Did you say “USA!” in your mind as you finished reading the title for this post? I hope you did.
Get engaged, follow along and explore the world of USA volleyball. Foster growth and love for the game that is taking the hearts of young girls and boys across the globe. There’s a million people and events I could think of right now that wouldn’t have been possible without my connection to the sport of volleyball. Spanning from friends, to relationships, to academics, to job opportunities, the networking world of volleyball has opened wondrous doors of success for me as I’ve grown to love the game more each day, many I would have never dreamed of possible.
June 23rd, today, our first full day of training. Picking up our intensity from where it was left at last night, this morning’s session focus was serving and passing. Crafting a serve so unique and powerful, only you are the master of your team’s first attack against the opponent. Starting 20 feet back from the service line, taking a deep breath, checking your body to get everything abalone in place. The toss, the contact, ripping the leather off the ball as it careens over the net. That’s the mentality, focus and attitude we have when it comes to serving. Such a simple for of attack against a team, but the quickest ways to score points 30 feet back.
Round of serve-receive competition for nearly 3 hours this morning consumed the practice agenda. Outsides and Liberos passing with each other, as many player combinations as possible. Hundreds of opportunities to score points for yourself and make your jersey known as something more than just a stat in the book. Key words from the session concerning passing: simple movements, balanced, relaxed and setter feedback. All just for one skill: PASSING!
The game of volleyball is hundreds of mini games within itself. The server versus the passer, the blocker against the hitter. If you view the game from this perspective, the most successful teams win the min games and let the actual match take care of itself and fall into place. A calming perspective I’ll have to carry with myself as I prepare for our evening session in an hour.
Not sure what tonight’s practice entails, but there will be a team bonding activity as well as a laundry fest (as I’d call it) later tonight. We are working hard, the gym is hot, and I’m loving every second of it.