Canucks Celebrate Canada Day at the BJNC
| The Canuck Dinos are the only Canadian team remaining at the 2013 USA Volleyball Boys' Junior National Championships.
“I sat in my hotel and saw my friends partying on Instagram,” he said, chuckling.
Bromley is an opposite on the Canuck Dinos, competing in the 17 Club division at the 2013 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships (BJNC). He and his teammates spent Canada Day in Reno, Nev., competing for an American junior national championship.
“It was a little different than being in Canada on Canada Day!” Canuck Dinos Head Coach Kerry MacDonald said. “It’s probably like being in Canada on July 4th. It was nonexistent, which we knew to expect, so that was fine. It was just kind of another day. We came out and played volleyball.”
“I wished everyone happy Canada Day, even down here,” middle blocker Jared Lee said. “No one really knows it’s Canada Day down here,” he added with a chuckle.
The lack of Canada Day isn’t the only difference noticed by the Canucks. The American game of volleyball has several rule variations from the Canadian game, and the players have had to adjust accordingly. American teams are allowed two liberos, while Canadian teams can only have one. American volleyball allows 12 substitutions, and Canadian volleyball only allows six. Liberos are allowed to serve in America, while they can’t in Canada.
“We do a lot more shaking of hands before and after the games with referees and teams,” MacDonald said, laughing about living up to the polite Canadian stereotype. “It’s embedded in our rules, even!”
The Canucks are seeded fourth overall in their division and believe they can achieve a top-four finish, despite the fact that they’re a little rusty. The Canadian national championships were in early May and the team hasn’t played any matches since then, but MacDonald is pleased with the way his team is responding to the competition.
“So far we’re 4-0. Not too bad, definitely not,” he said. “We had one strong match yesterday and kind of built up towards it, and we’re hoping we’ll be able to do the same today.”
Win or lose, the Canucks will be in Reno for the United States’ Independence Day, which is an experience they’re extremely excited for.
“I’ve never been able to experience that, so I don’t really know what it’s going to be like,” Bromley said. “We’ll see what’s going on. It’ll be fun.”
“We’ll be out and about, checking it out,” Lee added. “I’ve heard it’s kind of a big deal down here.”
“We might go up to Lake Tahoe and see if there’s some fireworks or anything there that night,” MacDonald said. “Not really sure. But we’re going to try and take in the festivities.”
With any luck, the Canucks are hoping to celebrate the Fourth of July with a Canadian BJNC tournament win. Though it’s this group’s first time playing in this tournament and they’ve had to contend with temperatures that are double the current temperature in Calgary, MacDonald and his players believe they can tough it out and contend with the best.
“Whoever shows up to play is going to win [the tournament],” Lee said. “All the teams here are talented pretty equally, so it should be interesting.”
For match schedules and results, visit https://advancedeventsystems.com/EventResults/CourtSchedule.aspx?e=PTAwMDAwMDM1ODg90.2013 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships