Junior Tigers Update: September 26, 2019

Three weeks into our volleyball season and all four teams have played their first games. Our Grade 7 teams both traveled to Crofton House for their first league games on the season. Although the Tigers came up short on the scoreboard, the first game of the season always provides a great litmus test of where we are. This experience was no exception. 

The Grade 6 team endured one of our longer road trips when they traveled to Southridge School for some exhibition games against both Southridge and WPGA. The Tigers had a lot of fun, and all teams learned a lot as they made the jump from Grade 5 Atomic Tripleball to Grade 6 Tripleball. 

The Grade 5 team made the big trip out to Maple Ridge to play against Meadowridge. It is a long trip indeed, yet the opportunity to play in first our volleyball game is always exciting. The Tigers put their practice in to play, to serve, bump, and rotate around the court against Meadowridge and Stratford Hall. 

Our first race of the season is fast approaching. The Tigers Cross-Country team is participating in the Festival of Cross Country hosted by Ocean Athletics. The race will be held at Crescent Park in South Surrey. The girls have been working very hard for the past three weeks, and many of them are looking forward to the race of the season. Good luck Tigers!

Over the past couple of years, we have had an opportunity to develop many relationships with a few community-based athletic clubs. Last week I wrote about our relationship with Split Second Basketball. This week I would like to introduce you to  SMASH Volleyball. SMASH Volleyball is unique in the volleyball club community as they provide playing opportunities for girls of all abilities, from high-level players to an in-house league for girls who are new and still learning volleyball. Several Yorkies have found their way to SMASH over the past few years. Recently, we brought SMASH coaches in to provide coaching development to our staff coaches. The relationship has been a smashing success 🙂 If your daughter is looking for more volleyball opportunities, please visit the SMASH Volleyball website to register. In addition, you can use the code: YorkHouse20 to receive a $20 discount.

Please join David Prissinotti, Senior School Athletics Director and Brent Jackson, Junior School Athletics Coordinator, for an opportunity to ask any questions you might have regarding extra-curricular athletics at York House School.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
8:30-9:30 am
YHS Cafeteria
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Junior Tigers Update: September 19, 2019

There is a lot of bumping, setting, spiking, serving, and digging going on in Rand Gymnasium these days as Volleyball continues to soar in popularity. With teams in Grade 5, 6, and 7, we have over 90 girls playing. The first games for each team are fast approaching and the coaches are busy preparing the girls to do their best. A big thank you to our coaches: Mrs. Zimmer and Ms. Anthony for Grade 5; Mr. Alguire and Mrs. Kanavos for Grade 6; Ms. Murray and Ms. Wilson-Gay for Grade 7B; and Ms. Marcotte and Ms. Young for Grade 7A. Good luck to all of the teams!

Mrs. Ling and our team of coaches (Ms. Abbott, Ms. Sharpe, Ms. Waterhouse, Ms. Kingerlee, Ms. Ryerson, and Ms. Pearkes) are working hard to keep up with a fantastic group of athletes. Our team is big (~70), fast, and motivated. Having fun, improving their fitness, and defending our ISEA Championships are just a few of the goals for the Cross-Country team. We are looking forward to another fantastic season!

Students often enjoy out of school athletic activities and there is no shortage of choices. In fact, the number of activities can be overwhelming and can really begin to pull on family time. We strongly recommend that students looking to explore new physical activities or build on familiar skills play on school-based teams. Aside from the obvious benefits of regular physical activities, there are other reasons it makes sense to participate in school-based co-curriculars. Nothing bonds a relationship like working hard towards a common goal and every year teachers speak about how much they enjoy getting to know the girls outside of the classroom. Let’s be honest, playing on a YHS team is also convenient. The girls arrive for school, study, play, participate, and then leave. No racing around town from one activity to the next = more time together as a family. 

We also understand that YHS is limited in the athletic opportunities we can offer. However, we have begun to build partnerships with community-based groups that can bring more opportunities to our students at York House. One example of this is Split Second Basketball. We have been working with Split Second for a few years now and many Yorkies have benefitted from the additional basketball happening right on campus. If it something your daughter would be interested in, please check out the Split Second website, and sign up today!