14U Training CampThe 14U 403 Selects focused on team building, skill development and positioning during a 
three day training camp in Canmore, Alberta this past weekend. 
The girls were challenged physically and mentally to learn new skills 
and game strategy during intense training sessions run by coaches Carsten Stanjeck, Pat Greiner and Steph Thompson. Coach Carsten feels 
the team accomplished about two weeks worth of training in just one 
weekend and showed noticeable improvement.

In all, the camp featured almost ten hours of on court training, as well as 
several hours of off court strategy sessions. The girls learned about 
procedures, rules and mental toughness. As a result, all the players understand how the team will operate and what the coaches expect of 
them. They know where the team plans to go and how it plans to get 
there. In addition to their on-court training, the athletes shared with each other what skills and psychological gifts they each bring to the team.

Making the most of their opportunity to share and get to know 
each other better, the girls bonded well as a team. There was much laughter, lots of training, sharing of stories, great food, good times, a little lack of sleep but most of 
all; they had a ton of fun. The athletes expressed that this was an incredible 
experience they would not soon forget.

Many thanks to the coaches, parent volunteers and a very special and BIG 
thank you to the Thompson family for lending the team their beautiful 
log home for the weekend. The 14U 403 Selects are now looking forward to their first 
tournament at the Volleydome on February 12. After that, they travel south of the border for the annual San Jose President’s Day Tournament from February 18 – 21.