questions and answers
What is the Ancaster Lions Volleyball Club?
We are a volunteer, non-profit sports organization, providing volleyball opportunities for youth in the Greater Hamilton area. We are affiliated with the Ontario Volleyball Association.
We provide an environment where kids learn to love volleyball and to play the game well.
What programs do you offer?
We offer competitive (rep) teams as a well as a development program, which includes our Fall Lions SPIKES session and our Lions League winter house league. See the sections below for more information about our competitive and development programs.
Who's in charge?
Our club is led by a volunteer Board of Directors, which is elected by the club's members at its Annual General Meetings. The Board meets regularly and reports to the membership at the AGM. The Board follows and applies the club's Constitution and By-laws.
Where do I direct a compliment or complaint?
If you have a concern about one of our programs or teams, please direct it to the coach or administrator in charge of that program. If your concern is not resolved, you may contact the Board. If you have a compliment, please let the coach or administrator know, and feel free to pass it on to the Board as well!
How do I give feedback about your web site or social media presence?
Our web and social media sites are run by volunteers. We welcome your feedback!
How can I learn more about sponsoring a team?
Please read our sponsor letter.
I have a question that is not answered here. Where can I find an answer?
Please contact us.
When is the competitive season?
Tryouts normally happen in September; for the coming season, the OVA's competitive tournaments will begin in January, with the season finishing in April.
How do I try out?
You can find more information here.
What are the age categories for the 2020-2021 season?
If you were born in 2003, you are 18U.
If you were born in 2004, you are 17U.
If you were born in 2005, you are 16U.
If you were born in 2006, you are 15U.
If you were born in 2007, you are 14U.
If you were born in 2008 or later, you are 13U.
If you were born in September, October, November, or December of a year, you may choose to play in that year's age group or in the following year's age group. For example, if you were born on September 12, 2005, you could play 16U (with players born in 2005) or 15U (with players born 2006.)
How often do teams practice?
Most of our competitive teams practice twice per week, with occasional extra practices.
How many tournaments are there?
Most of our competitive teams compete in between four and eight tournaments per season, in addition to the Ontario Championships.
What is the cost to participate on a competitive team?
The cost depends on how many players the team has, how many tournaments it attends, and how many sponsors it obtains. Our season fees are usually between $900 and $1500; this includes uniforms and gear, practice time, coaches, insurance, etc.
Where you do practice?
We rent various gyms in the Hamilton area, including at Hamilton District Christian High, Calvin Christian School, Grace Christian School, Guido de Bres Christian High School, Providence Christian School, Redeemer University College, and Timothy Christian School.
What development programs do you offer?
We offer our Fall Lions SPIKES program, which runs on Saturday mornings in the fall, and a house league, the Lions League, which runs on Saturday mornings in the winter. See our Development webpage for more information.
What ages are accepted into your programs?
Fall Lions accepts participants between the ages of 7 and 14; Lions League accepts participants between the ages of 10 and 14. Both programs place the younger participants in the Little Lions division and the older participants in the Junior Lions division.
Do you offer a summer program?
Not at this time.
How do I register for a development program?
Registration is available only through this website. Registration for Fall Lions opens on September 16, while registration for Lions League usually opens in December. Registration is often full within one or two days of opening.
Are coaches needed?
Our coaches are our program's greatest strength. If you are passionate about volleyball and about teaching youth, we'd love to have you volunteer. Contact us for more information.
Where do the sessions take place?