JV Yom Roo: A winning day
Every year, Ramah Palmer and Ramah Berkshires play two all-day tournaments, one just for the JV teams (Magshimim and Bogrim) and one in which the entire Tzad Bet (JV and Varsity) participate. Each camp hosts one event per year, alternating the events. Every chanich (camper) on Tzad Bet picks a team at the beginning of the kayitz (summer). Madrichim and specialist, often those who were on the same team as chanichim, serve as the coaches and they practice daily. Z’man Roo (Roo practice time) is not just about improving skills, it is really about being part of a team, teamwork, forging bonds between chanichim from different Edot and different friend groups, and building mentoring relationships between chanichim and tzevet (staff). The evening before the tournament, all of the teams gathered to have special bonding time, get their game shirts and share final words of wisdom.
Yesterday, Ramah Berkshires hosted the JV tournament which we call Yom Roo and they call Yom Palmer. Next Machzor (session), we will host all four of their older edot when both JV and Varsity play.
Up early, Magshimim and Bogrim davened, ate aruchat boker (breakfast) and then boarded the tour busses for the drive to Ramah Berkshires.The day started with a welcome ceremony where the dance teams performing their dances. The sports teams played in rapid succession with ultimate, boy’s basketball, tennis, cross-country, girl’s softball all happening before aruchat tzohorim (lunch).
After a short break in the action to eat and meet new friends or get reacquainted with old friends, the games started up again. Soccer, girl’s basketball, ultimate frisbee, boy’s softball, volleyball, swimming and scrabble went off with out a hitch after aruchat tzhorim.
Because of the size of the teams, Magshimim and Bogrim played their own ultimate and boy’s basketball games.
Everyone had a great time. The teams all played with heart and soul. At the end of the day, the scores were tallied and Palmer Roo won the day: 9-4. Great job to all of our players for their amazing teamwork and wonderful sportsmanship. We are very proud of all of our chanichim for giving 100% effort!