By Samantha Holman, Event Specialist
We’re used to Texas A&M sports teams achieving high national rankings, but did you know an Aggie club team finished sixth in the Spikeball Roundnet Association’s College Power Rankings last fall?
Spikeball roundnet is a new recreational sport that requires agility, lateral movement, and hand-eye coordination. It’s similar to two-player volleyball, but instead of hitting a large ball over a suspended net, players hit a smaller ball into a circular net low to the ground.
Teams can still take three touches at a time — for a bump, set, or spike — as in volleyball. The objective is also the same: hit a shot the other team can’t return.
You can participate in this fun sport that’s sweeping the nation at the Spikeball Quick-Fire Tournament on Friday, Feb. 7, at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park. In a quick-fire tournament, you play games in a few hours rather than all day.
Teams consist of two players at least 14 years old and will compete against those close to their skill level as the tournament progresses. The competitive division plays by the official Spikeball Roundnet Association rules, while the recreation division focuses on developmental skills and is more relaxed on rules.
Registration ends Feb. 5, the cost is $30 per team, and equipment is provided. Register at rectrac.cstx.gov. You can also call 979.764.3486 or register in person at the Parks and Recreation office at 1000 Krenek Tap Road.
About the Blogger
Samantha Holman is in her first year as an event specialist in the Parks and Recreation Department. A native of San Antonio, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management from Texas A&M in 2018.
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By Samantha Holman, Event Specialist
When winter arrives, many parents struggle to find ways to keep their children active. The College Station Parks and Recreation Department’s Winter Youth Basketball leagues are a fantastic outlet for your kids’ boundless energy.
The leagues help develop young athletes mentally, athletically, and socially. The focus is on providing a fun, relaxed atmosphere while teaching the game’s fundamentals.
We offer four age divisions, which are determined by the player’s age as of Jan. 1: 6-7 Coed (6-7 years), 10U Boys/Girls (8-10 years), 12U Boys/Girls (10-12 years), 14U Coed (12-14 years).
Registration ends Dec. 13, and the league runs from Jan. 13-March 5. You can register online or by calling 979-764-3486 or stopping by our Central Park office at 1000 Krenek Tap Road. The cost is $70 per participant, which includes a team jersey.
Players can register for Monday/Wednesday/Saturday or Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday practices. Games are played on weeknights between 6-9 p.m. and Saturday practices are between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Practices and games are at College Station Independent School District gyms and the Lincoln Recreation Center. Gym locations vary depending on age and availability, and participants can’t request a specific location.
The format of the league is an eight-game, round-robin schedule. Each player accumulates at least two quarters of playing time for each game in which they participate.
Volunteer Coaches Needed
Parents are their kids’ greatest fans, and we encourage you to get involved as a volunteer coach. Without dedicated volunteers, our programs can’t grow and prosper. We need coaches for every age division. No experience is required, and we provide you with the help and resources you need for a fun and successful season.
To apply as a volunteer coach, go to cstx.gov/sportsvolunteer and fill out the form. Volunteers must complete a background check.