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WOVA heading back to the beach

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The Whistler Outdoor Volleyball Association (WOVA) is ramping up for another season of sand and, hopefully, sun, with early team registration set to begin next week.

The league has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years, and has been filling up completely almost every year — that's 250 athletes playing one or two nights a week in rec, intermediate and competitive leagues.

If you're Scott Rogers, the one-man show running the league, you're already signed up to play every night.

The co-ed four-on-four league is open to teams of six and plays Monday and Friday from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. The B Division intermediate league is co-ed three-on-three, with four or five players on each team playing every Thursday night from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. A Division, a two-on-two competitive league, plays on Tuesday nights from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The league is scheduled to start on June 17, but if the weather cooperates Rogers may move things up a week to follow the official registration.

Returning teams could register from May 21, starting with WOVA's now traditional pre-season mixer. Players and prospects are encouraged to come out and meet people, form teams, join existing teams or just learn more about the league. The official registration is on June 4, and is open to new teams. There is always a lot of interest in particular in the recreational division, and Rogers advises teams to get in early.

"I was already getting calls back in March, we'd get a few nice days and then it would start to snow," he said. "People are already out. (In early May) I played five hours on Friday, five on Saturday and three-and-a-half on Sunday. I could barely lift my legs after it, but the weather was so good nobody wanted a second of it to go to waste."

For more on the league and registration, visit www.wova.ca.

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