When my daughter told me that she wanted to sign up for volleyball, I thought it would be a good idea.
She was always really passionate about sports and this seemed like a good fit for her athletically.
Her hand and eye coordination was fantastic and a lot of her friends were playing too. What I loved most about her playing volleyball though was the fact that it was played inside a gym. I was tired of sitting outside in a field with horrible weather conditions. The idea of sitting inside a gymnasium where there was air conditioning and shade from the sun sounded like a retreat. That’s why, when it was time for our daughter’s first tournament, I was more than happy to sit in the gym all day long. That was, until I realized that AC was out during the day of the tournament and it felt like I was baking inside an oven. The school did everything they could by providing free water, opening the doors, and blasting their industrial fans from every corner. Despite the air flow (or what little air there was), it was a miserable time. At one point, I contemplated going home just to change clothes. I was dressed to sit in an air conditioned gym, not a sweaty, humid, and hot gym that was beginning to smell. Thankfully, this was the only time the AC went out during a tournament and I don’t care to ever experience it again. Now, I keep my car packed with extra clothes and a portable fan just in case.