1998 – The first team in the Club was a mixture of boys from St. George-German and Paris District elementary schools. These teams were the finalists in the County playoffs and boys from both teams were eager to keep playing. We called the OVA to enquire about registering them for an OVA age group tournament only to be told that to play in OVA tournaments you had to enter as a Club. The paperwork was filled out and the Brant Youth Volleyball Club was born!
1999 – The original boys were still interested in playing but had moved up to the Midget (U16) age group. We recruited some grade 10 boys to supplement the original group to make us more competitive. Realizing that we needed a younger team to feed the original group when the new grade 10 recruits moved up an age group, we also fielded a team at the bantam (U14) age group. Now we had two boys’ teams of which none of our own children played on. Our daughter was in grade seven at the time, so we decided that we should do a girls’ team as well. Most of those original female players were from Sandy’s summertime fastball team.
2000 – This year marked our first foray onto the international stage. That summer, Hamilton was hosting the International Children’s Games. We applied for acceptance and were able to take nine female and nine male volleyball players. The kids had a great time representing their country and getting a taste of competition at the international level. Although we didn’t win many games, they took away great memories from the experience and an appreciation of the hard work and dedication required to succeed. Many of these players went on to become leaders making a significant contribution to their high school teams.
2002 – Through the generosity and support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we established our house league program. This program was developed to offer skill development to a younger age group and those interested in playing at a more recreational level than our competitive teams.
A personal highlight this year was when co-founder Sandy Beedham was recognized by the OVA with the Female Developmental Coach of the Year award. This award is presented annually to two outstanding coaches (one female, one male) for their history in developing athletes/ teams within the OVA and for their contribution to the development of our sport in the province.
2003 – Our first overseas excursion! We competed in the Sun ‘n Surf tournament held in Honolulu Hawaii. Some of the original ICG girls were also a part of this trip. A great time was had by all and we won a few games. The tournament consisted of high school and club teams from Hawaii, British Columbia and Ontario.
2004 – A new group of girls got to be a part of the ICG experience as we travelled to Cleveland, Ohio to compete in that year’s games. We played against teams from Switzerland, Slovakia, South Korea, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
2005 – Caribbean tour. Played against teams from Dominica and Aruba while enjoying some Caribbean hospitality.
2006 – ICG Bangkok. 24 athletes – 12 males and 12 females.
2007 – This year was a banner year for our alumni. We had former members playing for the University of Guelph, Mohawk College, Humber College, Fanshawe College and our first U.S. recruited athlete at Houghton College in New York state. In total we had 5 females and 3 males competing at the post-secondary level.
2008 – ICG San Francisco. Took both a girls and a boys team. The boys team defeated Jerusalem in the semi-final to bring home a bronze medal.
2009 – ICG Athens – Again were able to take a boys team and a girls team to compete in the birthplace of the modern Olympics.
2011 – Our first trips across the border to compete in US age group tournaments. Each team was able to compete in a tournament in Buffalo New York. We also took combined 14/15U and 16/17U teams to participate in the USA East Coast Championships in Pittsburgh in late May.
2012 – Alumni Rachel Roorda earns an OUA All Star Award with the Brock Badgers and goes on to make the National Senior B team. This year’s ICG group travels to Daegu, South Korea.
2013 – Alumni Holly Motheral becomes Volleyball Head Coach at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. We take both a boys team and girls team to participate in ICG Windsor.
2015 – Record number of participants in our SPIKES fall program. Travel to Alkmaar, Netherlands for 2015 International Childrens Games with girl’s indoor team and pairs of girls and boys in the first ever ICG beach volleyball competition. Girls pair of Tori & Emerald make the medal round. In the fall of 2015 we introduced our Little Diggers program to bring fundamental movement and introductory volleyball skills to the grades 1-3 age range. In partnership with the County of Brant and through the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, BYVC builds 3 outdoor beach volleyball courts at Green Lane Sports Park in Paris.
2016 – BYVC is one of five clubs in Ontario endorsed to run SMASHBALL program.