Author: Raffles Press

CCA Previews ’21: Softball

Reading Time: 3 minutes

By Dawn Toh (21S03L), Girls’ Captain,  Clarissa Toh (21S03H), Girls’ Vice-Captain, Bryan Yeo (21S05A), Boys’ Captain, and Pan Yifan (21S06C), Boys’ Vice-Captain

Don’t blink. The distance from the pitcher plate to the home plate is 45 feet. Considering the leap the pitcher takes, an average pitch of speed 90km/h will reach the batter in 0.512 seconds. The human brain takes 0.125s to process an image and tell your body to swing the bat. An average 0.200s swing leaves only 0.187s to gauge whether to hit. 

When you think of a softball player, what comes to mind? Most think of the flock trudging across school to the Y1-4 field with humongous duffel bags, the terribly awkward tan lines, or even the blisters that litter their hands that make you think: “Now that’s a hand I don’t want to hold.” Yes, softball is an unglamorous sport, but we wear our battle scars with pride. They are a testament to all the hard work we have put in behind the scenes. All this because hearing the crack of the bat and watching the ball fly far really hits the spot.

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CCA Previews ’21: Raffles Debaters

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By Min Sitt Hman (21A01A), Chairperson

Your opponent’s time is up. Cue applause. You take brisk steps to the centre of the room, recalling every nook and cranny in your mental arsenal. You are ready.

Your first word slips through the mouth, casting a brilliant gossamer unto the undecided masses; before you know it, you have become the Crusader of Truth, the one valiant defender of Reason standing ardently between Virtue and Ignorance.

With surgical precision, you puncture your opponents’ morale, dexterously deconstructing their case. With every victorious stroke, you demonstrate the sheer magnificence of human rationality, resurrecting the spirit of Socrates—and as you ascend to the climax of your speech you transfigure into the custodian of Kant’s kingdom on Earth, proclaiming with ease one moral axiom after another, each one most coherently aligning with the noblest aspirations of man.

Haha. Just kidding.

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CCA Previews ’21: Recreational Badminton

Reading Time: 2 minutes

By: Eugene Chua (21S06N), Captain, Vishal Vijay (21S03L), Vice-Captain, and Cheryl Ang (21S06F), Secretary 

With 49 students in the Year 5 batch alone, Recreational Badminton is easily one of the largest sports CCAs in Raffles Institution. With the high popularity of badminton as a sport within the school, Recreational Badminton is one of the best avenues for playing the sport with others leisurely without the pressure of trying to train hard and win competitions. Within the CCA, our focus isn’t on doing well all the time, but rather on enjoying ourselves and meeting new people during CCA sessions!

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CCA Previews ’21: Chess Club

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By Ramesh Aadhitya (21S03Q), Chairperson and Ryan Pang (21S03A), Vice-Chairperson

Former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik once said “I am convinced, the way one plays chess always reflects the player’s personality. If something defines his character, then it will also define his way of playing.”

At Raffles Chess Club, we don’t think of chess as just a game, but also as an art with many nuances and complexities that are waiting to be discovered. Regardless of a player’s skill level, chess has something to offer, be it an opportunity to forge new friendships with fellow members, or the thrill of being engaged in an exciting battle of strategy and wits. With our primary focus being enjoying the game, the chess club is open to anyone who wishes to put their minds to the test. 

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CCA Previews ’21: Judo

Reading Time: 4 minutes

By Raffles Judo EXCO’21

Attention please, this is your captain speaking.

Ever wanted to learn how to fly? Welcome aboard RAJU (Raffles Judo) airlines, the only certified flight school in the world that not only teaches you how to fly, but also to make others fly. We are a warm and friendly community, and you will definitely feel at home in our airspace. 

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