Statement re: 2020-2021 season

403 Selects Volleyball Club Merges with Canada West Volleyball Club for the 2020-2021 Season.

Due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID – 19 crisis combined with other challenges that have arisen as a consequence of the lockdown, the 403 Selects Volleyball Club evaluated various options for the future and are very pleased to announce that the club will be merging with the Canada West Volleyball Club, effective in the 2020-2021 season.

The administration of 403 Selects including the co-Presidents Shauna Denney & Diane Johnson, in consultation with the club’s board of directors, Ken Acheson, Gabriel Ollivier and Don Richter, discussed various options for the next season. The scenarios including possible extensions to current practices and managing the restrictions, with the result of understanding that the greater resources a merger would bring, represented the best outcomes for the Club and its athletes and coaches, thus establishing the new direction that has been cast for the future of 403 Selects.

In terms of detail, 403 has committed to a full merger with Canada West and our club will provide funds for facility upgrades at Rally Pointe, as well as, coach professional development at Canada West. In addition, Canada West has agreed to provide additional age-specific teams at the 16U & 17U levels in 2020-21, where the existing 403 coaches and athletes will have the option to coach and try out, thus providing the best possibility of keeping the teams together into the 2020-2021 season. We will keep you updated on the outcomes of any future conversations with Canada West and encourage all athletes to connect and communicate directly with their 2019-2020 head coaches.

Since 2008, 403 Selects Volleyball Club has supported close to 1000 athletes with our “whole athlete” training perspective and we have offered countless coaches the opportunity to develop and grow in unique opportunities under our umbrella. We are proud of our visionary leadership in the volleyball community. Ken Acheson , Don Richter and Gabriel Ollivier, our Board of Directors, have been with the program since 2008 and deserve our sincere appreciation and a huge thank you for their leadership and support. We are very grateful for all of the parents who have volunteered yearly, both at the team and Board/Administrative levels. Our #PACT logo (Parents, Athletes, Coaches Together ) reflects how important each of these groups has been to this journey at 403 Selects. We are exceptionally grateful for all of the people who have been committed to and who have positively impacted our operations. Finally, we would like to acknowledge and thank all of the outside support this club has had in its successes over the 12 years and specifically the following: Stacey Lazarenko (Escapes Travel), Tyler Shillington (Performance Inspired Training) , Tessa VanDerVeeken (Zeal Performance) and Gisele Kruger (The Winner Will founder). Thank- you to all who embraced the 403 Selects team spirit, tenacity, good sportsmanship, and “live, love and laugh” mantra that has been our signature since Day 1.

We will continue to support CW operations by sharing our best practises, trusting that those requested conversations will influence some positive operational changes and finally, we also remain confident that our efforts and outcomes will be better together.

Kindest regards,

Shauna Denney & Diane Johnson

Co-Presidents

Ken Acheson, Gabriel Ollivier & Don Richter

Board of Directors