My son has had trouble on "win-at-all-costs" teams -- not because he is not athletic, but because it is too much stress and mental pressure. I am so glad Spike placed the emphasis on learning, and that the emphasis on learning led to a great win at Badger Region!
The vball team did well and worked hard this year. They were competitive in all tournaments and had intensity. However our favorite part of the year was watching them all truly have fun. Both when things went well or poorly there were moments of joy and humor and between matches the kids always had fun inventing new games and hanging out. My son has been in many competitive sports for many years and several of those sports have ceased to be fun and seem to have become work. It has been a while since we've seen as many smiles during sports as we saw this vball season.
Coach Ryan was amazing. He was so positive and encouraging. He was so great with the kids, I thought HE was the middle school teacher!
I truly believed he had the players' best interests at heart. Really wanted to help them grow and gain confidence. I think they boys all had a lot of respect for Brandon.
Brandon helped our son with confidence that he didn't have at the start of the season. During try-outs, he didn't even know what position he should list. Other (parent) coaches would overlook him due to his size. Brandon gave him an opportunity and the encouragement to play an important role on the team (middle hitter and team captain). I've coached my son for years in baseball and this is the best experience for my wife and I to watch someone coach our son without any bias. Unfortunately, this experience may have pushed volleyball in front of baseball as his favorite sport, and we couldn't be happier. Honestly, great experience! We were sad for the season to end.
Pam was the best. How lucky Ben was to have her.
Jerry is a great coach - there were no surprises and he held the boys to high standards but never got down on them if a match or two fell apart.
Great communication and very organized~ so appreciated!
I overall am very happy that my sons play for Spike and hope we return on both levels next year - thank you for letting us give feedback - great experience.
Jenna and all the coaches (Brandon -Jordan who filled in) were all great with the kids - very knowledgeable and super patient yet pushed them to be better and learn - hope we get the chance to remain on Spike.