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Welcome to the Van Tech Athletics site, home of the Talismen!

Athletics is proud to provide opportunities for student-athletes at Van Tech to participate in inter-scholastic competition in the Vancouver Secondary Schools' Athletic Association (VSSAA) and beyond.  With over 30 boys, girls, and co-ed teams competing on the court, field, track, trails, ice, or in the pool, we welcome all interested students who want to represent the green and gold.

Our coaching staff is made up of dedicated volunteers from our staff and community, including many Talismen alumni.  Each one is dedicated to the athletics program and has undergone a Criminal Record Check and training.


  1. Everyone must complete a COVID -19 daily health check, if you are unwell, please do not enter the school.
  2. All spectators must wear a mask no exceptions!
  3. All spectators must sign in prior to entering the facility.  Please scan the QR code to enter your personal information or use the sign in sheet on the table.
  4. All spectators must stay in the designated viewing area, other sections of the school are off limits.
  5. Spectators should try to distance themselves from others not in their household.
  6. All spectators must leave the building immediately following the game.  Please wait for athletes in your vehicle.

Please note spectator seating areas are limited to 50% capacity.  

Seasons of Play

Teams participate in one of three seasons during the school year.

FALL  (Sept-Nov)WINTER (Nov-Feb)SPRING (Mar-May)
Cross Country
Field Hockey 5s (Girls)
Rugby (Gr. 8 Boys)
Rugby 7s (Gr. 9 Boys)
*Soccer (Boys)
*Volleyball (Gr. 10-12 Boys )
*Volleyball (Girls)
Ice Hockey (Girls)
*Table Tennis
*Co-Ed Badminton
Mountain Biking
Rugby (Gr. 9-12 Boys)
*Soccer (Girls)
*Co-Ed Tennis
Track and Field
*Co-Ed Ultimate
*Volleyball (Gr. 8/9 Boys)

* these teams may require students to go through a try out process.

Age Class Information

Bantam (grade 8)
Juvenile (grade 9)
Junior (grade 10)
Senior (grade 11/12)

Athletic Fees

Each student-athlete is required to pay for their participation on each school athletics team.  The fee is dependent on the sport and grade level, and helps pay for the overall operation of athletics, officials, tournaments, equipment, uniforms, awards, and the year-end banquet.  

In addition, a $100 post-dated cheque ($250 for junior and senior basketball) is required as a uniform deposit, which will be returned/destroyed as long as the student-athlete returns their uniform by a required date.  

Student-athletes who play for a subsequent team in the same school year receive a $10 refund from their athletic fee in June (as to not pay for the banquet twice).  

Student-athletes who require financial assistance are encouraged to apply for funding from Canadian Tire Jumpstart.  For a detailed breakdown of athletic fees, please contact the athletic director.

Athletic Awards

The basis for athletic awards is participation, positive attitude, leadership, coachability, sportsmanship, and ability.  Each season, students who are team members earn athletic credits.  

Students earn one credit for each successful and completed season for a sport, and must demonstrate the aforementioned traits of a Van Tech student-athlete.  As a student accumulates credits, they become eligible to receive recognition awards to represent our school and athletics program.

When a student reaches ten credits, they become eligible to receive a VT Big Block sweatshirt.  At fifteen credits, they become eligible to receive a VT jacket.

Coaches will also award MVP awards at the year-end athletics banquet and the department will decide on the major grade 12 athletic awards that will be awarded at the graduation ceremony, including Athlete of the Year, Sportsmanship, Coaches', and Unsung Hero Awards. 

Conflict and Conflict Resolution

Should there be a need to contact a coach, athletic director, or administration at the school regarding conflicts regarding a Van Tech athletics team, we promote the use of a 24-hour cooling off period before initiating communication.  We recommend that athletes and/or parents contact the coach(es) first, and if conflicts are not solved to your satisfaction, that the athletic director be contacted next.  The athletic director will contact the proper administrator if necessary.

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