Carver High School’s implementation of volleyball as a fall sport gives high school girls one more option to consider when deciding what to pursue outside of the classroom.
CARVER – In regards to extracurricular activities, Carver High School’s implementation of volleyball as a fall sport gives high school girls one more option to consider when deciding what to pursue outside of the classroom.
Carver Middle High School English teacher Morgan Bardetti will serve as the program’s inaugural head coach, and has worked alongside Principal, Athletic Director Michael Shultz in getting the OK to debut it. Volleyball will serve as the fourth fall sport available to girls, joining field hockey, soccer, and cross country.
“We ran a volleyball clinic through the Carver Recreation Department in the fall of 2017 to gauge interest and skill level in students grades 7-12,” Bardetti said. “Last year, we got a list together of girls in grades 8-12 who would be interested in joining a varsity fall sport. I would estimate there are about 30 to 35 students at this time who might seriously consider joining in the fall.”
Bardetti saw what effects a volleyball team had on a high school first-hand during her own high school days, and she’s hoping it can translate to Carver High as well.
“I’m definitely excited to give students another fall sport option,” she said. “Soccer, field hockey, and cross country have always been popular options of girls sports, but I think expanding our offerings can only increase student involvement and overall school spirit. I played volleyball in high school, and I remember it being such a fun season.”
Although some of the athletic programs around Carver High struggle to maintain a solid amount of participation, simply due to the class sizes of each grade, Bardetti sees volleyball as a program that could flourish given the game’s nature and how it’s played.
“The teams are usually a bit smaller than a soccer or a field hockey team, so the players will be able to grow closer and work well together on and off the court.”
At this time, there is no word on potential assistant coaches, but a meeting will be held at noon on July 30, in regards to the sport, schedules, and other basic information. Once the school year gets rolling, volleyball will be represented at the school’s annual Fall Sports Night, along with all the other teams. Tryouts will be conducted, and the team will begin its first season shortly after.
Quality performances on the court are definitely cheered, but there is also an effect the athletic programs have on students when they’re in class. Being a part of a team and having exposure to new responsibilities are experiences students can carry with them past their high school years.
“I think it’s essential to the high school experience,” Bardetti said.” These programs teach students to work with others, to manage their time wisely, and to expand their comfort zones. It’s great to see students create friendships with new people and learn new skills through the programs we offer here. Clubs and sports can give students leadership opportunities, which often translate to more confidence and grit in the classroom.”