Volleyball is a game of intuition. Imagination. Improvisation. But most of all, of reciprocity. Of teamwork. There is no way to freelance in volleyball.
Source: Flow Volleyball.
You are so passionate about volleyball and you are just starting out in the sport. You are searching for a detailed guide that explains about the things you need to know before playing volleyball as a beginner player.
If that’s the case, keep reading!
The amazing part about playing volleyball is the camaraderie you get to experience with your team mates. But as a beginner player, you may be confused about what is needed and what isn’t needed before starting to play the sport.
Don’t worry, we’ll clear everything for you in this post.
Let’s get started!
Did you know? The very first volleyball match was played in 1896.
Things You Need to Know Before Playing Volleyball as a Beginner Player
You Don’t Need to have All the Gear Before Starting to Play Volleyball
Yes, you’ve read it right. You don’t need to have all the gear with you before start playing volleyball.
When you are learning the sport, you don’t need any gear related to it. What you need is a good coach to learn how to play the sport and the motivation/willingness to succeed in it.
You can look towards purchasing the volleyball gear when you know how to play it, after you’ve decided to tryout for a particular team, you’ve managed to successfully get into a team and you are pretty sure that you want to continue playing volleyball.
You Must Practice Before Trying Out for a Team
This is crucial.
If you don’t practice enough and you tryout for a team, the only thing you’ll get is disappointing outcome. And that is, you won’t be able to get into the team you want to play for.
Nobody likes to experience that. Right?
The best way to practice before trying out for a team is to work hard in getting good at all the basic skills of volleyball. Why all the basic skills? Good question!
During a tryout, you don’t know what role you’ll be asked to perform. When you know all the basic skills, it’d be easier for you to adapt to any role the coach asks you to perform.
Also, this gives you the foundational knowledge you require to play in a volleyball team.
Keep Yourself Fit
No, I am not asking you to be fit like Arnold Schwarzenegger or the rock before starting to play volleyball. But if you want to be fit like them, that’s fine as well.
The whole idea behind being fit as a volleyball player is to keeping your energy level high on the court.
The best way to achieve this is to work on conditioning your body.
If it’s the first time you are playing volleyball, then there is a high chance that the term may be confusing to you.
Conditioning is to put it in simple words, working on increasing your stamina, your overall energy level and endurance on the court for the entire duration of the match.
You don’t need to be in a perfect shape to play volleyball, but if you regularly work on increasing your stamina, endurance and the overall energy level, it’ll make you feel good and confident on the court.
Build a Good Relationship with Your Coach
Your coach is the important person who knows about volleyball and coaching the players for some time. so if you are new to the sport and just started playing it, then it’s imperative that you meet your coach, talk to him/her and attempt at building a strong relationship.
By voluntarily introducing yourself to the coach and striking up a conversation, you leave a lasting imprint in their mind. It also indicates that you are coachable.
Apart from that, it shows your seriousness and involvement to playing volleyball and helps the coach to take note of you.
Remember this. Coaches don’t expect players to self-introduce to them and by doing that, you significantly improve your chances of standing out from the crowd.
Understanding the Player Positions on the Court
Along with the basics of volleyball, learning and understanding the player positions on the court is pretty important in many ways.
One, it helps you to learn the player positions in volleyball. This is obvious.
Two, you’ll be able to understand the rotation rules of the sport.
Apart from that, if you are trying out for a team and the coach uses the player position related terms, you don’t feel overwhelmed and think, good lord! I never heard them before.
Finally, when you know about the player positions, it’ll give you the best chance of understanding what your coach is trying to communicate with the team.
Watch Volleyball Matches Both Online and in TV
Watching volleyball matches help you learn the game effectively. It helps you to understand the nuances involved in the game.
You’ll get a proper idea of the playing style of other players and overtime, you can develop your own as well. No matter what level of volleyball match you watch, make it a habit of doing it regularly.
Don’t get intimidated by the level of skills on display during a match. Rather, remember this.
Those players also started from scratch.
Get to Play Volleyball
Nothing beats practical learning when you are starting out with anything in life and sports is no exception to it.
The simplest way to improve your skills in volleyball is to play it regularly. You don’t have to get into a team or you don’t have to go to a fancy indoor court to practice volleyball.
Playing in your backyard with your friends would be an ideal starting point. From there, learn the necessary skills related to the sport and then start trying out for a team.
FAQs on Volleyball for Beginners
What are Some Interesting Facts About Volleyball?
Here are 5 interesting facts about volleyball.
- Pepper is a passing drill performed by players without having a net on the court.
- 1998 was the year colored volleyballs were introduced in a tournament.
- The only time a national team to win 3 back to back gold medals in Olympics is Cuba’s women’s national team between 1992 to 2000.
- The fastest volleyball serve was clocked at 83.8 MPH.
- Brazil is the only country that’s among top 5 in the FIVB senior world rankings for a long time.
What are the Lines Involved in a Volleyball Court?
Here are the lines involved in a volleyball court.
- Attack lines.
- Center line.
What does the 4 Fingers Signal Mean in Volleyball?
The 4 fingers signal in volleyball is to indicate that a team has contacted the ball 4 times and yet, the ball didn’t reach the opponent court. In that case, the point will be awarded to the opposite team.
You are allowed to make only 3 contacts to the ball.
As a beginner volleyball player, it’d be tempting to believe that you have to learn so much before starting to play the sport.
The key for learning to play any sport including volleyball is to enjoy the process without worrying about winning and losing.
I hope that the post on things you need to know before starting to play volleyball as a beginner player would be helpful for you.
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