I've learned from inspiring female volleyball players, after many years of
being an indoor and beach volleyball professional, that we learn just as
much about how to become better players by studying pictures and
exchanging inspiring stories about ourselves than we do just by going to
Whether on the court or off, when a player reveals the
details of how she overcame a personal obstacle, it's amazing to see
how her story makes a difference in the life of another volleyball player,
team or coach.
I've seen it happen over and over again.
Whether I was playing volleyball in a European or Italian championship
final, competing on ESPN with my Budlight Four vs. Four championship
team, travelling the states as an AVP pro beach player, winning the
annual Manhattan Beach 6-man tournament, playing professionally as a
New York Liberty or just coaching at volleyball camps, I've seen how
female volleyball players benefit from exchanging with each other the
personal life lessons learned from overcoming obstacles.
Luckily, while playing volleyball internationally, I asked some famous
female Olympic indoor and beach volleyball teammates to share their
stories of some obstacles they had to overcome.
And they did.
Were you ever told you were too short to be a setter?
Imagine this. What if you were kicked out of your house, because you
told your family that you made the USA national volleyball team, how
would you handle that?
Have you ever been teased for being too tall as a teen?
What if you were told you were too big to be a middle blocker? How
could that not hurt your feelings? What would you do to prove the
negative talkers wrong?
Or like yours truly, what if you had to wear Forrest Gump leg braces and
if that weren't enough what if your hair fell out which everyone told
you, made you look like a boy?
Could you possibly become a professional female volleyball player after
enduring that kind of drama?
Trust me, you can't help but be motivated by these inspiring female
volleyball players stories.
I was. And so have others.
You'll find lots of inspiring information here but there are still three
You, your pictures and your inspiring story.
For inspiring female players and fans of all ages to celebrate, share and learn from stories, information, videos and pictures.
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Here's an amazing collection of inspirational stories written by the players, many who are Olympians, about the obstacles they had to overcome and the sacrifices they made in order to reach their collegiate and professional goals.
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Becoming a professional volleyball player requires an American to travel and live outside of the US.
years Brazil, Japan and Italy were the top destinations for the best
pro players in the world to earn top dollar while playing in front of
hundreds of thousands of fans and spectators.
In the past ten years many new and unlikely locations like Turkey, Russia and Azerbaijian have opened up to provide opportunities for American females to earn big money while playing in front of large crowds.
Learn more about the professional volleyball players job description, and famous indoor and beach players profiles.
If you're one of the many girls in beach volleyball looking to improve your technique, then this is the place to start.
In this section players learn about the six fundamental skills as they are performed in the sand game.
The pictures in this section allow you to watch girls beach volleyball players as they perform the correct technique.
Read about a brief history of American females in the Olympics. Also, learn how the game and its rules developed in the past 100 years to what it is now.
What sets us apart from other sites is our extensive exploration into why its important to communicate on the court. Many times learning how to communicate with your teammates especially on defense will help your team level the playing field against opponents.
Knowing how to use volleyball videos to your advantage can improve your skills if they know what to look for.
You can use videos as tools for scouting a team or for finding out what a beach opponent's tendencies are.
Now there are many resources for players who want online training
from top professional players and world renown coaches. We share many
of those videos on this site to our readers who want to improve setting, spiking, defense, blocking and other video clips that will teach skill training.
Exercises and volleyball drills are essential in the learning process for young players.
There are an assortment of drills taught by top collegiate coaches specializing in defense, the block, spiking, serving, the set and how to perform many practice drills.
Sure in this section you'll find explanations of the most basic skills in this sport like passing, serving and blocking but you'll also find what workouts can help improve your game and what a varsity coach is looking for in a player.
This whole section is dedicated to the spike, the hit, the tip or the attack, you name it we explain it in this section.
first opportunity to score a point in the game, the serve and all its
aspects from terminology to the best locations to place the ball is
Pass terminology is defined in the form of a study guide for players who want to learn more about bumping a ball or serve receive.
Players should review these instructions on how to be a setter and don't miss the terminology associated with this skill along with the camps specifically for players who want to excel in this position.
Go deeper into learning how to get better at certain aspects of the game. Actually learn more about the most important aspect the game like passing, serving, setting and hitting.
Each of the player positions are explored and discussed in addition tothe importance of communicating on the court.
are 86 tips in a booklet written by editor And former pro volleyball
player April Chapple divided by skill, Check it out. This section has a
series of suggestions to DVDs and videos produced by top collegiate
coaches giving their practice and game tips.
There are game time strategies, and practice ones to learn and adopt as well ways to communicate better while on the court.
camps are a great way for players to build confidence on the court,
learn new skills, meet and socialize with players that are better and to
visit college campuses.
Reviews of popular volleyball clubs.
During the beginning of the collegiate season, once the preseason training camp which usually lasts for two weeks has concluded, the tournament season begins for four weeks where teams either host or travel to tournaments held on college campuses around the country.
Find college news in one place.
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