BVI Volleyball Association outline plans for 2003 season
By Dean Greenaway
Development of a constitution, implementing a youth program and starting a Primary
School league, are among the plans outlined by the top brass of the BVI Amateur
Volleyball Association for the 2003 season.
Association president Roy Barry and vice president Sabinah Mason, guests on
Thursday’s Sports Beat Magazine, says a meeting is scheduled with prospective teams
for the 2003 league that begins on March 15. Teams can register with secretary
One of the first plans the association has Barry says, is to get a constitution in
place, because the association never really had a constitution. “This led to some
confusion during the past elections,” he noted. “We already have a draft and at our
next meeting, we will set a date to sit down and ratify that draft then seek legal
advice,” he said, while Mason added the plans are to have the constitution in place
“Sooner rather than later.”
Barry says the new constitution will ensure that all teams are registered with the
association and clarify who can and can’t vote. He says the aim is to have rules and
regulations in place that will cover both the association and the wider body.
Another association plan is to implement a youth program and build on what Jackie
Weeks is doing with young players in Road Town, after attending a coaching clinic in
Suriname. “What we are hoping to do is cater to the Primary School aged kids, and
have someone go out to the various schools and try to train them in the discipline
of volleyball.” Barry said.
“The aim is first to garner the interest in volleyball and secondly to get a league
within the Primary Schools and build interest within the senior divisions of the
schools,” he pointed out. “As these kids go on to High School, we’ll then be able to
filter new bodies into the association’s league and also have new players try out
for junior and national teams.”
Mason says the association is looking venturing beyond participating in the Leeward
Islands and OECS tournaments, to move into the Caribbean Volleyball Championships.
“We are looking at getting more exposure and vary the tournaments the national team
participates in,” she said, noting that they have participated in the OECS
tournament since 1991.
Barry added that the feeling is that it’s about time they build on what has been
developed over the years. “We have seen these competitions and they offer us nothing
new at this point in time,” he said. “In order for us to get more experience and
build our skills, we need to go to tournaments where we can see better players and
more organized volleyball.”
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