2022 Winter Speaker Series

FEBRUARY 15 (Online)

8:00PM – 9:00PM

Key tools to improve training and decision making with your setter

Christy Johnson-Lynch – Iowa State University Women’s Head Coach

In Christy’s 17 years as head volleyball coach at Iowa State, she has rewritten the history of the Cyclone volleyball program. The program she inherited on Dec. 17, 2004 is unrecognizable compared to today’s situation. With a career record of 330-179, she has guided Iowa State to the NCAA Volleyball Championship 14 times. Among the highlights of that run has been leading the Cyclones to the NCAA Regional Semifinals three times and to the Regional Final on two occasions in 2008 and 2011. Johnson-Lynch’s 179-105 record against Big 12 opponents is incredible in many contexts. In ISU’s nine Big 12 seasons before her arrival, ISU had only picked up 13 conference wins compared to 167 losses. The Cyclones had anchored the Big 12 standings in seven of those nine campaigns. In 2009, Johnson-Lynch was named Big 12 Coach of the Year.

FEBRUARY 17 (Online)

8:00PM – 9:00PM

The role of the coach in preventing injuries

Kerry MacDonald – Volleyball Canada: Director of Sport Science, Sports Medicine and Innovation

Kerry holds a Masters Degree in Coaching Studies from the University of Victoria and a PhD from the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre at the University of Calgary. In 2016 he took over the reins of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds Men’s Volleyball team, leading them to back-to-back national championship appearances, winning the 2018 National Championship; UBC’s first USports gold medal in 35 years.  For the past 3.5 years Kerry has been the Director of Sport Science, Sports Medicine and Innovation for Volleyball Canada.

FEBRUARY 19 (Regina)

10:00AM – 11:00AM – University of Regina Gymnasium

Training out of system attack and block

Ken Bentley – University of Manitoba Women’s Head Coach

Ken Bentley was born in Winnipeg, graduated high school from Murdoch MacKay Collegiate and completed his post-secondary studies at the University of Manitoba. As of the 2021-22 season, Bentley enters his 36th year as the head coach of the University of Manitoba women’s volleyball program. Bentley continues to produce results at the highest level in Canada in terms of athlete development and team performance. On January 15, 2015, he became the first women’s volleyball coach in Canadian university volleyball history to reach 1,000 wins and currently sits with a 1060-436 record (70.9%). Coach Bentley has taken his teams to the national final on ten occasions, winning six (1990, 1991, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2014), and has appeared in a total of 19 national championship tournaments at the university level.

February 19 (Regina)

11:00AM – 12:00PM – University of Regina Gymnasium

Practical Ways to Prepare for the Opponent

Melanie Sanford – University of Regina Women’s Head Coach

The 2019-20 season is Melanie Sanford’s 17th year as the head coach of the University of Regina’s women’s volleyball team. Sanford, who took over as the program’s head coach beginning with the 2002-03 season, has the most conference wins (146) and postseason wins (7) of any coach in U of R history. The Cougars have participated in the U SPORTS Championship twice during her tenure, finishing fifth in the 2010 tournament (Edmonton) and sixth in 2014 (Regina).

Sanford is a two-time recipient of Canada West Coach of the Year honours, earning the award in 2018 after leading a young Cougars squad to a 12-12 record and again in 2019 following a 16-8 season that gave the U of R a home playoff series for just the fourth time in program history.

February 19 (Regina)

1:00PM – 2:00PM – University of Regina Gymnasium

Read Blocking – Tips and drills to help work on blocking and read blocking cues

Lee Hamilton – University of Regina Women’s Assistant Coach

Lee is currently an assistant coach with theUniversity of Regina’s women’s volleyball team, as well as the assistant coach on the Canada Games Women’s Team.

Prior to joining the women’s team, Hamilton spent the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach with the U of R’s men’s team including three weeks as interim head coach. He was also an assistant coach for Team Saskatchewan at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

Hamilton enjoyed a playing career at Vancouver Island University, earning CCAA All-Canadian honours twice. He not only played professionally for two seasons in England and Sweden following his time at VIU, but was also competed with the national team at Volleyball Canada’s full-time training centre in Quebec.

February 19 (Regina)

2:00PM – 3:00PM – University of Regina Gymnasium

How to train individual defensive cue reading & decision making

Joel Dyck – Canada Summer Games Men’s Head Coach & Sask Volleyball High-Performance Manager

Joel recently completed his Master’s in High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership through UBC Vancouver. He was on the Huskie Men’s coaching staff for 4 seasons, Assistant Coach for 3 years and Interim Head Coach in 2016/17. The Huskies went to Nationals in 2 of those years placing 5th in 2014/15 as the host and 4th in 2015/16 as the Canada West silver medalists. Joel worked for 2 years as the Men’s High Performance Coach and has spent the past 4 years working as the High Performance Manager for Sask Volleyball. He is Head Coach of Team Sask Men’s Indoor Canada Games team this Summer in Niagara Falls.

