Summer Volleyball Academy

Summer 2023

The Academy is unlike any program offered for the volleyball player looking to take their skills to their highest levels. The Academy program is designed for those athletes prepared to put in the time and energy required to improve their game so they can compete with the very best. The Academy provides an opportunity for athletes to work with our areas top coaches.


2023 Summer

We are excited to offering our program once again. This will be our 27th year of the program! We have been though many versions of the program but the one constant is the quality and care our staff bring each summer.

Indoor Location Change

Becasue of issues with the Franco Gym we will retunr to our previous home at Brookfield HS. This will help eleviate the concern of getting to OTLBC for the Full Academy athletes as it is in walking distance.

Spaces are limited


OVA Beach Tournaments in OTTAWA

We will once again be hosting OVA Beach Tournaments right here in Ottawa at MaxVolley.

Proposed Dates:

  • June 3/4 – Silver Level
  • June 10 – Silver Level (CHEO Fundrasier)
  • June 17/18 – Silver Level
  • July 8/9 – Gold Level

Academy Programs

Athletes are able to select the program combination that is right for them from our options of the Full Academy, Competitive Beach, Instructional Beach, Indoor Program and Conditioning Program. The full academy offers the best of both with beach and indoor practices. This is our most popular program selection for all ages of volleyball athletes.

Registration Form

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Athlete’s Full Name

The full academy includes the Indoor Academy, your selection of Competitive or Instructional Beach and the Conditioning Program. This is for athletes looking to develop their skills on both the beach and indoor side. The full academy offers the best of both with beach and indoor practices. This is our most popular program selection for all ages of volleyball athletes.

The Indoor Academy brings together some of our countries top professional athletes and coaches each summer. In addition to having an outstanding coaching staff, we also provide the low coach to athlete ratio of 1:9. This ratio ensures that each athlete is receiving optimal error detection and correction from the coaching staff at every training session. Athletes will have regular use of video analysis to ensure they have a clear understanding of how they are currently performing a skill and to also identify the changes that are still needed.

All this makes the Indoor Academy a perfect fit for the athlete who is serious about taking their game to the highest level and is dedicated to putting in the time and effort needed to do so.

Our Beach Academy begins the last week of May and runs until mid August. Our professional coaching staff will guide teams through a seasonal plan of technical and tactical skills designed to prepare them for OVA competitions.

The Competitive Beach Academy is a perfect fit for athletes who are looking for the Club practice environment that is designed to optimize their training efforts and help push past comfort zones in preparation for competition.

Please note that those attending the Competitive Beach Program should be registering with a playing partner who they will train along side to help ensure optimal performance.

Our Regular Beach Academy begins the first week of July and runs for 7 weeks. Similar to our competitive program, athletes will have the opportunity to learn the unique technical and tactical skills used in Beach Volleyball. 

This program is geared more for those who are not looking to compete in the OVA Beach events on a regular basis. Athletes can register as an individual or with a partner. These athletes are simply looking to develop their beach volleyball skills or as a team, They may wish to test their skills at an OVA event during the summer.

Our athletic training program is designed as a general conditioning program to complement any club program. Our program focuses on speed, agility quickness, core strength, and general strength development. During these training sessions, our coaches will focus on the proper execution of each exercise, providing error detection and correction to ensure optimal performance is being achieved. This program is only available to those participating in the FULL ACADEMY. If those in other programs are interested can join for an additional fee of $210+HST.

2023 Costs:

We offer day program to best accommodate athletes during the summer months to pursue volleyball during their off season and other summer sports. (Long Term Athlete Development Focus)
To secure your spot a $150+HST deposit is required.
Payment can be made through PayPal.
See above for link.

Full Program: Includes Beach, Indoor and Conditioning

$1200+HST (Instructional Beach)
$1400+HST (Competitive Beach)

**NEW** For the COMPETIVE BEACH program we includes entry Fee into 1 – SportsCan Silver Level Run OVA Tournaments. Participation is not mandatory and there is no refund for not participating.

