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 in the net and scoring in bounds for a point. Now imagine that image in front of thousands of your classmates as you are playing for the U Sports 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 U Sports players have ventured to these pro leagues, where they play in front of over 10000 fans and have media and sponsorship opportunities. Do you know where they start? Right here in U Sports. Atleta is proud to be one of the only platforms on the market to be able to connect athletic directors and coaches to prospective players. Now more than ever, an ability to scout a player before seeing them is a key element to collegiate scouts. Atleta puts your tape in front of the very schools you want to attend, and that is not all. We will work with you to ensure that you are going to be able to compete at the next level, and maybe that U Sports dream can become a professional volleyball dream at the end of the day. The only way to find out is by signing up, and seeing where Atleta can take you.