Grade 7s learn volleyball
It was organized confusion last Friday afternoon in the gym at Prince George Secondary.
About 90 Grade 7 students were playing volleyball – on two courts – with two games on each court at the same time.
PGSS coach Jonathan Lawrence was keeping track of the time for each game.
“It was the only way to get all the kids into the game at the same time,” he said, as the two balls on one court came close to colliding. “They’re Grade 7s, so they wouldn’t be used to full-court high-school ball.”
This was the second year that Lawrence has organized the event, designed to allow Grade 7 students from schools in the PGSS catchment area a chance to see the school and get a feel for the program before coming here in September.
“We held a volleyball camp in the morning,” Lawrence says,”where we worked on skills, then after a lunch break, we started playing games.”
Lawrence had several of the senior players from PGSS helping at the camp, talking to students about what it was like at the high school.
“One thing we emphasized was sportsmanship. We made sure they knew that at the Grade 8 level, everybody plays.”
His only problem setting up the camp was cutting down the number of students helping out.
“I had some of the kids who went through the camp last year who wanted to help, but I wanted to give the senior players the chance.”