SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ - This year Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School welcomes a new sport to list of programs: Boys Volleyball. Founded by junior Gabe Sta. Rosa and coached by assistant girls volleyball coach Brock Hor, the team will be taking the court for its first spring season at the JV level.
“Over the next three years, we hope to have developed a varsity and junior varsity team, as well as a PAL team to get boys started at the middle school,” said Sta. Rosa.
The new team has generated a lot of buzz, attracting roughly 40 boys to its initial interest meeting. There were six days of tryouts for the players who intended to tryout. However, there will only be about 18 spots to fill this year.
“The biggest difference between a brand new program and an established team is the lack of returning players who know not only volleyball, but how our program runs,” said Hor. “It’s great that all these students are looking to learn how to play competitive volleyball, but getting the basics down, slowly establishing a routine, and exposing these new players to proper techniques is challenging.”
Despite these challenges, the team looks forward to an exciting schedule and will be playing against other local boys teams.
“We expect to play against Governor Livingston, Elizabeth, Plainfield and hopefully a scrimmage against a Westfield club team,” said Sta. Rosa.
This season will be focused on training the new players to understand the game, its rules and the techniques and skills required to run basic plays.
“My main goal is for these players to fall in love with the sport of volleyball,” said Hor. “Everything after that will come if that initial passion to play is there. I’ve told my teams in the past, wins are just a byproduct of how much you love to play and how much you’re willing to push yourself.”