SUMMERSIDE – Volleyball P.E.I. is set to kick off its 16under/18-under boys’ season on Wednesday.
Five club programs are expected to participate.
In previous years, Volleyball P.E.I. ran a 17-under league, but it is hoping to run both a 16-under and an 18-under league this year, thus giving players in Grade 12 the opportunity to continue to participate.
"Spring league is always a great place to watch athletes get another chance to play besides just the fall PEISAA season," said Peter Bolo, who shares league co-ordinator duties with Hampshire coach Lynn Boudreau. "The improvement over the six-week spring season and the fun the athletes have both on and off the court makes this a great developmental program."
Each of the clubs will host a weekly tournament starting with this week’s tournament hosted by Summerside Slammers at Three Oaks High School. Tournaments start at 5:30 p.m., and go until about 8:30 p.m.
Games in spring league are 15 minutes in length, with the focus on getting in as much playing time for all players each week so as to develop skills and have fun. If numbers warrant, the 16-under and 18-under tournaments will run simultaneously.
Besides giving the Grade 12s a chance to continue playing, advancing the program to include an 18-and-under league allows players to carry over into provincial team programs and provide experience for players hoping to move into post-secondary ball.
Joining the Slammers in the Summerside tournament will be defending provincial 17-under champions Charlottetown Aces, silver-medallists West Prince Islanders, Hampshire Heat and Montague Magic.
The tournament schedule will conclude with the provincial championships at Holland College and UPEI on the weekend of May 2 and 3.