Archive for the Physical Training Category

For Those Days When You Don’t Feel Like Working Out

Posted in 2011-2012, Physical Training on January 13, 2012 by DurhamAttack

Catching up on email, and found a message I had saved in a special folder.  An email from my daughter Lauren, who plays for Mac, with the message “For those days when you don’t feel like working out”.  Its been a bad week, this video helps.


Resistance Training for Adolescents

Posted in 2011-2012, LTAD, Physical Training on November 11, 2011 by DurhamAttack

The physical training  our teams undergo is considered ‘best practice’ by our provincial sport organizations and competing clubs.  It is conducted by individuals, such as Mike Slean, who have made this their profession.

There are sometimes questions about our training techniques and their applicability to our younger athletes.  There is a large body of scientific research dispelling old myths and supporting the suitability and benefits of resistance training for children and adolescents.  This paper from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology is a starting point, if you are interested in learning more.


Please speak to Mike if you would like more information.

Solstice Sport Beach Programs for this Summer

Posted in Beach, Clinics, Physical Training on April 24, 2011 by DurhamAttack

For youth volleyball players Solstice has a number of programs:

1. Youth Elite Training Team – for players looking to compete in some capacity on the OVA Beach Tour (Club players)
2. Youth Developmental Team – for aspiring beach players (School Players)
3. Summer Camps – 2 weeks of camp this year for all ages and abilities
4. Open 2’s League – Monday Nights for players 16U division and older

This year the Elite Program and Developmental team are going to run for 11 weeks instead of 10 weeks.  There is also the option for Elite Team members to play for 14 weeks leading up to the National Championships.  Elite Training team players will be placed in a group with their partner.  You do not have to register with a partner but it is encouraged.  You can also create your own training group of 8 or more players.

Find all of the information and register at

Please find attached the Solstice Brochure and Commonly Asked Questions Documents.  If you have any questions regarding youth programming please contact Mike Slean at:


For adult volleyball programming related questions contact (Mark Reilly).

For more information see these two attachments:

Solstice Youth Beach Volleyball 2011


Win a Hundred Bucks and HUGE Bragging Rights!

Posted in 2010-2011, Alumni, Athlete Development & LTAD, Clinics, Coaches, Fanwear, Fundraising, House League & SPIKES, LTAD, Parents, Permit cancellation, Physical Training, Procedures, Sitting Volleyball, Summer Camp, Tournaments, Tryouts, Uncategorized on March 19, 2011 by DurhamAttack

Many sports clubs don’t last ten years.  But we have something really special here at DA that our athletes, parents and alumni believe in, and we will celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2012!  To comemorate the occasion we are planning to produce really SPECIAL clothing for our 2011-2012 season.

We are looking for a logo and slogan design that reflects our values, our achievements, and the culture of our club in all that we do – competitively, recreationally, and with our emerging programs such as Sitting Volleyball.

In return, you can win a Hundred Bucks cash, some SWAG, and bragging rights for an eternity.

Take a look at our design contest…  Durham Attack 20th Anniversary Contest

Windows of Trainability

Posted in 2010-2011, Athlete Development & LTAD, Coaches, LTAD, Parents, Physical Training on October 24, 2010 by DurhamAttack

Oct 24, 2010.  One of the fundamental LTAD principles is the Windows of Trainability.  This is a good summary.

One of a series of athlete development articles I will post every Sunday.

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Baseline Physical Testing Weds Sept 22nd

Posted in 2010-2011, Physical Training on September 19, 2010 by DurhamAttack

Mike Slean, our trainer, is testing our athletes so he can prepare individualized programs and track progress through the year.  Testing will be on Weds Sept 22nd at Pickering Recreation Complex – East and West Salon, at 1867 Valley Farm Road in Pickering just south of Highway 2.

The tests are being performed only to collect data to help us train our athletes better.  Each athlete is at a different stage of their physical development.  One of the fundamental principles of Long Term Athlete Development is that there are specific Windows of Trainability for the 5 S’s – Strength, Speed, Stamina, Suppleness and Skills.  These windows vary from person to person, depending on when Peak Height Velocity (their “growth spurt”) occurs.  We’re collecting this data, not to compare athletes, but to prepare better training programs so we can help each and every athlete reach their full potential.

Based on the tests, Mike will prepare the programs our athletes complete in their weekly session with him, and on their own throughout the week.

Testing Stations:

1.  Height, Weight, Standing Reach
2.  Vertical Jump, Block Jump, Reactive Jump
3.  Long Jump, Medicine Ball Throw
4.  Agility T Test
5.  Grip Strength, Push-Up, Sit-Up
6.  20m Shuttle Run

Start Time – 6:00 pm

13U Girls – 1
13U Girls – 2
13U Girls – 3
14U Boys – Black
14U Girls – Black
14U Girls – Red

Start Time – 7:30 pm

15U Boys – Black
15U Girls – Black
15U Girls – Red
16U Girls – Black
16U Girls – Red 

Start Time – 9:00 pm

16U Boys
17U Girls
17U Boys
18U Girls
18U Boys

 If you have any questions contact Mike –

Baseline Physical Testing Night

Posted in Physical Training on September 6, 2010 by DurhamAttack

Sept 6, 2010.  We have set the date for our baseline physical testing night: Sept 22nd at the Pickering Recreation complex on Valley Farm in Pickering.  Our entire club of 200 athletes will undergo physical testing on a single night, by rotating through a number of stations.  This testing will be used for formulating and assessing the physical training portion of our program.  Athlete progress will be measured at mid and end of season.

Physical testing is a significant part of the selection process for elite programs such as Team Ontario.  It is important that our athletes recognize the importance of their physical training.

The suite of  tests used will include: standing reach, spike touch, block jump, jump from landing, medicine ball throw, 20m shuttle run, sit-up test, push-up test, speed test, agility test.

Time is still TBD.  Please mark this on your calendar.