Thursday, February 7, 2019
Providence Junior Pilots back on the court
The Junior Pilots club volleyball program at Providence University College is underway in its 7th season. The program offers boys teams 13U to 17U and will field girls teams 13U to 18U. Due to the large numbers at tryouts, the program has two girls teams at each of the 13U, 14U and 15U ages. After seeing an increase in teams over the last number of years, the Jr. Pilots program has remained at 14 teams in the program for the second consecutive year.
Club volleyball director at Providence, Kyle Guenther, is excited by the continued growth: “It is amazing to see the numbers that continue to show up at our tryouts, and I’m very happy to see how many athletes we can accommodate in our program. This year we have a record number of 172 athletes on our teams, with 50 coaches and managers in addition to that. To see a program that can have an impact on so many people in our area through the sport of volleyball is simply incredible. We have a strong belief that athletics can play an important role in the formation of an individual’s character, spiritual growth, and life direction. We want to see these athletes grow and flourish on the court but also, more importantly, we want to see them grow and flourish off the court as well.”
The Jr. Pilots teams have begun practicing in January and will soon be participating in tournaments against other club programs across the province. With the majority of the season being within Manitoba, the end of the season sees the Jr. Pilots send most of their teams to Westerns and Nationals in Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, and Toronto.
“I am very happy to see our club well represented not only provincially, but nationally as well,” Guenther added. “It’s great to see the Jr. Pilots teams work so hard during the season and get rewarded for their efforts with great showings at Provincials and Nationals.”
The 2019 season began with tryouts late in December that saw 320 registrations, another record number for the program. The teams started practicing early in January and will continue until May long weekend when Nationals is held.