Gulf Athletes Can't Set Foot On New Floor
LAND O' LAKES - Gulf coach Shari Schau is between a rock and a hard place. Schau, who is entering her 13th season as the Buccaneers' volleyball coach, is pleased that the Bever-Hicks Activity Center is receiving a new hardwood floor. 'I walked on the floor and it seems an excellent floor and top-notch and it's a lighter color wood,' Schau said Monday. 'And I really think it brightens up the gym, too. So that part of it is going to be awesome.' The part that isn't so awesome is that the Bucs will have to find a location to hold tryouts, scheduled for Monday through Aug. 10, because of issues with the new floor. No timetable has been given, but until then, the team will not be able to set foot onto the new surface.Schau held a volleyball camp for middle school players July 9 and the floor was supposed to be done then. 'Apparently they're still having problems with it,' she said. 'They haven't even put the lines down on the floor yet, so we're not real sure what's going to happen.' According to the coach, she was told by the school's administration and maintenance crew the paint had to be delivered from Germany, and even that is here ready to be used. Until the gym is opened for regular use, Schau is optimistic she will be able to conduct her tryouts at Gulf Middle School. Schau said she is confident the two sides will work something out. 'I don't see that it will be a problem if that's where it's going to be, but it's pretty frustrating,' Schau said. 'Between construction and doing the gym floor when they were just sanding it and putting polyurethane on it, in the 12 years I've coached here, I've been out of the gym at some point each season in eight years. I've only been in the gym full time four years. 'So it continues to be frustrating, but the girls are dealing with it, I'm dealing with it and we're doing the best we can.' This summer, the team practiced at the middle school from 7 to 9 a.m., but if Bever-Hicks remains closed into the regular season, those hours will quickly change. The middle school volleyball team will practice from 3 to 5 p.m. If Gulf gets permission to use the gym, the JV team will practice from 5 to 7 p.m. and varsity will follow from 7 to 9 p.m. If they can't use the middle school, Schau said Plan B would be to approach the New Port Richey Recreation Center for use of it's facility. 'It's going to be a nightmare and that's tough. I've done that before, too, as far as late practices,' Schau said. 'You get kids coming in late from this or coming late for that. At least right after school you know they don't have any reasons not to be there.' 'That's the practice schedule Barb Munday, my assistant, and I are looking at.'
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