WINTER REGISTRATION INFO

*** EARN UP TO 5 PD POINTS DURING OUR WINTER COACHES SYMPOSIUM ***

Receive 1 PD point for each online session and 3 PD points for attending Saturday

To receive your Professional Development (PD) points, coaches please provide your NCCP # when you register. For online sessions, include your full name in the Zoom chat room for our attendance. All Accredited Club coaches will receive a discount code in January.

Registration Costs:
$10.00 + gst / Accredited Club member (2022 discount code required)
$20.00 + gst / Approved Club member
In-person attendees will receive a game ticket for the Saturday university match

Registration Opens – Jan 17, 2022
Registration Deadline – Feb 4, 2022

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If you were certified in 2017, your 5-year period to obtain your Professional Development points will be ending in 2022. Please check your Locker certification profile for the number of points you need and the end date you will need them completed.

If you have any questions please contact us at coach@saskvolleyball.ca

University of Regina vaccination policy will be in effect for this event. 

Note – For the online sessions, you will receive two Zoom links via email on February 14

On January 1st, 2014, Volleyball Canada complied with the Coaches Association of Canada’s (CAC) NCCP Professional Development policy. Coaches who are “Certified” within any context now receive credit within the Locker database for approved professional development experiences. In order to maintain certification, certified Development Coaches & Advanced Development Coaches will need to accrue 20 points over a period of 5 years. Performance Coaches will need to accrue 30 points over a 5-year period. Please review the CAC’s FAQ for all the details.

2021 Fall Speaker Series

All volleyball coaches at the school, club or recreational levels, are welcome to attend. Our Fall Coaches Symposium presenters will focus on early athlete development content. By attending both the online & in-person sessions, you will receive professional development (PD) points.

November 9 (Online)

8:00PM – 9:00PM

Where does volleyball fit?

June LeDrew – University of Regina Professor

Dr. LeDrew is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies at the University of Regina. June has volunteered, lectured and presented workshops on many topics in the areas of health, recreation and active living. She has received the University of Regina Alumni Association’s Award for Excellence in Public Service. The financial portion of this award was donated towards the establishment of the ‘Children on the Move Scholarship’ awarded to a University of Regina student who demonstrates leadership in the promotion of children’s healthy, active lifestyles.

November 13 (Regina)

9:30AM – 10:20AM – QCVC Complex

Smashball FUNdamentals Grade 1-3 (What? Why? How?)

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10:30AM – 11:30AM – QCVC Complex

Smashball Learn to Train Grade 4-6 (What? Why? How?)

Tom Ash – Sask Volleyball Indoor Development Program Coordinator

I am married with two grown children and two beautiful grand daughters.

I am a retired educator with over 30 years of experience.  This experience has included such roles as: classroom teacher (gr. 8 – 12); Science & Mathematics consultant (K-12); Adjunct Professor (Science Education – University of Regina) and Curriculum writer.

November 13 (Regina)

12:30PM – 1:30PM – QCVC Complex

13U – Starting off on the Right Path

Coach Jay will share his insights on what skills to focus on, how to progress them, and provide some sample drills. He will also share thoughts on how to develop team tactics for this, quite often, first year volleyball athletes.

1:45PM – 2:45PM – QCVC Complex

14U – Continuing to Grow:

Now that serving and passing are more important, how does that shift your training priorities?  What new skills should be introduced?  Which skills require advancing?  Should you assign positions to athletes?  Coach Jay will touch on these questions as well as provide some sample drills.

Jay Magus – Huskies Volleyball Club Coach (14U & 18U)

Jay grew up in small town Saskatchewan and played Team Sask volleyball for 4 summers, culminating with a Silver Medal at the 1989 Canada Games that were hosted in Saskatoon. He then moved to the University of Saskatchewan playing 5 years for the Huskies as their setter, and was Canada West 1st Team All-star 4 years, and U-Sports 1st Team All-Canadian twice. He also played 3 years full-time for Team Canada Men’s Volleyball playing in two World Student Games, one Pan-Am’s, one World Cup, and numerous NORCECA’s.

FALL REGISTRATION INFO

*** Registrants will receive a Zoom link from Sask Volleyball via email, Monday prior to the event ***

Coaches please provide your full name, Club name and NCCP # when you register.
Sask Volleyball will provide a discount code to your Club Coordinator.

Fall Symposium Cost:

Free for an Accredited Club member
$10.00 + gst/Approved Club member (with Code)
$20.00/non-member

REGISTRATION Deadline – Oct 26, 2021

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Earn 1 PD point for Nov 9 & 2 PD points for Nov 13 in-person sessions

If you were certified in 2016, your 5-year period to obtain your Professional Development points will be ending in 2021. Please check your Locker certification profile for the number of points you need and the end date you will need them completed.

If you have any questions please contact us at coach@saskvolleyball.ca

Secure your spot today!
Please note proof of vaccination will be required for Saturday sessions in Regina. 

On January 1st, 2014, Volleyball Canada complied with the Coaches Association of Canada’s (CAC) NCCP Professional Development policy. Coaches who are “Certified” within any context now receive credit within the Locker database for approved professional development experiences. In order to maintain certification, certified Development Coaches & Advanced Development Coaches will need to accrue 20 points over a period of 5 years. Performance Coaches will need to accrue 30 points over a 5-year period. Please review the CAC’s FAQ for all the details.

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