Volleyball is an exhilarating spor. It’s even more fun when you get the chance to represent your school while playing a sport you enjoy. Consequently, like every skill, you need guidance to help master it. It can sometimes get confusing, and you may want to give up if you feel clueless. However, anyone can get good at it with determination and effort.
Therefore, today we have collected everything you need to know before your high school’s next try-out.
What Basics Should You Know?
You have to ensure that you are familiar with basic volleyball positions no matter which level you try out at. Here are some things you should master before stepping into tryouts:
Many things like speed and strength aren’t in your hands. Hustling, however, is within your control. Therefore you should make full use of this fact. You will look good to the coach if you’re going to the floor, diving and running way out for the ball. How much desire you show outweighs every other factor while picking someone for the volleyball team.
Have a fancy serve in mind while you’re reading this? Make sure to show it to your coach once. You should not miss serving the ball as much as you can. However, for the rest of the match, show them your consistent choice, the one which the coach can rely on at all times in every match.
This is a crucial step. You need to be able to pass to your target. While waiting for your pass, stay ready by remaining down low.
You should practice your arm swing and your footwork. A little delving on the internet and some physical space is all you need. You don’t have to be perfect, but a solid foundation will definitely impress the coach.
How Do You Make Sure You’re In The Right Mood?
Coaches are on the lookout for positive and enthusiastic beings to light up their matches not only with volleyball skills but with good energy. No coach wants a player who complains and easily gets disappointed or annoyed on their team. So please make sure to be in your best possible mood. While things can go astray at times, try to keep calm and not lose your composure on the outside as much as possible.
Be Careful About How You Interact
Respect and solidarity among teammates and the coach is very important. You need to acknowledge that coaches put lots of time and effort into making you and the rest of the team better. Therefore, when they have advice or criticism to offer, accept them with an open mind. Make sure you’re maintaining eye contact when the coach is talking, and don’t be afraid to ask questions when you aren’t clear about something.
How Do You Show Them You’re Well Prepared?
Thinking we’ll advise you to spend a couple of hundred bucks on shoes specifically made to play volleyball? Then you’re wrong. However, if you have them, you should wear them. You shouldn’t forget your knee pads. Your hair should also be styled in a way, so it’s off your face.
You should go well prepared by knowing the name of each position. Setters, liberos, your ready position, and the rules should be etched into your mind. You also need to make sure that your trial is not the first time you play volleyball. You should practice with someone experienced. You could further look up passing on the internet and practice with a friend.
What Should You Wear?
You should avoid wearing clothing that is too loose. Spandex or nylon shirts are good options. You should choose a pair of shorts that doesn’t restrict movement. You should opt for a lightweight pair of shoes with arch support. We strongly suggest wearing knee pads to protect your knees for when you dive.
Season Hasn’t Begun Yet? Here’s What To Do To Prepare
To show your coach you have experience, join a rec or a club team. If you play outside tryouts, it will benefit you hugely to build up skills.
You should set off-season fitness goals that make sure you’re in your best form during the tryouts. You could opt for running or biking to build up stamina. Resistance training can let you build up strength.
High energy and good metabolism can contribute significantly to your performance, so don’t forget to keep your meals balanced and healthy.
You need to rest well on the night before and also make sure to have proper breakfast on the tryout morning.
Getting Distracted? Here’s What You Should Do
You should stay focused on volleyball during the trial. Before you enter the gym or wherever the tryout is, remind yourself why you’re here and what you want out of this. Make sure not to talk about your exams, boy drama, homecoming plans, and anything unrelated to volleyball. It can be easy to stray off topic; however, you must show the coach you are friendly with your teammates.
How Do You Express Your Seriousness?
You may be starting tryouts with partner passing. Make sure not to laugh when you make a mistake. You should hustle at every given moment. You should remember that moments you think are insignificant are the very ones that decide everything about who succeeds in the tryouts.
One such moment is while stretching, so make sure you’re doing your best to stretch farther. Your concentration should be on your muscles and aim to make each pass accurate.
This is about all you need to know to succeed in your high school’s volleyball tryout. We wish you the best of luck and remember to not lose heart because there’s always a second chance. Moreover, if volleyball is a sport you love, you will get more opportunities to play it throughout school and college.