Welcome to the 16th edition of 'Roundnet Players Around the World'! 🌎🌎🌎 Where we feature players, conduct a brief interview, and build the #roundnetcommunity. Meet Ryan Navaroli, the founder of @santacruzroundnet !
1) tell us about yourself, where are you from?
I was born in beautiful Santa Cruz, CA. I am a former NCAA college left handed submarine pitcher where I finished my playing career at Cal State San Bernardino. I currently work as a Elementary and High School Mental Health School Counselor and enjoy supporting students.
2) how did you first learn about Roundnet?
I first learned about Roundnet by seeing it at the beach. I instantly fell in love with the sport and immediately bought my first set. I realized that Santa Cruz was the perfect location to grow the sport and had the potential to have a large community with some hard work promoting and exposure.
3) how long have you been playing?
I have been playing for about two years. I am one half of the Santa Cruz Slingerz where we recently qualified as a Premier team (at SF Tour Stop) this past season and got a 1st place podium finish at a local Chico tournament this past year which was awesome.
4) what's your favorite thing about the sport?
My favorite thing about the sport is the community. I have formed so many lifelong relationships through Spikeball and it has been amazing to have so many friends in different states because of this sport. Additionally, I love to still be actively involved in a sport and be part of a new camaraderie after a 16 year baseball career.
5) anything else you'd like to share with your fellow roundnet Players?
I absolutely love promoting the sport anyway I can. @spikeball is usually involved in almost any conversation I have. As a school counselor, I have introduced Spikeball into many local school systems and PE curriculum. I have thoroughly enjoyed bringing Spikeball to company parties, giving live demo's to local businesses, bringing it to my recent graduation, and have even won a local award recognized by the county for the growth of Santa Cruz Roundnet in the Bay Area and Spikeball community as a whole... see the rest of the interview via the link in our bio!