The Grand Bahama Secondary Schools Athletic Association sporting calendar is expected to kick off next week Frtiday, as all schools get set to go into a volleyball tournament.
In addition to the tournament, the volleyball season will run from September 23-October 20.
The season will be held in honour of Rosena Nesbitt and Oriel Knowles.
" Following the season, we are hoping to be hosting the government schools from Nassau, under the auspices of the Sports Ministry of the Bahamas, in a high school national volleyball championship between Nassau and Grand Bahama," said Ozzie Simmons, scheduling Director for the GBSSAA.
" We're also looking to have some of the private schools from New Providence, along with teams from Abaco and Eleuthera coming in town to be a part of that championship."
The Association finalized its calendar during a recent meeting at St. Georges High School, during which time a number of other issues were discussed.
There were some debate about whether or not this year, the Association would include baseball in the line up, along with softball.
It was an issue inthe past as there were calls being made to have senior boys play baseball in high school, instead of softball.
The rationale was that senior boys had a better chance of obtaining a baseball scholarship, than a softball scholarship, because softball was basically a female sport.
One year, the Association tried holding baseball for senior boys and while some felt that it worked out well, others felt that it was a difficult task, having to manage the sport, find the personnel and officials for the sport.
In spite of the challenges, there were a few former members of the Association, who believed that with constant trial and error, baseball could become a regular part of the sporting calendar for high schools and that it would go a long way in giving more boys opportunities of getting scholarships.
The issue of whether or not to introduce baseball to the program this year, came up again during the Assocaitionâ s meeting.
" The members decided to stick with softball for this year for junior boys and senior boys and perhaps next year include baseball in a jamboree, then eventually have baseball become a regular part of the sporting calendar," added Simmons.
The softball season will run from October 22 through December 10 this year.
Another issue that arose during the meeting was ensuring that all schools wishing to hold sporting events must get sanction from the GBSSAA.
" We've had some times in the past where schools would just hold a sporting event without consulting the Assocaition, that's something we don't want to happen," said Simmons.
" The Association must know of all the sporting events each shcool will be hosting.
" As long as those schools are members of the Grand Bahama Secondary Schools Athletic Association and once theyâ re having an event that includes members of the GBSSAA, then they must be sanction by the Association.
" This gives the Association an idea of what is going on, and it will help events from clashing."
While high school basketball season does not get underway until January, 2014, basketball tournaments will kick off with the Tip Off Classic, set to be held October 22-29.
From there, other basketball tournaments will give senior boys much playing time even before the season actually gets underway.
The Tabernacle Baptist Thanksgiving Tournament is set for November 27-30 and the Catholic High Invitational is set to be held December 11-14.
By the time the regular season begins in January, senior boys would have already played some games. Of course, there is the annual Hugh Campbell Basketball Tournament set to be held in Nassau, February 17-24, 2014.
Finally, also discussed during the Association meeting, was the issue of whether or not to officially change the age division for track and field from U17 to U18.
It's a change that apparently has been made within the CARIFTA region to change the track age division.
Simmons said that while it was something they discussed in the meeting, for now, the Association will continue to have an U17 division until the Bahamas Amateur Athletic Association (BAAA) officially makes the change.
" When the Ministry of Sports makes the change with the BAAA, then we will make the change, but until then, we will continue with having the U17 division," said Simmons.
" Eventually, we will have to move to the U18 division, because it's a change that's taking place throughout the region.
" But we don't want to go ahead and make that change before the BAAA does. If we make that change here in Grand Bahama, when we go to the high school nationals, they would still be running U17. So, we want to be on the same page as the BAAA.â