It’s a series of actions every Tiger volleyball fan has seen hundreds, maybe thousands, of times.

But it’s usually been performed by polished high school players, who have practiced for years to perfect their technique.

Sure, their play looks good now, but did you ever think about what their first days of play looked like?

Ripon High School varsity volleyball coach Tracy Landman doesn’t have to imagine.

For the past five weeks, her varsity players have teamed with local fifth-grade girls, teaching them the fundamentals of a game they know and love.

The group was so successful, in fact, that Landerman got twice as many “Bumpin’ Tigers,” as they were called, to participate than she expected.

“I was hoping to get 14, 15 kids,” she said. “We had 27.”

For the entire column, turn to page 5 of the Oct. 15 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press. It’s a series of actions every Tiger volleyball fan has seen hundreds, maybe thousands, of times.

But it’s usually been performed by polished high school players, who have practiced for years to perfect their technique.

Sure, their play looks good now, but did you ever think about what their first days of play looked like?

Ripon High School varsity volleyball coach Tracy Landman doesn’t have to imagine.

For the past five weeks, her varsity players have teamed with local fifth-grade girls, teaching them the fundamentals of a game they know and love.

The group was so successful, in fact, that Landerman got twice as many “Bumpin’ Tigers,” as they were called, to participate than she expected.

“I was hoping to get 14, 15 kids,” she said. “We had 27.”

For the entire column, turn to page 5 of the Oct. 15 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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