Friday, December 5, 2014

Kidsports Volleyball

There she isssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss, Miss Suuuuuuuperstarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr (sang to the tune of Miss America)! Okay, she may not be a superstar to you, but she sure is to her mother! And her father and brother. Just sayin'! She has worked so hard, and it is wonderful to see all that hard work paying off. She still has a lot to learn, but she's come a long way, baby! We almost didn't do Kidsports volleyball, this year. In fact, we signed up for a YMCA team, originally, and thought we would go that route. Last year's experience with Kidsports wasn't the best. However, after the first practice with the YMCA team, we knew the coach was not good and she came home crying and said, "Please don't make me play for that lady - she is telling us to do things we aren't supposed to do and she'll ruin my game. I'm just now starting to get it figured out!" Brailey never cries about things like this, so we knew it was important. We were able to get our money back from the Y, thankfully, and she decided to try out for Kidsports, which turned out to be one of the best decisions ever made! She made a great team, right in the middle of the pack, and it is a team full of nice girls, mostly 8th graders, with a fantastic coach! And if we have learned anything at all about sports, it is that the coach is very, very important. Even better, she and her 7th grade teammates made the same Webfoot team, as well (Webfoot is the club volleyball team she will be playing on this year)! She is one of only three 7th graders on her Kidsports team, and she has been playing the setter position, which is what she loves to do. It is such a fun team to watch! One girl's parents was super generous and bought the team the nice shirts you see, and the team building their awesome coach has had them do has really bonded them in a short amount of time. One of the 8th graders Brailey met turned out to be Catholic, and they now pray together before every game. I love that! And even better, Brady ran into Brailey's coach at the beginning of the season one day at Les Schwab, and after talking to him, Brady has fallen in love with volleyball, too! He even wants to take Brailey to her practices and games when he can and seems to be Brailey's good luck charm. Cool beans! Anyway, below are some fun pictures from one weekend of games - picture day first, then the games. Volleyball. We LOVE it!
With Coach David. He is an incredible gift to this team - he doesn't have any kids on the team, and yet he makes time for this team in his busy schedule. Special person, right there! 
They "sign in" and "sign out" before and after every practice and game. GO IRISH BLACK!

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