Toes, Volley Ball Stands and Paranoia


Eventually in the wussification of battle ball we used volleyball nets during battle ball to keep the hits below face level. By putting the net across the court you forced underhanded throws and hits at the waist or below. It was an improvement for every player except the short ones who now received concentrated fire but in return could still fire the playground balls overhand while others had to throw underhanded or side armed… When recess was over the volleyball standards needed to be moved off the court., Like erasers, chalk boards and playground equipment students used to volunteer to help (largely I suspect because it might make them miss some class time) One day several kids volunteered to stay, roll up the nets and move the standards, I chose a couple and started picking up the equipment. A scream issued from the lips of a smallish girl who had let the heavy base of the volleyball standard fall on her foot. Fearing a broken foot we hopped to the nurse’s office which was right by the gym and got her calmed down while the nurse took off her shoe. There was no blood but it was quite a shock when the nurse took her sock off and her big toe nearly fell off. Apparently the edge of the standard had caught it directly in the last joint before the foot and had dislocated it with only skin still holding it on. The nurse, an old pro, grabbed it as it fell sideways repositioned it and wrapped it in tape as she mouthed “rescue squad” over the top of the girl’s head. The girl and the toe survived with no apparent long-term effects. I on the other hand became more paranoid about athletic equipment and now can’t even look at a volleyball net stand, hurdles, or a pole vault pit without a tinge of uneasiness.

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About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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One Response to Toes, Volley Ball Stands and Paranoia

  1. Hoakie says:

    At least she wasn’t hit in the head/face with a rubber ball. ;^)

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