There’s a lot of different teams in the volleyball world, but there are some things they all have in common. All of these teams love players that are coachable and willing to learn. They love players that help elevate the play of their teammates, and they love players that are good people all around.
The following 10 habits, if you implement them into your game, will help you become highly rated by your teammates and coaches. Not only will these habits make you better at volleyball, but they’ll also make you better in life.
1. Act Like You’ve Been There Before: When you score a point for your team, whether it be with your serve or a kill, don’t go nuts. If you get overly excited after every point it can come off as if you think volleyball is a bigger deal than it is. The reality is it’s just a game of volleyball so don’t act like the world is going to end if the other team scores a point on you.
2. Be Coachable: If your coach tells you something about how to improve your game, listen! Don’t argue with them or give them excuses as to why what they said won’t work for
Now that you’ve been playing for a season or two, and you think you have the game down, we have one final test for you. The litmus test to determine if you’re an A-level player is not how many plays you make on the court. It’s how highly your teammates rate you. How do you build up that reputation? Below are ten habits of highly rated players.
1. You take care of your body
As an athlete, it is your responsibility to make sure that your body is taken care of. This includes getting enough sleep, eating right, and drinking lots of water. Injuries happen every day because athletes don’t take care of their bodies properly. It’s important to stretch before games and practices to prevent any unnecessary strains or sprains as well.
2. You work hard in practice
The best way to get better at volleyball is by practicing hard everyday in training sessions. When it comes time for games and tournaments, all the hard work will pay off and you will be ready to play at a high level consistently. If you show up to practice simply going through the motions and not giving 100%, it will show on the court during games, and your teammates will notice.
1. Be On Time
This sounds like such a simple thing, but it is surprising how often players show up late. I’m not just talking about showing up late for individual practice sessions, but also for team practices, tournaments and other events. I never want my teammates to worry about whether or not I will be there on time. It’s important to let your teammates know that you are reliable.
2. Show Up With A Good Attitude
Everyone knows volleyball can be frustrating sometimes. We all have bad days and occasionally we let that affect our attitudes on the court. But if we really want to improve, then we need to be willing to play through those tough days. If you are lucky enough to have an opportunity to play volleyball, then don’t take it for granted! Every practice and competition is a chance to get better…but only if you show up with a good attitude!
3. Be Willing To Learn
There is always more to learn in this game! Just when you think you have mastered a skill, there is something else that can make it even better. Sometimes it’s hard to admit when you don’t know something or you struggle with a particular skill. But if you have the
1. Always be open to setting.
2. Don’t set balls unless you are absolutely sure you can get the ball over the net.
3. Shout at teammates when they hit a ball that is clearly out of reach for them (i.e. 3 feet over their head). The other team will get it and you will look stupid.
4. When on defense, try not to dive unless there is an extremely important reason to do so (i.e., someone will die if you don’t). Volleyball is a game of skill, not diving ability!
5. If you can’t bump the ball, don’t even stick your arms up in the air because that just makes your team look bad and gives the other team a free point (and they will laugh at you).
6. When receiving serve, always say “I got it” even if there’s a teammate closer to the ball than you are. You’ll look like a team player when really everyone knows that you’re just trying to make yourself feel special by saying “I got it.”
7. Always ask for tips from teammates about how to improve your game when you’re subbed-out after getting blocked several times in a row
There are three types of volleyball players:
-The ones that work hard
-The ones that work smart
-The ones that complain about their teammates.
There is a fourth type: the one who works hard and smart. You know, the good player.
Volleyball is a team sport where 11 people are on the court and each player has a very specific role to play. The setter, opposite, outside hitter, middle blocker, libero (defensive specialist), and right side all have different jobs that are equally as important as each other’s job. This means that each person will be in a situation where they need help from their teammates to get the ball up for an attack or for a dig to keep the ball off of the floor.
Now imagine there are two players in your position: one who works hard and one who works smart but never practices. Who would you rather have on your team? If you answered the hard worker then you should reevaluate your priorities when it comes to playing sports. Working smart is better than working hard especially when it comes to your teammates trusting you on court. They will rely on you more if they know that you have great communication skills, can hit with power, can serve with precision or can pass
Ask any volleyball player to describe their perfect teammate and there are a few things they will include on the list:
1. They communicate well with their teammates
2. They hustle on every play
3. They have a positive attitude
4. They are coachable
5. They understand the game
6. They have good court vision
7. They have good ball control skills
8. They are smart, consistent hitters
9. They work hard in practice to improve their game
10. They are team players
1. Develop Your “Team” Mentality
A team player effortlessly adapts to any situation by having the ability and willingness to play any role to help their team win. It is much more difficult to get a block on an outside hitter than on a middle, but you have the athletic ability and confidence to step up and deny that hitter the ball.
2. Be a Strong Communicator
Communication is a vital skill for all players, especially if you want to be seen as one of the leaders on your team. Help your teammates out by offering pointers and feedback throughout practices and games.
3. Accept Coaching
You may not always agree with every coaching decision or every comment made by a coach, but it is important that you accept coaching as part of being a volleyball player. If you don’t agree with something, try to talk it through with your coach before or after practice in private so that it doesn’t interfere with your game play.
4. Keep Your Emotions in Check
Emotional outbursts can hurt your team’s performance both during games and in practice. Keep your emotions under control at all times so that you can focus on improving your game and helping your team win rather than feeling frustrated or upset about mistakes that were made.