The 17U Selects spent the weekend of Feb 1-3 in beautiful southeastern British Columbia. The parents drove through some fairly treacherous driving conditions in the Crowsnest Pass but all arrived safely on Friday night.

On Saturday, while some parents took to the hills of Fernie and Kimberley, the Selects spent much of the morning meal-prepping, followed by helping their host teammate’s family with chores and feeding the numerous animals on the farm. The afternoon took them to Cranbrook where they were able to spend several hours working on their rotations in advance of Premier 1 and the Triple Crown Invitational in Kansas City. Everyone enjoyed a much-deserved meal at Boston Pizza in Cranbrook before returning to the farm for the night.

Sunday morning began with a homestyle breakfast at the First Perk Coffee House in Jaffray. They were well-energized to spend the next 4-5 hours practicing and scrimmaging. First up were the EKVC 15U Boys team, whose hard-hitting was appreciated as the girls worked on their defensive skills. Next up was the High Altitude Volleyball Club 18U girls based out of Elkford, BC. They played 4 competitive sets until it was time to pack up and return to the Polar Vortex in Alberta.

In spite of it being Monday, the training camp wasn’t quite over yet. After school, the Selects and their parents set out on the road again to Red Deer, in the bone-chilling -30 temperature. The new field house at St Joseph’s High School – home of the Red Deer Royals Marching Band – provided space for 4 teams to scrimmage each other informally.

It was an excellent opportunity for the coaches to try out different rotations, and players to try out different positions without having to wait for referee whistles. Rather than playing until a certain score was achieved, the end of each “match” was signaled by a whistle indicating it was time to rotate. The other teams participating were the Central Alberta Queens Volleyball Club 17U & 18U, and the Sylvan Lake Volleyball Club WAVE 18U.

While it was an exhausting 3 days, the girls are well-prepared for their first premier this weekend. Thanks go out to Coaches Mike, Erin & Matt, and to all those involved in organizing these events, it is very much appreciated! Special thanks to Allana for hosting the entire team for the weekend.