HPC Frequently Asked Questions

1.      What is Team Ontario and why should I want to be part of it?

The Team Ontario program is a training environment where Ontario’s top athletes learn and compete while representing Ontario.  During the different camps, the athletes will have an opportunity to experience high intensity on-court training and sport science sessions with experts in the field.  Various guest coaches from the OUA/OCAA are invited to work with the selected athletes for further skill development. Team Ontario is a great opportunity for athletes to learn from other players and great coaches as well as for them to experience new methods of training

2.      Why is this process better than an open tryout?

This process allows the athlete to be evaluated in a match environment.  This gives the evaluator more time to observe and evaluate a player compared to an open tryout on two or three courts with numerous other athletes that also need to be evaluated.  This format gives the evaluator a better opportunity to watch one athlete at a time in a competitive environment.

3.      Different players will be evaluated by different evaluators. How is the OVA making sure that everyone gets a fair evaluation?

The OVA is committed to provide all players with a fair evaluation. Here are the steps that will be taken:

  1. Evaluators involved with a club will not be allowed to evaluate players from their clubs or from their club’s city, ex: an evaluator from LVC will not be allowed to evaluate a player from LVC or a player from Forest City
  2. The same evaluation grid with the same evaluation criteria will be used by all evaluators across Ontario
  3. Evaluators will notify the High Performance Manager if they were not able to make a proper evaluation of a player. Players who need further assessment will be evaluated again by the Identification Committee at Ontario Championships.

4.      How many tournaments will my son/daughter be evaluated at?

All athletes will be evaluated at least once. Some players might be evaluated a second time at Ontario Championships if there are doubts from the Identification Committee about the first evaluation.

5.      Will we get notified when the evaluator is going to come to evaluate my child?

No. Players and parents will not be notified before their evaluation.

6.      How will I know that my child has been evaluated?

You will not be notified when your child is evaluated. You will receive personalized feedback at the end of the process.

7.      Who makes the decision for whom is selected?

The Identification Committee has the last word on who will receive an invitation. The Identification Committee is made of i) the OVA High Performance Manager, ii) the OVA High Performance Apprentice Coach, iii) the Head Coaches of all Team Ontario teams.

8.      What happens if my child gets injured or if their tournament schedule changes?

If an injury occurs and the player will miss some tournaments, or in case of a schedule change, you should immediately send the details to the OVA’s High Performance Apprentice Coach at jneilson@ontariovolleyball.org. We will update our files and make sure to send an evaluator to the right event to evaluate your child.

9.      What if my child doesn’t play on the day where the evaluator comes for them?

If a player supposed to be evaluated on a certain day doesn’t play, they will be scheduled for another evaluation at another time.

10.  What if the evaluators don’t get to see my child play at any events because the coach doesn’t play them?

Team Ontario is for Ontario’s top athletes to be evaluated and selected. Players participating in the High Performance Programs generally have a significant positive impact on their team and therefore have a lot of court-time during tournaments. If, despite their abilities, a player doesn’t get to be evaluated because they don’t get enough court time, a conversation will take place with the coach. Following this conversation, special arrangements will be made with them so the player can be evaluated.

11.  What happens if my child doesn’t play well on the day where they are being evaluated?

Our evaluators are coaches that have been involved in the sport for many years. They have a tremendous experience in coaching volleyball and they are able to recognize when a player is not playing at their full potential. If your child’s evaluator has a doubt regarding their evaluation, they will notify the High Performance Manager and your child will be re-assessed at Ontario Championships.

12.  Can I request a second evaluation for my child?

No. Only the Identification Committee with the help of the evaluators can command a second evaluation.

13.  How much is the cost for this application?

The cost to be evaluated for an invitation to a High Performance Camp $40.

14.  Why is there a cost to this process?

In the past, Open Tryouts participation was 55$ and it was used to cover the cost of the gyms, the shirts and the coaches. This year, the OVA doesn’t have to rent gyms but it has to pay for the coaches to travel to the different tournaments and evaluate all the players applying. This year’s cost covers the expenses of the evaluator who will evaluate your child as well as their personalized feedback form and a High Performance reward.

15.  When do my child get their High Performance reward?

Players will be able to pick-up their reward at Ontario Championship upon presentation of their NRS receipt for their registration in the Athlete Identification Process.

16.  If my son and daughter don’t get selected this year will they have a chance to make the HPC and Team Ontario next summer?

Yes they do!  Depending on their age and the programs the OVA is offering they will be eligible to be identified every summer for the HPC and Team Ontario.