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NPVA season to begin Sunday

Defending men’s and women’s champions will be in action
Michelle Thompson delivers a spike during the New Providence Volleyball Association’s regular season in this file photo. The new season gets underway on Sunday at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium. FILE

The New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) will begin its regular season this Sunday at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium.

The opening ceremony is set for 3:30 p.m., and immediately afterwards the first games of the season will get underway. In the women’s division, the defending champions Scottsdale Vixens will take on the Lady Defenders, and in the men’s side, the defending champions Intruders will play the Defenders.

NPVA President Peter Ferguson said that he expects this season to be competitive, just as much as last year’s season. He said that there are no additional teams this year.

“I am expecting that we can have a good competitive season. I expect to see the fan base grow and I hope that some sponsors come on board,” Ferguson said. He feels that persons do not know much about the league, and with competitive games and more exposure, the fan base will grow.

For the fans who come out to the game, there is something special planned for them called ‘Volley Time’. At this time, league sponsors will disperse giveaways to the fans in attendance. Ferguson said one of the goals is to revitalize the sport of volleyball in New Providence. He wants more camaraderie in the sport.

“One of our goals is to revitalize the sport in New Providence. Our drive is toward the fans. We are creating that fan base that we used to have and getting them back to the gym. We are trying to bring some more camaraderie in the sport. The volleyball community is small but separated. One of my goals is to try and bring some camaraderie, respect and honor back to the sport. The fan base can also increase as we try to create a family atmosphere,” Ferguson said.

There are 12 teams in the league this year – six in each gender.

Ferguson said that volleyball is at a low point right now and the volleyball community needs to sell the sport more.

“A lot of people don’t even know volleyball exists in the country. We need to get the media houses involved and we in the volleyball community need to sell the sport more to get it back out there,” Ferguson said.

One of the projects in league play this year is the implementation of a junior development program.

“With the junior program, we want to run it on Saturdays between 12 noon and 3 p.m. We are looking at children between the age of 5 and 12, with the possibility of older children as well. We are trying to get the basics back in the sport so we can grow the sport. We want a feeder system, not just for the league but also for our national programs,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson wants to push the sport more in the school system, and hopes for the league to liaison with the Ministry of Education. Ferguson is also of the view that there should be more international exposure where high school teams can come here to The Bahamas for tournaments while international coaches and qualified personnel stage clinics.

One of the developments of the league is the introduction of a scoring software. The software, Genius Sports, allows the game scores and stats to be live online. Coaches and scouts from around the world can also go online and get up-to-date stats and information regarding the various players and teams.

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