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APE Vert Academy 2022

Move Faster. Jump Higher. Hit Harder.

By Mitchell Luck · June 6, 2022

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Summer has arrived in the Okanagan, and if you’re a volleyball athlete from the ages of 14-18, you're beginning to think about the next upcoming season. Whether that be high school tryouts or aiming to play Collegiate/University level volleyball, your focus should be on getting STRONGER and JUMPING HIGHER. Here at Athletic Performance Establishment, we have designed a 6 week Volleyball program that will utilize Strength training, Olympic Weightlifting and Plyometrics to increase your vertical jump, reduce likelihood of injury, and allow you to move quicker on the court. This program will be delivered in-person twice a week by our coaches to ensure the athletes are performing the training correctly, safely and so it has the most transfer back to the sport of volleyball.

This camp will lead athletes through a 6 week strength & conditioning program in which they will learn how to properly Squat, Bench, Deadlift, Olympic Weightlifting and perform Plyometric training correctly and safely. Our program is designed to help athletes increase their Spike and Block touch, as well as their overall athleticism for the sport of volleyball. Athletes will become versed in athletic training and finish the camp with better technique and proper movement patterns in the weight room. As many Collegiate and U-Sport volleyball programs have a Strength and Conditioning program, athletes should have a proper training background if wishing to compete at the highest level.

Our Coaches

Tristan Simmonds

APE Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach

Tristan has accomplished much in the sport of volleyball. With 4 years of CCAA and 1 year of U Sport experience in which he was named an “ACAC North Player of the Year” and placed second in the CCAA nationals in 2019. Tristan understands what it takes to compete at the highest level. Now as the Lead Strength and Conditioning coach for the Men’s and Women’s UBCO Volleyball teams and Men’s National Paralympic Volleyball Team, he understands how to develop athletes for the top tier of the sport.

  • Kinesiology Degree Majoring in Sports Performance UofA
  • Personal Training Diploma GPRC
Mitchell Luck

APE Lead Programming Development

With 3 years of CCAA volleyball experience, Mitch transferred to the Sport of Olympic Weightlifting and is currently a National Level Weightlifter in the Men’s 89kg Weight Class. With expertise in Sport Performance Training, Olympic Weightlifting and Clinical Experience as a kinesiologist, Mitch develops training that focuses on Strength, Power and Longevity of the Athletes career in mind.

  • Kinesiology Degree Majoring in Sports Performance UofA
Ronan Van-Buskirk

APE Director of Operations

Ronan comes from a multi-sport background of Hockey, Baseball and CCAA Volleyball. Excelling in the realm of Power and Speed, Ronan Joined the University of Alberta’s Track Team, competing in the 60m Sprint and 4x200m Relay. Ronan understands what it takes to develop powerful athletes and transfer it to the court.

  • Business Degree Majoring in Finance UofA

Event Details

  • July 5, 2022 - August 11, 2022
  • Tuesday’s and Thursday’s
  • U13-U14: 5pm - 6pm
  • U15-U16: 6pm - 7pm
  • U17-U18: 7pm - 8pm
  • Please note, times are subject to change based on athlete numbers and availability. If changes are made, athletes will be notified a minimum 48 hours in advance.


  • 780-296-0978


  • $325

Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations must be made 24hours prior to July 5, 2022. Full price of the Academy will be charged for any cancellations made in less than 24 hours. We are not responsible for any missed sessions.