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10 Tips for making the most of Mud Volleyball

By Emily Gordon-Ross, Staff writer

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Mud Volleyball begins at 11 a.m. today. Here are tips to make the most of the LHS tradition:

1. Wear stuff to play in that you don’t ever want to wear again in your life.
“After you play Mud Volleyball, the clothes you wear will probably be fairly muddy, and the mud will come off in big clumps. They have these troughs for you to wash up in, but don’t expect to be clean after washing up, so just wear an old sweatshirt,” sophomore Macie Albertson said.

2. Carb load, carb load, carb load.
Before working out or participating in any type of physical activity, eating carbohydrates can help increase one’s performance. Your body’s sugar needs to be elevated, and your muscles rely more on those fast-burning carbs as fuel.

3. Do not park or use the driveway by the Wakarusa Fire Department
“You will be towed immediately without warning and so will your parents,” Mud Volleyball coordinator Jo Huntsinger said. “Not kidding. It is a fire lane.”

4. Wear a stocking cap and lots of layers.
This will probably be the coldest mud volleyball tournament ever, with the forecast for Sunday being high of 50 and a low of 37. With a high possibility of rain, be sure to stay covered.

5. Thank STUCO for making this tournament possible.
This event takes a lot of time and planning. They will arrive at 9 a.m. to set up, and many members will be participating in the event, so if you see them say thank you.

6. Have a plan for how you are going to keep the inside of your car clean on the way home.
“I always put a trash bag over the front of my seat and the body of my seat [to keep off mud],” said senior Meagan Hunt.

7. Clean the shower thoroughly so your parents don’t yell at you.
Be nice to your parents and siblings, and don’t leave mud all over the bathroom. Everyone is going to get seriously dirty so be sure to not leave a giant mess.

8. Bring lots of blankets and warm clothes.
Dress according to the weather forecast. “Only our one sanctioned fire pit will be allowed, so gather around the fire safely, dress warm, and stay active to stay warm,” Student Council adviser Keri Lauxman said.

9. Don’t focus on winning as much as playing.
Mud Volleyball is more about enjoying the experience then being competitive and winning the tournament. It will be a better experience for everyone if the goal is to have fun.

10. From 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. games will be played on time. Other games will play ahead of schedule, so do not leave.
Volleyball game times will most likely change due to some games playing faster or slower than expected. Be sure to check in with at the scorer’s table 15 minutes before the start of your game, and be ready to play.

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