Indoor Only Program:

Indoor Court Option: $750+HST

NOTE: this program does NOT include Athletic Training, it can be added on for an additional fee.

Beach Only Competitive Program: $750+HST

Runs May 30th – August 17th
**NEW**Includes Entry Fee into 1 – SportsCan Silver Level Run OVA Tournaments. Participation is not mandatory and there is no refund for not participating.

NOTE: this program does NOT include Athletic Training, it can be added on for an additional fee.

Beach Only INSTRUCTIONAL Program: $625+HST

Runs July 5th – August 18th
Does not include entry fees into any OVA Tournaments

NOTE: this program does NOT include Athletic Training, it can be added on for an additional fee.

Athletic Training: $210+HST

Occurs between Indoor and Beach sessions. Time depends on instructors and participants.


Schedule & Locations:

Starting July 4th – 7 weeks, 2x per week (July 4th – August 17th)

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Indoor 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM @ Brookfield HS.

Conditioning 11:15AM – 12:00 PM @ Brookfield HS

Beach 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM @ Ottawa Tennis & Lawn Bowling Club

Competitive Beach

May 30th – June 29th,

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM @ Mooney’s Bay 

July 4th – August 17th:

Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00 – 4:00 @ Ottawa Tennis & Lawn Bowling Club

** all sessions are weather dependant
*** no sessions will be added to make up for missed sessions

OUR 2023 Coaching Staff

Colin Walker

Colin has been coaching at a variety of levels from elementary school to National Youth Program and everything in between for the last 30 years. Presently he is the Head Coach of the Trent Men’s Varsity Team. He brings a wealth of experience in athlete and coach development. Colin has coached all levels of athlete at both genders. He has taken on various high-performance roles as Regional Head Coach both indoor and beach, Provincial Team Assistant Coach, twice Provincial Team Head Coach and Assistant Coach for Canada’s National Youth Men’s Program (16U & 17U Select programs).

Colin will be taking the on the administrator role ensuring things are running smoothly all summer.

Taylor Walker

Taylor has been a part of the SportsCan program for a long time, as an athlete and as a coach. She has spent 7 years coaching various SportsCan programs and has an impressive coaching resume as well. She has been on the Region 6 Beach and Indoor team coaching staff. Taylor also had a successful varsity career at Nipissing university being an Academic All Canadian and winning the volleyball Co-MVP award. 

Taylor will be leading our Competitive Beach Program and running our 3-OVA Beach Tournaments this year.

Daragh McIntosh

Daragh was a SportsCan athlete in the past and is joining the coaching staff for here second year this summer! She will also be participating in the HP Off Season Training program to keep her skills sharp over the summer and in preparation for her first year at University.. Daragh will be attending Acadia University in the Fall. She has been a Maverick athlete for 7 years and has received the OVA Award of Excellence in 2019. 

Daragh will be working with our younger athletes this summer providing her high energy and great work ethic!

Aaron Wade

Aaron Wade is an experienced volleyball coach. He has his NCPP Advanced Development Coach Certification and has been the head coach of a club volleyball team for 9 years now. This Aaron has taken on the role with the La Cite College Women’s Team and is the Lead Coach wit hthe 13-14U Competitive Program on the boys side with the Mavericks VC.  

He has also coached with Team Ontario and Region 6 volleyball, both for 2 seasons. Aaron is a life long Kaizen champion and loves all things volleyball! 

Aaron will be working with our young athletes again this year. Helping them get the personal technical feedback to improve their game.


Audrey Belanger-Griffith

Audrey has played with the Maverick Volleyball Club since u12 and most recently with the 18u HPA Maverick Broncos as a setter. 

During the summer of 2022, she was selected to be part of Team Ontario and participated in their training camp. Audrey is heading to l’Université Laval in September and playing for the Rouge Et Or.

Audrey will be back for another summer with our Academy program helping young vballers gain the necessary skills and knoweldge to help them develop into the volleyball player they want to be.


Jacob Rainville