Senior Tigers Update: September 15, 2022

As the school year begins, it feels like we are jumping on a moving treadmill because all things school start at full speed. Athletics is no different. Our Fall Athletics Season is a very busy one with the following sports and teams running in the Senior School:

  • Volleyball: Senior Team (Grade 10-12); Junior Team (Grade 9-10); and our Grade 8 Team
  • Field Hockey: Varsity Team (Grade 9-12); Senior Team (Grade 8-12) and very possibly a Junior Training Group (TBD)
  • Cross-Country Running Team (Grade 8-12)
  • Swim Team (Grade 8-12)

Why These Sports?
You may wonder why YHS offers these sports in the fall season. High school sport in BC is governed by BC School Sports (BCSS). BCSS sanctions various sports for high school competition and determines which sports take place in each of the three sports seasons during a school year (fall, winter, spring). YHS is simply not allowed to field certain competitive teams during the fall season of play. For example, we can not field a competitive basketball team (winter), nor a competitive ultimate team (spring) out of season.


Tigers Senior Volleyball Team starts the year ranked in the top three in BC for AA Volleyball. Official rankings come out later this week but my inside sources tell me that YHS starts the year ranked #2 in BC. The Tigers finished last season winning bronze medals at BCs with a young team. This season has the potential to be another very strong year for the Tigers. YHS Senior Volleyball’s past three seasons have ended finishing 2nd, 1st, and 3rd in BC.

This past weekend, the Tigers went undefeated at an icebreaker tournament in Delta. YHS hosts the 2022 Western Canadian Independent Schools Volleyball Championships (WCISVC) in October.

Sr. Volleyball (Photo by A. Yung)
Photo: A. Yung

Our Tigers Varsity Field Hockey Team is the defending AA Provincial Champions. However, YHS also graduated several star Grade 12s last season so this year’s team is young and will work hard to continue the tradition of competitive excellence in field hockey. 

Tigers Swim Team placed second at AA BC Championships last season and looks to again compete for a provincial title in November. Meanwhile, our Tigers Cross-Country Team hopes to compete hard at meets and qualify for the BC Championship meet in Victoria in November.

As the season begins, it is important that we all keep perspective and understand the big picture of competitive sport. YHS Athletics philosophy believes that competitive sport is a valuable experience that prepares our student-athletes for the world beyond high school. Competitive sport helps student-athletes learn about commitment, hard work, goal setting, and teamwork. It teaches us how to celebrate success and deal with failure and moments of frustration. All of these experiences, even the difficult ones, help student-athletes grow.

Below are a few reflections from an excellent resource that I would like to share as we prepare for the season. When you have questions, please reach out to ask 

Team Sports … Can you handle it? (Taken from: Proactive Coaching: The Parents Role in Athletics – booklet & DVD)

It is only natural for each parent to watch a game focused on the best interests of their child. Coaches have to make decisions in the best interests of the entire team. In highly competitive situations, often a coach’s decision is not in the best interest of any one individual player on that team. This can lead to frustration and difficult situations. Can you handle it? Team sports are not for everyone.

Please read and consider the following scenarios.

For Parents…
If your child competes as a student-athlete, they will be faced with all of these scenarios:

  • They played well but the team lost
  • They played poorly and the team lost
  • They played well and the team won
  • They played poorly and the team won
  • They played sparingly and the team won
  • They played sparingly and the team lost
  • They will be disappointed in a coach’s decision about playing time or strategy.
  • At the more senior level in the highest competitive environment, they may not have played while the team won or lost.

Be prepared and decide now how you want your student-athlete to respond and deal with each situation.

Plan to model that exact behaviour. Think about the outcome we all want and what lessons your student-athlete can learn from each scenario. The response to these situations will contribute to the desired outcome. It never hurts to even talk about them ahead of time. Event + Response = Outcome.

Junior Tigers Update: February 17, 2022

The past several weeks have seen our JS basketball teams in action multiple times. The Grades 7A team played against Mulgrave (W), CHS (L), Southpointe (L) and Collingwood (L). The team is defensively very strong, and as our offensive skills continue to grow, the group of players will be very difficult to play against. The Grade 7B team has enjoyed quite a bit of success on the hardwood. They also played Mulgrave (W), CHS (L), and Collingwood (W). This team is quite fast and athletic and they attack the hoop very well. Both teams are fun to watch as they play with a lot of enthusiasm. Both teams played their final game of the season yesterday at Southridge, and they will be finishing their season early next week with an intra-squad Basketball Survivor session. 

Our Grade 6 and Grade 5 teams have both hosted games and participated in away games. The teams are learning the basic rules and putting into practice the nuances of basketball. At times, developmentally basketball can be frustrating with offensive skills lagging behind defensive skills. Yet, both teams have posted several wins, and we are looking forward to their continued development. Grade 5 and Grade 6 basketball teams will wrap up their seasons this week with an end-of-season event during their final practice.  

The Swim Team continued to churn out laps for the past month, and they wrapped up their season this week. Although it was a shame we could not arrange for an official swim meet, our coaches have done very well to provide the team with a season-ending intra-squad meet. The time trials began last week and finished up yesterday. Despite the lack of competition, the team had a very successful season due, in large part, to our outstanding coaches. The team of coaches is led by Christine Lee (‘16) and Alex Kouzas. Between the two there is over 20 years of coaching experience. They also do very well to incorporate and develop our Senior School student coaches. Thank you, Miss Alex and all of our student coaches (Janice T., Sienna S. Tristan Y., Madeleine W., Ruby F., Lauren C., and Samantha H.) for a tremendous season.

Unfortunately for our young swimmers and our program, this looks to be Christine’s final year with us. After joining our Junior School Team as a Grade 3 (way back in 2006), she never left. Now, after 16 years, she is moving on to a new job and new challenges. We will greatly miss her passion for swimming and the YHS program. She was an amazing supporter of our young athletes. A huge thank you to Christine for all that she has given to YHS! We wish her nothing but the best as she continues her journey.