Ceremony


My son Schuyler is on his high school’s tennis team, and they had a home match today. I went over to the courts to watch, and got there early enough to see the pre-match introduction “ceremony,” for lack of a better term.

The two teams line up, and the host school’s coach says something like “Welcome!” and then the coaches introduce each singles player and doubles team on their rosters. Each player shakes his opponent’s hand, and the other coach’s hand, in advance of the match. I just love the sportsmanship and courtesy of the whole thing.

In honor of LBHS’s match against Cerritos:

Boys in red and black
and white shake hands, do battle
and shake hands again.