Calgary Athlete information

Frequently Asked Questions

Q : What is the purpose of the Premier League?
A : The Premier League was founded to bring professional volleyball to Canada, and we are building bridges towards that with the introduction of this League. We provide off-season training and competition for both athletes returning from contracts overseas, and current University / College athletes who are looking to play alongside former Pro's, National Team athletes and all-stars that will enhance their own game. In addition, we hope that in the future athletes will have the option to go overseas on contract or play right here in Canada!

Q : How many matches do I get to watch with my tickets?
A : Your ticket gets you access to all four matches on competition night. One men's and one women's court run simultaneously, with one match at 6:30pm followed by a match at 8pm.

Q : Do you have different ticket rates for adults and kids?
A : YES! Tickets can be purchased for kids age 3-11 at 50% off, and kids under 3 are FREE!

Q : Do you sell group tickets?
A : We do special rates for groups of 10 or more. Contact us at for more information.

Q : Is there a fee to play in the League?
A : Athletes do not pay to play in the Premier League however you are required to pay a $25 Application Fee. Once you are drafted, you submit a $250 deposit to your club. So long as you fulfill your athlete obligations as per your contract, you will be refunded your deposit in full. 

Q : Is there prize money?
A : Yes, in the inaugural year, athletes are competing for a $2,000 prize awarded to the champion of the Premier Cup Finals.

Q : How many athletes are on a team?
A : Teams are allowed to pick up to 16 athletes to their roster, but may only dress 12. The four remaining athletes are 'reserve players'.

Q : What is a reserve player?
A : Reserve players are required to attend all team practices but are not required to attend official competition unless they are called up to play. 

Q : Who picks the teams?
A : Each club has a coach who is responsible for selecting players through a closed athlete draft. Coaches are required to attend the Athlete Showcase - a talent ID event where athletes can demonstrate and test their skills.

Q : Who are the coaches / clubs?
A : Please see our Teams section (coming soon). 

Q : When do I find out if I've been selected?
A : Athletes who have been selected to a team will be notified late on May 15 following the Closed Draft. Those athletes must be attend the live draft announcement taking place on May 16.

Q : Are there any restrictions as to who can play in the league?
A : Athletes must be at least 18 years of age or entering their first year of University or College in order to participate in the League. These athletes may be required to submit proof of acceptance to school or their school's volleyball team. There are no geographic restrictions. 

Q : Will playing in the league affect my  USport/CCAA eligibility?
A : No, the league does not conflict with USport or CCAA eligibility requirements. In fact, one of the reasons we started this was to provide off-season training to those athletes. USport Eligiblity guide. CCAA Eligibility guide. NCAA athletes are not currently eligible to compete in the Premier League.

Q : I am a professional athlete during the regular season, am I covered under some sort of insurance policy?
A : We offer Sport Accident Insurance for all participants in the League (athletes must have OHIP to qualify), but we also have an opt-in program for Professional Athletes for salary protection. Please see our Athlete Resources section below for more information.

Q : I compete in the USAV National Championships, does that affect anything?
A : No, we build our schedule around other elite and important events such as National Team Tryouts and the USAV National Championships. If you are attending these events, please indicate so in your draft application.

Q : When will teams practice and where?
A : Practices will be once a week during the regular season (June - July) and will be scheduled by the club. Practices will be scheduled in Calgary within a reasonable travel distance, accessible by public transport. Attendance at practices are mandatory.

Q : How do I increase my chances of getting picked?
A : The best way to increase your chances of being picked is to attend the Athlete Showcase, a mandatory event for Draft Applicants - this event allows you to compete side by side with other draft applicants and former League participants. You may also provide a link to a highlight reel of you playing in recent, high level competition along with your draft application. 

Q : I am not from Canada, am I eligible to play? 
A : Yes. If you are not a Canadian citizen or have permanent residency, you are considered an International player and are eligible to play in the League. International athletes do not necessarily have to go through the Athlete Draft and can be recruited and signed by a team prior to May 1. Teams are able to sign one (1) International athlete outside of the Athlete Draft. If you are interested in playing, please email our teams to inquire about playing for their club. All international athletes must apply to the Athlete Draft regardless of if they are offered a contract before May 1st. 

Important 2018 Dates to Remember:

  • May 1 : Athlete Draft registration closes - all deposits are due in full

  • May 5 : Athlete Showcase at the Volleydome Gym

  • May 6 - 11 : National Team tryouts - Women - BC

  • May 11 : Deadline to withdraw your application from the League, deposit will be refunded in full.

  • May 8 - 13 : National Team tryouts - Men - Quebec

  • May 15 : Closed Calgary Athlete Draft - athletes will be notified whether or not they have been selected to a team immediately following this event. Note: Emails may be delivered up to or past midnight.

  • May 16 : Calgary Athlete Draft - the media event that launches the League - all athletes are required to be in attendance.

  • May 25 - 30 : USAV National Championships

  • June 4 : First date of official competition.

  • August 8 : Deadline for athletes to appeal their deposit reimbursement amount. (Official Appeal Template)