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Thursday, September 21, 2006

The end of summer volleyball

To me, the end of GSU pick-up volleyball signals the end of summer volleyball and the start of more organized volleyball. I first started going back in like 2004. Tiny gym, like there's no more than a foot and a half between the end of the voleyball court and the wall. Low ceiling. No air conditioning. No fans. It's literally a sauna in the summer. Like just going inside makes me sweat profusely. But, it's really good volleyball and the small gym means you don't have to chase down balls :)

I still remember the first time I went. I had read about it on the webpage and was like, sure, I'll give it a shot since I lived close by. I had low expectations. I get there and there's like only 2 or 3 other people. I warm up with Rod, an old, round, short-ish guy. He's got good ball skills, I am impressed. I later find out that he's a coach of one of the high school teams. Many of the people that go there are like varsity, ex-varsity, coaches, ex-junior national, etc. There are players that hit the ball so hard that it bounces off the floor, the back wall, and then bounces back over the net! It's like some of the highest level volleyball I have ever played. By far the best pick-up volleyball.

Even though I played throughout high school, I'm like the least coached player there (most played club, which we didn't really have in Winnipeg), and often the worst player there (well, not worst in every respect). It's great. It's how you become better.

So ya, today was the last one this summer. It kinda sucked this year (at least Sept, which is when I was here for). People didn't really go. At least not a lot of the regulars. Mostly the young kids. We would often play with less than 6 and I prefer playing 6's indoor so that you can run a proper offence.

Oh well, the GSU league starts up next week and that should be fun. I've put together a fun team this year. We won't win, but we'll have fun. Intramurals start soon as well.


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