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Continuing to Learn

posted Feb 19, 2016, 7:45 AM by Christine Roman
February 19, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

From a previous Writer’s Corner, you might recall that I am coaching my niece’s Lakes Region Junior Olympic Volleyball team.  I also shared that I haven’t coached volleyball in eleven years.  To date, we have had several practices and two scrimmages.  Our first tournament will be at the end of February vacation down in Boston, Massachusetts.  I have twelve 15-year-old girls from six different high schools.  They are hard-working but very quiet on the court.  The other challenge is that we only practice once a week.  So I have been researching and reaching out to others in order to learn some effective strategies to help my athletes.  I have invited former high-school standouts to come to my practice to demonstrate and work with the girls.  After spending some time talking with other coaches and looking at the strengths of my team, I have decided to try some new things!

I wanted to share this experience because I hope it helps our students at NHCS see that no matter a person’s age and how much they know about a subject, there are times you need to reach out to others and continue to learn.  Also, I need to be able, willing, and open to listen to others’ ideas and suggestions.  Lastly, I have to take the risk of getting out of my comfort-zone by experimenting with different rotations, defenses and serve receive positions.  

As George Whitman states, “All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher.”  I am fortunate to have a collective group of individuals to be my teachers, given me the opportunity to learn while coaching a sport I love.

Have a great February vacation!  Please take some time to read a great book and laugh with family and friends.