I’m a pretty competitive person when it comes to sports. Whether playing, watching, or coaching, I like to win (well…who doesn’t?) and this competitiveness manifests itself in my intensity, my words, and my actions.
Today, Jacob’s grade 6 boys volleyball team from St. Paul Elementary School began the defense of their CISVA (Catholic Independent Schools Vancouver Archdiocese) championship from last year by going undefeated in the qualifying tournament. The team will hope to repeat as champs next Tuesday when they play at the day-long championships.
I’ve been coaching this team all season and it’s been a lot of fun…despite the early morning practices. They are a talented and fun bunch of guys. They are (mostly) respectful (haha) and generally trust me and my coaching decisions. There are some really good athletes on the team and when the best guys are playing their best, I truly don’t think there’s another school that can beat them.
This past week, Kayla started grade two at St. Paul Elementary School with Gail as her teacher. As St. Paul is a single-streamed school (ie. one class per grade), Gail – with her principal’s blessing – taught Sean 6 years ago, Jake 4 years ago, and now Kayla.
I’ve always contended that having your parent as your teacher can be a lot tougher than one might think. I can’t speak for Gail, but I know that if I taught one of my own kids, I would almost “over compensate” and be tougher on him/her than on other kids for fear of anyone claiming I was biased or favouring my own child.
I saw it in small ways when I helped to coach the boys’ volleyball teams last year. I was extremely careful about not giving Sean or Jake too much playing time, and I may have actually short-changed them on equal playing time on a couple of occasions.
Today was a great day for Jacob and his friends as their Grade 5 Boys’ Volleyball team won the championship in the CISVA (Catholic Independent Schools Vancouver Association) Tournament. That means that they were the best team of the 40 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Vancouver – a great feat to be sure!
The team went undefeated in their three matches at the Harry Jerome Sports Complex in Burnaby by beating St. Andrew School, Our Lady of Sorrows School (not “Old Lady of Sorrows” as Jacob thought), and Holy Cross School en route to the championship. All three matches were quite competitive and full of impressive volleyball – especially for 10 year-olds.
The day was actually a family affair as Gail was there doubling as a scorekeeper and teacher sponsor, and Sean was there with his Grade 7 Boys’ team – they ended up finishing a respectable sixth just one year after winning the silver medal. Kudos to them for not just one great year of volleyball but a great three years.