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News of the week - 9.29.2008

Mon September 29 2008 @ 04:31 PM

To all

Weekend results

Our game against Pope John Paul went, with consistent, stellar performances by several girls, but it did point out one thing that we really have to work on: our competitive intensity in each game. By that I mean, beginning with the first serve (ours or theirs!!), we have to be ready and able to play our best, not just when we are under pressure. Two of our three match wins (PJP & ABVM) saw us give an easy victory to these teams that we shoulc have defeated in three games rather than four. In the tournaments, we have also had lapses of intensity. I saw it in our match with St. Joe's ... I know we have this abilty within us... keep working and our day will come!

Guest coaches

Tonight is the first chance for the girls (and coaches) to learn something new from another coach. Mrs. Karen Ranson, Keystone Juniors club coach, referee and former CYO coach at Ss Peter & Paul is coming tonight to run a practice for us. I have also invited a few players from the Gold team who are working to make a club or high school team.

Mrs. Allis Soto, Valley Forge club coach, referee and college player from California, the mecca of American VB has also agreed to run a clinic for us. Dates are being discussed...

Learn something new, or learn how to do something better at these sessions! It's up to you to take the best advantage of these opportunities.

Scrimmage Games & Practice schedules

As the season schedule picks up, I have been contacted by several teams to set up scrimmage games: St. Kevin's St. Francis de Sales St. Dot's

Aside from our remaining league games (10/5, 10/10, 10/12, 10/19), we have signed up for two more tournaments: 10/11 - Garnet Valley 10/18 - USTC Downingtown

I need to know who would be interested/available for scrimmage games during the week -- meaning that we would have volleyball three nights during the week -- two nights of practice & one night of scrimmage -- in some combination of Monday thru Thursday. I will invite the teams to come to us, but we may have to travel for the games... the above-mentioned teams are all in Delaware County with MDP being in King of Prussia. I would like to schedule one scrimmage per week starting next week.

Maybe we could schedule a game for Thursday night (after the testing is over that week) and have practices two other nights that week. Our game on 10/19 is against Peter & Paul --- which won't do much to prepare us for the final tournament the following weekend.

Please indicate (by email so I can keep things straight) if you can manage three nights of volleyball in a given week with all your other commitments (homework(!), other activities, etc.)

School Testing

I realize that Terra Nova testing is scheduled for 10/13 -> 10/16. Please let me know if you need your player to be dismissed early on any of those dates to keep them rested for the testing.

Also, some $$ to be collected:

For tournaments:

In light of our reduced schedule, the CYO has agreed to pay for 3 tournaments rather than 2. So you only have to chip in for 1 tournament. Please send $16 in an envelope, attn. Jane Joyce (check to me or cash...) for the tournament fee that has already been paid.

For the community project: We are going to make pillows for the injured troops which will be distributed at Bethesda Naval Hospital as well as the hospital in Germany where the troops are sent once they are stabilized enough to travel. Please send $5 (preferably cash) in an envelope, attn: Mrs. Marvel since she has kindly agreed to coordinate our participation in the community project. The date for the project will be announced shortly.

Region 17 Varsity A Volleyball Tournament - Response required

As I mentioned both at the Pre-Season Parents' Meeting and in the email that I sent with the League schedule as well as re-visited after the Tournament of Champions, I expect the girls to forego/skip/not attend the October 24 Cluster Dance scheduled for SSJ. Please confirm that you/your daughter are in agreement with this request via return email to me.
It would be nice if the parents got together to host a pasta party or some type of get-together that the girls could enjoy, to team build, (to soften the blow) and get them home to bed by 9pm...

That's it for now.
Coaches Joyce

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