May 6, 2008

Volley Ball

volley Today.. I remembered this incident ..
This is a tribute to my team mates and sports teacher at Abo Huraira Secondary Public school .

Ismael Obaidat is his name,the school's sport teacher ,
when i was in 8th grade he assembled a volley ball team,he picked up us based on his personal view on each of us ,you know,in public schools its different,its intimate ,i live in Draa el '3arbe,my teacher lives in Bag3a,half of my class mates are refugees .

Volley ball was even more "sophisticated" than basketball ! football is the sport and thats it, no one ever played volley !! he taught us from the very scratch! we would practice every day after school ,at the break,and some times skip the "not important" classes to practice .

i had the coordination right ,excelled at that only,nothing more !a horrible wing shooter,i couldn't serve well, so i was the setter -the center on the net,the second touch-.and often on the bench .

i remember the early morning meetings before we head to the yard ,we would talk about the new rules, Ostaz Ismael would tell us about why south Asians and south Americans are good at volley ball,it was another thing,a very different thing from what goes in our school(s) ,sport that felt like a privilege to be picked ,to have a new shirt for the team after the principal lectured us on how hard he worked to get us the fund for that,and that we should do our best ,wash and return the shirts on time !

1st year i hardly played in the tournament,simply because we were eliminated at the 1st match .

the next year,i was one of the "old" guys, I'm now better, and I'd change position at all time at the game to be the center on the net because I'm the best .I played all matches ,we won all the way to the final .

our friends ,20-30 guys skipped school that day,knowing that the principal is going to be there,they came to cheer for us,and partially because the game was set to be at a girl's public school where they had a big gym.

we played and we were tied,to the last point in the tie breaker ,i served,we had a point,now we need another point and we win,the nerves got the best out of me,i served right into the net .we won their serve,and a team mate served,they hit one hard,we received it,and i dared to "place" the ball instead of preparing it to Moayyad,the captain,the big guy with the power shot,and we won.

until this day i remember how i jumped off the floor,and i remember what i saw,my friends coming toward me,and the coach with this big happy smile on his bearded face .

i miss those days,nice memories,i miss the public school,despite the smell of the bathrooms,and the horrible conditions,it was different,it was a second home.and i wish i can meet Ostaz Ismael again !


poprage said...

nice post nasser
never been a team member hahahahaaaaa

i now play pool :D

best school years for me were high school days with the fights :D

NasEr said...

thx buddy !
i think you discover this |team member| uniqueness thing long after you are done with it :)
fights are good,i never been a feisty boy, friends who fights for fun would "solve" it w ana maleesh da5al LOL

LUNAR. said...

Really nice experiment to share , and such a wonderful memory to be brought..

Nice Blog BTW ..


NasEr said...

thx Lunar ! your stop is appreciated :)

Anonymous said...

naser , ......i really liked what u wrote, katbt be tare2a 5aletene at5aial kol shi o m3 hek ma kont adreh a3raf atnaba2 esh ra7 yser , 5sosan enk 7addartna enk la3eb msh "ktr" motafwek bel lo3be o...... ,el 5olasah 5sa2es momtazeh la aia ossa 7ata law kanat ossetna bel 7aiah....
i know those days ele btrj3 lal madrseh o la ostaz mo3aian o bt7es.....

Anonymous said...

heheh nset a7ki be5 ana zena ele katbt a5er comment

NasEr said...

Zena Be5,that must be Zena B :D
welcome to my blog ,glad you liked it and the feeling came across :)

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