BECOME A DINO
How To Be Identified
Do you want a high performance training experience?
Do you have aspirations to play post-secondary volleyball?
The Dinos Club is built on quality and we take pride in offering the best training experience in Calgary. This training leads to exceptionally prepared athletes who move on to successful post-secondary careers.
There are various ways for athletes to be identified and considered for a Dinos team. The most important thing for an athlete to do, is be proactive. If you want to be a Dino, take the first step and contact us.
1) Dinos Player Application Form
We encourage all athletes interested in joining the Dinos Club to complete and submit a Player Application Form. This form helps Dinos Coaches identify possible athletes for the upcoming season. A player or parent may also contact the Dinos Club at anytime if they require more information about our elite women's volleyball programs. Please be aware that this program is for junior high and high school athletes who are ready to commit themselves today for what it will take to achieve a college/university position.
If you are interested in joining the Dinos Club, please complete our DINOS PLAYER APPLICATION FORM
There will be Dino Club coaches present at all of the camps in the months of June-August. They will be watching for skilled volleyball players who have the potential to play for a Dino Club team.
3) ID Sessions for 16U, 17U & 18U Athletes
Starting June 1st the Dinos Club hosts ID sessions where athletes can visit our training facility, meet the coaches, see how practices are run and ask questions about the club programs. This is particularly important for athletes in the 16U, 17U and 18U division as offers can be given to athletes in these age divisions at "Early Signing" (this date changes based on the Volleyball Alberta Recruiting Policies)
Every year, the Dino Women's Volleyball Club and the University of Calgary host a High Performance camp in August called Future Stars. Sessions are run by Dinos Club Coaches and University of Calgary Varsity Athletes. Sessions concentrate on position specific skills for setters, middles and outside hitters, as well as team systems.
You can find out more information at DINOS FUTURE STARS.
5) 12U, 13U, 14U & 15U Tryouts
Always refer to the homepage for the most up to date information and to register. Tryouts for our 12U, 13U, 14U & 15U teams will be taking place the week of November 26th, 2023. Information and registration link will be posted on the homepage.
Recruitment & Tryout Process
The Dino Women's Volleyball Club adheres to the Volleyball Alberta Signing Policy. Click HERE to learn more about the Volleyball Alberta Signing Policy.
We always want to make sure that athletes choose a club that is a great fit for them. To ensure they have made the best decision for the coming year, we encourage athletes to explore multiple opportunities prior to signing with a club. Only by signing the Volleyball Alberta Letter of Intent (LOI) on or after the Signing Dates, is an athlete officially committed to a club team.
12U Tryout Process
12U tryouts will take place starting November 26, 2023. The registration link for tryouts can be found on the homepage.
2023 12U TEAM TRYOUTS (Grade 5 & 6)
Option #1: Sunday, November 26, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Option #2: Sunday, November 26, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
13U,14U & 15U Tryout Process
Athletes competing in the 13U (Grade 7), 14U (Grade 8) & 15U (Grade 9) age category are required to follow the Volleyball Alberta Signing Policies below.
Nov 1 - Nov 6: Clubs are permitted to "Re-Sign" athletes within their own club.
Nov 26 - Nov 30: Tryouts will take place for all remaining spots on teams.
**Please go to the homepage for the most up-to-date information**
2023 13U TEAM TRYOUTS (Grade 6 & 7)
Sunday, November 26, 9:00am - 10:30am
2023 14U TEAM TRYOUTS (Grade 8)
Sunday, November 26, 10:30am - 12:00pm
2023 15U TEAM TRYOUTS (Grade 9)
Sunday, November 26, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
16U, 17U & 18U Signing Process
The selection of our 16U, 17U & 18U teams is done early in the year at the start of the Volleyball Alberta Open Period which runs June 1st - 30th. During the month of June we host ID Camps at our facility which allows us to meet all athletes are interested in the Dinos program. During this time, Letters of Intent (LOI's) are given out to athletes as an invitation to join our program.
June 1: Communication with coaches from other programs is not permitted until June 1.
May 29-June 5: Clubs are permitted to "Re-Sign" athletes within their own club.
June 6 - June 30: ID Sessions/Tryouts/Open Gyms can occur.
June 17-June 30: "Early Signing" Period. Athletes can consider accept offers from all programs.
Clubs are not permitted to run open gyms or sign athletes between July 1 and November 27, 2023.
Age Classes for the 2023-2024 season
12U/Grade 5 & 6 - Athletes born from September 1, 2011 to December 31, 2013
13U/Grade 7 - Athletes born from September 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011
14U/Grade 8 - Athletes born from September 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010
15U/Grade 9 - Athletes born from September 1, 2008 to December 31, 2009
16U/Grade 10 - Athletes born from September 1, 2007 to December 31, 2008
17U/Grade 11 - Athletes born from September 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007
18U/Grade 12 - Athletes born from September 1, 2005 to December 31, 2006
Important to Note:
*Dinos athletes are expected to play within the age group that corresponds to their grade (eg. 15U = Grade 9; see above).
*Exceptions will be made on a case to case basis following the Volleyball Canada rationale and recommendations on playing up or down in a different age/grade group.