|Girls in their last huddle after the award ceremony|
The Fernwood Pirates 8th Grade Girls' Volleyball team wrapped up the 2015-16 season with 42 wins and 2 losses. It was really fun to go every week as a family to cheer Aden and her team on. I enjoyed watching all of the players steadily improve. It was moving to see how consistently encouraging and kind the coach and the players managed to be. Aden was not one of the power players, but she got better with every game, and by the last one her energy and commitment made us really proud.
There was a lot to learn by suddenly being a family that did sports, though. The first was keeping track of the shifting schedule. We missed the second game of the season because we didn't realize at first that the game times moved so much. Games could start anywhere from 5:30 to 9:00 (which still seems shockingly late to begin any activity with kids), and if we missed an email about a change it was easy to not show up at the right time.