Here at EVP we are incredibly excited to be back on the indoor courts! As it has for many of you, COVID-19 has hit us hard this year. Cancellations from our two most used gyms this past year have forced us to make severe cuts to our numbers.
With that being said, we are committed to offering as many development and house league programs as we can. As always, we will strive to provide the same quality of coaching and enthusiasm that makes our programs special. All indoor programs are coached by high-quality coaches, including 2x OUA leading blocker John Moate and former professional player Gavin Taylor.
This year we have 17 Eagles teams, ranging from 11U all the way to our graduating 18U players. For the first time in club history, EVP will be running an 11U team. Coached by Robbie Bodanis, this Jr Eagles team will be playing in all 12U competitions and will have an extra year of practicing and playing together. Having an extra year together will help our girls gain more volleyball experience at a younger age.
The biggest cut to our programming this session is our house league. We have been incredibly proud of the way we have built up our house leagues over the last 7 years. Being able to accommodate almost 20 teams per session has seen so many of our house league athletes improving to the point that they easily make the jump to rep. As much as it breaks our hearts to cut this program down, we know it will grow back to where it was. This session we will only be able to run 2 teams per age group, while having the same breakdown as last year (one day of training, one day of games). It is our mission to expand back to our full house league as soon as it is safe for us to do so.
This year’s development league will also be cut down. Even with the cuts, we will be running one full session on Tuesday for our development leagues. Athletes in the development league are mostly new players, looking to make the jump into house league, and potentially into our EVP Eagles rep program. Specific skills are broken down each week to help athletes put together a well-rounded skill set that they can take forward with them for their future in volleyball.
If you are interested in signing up for any of our youth indoor programs, please visit the youth indoor tab on the website at: https://evpcanada.com/youth-indoor-programs/
We hope to see you on the courts soon!