New Canaan student sets up first boys' volleyball team
"A bunch of my buddies wanted to play volleyball at a competitive level and we were bummed our school didn't offer the program," said Edwards, primary organizer of the program. "So, I decided to figure out how to start one."
Edwards stated that starting a volleyball program proved daunting at first.
"I had to attend the Activities Fair and entice students to sign up," Edwards said. "Then we held meetings to weed out those who weren't interested. Mr. Egan recruited a coach and my friend Nick White and I convinced a local training facility to sponsor us."
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Another problem Edwards faced was lack of knowledge of rules and skills required on a volleyball court.
"We had enough guys to organize a team, but none of us knew the proper rules or skills," Edwards said with a laugh.
Twelve New Canaan High students attended a volleyball camp for three weeks held at New Canaan High School and taught by Greenwich varsity coach Pete Georgiou in order to grasp a better understanding of volleyball regulations and skills.
New Canaan High School has never had a boys' volleyball team, although students have tried to create one in the past.
"We have 12 boys starting their first season with a JV schedule," said Jay Egan, New Canaan High's athletic director. "I believe this will grow into a full fledged varsity sport."
Bakes has acted as head and assistant coach at the varsity and JV level to various teams in the area, including New Canaan High's girls' volleyball team.
This program is privately funded by parents and Blue Streak as their sponsor.
The boys' season began in March and the season will consist of games against St. Joes, Bridgeport, Danbury, Trumbull, Ridgefield, Darien and Staples High School.
New Canaan will start its eight-game regular season on the road against Ridgefield next Friday at 5:30 p.m.