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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Teacher Volleyball Season

It's "teacher volleyball season" in Korea and my school's staff has begun practicing twice a week to get ready for the big Saha-Gu Elementary School Staff Volleyball Tournament!  Believe it or not, volleyball is a really competitive sport amongst elementary school teachers in Korea!  In fact, Aaron was actually recruited to teach at his school because the principal heard he was such a good volleyball player!  The first day I met my new Principal he asked me, in his broken English, weather or not I could spike a ball!  haha 

Today will be our 3rd staff volleyball practice of the year!  We started practicing 2 hours a day, twice a week, but this week we've added a 3rd practice - yes a Saturday practice!  I actually don't mind the excessive practices because: 1) I have really enjoyed the camaraderie that happens at the practices, 2) I can't complain about the great exercise, and 3) I get to leave school at 2:00pm to go play!
In Korean voleyball, there are 9 players to a team.  We stand on the court like a bingo board!  I am currently on the far left, in the middle... but last week they were impressed with my spiking (I don't know how or where I learned it, but I actually spike once in a while!) so I was moved to the middle, the HIGHEST RANKED position on the court!  I told Aaron, later, that I was almost hoping the other team would hit the ball right at me, because I was on a roll! :)

Needless to say, I have more street cred at school than I did before Volleyball started!  The teachers used to compliment me on my outfits or my ability to speak Korean... but now they just talk about my skills on the court!  haha!  Who knew?!

Here's to a great Volleyball Season!  Wish me luck!
(I hope I didn't just jinx myself!)

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