Ho`oikaika volleyballers play while parents learn off-court lessons

WAIMEA—Volleyball players weren’t the only beneficiaries during the Ho`oikaika

Volleyball Club’s recent trip to California, where they participated in the

Volleyall Festival.

Parents who accompanied the players could attend

workshops on the subject of “How Parents can Relax and Enjoy their Kids in

Sports,” by David Epperson, Ph.D., the co-founder of the Volleyball

Festival.

“How Parents can Strengthen their Relationships with their Kids

in Sports,” by Martin Miller, Ph. D., and “How Parents Can Develop Effective

Relationships with Coaches,” by George Selleck, Ph. D. were other topics

available to players’ parents and fans.

While players engaged in “fun”

games, Epperson presented the festival philosophy of:

* “Fun: The festival

is fun when everyone throws themselves into what they are doing, and shares

their joy with fellow participants, whether they are playing, coaching,

refereeing, wrapping ankles, administering matches or simply witnessing one of

the 7,000-plus matches.”

* “Fair: Everyone is treated equally—with dignity

and respect.”

* “Festive: An atmosphere of celebration prevails. Recognize

good fellowship, team spirit, exceptional effort and exemplary sportsmanship,

not only team victories.”

* “Friendly: The festival is friendly when

athletes, coaches, parents, spectators and staff meet on a common ground with a

passion for witnessing competent, spirited, well-rounded athletes testing their

limits in competition.”

* “Family-focused: Family members are

welcomed.”

With these words, the Ho`oikaika 12’s team won two of its three

games on opening day, including victories over Seal Beach, Calif.

Day two

action ended with a win against San Diego 25-16, 25-18.

The 12’s team was

put to the test on its final day of competition with a 6 a.m. wakeup call

following an 11 p.m. contest the night before, but went on to defeat Excel

before falling to Delta Valley and Santa Monica.

A match against top-seeded

Excel for the divisional championship was lost in three, 25-18, 12-25,

12-15.

Three of the teams Ho`oikaika 12s lost to ended up placing in the

top 10 of that age group.

The Po`okela 16s also participated in the

festival, finishing in 70th place in its age group.

Po`okela had a 3-1

showing the first day followed by a 2-2 performance on day two, 3-1 on day

three, 2-1 on the fourth day and 0-2 on the final day.

Editor’s

note—Heather Roberts contributed to this report with results of Po`okela

16s.

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