Story by Jeff Gard/

The start of the competitive indoor volleyball season has already been delayed. 

Back in June, the Ontario Volleyball Association announced that tournaments would not begin until January 2021, two months later than usual.

With the current province-wide shutdown, it’s unknown when or if the season will begin for teams, including the two from the local Northumberland Breakers Volleyball Club. 

“Normally we start the tournaments in November,” said Breakers 17U girls head coach Cindy Ross. “We had two tournaments scheduled for January.” 

Those are now postponed as are in-person club activities unless they receive direction from the OVA to proceed.

Ross said her players were looking forward to returning to tournament action and a great season ahead.

“We have such a good group of girls and athletes, ages 15 to 17,” she remarked. “We’ve tried to keep in contact and we’re actually going to possibly start doing Zoom calls and maybe a Zoom workout from home just to stay in touch.”

The team was able to have a few in-person practices during the fall, which were great for the players despite the challenges of distancing and wearing masks.

“When they were able to see each other it was really uplifting for them and a healthy outlet for them,” Ross said, noting there’s also a 14U girls team for the Breakers this season.

Ross hopes the organization will be able to attract more players and coaches at all levels in the future.

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