SMASH DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE - POWERED BY THUNDER
Smash development programs are our highest level and most popular program. Last season we had 6 teams compete against the best clubs in the province including Thunder, Ducks, BCO, Action, and Apex. This year we are coordinating our tryouts with Thunder Volleyball club and we are planning to run 12 teams to allow for more opportunities for girls to play with a team! Smash tryouts will be held December 15th, 2019 for girls that do not attend 12U, 13U or 14U Thunder tryouts. Development teams will train and compete for 10 weeks beginning in early January. In 2020 we are offering up to six 12 & under (12U) teams and up to 6 14 & under (14U) teams. Teams will be divided equally between Vancouver-West and Vancouver-East locations.
A significant number of kids in the Lower Mainland are left with no competitive team options from January to March after they are cut from a small number of club teams. Many players do not try out for club volleyball because they are either busy multi-sport athletes or their parents do want want to commit to time, expense and travel associated with club volleyball. At SMASH Volleyball we see an urgent need to keep girls who love volleyball in the sport with competitive and local practices, matches and tournaments.
12U teams are for 10 ,11, and 12 year old players (10 year old players will need to be very advanced in order to be selected). 14U teams are for 13,14, and some 15 year old players.. We agree with Sport Canada that a child’s developmental age is more important than their calendar age so exceptions will be made for either very advanced 10 year olds, or intermediate 15 year olds to be able to participate.
Teams will practice or play matches roughly 1.5 times per week on weeknights and play 3 tournaments on Saturdays or Sundays from early January – mid March, 2020. Cost for development teams is $550 and includes a jersey, at least 12 practice/play days and 3 tournaments.