Okay some volleyball players CAN rely on pure physical raw talent when it comes to being considered for the Varsity team. But there are also some things you can do if you aren’t quite as tall, or as quick or as strong as your teammates to get the volleyball coach to notice you.
Check out these tips that should put you on the right road to making the varsity volleyball team. Be sure to apply them to your next volleyball practice.
1. Come Early, Leave Late to Practice.
For volleyball practice I use to come to my high school gym one half hour before practice and lay in the middle of the gym and just visualize that the volleyball court was mine.
Seriously, I convinced myself that anything that happened on that volleyball court, any ball that came on my side I was personally going to be responsible for. Nothing was going to fall to the floor while I was in defense and last but not least, no one was going to dig my hits.
I think getting into doing this habit regularly, worked because we made it to the California State Championships for the first time in school history my senior year.
I chose to come early and/or stay late to exercise my mental skills but I also did it to practice serving and perform individual wall drills for setting and passing as well.
For setting wall drills you only need one ball and a wall:
1. Pick a spot on the wall that’s about two feet above your head when you’re in a low passing position.
2. Position yourself a little more than your arm length away from the ball and first set to the same spot for 50 reps.
3. Once you are done take two more steps away from the wall, aim for the same exact spot on the wall and do another 50 reps. Now you have to gauge how much more you have to use your legs to get the ball to the wall and back to you so you can repeatedly set the ball.
4. After this take another two steps backward even further from the wall but your goal is to get that ball to the SAME spot on the wall.
5. Wash-rinse-repeat. That means do the same exact thing with passing to the wall.
When you are done, and you’ve completed these two drills, you have touched a ball 300 times before your volleyball practice has even started. The more you touch a ball correctly, the better you get at controlling it.
2. Become the most effective server on your volleyball team.
First read my article the “How To Improve Your Volleyball Serve: Top 5 Places to Serve After a Team Timeout” which will give you specific rules you need to follow in order to position yourself as your team’s GO-To server.
If you become a consistent volleyball player who has a special point scoring serve, then I guarantee you your volleyball coach will not only notice, but will put you in the game as often as he/she can.
3. Okay it’s not a movie about high school volleyball but still GO rent the DVD movie “Rudy” starring Sean Astin…Watch it…then ADOPT his “never quit-no excuses” attitude. Period. Don’t think about it, be about it.
Yeah, it’s a football movie – but it’s one of the best one’s that you will ever see AND you’d be surprised how many conditioning drills in football are similar to the ones we do in high school volleyball. Just watch the movie.
4. Go After EVERY volleyball in defense.
During your high school volleyball practice adopt the “Rudy” attitude in defense and make any ball in defense YOUR ball. Decide that nothing falls around you or in your immediate area.
Make it your mission in life to not let a ball fall anywhere within a three foot radius of where you are on defense without you going after it, hitting the floor if you can in an attempt to get that ball up.
Take pride in TRYING to get every ball up so your team has another chance to play it and make a point or side out.
You may not get it the first or second time but you’ll get closer and closer each time and most importantly your coach will notice your effort. Believe that.
5. Become the backrow quarterback for your volleyball team.
Talk to your teammates before, during and after the game and give them valuable information about what you see happening. Direct traffic by calling out plays you see developing.
This isn’t difficult because many times if you are playing in the back row, if you are concentrating you can see a play developing just like the front row player does, sometimes even sooner.
If you see the Right Front player sliding over to run the “X” don’t keep this information to yourself! Call it out “Watch the X” Watch number 15 coming around” Say it loud enough so everyone can hear it. If you see the fake “X” developing which is what a lot of setters call after running the X “Call it out” out loud…”watch number 15 coming around for the fake X”.
Can you tell that the setter does just before he/ she sets one of her players in the back row? Then call it out loudly and let your teammates beforehand if you can.
Let the blockers here you, let your defense hear you…just commentate. Did you say “secrets”?
There are no secrets on the volleyball court. Let your teammates know what to expect.
If a player goes through the front row rotation and all the points he/she made were by wiping off the block or hitting cross court, the next time he/she rotates up to the left front YOU go up and out loud and tell YOUR front row blockers in a LOUD voice “Hey that #15 the last time hit everything cross court. Be ready for his/her cross court attack.”
Besides this being a very good way of “getting inside” your opponent’s head, it let’s your coach know that you are a smart volleyball player, making yourself aware of what is going on in the game and you’re doing what it takes to inform your teammates which ultimately helps your team win.
Question: How Tall do you have to be a good Backrow Quarterback? Answer: Size just doesn’t matter!
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Reprinted with permission by April Chapple.