The Salt River Majestics chair volleyball team has been busy the last few months, getting in some practice at the Pi-Copa Gym. The team, which practices from November through May, has been preparing for numerous chair volleyball competitions coming up at senior events throughout the state this summer and the rest of the year.
This year the Gabes Hiapsi team, composed of Yaqui tribal members from Guadalupe, south of Tempe, asked the Salt River Majestics to work with them.
“The Yaqui team wanted to scrimmage with Salt River’s Majestics chair volleyball team,” said Ethelene Ray of the Majestics. The Salt River team welcomed the Yaqui players and helped them develop their skills to become a better team.
Back in November, “They asked if they could continue to come and practice with the [Majestics],” said Ray. “They came with knowledge but were not competitive, and they learned how to be. Now they are very good and have even beat us in games, and we are very proud of them.”
The Yaqui team has added members and now has two teams, an A and B team, both of which still scrimmage with the Majestics.
The Salt River Majestics are very competitive and have earned more than 20 trophies in chair volleyball.
“We have not won any trophies this year, but we are still very competitive and can stay in the games. The Yaquis, however, are doing great and are also now very competitive,” said Ray.
The Majestics are looking for some new members to come out and try chair volleyball. “Anyone can join us,” invited Ray. “We are diehards and looking for anyone interested.”
Ray encouraged seniors and those who have limited movement to try chair volleyball. “You are never too old to begin, and it’s great because we laugh and have fun with it,” said Ray.
The Salt River Majestics formed in 2002 and have competed in numerous Senior Olympics and other senior athletic events throughout the years.