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DIANNE WORTHINGTON

Head Coach and Program Coordinator - Dianne Worthington

Dianne Worthington has a wealth of coaching experience with over 25 years of coaching Volleyball at both Jr. and Sr. High School.  She began coaching club volleyball while doing her education degree, and returned to coaching club in 2008. She has spent the last 12 years coaching for SAS at the 14U, 15U, and 16U levels.  Dianne had been teaching at Sir George Simpson, coaching both Jr. and Sr. teams there. taking over the senior team in 2008, her school team has reached the SAPEC City Finals seven times, winning six championship banners.  A number of players have come through her teams with great success after high school.  Whitney Follette, a member of the 2007/2008 SGS teams - played for Arizona State University and is currently playing pro league in Europe. Jamie Bain, Hannah Gorgichuk, Alexis Anderson, all SGS players, and Julia Donnelly – all played for SAS with Dianne, from 14U-16U, and are currently playing for NAIT.  Lauren Tremblay – a member of the SGS Team in 2012-2014, currently at Paul Kane, played for the Alberta Summer Games 18U Team, as a 17U player, this past summer (2017).  Dianne is still an active in the sport, being a product of the club system. She plays both indoor and beach.  We are very excited to have Dianne take on the role as our Coach Coordinator and Head Coach for our 14U women cohort program this coming season.


Sarah Worthington

Head Coach - Sarah Worthington

The 2020-2021 season will be Sarah’s 8th year coaching! She began coaching at Sir George Simpson Junior High School in her senior year of high school in 2013. In her first year as a head coach (2014), the Simpson junior girls team won silver in their final season tournament. Sarah coached the junior girls for many years, developing many players that would go on to win the city championship on their senior teams.

Sarah began coaching with SAS in 2014, coaching U13 girls, and has since introduced many young athletes to the sport of volleyball. Following her training through Volleyball Canada and the University of Alberta, she moved on to coach U14 and U15 to implement her knowledge of high level volleyball.

Sarah’s mission is to develop young athletes to embody the foundations of volleyball, both on and off the court. She trains her teams to be hard workers and mentally tough players.

Sarah is level 1 trained and awaiting final evaluation to receive her level certification. Sarah is excited to be coaching again with SAS this year and is looking forward to a fantastic 2021/2022 season.

Head Coach - Kiera Berardocco

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Head Coach - Hailey McDonald

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Brittney Zilinski

Head Coach - Brittney Zilinski

Brittney played school and club Volleyball for 7 years, was an assistant coach with our club for 3 years and a head coach at U13 for the past 2 years. She has been a part of some great teams and has won numerous Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in her time playing club. Brittney was privileged with being selected as Metro Athlete of the week in October 2019 and was honoured with being named her high schools 2019 athlete of the year. In the words of her high school coach “Brittney works hard in every aspect of her life, committing to being the best she can be in school, athletics, and the community. She dives head first into whatever she is involved in and is always willing to help those around her.” Brittney is currently attending University of Alberta in her 3rd year working on a degree in Kinesiology. She is working towards her NCCP level 1 for coaching and is going to continue to play the sport she loves recreationally while she pursues her other passion for coaching. Brittney is extremely excited to be coaching our U14 women team and is looking forward to working with our young upcoming athletes this coming club season.

Head Coach - Kaitlyn Paradis

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Recent U14 WOMEN STORM News

Alberta is taking action to protect Albertans against the highly transmissible Omicron variant

Alberta is taking action to protect Albertans against the highly transmissible Omicron variant by ramping up health system capacity, providing free rapid test kits, expanding vaccine boosters, clarifying indoor social gathering limits, and decreasing capacity in large venues.

Albertans are asked to reduce their number of contacts by half, limit unrestricted activities where there is a high risk of transmission, and observe all public health measures over the holidays to help slow the spread.

Businesses participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program can operate with less restrictions if they require patrons 12 and over to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test result. New measures come into effect December 24 at 12:01am.

Read Dr. Hinshaw's tips for celebrating safely this holiday season.

 

Youth (under 18) sport, fitness and performance activities

Indoor group classes, training, and competitions are permitted, but participants are required to:

  • screen for symptoms
  • maintain 2 metres distancing, except youth while engaged in physical activity
  • wear a mask, except youth while engaged in physical activity
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Spectator attendance is restricted to 1/3 fire code capacity, attendees are limited to a single household or 2 close contact if living alone and must be masked and maintain 2 metres physical distancing.

Outdoor activities can continue with no restrictions.

Event Vaccine Policy

By Volleyball Alberta 11/25/2021, 4:45pm MST

Volleyball Alberta has adopted an Event Vaccine Policy for our 2022 events.

After an extensive analysis, including legal consultation and insurance review, Volleyball Alberta has adopted an Event Vaccine Policy for our 2022 events.

We understand and appreciate there are multiple perspectives regarding vaccinations and respect the passion that individuals have for our sport.

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Volleyball Alberta will regularly review and modify our health and safety protocols as deemed necessary.

As our previously posted vaccine stance has resulted in a lot of feedback, we want to expand upon the process that we go through when requesting facilities.

Facility access has always been a challenge.  To accept all interested teams for our indoor club events, Volleyball Alberta can utilize over fifty courts per tournament weekend. Even with this extensive access, we often needed to operate during extended hours at these venues to complete the necessary matches.

The pandemic has placed additional strains on facility access as a number of venues are not renting to outside user groups.

In addition to the large volume of courts we require, we also take a number of factors into consideration including: 

  • Quality of the facilities (court size, equipment quality, roof height, spectator seating, and crush space)
  • Facility rental costs
  • Location of facilities
  • The number of courts per facility. Facilities that have multiple quality courts provide an improved tournament experience as they:
    - Permit movement of teams between courts, allowing for shorter days with less travel.
    - Provide more athletes with access to athletic therapy services.
    - May have additional services on site (food).
    - Create additional opportunities for referee support and development.
    - Reduce support staff requirements.

Due to the intricate nature of tournament and program design, we cannot accommodate requests for individuals or teams to participate in specific venues.

The University of Alberta currently has more restrictive entry requirements than VA, as they do not accept negative testing (except for medically exempt individuals).  As the Edmonton area has very limited facility access,  the U of A facilities (Up to 18 courts per weekend = Saville Community Sport Centre, Main Gym, Education Gym, East Gym) are required to facilitate the size and scope of our events.  

We understand that our staff will continue to receive feedback about our Event Vaccination Policy.  We commit to reading every email!  However, due to the incredible volume of feedback, we do not have the capacity to reply to each message.

Please continue to treat each other with respect and kindness.