use for the season.