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Is there a lucky side of the court in volleyball?
isn't something that I rely on when playing volleyball. Homer
Simpson, my favorite cartoon character, once said "If it wasn't
for bad luck, I would have no luck at all."
However, I learned from my high school coach, Dexter Harvey,
that there is truly a "lucky" side to the court. I am practical;
if there are two sides to a coin, the chance of getting either
is going to be 50/50, no matter how many times you flip it. So,
who cares what side of the court you get, right? Wrong.
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How to select a volleyball club
you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a
greater price. -- Bud Wilkinson
Club season is almost here--time to start looking for the best
team for your skill level. Although club is time-consuming and
expensive, it is well-worth the effort in the long-run. However,
before selecting a club, consider the following advice.
If you are not sure which club you are going to play for, here
are a few things you can do to ensure a successful and enjoyable
In selecting a coach, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the following.
more on how to select a
Should a volleyball player play up an age group in club
Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't
around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it,
work around it. --Michael Jordan
Consider this: there is a very good high school junior who
would be on a 17's club team, but has been asked to be on an
team. Should this volleyball player play up an age group for her
club volleyball season?
How to make a weighted setter's volleyball.
"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My
strength lies solely in my tenacity." --Louis Pasteur
Pasteur is correct. To some, tenacity is staying out on the
field longer than anyone else and working out harder than the
rest of your team. However, let's be realistic. No one has all
the time in the world to work out a few extra hours a day and no
one has an unlimited supply of energy. So what can one do?
Work-out more efficiently. But how?
Simple... fill an old volleyball with sand.
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Leadership and running a volleyball team.
"Champions keep playing until they get it right." --Billie Jean
If you sit near the court, you hear it. College coaches love it.
Teammates are inspired by it. So... what is it?
Talking, or "barking", on the court. On a recent college visit,
though I've heard it plenty of times before, a player mentioned,
"The loud teams always seem to win."
Loud teams tend to be more successful because they are always
communicating with each other, letting each other know what is
Kenzie Aries selects Pomona-Pitzer College to play college
Deciding on a college can be
very difficult - it was for me.
Some high school players are so good that they can go to any
college they desire. Others (most) are just thankful to get an
inquiry from a volleyball school.
Being a Leader: On court and off
"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the
way." --John Maxwell.
Some people think being a leader is easy. They think all it
involves is telling people what to do and when to do it. The
fact of the matter is that being a leader isn't a fun job,
especially on the volleyball court.
Volleyball Team Building: There's no "I" in team, right?
"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins
championships." --Michael Jordan
Teamwork comes from having a cohesive team, and in any team
sport, getting along with those on your team is essential.
team building for volleyball
College Volleyball Recruiting
"My advice to anyone is to let your life live you. You don't
have to rule yourself with an iron hand, because if you let it,
the divine plan of your life will direct you. Anything is
possible if you can think it clearly and hold it passionately.
Anything unrealized is not important; what is important is the
quality of each step that you take along the way. Everything you
do is important, even if it doesn't seem so at the time. If you
apply your full attention, everything will always be just as it
should be." --Mary Jo Peppler
List Of Why I Play Volleyball.
know you play volleyball when..." --Any volleyball player.
This is a compilation of various sources regarding when you know
you play volleyball.
The Setter as a "Sin Eater"
setter is the hardest working player on the court that receives
no glory." --Anonymous
Whether you're a setter or any other position on the court, this
quote seems to hold true on many teams. Don't get me
wrong--every single player on the court works hard and everyone
has their jobs to do. In my opinion, the middle blocker position
is the most physically demanding position on the court. But I
will stand by the quote that the setter is the hardest working
player on the court.
In fact, a local coach commented that the setter is like the
"sin eater." What is a sin eater, you ask? The idea stems from
ancient times, with the Aztec goddess Tlazolteotl. At the end of
someone's life, they were allowed to confess their misdeeds to
her, and according to legend, she would cleanse their soul by
"eating its filth."
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