By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – Tryouts begin next week for a new volleyball club that will offer young women an opportunity to play the sport outside of school and still play close to home. The Black Ice Volleyball Club will be running their tryouts at Sturgeon Composite High School Nov. 26 to 29 and at Morinville Community High School Dec. 2.
Organizer and coach Stacey Froment said she is passionate about volleyball and has played the sport since middle school. She wants to create the opportunity for young women to develop the same passion for the game and the skills to play it. “I see how my daughter has grown to love the sport,” she said, adding she felt it would be a good idea to have a team locally so parents did not have to travel so far to have their daughters involved in the sport. “There’s nothing here in the Morinville area and knowing there’s enough girls here my daughter’s age that are interested in playing but maybe just didn’t want to do any of the travelling – it kind of snowballed from there.”
Once the team is formed and the skills are built Black Ice will enter the world of tournament play rather than league play. Froment said she knows of four major volleyball tournaments Black Ice will be involved in. “Those are put on by Alberta Volleyball Association,” she said. “You get tiered and seated within these tournaments. You can [also] enter into non-sanctioned tournaments. That would be another club putting on a tournament for themselves as a fundraiser.”
Once the team is selected, practices will be twice a week at Sturgeon Composite School for each of the two team – U15 and U16. Froment said there could be a third practice at Morinville Community High School on some Sundays when the gym is available.
Froment believes there is much to be gained by being involved in sport, particularly volleyball. “I love the camaraderie,” she said. “It really draws you to life-long friendships and contacts.”
Kirk Herrick joins Froment with the coaching duties for the team. Presently there are only the two girls teams slated – U16 (those born 1997 or earlier) and U15s (those born in 1998 or earlier) – but Froment said the long-term goal is to grow the offering to other ages.
U-15 tryouts are Nov. 26 and Nov. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. U16 tryouts will be held Nov. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. All three evenings are at Sturgeon Comp. Tryouts shift to MCHS Dec. 2 with U15s running from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and U16s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.For more information call Stacey Froment at 780-668-6207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.