Now let's talk about some basic rules of volleyball that new
recruits and incoming freshmen players who are interested in
playing college ball, should know.
In college, I was one member of a large incoming class of
freshmen and sophomores recruited from all over the US to play
volleyball at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Even though I came from California and was used to practicing
in high school and club, it was quite a shock for me and my
We got used to it, but it was a process.
We had three practices a day plus weight training on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays.
We had our sprints and running workout on Tuesdays and
For quite awhile it felt like sleep was optional.
Okay just kidding about sleep being optional but nowadays I
believe women's athletic teams can only practice two times a
day during preseason and a limited amount of hours of practice
in a season.
Here's the good news.
Your body and eventually your mind, get used to it.
It all comes together. It takes 14 days to learn a new habit after
about two weeks of this regimen it does get easier.
Freshmen volleyball players should know that the intensity of
women's college volleyball is high also because better
volleyball players are always competing among themselves to
win a starting position on their team.
If you've earned a volleyball scholarship, that's pretty much
what you've signed up to do.
In college ball you are required to focus, concentrate and play
hard all the time.
For most freshmen volleyball players, it takes a period of time for
the brain and the body to develop and get stronger, so they
react and respond at faster and higher intensity levels.
The body and brain need to adapt to new stress levels, new
pressures and new speeds.
Some female players adapt to Division I and others choose
other available options like playing in Division II or III or NAIA