A brief history of volleyball in Dartmouth...
The Dartmouth Volleyball Club was created (and continues to be developed) by a group of parents in Dartmouth who wanted to provide an opportunity for youth from the community and its surrounding area, to play volleyball in a safe and healthy environment. Our main priority is to provide youth programs that promote a healthy love of volleyball, both recreationally and at a high performance level, at reasonable cost.
We strive to offer a variety of opportunities for youth to play and develop skills and a positive attitude toward sport at a time when many become less active. Our target audience are 7-18 year old, boys and girls.
Our philosophy is that everyone deserves to play at a level that is developmentally appropriate. At the lower age level, we offer a mini and an atomic volleyball program where we help children development fundamental movement skills.
We hold “Team Placement” sessions rather than try-outs, where no one is “cut." All players are offered placement, whether it be on a tier one or two tournament team, or in the skill building “house” league.
Our coaches model the principles of fair play and we teach our participants that every member of the team is valued. We encourage our senior athletes to mentor the younger ones as player coaches under the supervision of the adult coaches. We believe this provides important educational leadership skills to the senior players and encourages the younger ones to continue to play and improve.
Ultimately, we want players who come to our club to have a positive and safe experience, learn to be leaders and volunteers in their community, and to develop a love for life-long sport participation.
The club was officially registered with the Registry of Joint Stock companies as a non-profit organization on October 6, 2011 and is run by an elected Board of volunteers.
The forerunner to the Dartmouth Volleyball Club, the Lakers Volleyball Club, began
operating in the Dartmouth and Halifax area in 1975. It had an excellent reputation for
quality coaching, player development of all skill levels and a history of winning many
championships in various divisions.
Mens Laker Club History
Men’s teams started in 1976-77 at Harbourview School in Dartmouth. The first team
was a midget men’s team who finished 2nd at the provincial championships. The team
was coached by Tony Hall.
In 1980, the team attended its first Juvenile National Championships in Calgary where it
finished 8th of 12 teams.
A second boy’s team started that year at the midget level coached by Ken Bagnell and
George Myrer (past DVC coach). Players on that team included future coaches Ron
Mombourquette and Steve Gallant (current DVC coach).
The club expanded greatly in the early 80’s with several midget teams forming and
eventually forming a league. At its peak, over 50 midget boys were playing on five
different teams across the Halifax region.
At the juvenile level, performances were getting stronger highlighted by a national gold
medal in 1984 in Montreal and a bronze medal in 1985.
Other top performances include:
● 5th place 1987 Juvenile nationals
● 4th place 1989 Juvenile national
● 4th place 1994 Juvenile National
● 2nd place 1986 Midget nationals
● 3rd place 1991 Midget nationals
During the 80’s and 90’s, a close affiliation with Dalhousie formed with many of the top
Laker athletes playing key roles on the Tigers successful varsity programs. These
included Brian Rourke, Brian Johnstone, Scott Bagnell, Adam Hotchkiss, Scott Townsend, Kirk Yanofsky and Everett Rose.
Women's Laker Club History
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