About the Club
The Pandas Volleyball Club was started in 2010 under the tutelage of Laurie Eisler, Head Coach of the University of Alberta Pandas Volleyball team, with the aim of developing female athletes to be future leaders in women’s volleyball.
Excellence in the Pandas Volleyball Club is not measured by wins and losses, but by our athletes’ long-term development.
The Pandas Volleyball Club aims to train the whole athlete. Athletes will experience the physical, mental, and technical aspects of the sport.
13U and 14U - 2 on-court practices per week
15U - 2 to 3 on-court practices per week
16U, 17U, and 18U - 3 to 4 on-court practices per week
** Practices vary from week to week depending on gym availability; there are no set days each team will practice.
13U-15U - AIM Training
Athletes have the opportunity to have age appropriate training though the University of Alberta's Green & Gold Sport System. This is optional supplemental training for interested athletes.
16U-18U - Pandas Volleyball Club Strength Training
Athletes have the optional opportunity to access strength training at the High Performance Training and Research Centre (HPTRC).
Athletes are introduced to the mental side of the game. Run by Gisele Kreuger, The Winner Will session helps elite student-athletes overcome the obstacles that impede performance so that you can reach your full potential in sport, school, and life.
Teams and Team Size
The Pandas Volleyball club runs teams in the 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, and 18U age groups. Panda 13U, 14U, and 15U teams will be run as a cohort model to develop the younger athletes.
28 to 32 athletes - 3 competition teams
The Pandas 13U team will practice as one large team and divided into competition teams for tournaments. Teams will be different at each competition and will be selected prior to each competition.
14U and 15U
24 athletes - 2 competition teams
Teams will run with an adjusted version of the 13U system. The two teams will have the opportunity to train together however, there will be two separate teams that will remain together for the duration of the season.
16U to 18U
One team at each age group consisting of 12 athletes.