volleyball team possesses winning attitude
By Darren Lum
Published Nov. 28, 2017
Even in high school when a sports season doesn’t compare to the marathon of pro sports, the attitude of a team goes a long way toward success, whether it’s measured in wins and losses or just enjoyment.
This year’s senior Red Hawks volleyball team is bound to be successful after its coach Dan Gimon has learned this team is very keen and loves the game.
Gimon said the 12-member team’s best attribute is attitude.
“They’re all very keen,” he said.
Due to work, he isn’t available to start practices so he relies on his team to start with warm-ups and drills on their own, which has happened.
From a questionnaire, which includes questions related to future aspirations, careers and goals, the players have been consistently answering they love volleyball, calling it a great sport and want to do well.
One player, who didn’t have any playing experience, accepted the coach’s invitation to improve her skills and workout with the team because of her desire to just play.
The team is too new, he said, to know the team’s offensive or defensive style of play. Basics are being emphasized. Less than two weeks to go until their first league competition in December, the team has been busy running through drills.
“Right now, I’m doing a lot of fundamentals to really engrain the basics and the proper techniques into them so that when they do get into game situations they don’t have to think about it. It will be automatic,” he said.
He adds at this level mistakes are costly.
“Force them to make the mistakes. Easy balls should be yours. Unforced errors. Try to minimize unforced errors,” he said .
Gimon has coached the past few years when his daughter Natalia started playing in Grade 7.
Prior to that there were several years when Gimon did not coach. However his coaching experience spans more than 10 years, including time as an assistant coach in college and then coaching and instructing at a sports camp in Muskoka.
Concurrently he is also helping with the U17 Orillia Suns, a club volleyball team, which his daughter and Dakota MacDonald, another Hawk plays on. Natalia has already, Gimon said, played for the Orillia Suns team at the left power position.
The team’s setter is Arden Harrop, who returns at the position she had last year. Backing her up will likely be Freya Moran, Gimon said. As of right now this team will not have a libero, a defensive specialist. The captain, or captains, have not been chosen yet. Gimon said he will leave it, primarily, up to the team to decide with his own input.
Gimon, who is holding practices with the junior team from a collaborative effort with its coach Steve Smith, acknowledges the team is greatly supported with the help of faculty members Janice Scheffee, Mike Gaffney and Will Arnup, who is also Hawks alumnus.
team will host Kawartha West schools (I.E. Weldon, Lindsay Collegiate
Vocational Institute, Fenelon Falls Secondary School, St. Thomas
Aquinas Secondary School and Brock High School) on Wednesday, Dec.
13. This game is subject to change without notice.