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Andrew (Drew) Wickert

Head Coach - DREW WICKERT

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EUGENE UNRAU

Assistant Coach - Eugene Unrau

Eugene Unrau is excited to be back for his fourth season with our club accepting the Assistant Coach position with the SAS U16 boys. Eugene loves volleyball and brings a high energy philosophy to coaching. Focusing on a strong mental game and forming good habits to lay a solid foundation for future development. Encouraging all members of the team to set personal and team goals to bring out the best version of themselves on and off the court.

His Mother first introduced him to the game in Swan Hills, Alberta at the age of 14. Moving to Barrhead, Alberta for high school, he achieved 2 provincial championships (2009, 2010) for AAA high school volleyball. During the final year of high school, he received a volleyball scholarship to Olds College. In his first year there they placed 1st in provincial ACAL volleyball in 2011, earning the college the opportunity to compete in ACAC, where they remain today.

“The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.” - John C. Maxwell

Recent U16 MEN GREEN 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.