The flight of a volleyball is consistent

But the flight of an aspiring volleyball player is not

Those two elements need to meet in time in space. Arm and ball, body and line, twist and thrust.

When they do, magic happens.

It is 2021

We are misaligned. All of us.

The throes of Covid lockdown are upon us, but still we muddle about awkwardly to make a volleyball season happen. Highschoolers sign into the zoom, three rotations with coaches: skill session, stretching, and workout. They rotate through, we shout encouragement into the void.

Many of them show up

But they’re not really here.

We are all sleepwalking, slumbering hand in hand.

Others fall off, dropping in to visit periodically, but eventually understanding that this is not worth their time,

because none of it was worth their time.

We all had that feeling, regularly.

The ennui, the sense of hopelessness, and loneliness, took us over.

School, and volleyball, for certain, wasn’t meant to be this way.

Today feels different.


Cacophony of sounds, whistles, chance, the staccato of balls hitting the floor and the wall

I have energy, enthusiasm,


The last three years of self stilted, interrupted, out of sync, like a volleyballer and volleyball that just can’t meet.

A group of humans, together in this space, we revel in the joy of sport

And the arc of ball

and player


Published by Radutti

Teaching in Ha Noi, screwing things up daily but surviving to write about it. ...everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you. How are you?

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  1. As I started reading and saw it was about volleyball, I was interested. My nephew back in 2016 graduated from Long Beach State on a full volleyball scholarship. As I read on, I realized how brilliantly you describe covid’s impact on this team sport and then pivot to show how it feels know. Arc is the perfect title. Thanks for sharing.


  2. The contrast, is so clear. Nothing compares to being together in person and for sports that is how it should be. You did well during those Zoom days. This sentence sums it up, “A group of humans, together in this space, we revel in the joy of sport.”

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  3. I love how you isolate the word joy all by itself on it’s line.
    Your image of the arc of the ball meeting the player- or not-
    That really works for that quarantine time of trying to make do without being together-
    I’m glad to read another covid piece, as I think we need to remember
    And to celebrate the now!!


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