That first perfect set, do you remember it? The ball seemed to be floating on air as it gracefully crossed over to your power hitter on the other side of the court. Before you could even see the hit, the ball was already over the net and scoring a point. Now imagine that image in front of thousands of your classmates as you are playing for the USPORTS or CCAA National Championship. This could be your chance, and Atleta is going to help you get there.
The sport takes off in Canada
The year is 1900, and the YMCA in Ottawa is looking to expand its already lengthy competitive leagues in Ottawa. As the popularity of volleyball became apparent, the organisers added it to the list of athletic leagues, and the rest is history. Let’s fast forward a bit, and move to 1953. This is when the Canadian Volleyball Association was formed, which then spurred the creation of the first national team which would go on to compete at the PanAmerican Games, the Commonwealth Games, the FIBA World Series and of course the Olympics. The sport would take a decade to come to universities, but in 1968 Men’s Volleyball was added as an official U Sports sport, and the woman followed in 1971. Today, the sport of volleyball is played across the country, and many U Sports players make up FIBA World Series rosters and professional teams in Europe.
Volleyball as a career
The sport of volleyball has taken off in North America, but the real heart of the sport lies in Europe and Latin America. Many USPORTS or CCAA players have ventured to these pro leagues, where they play in front of over 10,000 fans and have media and sponsorship opportunities. Do you know where they start? Right here as a collegiate athlete. Atleta is proud to be the ONLY multi-sport network in Canada able to connect athletic directors and coaches to potential university athletes. Now more than ever, an ability to scout a player before seeing them is a key element to collegiate scouts. Atleta puts your profile and video footage in front of the very schools you want to attend, and so much more.
Becoming a university athlete in either USPORTS or CCAA isn't easy. Searching the university rankings, finding the best universities in Canada for whatever your academic interests may be, googling "Canada College" and "Canada University" time and time again can be deflating. Nevermind attempting to gain the attention of the coach at that school who receives hundreds of emails just like yours from athletes all across the country. It can all be exhausting. But as the saying goes, "nothing worth doing is easy". And we believe becoming a collegiate athlete is worth it all!
Here at Atleta, we want to ensure that any high school athlete interested in becoming a university athlete, or a college athlete in Canada, has that chance. If you want to play university or college soccer, let us help connect you with your future coach. We bring athletes and coaches together in one place for athletic recruitment, athletic scholarships, sports scholarships, and most definitely, soccer scholarship opportunities. Whether you are looking for the best soccer colleges and universities in Canada, athletic awards and scholarships, or simply just want to see if there are any coaches out there for you, Atleta can help. At Atleta, our goal is "no athlete left behind". Join Canada's ONLY multi-sport athletic recruitment network today, and begin the journey to your men's college volleyball career.