TVP Alumni brought their latest experiences and TVP memories to the TVP gym on December 23, sparring with TVP 18 athletes in a contest featuring all the good stuff: great level of play, smack talk and friendships.
It was great to see our alums are doing well with their collegiate teams: Robbie (Arcadia), Victor (Alvernia), Ryan (Wentworth), James, Henry and Richard (Maryland), Rin (John Jay), Andrew (Elon), Liam (Belmont Abbey), Kyle (Marymount) and Noel (Campbellsville). Special thanks to Coach Joe Moyer drawing up the X's and O's for the alums.
Our friends at Annapolis Volleyball Club joined our TVP teams in our Rockville practice gym for a combined practice and scrimmage on December 16. Many thanks to the AVC coaches, athletes and parents for making the trip and for sharing their enthusiasm for our sport.
TVP and AVC teams and coaches. U16 above and U18 below.
The Wingmate has your back. The Wingmate protects the lead. The Wingmate offers mutual support to teammates on and off the court. The Wingmate adds offensive and defensive firepower. The Wingmate brings awareness to predictable and unforeseen situations. The Wingmate improves the quality of team production, and puts the team in a position to use its strengths, and defend its honor.
Ahhh, but when does The Wingmate get the credit? Good question.
The Wingmate draws satisfaction from the team's performance knowing that their contributions of preparation and presence are the keys to the team's success. Credit doesn't matter, does it?
When the value of The Wingmate is publicly recognized, it is well-deserved, but The Wingmate knows where to deliver the credit: To teammates. To parents. To those who came before. To the respected opponent. To the blessings of opportunity.
The Wingmate shows up in the practice gym each time. On game day The Wingmate competes on the court and also stands ready on the bench, and cheers from the stands. The Wingmate challenges from the opposing side of the net. The Wingmate plans the season, officiates, coaches and compiles results. The Wingmate pays the bills and manufactures equipment. The Wingmate keeps score, works the concession stands, shags volleyballs, and photographs. The Wingmate drives the team members to away matches. And so on.
The Wingmate makes volleyball happen at TVP. To The Wingmate's credit, TVP teams look forward to gathering at their next tournament in January. And until then, at practice.
At the 2018 National Championships in Phoenix, Cesco and Payton led their team to a bronze medal finish in the Gold Bracket and both made the All-Tournament team. The foundation for their success was already established in Dallas earlier by their commitment to their team, the game, and their own progress.
The weekend of December 1-2, 2018, our TVP teams made the 3+ hour trip from the Washington DC metro area to the Lehigh Valley, PA for season opening competition. Our teams did well, we learned a bit more about ourselves, had fun, and will look forward to a good season.
In the gym on Sunday, cheering on his teammates, with no prospect of playing due to injury, was Payton Jacobs. Homework was to be done between matches. When his teammates were on the court, 3+ hours away from home, Payton was there to cheer them on.
TVP adopted the slogan “Practice WE. Be YOU” this past summer to honor the value of a team-focused culture nurtured by principled individuals who offer their own skill and spirit to the greater good. The slogan is on the TVP website and used it as a sign-off on emails, but on its own the words really do not offer specific road map to an unselfish, team-focused culture. Coach Ed Shilling writes about individual, selfish behavior in "Exposing a Thief of Individual and Team Success" but clarity also comes with examples of people who make a positive impact on their teams. Their character becomes our road map.
This past Sunday, Payton Jacobs once again defined for us by example how to practice WE.
Be YOU, Payton! Go TVP!
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